Clare's kitchen-diner

Go east: home from home

After 11 months of searching, I’ve finally found somewhere decent to stay on my 2 nights a week in London. I now have a lovely pied-à-terre just 15 minutes’ walk from the office.

It all came about through a chance conversation.

When I was in Tuscany a few weeks ago for a friend’s birthday, I got chatting with his best mate, Clare. She asked me how my new life in France was going.

I explained that it was great but my nights in London were proving a trial. The unpredictability of my Airbnbs – never knowing whether I’d be offered a towel or even toilet paper – was getting me down.

Without hesitation, she offered me a room in her home in Leytonstone.

She rents out 2 bedrooms on a long-term basis and the 4th bedroom was useful for occasions when friends visited at weekends. As I would usually be there on Tuesday and Wednesday nights only, I wouldn’t affect that arrangement.

So she invited me to meet her housemates, Paul and Iggy.

“Not only do I have a lovely quiet bedroom at the back of the house, but I also have my own bathroom”

Clare works in wine – she’s an educator for a very well-respected wine merchant – so I made sure to take a good wine with me. A lovely bottle of Chorey-lès-Beaune proved just the ticket.

“A red Burgundy? Our favourite!” the 3 of them chorused.

I thought it was probably in the bag at that point. Over dinner, we swapped stories and got to know each other – and by the end of the evening, the deal was sealed.

What’s more, not only do I have a lovely quiet bedroom at the back of the house, but I also have my own bathroom.

This will do me very nicely until such time as I can hand in my notice at my job in London and start working in France instead. I just need a buyer for our house in Brighton and then I can really make the future happen.

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6 thoughts on “Go east: home from home

  1. That is excellent

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  2. Rather…fallen on yer dear..excellentl!

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  3. Sounds perfect! Hope the new job comes along soon

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