The promising property that I mentioned in my last post is a barn conversion tucked away behind a street in the nearby village of Cromford, and yesterday I signed the lease.
Unfortunately I will not be able to take the caravan with me, so I shall be selling it, but one of the attractions of this property is that it has an annexe with a bedroom and a bathroom, making quiet self-contained guest quarters, so I shall be able to continue to offer individual retreat facilities. On the other side of the building is a private courtyard, south facing, which I shall pretty-up with pots of flowers.
Cromford is a village with a lot of history as it was here in 1771 that Richard Arkwright built the first cotton mill to use water-powered frames. A large part of the village was built to house the mill workers, and Cromford is now part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site. Attractive footpaths and trails have been developed along the canal and former railway lines so there are plenty of good walks right on the doorstep.
I’ll be moving in on March 10th.