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Finding a Cottage Property

Once you have decided upon the area where you would like to buy, much depends upon the state of the real estate market in that locale. These days (read "recession") it is highly unlikely that there will be a lack of properties for sale, and you should be able to find something that fits your needs. Real estate agents will be able to assist you in identifying potential properties but first you should think about the size of the cottage that you want, and how much land you would like.

Sleeping Accommodation

Obviously, you need enough bedrooms to accommodate your immediate family, but you should also think about the number of guests that you could possibly invite. You don’t have to accommodate all of them in bedrooms or bunk houses, but you will need to consider the use of pull-out couches, cots and bunk beds, and you must have enough space to allow these to be deployed while providing sufficient privacy for each guest. For example, our two bedrooms can sleep five people, the living room couch converts into a double bed, we have a double and single bed in the boathouse plus another pull-out couch, so we can accommodate twelve people in varying degrees of comfort. Once you have this many people in the cottage, however, you have to be sure that your bathroom facilities will cope. As we have a single bathroom (and toilet), we can manage with that many people for a short time (a weekend, for example), but you would not want to have twelve people for a whole week. If you are considering having many guests for more than a weekend, you want to be sure that the cottages you view have enough bathrooms to cope.

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Land

As far as land is concerned, how much you need depends upon the use to which you want to put it. If the cottage is on a lake or river, you will feel less confined by the size of your property, as you can escape onto the water for activities such as water sports and boating. However, if your property is landlocked, you may feel the need for space for activities such as volleyball and badminton, or even snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. A balance has to be achieved between your need for activities, and the effort needed to maintain the property (in itself another activity). If you purchase a cottage with a 25-acre lot, you will need to make decisions about how much of it is to be mowed, treed, gardened or left to go wild. Ultimately, you want to enjoy your property without it becoming an imposition on your time to maintain it - after all, you go to the cottage for relaxation, not to work like a slave every minute.

Other Considerations

Once you start to view some of the cottages on the market, you will need to consider some of the following factors:

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