Family. And the pitfalls of holiday rentals.

This is a story about family and serendipity

OK, this summer Husband’s cousins from Australia are coming over to Europe. Husband is Irish, and the cousins will be visiting Ireland and then going on to Belgium, or somewhere. We had some family debating about the best way of getting together, and decided the best thing to do would be to rent a big place in the west of Ireland for us, Brother 1, Mother-in-law, Australian cousins, Sister 1 and her husband. And maybe other family members…
So Husband spent the day on the internet and finally came up with a beautiful house, in a perfect location, at a reasonable price – with availability.
So we emailed the owner, and it all seemed good, and then Husband rang her. And she was very pleasant, and we didn’t need a contract, and could we send the deposit as a cheque, grand, thank you.

And Husband felt a little uneasy, but the house was perfect.

And then we heard from Brother 1 that Sister1 and Sister3 had been looking at Irish estate agent websites. Sister1 has real estate fantasies, and would love to buy a little cottage in the west of Ireland. Wouldn’t we all?

So they’re looking at a little cottage, and Sister3 says:

Isn’t that the house you’re going to rent?
And there it is, on the website, up for sale.
So Sister1, who is sharp, and sussed, and charming, rings the estate agent, and discovers that, yes, the house is for sale, and,yes, it is used for holiday rentals

But that wouldn’t matter, if she bought it. They’d just cancel them.

So we have withdrawn our interest. And Husband has gone back to the computer.
So what have we learned from this?
1 Don’t go for something that doesn’t’ t feel right just because you want it to be right
2 It’s great when your family look out for you.
3 Estate agents. What are they like?


About sarahsouthwest

I'm now in my early 50s. I started writing again as a way of exploring the world, and feel that over the last 2 years I have really grown as a writer. By day I work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. I juggle my own two children, my work, my writing practice, generally managing to keep all the balls up in the air.
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