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Report - Latvian Consulate, Chorley - November 2013

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Kerfuffle, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. Kerfuffle

    Kerfuffle 28DL Full Member
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    My first report, I have a crap camera and it was a solo visit, so please be gentle! Obviously I have pictures that I am gutted didn’t come out properly (such as the Turkish Room) and ones that I took that I would have taken differently in hindsight, but you learn by your mistakes!
    The Latvian has been done a fair bit lately, but it looked so interesting and it was definitely worth a visit. As per everyone else’s reports, you definitely get the impression that this place was blatantly more than just your usual residential building. I suspect that upon reading the advertisement, perspective buyers to this (reduced price) £1m property were more than a little bit shocked… for one, there is definitely more than six bedrooms and nearly every room in the house had an ‘en suite’ (one of which had side by side toilets, and another having sunbeds in the bathroom cupboard!). The layout just doesn’t make sense, it all seems very disjointed, as though you wouldn’t often bump into one another and could be a visitor in the house without many people knowing ;) They must have had a lot of friends coming for sleep overs, or maybe they rented rooms out to the homeless as the whole house seems overwhelming occupied with ‘self-contained’ areas.

    I couldn’t find any information about the property per se, just the usual planning permissions (the latest one got withdrawn a few days before my visit, the one to turn it into a rehab centre). However, it seems that the most recent owner ran a lot of companies from the property (timber, star car hire, various renewable energy companies (?), logs, ticket selling, a credit card company ‘world project management’ etc) but unfortunately the recession seemed to hit him quite hard as most of the companies folded rather quickly after opening.
    I found out that the reason why the workshops are full of children’s stuff is because the owner asked local residents and schools to donate items for him to ship to Sierra Leone in 2008. Unfortunately he came under scrutiny over his initial visit and his intentions, with some people suggesting he was involving himself in a charitable cause as a cover for ‘alternative businesses’; either way, it is a real shame that there is so much stuff there just gone to waste rather than being donated as he said it would be.

    Ok, let’s try to explain the layout a bit here on one of the leisure rooms. So, from the snooker/pool room table you can either go to the swimming pool….
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    ..or you can follow the stairs up (love the picture on the wall here… I’m forever thinking to myself that my own front room would look so much better with a huge picture of a jug of milk in)….
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    …to a bedsit type of room (i.e. bathroom, kitchen, area for beds/couches etc)...
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    Or if you are in one other bedrooms you can look down onto the leisure area below (the window to the left of the picture is the one above the snooker/pool table in the previous picture).
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    ..or you can choose to stay in your room and go on the sunbeds..
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    Right, just pictures now :)

    Loads of documents and letters around from 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
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    Workshops and creepy grave marking
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    Inside the workshops, all the items kindly donated by the local community to send to the children of Sierra Leone.
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    No front room is complete without a runway. Again, up those stairs lead to two more bedrooms (I think that the one to the right lead through to another bedroom or two – a feature that is reoccurring in this house, having to go through one bedroom to get to another).
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    One of the rooms you have to get to by walking through a number of bedrooms and ‘bathrooms’ is the one that freaked me out the most, I really didn’t like this room. Decorated for a child (even having ducks on the bathroom walls), so why were there two deadbolts on the door to it which were lockable only from the inside?! Not nice.
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    On a more amusing note, the obligatory beautiful wooden stairway… with a twist! Yes, those are THE shoes, and yes I scrubbed my feet raw afterwards, but in a house with this type of ‘character’ I just couldn’t resist! Lol! What you can’t tell is that I’m wearing three jumpers in this picture! Lol!
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    And finally, I got a bit peckish from all the exploring, so I found this egg in the fridge… ew! (I love a bit of randomness, sorry!)
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    #1 Kerfuffle, Dec 8, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013

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