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    Moses Pendleton and Cynthia Quinn's 24-room Victorian house, seen from the back, was built as a "summer cottage" in the Berkshire foothills in the 1890s.








    A Venetian animal mask hangs amid peeling wallpaper on an upstairs landing, and a dried sunflower is affixed to the staircase.




    Frozen in the Victorian Era - The New York Times > Home & Garden > Slide Show > Slide 9 of 9

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    Looks like Miss Haversham's place, dead flowers and all. A student squat would be tidier.
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    Could they cram anything else in??
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    The peeling wallpaper is just disturbing...

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    I couldn't understand who someone could do this to a multi-million pound house then discovered it was a different Berkshire
    A real estate agent showed him a barn ideal for his needs, and then pointed to a large house across the road, telling him the owner would “throw it in” for a little extra. Although Mr. Pendleton was not looking for a house — he was then living in Vermont — the offer seemed too good to pass up, and he bought both buildings and the eight acres they sat on in 1978, for $162,000.
    Only their daughter has some sense by the sound of it..
    For the first few years, there was no proper central heating. Mr. Pendleton said he bought a furnace, but “just couldn’t bring myself to cut the necessary holes in the floor for the heating ducts.” He said that he finally got over his reluctance once their daughter, Quinn Elizabeth (pun intended), was born in 1985, feeling “a familial obligation to keep her from freezing to death.”
    The kitchen has its original stone sink and the Sears Caloric Ultramatic 1950s vintage gas oven that was there when they moved in. It “cooks like a dream,” Ms. Quinn said. She is a little apologetic about the new refrigerator and explains that it would never have been purchased if their daughter had not insisted on it when she was a teenager.
    Now 23 and a dancer with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Ms. Pendleton said in her defense that the original refrigerator “was so old that the entire back was covered with an ice chunk which resembled a glacier.”
    Recently, when she was home on vacation, she tactfully suggested that perhaps the time had come to remove the “ragged” wallpaper and paint the hall and stairway — a much tougher sell.
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    Yes. The peeling wallpaper needs to be fixed or torn off.

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    outside I thought "cute!" inside with the peeling creepy-paper, "scary"
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    Yeah, the outside is full of promise, isn't it!
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    I know i was really excited and then...ugh..
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    I like it, except for the peeling wallpaper.

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    I might touch up the kitchen a bit if it were me, but the Victorian nic nacks are sweet!
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    LOL! You're not coming to my house for tea, you'd walk off with half my stuff... I have a load of old farming stuff, like old butter pats from my ex-huband's granddad...
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    Cool! I love stuff like that, not that I would come and take any if I came for tea, that would be bad tea manners!

    I love going to the sales around here, estate sales, yard sales, rummaging through old relatives "junk". Mmmmm....makes me wish I didnt work today to go treasure hunting!

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    Oh I have loads, especially kitchen stuff!
    Unfortunately my Granny gave away the Russian Samovar that her parents got as a wedding gift, but I have other stuff of her's....
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    Oh that sucks about the samovar!
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