21 The Perfect Cottage

18 The Perfect Cottage

Angela and Phil had taken a trip into the country for the day. It was a beautiful day, and they were hoping to find a pub where they could have lunch and idle away a few pleasant hours. Suddenly, Angela stopped the car and pointed to a cottage with a For Sale sign in the garden. “Mum and dad would like that. They had decided on one nearer the city, but someone else offered a higher price. I wonder when they could see over this.” Angela’s parents wanted to buy a country cottage which they would use for family holidays just now, intending to live there permanently on their retirement. Phil noted down the estate agent’s address and telephone number, and they planned to ring him up after lunch. They found a pub easily and, after an excellent lunch, they asked the landlord where the estate agent’s office was. Since it was very near to the pub, Angela and Phil drove to the office and asked if someone could show them round the cottage that afternoon. The woman in charge of the office fished out the cottage keys and drove to the house. Angela and Phil liked it very much, but the woman impressed on them that cottages in that area usually sold very quickly. Your parents might have to beat off several other prospective buyers, unless they move quickly. Angela’s parents took her up on the suggestion that they see the cottage immediately and were soon its proud owners.

 

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18 The Perfect Cottage

Angela and Phil had taken a trip into the country for the day. It was a beautiful day, and they were hoping to find a pub where they could have lunch and ….  ….    a few pleasant hours. Suddenly, Angela stopped the car and pointed to a cottage with a For Sale sign in the garden. “Mum and dad would like that. They had …….    ..   one nearer the city, but someone else offered a higher price. I wonder when they could …     ….    this.” Angela’s parents wanted to buy a country cottage which they would use for family holidays just now, intending to live there permanently on their retirement. Phil …..    ….   the estate agent’s address and telephone number, and they planned to ….   him ..   after lunch. They found a pub easily and, after an excellent lunch, they asked the landlord where the estate agent’s office was. Since it was very near to the pub, Angela and Phil drove to the office and asked if someone could ….    them ….    the cottage that afternoon. The woman in charge of the office ……     …   the cottage keys and drove to the house. Angela and Phil liked it very much, but the woman ………    ..   them that cottages in that area usually sold very quickly. Your parents might have to ….    …   several other prospective buyers, unless they move quickly. Angela’s parents ….     her ..    ..   the suggestion that they see the cottage immediately and were soon its proud owners.

Conversation Questions

 

Where do you remember idling away a few pleasant hours/days?

Talk about a time when you had difficulty deciding on where to go/what to buy.

Why should you see over a property properly before buying it? Could you do it yourself or would you need help?

Were you good at noting down information at school?

How often should a person ring up their friends?

When was the last time you showed someone around?

Do you have a drawer in your house from which you have to fish out stuff regularly but you still haven´t arranged it?

If you had to impress on your kids the need to be more disciplined, how would you do it?

Have you ever had to beat off other competitors to achieve something?

What kind of offers would you never take someone up on?

 

One thought on “21 The Perfect Cottage”

  1. Idle away: to spend (a period of time) not doing very much.
    Decide on: to choose (something), often after careful thought.
    See over: to look at the various parts of (a house, etc).
    Note down: to write (something) down, sometimes informally.
    Ring up: to telephone (someone).
    Show around/round: To go to (somewhere) with someone in order to show him/her their main features of the place.
    Fish out: (informal) to take (something) out of somewhere, often with difficulty or after a search.
    Impress on: to make (someone) realize how important something is.
    Beat off: to prevent (someone’s) from defeating or overcoming you.
    Take up on: to accept (someone’s) offer, suggestion, etc.

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