The happy outcome was, Susan agreed to sell, she got an estate agent to set the price, and Emma and her husband were thrilled to be the purchasers. Emma recalls with delight the day they came to see it; it completely lived up to her memories of the house – in fact, she thought it was even more wonderful. It was a glorious day, and the setting looked idyllic. “As a kid, you have no concept of views, and I suppose that was one thing I didn’t really remember. We came back to look at it on a blistering hot day and we realized the setting was amazing, with these gorgeous sea views.”
When Emma and her husband originally bought the house, they planned to do a complete redesign, and she was going to engage an architect and an interior designer. To extend would have meant looking for planning permission, which would take months, and, as the sale itself had already taken a year to complete because it was a probate sale, they just didn’t have the stomach for any more delays, so Emma went with her gut instinct and did an internal redesign herself.
For Emma to take it and bring it back to life was a joy, but she also felt a certain responsibility in that she wanted to honour the home of her grandparents. She and her husband transferred back to Ireland in 2014, and, while the house was being renovated, they stayed in Wexford with Emma’s parents, who had retired to Gorey.