Thank-you all for your kind replies.
Roger - not a hint of red in the kitchen. It was a 3 bed (including a garage converted into an apartment) at the top of a cul-de-sac on quite a large plot - about 1/3 of an acre in English terms. Nice (sea and mountain) views, gorgeous outside space and a nice "flow" to the place.
Lanza - the situation does sound similar to the way you have described it. The entire plot (approx 30 villas) seems to have been declared illegal several years ago without the current owners even being aware of it. Our solicitor (and we're very thankful to him for being very diligent), assures us it could not be demolished. However the whole plot needs to apply for planning first, and then each villa needs an archtitectural sign-off by the town hall (which will be difficult for many of them as they've been extended from the original plan). Our particular villa hasn't been extended, so the solicitor feels it will get consent it will just take time (unknown) and several thousand euros (again unknown). The vendor thinks this is our problem not his!!!
Parrot - thanks also for your wise counsel. I think my beloved would still like to carry on even with the risks involved as she has fallen so much in love with it (and I loved it too). But on occasions the head has to overrule the heart. We didn't personally go for the Faro Park area although we know a lot of people love it there and the build quality is excellent. Appreciate your words of encouragement.
Our brief (we're not fussy, honest!!) is as follows with a budget of €350K to €400K top :
· 3 or 4 bedrooms
· A nice “flow” and feel to the property
· Sea view
· Good outdoor space, reasonable sized pool with roman steps
· Not too overlooked – quiet area
· Reasonably completed area – preferably not surrounded by wasteland or building plots
· Not a major project
. Weekly let potential
· No legal problems!!!!
The last requirement is now the most important.
Money in the bank and ready to go, so if anyone knows of anywhere (in PB) I'd be happy to receive a private message.
We're not put off, (or desparate, yet) just very sad and licking our wounds. Not out again until February though.