Evolving house-hunting criteria

How can it only be ONE MONTH since we first wrote down our search criteria for property in France?! Our thinking and visualising and strategising has come so far it feels like three months have passed. Already the difference in our list of requirements is laughable. Why the change? We have looked at lots of properties online. We have mentally settled into the reality of a simpler, more rural lifestyle and living more frugally. The vision for the dream has come into sharper focus. We can more accurately jointly picture the ideal home, setting and location. We better know what we want, and what we can live without, because we haven’t stopped thinking and talking about the move. When you’re chatting and trying to reach decisions it feels like playing, escaping in our fantasy, but I know even then that any time spent seriously considering and questioning our plans is productive.
Old character property
4 double bedrooms
Separate annexe ideally
Not open plan
Good sized kitchen
Open fires or wood burners
Renovation project, however two bedrooms or reception rooms for grande-mere ready to move into
Would prefer to avoid extensions and conversions
Stone-built building we can use for a gite
Barn for glamping ‘block’
A stream, a well, a spring, or a river
As much land as possible, an orchard
On a quiet road is OK
Views unimportant
Within a 15min drive of a weekly market and boulangerie
Renovation Project (the worst wreck you can find)
3 double bedrooms
In its own grounds
Not overlooked
Not facing directly onto a road
2 storey house
Stone built (preferably)
Not Swiss/Alpine chalet style
4 acres of flatish/undulating land, not sloped
Including 2 acres of woodland
Spring fed water
A stream or river bordering or crossing the property
Anywhere in the Ariege
Up to an altitude to be decided on our research trip in April

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