Homeless at Christmas : /

(45 Posts)
surreyagain Sat 24-Nov-12 23:30:09

Can anyone help? We are a professional couple with children who have just moved to Farnham for schools and are still looking for a house to rent. We are in holiday cottages at the moment but have no idea where we will be staying for the two weeks over Christmas as everything is booked. I wouldn't mind if it was just us but our children keep asking where we will be and where Santa will find us. I just wondered if anyone has a 4+ property around Farnham way which they would be interested in renting over the holiday period. I know it's a strange request and most people would be hesitant because they don't know us. We would be more than happy to meet - we are a very house-proud couple and our children are very well-behaved ; ). Alternatively, if anyone has a house they rent out near Farnham, please let me know. I am feeling very guilty at the moment : (. Many thanks!!

hf128219 Sun 25-Nov-12 23:13:22

Good luck! You would be able to get a couple of family rooms in a Travel Lodge for under £1K for 2 weeks over Xmas.

surreyagain Sun 25-Nov-12 22:40:06

Thanks everyone, especially to a couple of particularly lovely posters. Will bow out now as I am feeling a bit of a fraudster and I really was just wondering whether anyone out there was wishing to rent their house over Christmas. I have just come back from a country where I was part if a similar network and lots of people were posting similar messages and lots of people were interested in renting and getting some money.

But you are quite right. We are not homeless. I just feel bad that we don't have a 'home' for our children at Christmas. I have such lovely memories of my childhood Christmases and want to do the same for them. I have actually looked all over the country for country cottages but they all seem to be over 3 grand for two weeks or booked. And the school story is very complex and far too long a story for on here. We are on several lists and actually started off in a completely different area on yet another waiting list. And we did just as some of you suggested. We have come somewhere with lots of good schools. But they all have long lists so we have to park up somewhere. But hey, that's my problem to work out. Will bow out, agree that there area many many people out there in far worse a situation and work out some way to give my beautiful children a happy Christmas. Thank you : ))

Blueschool Sun 25-Nov-12 20:46:58

Op do you think you and your dh has fixed onto this school a little too much? Too the point its stopping you getting on in life.

It sounds like a huge stress for the remote chance of a school place.Maybe you should look at other areas too? One with a handful of good schools to increase your chances.

Dont get to hung up on OFSTED, school rankings etc. I bet your waiting for South Farnham as its top of the leagues, but there are plenty of wonderful schools all over Surrey.

tiredemma Sun 25-Nov-12 18:51:27

My advice would be get a hotel. Let someone else wait on you over the xmas and new year period and good luck with finding your home in the new year.

LadyMaryChristmas Sun 25-Nov-12 18:50:30

She does have options, personally I'd tell the husband to piss off and I'd sort out a house with or without him. It doesn't mean that she isn't any less stressed than someone in a shop doorway though. I'm not here to judge or tell someone their worries are out of proportion or any less important than someone elses.

Viviennemary Sun 25-Nov-12 18:50:17

I'm amazed you didn't make plans as to where you were going to live in advance of moving countries. Or did your original plans go wrong. Where were you planning to stay. Can't quite understand this I'm afraid.

hf128219 Sun 25-Nov-12 18:49:39

She is looking for advice or help. It's not very constructive to post if you offer neither. hmm

tiredemma Sun 25-Nov-12 18:47:39

"I am tempted to go for any house but hubby is insisting on waiting. Might have to go the hotel route. But with three little ones I just wanted a nice homely Christmas, not all cooped up in a hotel room"

She does have options? No?

hf128219 Sun 25-Nov-12 18:42:46

She is technically homeless over Christmas as she doesn't have anywhere to stay.

It was only the thread title.

LadyMaryChristmas Sun 25-Nov-12 18:42:11

So why post the above? confused The OP doesn't have anywhere to go, it doesn't mean she's any less stressed than someone facing a B&B or a shop doorway for Christmas.

tiredemma Sun 25-Nov-12 18:37:44

I know what homelessness covers. Ive worked on a team that provides mental health services to homeless people.

LadyMaryChristmas Sun 25-Nov-12 18:27:34

I don't think that really makes a difference, triedemma. The OP doesn't have anywhere to live and appears very stressed out about it. It makes her and her family homeless. Homeless covers lots of things, even someone staying on their friend's sofa is homeless.

I hope you manage to find somewhere, surrey.

aufaniae Sun 25-Nov-12 18:25:19

Take an unfurnished!

When I moved into my flat I had nothing, you'll soon pick up bits.

Probably cheaper to move into an unfurnished and buy some nice IKEA / second hand stuff than to pay for a hotel over Christmas!

tiredemma Sun 25-Nov-12 18:18:44

I clicked on this thread as I was really concerned that a family would be literally 'homeless at christmas'.

not really 'homeless' is it?? - like freezing cold homeless, sleeping in shop doorways (or squalid b&b's with your kids) and hoping for a dish of food from a soup kitchen on xmas day.

hmm

Blueschool Sun 25-Nov-12 18:09:45

Samdychic idea is nice.

Use this is as a chance to have a lovely Christmas break in a nice cosy farmhouse somewhere or similar.

VerityClinch Sun 25-Nov-12 13:53:53

Does it matter if its unfurnished? Where is all your stuff?

SandyChick Sun 25-Nov-12 12:45:37

What about something like this ?

Or could you could go anywhere for 2 weeks over christmas? If you don't need to stay near Farnham then you could turn it into a little christmas break somewhere?

surreyagain Sun 25-Nov-12 11:55:14

No, not buying. Just need to rent a house close to the school to even have. Chance. And there are none. We have a short let but it is booked for three weeks over Xmas. Thanks for the tip about the short term let on right move. I rang last week about this one but its unfurnished!

UrsulaBuffay Sun 25-Nov-12 11:13:57

Follow a star? wink

hattifattner Sun 25-Nov-12 09:17:14

put your stuff in storage for 2 weeks and move into a B&B or the travelodge. Theres a new one opening in ALdershot, theres one in Guildford, possibly one in Farnborough. Plus Camberley.

Or go stay with relatives.

Its hardly "Homeless at Christmas"

wonderstuff Sun 25-Nov-12 09:10:08

One of the houses on rightmove was a short-term let..

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 25-Nov-12 08:59:22

blush
Best of luck sorting it all out

hf128219 Sun 25-Nov-12 08:57:06

Really confused! I thought you just needed somewhere to stay for 2 weeks over Christmas?

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 25-Nov-12 08:56:51

Hi there
WE are going to move this thread to our property section.
Thanks
Olivia
MNHQ

RosemaryandThyme Sun 25-Nov-12 08:30:20

Is it that you are waiting to buy in the catchment area of your choice ?

And meanwhile you need to rent - is that right ?

If so, it seems a bit odd, it could take months for a property that you want to come on the market and to buy it and move in, meanwhile you'll be wasting lots on rent and struggling to keep four children up to speed academically at home, seems an awful lot of presure for you.

Time for a re-think maybe ?

If location is flexible perhaps reconsider school choices, must be some ace schools out there with spaces.

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