The house we nearly bought - until we discovered too many problems. Damp throughout the cottage- a private drainage system unlawful on multiple accounts - including surface water draining through it. Whilst only half the house had central heating, this too was in poor repair and much need imminent replacement. The icing on the cake was the electrics. Having arranged our own electrician to check the property and came back OK, it all started to unravel when there was no paperwork for the rewire or indeed any periodic inspection as required for the insurance. The owner refused us further access but got his electrician to do a periodic inspection. Having confirmed with this electrician there was nothing to worry about I then asked the key question. Are there electric points in both the cottage bedrooms - no was the answer. Indeed there is only one socket upstairs and one socket downstairs in the cottage part of the property. We got a second electrician who pointed out further issues from the report. The property has also been rethatched twice in less than 15 years. We pulled out. It was remarketed as first time to market with recent electrical report. The first electrician we used is now going through formal investigation.