WHEN Bob Anthony got a new job in Stafford, he had one problem.
His partner, Angela Goodban, didn't want to leave their home in Cambridgeshire.
She didn't really want to move to Staffordshire, but when they visited Eccleshall while house-hunting, Angela reluctantly agreed to relocate.
I said I'd move, but only to Eccleshall, says Angela.
And definitely, only for two years.
That was 24 years ago. Bob and Angela have not only settled - they don't want to leave.
The house they bought is Moyenne, on the Newport Road, near the centre of the village, a spacious, detached family home.
"I love Cambridge," says Angela, but I belong here now. I love Eccleshall. It has everything we need.
If you were snowed in for three months, you wouldn't really miss anything.
Bob and Angela's children, David and Laura, have flown the nest, after growing up in Eccleshall.
"This is a lovely house," says Angela, but it's a family home. It's much too big for us now.
"But we won't be going far. We will definitely be staying in Eccleshall.
"It's a fabulous place. It's got a cricket club, rugby club and tennis courts.
"We're surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet the High Street is only a short walk away. It's the sort of place where everyone seems to know each other.
"We'll be sorry to leave this house because we've done such a lot to it. We recently fitted a new bedroom and put a log burner in the lounge."
Moyenne stands on an elevated position on Newport Road, one of the most popular parts of Eccleshall.
"It has a lovely, mature garden," says Angela, "which has the benefit of not being overlooked."
The house is in the mock Tudor style, and is very spacious, with four good bedrooms.
The agents, James Du Pavey of Eccleshall, say that properties like this are few and far between in the village, and recommend booking for an early visit.
At the front of the property a driveway leads to parking space for up to five cars, and the detached double garage.
The spacious reception hall includes a lobby and guest wc.
The living room, which has a dual aspect, is the cosy hub of the house, with a multi-fuel burner set within an inglenook fireplace.
The bright dining room has French windows which open out on to the secluded rear garden.
The breakfast kitchen contains contemporary fittings and is flooded with natural light from front and side windows.There is also a useful utility room on the ground floor.
Upstairs a galleried landing leads to the bedrooms, including the master bedroom which contains an en suite bathroom.
There is a family bathroom off the landing, and bedrooms two and three both contain fitted wardrobes.
As the agents suggest, homes like this are rare in the popular village of Eccleshall, so if you're house-hunting, Moyenne is definitely worth a visit.