Restless couple finally settling down after moving 87 times in the last 36 years

March 18, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A restless couple have finally settled down after moving home 87 times in the last 36 years.

Alison and David Phillips met in Salcombe, Devon, in 1974 and have since moved on average once every five months.

The couple have rented dozens of homes in Britain and have lived together in European locations including Greece, Cyprus and the Canary Islands.

They ran pubs and restaurants and have lived in flats, caravans, pubs, guest houses, a mobile home and even boats.

But they have now finally settled at a terraced home in Brixham Devon, – less than 20 miles from where they first met.

Beauty therapist Alison, 54, said the couple decided to put down roots so their 15-year-old daughter can concentrate on her GCSEs.

The mum-of-one said: ”We never planned life like this – it just kind of happened for whatever reason.

”In the beginning we were quite young and had no responsibilities so we wanted to get out there and see lots of places.

”It seemed the grass was always greener somewhere else and we kept moving. I had no idea we would end up living in so many different homes.

”We’ve reached a stage now that we need to put down roots and slow down. But I would still like to retire to the sun one day.”

The couple met in 1974 and soon moved to Bournemouth, then Islington in London, Wimbledon, the Isle of Wight and then Guernsey.

They later moved to Jersey, Paddington, Kensington, Suffolk, Cyprus, Crete, Lincolnshire, Surrey, Gloucestershire and Rhodes.

Alison and David also had homes in Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Nottingham, Shropshire, Shrewsbury and eventually ended up back in Devon.

They have only owned three homes – the rest have been rented, as is their current home in Brixham.

David, 67, said the couple had run nine different pubs together and many of the moves were because of work.

He added: ”We have moved an awful lot of times but we didn’t set out to do that. We just kept moving around really.

”It really started when we moved abroad for the first time to Cyprus. We loved it and it just carried on from there.

”Almost all of the properties were rented and furnished so we never had a lot of things to move around with us.”

As a couple Alison and David have lived in 87 homes:

July 1974 – Salcombe, Devon. .
Sept ’74 – Boscome, Bournemouth.
Jan ‘75 – Islington, London
April ‘75 – Wimbledon, London.
July ‘75 – Gurnard Bay, nr Cowes, Isle of Wight.
August ’75 – Jan ‘76 Newbridge, Isle of Wight.
Jan ’76 – April ‘7 Cowes.
April ’76 – August ‘76 Cowes.
August ’76 – October ‘76 Guernsey, Channel Islands.
October ‘76 – Sandy Bay, Guernsey.
November ‘76 – Jersey.
November ‘76 – Europe in a Renault 4 van.
Dec ’76 – Guernsey.
Jan ‘77 – Guernsey
February ‘77 Paddington, London.
March ‘77 – Kensington, London.
June ‘77 – Brandon, Suffolk. .
July ‘77 -Brandon, Suffolk.
September ‘77 – Vasa Kilani, Cyprus.
Nov ’77 – Limassol, Cyprus.
Feb ‘78 – Limassol, Cyprus.
May ‘78 – Earl’s Court Road, London.
July ‘78 – Rethymon, Crete.
Aug ’78 – Rethymon, Crete.
Oct ‘78 – Stamford, Lincs.
April ‘79 – Stamford, Lincs
July ‘79 – Stamford, Linc
Sept ‘79 – Limassol, Cyprus.
Oct ‘79 – Limassol, Cyprus.
Aug ‘80 – Limassol, Cyprus.
Jan ‘81 – Larnaca, Cyprus.
June ‘81 – Hyde Park, London.
August ‘81 – Ashtead, Surry.
October ‘81 – Cheam, Surry.
Nov ’81 – Westminster, London.
Feb ‘82 – Mayfair, London.
March ‘82 – Chelsea, London.
April ‘82 – Hampton Court, London.
April ‘82 – Newton Ferrers, Devon.
June ‘82 – Newton Ferrers, Devon.
Oct ‘82 – Rhodes, Greece.
Dec ‘82 – Rhodes, Greece
July ‘83 – Chalfont St Pete
Sept ’83 – Newton Ferrers, Devon.
Dec’83 – Limassol, Cyprus.
July ‘84 – Ayia Napa, Cyprus.
Sept ‘84 – North Cyprus.
October ‘84 – Famagusta, North Cyprus.
Jan ‘85 – West Bridgeford, Nottingham.
May ‘85 – 48’ Steel Dutch cruiser, Cyprus.
July ‘85 – wooden cruiser, Cyprus.
Sept ‘85 – Karmi, Cyprus.
Nov ‘85 – Karmi, Cyprus.
Dec ‘85 – Nicosia, Cyprus
Jan ‘86 – Nicosia, Cyprus.
Sept ‘86 – Karakum,Cyprus.
December ‘86 – Karakum,Cyprus.
May ‘87 – Ozankoy, Cyprus.
Nov ‘’87 – Cirencester, Glos.
May ’88 – Northleach, Glos.
Jan ‘89 – Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
Feb ’89 – Puerto del Carmen.
Feb ’89 Puerto del Carmen.
June ‘89 – Gran Canaria.
July ‘89 – Puerto Mogan Marina.
August ‘89 – Gran Canaria.
Dec ’89 – Gran Canaria.
Jan ‘90 – Wem, Shropshire.
May ‘90 – Wem, Shropshire.
Oct ‘90 – Wem.
Dec ‘90 – Shrewsbury.
March ‘91 – Bitterley, Nr Ludlow, Shrops.
May ‘93 – Burrington, Nr Ludlow, Shrops.
April ‘95 – Shaldon, Devon.
May ‘95 – Shaldon, Devon.
Dec ’95 – Brixham, Devon.
June ’96 – Shaldon, Devon.
October ‘96 – Brixham.
February ‘97 – Stokeinteignhead, Devon.
September ‘97 – Shaldon, Devon.
Dec ‘97 – Brixham.
March ‘98 – Gran Canaria.
June ‘98 – Torbay.
August ‘99 – Paignton, Devon.
November ‘99 – Galmton, Devon.
August ‘2001 – Brixham, Devon.
Feb 03 – present, Brixham, Devon

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  1. R.Patatinis says:

    Moved 87 times in the last 36 years!

  2. R.Patatinis says:

    Moved 87 times in the last 36 years!

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