I had pulled up a couple of layers of lino from the kitchen after we had confirmed the board used underneath was a harmless (ie - not an asbestos one). The bathroom, which is attached to the kitchen, has the same lino but after starting to pull it up in there, I noticed the board underneath was different and a bit suspicious looking.
Asbestos, people. Yuck.
Anyway, I beat a quick exit from the room (after closing the windows) and deposited my clothes straight in the washing machine.
We've called in the experts for mid next week to come and clear the entire property of asbestos - we've found it in three places now, thankfully none in the house we're actually living in. We haven't disturbed it, but I'd feel much happier if it was just gone altogether.
Meanwhile, here's a couple of inside photos of the cottage. A new kitchen Dan got given from a workmate is arriving next week and, post-asbestos removal, the floors will be sanded back.
The walls and ceiling will probably stay as they are for now. The house won't be gracing the pages of Country Style anytime soon, but it'll be bringing us a rental income from a seemingly great tenant, who cares a lot more about living in close proximity to her horses (she gets a huge paddock with the house) and local family than living in luxury digs. Win win.