Today was spent driving to my solicitor to prove my identity and to instruct them to proceed with all of the legal work required when purchasing the coach house. This was about 1.5 hours of driving each way with only about 25 minutes of contact with the solicitor. I got some questions answered, which was very helpful. Fortunately, I won't have to make this trip again as everything else can be handled remotely. I also had to put down a chunk of money to go towards the costs involved in searches.
When I got home, I found that my 250 GBP cheque had been returned from the other coach house that I had cancelled my reservation for. Also, my mortgage application paperwork had arrived. I filled out the form and attached the required paperwork (again, proof of ID) then went off to the post office to post it. On the way back, I deposited the cheque.
My solicitor estimates that the contracts should arrive within the next couple of days and will send me all of the details as soon as possible.