Industrial Conversions Escape to the Country


Industrial Conversions

Jules Hudson looks at the best industrial conversions featured on past programmes, including a converted flour mill and a 17th-century weavers' cottage.


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In travelling throughout the British Isles, one thing is never far away -

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Britain's rich industrial heritage.

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Sadly, most of it has gone. It's consigned to the history books.

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But buildings like the one behind me are very often converted into fantastic family homes.

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On Escape To The Country, we've had a wonderful opportunity to look at some of the best.

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In this special programme, we take a look back

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at some of the best industrial conversions featured in previous shows.

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Where a water mill gets the cogs turning...

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I love the idea of that being there, it's just really quirky.

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..a weaver's cottage gets us in a spin.

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It gets more modern the higher you go.

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-Can we go any higher?

-Ha ha!

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-We could do, but we might get wet!

-..and nobody's sheepish at this woollen mill.

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This is a cellar and a half!

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And I find a novel way of paying for a conversion.

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We had eight people here, we had a barrel of beer.

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-We got in there and dug with our hands.

-Keep them drunk, keep them down there.

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Most houses do have some history attached to them.

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But it's interesting when a building goes through a complete change of use.

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That's the nice thing about industrial conversions,

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be it a factory, a mill or an old cider house, they come complete with the opportunity

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to produce some lovely open-plan living spaces, full of lovely quirky features.

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Our industrial heritage has changed our rural landscape massively.

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From the railways to Victorian mills,

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industry can be found in the remotest corners of Britain.

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But what happens to these rural industrial buildings once the industry moves away?

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They can become stunning character homes.

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Old mills often with their idyllic riverside locations will have their wheel rooms turned into kitchens.

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Windmills transformed into quirky homes with stunning panoramic views.

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More often than not, these historic conversions are an opportunity for really exciting living spaces.

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What better way to enjoy the charm and heritage of the countryside?

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When we think of buildings with an industrial past,

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we tend to think of the heyday of the Victorian industrial revolution,

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when buildings were built to contain great big engines like these.

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For our first offering, we're going to take a step a little further back in time to the 17th century.

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We're heading to Kent to look at a lovely old weaver's house in the company of Nicola and Rosh.

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They had £750,000 to spend.

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Nicola wanted a house full of period charm and character.

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But husband Rosh wanted something a little different, more contemporary.

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So the question is, would our 17th- century workplace work for them?

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I was taking Nicola and Rosh

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to a house just three miles outside Headcorn in Kent.

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A town with a wealth of useful amenities -

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there are six primary schools, four churches, a library, a Post Office and two pubs.

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There is also a parachuting club nearby,

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but hopefully Nicola and Rosh won't be bailing out after they see this one.

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Come through here,

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Nicola and Rosh.

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-The start of a new day, a new property.

-It is.

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Not exactly a new one. As you can see, a nice old one. What do you think of that?

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-I really like that.

-It looks nice.

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Lots of character. It looks huge. I think that means it's going to be hugely expensive!

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-Everything comes at a price, Rosh.

-No special offers.

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No special offers down here.

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But you're right, it's a very big property.

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The reason being, at its heart, it's a 17th-century's weaver's house.

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-As the name implies, they were weavers.

-Right.

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The weaving machines and the looms had to occupy quite a tall space.

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That's a business that would have happened on both of the principal floors.

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-Let's go and have a look.

-Come on.

-THEY LAUGH

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Let's start in the conservatory.

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I mean, this is whatever you want it to be, a sun room -

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they have it as a spill-over dining area. Would you use a space like this?

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It would be nice to use it.

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It would be nice to know what is inside the house and what you would use this space for.

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Come on, let's have a look.

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Up the steps, there is a little utility area there.

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This is, well, it is the kitchen obviously.

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I appreciate this may not be chrome and mirrors as you want.

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-It's not at the moment. But I think it has the potential.

-Good man.

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I like the beams. I like the layout on different levels.

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I'd like to keep these tiles, this motif here.

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-It's quite nice.

-Really?

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-I thought you would run away from that.

-I'm amazed. I'm amazed that he likes that.

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-I'm glad you like this split level, Rosh.

-It's good.

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This is the diner bit of the kitchen/diner, but the dining room is in there. Have a look.

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This is really, really imposing. It's nice.

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-Definitely.

-I think with this place you can make it feel very modern.

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Absolutely. You can see the potential straight away.

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Let's keep going. I'm glad you like this. Let's go through here.

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Now this is the main living room, as it were.

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-Again, a huge space.

-You can see the potential.

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-It's a huge room.

-Can you imagine it full of weavers doing their thing?

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-Oh, you can.

-Ha ha!

-Now, I know you fancied a bit of a study?

-Yeah.

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How big a study do you need?

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It doesn't have to be too big.

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But I suspect it might be big!

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Let's see what you think of this one.

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Doctor's study, do you think?

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-I think so.

-Consulting room?

-Absolutely, yeah.

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-A private practice going on.

-The nice thing is because it's at the end of the house

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you can shut yourself away from pandemonium elsewhere

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-and get on with what you've got to do.

-There will be a lock on the door.

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-Absolutely.

-JULES LAUGHS

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You wanted four to five bedrooms.

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-Yeah.

-How about six?

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-If you insist!

-Ha ha! Why not?

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I tell you what, buy one, get five free! Let's go through here.

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En route to the six bedrooms,

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there is a rather special centrepiece which runs right through the house.

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Brilliant. I love this. Original spiral oak staircase.

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The whole thing is held up by one piece of oak, it's that, the newel post.

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That goes all of the way through the building. That's one tree.

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-LAUGHTER

-How about it?

-It's pretty fantastic.

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-Look at the floor, Rosh. I know you're into floorboards.

-Absolutely.

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-These really are the real thing.

-It's good stuff.

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We have three bedrooms on this floor. One is behind you.

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Let's start in that one. In you go, Rosh.

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-Tell me what you think of that.

-It's nice.

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It's quite a large room. Again, you've got the wooden floor.

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It's quite a square room.

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But is it working for you in terms of the fact that it's got some character?

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-No, definitely. It's got bags of character. It's great.

-I really like it.

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If you like this, you'll love next door and you will adore the master.

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Let's go and have a look at that.

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-Oh, very nice.

-That's very nice. A great view.

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-Look at the smile on your face!

-No, this is good.

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It's quite spectacular. Real character, real quirky. Like that.

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Have a look at the en suite, you also have one through there. Go on, Rosh, lead on.

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Ha ha! That's my kind of bath.

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-Definitely.

-You see yourself flopped out in there?

-Yeah.

-Absolutely.

-It's nice.

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-Let's go to the top floor.

-OK.

-OK.

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How can I describe it? It's kind of its own little world.

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-Great.

-You'll see what I mean.

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This section of the house could give guests a private wing

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so will Nicola and Rosh see the potential in this extra space?

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Come through here. It's a touch of Indiana Jones.

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That's the top of the chimney. All right.

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Again, new oak floorboards in here.

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That's a really nice newly fitted bathroom, free-standing bath.

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We have this space which is done,

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but not finished, in the sense of, it needs a bit of a plaster, it could be a great guest room, this.

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-Absolutely.

-A guest suite because they're on their own and they have their own en suite.

-Yes.

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It tends to get more modern the higher you go.

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-Can we go any higher?

-We could, but we might get wet!

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You really have bags of choice.

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This is a place you would probably live in for six months and then figure out how to work it.

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-Definitely.

-Absolutely. Great.

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Go on then. Lead us down the stairs and let's look at the garden and see if that finishes the thing off.

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We come back out of the conservatory and explore this garden.

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I get the feeling this is bigger than what you had in mind.

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It's big. But I think it's just about manageable.

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I'd say that. It's manageable. It gives you plenty of scope.

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When the kids grow up, you can kick a football around. How do you feel about mowing the grass?

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You can start, have a half-time Pimms and then finish it off!

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So then, you said on the way in, Rosh, it was a lot of money.

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I still think it's a lot of money.

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I think it probably is. How much do you think it's going to cost you?

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I think it's well over our maximum.

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I'd go at around £795,000.

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I'd say it's a bit higher, I'd go £825,000.

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£825,000.

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You're both right.

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Oh, right.

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-Wow.

-You're both right because it was on for a bit more,

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it's been reduced to £795,000.

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OK.

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But as a property,

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it really suits you.

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-I'd agree with that.

-Go and mull it over.

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There's plenty of this house you can explore in more detail.

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Go and enjoy yourselves and take a trip down memory lane.

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-A bit of history for you.

-Will do. Absolutely. See you later.

-I'll catch up with you later.

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I like this property. I think it's what we were looking for in that it oozes character and charm.

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This is a great room and the floorboards are just brilliant.

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Each bedroom is a decent size.

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It has real sort of charm about it.

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I like that a lot.

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It's got a lot of potential.

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A lot more space than we'd have expected.

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I think it will work really, really well.

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For our next offering, we're going to join Alistair Appleton

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who was helping Loris and Wendy spend their £430,000 in the search for their ideal dream home.

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For the mystery house, he took them to a converted mill,

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which he also hoped would play to their other dream of owning a narrow boat.

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Alistair was taking Wendy and Loris to Farnhill,

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a small village in north Yorkshire.

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Farnhill is four miles from Skipton, one of the big towns in the area.

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How would you like to live in that house?

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-This one here?

-With the parasol.

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-Good grief. Right on the canal.

-Yeah.

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You couldn't get any nearer to the canal.

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You could watch people on the canal all day long. Let's have a look.

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This house might look small from the outside, but appearances can be deceiving.

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A former wool mill, it spreads over four floors,

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but I think it's biggest appeal is that it sits right on the canal,

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perfect for Loris and Wendy to enjoy their perfect pastimes of canal walks and narrow boating.

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These five terraces and these three cottages over here, these were the first buildings in Farnhill.

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-Right.

-Pre-the Industrial Revolution boom at the end of the 18th century.

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-In we go.

-Thank you.

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Heading through the large hallway, you find the kitchen at the back of the property.

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Oh!

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-Another big surprise.

-Wow.

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You certainly have the table in here.

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-What a kitchen.

-Isn't this fantastic?

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You've got a great big country kitchen, but look at the views.

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And you've got the window seat again.

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The window seat, and you can see right over the Aire valley and you can see the canal.

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-You could sit here with your breakfast watching people on their barges.

-Brilliant.

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And then continuing the large theme...

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Another door.

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The surprisingly spacious...

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-How's this for a front room?

-This is a good size.

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-Look at that picture window.

-I was just going to say the same.

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Well, space is definitely the theme in this house.

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There's also a large dining room on the ground floor which looks out at the front of the house,

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and plenty more upstairs.

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You could do country dancing in this landing.

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-You could.

-It's huge.

-Brilliant.

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And there are four proper double bedrooms off this huge landing.

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Two are at the top of the stairs, while the other two are at the other end.

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This one is being used as the master bedroom

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-largely because of the views, I should think.

-The views are spectacular.

-It is.

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It's a lovely sized room.

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-There's plenty of space for everything.

-You can do lots on this floor.

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If you keep on walking, there's a family bathroom on your right.

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It probably needs a bit of sprucing up, but it does have a separate shower.

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If you look through here, you have almost like a separate wing,

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you have an enormous walk-in toilet which could easily be an en suite.

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You've got here another good sized double. There's great potential here for developing this

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into a separate maybe rental unit,

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-or as a guest wing.

-I think it's...

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As you said, it's an unusual building.

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And I like it. Yeah.

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It's a lot bigger.

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-I prefer the front obviously because it's on a canal.

-Yeah.

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But we honestly didn't expect the rooms to be this size either.

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Why don't you head down those stairs?

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The second flight of stairs takes you back if you don't get lost.

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Back downstairs there are two more floors below the ground floor.

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First stop, the lower ground.

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This is a cellar and a half, isn't it?

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-Gee.

-This is actually not the cellar

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as we're stepping down the side of the dales. It's very deceptive.

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-It is, isn't it?

-So we're actually on a hill?

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-Yes, it kind of does slope down to the canal, yeah.

-Right.

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This floor has three rooms which are being used as an office,

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a utility room and a workshop.

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But this space could be turned into holiday lets

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if Loris and Wendy were prepared to put the work in.

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There's a separate entrance onto the street, so guests could come and go without disturbing them.

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And below this, there's even more.

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Heavens, I love this space, it's so surprising.

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-Is this the cellar now?

-No, there's another four storeys underneath!

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No, this is the bottom floor.

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It's massive, isn't it?

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-What impressions does it make on you? It's very striking.

-It is.

-It is.

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-It's a great space, isn't it?

-Yes, I could see a lot of work here.

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A lot of work. But you can see what you could do with the place.

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-It's never-ending.

-It's amazing.

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But, the best...

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Oh, more! LORIS CHUCKLES

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Oh, look at this. What more could you want, Loris?

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You couldn't get any closer. How much closer could you get?

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-You could be in the water!

-You could be, yeah!

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How much do you think it's on the market for?

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I would say, because it needs quite a bit of work doing to it...

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I'd say it's probably...

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about 385.

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Mmm-hmm.

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I'd say, um...

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405?

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-405?

-Mmmm.

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Ah, well. The property is actually on the market for...

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-£335,000.

-Ah!

-Jeez...

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When I initially saw the property,

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I thought it was perhaps not a very big property.

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From the outside, it didn't look particularly big.

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Until we got through the door,

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I couldn't believe how many rooms there was.

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In fact, I got lost. I couldn't find my way around on my own, because there were so many rooms to look at.

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It does need a lot of work doing to it.

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It's actually reflected in the price.

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We would have plenty of money left over

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to do up the property, and even possibly buy a narrow boat.

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We have had the chance to look back at some wonderful industrial conversions,

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but here in Somerset, we've got one with a difference.

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It's a beautiful old mill, but in the process of turning it

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into a wonderful and intriguing family home,

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the current owners are making best use of ancient energy

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to provide much-needed power for the future.

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I'm off to meet Keith and Mandy

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who live in this beautiful old snuff mill.

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They've managed to harness the power of the river

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and now use it to generate electricity.

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'Let's just hope they're in!'

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LOUD KNOCKING

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What a knocker! You can tell an engineer lives here, can't you?

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Hey! Keith.

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-Very nice to see you. How are you?

-Hello.

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-You must be Mandy.

-Hello.

-Nice to meet you.

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-What a wonderful building.

-It's fun.

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Fun? I should think so, you've had a lot of fun.

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-How many door knockers are like that?

-Not many.

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It's something I do when I'm bored, something ridiculous.

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-I can't wait to see what you've done with the rest of it.

-Good.

-Come on in, have a look.

-After you, sir.

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-Wow.

-This is it.

-This is absolutely fantastic, isn't it?

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You really do know you're in a mill, don't you?

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I'm interested to know about how you power this place.

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I know you are making best use of the water source that was here.

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If you come this way, we'll have a look.

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Keith takes us through his workshop and into the powerhouse of his home.

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-Right then. This is the old wheel pit.

-Wow. Look at that.

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This is the old original water wheel. Dates from about 1850.

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This is the new contraption that I've built, which is a Kaplan turbine.

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That type of turbine would cost around £40,000 for the turbine alone.

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And not having £40,000 kicking around, I thought I would make one.

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-So the water comes through there and under the floor we're standing on?

-If you move to one side, it comes...

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-Oh, look at that.

-There you go. There we are.

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That's amazing. And that is pretty much maintenance free now?

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Yeah. You've got this sluice gate there which you can lift up

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and that will flush any small quantities of silt that end up in the wheel pit.

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'Keith's home-made generator only cost him £10,000 to make

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'and generates enough electricity to power four homes.

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'So the electricity he doesn't use can be sold back to the National Grid.

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'He estimates his generator will pay for itself in six years.'

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But free electricity isn't the only reason to live in a mill.

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There's also the question of space.

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On the first floor, Mandy and Keith have plenty of that.

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-This is the attraction of buying a mill, I suppose.

-Yeah.

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-This lovely sense of space you get.

-Yeah.

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It's lovely to see it open like this.

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We've got these gorgeous elm floorboards which are three inches thick.

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After seeing the blank canvas that Mandy and Keith have to work with,

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I was looking forward to seeing the living quarters on the second floor.

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-This is really special, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-Really special.

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You get a real sense of how you've been able to use the blank space of down below

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to provide your living.

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-I love the fact you've left it right open through the centre of it.

-Yeah.

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We've done things like painting the girders

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a nice Victorian red sort of colour,

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and a lot of our stuff we've got

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from car boot sales, or second-hand or skips.

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-We've recycled it. We made the big table we've got here.

-That's a beauty.

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On this floor, they also have two bedrooms,

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a quirky bathroom,

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complete with dials to monitor hot water

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and a unique kitchen and living space.

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-This is very nice, isn't it? Very lovely.

-It's more civilised than the rest of it.

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I can see the radiators here, they're all powered how?

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They're powered by a biomass heater, a big machine in the shed that eats sawdust and wood shavings.

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-Is that expensive to run?

-Free.

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-The heat's free, the electricity free, what about the gas?

-Gas we pay for.

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I think the last quarterly bill was nine quid, which was a shocker. It's normally about £6!

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Upstairs, there are even more energy saving devices.

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Here we are.

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Ooh, some sunshine!

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-This is a lovely view of the Somerset levels.

-Isn't it gorgeous?

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It's nice and green, and you don't have to mow it!

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Then you've got solar panels.

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This does all our water heating for the summer.

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This is a DIY kit.

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The panels were about £400 each.

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We've also got a big water tank down the end of the roof garden

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-so we can save of rain water, for the washing.

-I really am impressed.

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-Well done to the pair of you.

-Thank you.

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Now, for all of this talk of free energy, do you think we have enough to put the kettle on?

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-Hydro-powered cup of tea? We can do it.

-Go on, then!

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I've been waiting for that all day.

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For our final property, and certainly one of my favourites,

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I'm going to take you back to East Devon

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where I had the pleasure of showing Mandy and Gary around

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and trying to relieve them of £600,000 of their hard-earned money.

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Now, for that, they wanted a nice big spacious family home, a big garden, and plenty of storage space.

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But strangely on the list of requirements they gave me

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there was no mention of a working water wheel in the kitchen.

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But that's exactly what they got.

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I was taking Gary and Mandy to the village of Dunkeswell

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five miles from Honiton.

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It's a rural farming village with a real sense of community.

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But was it a community that Mandy and Gary would want to join?

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Something very different,

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but I think finished to a fantastic standard.

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-All of that is what you get.

-Very pretty, isn't it?

-It is.

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It's an old mill house. At one end is the old mill itself,

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the workings of the mill, some of which survived.

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The old bakery there in the middle,

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-and at this end the old miller's house.

-Wonderful.

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And you get lots of stuff with it, which we can explore a little later.

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A good start outside, but wait until they see how lovingly this property has been restored

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to show off its very unique features.

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Right, guys. Let's start in here. Can you hear that noise?

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I can. Water somewhere.

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Running water. Another clue to the origins of this building, it being an old mill.

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But it's all given away in here.

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Now...

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Beautiful kitchen. They still have the water wheel.

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-Look at that.

-Oh, what?

-That is the real thing.

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That's part of the old mill and the workings, can you see that gearing?

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Outside there would have been a great big wheel, fed by the water.

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That would turn, turning all those other cogs in turn

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to drive the shaft going through the ceiling above

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-which we'll explore later.

-I love the idea of that being there, it's really quirky.

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I love the Aga there.

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It's got a nice feel to the kitchen.

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Now, we're kind of coming into the old miller's house bit as you can probably tell.

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A nice big inglenook there. I think it's smashing.

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It is. It's fabulous.

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Double study for you both.

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-Double.

-Double study. That's what you wanted?

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-It would be more than big enough.

-Yeah.

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You don't need this you've got this. Have a look.

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Would you have enough room to work in here and not fight too much?

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-It looks as though we have separate areas, which is great. It's huge, isn't it?

-How about it?

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The only question is who gets the window?

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That's pretty much the downstairs.

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But upstairs, one or two more things, one or two more

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mill kind of things as well. Come and have a look.

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Now, you thought there was only one living room. But there are two.

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Goodness me.

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-You've got this one to play as well.

-I didn't expect this.

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What about that?

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-Oh, good grief.

-That's the grindstone.

-That's the original grindstone.

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Nice feature to have in the corner of your second living room. Is it growing on you?

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It is, actually.

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-Yes.

-Come through here.

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There are four bedrooms in this place, one in the eaves, and on

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the first floor there is a compact single and a bright and airy double.

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A family bathroom with locally sourced oak flooring,

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and then there's the master.

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It's quite big because of the built-in wardrobes.

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It's deceiving.

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Yeah. They are not original as such.

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But very much in keeping.

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-But that is, that fireplace, very, very sweet. Cast iron.

-Very nice.

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Very nice.

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So that's the mystery house inside.

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But, my goodness, is there a lot outside.

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Now...

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..that's what all the fuss is about. That's the old mill race itself.

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This is superb. A cute little bridge.

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I love the sound of the running water, it's so therapeutic.

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It's really nice. It's really sweet.

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Where does this water go here?

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This runs out and through to a number of ponds.

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Come and have a look.

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Right.

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Let's start exploring all that this place has to offer.

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Look across there. That meadow and the bank

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and the pond that's over in those trees is all part of what you get here.

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You've got about two acres.

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-Amazing, isn't it?

-It's like a little nature reserve over here.

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Really. But there's more.

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There's more. Come with me.

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Another huge pond full of trout.

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Right.

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Brollies! Get your brolly out, Gary.

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Oh, my goodness me. If there wasn't enough water

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in this property, we've got tonnes of it coming from the sky again!

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The other thing, you've also got that building over there.

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Now, that's currently a workshop, part of the original buildings that were associated with the mill.

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Now £600,000, it's the mystery house.

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It really is one in a million. Let's face it.

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£585,000.

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-You'd be lucky!

-JULES LAUGHS

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-Go on, Gary?

-I think it would be over budget,

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over our budget, probably £610,000.

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I'll put you out of your misery.

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It's on the market for £645,000.

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Is it really? We were way out.

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Way off. But you know, it's a lot of house to take in.

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It's so highly finished in terms of decor.

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Exactly. Yeah. Guys, go and have a good look around.

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-Thank you.

-I'll catch up with a little bit later.

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I think this is really the wow-factor property.

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You get such a different perspective up here, don't you?

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-It's all on different levels.

-Yes.

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The gardens are finished to the same spec as the house.

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-It's beautiful, isn't it?

-It's lovely.

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Every room was a surprise, from the water wheel onwards.

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Even outside, there were more mysteries

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with regards to the garden and lakes and so forth.

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Well, in short, a fantastic property and a fantastic conversion.

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It just goes to show what can happen when you get it just right.

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It's a wonderful way to end this very special edition of Escape To The Country

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and our review of some of the best industrial conversions we've on the show. I hope it's inspired you.

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Don't be worried, there are plenty still out there. Fancy a project?

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I'll see you next time.

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Jules Hudson takes a look back through the archives at the best industrial conversions featured on past programmes. Included are a converted flour mill, a 17th-century weavers' cottage and an 18th-century wool mill.


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