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For some, there is nothing more satisfying

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than tucking in to a plate of food from your very own garden.

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You've got your chickens clucking around in the backyard,

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fresh eggs every morning

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and veggies at your disposal whenever you want them.

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I think there's no other word for it than the good life. You intrigued?

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Well, keep watching for a very special Escape To The Country.

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Here, chick-chicks.

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In today's show, we'll be taking a look back at the cream of the crop,

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as we revisit some of our favourite farmhouses from previous series,

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where a dream farmhouse kitchen hits the spot.

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-Oh, wow.

-Yes.

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-Yes.

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

-Bingo.

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A couple from Woking find their cosy country corner.

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-Love the fireplace.

-What a fireplace.

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Got my woodburning stove I asked for.

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That's ticked that box, hasn't it?

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A smallholding in Wales brings out the inner child.

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What would you do in here?

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-We'd play about.

-OK.

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'And I end up getting on someone else's goat.'

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No, no, no, no!

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You have to be quicker to stop it going in the bucket!

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There's many a weary urbanite

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who often dreams of owning their own farmhouse with a smallholding,

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so they can raise chickens and pigs

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and grow their own veggies

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and of course, cook up a feast in that beloved country kitchen.

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So today's show is all about the traditional farmhouse

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and the people who want to live in them.

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Built for purpose and functionality,

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farmhouses are the most prolific structures in the countryside.

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Over the ages, a variety of different styles have dressed the landscape.

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One of the more common builds are the two-up, two-down,

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where farmer and animal slept under the same roof.

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As wars and threats of invasion swept the country,

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farmhouses became fortified,

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defending not only the farmer but his biggest asset, the animals.

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Amazing examples of these can still be seen today,

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from the Devonshire Long House to the Northumbrian Bastille.

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As time passed, animals have been moved to sheds and stables

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and the quintessential farmhouse was born,

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firing up images of woodburning stoves,

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tiled flooring and of course, the hearty range oven.

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With such a great variety of farmhouses

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that we featured on the show over the years,

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it's been really tricky just choosing a few select favourites,

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but to get us going, we're off to Devon

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where I was showing Aldo and Amanda some £1 million farmhouses.

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Now, at 6'4", ceiling height was definitely a concern for Aldo,

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and for Amanda, it was all about finding the perfect country kitchen.

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They both agreed, however, that land was essential

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because they wanted to raise chickens and pigs.

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So I took them to the outskirts of the village of Warkleigh,

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where I showed them a 17-century dairy farmhouse.

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And while the ceiling height wasn't an issue,

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the kitchen definitely was.

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Warkleigh sits just 12 miles from Barnstaple

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in the lush green landscape of Devon.

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Four miles away, the village of Umberleigh has a tearoom

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which is always a great place for meeting new friends.

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And the train station gives access to the Tarka Line,

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a scenic journey through North Devon's unspoilt countryside.

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The farm also came with holiday lets,

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which was ideal for Aldo and Amanda,

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who wanted to start a business from home.

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-Oh, wow. That's nice.

-Gorgeous.

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Well, this is property number one,

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and one of the things you said you wanted was a period property.

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I think we've done pretty well.

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It was originally built in about the 1620s,

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so it's featured in the Domesday Book.

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I don't think you can get much older.

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I'm pretty good on the history.

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It was a working dairy farm up until about the 1950s.

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It's been well modernised.

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Two cottages brought together.

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Inside, has kept the character, but it's modern and fresh.

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And you've got a couple of holiday lets either side. Let's go inside,

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take a look.

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So, from the outside, is this kind of what you were expecting?

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I don't know what we were expecting, but yes, it's the countryside we're looking for.

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-It's beautiful.

-Yeah.

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In we come...to room number one.

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-That's pretty.

-It's pretty.

-Lovely beams.

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-As long as you can fit underneath.

-Wonderful.

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Original features. Come through. Can you fit through there, Aldo?

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-Yeah. Just about.

-Skimming underneath.

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Nice short haircut. Pretty good.

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-Such wonderful character.

-It's really cosy.

-Just about habitable.

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-Yeah?

-That's fine.

-It's a lovely cosy room.

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Good. That's what I wanted to hear.

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Let's hope it continues.

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-So, we have the living area.

-Yeah.

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Love the fireplace. It's got my woodburning stove.

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-That's ticked that box, hasn't it?

-Yeah.

-Definitely.

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-I love the wooden flooring. Beautiful.

-Yeah.

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They've laid all of this pine flooring throughout.

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It's right the way through the property.

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-How are you doing with the ceilings?

-Fine.

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You don't really notice it.

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-So the Aldo factor's not becoming a factor.

-Not at the moment.

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Not at the moment. He's fine. He can fit under those.

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So far so good. Is this a good space for entertaining?

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It is. It is a nice-sized room.

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Yeah. We'd fit our furniture in here cos we've got a couple of sofas and things.

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-Shall we keep wandering?

-Sounds good.

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This house is full of surprises. Let's see what's round the corner.

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This is the dining area.

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-Love the flooring.

-Again, really good flooring.

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-We've got the beams. We're starting to increase the height now.

-Yes.

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They are going up, aren't they? Yep.

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This is more like it.

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-Have a look over there.

-The Aga over there.

-Got your Aga.

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-Yeah.

-And then through here to the kitchen.

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That's pretty.

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-So is that the only cooker?

-Yes.

-Ah. Yeah.

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-You're seeing one of the quirks with this property.

-Yeah.

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They've got the separate kitchen

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-and what they're using as a preparation area.

-Yeah.

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So the family will do all the preparation here

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and they go through to the dining area. That's where they cook.

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-That's where they do the cooking.

-Yeah.

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And they say it's great cos it's straight from cooker to table -

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nice hot, hearty meals.

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-So, that's the idea of it.

-OK.

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-Different to how you...

-It is.

-Yes.

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I think we're used to a much bigger open space, aren't we?

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We've got the kitchen, the breakfast area, sort of a family area.

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That's one of the challenges of this property -

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to be a bit different.

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Let's move on and maybe take a look upstairs.

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Yep.

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The kitchen may not be the best set-up, but they could knock through

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and make one big kitchen-diner.

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Upstairs, there are three good-sized bedrooms for friends and family,

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and also a charming country-style family bathroom.

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But it's the master that I want Amanda and Aldo to see.

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It's a nice-sized room.

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-It's not a bad-sized room.

-Yeah.

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-It's big enough. Yeah.

-Yeah. I think so.

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-And an en suite.

-A nice-sized shower.

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-That's nice.

-Important to you.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-It's nice. Nice upstairs, isn't it?

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-Nice colours.

-Lovely flooring.

-Some boxes being ticked!

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-Oh, yeah. Ticking some boxes. Yeah.

-Let's go.

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Good. Good. Let's hope the outside matches up.

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All this sits in nine acres of Devon and if that's not enough,

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I have something else up my sleeve.

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A lake. It's fairly new.

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-Yeah.

-It's only been going a year and a bit.

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There are lots of trees planted. It will develop.

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-You'll see it blossom over the next couple of years.

-OK. Yeah.

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-You've given us your budget, starting between 800 and up to possibly 1.2 million.

-Yeah.

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And then you gave us that lovely checklist.

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I think we haven't done too badly.

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How much do you think that's all worth?

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I'd guess 1,050,000.

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I'd have said a little bit under. Say 980.

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You two are pretty good guessers.

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Congratulations. This one is on the market for 995,000.

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-OK.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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-No. That's good. Very good start.

-Good start.

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I think this is a really great house, but what are their thoughts?

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It's a beautiful property.

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I love all the quirky features of it and things like the bread ovens

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and the little doors and shutters.

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Think the biggest problem for me is the kitchen.

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If we actually took this out by about six foot,

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it would make a lovely kitchen-breakfast area.

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The house itself was beautiful.

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It's ticked most of the boxes.

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The only downside house was the kitchen where the cooking facilities

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are actually in the dining area.

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Now, another couple who were looking for a similar change

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are Mandy and Gary, from Balsall Common in the West Midlands.

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With their two children, they were looking for a farmhouse in East Devon

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and they enlisted the help of Jules Hudson.

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They had a budget of about £600,000,

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and for that, they wanted a three-bedroom character property,

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close to a village, with plenty of space so they could keep donkeys.

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So Jules took them to Upottery,

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a ten-minute drive north of Honiton.

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Lying in the Otter Valley in the Blackdown Hills,

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the village consists of a collection of pretty thatched and painted cottages,

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with the River Otter running through its heart.

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Gary and Mandy were chomping at the bit when Jules showed them a five-bedroom Victorian farmhouse.

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Now, then.

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Wow. That's lovely.

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-Isn't that special?

-Yeah.

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Absolutely. Like your Devonshire farmhouse, isn't it?

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It absolutely is a Devonshire farmhouse.

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There's a plaque up there that says 1902. That's when it was built.

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-Do you like it?

-Love it.

-Good start. Wait till you see inside.

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Come on.

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Right. Let's start in here.

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Oh, I say. Lovely.

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-Yeah?

-Absolutely lovely.

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Open fireplace, so big logs in there. Very cosy in here.

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Remember I mentioned that extension. What it does, it pushes out that way,

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-and that's the new bit, and it goes up another storey.

-So that could make an office.

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-Great place to work, wouldn't it?

-Yeah.

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Come with me.

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'The lounge has gone down well, but there's plenty more to see.'

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-Right.

-Oh, wow.

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-Yes.

-Yes.

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-Yeah.

-Bingo.

-I've been dying to show you this room, above all others,

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-cos I think this is what you're after.

-Definitely.

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-Nail on the head.

-And it goes on.

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There's a bit more down here.

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Come down here to this area, which is kind of a snug, really.

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You've got a lovely great big open fire there, again.

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-It's just really good family space.

-It is.

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OK. So, we like this so far.

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-Very much.

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

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Good. I thought you would. OK.

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Let's go upstairs, cos there's loads of accommodation.

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Come with me through here.

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This I think you'll really like.

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'The kitchen is clearly a winner, but upstairs there are five bedrooms.'

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Now, I know Mandy and Gary only asked for three,

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but the first two are fairly compact

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and could be knocked through if they wished.

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The third bedroom is slightly bigger

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and great for occasional visits from daughter Hayley.

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And then there's a fourth.

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Now then, there are so many rooms to choose from up here,

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I'm thinking one could be a study.

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-Instead of downstairs. That's a good option.

-You've got so many choices.

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-That's three choices.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-Right. Let's continue. There's plenty more.

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-Now.

-Wow. Didn't expect this.

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-How sweet. It's beautiful.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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Really charming. A bit of a surprise, isn't it?

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-It is, actually.

-Nice big size and quite different, really.

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You've got an airing cupboard, with the immersion tank.

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And a lovely view.

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'They seem to love this property, but the piece de resistance has to be the master bedroom.'

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Ah, this is beautiful. Lovely size.

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-Perfect size. Yeah.

-Yeah.

-Very pretty. Yeah.

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I think this is really terrific.

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Is that a drinks cupboard there?

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Kind of. It's certainly got running water in it. How about that?

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-That's a bonus.

-Very similar style to the family bathroom in the way it's been fitted out.

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Beautifully done en suite, isn't it, Gary?

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Ideal. Absolutely perfect.

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Now, you've seen pretty much all of the inside of this property.

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How's it faring, do you think?

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This is, by far, my favourite.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah. So far.

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'I certainly get the feeling that Mandy is mentally moving in

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'and as we head outside, there's plenty more to impress her.'

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-Now, what you get is that enormous barn, as well.

-Fantastic.

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-The whole thing?

-Yeah.

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-So, next question...

-How much land, do you think?

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Well, I'd settle for none, just for the house.

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That's a good start. But it does come with a bit of land.

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Come through here.

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This is all with the property?

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It's all with the property. That's what I want you to look at.

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-Can you see that paddock up there?

-Yeah.

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You get that paddock, the bit beyond the posting rail and the gate,

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-up to the tree line.

-Really?

-Yeah.

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-In all, the whole thing is about two acres.

-It's not bad.

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Great. Well, OK, let's go and see how much it's all going to cost you.

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'I think both of them are suitably impressed with this place

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'and it certainly has everything they've asked for and more.

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'So let's see what they think of the price.'

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So, we're back where we started, in the more formal garden,

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looking at the back of the property.

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So, the million dollar question.

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You've got 600 grand or so. How much would you want to spend on this?

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This property's just got so much going for it,

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I think it is going to be 595, 600, if not more.

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-Top end of the budget. Gary?

-650.

-650.

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If I saw it on the market for 650, I wouldn't be surprised.

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However, I would be delighted if it was on the market for 595.

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-No.

-Yeah.

-Wow.

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Yeah. A lot to think about, Gary.

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Go and have a good look around. I can see this place has really, really grabbed you.

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£595,000.

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-It has got it all, hasn't it?

-It definitely has.

-Go on, then.

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-Thank you.

-Go and have a look.

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These barns have got so much potential for whatever you want.

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I love the way there's a little community here...

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Oh, I like that, too. Wouldn't feel alone, would you?

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No. You've always got neighbours around, so I think it's just superb.

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Though it's in the heart of the country,

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you're only two minutes away from civilisation,

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whereas other houses we've looked at, I felt a little bit cut off.

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My favourite room is the kitchen.

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It's just a wow factor to it.

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Exactly what we wanted in a country kitchen.

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This room's so special, isn't it?

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I think it's set off by this splendid fireplace, do you?

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I love it. Absolutely love it.

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It has everything that we were looking for. And more, really.

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It's something we've really got to consider.

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When setting up a smallholding,

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the most common animals to start with

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are chickens, pigs, sheep and goats.

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Did you know that the goat is believed to be

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amongst one of the earliest domesticated animals,

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dating back around 10,000 years.

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So today I'm here to meet Tiff and Judith Hall,

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and they've got over 30 goats on their smallholding.

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I'm going to find out a little bit more

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about what it takes to raise the herd.

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The farm can be found

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in the heart of the Fens near Wisbech,

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and makes the perfect home for Tiff, Judith and their handsome herd.

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Good morning. Hello, Tiff.

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-How are you? All right?

-Fine, thanks. Hi, Judith.

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-You've got an impressive herd here, haven't you?

-We certainly have.

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Of all the animals you could keep, why go for goats?

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I just became interested in them when I went to agricultural shows.

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I thought they were just interesting animals

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and they have turned out to be extremely interesting to keep.

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And you've got a nice bit of land here for them.

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Yeah. Five acres in total.

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Five acres. And the farmhouse.

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-And the farmhouse.

-That's right.

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They've been building their stock for 13 years

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and supply the local community with everything from organic goat burgers

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to dairy products, all milked in the traditional way -

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by hand.

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Is it easy to master?

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Relatively. Yeah. Do you want a go?

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-Shall we have a look?

-Let's have a go.

-Come on.

-All right.

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'With half the herd as milkers, this is no hobby farm.'

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They're all in here. Hello.

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The goats need regular attention and milking twice a day, 365 days a year.

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Oh, that was very quick.

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She's not giving me a lot, this one.

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How much milk would you expect to get out of them?

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-Daisy's giving me about half a gallon a day.

-Half a gallon.

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And she was kidded two years ago, so they're what they call run through.

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-Yeah. Does it hurt her?

-No. Not if you do it properly.

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-OK.

-If you go too high, then you'll pinch the udder.

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-She'll kick the bucket over or put a foot in the bucket.

-Right!

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Sounds tricky, but to make life easier for me,

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Judith brought out one of her best milkers, Ray.

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Sharp squeeze, run your finger down.

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OK. There.

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Sharp squeeze. Oh, milk came out!

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-Don't pull.

-Don't pull.

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-Push up.

-There was a trickle.

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There we go.

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Yay.

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I'm doing it.

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-Now get your other hand working on the other one.

-Oh, yeah!

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It's a two-handed job. Be here all day if you wait for me.

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That requires another level of skill.

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Oh, she's a good milker, isn't she?

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She is. She's excellent.

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I usually teach people on Ray.

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Can you drink this milk from the bucket?

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You can if you want to drink it with a few hairs in it.

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And when would you pasteurise it?

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I'd pasteurise it for the children, the grandchildren. They drink it.

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Oh, no, no, no, no!

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You have to be quicker to stop it going in the bucket.

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I can't believe it.

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-A bucket of good...

-You were doing so well.

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I'm OK with it, Ray.

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But could you move your foot, please?

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'Well, I think before Ray gets my goat,

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'I'll leave this to the professionals.

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'A clean bucket and an experienced pair of hands

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'should ensure we have enough milk for our tea.

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'But first, it needs to be pasteurised.'

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You said you drink the milk without pasteurising, necessarily.

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But why is it important for the younger ones?

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Because of the bacteria that could be in the milk

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-that it could have picked up from a bucket, or anywhere, really. This is a home pasteuriser.

-Right.

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It's nothing like the commercial people would use,

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but it works for me.

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OK. Well, let's put this together,

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-cos we've got a fair amount of milk here.

-Like a big funnel.

-Yeah.

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Holey bit goes in. Filter paper.

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And then another holey bit.

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And a spring to hold it all together.

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-Wonderful.

-And then you can just pour it through.

-I pour in.

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It should take all of that, quite easily.

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-Here we go.

-That's as much as my grandchildren need.

-Aw.

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And that's the milk from lovely Ray.

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-And Daisy.

-And Daisy, as well.

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-Brilliant.

-Well...

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minus the little bit that was spilt.

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Yeah. Of course. Minus the bit with a hoof in it.

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So we take that off.

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Then I need to connect this up to the outlet.

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Just run the hot water, so it doesn't take quite so long to heat up.

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It seems like a lot of effort just to get some milk. Is it rewarding?

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Well, it is, but yes, I mean, I've got the goats,

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I like keeping the goats.

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It's a hobby that's progressed into something a bit more.

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And I don't like the goats not to be useful.

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If they're producing milk and meat for us, then they're useful.

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Just switch the electric on and that's it.

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We leave it until it buzzes.

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In rural areas during the war, many infants were brought up on goats' milk,

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as due to rationing, powdered milk was often the only alternative.

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So how does it compare in a cup of tea?

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That's a lovely cup of tea.

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And I can't taste the difference.

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I was thinking I'd taste it and there would be a very strong taste

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of something that would say, "There's goat's milk in there."

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-No.

-But there's nothing. It's just a good cup of tea.

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'I'm not kidding. This really is lovely.

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'And do you know, much like their stubborn goats,

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'I can see how Judith and Tiff are really set in to this farming life.'

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I can't see us moving, at all. Nothing, I don't think, can make us move.

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At this rate, I can't see me moving, either.

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So I'll leave you lot to move on while I sit back for a lovely cup of tea with some goat's milk.

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-You have got a spare room, haven't you?

-Yeah.

-Great.

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And so we come to our final farmhouse

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and I have to admit, it really is something quite special.

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This house was in Powys, in mid-Wales,

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and looking around the property with Jules Hudson were Hugh and Lyriss,

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a retired couple from Reigate in Surrey.

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Now, they had a fantastic budget of £750,000

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and for that they were looking for a four-bedroom detached property

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with a large kitchen and enough land to raise some sheep and chickens.

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So when Jules showed them their dream farmhouse in Pengenffordd

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there were smiles all round.

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The hamlet of Pengenffordd is a fairly remote area

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two miles north of Cwmdu.

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One of the most attractive villages in the Brecknock Valley,

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Cwmdu is popular with hikers and tourists

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and is only 20 minutes' drive

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from the Brecon Beacons.

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This beautiful village is full of rustic charm,

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but did it have enough to seduce Hugh and Lyriss

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into moving nearby?

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Now, then...

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-..what about that?

-That's a real farmhouse.

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It's a real farmhouse. Cos I think,

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-at heart, you want to be real farmers.

-We do.

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-Your brother says we want to be hobby farmers.

-Well, OK.

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Hobby farmers.

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Plenty of hobbies you can undertake here.

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It's absolutely enormous. It has loads of scope

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and has that real farmhouse feel to it because...

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-it is a real farmhouse.

-Yes.

-Yes.

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Now... Come in here.

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What do you think?

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Yep. Pretty authentic looking.

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-Pretty authentic, isn't it?

-Yes. Yes.

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-Yeah?

-This is a nice size, too, isn't it?

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Yeah. You're smiling a lot, which suggests this is all rather good.

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-Yes, it is.

-There's a traditional fireplace.

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-Yes.

-It's a large room.

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Now, this is not the only reception room here.

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-Really?

-There is another one.

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They call it a snug.

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It's quite a big snug, though.

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-Come and have a look at this one.

-OK.

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Now...

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Not exactly a small snug.

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-As snugs go...

-It's quite big.

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I think it's great.

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It's a mixture of dining room, I suppose,

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and cosy fire, etc.

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Yeah. What would you do in here?

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We'd play about.

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-OK.

-Well, it's suited to having...

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it being a sort of an everyday sitting room, isn't it?

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So that you've got the settees and the fire.

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I love that fireplace.

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Yes, that is. That must be an original.

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Now, does this work for you, Lyriss?

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-Oh, yes. Yes. This is pretty farmhousey, isn't it?

-Yes.

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Yeah. Nice oil-fired range for you.

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Oh, yes.

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-Oil-fired.

-Expensive.

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Well, but that does your hot water, as well.

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-Yes. So it has to be kept in.

-I would suggest so.

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'It's all good, so far.

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'Upstairs, there are only three bedrooms, which might be a stumbling block,

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'but I'm hoping that the cottage feel will win them over.'

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Oh, yes. This is absolutely right for the house, isn't it?

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Little windows. Deep sills. Just absolutely as it should be.

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I love all the quirky ceilings and wonky doors.

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This is exactly authentic, isn't it?

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'There's a spacious bathroom, and dressing room with a shower,

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but what will they make of the master bedroom?'

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-Now...

-Oh, yes. It's very nice.

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-This is the master bedroom.

-This is the master bedroom.

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-So we like?

-We like.

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-We like.

-A lot?

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Yes. Yes. It moves us.

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It moves us. Good.

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The royal we. Great, isn't it?

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'Royal palaces have estates, and as ever, it's the grounds here

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'that will have to impress Queen Lyriss.'

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-Let's start here, shall we?

-Yep.

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In the old farmyard,

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cos this could all be yours, too.

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You've got a lovely old barn here, with a granary above it.

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All the stalls are in there. The old cattle stalls, etc.

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The really interesting thing is that area at the top

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has planning permission to be converted for domestic use.

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But this isn't all of it.

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This is just the start. There's some land through here.

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'This used to be a working farm and more recently a stud

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'so all the useful outbuildings are in great condition.

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'And with a sizeable 16 acres of land,

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'this place could be perfect for when Hugh and Lyriss start up

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'their hobby farm.'

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You've got what you can see here, running from those trees on my left, up...

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-See the telegraph pole?

-Yes.

-Across where those sheep are grazing.

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-Yes.

-And the field beyond.

-Ah!

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That hedge, as well.

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I think it's enough to make your eyes sparkle, isn't it?

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Yeah, yeah, yeah. Could make me happy.

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'It all looks very promising,

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'but now it's time to play the trump card.'

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Well, we've seen quite a bit of land the other side of the farm,

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but there is also plenty of land this side of the road.

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-Yes.

-And at the bottom of that is a stream.

-Oh, really?

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A really, really pretty one.

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-Oh, wonderful.

-With access for the stock?

-Yeah.

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Now, to give you an idea, if you want to look at this plan I've got.

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Let's just turn it round. There we are.

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There's the farm, there. We're here.

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There's the acreage at the top of the farm. The two paddocks.

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All the outbuildings. And all of this -

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-quite a lot of land and quite a lot of farm, as well.

-And the house.

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So £750,000 is in your pocket.

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Make me an offer on this place.

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Well, with 750 in my pocket, I'd pay 750 for it.

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I'm sure you would.

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But would you get it, I wonder. Hugh?

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I guess it's got to be at least 760.

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-760. If it was 750, would you consider it?

-Yes.

0:26:520:26:57

-So you would definitely take it for 695?

-Yes.

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We'd snap their hands off.

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Go and snap them off, then.

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Cos that's it. £695,000 gets you this lot.

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-Well, that's it, then.

-Wow.

0:27:100:27:11

Yes. Yes. No. We'll have that. When we can afford to change the boiler.

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Are you telling me that it's over?

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-It's a farmer's delight.

-There you go.

-It's a hobby farmer's delight.

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-Off you go.

-See you sometime.

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Yes. I can see I'm going to have to prise you away.

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Yes, you are.

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The thought of actually living here just...makes me so happy.

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This is a fabulous house, isn't it?

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Yes. And this is a lovely room.

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All the features that we were looking for are there.

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There's the spacious kitchen, a snug, lovely fireplaces.

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It would just be so wonderful

0:27:480:27:51

to be able to walk around these fields

0:27:510:27:54

and say, "These are my animals and this is my land."

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Well, I think Hugh and Lyriss absolutely love that farmhouse.

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And who could blame them?

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It has fantastic views and its very own stream.

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Now, unfortunately, that's all we've got time for

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in today's Escape To The Country, but do join me again next time.

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I'm observing the first country rule and shutting the gate.

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And now, I'm off to warm my hands on the range.

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Denise Nurse takes a look back at some of the best farmhouses featured in past programmes. She visits a couple who have escaped to the country and are now running their own smallholding, and gets to grips with rearing goats.


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