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Welcome to Escape To The Country.

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Today I'm standing on top of England's tallest cathedral,

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and having climbed the 332 steps to get here, trust me, it certainly feels like it.

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It's also home to what is thought to be the world's oldest working clock.

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Where am I? Stick around for just a few more seconds and I'll tell you.

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Today we're helping a couple swap the suburbs for a taste of the good life.

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This is the produce of your very own vineyard.

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Wow, now that's different!

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Our properties are a real revelation.

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Wow!

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And the mystery house is set to impress.

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Oh, my goodness. That is massive!

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If you know your historic buildings, you'll have recognised

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the great spire of Salisbury Cathedral stretching up behind me, here in the heart of Wiltshire.

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Arguably one of the finest examples of ecclesiastical gothic architecture anywhere

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in the land, but its location was something of a matter of chance.

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Legend has it that back in 1219, an arrow was shot from a nearby hill

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and where it landed would be the site of the new building.

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Given that Salisbury is surrounded by marshy wetlands, odds are that if this building

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had been built 100m in any other direction, it wouldn't be here today.

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So it just goes to prove that even back in medieval England, location was everything.

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Gateway to the West Country, Wiltshire is land-locked by five counties,

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including Hampshire to the east,

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with Dorset and Somerset to the west,

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but this 2,000 square mile rural landscape

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has an identity all of its own, forged by 5,000 years of history.

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It's home to one of England's most iconic ancient monuments, Stonehenge.

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If you prefer your history slightly more recent,

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the last millennia has left an indelible mark on the county too,

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with over 35 medieval market towns and villages to explore.

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The wealth of natural stone in the region - chilmark, bath, chalk

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and flint, has helped create a mix of properties, and you can find

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everything here from timber-framed Tudor buildings, thatched cottages

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to Victorian farmhouses.

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So as you can see, there is plenty on offer here in Wiltshire

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and a very good chance that today's buyers won't be disappointed.

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IT specialists Simon and Siobhan met at work 18 months ago,

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but they're currently living 50 miles apart in Basingstoke and Wimbledon.

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So they're not only moving to a new part of the country -

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they'll be moving in together for the very first time.

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So what kind of home will bring this long-distance couple together?

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I think if we're going this far out, we want to be detached.

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The classic country kitchen, really, with the breakfast table, would be lovely.

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Because we have the ability to work from home, we're really looking for

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space that we've either got one room that's big enough for both of us to work in there or two small rooms.

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I would love a nice, large or relatively sized bathroom.

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I love just lazing in a bath with a book, with a glass of wine for an hour until I'm pruney.

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So lots of room will be a must, but what kind of property are they looking for?

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I prefer old-character, small, beamy things, but you wouldn't, would you?

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So that's fine, that's a compromise.

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-We can compromise.

-Yes, we can compromise!

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It seems while Simon wants a cosy period home,

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Siobhan is looking for something more light and spacious.

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And on top of that, while Simon wants up to four acres of land, Siobhan wants just the one.

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But keen tennis player Siobhan may have other plans for their land.

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Ideally, if we found the property that either had

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the space for a tennis court or actually had the tennis court, that would be fantastic.

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Siobhan and Simon are financing their move with the sale

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of Siobhan's London maisonette and combined savings and equity.

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-So how much will they have to play with?

-Ideally £700,000.

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We're willing to go up to £750,000 if it's really the property that we want to get.

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We'll be starting today's property search

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in the countryside between Bath and Salisbury Plain,

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which has a good road and rail network

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to the rest of the county and beyond.

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Great news for Siobhan's commute to work.

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We've lined up three stunning homes to view,

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but as always, I won't reveal their price tags until Siobhan and Simon have had a good look around.

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Just to shake things up, we'll throw in the mystery house - but will it suit both of them?

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-Hi, guys.

-Hi. Pleased to meet you.

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Hi, Siobhan, hi, Simon. Nice to see you.

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Now, you're undertaking this foray into your future with a very healthy budget, aren't you?

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-750 or so?

-Yeah, or so. Or so.

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We really want to be around 750 where we close, but in today's market, we are looking and we can go higher

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if we need to, so we're looking at anything around 800 as well.

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OK, good. Now, you are cash buyers.

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Yes, very lucky to be in that position.

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-Very lucky indeed, so you could move like that.

-Yes.

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-It's nice and sunny, a good day to go house-hunting. Shall we?

-Yes.

-Let's go.

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So, for a maximum budget of £800,000,

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Siobhan and Simon want a detached three to four bedroom house

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with plenty of space, light and character features.

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Their must-haves include a country-style kitchen, room enough

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for a couple of offices, a spacious bathroom

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and anywhere between one and four acres of land, but with

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their varying tastes in style,

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will we be able to find a property that suits them both?

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I'm hoping our first house will be spot-on, as at two miles from

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the village of Atworth it should be remote enough for Simon, but close enough to amenities for Siobhan.

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It's also just eight miles to Chippenham with its direct train link into London.

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Atworth offers up a slice of typical Wiltshire country life, with one pub, almost as many

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farm animals as residents, and who needs supermarkets

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when you have a farm shop stocked with local produce?

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Our property is set amongst farmland and there's a surprise in store for Siobhan.

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Right, Siobhan, keep your eyes nice and shut.

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It's the first house we're going to show you.

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All will be revealed in a moment.

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Right, turn around that way and open your eyes.

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Wow!

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-How about that?

-Tennis court!

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-That's a bonus, isn't it.

-Fantastic, I didn't expect to see that here.

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That comes free. It's the house that's expensive.

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That's what we've really come to look at.

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I'm not sure it's something we'd have picked, naturally.

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If we saw that in a brochure, I think it would seem too long, like it was three sections

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and as a result I don't think we'd be selecting that on to the list to go and view.

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You wanted country cosy. That's what this is.

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I think we think too hard.

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We're both in that field.

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So sometimes we don't let our feelings go enough.

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So now, we'll let our feelings go.

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Hooray! Let's see what you make of this.

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Originally three separate cottages, dating from the 1700s,

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this house has character and space in equal measure.

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I'm sure it will get an emotional reaction on some level - let's just hope it's a positive one.

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Let's start in here, shall we, one of two reception rooms this property has for you.

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They've got it set up as a dining room, but you can do what you like with it.

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-I'm seeing traditional futures, the nice beam, which is good.

-Good.

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The open fireplace, which is great. That's good.

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It's fantastic, there's so much light in here

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that you get light from all the different angles, and even though it's a through-room, it's perfect.

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Who's the cautious one out of you two?

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-Simon?

-What?

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Why am I not surprised? Come and have a look through here.

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Moving on from the dining room, your second reception room.

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It's very large. It's very deceptive coming through here.

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You don't expect it to be so big.

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It's a great space. A good-sized space. Nice, blank canvas, really.

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So how are we doing? Marks out of ten?

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We mark harshly!

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No surprise.

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So for me at the moment, we're about a seven and a half.

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-OK.

-I think I've gone up to an eight at the moment.

-Ooh!

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-The good news is there's room for improvement.

-Indeed.

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OK, two more points to find. Let's see what we can do. Come through here.

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'Let's see if we can notch up those extra marks in the kitchen.

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'It's on the other side of the dining room.'

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OK. Simon, the kitchen. Your domain, I believe?

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-Yes. Yes.

-There you are.

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All of a sudden it doesn't seem as light as the other rooms.

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Every room will have its pros and cons.

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In every house there is one particular room which is always,

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you know, a bit of a thing.

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It may be that for you guys the kitchen is the thing you would want to pour more of yourselves into.

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That's maybe just the unfortunate thing.

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-We were wanting to come in and go, "That is great as it is."

-You want it all on a plate!

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We just have to do a bit of work.

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You're making me work, so I'm going to make you work for it, too.

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But there may be a solution, as right next door is an annexe with two rooms and a small kitchen.

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So with a bit of work, they could combine this whole area to make a whopper of a country-style kitchen.

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What's more, upstairs has all the space they need.

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It comes complete with a family bathroom and four guest bedrooms - two singles

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and two doubles, so plenty of space for an office or two, but just wait until they see the master bedroom.

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-Right.

-Oh, my goodness.

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-Come on in. Come on in.

-OK.

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Nice. Not expecting that.

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There is a lot of nice going on.

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-Is this good nice?

-Good nice.

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Siobhan, your face is a picture. What are you thinking?

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I think it's weird because you first come in, the first thing you see is pink.

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Then you see all this space.

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I know that the beams are quite low, but character is just amazing.

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-What about storage?

-What about storage? There's some there.

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-Right.

-Built in, OK? But there is also a door over there.

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-Ah.

-Shall we go have a look?

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Shall we?

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There we are. You wanted some storage.

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Oh, my goodness. That's a lot of storage.

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Simon, come and have a look in here. This, I think, is what you want.

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-That's very good!

-Very good? I'd say that was brilliant.

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That is great.

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-Now, while he's lounging in the bath, you can be down there playing tennis

-Yes.

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-And you can lie here and keep score.

-Yeah, yeah, ace!

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-Boom, boom.

-It's absolutely fantastic.

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That tennis court is definitely a winning feature of this property,

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but will the rest of the garden be a hit?

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It's just under an acre, so spot-on for Siobhan, but will it be big enough for Simon?

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Right, let's come out of the back of the property.

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Have a look at this extraordinary building. Now you know what goes on inside...

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There it is.

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Your £750,000, how do you think it stacks up against this little lot?

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I'm thinking sort of 680.

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-680?

-Yes.

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-Optimistic.

-He's tough, isn't he? I would possibly go for 750.

-750.

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Well, the actual figure on this is offers in excess of 695.

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Oh, my goodness. I'm very surprised.

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-Bet you hate it when he's right, don't you?

-We're not competitive!

-No.

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Look, there's a few things that you've got to explore on your own.

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Not least of which, of course, the tennis court, the veg patch

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and take a look at that annexe and see how the office space may work there for you.

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Go and enjoy. I'll catch you later.

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Fantastic. Thank you.

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I'd say that's a pretty good start.

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For offers over £695,000, this could be as much as £100,000 under budget,

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and there is a lot of property.

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Two reception rooms, five bedrooms and a self-contained annexe.

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The acre of garden comes with the added bonus of a tennis court,

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but will this be enough for our self-confessed tough customers?

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When I opened my eyes and saw that tennis court,

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I couldn't believe that you were able to find a property in the country with a tennis court.

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I wasn't expecting that at all. So in some ways it's a dream come true.

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I can see myself living here, and that's really surprising.

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I'm highly critical. However, I can see each day would be a pleasure to be here.

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As the sun begins to set over this mysterious and ancient landscape,

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the first day of our property tour of Wiltshire is at an end.

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Now, you'll recall that yesterday we got a very healthy

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nine out of ten from some very discerning buyers.

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Can we get a nice, round ten out of ten today, I wonder?

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Two more properties to play for

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including, of course, the mystery house. So fingers crossed.

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We're hopping over the border into Hampshire.

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Our first offering is situated in the village of North Gorley.

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At just 20 minutes to Siobhan's offices in Winchester

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and 15 miles from the coast, it's a superb location.

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The village itself is situated right on the western edge of the New Forest,

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so not only comes complete with pubs, tea shops

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and an abundance of character properties,

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but the region's most famous four-legged friends,

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the wild New Forest ponies.

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The property we're viewing sits on top of nearby Buddle Hill

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and enjoys spectacular views across the Avon Valley.

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There we are, a first offering of the day, what do you think of that?

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I think it looks amazing.

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-It's the White House!

-It is - your own presidential world.

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-What about it? Is this the sort of thing you would have considered off of the details?

-Nope.

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Ah! There's a theme emerging here.

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Let's see what you make of it inside. It's beautiful.

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It has quite a simple lay-out,

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but it also has some fantastic views. Come and look at this.

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Right, in you come. The hallway, as you can see.

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There's lots to this property to explore, not least outside,

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-but let's start with this reception room. What do you think?

-It's a good basic shape to work with.

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We need to understand it in the context of the rest of the house,

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as a sitting room.

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Next door is a lovely little conservatory.

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-So far, so good?

-It's OK.

-Yes.

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"It's OK"! Such a difficult customer! Come through here.

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Back through the hallway, downstairs loo in there,

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-and then in here, a nice little study.

-Very nice.

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Now, you can fight over that.

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There are other options as well, but the dining room is in here.

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-What do you think of this, Siobhan?

-Oh, my goodness. It's massive.

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-It's a big space.

-Loads of light in.

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This end is now configured as a dining end.

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This area here, containing the piano and the desk and so forth,

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that could easily be another little seating area,

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a little snug if you like, for more informal relaxing and eating.

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Because right next door is the kitchen.

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-Let's see what you think of this, chef.

-Good, good.

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There we are.

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-OK. That's nice.

-"That's nice"?

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Come on, it's gorgeous!

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That's impressive for me.

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What do you think, Siobhan? Come on.

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I think it's lovely and light in here.

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You've got space and the room and the light from both ends,

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and just look at that cooker.

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OK. Well, let's go upstairs and have a look at that.

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Plenty of room for you up there, too.

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-Then we're going to go out and explore the gardens.

-That sounds exciting.

-Yes.

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Siobhan obviously loves this house,

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but Simon's playing his cards

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somewhat closer to his chest. Maybe upstairs will swing it for him.

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There are two double guestrooms, a box room and the family bathroom.

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Now, last but not least, the master.

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So configured because it makes the best use of that view.

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-Waking up with that every morning.

-That's stunning, yes.

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Now, a touch in here - there's also a little en suite shower room.

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-I think this is a house that's quite viable?

-Yes.

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I think it's got a lot of potential.

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To me, it's just cosmetic things that would need to be updated.

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Simon?

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Yes, I think there are cosmetic things that need to be updated.

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-A few.

-Why can't you envisage it?

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Because it's kind of the whole is needing to be done. That's hard.

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-But it's not a big job.

-No, it's not a big job, I agree with you.

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If anything can get Simon to visualise himself living here,

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I think it's the garden.

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There's one acre of land which comes with some very special features.

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Come on in here.

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Simon, look!

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Oh, my goodness.

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This is the produce of your very own vineyard.

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Wow, now that's different!

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How about that? This is the winery that's attached to the house.

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Now, there aren't many vines up there, but believe it or not,

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they can produce, in a good year, upwards of 200 bottles.

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-Crikey.

-So, is all this staying, then?

-All of this is staying.

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-That's unbelievable.

-Fab. Yes.

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I thought that would get some emotion out of Simon, but we're not done yet.

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There's one more feature I want to show them

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that could have them diving right in.

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-Oh, my goodness.

-What do you think?

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I like it a lot. We didn't ask for it in the criteria.

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You certainly didn't. I love it.

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As pools go, I don't think you can beat that for the view, if nothing else.

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And you've got all the wine to enjoy while you're out here.

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What's it going to set you back, I wonder, in pounds sterling.

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-I think I'll go first.

-Go on.

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I think it's got to be the top of our range.

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-I would just go straight for 800,000.

-800,000, yep.

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I'll say very similar, so I'll just go £5 below.

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OK. The good news is that it's not £800,000.

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Nor, indeed, a fiver less than that.

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This could be yours for £745,000.

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-OK.

-Goodness.

-Right, that's thinking time now then, isn't it?

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You have just thrown the cat amongst the pigeons.

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Well, you have plenty of cats, already.

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Yeah, I think that's a pretty good figure.

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-Go on, off you go, go and explore. I'll catch you later.

-Thank you.

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So this is £55,000 under Simon and Siobhan's top budget

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and it's a huge house in an amazing Hampshire location

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on the edge of the New Forest.

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It has the farmhouse kitchen,

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office space and four bedrooms they've asked for,

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and with the swimming pool and winery,

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I think we may have finally discovered

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what it takes to impress Simon.

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Immediately as we were approaching the house,

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we just knew we were in a fabulous place of beauty.

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I could definitely see myself living here.

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Location-wise, it's absolutely perfect for work, for rail links,

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and yet you really feel like you're in the countryside

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and it's just so peaceful and tranquil all around.

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For the mystery house, we'll stay over the border in Hampshire,

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in the heart of the New Forest and amongst some of its more exotic

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four-legged residents, and try something completely different.

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We've shown Simon and Siobhan some very nice period properties,

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but I think we really need to push them a bit harder.

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So let's try something brand new.

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We're heading to the outskirts of the market town of Ringwood.

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It's a great location with good road and rail links

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to both Winchester and London, and it's just 11 miles to the coast.

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Situated in a predominantly rural area,

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Ringwood is the western gateway to the New Forest,

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at a crossing point of the river Avon.

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The mystery house is just a few miles out of town

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on a modern private development with around 150 homes.

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Now, Simon and Siobhan like period properties,

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so I wonder how they'll react to a new build.

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Come on in. There, that's the mystery house.

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Oh, my goodness. That is massive!

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It looks so different. I'm really, really intrigued to see inside.

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-You don't have to do anything.

-Perfect.

-Yeah? Right.

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So far, so good. I'm confident the interior won't disappoint.

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Oh, my goodness.

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-That's some entrance hall.

-Yeah?

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-Yeah, that's grand.

-Do you like that?

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Yeah, that doesn't feel new inside.

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Siobhan, your face.

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-What are you thinking?

-It's beautiful.

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-The wooden floors, features are...

-Yeah?

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Solid oak, throughout.

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Oh, my goodness.

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You've completely thrown me.

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This is done to a good finish, this is nice.

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It's very, very nice. There's an awful lot of it.

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To my left is a downstairs loo.

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Leading on from that is a double bedroom,

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downstairs, with an en suite.

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We've also got you two lovely reception rooms.

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One of them is in there, but I want to show you in here.

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Come and have a look at this, Simon.

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Because I think we're getting there with what you're after.

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-I'm not sure, Jules. It might need some work.

-Oh, yeah!

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Such a liar.

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I'm surprised, because it does still feel cottagey.

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All the wood, and the floor.

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In terms of kitchens, to be fair, you have been a bit disappointed.

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-I think.

-Yes.

-I think you rather liked the last one.

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-Yes.

-As did I.

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This is one for you, mate. If you don't like this, there's no helping you.

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OK. So what's not to like?

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I can't believe it! I just can't believe this space and the finish.

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That's a lot of space and a lot of work top.

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-That's exactly what I was picturing.

-It's stunning, absolutely stunning.

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-You get the idea that you can literally just move in here.

-Yes.

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But there's plenty more space to come,

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as flowing off the kitchen is a separate dining room.

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So downstairs has a very positive reaction from Simon.

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Let's see if upstairs will score top marks too.

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I think this would be a great office.

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This is massive.

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It's a good space. It's almost like you're spoiling it as an office.

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It is technically one of the bedrooms, but you don't need four,

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-really, so a few options, then?

-Yes.

-OK.

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Arranged around the galleried landing is a double guest bedroom and a guest bathroom.

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This is the master.

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Oh, my...

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Goodness?

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Yes, you've got fantastic views.

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It's just so open and airy and the wood finish is just stunning.

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-Simon?

-It's nice. It's big, it's a good size.

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-Having that amount of light and the view onto the garden is nice.

-Nice.

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-Is this as good as it gets with him?

-Yes.

-OK. All right.

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I'll take nice, then.

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This property comes with under half an acre,

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which isn't as big as either Siobhan or Simon wanted.

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So, will they be able to compromise on less outside space for a huge house?

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There we are... The mystery house from the garden.

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Completely different again.

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It's amazing, actually. It looks lovely.

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And I love the fact that the garden is such low maintenance.

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Let's have a little think about how nice the price may or may not be.

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Who's going to go first on our final property?

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-I think it's got to be my turn to be brave.

-Yes.

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-So I'll say 740.

-740.

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Mm-hm. Quite brave, yes.

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I think it's closer to 800.

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You can afford it, but it is going to cost you £775,000.

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A good mystery house?

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-Very good, Jules.

-Very impressed, Jules.

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Good. Go and explore it, because there's an awful lot more to have a look at.

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It really is terrific. Go on.

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-Thank you.

-Enjoy.

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At £775,000, this is £25,000 under budget

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and doesn't need any work whatsoever.

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It comes complete with four bedrooms,

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two reception rooms plus that huge conservatory.

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Although it's nearly new, it does deliver on character.

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At under half an acre, the garden isn't quite as big as they want,

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but I think even Simon can visualise living here.

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Hampshire is definitely coming up trumps.

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I was completely confused by the mystery house.

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I was expecting the thatched roof and the stream in the garden

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and what I've seen is a new property that is done

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to the highest finish inside and out, and it's absolutely stunning.

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Just the number of knobs on that cooker is phenomenal, so...

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I'll be quite happy working in here and that really made me pleased.

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Well, at long last it's decision time for Simon and for Siobhan.

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For a couple who ruthlessly analyse every aspect of their life

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and indeed their future life plan,

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this could be quite an interesting discussion.

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Maybe we've given them too much choice - who knows?

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Well, Siobhan, Simon.

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It all started with that very interesting house with the tennis courts.

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That was an immediate wow-factor for me.

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I thought the house was fabulous.

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So many different features throughout the house,

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I could really see that would last the test of time.

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Then we took you to something very different,

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I think a very beautiful property.

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On the hill with gorgeous views.

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I think that property was amazing.

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It's got an awful lot of potential

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in order to put your own mark on it.

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It was a good choice, something different.

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All right, there was one more to come. The mystery house was completely out of the box.

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Totally, it was wonderful.

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It all fitted perfectly.

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What happens next, I wonder.

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I could guess on this one, but I'm not sure I want to.

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At the moment, it's two.

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OK, let me have a guess now, then.

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I think you would go for

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the property with the view, and the pool.

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You are completely correct, Jules.

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Ah. OK. Simon?

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The property with the tennis court has everything.

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It has the feel of home and I am very torn by that property.

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Now then, the tennis court property.

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You didn't pick that one. I thought you would have done.

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I think you've got a win-win here.

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And if you do buy the vineyard, send some bottles over. Cheers.

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Cheers. Good life.

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Now, there's no doubt in my mind that even just going out and looking

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for a property for the two of them to live in for the future

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has been a momentous occasion, certainly for Siobhan

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and not least for Simon, but I have to say we have given them

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some fantastic choices, which one they will eventually go for,

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I suspect only time will tell, but if there is a moral to this tale,

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it is this - never judge a property by the paper on which it is printed.

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If you do, you may just pass up your ideal dream home.

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I'll see you next time.

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Well, Siobhan obviously has very persuasive skills,

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because I'm delighted to report that they've had their offer accepted

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on the Hampshire house on the hill.

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Maybe the winery sealed the deal?

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Series in which prospective buyers are helped to find their dream home in the country. Armed with a healthy budget of 750,000 pounds, Jules Hudson is determined to find a couple their first home together in the Wiltshire/Hampshire area. Will a vineyard and a swimming pool be enough to seal the deal?


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