Yorkshire Escape to the Country


Yorkshire

Aled Jones is horsing around South Yorkshire in search of the ultimate equestrian pad for a feisty couple from Sheffield with a fantastic budget of up to a million pounds.


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Malice, jealousy, intrigue and rivalry helped build this house.

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Back in the 18th century, two cousins competed against one another

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in order to gain the upper hand in the property stakes.

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Lucky for us, that legacy created one of the most important gardens in the North of England.

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So which county was the scene of all that drama?

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You will find out in a moment.

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In today's show I'll be exploring equestrian pads with a couple eager to escape urban living.

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You want a room for a party?

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Oh, fantastic.

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Yes, well, that is a kitchen, isn't it? Fantastic.

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I will be showing them some superb properties, but at times the ride does get a little bumpy.

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You're being swayed by things you've seen before.

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-Yes.

-So I think you're not giving it a fair chance.

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But who will get their way? And will any of the properties,

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including our mystery house,

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get them excited enough to hand over the readies?

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Today I am in Yorkshire. In South West Yorkshire, to be precise.

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It was here, 300 years ago, that the two cousins battled it out to build the most magnificent house.

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This is one of the results, Wentworth Castle.

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If that is not keeping up with the Joneses, I don't know what is.

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But it is magnificent and grand.

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Two words you use quite a lot to describe properties in this county.

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In 1974, what was commonly known as Yorkshire

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became four separate counties.

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Today we are focusing on West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.

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This area is steeped in industrial history

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and became Britain's powerhouse during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Coal and minerals made good steel, and the textile industry clothed the nation and the world,

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leaving behind some impressive Victorian architecture.

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Both the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales are on the doorstep,

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providing nature lovers with the perfect opportunity to enjoy the wide open spaces.

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The famous York stone is widely used throughout the area, on the land and in the local architecture.

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Due to its industrial heritage, this area is more densely populated

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than North Yorkshire, which is reflected in the house prices.

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So the average detached property will set you back

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in the region of £205,000 here.

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But don't be fooled by that low-ish price.

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This is the mother of all commuter belts.

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With thriving cities like Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield all close by,

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rural property is in high demand.

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But with over 1300 square miles to explore, you're bound to find something to spend your money on.

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If you can dig deep to the tune of £1.5 million,

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then take a look at this fabulous equestrian property in Whiston.

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The five-bedroom house was built to a high standard, just 14 years ago,

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yet appears much older.

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It comes complete with a billiard room, swimming pool, and sits in four-and-a-half acres of land.

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Staying with a modern house which has all the charm of a period property is this four-bedroom home

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in Womersley, on the market for £50 short of £600,000.

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Reclaimed materials have been skilfully used to inject

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character into this superb home which has fantastic proportioned rooms and elegant decoration.

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Finally, this three-bedroom home in Hoylandswaine is waiting for a buyer with £380,000.

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The cottage-style kitchen will satisfy those who hanker for the

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country must-have, a four-oven range, and the large mature garden is ideal for family living.

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Some fantastic properties there.

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Let's meet today's buyers, who are chomping at the bit to get to the country.

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Adrian and Pam share their four-bedroom house in Sheffield

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with their two children Nick and Alex, and their two dogs, Totty and Minnie.

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There are, however, two more family members who are not living at home.

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Now they want a house where they can all be together.

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Kiss.

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We want to move because our daughter has got horses.

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And we've had them in livery for the last 15 years, really.

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And I'm just sick of going to and fro and taking her up, and of course it is very expensive.

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I have been nagging Adrian for at least seven years, when we bought this place, haven't I?

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I think we are ready for a change of lifestyle,

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so seven years of nagging has worn me down,

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so we are ready to go for it now.

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It maybe horses for the girls, but the boys want their toys too.

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Adrian is hoping that the promise of plenty of land and a motorbike will keep Nick interested.

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We want them to want to be there, so I think if you've got the added bonus of a bike being there,

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they will still want to come.

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They are getting to the age where they'll want to fly the nest and we don't want them to.

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Not for a few years yet.

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Adrian owns a car business just north of Sheffield, and Pam owns a coffee shop in the city centre.

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So they need to be within reasonable commuting distance.

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Well, I'd like somewhere rural but close to a village that has a nice village pub which would be good.

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As long as it's got land, a few acres, a nice house, that's the priority.

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So the area is not desperately important, it is the property and the land which is the priority.

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So what sort of property will meet their needs?

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Preferably five acres plus, and you want a games room, don't you?

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A big kitchen, four bedrooms.

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Four bedrooms, yes.

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And the possibility of outbuildings that we could convert into stables

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or somewhere where you can have your cars and your bikes.

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My ideal home would have a big range cooker in the kitchen,

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open log fires, really quirky rooms.

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But that's not what you'd want, is it?

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No, I quite like a character building outside.

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I'm not very keen on new builds.

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But inside, I think older houses done in a contemporary feel, really nice minimalist.

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No clutter, nice clean, big spaces and a contemporary finish.

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So that's the conundrum we have.

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Pam wants that, and I want probably the opposite.

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We will have to see who wins.

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I can feel a storm brewing already.

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But in the meantime we have invited round a local estate agent to put a

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value on the house that they bought seven years ago for £300,000.

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It's a charming, detached house, four good bedrooms,

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nice reception rooms and kitchen, standing in pleasant gardens.

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A really excellent family house.

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Therefore I would expect the house to make in the region of £600,000.

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The estate agent's valuation I think, was really almost exactly what we thought.

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So, go on then. What's the budget?

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Our budget for this move is up to £1 million.

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Well, it really is a fantastic budget to be playing around with, isn't it?

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And in this part of the world I'm sure we'll find some gems.

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But I get the impression that this is a property search with horses at the forefront.

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Well, it is for Pam, anyway. And what about the house?

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She wants character in and out, and Adrian wants character on the outside but a modern interior.

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Someone's going to have to compromise.

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With Adrian and Pam both working in Sheffield, they're keen to

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keep their commute to a minimum, preferably no more than 25 miles.

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In today's show I will be guiding them around some desirable houses,

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but, as ever, I won't be revealing the price straight away.

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The last stop will be the mystery house, which could well create a stir.

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Hello, Adrian. Nice to see you.

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Welcome to Yorkshire. I know you've wanted to move to the country for ages

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and you've been nagging this poor gentleman for seven years.

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-What changed in you?

-We needed a change of lifestyle.

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Yes, and you're fed up of me nagging you.

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Yes, fed up with her nagging me about horses and land and stuff like that.

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-I don't blame you. Are you going to be trouble?

-No!

-No, she says.

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Very easily pleased.

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You have a fantastic budget, but you also have different tastes.

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I like really, really traditional.

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I want open fires, beams, cottage, big kitchen.

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I prefer more space, and a more contemporary style as well.

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So, you've got your work cut out.

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Hopefully I've got some properties you'll both enjoy and the mystery property as well.

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-Shall we get on with it?

-Yeah, great.

-Come on then.

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So, with a fantastic budget of up to a maximum of £1 million,

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Adrian and Pam are looking for a character house with:

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But with Adrian wanting contemporary and Pam chasing character

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it'll be an interesting ride.

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So, you guys are quite familiar with this area, then?

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Yes. It's an area that we would certainly be happy to live in.

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It's near enough to Sheffield, but nicely in the countryside.

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And it is proper countryside, not just on the suburbs.

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-You're really in it, aren't you?

-Aren't you going to sort of miss having everything on your doorstep?

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You've just got to be a bit more organised, haven't you?

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You can't just nip to a shop. You've to be organised.

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We kick off our search in High Bradfield,

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only seven miles from Sheffield. It enjoys the beauty of lying

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just inside the Peak District National Park.

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As the name suggests,

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it's high position provides lovely views over the countryside.

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It's not isolated though as the sister village of

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Low Bradfield is little more than a mile away.

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Separated only by fabulous woodland.

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Low Bradfield has all the usual amenities you might expect.

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There's a long history of farming in this community,

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and the house we arranged to view is an 18th-century former farmhouse.

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Well, this is it, it's four bedrooms, detached property.

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18th-century farmhouse.

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It's been redecorated in the '70s, maybe not to your taste, we'll find out.

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Yes, well it's certainly a period property, isn't it?

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-Yes, it's got character.

-Definitely. Good start.

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-Excellent, shall we get in?

-Yes.

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Come on in. Let me bring you into the country kitchen, first of all.

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-OK. Very country.

-Yes, excellent, yes.

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And it's not massive, but it's nicely done,

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and I think it's in keeping with the character of the property.

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-It's a cottage style property.

-Lots of original features, you've got the beans,

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-and you've also got this wonderful floor, and granite work surfaces, and the LPG there.

-Yes.

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-No, the fittings are nice, it does look nice, I like the exposed walls.

-Yes, yes, Adrian loves those.

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It's quite characterful, so, yes, it's a nice kitchen,

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it's not massive, but it's nice, so it's a good start.

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I thought you'd be the one that says, this is lovely, and you'd be like, oh, no,

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I'm not liking it, but it's the other way around.

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Yeah, well, Adrian won't spend much time in the kitchen, so...

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THEY LAUGH Just come and get the odd meal, and leave you in the kitchen.

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Let's move on. Well, there's nothing like honesty.

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Next to the kitchen is the utility room,

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this leads to the rear hall which takes us to the lounge.

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Staircase up to the bedrooms, I'll show you that later.

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-The sitting room.

-OK.

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-Very nice.

-What does that mean?

-Bijou.

-Bijou!

-Good word!

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Yeah, it's not our taste in decoration,

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but it's a reasonable size room.

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-I'm thinking you love the beams.

-Yes, like the beams.

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I'm a bit, you know, fire, would be...

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-Yeah, but you could put a fire in.

-Yes!

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-You can't have everything, you know!

-OK.

-She's going to be trouble!

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-Yeah, but we've only got small budget!

-Come on, let's go.

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Well, I can't magic up a fireplace, I'm afraid, nevertheless,

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it's a lovely lounge and it does lead through to a reasonable sized

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dining room, which does have a feature fireplace.

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From here, there is access to two further rooms in the lower part of the house.

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-So this is your kind of separate living space.

-Nice and light, actually.

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To say the windows are not particularly big,

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there's plenty of light coming in, which I'm surprised about.

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-It would be really handy having space.

-It is, yes.

-Because actually, you can close that door,

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-it's totally separate from the house.

-Absolutely.

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So we have teenage children, so they would probably, you know,

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commandeer this space, I think, for themselves.

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-Yeah, especially...

-You seem quite happy about that.

-Yeah, that's great!

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That will certainly keep the noise at this end of the house.

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And there's an extra room next door too.

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Upstairs, Nick and Alex might fight over the one-bedroom in this

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self-contained end of the house.

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Yeah!

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You say that every time you walk into a room. Yeah!

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-Well, it's not got that, YEAH!

-It's more of a yep than YEAH!

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OK, I get her drift. It'll do, but it's not blowing her away.

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There is, however, the bonus of an ensuite.

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But for us, it's time to head back downstairs to find the other

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staircase that takes us to the main part of the house.

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Up here is the large family bathroom and then two double bedrooms

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with generous sized windows, letting the light flood in.

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But there's just one more room left.

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-So this in effect would be your master bedroom.

-OK.

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-A little bit on the small side.

-What do you want all this space for?!

-Yeah, erm...

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-THEY ALL TALK AT ONCE

-I wasn't asking you a...

-There's no chandelier to swing from.

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-He gets quite claustrophobic!

-No, I think the overall with the house is,

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it's the rooms are small, because it is a cottagey style. You've got the exposed brick as well,

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which I think looks unusual in a bedroom, but I like that.

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You do like that. It's got character, it's not a square, bog standard.

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-I hate square, bog standard rooms.

-Well this house definitely isn't that.

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No. And it probably would look a lot better decorated to our taste, wouldn't it?

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OK, well, maybe the outside space might sway it for you.

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Yeah, we've not seen the outside space, and that's really important.

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You say that the rooms are small, the outside space is massive!

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-That's my domain!

-Oh, look at that smile! Forget about the house!

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Let's get outside! Let me show you. How exciting!

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Time now to take a peek outside.

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Attached to the house is a workshop and garage and then in addition,

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there's a modern garage building that also houses a sunroom which

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is a real bonus, but I think they're going to love the amount of land.

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This house comes with six acres, more than they asked for.

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But they'd need to build their own stables and manege.

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The outside space is fantastic.

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-This is the formal garden bit, if you like.

-That's manageable.

-Yeah.

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-Get a sit on mower.

-It's just the right size.

-A sit on mower?!

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-You lazy thing! For this?!

-That's big!

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You'd have fun mowing the lawn, I think! Definitely a sit on mower.

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Huge traffic noise, of course, to contend with.

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-I've not heard a car yet.

-One car an hour something.

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It's great if our daughter can hack out safely on these roads.

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-Let's get down to the nitty-gritty.

-OK.

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What do you think it's on the market for?

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I think the location is great, the house does need some work,

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I think it's on...

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-Come on, I'm dying to know!

-750.

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-Right, OK.

-I would say possibly a bit more.

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-I'd say it's on for sale at 795.

-795. Your not clairvoyant, are you?

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-No, go on. It's not 750?

-It is 750.

-Is it?!

-£750,000.

-Oh, wow!

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Well done!

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Well, that then changes the fact that you've got stables to do, manege to do,

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the only thing is, you could alter the house to suit us.

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I'm loving your ideas. So go and have a look around.

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You now know it is £750,000,

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so you have got that money to play around with.

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-You go off and I'll find you later on.

-OK.

-Thank you.

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See you in a bit.

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What a great surprise.

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£750,000 price tag would give Adrian

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and Pam the flexibility to carry out alterations.

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There's a farmhouse kitchen with characterful exposed brick.

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Four reception rooms that will give the family plenty of space to spread out.

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Four bedrooms and six acres of land which is more than enough

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room for building stables and that manege.

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What do you think of this as a master bedroom?

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-There's no ensuite, is there?

-No, that's a point.

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There's not a lot of room to put wardrobes in.

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The rooms are not really big enough, the layout, I'm not sure about.

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I don't know if it would work really with our family.

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The overall impression of the property is, not great,

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but if it was a different house in this location with these grounds,

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it would be perfect.

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-Have you seen enough?

-Yeah!

-Great.

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Come on, the weather is closing in like mad, let's go.

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Adrian and Pam's hectic lifestyle means

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they don't get much time to explore some of the sites close to them.

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So earlier this week they seized the opportunity.

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Sitting in the Pennine hills, Holmfirth is best known today as

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the setting for the popular comedy programme, Last Of The Summer Wine.

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But it's role in film history started in Victorian times.

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Born in Yorkshire in 1842 was James Bamforth, who created

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a company that was one of the leading pioneers of silent movies.

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It was only the onset of the First World War that saw the end to this.

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Local expert Colin Frost is the man with the knowledge.

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In fact, it was Bamforth who produced the world's very first edited film in 1899.

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But after the war, it continued with the saucy seaside postcards that we're all familiar with,

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and they continued into the 1990s when sadly, the factory closed down.

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So all in all, it's quite a bit of history to Holmfirth.

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And that history continues just six miles away. In Slaithwaite,

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the textile industry took full advantage of the Huddersfield

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narrow canal built in 1797.

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It was used until the advent of the railway to transport the goods

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produced in the town's mills to Manchester and Huddersfield.

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But in later years, the canal in Slaithwaite was filled in

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and only reopened in 2001 as part of the millennium project.

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The area's heritage is fascinating,

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but our task is to find Adrian and Pam their dream home.

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Our next house sits just outside Shepley, 19 miles from Sheffield,

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still making it a reasonable commute to the city.

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Holmfirth is just five miles away with its plentiful selection of shops, eateries and pubs

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found in charming lanes.

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It has most things that Adrian and Pam would need.

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The property I'll be showing them is a barn conversion that was renovated five years ago.

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There's no getting around the fact it sits in a rural and exposed position.

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-What's that, Pam? You don't like wind?

-What?

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This is the highest point in Yorkshire we are on at the moment.

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Quite exposed.

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This property dates back to about 1750/1800s.

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-It's a fantastic looking property.

-It is, isn't it?

-From the outside.

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-Shall we go in?

-Yeah, I think we will.

-I am freezing cold. I'm glad you said that.

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Come on in, guys. Ruining my hair out there.

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-Let me take that for you.

-Bit of a gust.

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-Thanking you.

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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-This is nice.

-You're very quiet.

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-No. Exposed brickwork, Adrian's favourite.

-Oh, yeah, yeah.

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It's contemporary.

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Yes, it is.

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This is exactly contemporary but with that sort of old-fashioned style which has been kept in it.

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A mixture of the old-style and the contemporary.

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-Do you like the fireplace?

-Yeah.

-You wanted a fireplace.

-Open fireplace, a wood burner.

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So you've got a beautiful mixture of old and new in this property. But there is more to see. Follow me.

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You want a room for a party?

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Oh, fantastic.

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Wow, yeah. Wow, that is a kitchen, isn't it? Fantastic.

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And I can feel heat.

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Yes, it is a double range.

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Oil fired.

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-It's great, isn't it?

-Yeah. Small smile. Are you a happy bunny? Yeah!

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-Definitely. I think that is a "wow" kitchen.

-It is, isn't it?

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That window feature is amazing.

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This is what you call a proper family kitchen, a dining kitchen.

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That is really just what we envisaged, wasn't it?

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That's probably how we would have it if we modelled it ourselves.

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-We'd live in here.

-Yeah.

-Who wouldn't have their kitchen like this?

-Fabulous.

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We've got dogs as well, so this floor is fantastic for dogs.

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Well, I am really glad you like it so far but there is so much to see here, inside and out.

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You have seen that little seating area, let's get up close to it.

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So behind there's a downstairs toilet and utility room, and then you've just got this...

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wonderfully warm room.

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-It's really warm, isn't it?

-It is fantastic, isn't it?

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Have a look round the house, I'm going to have a little lie-down.

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I wouldn't do that to you.

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Let's have a look at the sitting room. Come on.

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That's really letting some serious light in, isn't it?

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-That is a feature, but I also want to drag you round here because...

-Oh, yeah. Fantastic.

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-A couple of wood burners.

-Excellent.

-Where do we sign?

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Oh, really? Excellent.

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Well, it's just here, actually.

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That's the downstairs space. Marks out of 10, what would you give it?

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Ooh!

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Definitely nine and seven-eighths.

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-Wow!

-Yeah, I can't really think of a negative.

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I'm struggling, but there must be something.

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And nine out of 10, definitely. Definitely.

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Well, I'm thrilled.

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That's good news.

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-Let's hope upstairs isn't a let-down. Shall we have a look?

-Yeah, great.

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'Excellent. We are cooking on gas here.

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'And I have high hopes for upstairs. The bathroom is the first stop off.'

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-Family bathroom.

-Yeah, it is not huge, is it?

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-That's the first negative thing you've said.

-I know. Sorry.

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-No, feel free.

-But it is very nice.

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It's done nicely, isn't it?

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-It's not massive, is it?

-You wouldn't do anything with it, would you?

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-If there's an en-suite, that would probably be big enough, eh?

-Shall we go and have a look?

-Yes.

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Happy!

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'There are four double bedrooms in total and the first is looking very girly, and it has an en-suite.

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'Bad luck, Nick. The other two bedrooms are roughly the same size

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'and they are a mix of contemporary style and character features.

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'Finally, at the end of a long landing, the showcase room.'

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-The master bedroom.

-Great.

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Yeah, it is nice and bright.

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-Big enough?

-Yeah.

-Yeah, I think so.

-It depends.

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What's behind these doors?

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-You're going to like what's behind this door.

-OK.

-I can guarantee you.

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-Oh, wow. Yeah.

-Walk-in wardrobe.

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A his-and-hers dressing room.

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-I think hers.

-Yes.

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It might fit your stuff in.

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-Brilliantly done. You'd never think that was behind there.

-No.

-Are you liking this room so far?

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Yeah. That's great.

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So, you don't have to have any wardrobes cluttering up the place.

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-You are probably thinking it could do with an en-suite.

-Yeah.

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-There is a modest en-suite.

-OK.

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-Oh, a wet room.

-Fantastic.

-A wet room.

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-Oh, that is lovely, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Yeah, that is really good.

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-I love it. It's fantastic.

-It's almost like a hotel, isn't it? A hotel bathroom.

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-Fabulous.

-That's brilliant.

-That is good, isn't it?

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No shower screen to wash.

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-No, very easy to clean.

-You really wouldn't expect this behind that door, would you?

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No, not at all. No. That's a five-star hotel standard bathroom.

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I tell you what, good for singing as well. # Aaah! #

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This is clearly an en suite on a grand scale.

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And if this has got them excited, just wait until they see what we've got in store for them outside.

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It's not too bad now.

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-No, it's definitely a bit more shaded here.

-It was warmer in there!

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It was, definitely!

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-So, you've got a barn, and you've got these garages - one, two, three, four.

-Yeah.

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-You're probably thinking, "Where's the stable?"

-Yeah.

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There you go. Two stables.

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-Oh, excellent.

-Quick look?

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Yeah, great.

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-You're loving this, aren't you?

-I am.

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-Wow!

-It's great.

-What a great space, yeah.

-You'd never have guessed.

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No, I was trying to work out where the stables were.

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-It's the cleanest stables in the world!

-Yeah.

-There's more grounds to see, so let's get on with it.

-Yeah.

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'This house comes with a superb eight acres of land.

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'But as it's such a windy day, we're heading straight back inside, to talk money.'

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-That's better.

-It is, definitely.

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-Still a lovely kitchen.

-It is a great kitchen.

-Isn't it just?

-Fantastic space.

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Well, you've seen inside and out. I sense that you like it.

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-Shall we talk about the money?

-Can do.

-If you insist.

-You're worried about this, aren't you?

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I am, because I don't want to be let down too much.

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OK. Was that let down?

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-Tommy Cooper! Go on, you go first.

-Right, I think...

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795 is what I think it would be about.

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-795?

-£795,000, yeah.

-OK.

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Well, I think it's more than that.

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I would go for 890, £890,000.

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OK, so that's 795, 890,000.

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I can tell you, the property is on the market for £925,000.

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-OK.

-So, is that a let-down?

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Erm, I knew it would be around...

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I knew it was gonna be more than you said.

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Because it's a fantastic property.

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Erm, yeah...

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It's still well within the budget.

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-It is.

-And the house and the grounds are great.

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-So that's the plus point.

-Have another look around.

-OK.

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-There's loads to see, outside and in.

-Absolutely, yeah.

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-It needs another look.

-I'll either be warming myself by the range, or I'll be braving it by the front door, OK?

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-OK.

-We'll see you then.

-OK, thank you.

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So, there we have it.

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At £925,000, this stunning house is well within Adrian and Pam's budget.

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There is a superb, high-spec kitchen.

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I think the property's brilliant. I love the house.

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You could move in here, you wouldn't have to do anything at all.

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I love the grounds, the grounds are great.

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I think eight acres is brilliant.

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And the stables work. Yeah, it's fantastic.

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It's just a bit exposed.

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Just a little bit!

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You can see for probably two or three miles, can't you?

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-Yeah.

-And every room seems to have a good view.

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The interiors are really nice.

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Exactly the mixture of old and new, contemporary, that we were looking for.

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So it's a difficult blend to get, but this just hits it right on the spot.

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-Come on out. Look, I've arranged the sun for you.

-Wow!

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-Fantastic.

-Sorry I can't get rid of the wind though! Onwards?

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-Yes, brilliant.

-Definitely.

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As Adrian and Pam are keen to explore their home county,

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I thought I'd take a leaf out of their book and do the same.

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So I've come to Wentworth Castle on the edge of the Peak District

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to find out a bit more about this imposing house and gardens.

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I'm meeting up with tour guide and former gardener of 20 years Fred Prigmore.

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The house was once home to Thomas Wentworth, the first Earl of Stafford.

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Having missed out on inheriting nearby Wentworth Woodhouse,

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which was handed to his cousin, he set about creating his very own rival estate.

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In 1708, Wentworth bought the house, formerly known as Stainborough Hall,

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for £14,500, and immediately started to turn it into something far grander.

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Now, this is called Wentworth Castle, but it's not really a castle, is it?

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No, he called it Wentworth Castle to just cock a snook at them over the hill.

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-Just to spite him over there?

-Just to spite him over there.

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-That's outrageous!

-Well, that's how it used to work, isn't it?

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They used to all be at it, building monuments to show their wealth off.

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-Extreme one-upmanship.

-Yes.

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-That's amazing.

-And then he built a folly at the top of the hill,

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which is one of the oldest in the country.

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But he built it as a castle on top of the hill. Like a big Wendy house for his kids to play in.

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And that's just to show off?

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That's just to show off, because from the top of the hill, they could see the other estate.

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Funny that something so beautiful actually came about through a bitter rivalry.

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The 60-acre garden is one of the most important in the country,

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due to its national collections of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias,

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which thrive in the acidic soil.

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The gardens are open throughout the year.

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And Fred assures me that the best view is from the top of the folly.

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I tell you what, Fred, you're a fitter man than me. What a view!

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Yes, it keeps you fit, coming up here.

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-So, this is the Wendy house.

-Yeah.

-There were four originally.

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They had four children, three girls and a boy. And there were four towers.

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They had fireplaces.

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They were all decorated up and plastered and painted different colours.

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What's the best thing about working with nature here in Yorkshire?

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It's the peace and the quiet, as much as anything, up here.

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-It must be lovely when the tourists go.

-It is, yes.

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They spoil it a bit sometimes, I think.

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Listen, I can't stand underneath an England flag for too long, being a Welshman.

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I'm jealous of you. You work in a lovely place.

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Thanks so much for showing me around.

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As the sun starts to set, it's a chance to retreat to the hotel and mull over the property search.

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-So how do you think it's gone today?

-Yeah, it's been good.

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It's been good. We've seen two houses. It's been a long day, but the house in Bradfield we saw,

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was a great location, I wasn't overly impressed with the house.

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-Were you?

-No, I think the land was fantastic,

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-and the price was good, really.

-Well within the budget.

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It would have given us the funds to build the stables,

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which it didn't have, build a manege and do any work to the house.

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OK, so what do you think about the house in Shepley?

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I really liked the house, I thought the grounds were fantastic.

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It didn't have a manege,

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but there was certainly room to put the manege there.

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The kitchen was just exactly what I wanted.

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And that great blend of the contemporary interior mixed

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with the old features was superb.

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The house and Shepley, situated on the grounds of the one

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in Bradfield would be perfect, wouldn't it?

0:31:090:31:12

-Absolutely.

-We've got to compromise on something.

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-So, you know, we're looking forward to tomorrow, see what Aled has in store for us.

-Yeah, that'll be great.

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Adrian and Pam are from Sheffield, and they're looking to break free from city living,

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and buy an equestrian property within commuting distance of the city.

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They have a huge budget of up to £1 million.

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So far they have viewed one property.

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Coming up, the house that gets Adrian chomping at the bit.

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I think this is really the best one we've seen, definitely the best house.

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I'm surprised you can't see that. I'm surprised that you think differently.

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-But we'll discuss it later!

-Yeah!

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Our search continues to find Adrian and Pamela their dream property here in Yorkshire.

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Yesterday we found out that Pamela's horses are vitally important

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in this move. They're seen as members of the family.

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So in that respect, I'd say that land is as important as the house.

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But we've also seen that it is possible up here to tick both those boxes quite spectacularly.

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And with their optimism and positivity, I'm sure today's hunt will go at a canter.

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We're ready and raring to go this morning,

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and heading to Langsett for our first house of the day.

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It's on the edge of the Peak District National Park, just 15 miles from Sheffield.

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Nearby Stocksbridge has grown over the years, but it's still a small town.

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Just a stone's throw away, the urban environment gives way to woodland, and the Underbank Reservoir,

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which offers a range of outdoor activities.

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So, welcome to proper country living, this.

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-It is, yes.

-So here, you've got four bedrooms.

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You've also got a little cottage here - handy for the children, maybe, I don't know.

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-There's loads of possibility with it.

-Yeah. That would be useful.

-Shall we get in?

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Yeah, definitely.

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Do come in. Don't look so worried.

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This isn't the kitchen, OK?

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This is a very handy utility room. You've also got a study which used to be a pigsty.

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But come on through to the kitchen.

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-That's lovely. That's really nice.

-Solid oak units as well.

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And also, you can see the modern range.

0:33:260:33:30

-Yeah.

-It's got a nice butler sink.

-Oh, fantastic, yeah.

-It's a farmhouse kitchen, isn't it?

-It is.

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-Yes. It's not a huge, but it's nice.

-Too small?

-No, I don't think it is.

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I think it's got so much character, I think you can get away with it.

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OK, great. Onward. Follow me.

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Yeah, fantastic. Cottage-style oak beams.

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Yeah. It's really unusual, isn't it?

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Cos you've got a hallway and dining room and a sitting room sort of all in one space.

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-You've got a galleried landing up here.

-Oh, right.

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Which leads up to the bedrooms.

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An impressive room to walk into.

0:34:080:34:11

-So, yeah, it's really interesting.

-Stop looking for a fireplace! There is one in here, OK?!

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Come on, I'll show you where it is.

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-There it is.

-That's nice, isn't it?

0:34:200:34:21

Yeah, it is. You wanted an open fire.

0:34:210:34:23

-Definitely.

-I think it's a lot of work, but that's something that you want, isn't it?

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How often we'll use it, I don't know, but...

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Can you imagine yourself being here? Would your furniture fit here, or not, really?

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I think, again, they've got older furniture.

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You could actually put modern furniture in here. And it would be...

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That mixture of the new and old would work really well here.

0:34:410:34:45

-You're being very positive, both of you.

-I'm surprised you're that positive.

0:34:450:34:49

I'm glad you said that, cos, yeah, he's very positive.

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It's bigger than I thought it would be. The main living areas and so on are bigger and more spacious.

0:34:520:34:57

-So, yeah, that's good.

-It seems to flow nice, doesn't it?

-Yeah.

-Shall we go upstairs?

-Oh, yeah.

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Mind your head.

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'So far, so good. This barn conversion has a completely different feel to the last.'

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Off to the left are three out of the four bedrooms.

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The first two are doubles, which Nick and Alex would probably put their names to.

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And then there's the single guest room.

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Sandwiched in the middle is the family bathroom,

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which is contemporary, in contrast to the rest of the house.

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Heading down the galleried landing to the other end of the house is the master.

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-This is where you'd sleep.

-Yeah, this is nice.

0:35:320:35:35

-Fireplace.

-Yeah, it is, it's lovely. And...

0:35:350:35:38

I think it's really pretty.

0:35:380:35:40

Yeah, it is. It's a pretty room.

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It's not massive, but it's big enough, isn't it?

0:35:420:35:46

-It's certainly not short on character in anyway, is it?

-No.

-I like it. And I can...

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You're not quite there, are you?

0:35:500:35:52

-I think since downstairs, his enthusiasm has waned a little.

-Well, no, I think it's...

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You know, it's not going to be massive upstairs.

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Most cottages aren't, are they? You know, even if they're big downstairs.

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-So I think you've got to compromise with the bedrooms.

-This is your own private wing.

0:36:040:36:08

-Cos you've also got a bathroom here.

-Ah, right.

0:36:080:36:10

-And your own staircase, taking you back down into the kitchen.

-Oh, wow! Yeah.

-That's good.

0:36:100:36:15

-I don't know why I'm telling you about it. I'll show you.

-Yes. Let's have a look.

0:36:150:36:20

-Your own bathroom.

-That's bigger than the family bathroom, isn't it?

0:36:220:36:26

It is. And you can still keep an eye on your horses

0:36:260:36:29

-out in the field there, through that window. Lovely.

-Shall we go outside?

-Yeah.

0:36:290:36:35

'They're both being really positive about this house, but I admit it caters more for Pam's needs.

0:36:350:36:40

'Heading outside, we pass the cottage annex, which has everything you'd want.'

0:36:400:36:45

And the teenagers might like to make use of it as they get older.

0:36:450:36:48

Just round the corner, there's plenty of room for the horses, as there are nine stables,

0:36:480:36:52

which sit on this five-acre plot. More than enough space for extending the equestrian family.

0:36:520:36:57

And I still have my trump card to play.

0:36:570:37:00

So, you wanted a manege.

0:37:010:37:03

-I give you a manege.

-Right, wow!

0:37:030:37:05

-Great.

-Fantastic. It's lit as well.

0:37:050:37:07

-It's floodlit, yes.

-That's a real bonus, isn't it?

-It is.

-You can see the land as well.

0:37:070:37:12

Where the horse is there, that's part of your land.

0:37:120:37:14

That field, that paddock. And the one in the front as well.

0:37:140:37:18

Your lifestyle, it fits in completely. Look around you, there are horses everywhere!

0:37:180:37:22

I think from a facilities point of view, you couldn't really ask for much more, could you, for the horses?

0:37:220:37:27

-No.

-So it definitely is a good contender on the lifestyle front, isn't it?

0:37:270:37:32

This house has obviously impressed. But as ever, it gets to crunch time.

0:37:320:37:37

-So, we've come to the moment that you dread.

-Yes.

-I sense. You like the house?

-I do, I love it.

0:37:390:37:45

I think this is my dream house.

0:37:450:37:47

OK. We'll get to you later.

0:37:470:37:50

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

0:37:500:37:53

I think it must be near 930, £930,000.

0:37:530:37:59

OK.

0:37:590:38:00

-How about you?

-I think it's a little bit cheaper.

0:38:000:38:04

I would have said 920.

0:38:040:38:08

Same ballpark, but maybe 920.

0:38:080:38:10

920. It's not 900,000.

0:38:100:38:15

-Is it over-budget?

-It's less than 900,000.

-Ah!

0:38:150:38:18

-Really?

-Yep.

0:38:180:38:20

It's actually on the market for £865,000.

0:38:200:38:23

-Gosh.

-What's wrong with it?

0:38:230:38:26

-I can't find a lot wrong with it.

-No.

-Go and have a look round. There's loads to see.

0:38:260:38:30

Explore the annex again as well.

0:38:300:38:33

And I'll come and find you.

0:38:330:38:35

-You're relieved, aren't you?

-I am.

0:38:350:38:37

At £865,000, surely this house has to take the winning rosette.

0:38:370:38:43

It has everything they want, and it's well within their budget.

0:38:430:38:46

-Can you see yourself here, then?

-I can.

-Can you?

-Yeah.

-Are you feeling at home already?

-I can, yeah.

0:38:570:39:03

It would do. But I'm after really in a building, a bit more space and a bit more of a feeling of space.

0:39:030:39:10

That's the thing that's missing for me.

0:39:100:39:12

-It's a pretty-looking property, isn't it?

-It is.

0:39:120:39:15

And the stables are hidden.

0:39:150:39:17

-They are.

-So you can't see that from the front of the house.

0:39:170:39:20

-On a nice summer's day, not a windy summer's day, it would be good, eh?

-It would.

-It would be lovely.

0:39:200:39:25

I can see us fitting in here.

0:39:250:39:27

I can see everything.

0:39:270:39:29

Erm, yeah,

0:39:290:39:31

it's made for me!

0:39:310:39:33

How did I know that you would be here, you two?

0:39:330:39:37

I can't possibly think why.

0:39:370:39:39

I feel really bad about this, but I'm gonna have to drag you away. More to see, I'm afraid.

0:39:390:39:43

Come on, let's go.

0:39:430:39:45

Clay pigeon shooting has been a popular English country sport

0:39:500:39:53

for the last century.

0:39:530:39:55

Adrian was once a keen shot and when he and Pam make the move to

0:39:550:39:58

the country, he would love to pick it up again, so they're meeting up

0:39:580:40:01

with Brian Dickenson, a local clay pigeon shooting instructor.

0:40:010:40:06

-Now, that is basic safety protection for your body. Yes?

-Excellent.

0:40:060:40:11

To ensure maximum safety, it's important there

0:40:110:40:14

is 275 metres of an exclusion zone in front of the gun.

0:40:140:40:18

So, this is the safe way to take the gun out of the slip. Unzip it.

0:40:180:40:22

Break it. Now, we can both see it's empty. Take it out of the slip.

0:40:240:40:29

We know that that gun is empty.

0:40:290:40:31

This is a 12 bore shotgun, designed to bust clays,

0:40:310:40:35

but also designed to kill.

0:40:350:40:37

So, we are always ultra, ultra safe.

0:40:370:40:40

With the briefing over, it's time to get cracking.

0:40:400:40:44

The clays are discs made of pitch and chalk

0:40:440:40:47

and fired remotely from a machine known as a trap.

0:40:470:40:50

And to insure you don't fire outside the designated area,

0:40:500:40:53

posing a danger to others, the shooter stands within a cage.

0:40:530:40:56

As Pam is a novice, she gets a lesson from Brian.

0:40:560:40:59

The gun is live. Mount your gun. Target is coming now.

0:41:000:41:05

-OK. Do not worry about that.

-Missed it.

-Of course you missed it.

0:41:070:41:10

-But that is the first time you have ever shot.

-Yeah.

-OK.

0:41:100:41:13

Take your gun down. Relax.

0:41:130:41:15

This is the clay target you are shooting, yes?

0:41:150:41:17

If you shoot straight at it, the target would have gone,

0:41:170:41:20

you'll be shooting there. So you shoot here, just in front of it.

0:41:200:41:25

-So that when the shot goes to it, it all goes together.

-OK.

-OK.

-Right.

0:41:250:41:29

Let's try again.

0:41:290:41:31

-There it is, there.

-With Brian's encouragement,

0:41:320:41:36

it only takes a few goes for Pam to get the hang of it.

0:41:360:41:39

-There. There, there. Good shot. Good shot!

-Did I hit that?!

-Marvellous!

0:41:390:41:43

-Right! Let's keep doing the same.

-Right, come on then!

0:41:430:41:45

Keep the same. Exactly.

0:41:450:41:47

-Whatever you did then, do exactly the same.

-I don't know what I did!

0:41:470:41:51

You hit it perfect.

0:41:510:41:53

Perfect! Absolutely! Perfect!

0:41:550:41:59

For a complete beginner, this is fantastic.

0:41:590:42:02

Pam is obviously a natural. Will Adrian be able to follow her high standard?

0:42:020:42:07

Under pressure now.

0:42:070:42:09

Target's going now!

0:42:110:42:13

-Follow it. It's coming now.

-Oops! It's not looking so good.

0:42:170:42:21

That's one. Oh! The wife is the winner! The wife is the winner!

0:42:210:42:27

No points for Adrian! Unfortunately.

0:42:270:42:29

Let's hope we hit the target with the house hunt instead.

0:42:290:42:33

Well, it's time for the mystery property,

0:42:360:42:38

and I'm quietly confident that they're gonna love this house.

0:42:380:42:41

It's got everything that they've asked for.

0:42:410:42:44

It's got five bedrooms, an annex, potential games room.

0:42:440:42:47

And outside, well, six acres, three paddocks, and three stables.

0:42:470:42:51

Just perfect! So why is it the mystery property, I hear you ask?

0:42:510:42:56

Well, I've brought them to north Lincolnshire.

0:42:560:42:59

Flat north Lincolnshire.

0:42:590:43:02

You look very nervous, Pam.

0:43:050:43:07

-Do I?

-Yeah, a little bit as if, "Oh, my God, where's he taking me?"

0:43:070:43:11

-Yeah!

-What would you hate?

0:43:110:43:13

Modern, square rooms.

0:43:130:43:17

I don't think it would matter as long as it had got good land outside for the horses.

0:43:170:43:21

You wouldn't care, would you?

0:43:210:43:23

No, not really.

0:43:230:43:24

So, we've come off brief for the mystery house.

0:43:250:43:28

It's just one mile outside Epworth in north Lincolnshire,

0:43:280:43:31

where the average detached property

0:43:310:43:33

is 16% cheaper than in South Yorkshire.

0:43:330:43:35

Sheffield is still commutable, at 39 miles.

0:43:350:43:38

We're going to show them how much more they can get for their money here.

0:43:380:43:42

But will they be able to accept the longer commute?

0:43:420:43:45

Epworth itself is known for being the birthplace in the 18th century, of John Wesley,

0:43:450:43:50

the founder of Methodism.

0:43:500:43:51

Today, Epworth is a fashionable market town, popular with commuters to the region's larger towns

0:43:510:43:56

due to its proximity to the motorway network.

0:43:560:43:59

This convenience might just swing it for Adrian and Pam.

0:43:590:44:02

So...

0:44:040:44:05

This has got the wow, hasn't it?

0:44:050:44:07

Yes, the wow factor with the grounds, I think, definitely.

0:44:070:44:10

-Nice drive, isn't it?

-It is.

-No, it's fantastic. Is it Georgian?

0:44:100:44:15

-It's 18th century.

-I can see stables.

0:44:150:44:18

-We shouldn't have looked at those yet!

-Yes, three stables, I'll show you them later.

0:44:180:44:22

There's loads of storage space as well.

0:44:220:44:24

-Shall we go inside?

-Yeah.

-Definitely.

0:44:240:44:26

'I reckon we're off to a pretty good start.

0:44:260:44:28

'We're taking the side entrance into the utility room, which takes us to the hall.'

0:44:280:44:34

You've got a boot room here. Downstairs loo.

0:44:340:44:37

Lovely.

0:44:370:44:38

-And the kitchen.

-Oh, wow!

0:44:380:44:42

-Good size, isn't it?

-It is, yeah.

0:44:420:44:45

-An impressive, massive beam here. You've got the range, which you were after.

-Yes.

-Oil-fired, that is.

0:44:450:44:51

-Yep.

-You seem very quiet.

0:44:510:44:53

No, I love the range, I think that's great.

0:44:530:44:56

-It's different.

-Yeah. It's not...singing to me.

-OK.

0:44:560:45:01

-But...

-I can do that if you want.

0:45:010:45:04

You wouldn't want that, honestly.

0:45:040:45:06

Why is it not singing to you?

0:45:060:45:08

Erm, I don't know, really. I don't know.

0:45:080:45:11

Tell you what, let's move on.

0:45:110:45:13

That's a nice little snug, isn't it? Next door to the kitchen.

0:45:210:45:24

And, erm, wood-burning fire.

0:45:240:45:26

-Which is good.

-Open fire, yeah.

0:45:260:45:29

I love it when you give it this sort of look, you say, "It's nice."

0:45:290:45:32

THEY LAUGH

0:45:320:45:34

-Which, you know, means...

-Yeah.

0:45:340:45:37

-Not very, very nice.

-No, it is, it's nice. It's a different...

0:45:370:45:41

Pam I think has seen something before, and gone, that's great.

0:45:410:45:45

And then perhaps not come with an open mind.

0:45:450:45:47

-You need to come with an open mind.

-I know.

-You need to forget that, and see what this has got.

0:45:470:45:52

To be fair, I've only just shown you the kitchen, utility room and this little snug.

0:45:520:45:57

-So shall we show you the rest of the house?

-Yeah, definitely.

-My ambition is to change your opinion of it.

-OK.

0:45:570:46:02

Let's go.

0:46:020:46:04

Come on through to the court of King Henry VIII.

0:46:070:46:10

-Oh, right!

-Wow! Yeah, that is very impressive, isn't it?

0:46:110:46:15

-That's stunning.

-You've got this amazing fireplace.

0:46:150:46:18

-It's a real working fire. An informal sitting room through there. Good size.

-OK.

0:46:180:46:22

So, already, you've seen two places where you can put a TV room or whatever.

0:46:220:46:26

But the formal sitting room is just up here.

0:46:260:46:29

-Come and have a look.

-OK, lovely.

0:46:290:46:31

Yeah. Oh, yes, that's nice.

0:46:310:46:35

-A nice open fire again.

-Lovely fireplace.

-Yeah.

0:46:350:46:37

I could see you lying down there. I don't think I'd ever go to bed.

0:46:370:46:41

I'd go to sleep on that.

0:46:410:46:43

For this room, I think there's lovely potential

0:46:430:46:46

for it to remain a kind of a formal sitting room, don't you?

0:46:460:46:49

-Yeah, it is, it's...

-Beautiful.

0:46:490:46:51

You could just imagine having drinks in here, having dinner in there.

0:46:510:46:55

-It's like a nice country house hotel.

-Yeah.

0:46:550:46:58

Well, there's a second business for you, Adrian.

0:46:580:47:01

Time to take a peek upstairs. The huge landing is rather impressive in itself.

0:47:010:47:05

And this leads to five bedrooms.

0:47:050:47:07

And for a change, we're starting in the master.

0:47:070:47:10

-Really nice, bright room, isn't it?

-It is, isn't it?

0:47:130:47:16

-Nice panelling.

-More of a French feel in this room.

-Yeah, classically decorated.

0:47:160:47:20

-It's lovely.

-Again, very bright. What do you make of the flooring?

0:47:200:47:24

-Yeah. That's different, isn't it?

-Yeah. It gives it a really nice light.

0:47:240:47:28

-I love the idea that you walk down into the en suite.

-Oh, right, yeah.

0:47:280:47:32

I hope quirky features like this will help win Pam round.

0:47:320:47:36

The next two bedrooms are doubles, and then there's a single room with built-in wardrobes.

0:47:360:47:41

Towards the other end of the house are two bathrooms.

0:47:410:47:44

So it looks like the kids get one each.

0:47:440:47:46

And maybe Nick might be taken with the final room.

0:47:460:47:49

Another great-sized bedroom.

0:47:500:47:53

-Yeah.

-Lovely.

-With the funkiest ceiling lights.

0:47:530:47:57

Yes, they are different. This would be good for one of the kids, wouldn't it, this bedroom?

0:47:570:48:02

-Mmm.

-I'm sensing that you like it.

0:48:020:48:06

I do. Yes, I think it's a superb house, yeah. And you're not so sure.

0:48:060:48:11

No, I'm not. It's, erm, you're gonna have to persuade me on this one, I think.

0:48:110:48:16

-Oh, right.

-So it's roles reversed in a way, isn't it?

0:48:160:48:20

-Yes.

-Yes, I think, erm, I mean, we haven't seen the outside facilities, have we, really?

-Yeah. Yeah.

0:48:200:48:26

For the equestrian facilities.

0:48:260:48:28

-So you need to reserve judgment until you've seen that.

-Yeah.

0:48:280:48:31

-Cos you're being swayed by other things you've seen before.

-Yes.

0:48:310:48:35

-So I think you're not giving it a fair chance.

-No.

0:48:350:48:37

-You've got to look at it as a whole.

-Yes.

-I think this is really the best one we've seen.

0:48:370:48:42

-Definitely the best house.

-Yeah.

-By far.

0:48:420:48:45

-Yeah.

-OK. There you go. He's said it.

-Yeah.

0:48:450:48:48

I'm surprised you can't see that. I'm surprised that you think differently.

0:48:480:48:52

But we'll discuss it at length later.

0:48:520:48:55

I'm surprised that I'm here having to listen to this with you!

0:48:550:48:59

I feel like a bit of a gooseberry. I'll leave you to it. Follow me outside if you want.

0:48:590:49:03

But feel free to continue this.

0:49:030:49:05

No, we'll come before we start fighting!

0:49:050:49:08

The house, by and large, is meeting the brief.

0:49:080:49:11

But I just know Pam can't wait to get outside and

0:49:110:49:13

check out the equestrian facilities, which sit in a five-acre plot.

0:49:130:49:17

Loads of parking space.

0:49:170:49:19

-Loads of parking space.

-You wanted stables?

0:49:190:49:21

Three stables. You've always gone on about these

0:49:220:49:25

horses as if they're your, you know, an add-on to your family.

0:49:250:49:28

-They are a part of the family.

-They would be. They're more or less sleeping in the same house.

0:49:280:49:32

Exactly.

0:49:320:49:34

In addition to the stables, there's also a range of outbuildings

0:49:340:49:38

which I'm sure the family will soon find useful.

0:49:380:49:41

There's even a dedicated gym and games room.

0:49:410:49:43

And just behind is a tennis court.

0:49:430:49:45

But as they're not big fans, I was thinking they could take it up and replace it

0:49:450:49:49

with a, you've guessed it, manege.

0:49:490:49:52

-Pam, yet more grounds.

-Yeah.

0:49:540:49:57

-It's another field, isn't it?

-Yeah, small paddock.

0:49:570:50:00

-I've got to ask the question, haven't I?

-Yeah.

0:50:000:50:02

What d'you think it is on the market for? You go first this time.

0:50:020:50:05

Erm, I know it's a beautiful house, but I think it needs a fair bit spending on it.

0:50:050:50:10

But I think it's near the top end of our budget.

0:50:100:50:12

-Right.

-So I would say it's about nine-and-a-half hundred thousand pounds.

0:50:120:50:19

£950,000. OK.

0:50:190:50:21

I would agree. I think it's an absolutely stunning house.

0:50:210:50:25

I think it's fantastic. I think it ticks all the boxes for me.

0:50:250:50:28

Location - a bit further obviously than we wanted to be away, but perhaps doable.

0:50:280:50:33

So I would say, perhaps a bit cheaper than Pam.

0:50:330:50:38

I would say perhaps 900,000, something like that.

0:50:380:50:42

Hopefully it's within our budget.

0:50:440:50:46

It is within your budget.

0:50:460:50:48

It's very close to what you said.

0:50:480:50:50

-It's actually on the market for £895,000.

-Really?

-Yes, really.

0:50:500:50:55

She's got a smile on her face then! That is good value for money, I think.

0:50:550:50:58

I think compared to what we've seen, that is the best value for money house we've seen.

0:50:580:51:03

-It gives you over 100 grand to play around with.

-Yeah.

0:51:030:51:06

Well, I think you should go and have another look around.

0:51:060:51:08

And you should carry on trying to persuade her. Good luck.

0:51:080:51:12

-OK, yes, I'll need it, thank you.

-I'll come and find you.

-OK, great. Thank you.

-See you later.

0:51:120:51:18

This mystery house has created quite a stir.

0:51:180:51:22

Whilst Adrian loves it, Pam remains to be convinced. It has...

0:51:220:51:27

I don't think Pam feels quite the same way as I do with this house.

0:51:340:51:40

And I'm not really sure why, because I think logically speaking, it's got everything we want.

0:51:400:51:45

And as much as the other houses.

0:51:450:51:48

So it perhaps needs a bit of gentle persuasion on my part, or hard persuasion, probably!

0:51:480:51:54

And so that's what we're gonna have a discussion about, I think.

0:51:540:51:58

So you don't think there's enough land, then?

0:51:580:52:01

I don't think there's enough. And I think it needs quite a bit of work doing on the fencing.

0:52:010:52:05

You couldn't shove a horse in here straightaway.

0:52:050:52:08

-You'd have to do quite a bit of work.

-Yeah. But we could fix that with money.

0:52:080:52:12

You could. And there's money in the pot, isn't there?

0:52:120:52:15

-Yeah. So I wouldn't dismiss it because of that.

-No, it's not a deal breaker, is it?

0:52:150:52:18

No, it's a concern that you've got, OK.

0:52:180:52:22

I think it's very difficult to put my finger on what the problem is.

0:52:220:52:26

And I don't know. I really don't know.

0:52:260:52:29

For once in my life, I'm actually quite stuck for words, cos it is a fantastic house.

0:52:290:52:34

-It's amazing.

-So, what d'you think of the stables?

0:52:340:52:36

-Yeah, the stables are a good size, aren't they?

-Yeah.

-Standard size, really.

0:52:360:52:40

-Quite modern. They're reasonably new.

-Hi.

-Hi.

-Just checking you're still talking.

0:52:400:52:45

-Yes. Just.

-That's a good thing. We've seen all the properties.

0:52:450:52:49

We've had different reactions - some positive, some negative.

0:52:490:52:52

So the only way we can decide is by having an arm wrestle.

0:52:520:52:55

Not you and me, but you and him.

0:52:550:52:57

-Go away and have a really good think, and meet up later.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-Come on, let's go.

0:52:570:53:01

Adrian and Pam's property hunt has thrown up some

0:53:040:53:07

interesting propositions, but what will be the final outcome?

0:53:070:53:12

So, is it safe for me to sit down?

0:53:160:53:17

-It is. Yeah, we're all right, aren't we?

-The mystery property caused a little bit of a rift?

0:53:170:53:22

-It did put the cat amongst the pigeons, didn't it?

-Yes.

0:53:220:53:24

-The mystery property was controversial.

-Yeah, the horse came between you.

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Let's talk about all the houses that we've seen.

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-The first one...

-I loved the land. I thought the land was fantastic.

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It was just really, the fields just surrounded the property

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and hugged it, and it was brilliant,

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I mean there was no facilities there, particularly,

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for what we would want, but easily, we would have sorted that out.

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It was just the house, it had no wow factor, did it?

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And I just don't see how we could have possibly altered it

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in any shape to get it to how we wanted it.

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-And funnily enough, I totally agree.

-And what about the house on the hill, the windy hill.

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-I loved the kitchen there. That kitchen...

-That had the wow factor.

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-That, definitely, the kitchen was...

-That's the best room we've seen.

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It is, by far, that one.

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That had the land as well. And it had stables.

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I think the price was a little bit high.

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What about the house with the manege?

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Oooh, that was fantastic.

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It was set up perfect, for me. And I loved the fact that from every room, you could see the horses.

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The views were amazing. You could just see for ever. And I love being outside.

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-So... I hate being tied to the kitchen.

-This is a bone of contention, I think,

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the priorities - Pam's are horses, kids, me!

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-No, dogs, me.

-Dogs, me! Yeah!

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So that's reflected in her choice of house. No, seriously, I think...

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It's not really. The house was beautiful, though.

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She's I'm sure prepared to compromise a lot on the house.

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Whereas I would put the house by far at the top of my priorities.

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So that's where we have the disagreement.

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Maybe you're not gonna get a really lovely house and fantastic equestrian facilities.

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Maybe that might not be possible. So there's got to be a compromise somewhere.

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Unclench your fists, put them up here.

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I'll just move these as well, cos we're gonna talk about the mystery property, and anything could happen!

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That house had the wow factor, didn't it?

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Especially when you walked up to it.

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-Mmm. It was, it was what I was looking for, I think, in my mind's eye, as a dream house.

-I agree.

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Yeah, whatever!

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No, I do. I do agree. I think it needed a bit of work, really.

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-And the rooms were not as big as I thought they'd be.

-You love it, though.

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I thought it was great, yeah.

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I thought they'd got plenty of interior space.

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The rooms were not massive, I would agree.

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But I think it was a house that you could remodel inside, how you wanted.

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And the exterior space I think was fantastic.

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-It's gonna be tough, isn't it?

-It is. Cos you really liked that, didn't you?

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I thought it was, it was fantastic.

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-And...

-We'd like to take the children. We've told them about those two properties.

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And I think we're going to take them and let them decide.

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Probably one of them will think, one will agree with me...

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This has got disaster written all over it. It really has.

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-They're going to have to have another programme.

-I think I'm busy!

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Then I suggest you take the two horses as well, see what they think.

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Oh, my God! Well, I'm delighted that you're gonna go and see two again.

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And I've really loved meeting you. You were great fun.

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-Thank you.

-And good luck with it.

-Thank you very much.

-Fantastic, thank you. It's lovely to meet you.

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Will Pamela and Adrian ever agree on a property?

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Well, I hope so, because it's obvious that they're both really spiritually attached to Yorkshire?

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But having a few disagreements when you're property hunting, it's horses for courses, isn't it?

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I'd say our work here is done. Till next time, goodbye.

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Series in which prospective buyers are helped to find their dream home in the country.

Aled Jones is horsing around South Yorkshire in search of the ultimate equestrian pad for a feisty couple from Sheffield. With a fantastic budget of up to one million pounds, they are looking for a house with that elusive wow factor.

The perfect property should deliver a large family kitchen, four bedrooms, stables and at least five acres of land. But with one wanting contemporary and the other chasing character, it's going to be an interesting ride.


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