Cornwall Escape to the Country


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Property series. Aled Jones helps a couple with their family of 14 dogs and cats go in search of rural isolation in Cornwall after decades of urban living.


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Today I'm in a county whose temperate climate makes it possible

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to grow produce as diverse as chillies and tea.

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Nine years ago, this was a barren landscape -

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no level ground, no vegetation, no plants.

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Today it attracts more than a million visitors a year.

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Where am I? Find out as we Escape To The Country.

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Today we'll be helping a couple go in search of rural isolation

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for their family of 14 dogs and cats.

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And it's definitely the animals that are top priority.

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That is doggy Nirvana.

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We have hand-picked a selection of gorgeous properties.

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-Shall we talk money?

-You are going to break our hearts now.

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And, as ever, there's the mystery house. But will any of the properties

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succeed in matching their dream?

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Today I'm in Cornwall, at the Eden Project,

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which is famous for this, the largest greenhouse in the world.

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They are actually called biomes, and they house a million plants,

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8,000 species from all over the world.

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Since opening back in March 2001,

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11 million visitors have come through the gates.

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The outside space alone is larger than 30 football pitches,

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and it boasts its own tea plantation,

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which is a good thing, because I fancy a cuppa.

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With more than 400 miles of glorious coastline,

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Cornwall lies at the south-westerly tip of Britain.

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It's a county with its own distinctive identity,

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history, culture and language, and regularly experiences

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temperatures higher than the rest of the mainland.

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With its economic history rooted in fishing and mining,

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Cornwall today relies heavily on tourism,

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which brings in five million visitors a year,

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contributing £1.6 billion annually to the economy.

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They are drawn in by the spectacular landscape and dramatic coastal scenery,

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which inspired resident and internationally acclaimed author Daphne du Maurier,

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who penned the novels Rebecca and Jamaica Inn here.

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With its natural beauty, it has long been a popular place to live.

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But recent attention has been drawn to Saltash,

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which in August 2009 was identified as Britain's most desirable postcode

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due to its stable house prices and good schools.

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Cornwall's popularity just goes from strength to strength.

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The price of seaside property in coastal hotspots such as Padstow

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has risen by an incredible 493 percent over the last ten years.

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But if you are not after that sea view, don't panic.

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A detached property will set you back about 8.5 percent

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above national average.

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But whatever the budget, there are some lovely properties out there. Just take a look.

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If you must have a coastal location,

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and you can stretch to £1.5 million, then this four-bedroom house

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overlooking the Fowey Estuary has to be top of your list.

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Forget about the interior. This is all about position.

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If you are wondering how it sits in the landscape, it is right here.

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Or how about this three-bedroom thatched cottage near Perranporth,

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on the market for £595,000?

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Unusually for a property of this style, there are vaulted ceilings,

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but the best selling point has to be the incredible view.

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Or finally, for £395,000,

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you could be the lucky owner of this pretty Cornish cottage.

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It has the stone walls, flagstone floor

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and beams you might expect from a property like this,

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and it comes with two acres of land, including a paddock.

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So, with plenty of Cornish delights on offer,

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let's hope there is something to whet the appetite of today's buyers. Let's meet them.

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Mike and Sarah from Wilmington in Kent are looking forward to

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early retirement from the police force.

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They are making a move with their six dogs

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and eight cats to the Cornish countryside.

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They met 12 years ago, and have been living in Sarah's property,

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convenient for the commute to work.

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This house is a 1950s four-bed two-bath detached bungalow.

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The location is great, but we are still surrounded

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by other houses and suburbia,

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and I really just want to get completely away from all of that.

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I am looking for something truly in the middle of nowhere.

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I have thought about this for a long, long time, over the years

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when I have been doing night duties in London,

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and I have always had this dream about relocating one day.

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-And one day is here.

-We are willing to compromise on the house itself.

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The location is paramount. If it had some land, great,

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because I've always had a self-sufficiency thing.

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And a lake, a river or even a beach within 20 minutes' drive,

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that we could basically load the dogs in the morning and go down and swim with them.

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It must be right. This is our forever house.

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No pressure for us, then!

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In a nutshell, what are we searching for?

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We want a minimum of two but preferably three bedrooms,

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because obviously people will be coming to see us.

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And hopefully a decent sized kitchen where we can do some entertaining,

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because we live in the kitchen. Other than that, we are flexible.

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One of the most important things about the new place

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is it has got to have an area, something like this for the dogs.

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We really do need something with a tiled floor and some space for their toys, beds, water,

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and somewhere when they come back from being muddy, after we have rinsed them down,

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they can stay and get dry before we let them into the rest of the house.

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I think I would like our next place to have some land.

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Really for these dogs. We are restricted here.

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They can't run free. I have to walk them on leads.

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And I think our next place is as much about their needs

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as it is about our own.

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So, the dogs rule. But before we can head off to Cornwall,

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we need to get a handle on money, so we have arranged for

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a local estate agent to provide a current valuation.

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The property is a four-bedroom detached bungalow.

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It's on the most desirable road in the area.

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We would expect to achieve in the region of £500,000.

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The estate agent's valuation is, to be honest,

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about where I thought it was going to be.

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There are people out there that have lost thousands in the current recession,

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so to get back virtually what I paid for it, that's fine.

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I'd like to keep the budget for the next property on a par with what this sells for.

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Then hopefully within a very short time of moving,

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we would be mortgage-free.

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So the budget for our next house will be £500,000.

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So, Mike and Sarah are after solitude,

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and this move is all about location. The more remote the better.

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No neighbours, no busy roads, and no more dogs on leashes.

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The dogs - they are the key to this move.

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Make the dogs happy, and Mike and Sarah will follow suit.

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They are pretty flexible regarding location,

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as long as the property is remote, so Cornwall is our oyster.

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Over two days, we will be showing them houses

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that could turn their Cornish dream into reality.

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

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Our final stop will be the mystery house,

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which will push their idea of a good life to the limit.

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-Sarah, Mike. Welcome to Cornwall.

-Thank you.

-How are you?

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-We are well, thank you.

-Looking forward to it?

-Absolutely.

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-And I suppose you're looking forward to escaping the rat race.

-Yeah.

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It is definitely time to leave London, leave all the clamour and the bustle.

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So you move to the country to put your feet up?

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Or are you going to embrace the lifestyle, grow your own veg?

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-That's his department.

-Really?

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Yeah, the plans are I can go as self-sufficient as possible.

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Which is why we are looking for something with land.

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I do dabble in growing vegetables at home,

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but I am hoping to pretty much provide our needs here if we can.

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You know you have chosen a massively expensive area?

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It is in the top 20 most expensive areas in Britain to live.

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But we have got some lovely properties to show you, including the mystery property.

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-It could be our get out of jail free card.

-Oh, God.

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There's going to be loads of those gags. Get used to it now.

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Come on, let's go.

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So, after decades of urban living, Mike and Sarah are ready

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to embrace Cornwall with a generous £500,000 in their pocket.

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For these two passionate animal lovers,

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it is all about location, location and location again.

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Remoteness is key.

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Ideally, the house will have two to three bedrooms,

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a dedicated room for the dogs

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and plenty of land for them to bounce around in,

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and of course for Mike to realise his green dream.

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Well, guys, I don't want you to think that I am buttering you up,

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but you both look far too young to be retiring.

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-Of course we do.

-Why are you, then?

-Because it will be a better life.

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No more work, just enjoy ourselves.

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-And so far, are you loving Cornwall?

-Oh, I love it.

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We came down here for years for family holidays, Mum, Dad,

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sisters and everything.

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And I have always loved it down here.

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But you have only ever been once, haven't you?

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Once, when I was about 17. And it is a beautiful place.

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Well, there's no disputing that.

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And we'd love to see them settled here, so for our first house,

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we are heading over to Trebell Green, ten miles from St Austell.

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The small hamlet is no more than a handful of houses,

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and will offer Mike and Sarah the tranquility they seek.

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Traffic comes in the form of walkers, as the Saints Way runs through it,

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on its way from Padstow to Fowey.

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Local amenities are just two miles away in Lanivet, which was

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the subject of a Thomas Hardy poem after he visited here in 1872.

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Over in Trebell Green, our house sits in a fantastic position.

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Even on a gloomy day, it still has superb views.

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What you have is what was originally two farm workers' cottages

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that have been knocked into one. It's 300 years old. What do you think?

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First impressions, it is really pretty, isn't it?

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Even down to roses round the door.

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-It is what you'd expect.

-It is, it's cute.

-Shall we get in?

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Because it is horrible. You can take your hood off then.

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'Great. We are on the right track, but cute cottages come with cute doors,

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'which might be a bit of a squeeze for six-foot Sarah.'

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Come on in, guys. Mind your head.

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It's good to take your coat off, isn't it? What do you think?

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-Yes.

-I like it.

-It's unusual.

-I do, I like it.

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-The locals call this house Hug House.

-Yes, I can see why.

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It's got that feeling that it hugs you when you walk in.

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-It's a feelgood house.

-Very low ceilings.

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Yeah, you just about clear it. So, this is a little breakfast room.

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-Too small for you?

-Yes. It is, yes. But let's see the rest of it.

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You're quite positive, though?

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Yes, I thought it had a really nice feel as you came in.

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I'm not as tall as Sarah, so it doesn't quite have the...

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I suppose, once you relax into the fact that you ain't

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going to bang your head even in your high heels...

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The doorways would be a challenge.

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First impressions, it's really, really nice.

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Come on, I'll show you the rest. Do mind your head.

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So, a sitting room with a fireplace.

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-That is really nice, isn't it?

-Isn't it just?

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That's the original lintel, so they'd cook over that fire.

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-Good grief. That is really nice.

-You mentioned the beams.

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It is slightly higher here.

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These are original beams that have been painted over. It's bright.

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-It's not dark.

-It is a good idea to paint those,

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because otherwise it would be too dark. That is nicely done.

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-It is a very light room, yeah.

-'Well, that has lifted their spirits.

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'But what about the dining room?'

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-Again, it is not lacking in space, is it?

-No, it is a good-sized room.

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It is a beautiful room.

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It feels bigger than the other room next door.

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'It's certainly spacious, but there's no covering up

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'that the kitchen is a tad on the economical side.'

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-One kitchen.

-It's, um...quite small, isn't it?

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-It's the smallest room you've been in so far, isn't it?

-Yes.

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-Your face has changed!

-It has.

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-Things have taken a downturn, I'm afraid.

-It's really nicely done.

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It's really cute. But it's far too small for us.

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Shall I show you the room that could be the room for the dogs?

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-Yes, do. There is one positive in this room.

-Which is?

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-You don't have to mind your head.

-That's true.

-Follow me.

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'Oh, dear, we've hit a snag.

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'But if the dogs come first, I have a couple of options.

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'Firstly, a wet room next to the kitchen.'

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-What do you think?

-It's really nicely done.

-I love the wet room.

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Great for the dogs.

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To come in and be able to rinse them off and all the rest of it, that's great.

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'It is, however, clearly too small for six dogs to hang out in here.

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'So my other option is the sunny conservatory with a dog-friendly stone floor.

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'I think this property is a great place,

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'and house number one is always a toe in the water.'

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-So, this is the main bathroom.

-OK.

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It's a good size.

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-Again, size is great.

-Honestly, I would put a new suite in.

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But there is nothing wrong with the size.

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'Well, at least that hit the mark, but what about the master bedroom?'

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-The floor slopes a bit.

-If does, doesn't it? A definite tilt.

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-It naturally propels you to the bed.

-It is quite cute.

-It is, yeah.

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-Presumably that's the only storage.

-Yes. Do you have lots of clothes?

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Every woman does. No, no. So, it is a good-sized room,

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but unless we use one of the other bedrooms for a dressing room or something...

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I spoke to the owner, and basically, she has partitioned these rooms off herself, more or less,

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so actually there is a possibility to have two bedrooms,

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to have three bedrooms, to have two bedrooms, two bathrooms.

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-You can do what you want with the upstairs.

-Now, that I like.

-That works for us.

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So the fact that that is the only storage at the moment,

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you know, is neither here nor there, really.

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-No, that is a good naughty cupboard.

-What, if the dogs have been bad?

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-No, more for me.

-For him!

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'I don't know how much time you spend in the naughty cupboard, Mike,

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'but one of the other bedrooms might be more comfortable.

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'There are two doubles or a single. Take your pick.

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'Well, that's all the evidence that this is a lovely cottage

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'in a great location.

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'It is crammed with character features.

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'It's just a shame the kitchen's too small.

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'We did, however, have the half-acre garden with its idyllic

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'view of Helman Tor well in mind when choosing this property,

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'and there's one more bonus that drew us to this house also.'

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This was a substantial vegetable plot.

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You could be totally self-sufficient.

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-It's a massive plot.

-It's a lovely garden. It's manageable as well.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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And it ticks all the boxes. It's a great location.

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OK, you've seen the house, seen the garden

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with the potential vegetable plot, it's big enough for the dogs.

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-We're all happy on that front.

-We are.

-Mm.

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What do you think it's worth?

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It's really pretty, it's in a good location.

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475, 480?

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480,000, you reckon. OK. What about you?

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-No, I think it's a little less.

-OK.

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I think it's a little less, I'm going to pitch in at 445.

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£445,000.

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-I think you're being quite optimistic there.

-Well, we'll see.

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-Yeah, you're wrong.

-No!

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-It's on the market for £450,000.

-Really?

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I honestly thought with the location and the like that that would

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probably put a premium on it, just exactly where it is.

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-It's encouraging, it's encouraging.

-It is.

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-It's £50,000 under budget.

-Yeah.

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That in itself gives me great hope.

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-Go and have another look around, because it's raining cats and dogs out here.

-Yeah.

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-You see what I did there?

-Very good, very good.

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-I'll come and find you.

-OK.

-Thank you.

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At £450,000, this property sits in a wonderful rural location.

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It has three reception rooms

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offering plenty of space to spread out.

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Downstairs wet room which we thought would be great for showering down the dogs.

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And a large garden with a potential vegetable plot

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to satisfy their self-sufficiency dreams.

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I can't fault the location. There's no traffic down here at all.

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Downstairs, a couple of great rooms, the dining room and sitting room.

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The upstairs of the house was a lot more interesting.

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There were partition walls so there's a good chance to put an extra bathroom in.

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A blank canvas that we could play with.

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Very nice view up to the top of the hill.

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I don't think you can fault the gardens.

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The views are spectacular,

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the gardens are everything that we asked for.

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The location's good, I do like the location.

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Most of the house would work for us, but the most important rooms don't.

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The kitchen is far too small for me. It's not a big enough sociable space

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and the most important thing for us is the dogs

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and that space is just nowhere near big enough.

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-Seen enough?

-Yes, thank you.

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-Right, hood on.

-Mm.

-Plenty more to see.

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-Come on.

-Good.

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Mike and Sarah are looking for rural seclusion for their dream home

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but their move to Cornwall will place them close to some beautiful tourist hotspots.

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Padstow, sitting on the west side of the Camel Estuary,

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ranks pretty highly on the tourist must-see list.

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-It's beautiful.

-I agree. As a day visit, a wonderful place.

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So earlier in the week they made the most of the glorious sunshine

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and met up with local tourism manager Tina Evans

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to hear a little more about Padstow's history.

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In the 1900s Padstow was a really thriving bustling port, with

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trading vessels, fishing vessels, all sorts of things going on,

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and it was reflected in the businesses around the quay -

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grain stores, coal merchants, boat builders.

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Of course the tourism industry now is massively important to Padstow.

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From Easter certainly until the end of October most of the time

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Padstow is busy, which is great for visitors because now,

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the restaurants, shops, everything stays open all year round.

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Many tourists are drawn to Padstow because it has the reputation

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for being the foodie capital of Cornwall.

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Celebrity chef Rick Stein opened his first restaurant here back in 1975

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and it subsequently spawned a growth of quality competitors.

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Local businesses cater well for the tourist pound.

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The attractive streets are lined with pastel-washed shops

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selling everything from souvenirs to the much-celebrated Cornish pasty.

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Today, with a much diminished fishing industry,

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the harbour is largely taken over by the sailing fraternity,

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who use it as a base for exploring the dramatic coastline

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of the rock outcrops and fine sandy bays.

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The tourist crowds will be too much here for Mike and Sarah,

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so our journey continues.

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House number two is in Wendron,

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nine miles from Helston

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at the northern edge of the Lizard Peninsula.

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It's a secluded location, well off the beaten track,

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and is perfect dog-walking country for our couple's canine family.

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Hundreds of years ago, nearby Helston was a thriving port,

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but during medieval times, the mouth of the Cober River began to silt up,

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creating the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall.

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-It's amazing, isn't it?

-It is.

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One minute it's raining, next minute the sun's out for us.

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-I know, the sun. Hurrah!

-Now, this is a site of an old tin mine.

-Uh-huh.

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-Right.

-And this is where the miners used to live.

-Really?

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Built in the 1800s. It was extended by the previous owners,

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and the current owners converted the garage.

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-What do you think?

-I think it looks great. I really do.

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-Shall we get in?

-Yeah, let's.

-I hope you like it!

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'Yeah, wait till they COP a load of this.

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'I think it might just top the BILL. See what I did there?'

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-Come on in, you two.

-Thanks.

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Well, boss, what do you think?

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Yes, I like this. It's nice.

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-How did you know I was talking to you?

-Obviously you were!

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-Of course I was.

-Nice!

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-I've a good feeling about this place.

-Oh, really?

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-Yeah, I like this.

-Yeah. Lovely.

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-OK. Let's go see the kitchen.

-OK.

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-It's a good size, isn't it?

-It is, yes.

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No, I like this - yeah, I do. I like the size of it.

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I like the stone walls, again.

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-The flooring's ideal for dogs.

-Great.

-No problem at all.

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-Onward to the sitting room, I think.

-OK.

-Lead on.

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This is going very well, isn't it?

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-Do mind your head.

-Yeah, thanks!

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-So this is the original part of the house.

-Right.

-So, 1800s.

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-Working fireplace.

-That's nice, isn't it?

-Pretty majestic, isn't it?

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-Hmm, yeah - I like that.

-That's a focal point.

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-And what about the exposed beams? Fan of?

-I've not...

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They're not really for me, but they're OK.

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-It gives this room some real character, doesn't it?

-Mm.

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-Big enough for you?

-Yeah.

-It is.

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I know it's not open-plan, but it has that feeling of it.

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-It flows through.

-Kitchen through to here, through to the conservatory.

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It flows really well.

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-The natural progression is, let's go have a look at that conservatory.

-OK.

-Right.

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-This was put in by the current owners.

-Right.

-It's lovely.

-It is.

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It's fairly new.

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It's a very nice room

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-and it opens out onto...

-Fantastic garden.

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-..what is probably perfection in terms of us.

-Really?

-That is.

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In all honesty.

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I could not ask for anything more.

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-Couldn't ask for anything better.

-That is doggy nirvana.

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-Shall we go upstairs?

-Yeah, let's.

-Please, lead on.

-I hope you like it.

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'Doggy nirvana? Wow, it doesn't get better than that for the pooches!

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'No doubt the upstairs is sure to set our buyers' tails wagging too

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'as the spacious feeling continues.

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'And I'm sure they'll agree this next room has

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'one of the best appointed seats in the house.'

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Again, a stunning view.

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-It is, isn't it? Look at that.

-Isn't it just?!

-Great.

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You can be in the bath looking at the view.

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-Yeah, it's lovely.

-Bedrooms?

-Uh-huh.

-Please.

-Go on.

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'There's plenty of space up here.

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'The first room is a double and the owners have made best use of

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'the landing space by creating a study area,

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'next to which is the second double

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'with an en suite and views of the ruins of Wheal and the tin mine.

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'Last for us is the third double room.'

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Actually, you see, I would prefer this as the master bedroom, I think.

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I thought you'd say that.

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I really would. I know it hasn't got the shower room,

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-but this is just a nicer feel to it.

-It is, absolutely.

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-It's more good space.

-If it's space you're after,

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-my God, you're in for a surprise!

-Lead on.

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'I have been a little cunning in leading them to believe

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'that that's it for the bedrooms. Oh, no!

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'Back downstairs, the owners have skilfully converted the garage.'

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-Oh, that's lovely.

-Oh, wow!

-Now, that IS nice.

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-That is EXACTLY what you could ever hope for.

-Now you've blown me away.

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-That IS a bedroom.

-That is really, really nice.

-Will this do you then?

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-Yeah, it would.

-Big enough for you?

-Yeah.

-Oh, yeah!

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It is, it's more than I ever expected to see here.

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This room has quite a few wow factors. This is one of them.

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Pop your head in there. You're going to like.

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-Oh, excellent.

-OK.

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That's enough room for clothes! That's fantastic.

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-It is fantastic, absolutely.

-OK.

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-There's more.

-Right.

-Good grief.

-Follow me.

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That's fantastic.

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-This is one stunning set-up.

-Isn't it just?

-Yeah.

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Who'd have thought that a garage could be so well done?

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-This is a serious en suite.

-It is, isn't it?

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This part of the house is just...amazing.

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-You have the outside space to see too.

-Can't wait.

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-Let's have a look.

-Come on, let's go.

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'This surprise master en suite is the cherry on top of the icing on this wonderful cake.

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'I don't think the outdoor space is going to let it down.'

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-Nice, isn't it?

-Beautiful.

-Lovely.

-Absolutely beautiful.

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-So you've got about two acres here.

-Good grief!

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It's... It's got the wow factor inside and outside.

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-That's certainly enough, isn't it?

-Yeah, more than enough.

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It's Cornish stone boundary. You've got a little fish pond down there,

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an orchard. You have a vine where you can pick your own grapes,

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some decking. The garden shed as well, double garage.

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-Mm-hmm.

-Yeah, I love it.

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-It's great.

-You like it, you love it?

-Mm-hmm.

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What would make you love it?

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See, that's the problem.

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Because I really like it, now I know it'll be too expensive.

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-Do you think?

-Yeah.

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What do you think it's on for?

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This can not be anywhere near our budget,

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I think it's probably nearer £600,000. Maybe 590?

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-£590,000.

-Mm-hmm.

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I actually think less than that.

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I think it's probably around the 550-560,

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which is still too much, but I think it's around the 550-560.

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£600,000...is what it was on the market for.

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-Right.

-Mm-hmm.

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It's now on the market for £545,000.

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-Wow.

-It's dropped quite a bit.

-It has.

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545 is a very reasonable price for what you're getting.

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-It's a lot house for the money.

-Very reasonable.

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-Listen, you've got so much to take in.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-Go and do it.

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-I'll catch up with you by the front door.

-OK.

-Take your time.

-Cheers.

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This house is perfect for Mike and Sarah in so many ways.

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But it is over-budget, at £545,000,

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and will incur a higher rate of stamp duty.

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Yet it delivers pretty much everything they asked for,

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and that's why we thought it was worth taking them here.

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As always, perhaps a reasonable offer will get a reasonable answer.

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Its four bedrooms include a fabulous master en suite.

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I'm blown away by this property. It's a big place.

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It's got a big, solid feel to it.

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The outside is fantastic for our animals.

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The icing on the cake and the real wow factor

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is when I walked in that garage -

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I just didn't expect to see what I saw.

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It kind of took my breath away, actually.

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-This is unusual.

-I didn't realise you could grow grapes in Cornwall.

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No. It's obviously mild enough.

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It would be quite nice to sit out in the evenings - peel me a grape!

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This has given me a lot to think about. It's got the wow factor.

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I now need to try and reconcile with myself about the money.

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I know Mike is very taken with it - one of us has got to be sensible.

0:26:510:26:56

Cor, blimey - could you two have taken any longer?!

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-It's nice, I wanted to have a good look.

-There's a lot to see.

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-You're still smiling.

-It's gorgeous.

-You can't not, can you?

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You're saying all the right things. Plenty more to see, though.

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Mike and Sarah are keen to grow their own fruit and vegetables,

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and couldn't have picked a better county for it.

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Benefiting from the Gulf Stream, the Cornish climate

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is the closest we have to that of the Mediterranean,

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enjoying over 1,500 hours of sunshine a year.

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To find out what grows well in these parts,

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they're visiting the Eden Project, near St Austell,

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to meet up with horticulturalist Gill Cartwright,

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who looks after the ornamental vegetable garden.

0:27:430:27:45

-Morning, Gill.

-How are you?

-Very well.

0:27:450:27:49

The Eden Project is widely known for its huge, iconic biomes,

0:27:490:27:53

which house plants from all over the world.

0:27:530:27:56

Gill is quite rightly proud of her achievements.

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How long has this taken you to cultivate?

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Well, I have been here, looking after this particular plot,

0:28:020:28:07

for the last eight years.

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What you can see now is our midsummer display.

0:28:090:28:13

-Which has got everything in it.

-Yes.

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-You've got tomatoes, you've got, what, chard...?

-Kale, spinach.

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Lovely red cabbage over there, which is nearly ready to go

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And also lots of flowers, for pollination.

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-Can you grow all these in a normal house in Cornwall?

-Absolutely.

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Yes, if you've got the space - and even if you haven't got the space,

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because a lot of these things will grow in containers.

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What I'd be interested to know is, for the two of us,

0:28:380:28:42

how big a plot would I need

0:28:420:28:44

-to pretty much go self-sufficient on veg?

-Just on veg.

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You would need about a quarter of this plot, I would say.

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-Oh, right!

-Gosh, right, quite small, then.

-Yes.

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The soil here is man-made,

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due to the fact that this site is an old clay pit.

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But with well-maintained soil, you can expect to grow everything

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Gill grows in your own garden.

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With Cornish weather,

0:29:060:29:08

Gill can grow crops which are more common in southern climates.

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One thing she is adamant about is no use of fertilisers.

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Her produce is entirely organic.

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To ensure tip-top conditions, she mixes home-made compost with the soil

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to provide the most nutrient-rich environment.

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Put your back into it now, please.

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-Listen, we start gently.

-With energy, with energy!

0:29:300:29:33

-Have you got any seeds to plant?!

-We might have.

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We might later, you know!

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'While Mike and I get stuck in, Sarah is sowing salad leaf seeds,

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'which, when harvested,

0:29:420:29:43

'will put a crunch into winter salads.'

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-Had a good time?

-Had a great time, thanks.

-Gill, it's been fantastic.

0:29:470:29:51

-You're very welcome.

-Good luck with it all.

-Thanks.

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-Come back and see your seedlings.

-The produce of our work!

0:29:540:29:57

Thank you, we had a great time, thank you.

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As the day draws to a close in Cornwall,

0:30:070:30:11

our couple get a chance to relax and compare notes.

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-OK, cards on table time.

-Mm-hmm.

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-What about the two converted cottages?

-I liked the sitting room

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and that fireplace - magnificent.

0:30:220:30:24

And I liked the dining room.

0:30:240:30:26

The kitchen is an absolute no-no for me.

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-It's just far too small.

-No, I'd go along with you.

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-The space downstairs was just too small...

-It was.

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-..for our animals - although it was a nice location.

-Yeah, it was.

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-A pretty place.

-So, what did you think of the tin workers' cottage?

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-I think you know what I thought.

-It was lovely.

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-I was blown away by that place.

-The space was fantastic.

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The master bedroom was just absolutely stunning.

0:30:520:30:55

I haven't seen anything better for our...

0:30:550:30:58

No, I'd agree with you.

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-But it is over-budget.

-..tribe of animals.

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And we really need to sit down

0:31:020:31:05

and have a conversation and do some facts and figures.

0:31:050:31:08

-I know it's already been reduced...

-No, I know.

0:31:080:31:12

..but we really do need to sort out the money.

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The properties are obviously out there,

0:31:150:31:17

and I'm looking forward to what they'll show us tomorrow.

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-I'm quite excited by it, to be honest.

-Yeah.

0:31:210:31:23

I really didn't think that we could get close to our dream

0:31:230:31:26

-for the budget that we had.

-No. Surprising.

0:31:260:31:29

-But it's out there, I'm sure it is.

-Tomorrow should be really good.

0:31:290:31:32

Mike and Sarah, from Kent, are looking for total isolation

0:31:370:31:41

in Cornwall for their family of six dogs and eight cats.

0:31:410:31:44

They have a budget of up to £500,000

0:31:440:31:47

and so far we've shown them two houses. And coming up -

0:31:470:31:51

a tempting property that comes with a twist.

0:31:510:31:53

Good grief, what a fantastic space!

0:31:530:31:56

So, it's a new day, and money seems to have divided our couple.

0:31:580:32:02

I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall

0:32:020:32:04

last night in Mike and Sarah's bedroom... Stay with me!

0:32:040:32:07

Mike says, "I loved that property with the two acres!

0:32:070:32:10

"Just perfect for you, me, the cats and dogs."

0:32:100:32:13

Sarah stamps her authority - "Mike, we can't afford it."

0:32:130:32:17

Will time and a heated discussion have diminished Mike's passions?

0:32:170:32:22

Or will Sarah realise that by spending a little bit over budget,

0:32:220:32:26

she gets the house of her dreams? It could be a small price to pay.

0:32:260:32:30

I can't wait to show them the mystery property.

0:32:300:32:32

I hope it will sufficiently delight.

0:32:320:32:34

There's a clue there. It's going to be exciting!

0:32:340:32:37

'We're starting our house-search this morning just near Gorran,

0:32:400:32:44

'12 miles from the popular town of St Austell.'

0:32:440:32:47

The house sits next to Caerhays Estate,

0:32:470:32:49

which is dominated by Caerhays Castle,

0:32:490:32:51

designed by John Nash at the beginning of the 19th century.

0:32:510:32:55

Together with Porthluney Cove, half a mile down the road,

0:32:550:32:58

it's easy to see why it's been designated as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

0:32:580:33:03

The beach would be perfect for walking the dogs,

0:33:030:33:06

and the village of Gorran with its amenities is within two miles.

0:33:060:33:10

'This next property is off the beaten track,

0:33:100:33:13

'but close to a country lane - will that be the deal breaker?'

0:33:130:33:16

A nice rural setting for you.

0:33:180:33:20

-It's very pretty.

-It's a pretty stunning location.

0:33:200:33:24

Not what I was expecting at all.

0:33:240:33:26

It's the first time you've both gone relatively quiet on me.

0:33:260:33:30

It's...

0:33:310:33:33

I can hear the cars.

0:33:330:33:35

That is a real big downer for me.

0:33:350:33:38

But this is a massively rural location.

0:33:380:33:40

-Your nearest neighbours are about half a mile away.

-Yeah.

0:33:400:33:44

You really are off the beaten track.

0:33:440:33:46

It's the first modern build that we've shown you.

0:33:460:33:48

-Yeah.

-30 years old, it is. It was originally a bungalow.

0:33:480:33:52

-Built by a local farmer.

-Right.

0:33:520:33:55

-And it's been extended. Shall we get in?

-Yeah, let's.

-Come on.

0:33:550:33:59

'Well, keen-eared Sarah has picked up the slight traffic noise

0:33:590:34:03

'from that nearby country lane,

0:34:030:34:05

'but this house has so much to offer inside,

0:34:050:34:08

'so I'm hoping it will win her over.'

0:34:080:34:10

-Straight into the very bright dining room.

-Very light, isn't it?

0:34:100:34:14

Good grief!

0:34:140:34:16

You've got a lovely, galleried walkway up there.

0:34:160:34:19

A wood burner...

0:34:190:34:21

-That's nice.

-I like the idea that the chimney goes straight through.

0:34:210:34:25

-Yeah.

-So you get the warmth upstairs.

-Yeah, good idea.

0:34:250:34:28

You've got a music room there, but it could be a bedroom or...

0:34:280:34:32

-Office.

-Office, yeah.

0:34:320:34:33

You probably wouldn't want a bedroom off a dining room.

0:34:330:34:37

No. Nice for an office, with the view over the garden.

0:34:370:34:40

-Onwards?

-Yeah.

-Yep.

-Let's go through to the sitting room.

0:34:400:34:44

Oh, this is a nice space, it's a lot squarer,

0:34:460:34:49

lends itself to different permutations with the furniture.

0:34:490:34:52

-Again, you've got a lovely view.

-It's nice.

0:34:520:34:56

Three sets of windows, so it lets a lot of light in.

0:34:560:35:00

'Mike has gone quiet, and although Sarah is trying to be positive,

0:35:000:35:04

'I'm finding it tricky to read her true thoughts.'

0:35:040:35:08

-This is quite a nice kitchen.

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

0:35:080:35:11

-smallish.

-Right.

-I like the colour of the units.

0:35:110:35:14

You wouldn't have to do anything to this room.

0:35:140:35:16

No, you wouldn't, no.

0:35:160:35:18

-It's well-designed.

-This is just a move-in kitchen, isn't it?

0:35:180:35:21

There's also the bonus of a small utility room for hiding things away.

0:35:210:35:26

Finally downstairs, there's one of the four bedrooms,

0:35:260:35:29

which the owners are using as another music room.

0:35:290:35:32

-Excellent, somewhere to put my piano.

-You've got a piano?

-Yes.

0:35:320:35:35

Fantastic. Didn't know that.

0:35:350:35:37

-See? Full of surprises.

-You wouldn't change this into a bedroom, then?

0:35:370:35:41

No, I'd keep this for the piano, and double up as an office,

0:35:410:35:45

an office and music room would be really good.

0:35:450:35:48

-So, it didn't start very well, on the outside of the house.

-No.

0:35:480:35:52

-But the inside is working for you quite well.

-It is.

0:35:520:35:54

The inside is really growing on me.

0:35:540:35:56

'It just goes to show you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.

0:35:560:36:01

'So let's hope the story gets better upstairs.'

0:36:010:36:05

-So this is your galleried walkway.

-Nice.

0:36:050:36:08

-Look at this for a view.

-It is lovely, isn't it?

0:36:090:36:12

-That is a great view, yes.

-That is really, really nice.

0:36:120:36:14

Three bedrooms off here and a bathroom.

0:36:140:36:16

-I'll take you to the master bedroom first.

-Excellent.

-OK.

0:36:160:36:19

-This is the master bedroom.

-Nice size.

0:36:230:36:26

-Triple aspect again.

-Very big size, yeah. Love the views. Fantastic.

0:36:260:36:30

That's the neighbours' farm. You've got an en suite, so...

0:36:300:36:34

-Ah, Michael's en suite.

-That works well.

-It does, doesn't it?

0:36:340:36:38

'Excellent stuff. That gets a tick from Mike.

0:36:380:36:41

'The other bedrooms are doubles, one overlooking the wonderful lake.

0:36:410:36:44

'And finally, next door is the family bathroom

0:36:440:36:47

'which is small but functional.'

0:36:470:36:49

-Plenty of space for you, really.

-There is, yeah.

-Yeah, more than enough space for us.

0:36:490:36:53

'So there's no problem fitting them and their 14 animals into this quirky house.

0:36:530:36:58

'This property, just 15 minutes' walk from the beach,

0:36:580:37:00

'could suit them well. And without small children,

0:37:000:37:03

'the main feature outdoors shouldn't be an issue.'

0:37:030:37:07

So, we're back to the lake.

0:37:070:37:08

-It's lovely.

-Isn't it just?

-Lovely to look at.

0:37:080:37:11

-Very picturesque.

-You've got about just under an acre here.

0:37:110:37:15

I thought it was a good-sized plot.

0:37:150:37:17

-You could manage this, couldn't you?

-It's a nice garden. It's very pretty.

0:37:170:37:21

-It's quite high on the maintenance, I would've thought.

-It is.

0:37:210:37:25

-Well, let's talk money, shall we?

-Right.

0:37:250:37:27

That's a tricky one. It's a great location.

0:37:270:37:30

And I think the proximity of the beach will affect the valuation,

0:37:300:37:34

so I'm going to say I think this is pretty much on budget.

0:37:340:37:37

-I would say 500.

-OK, £500,000.

0:37:370:37:39

I understand what you're saying about the beach location and everything.

0:37:390:37:43

But, no, I'm going to go around the 465, 470.

0:37:430:37:48

-It's on the market for £475,000.

-Right, OK. Surprises me.

0:37:480:37:53

-It's under budget.

-Yeah.

-It is, yeah.

-Does that change anything?

0:37:530:37:57

If you could just dig up the road and divert it,

0:37:570:38:00

then I'd think about it.

0:38:000:38:02

-You need to divert it in your mind!

-No, I can't.

-You can't, can you?

0:38:020:38:06

-No.

-It's a real block, isn't it?

-It is, yeah.

0:38:060:38:08

Go and have a look around. Go and look at the grounds.

0:38:080:38:11

-I'll catch up with you.

-Thanks.

0:38:110:38:13

I know what you're thinking.

0:38:150:38:17

It's an amazingly idyllic spot

0:38:170:38:19

and in so many respects, it's perfect for Mike and Sarah.

0:38:190:38:24

It's just that road. I can't hear it.

0:38:240:38:27

'At £475,000, this house is £25,000 under budget.

0:38:280:38:33

'And it's spacious and light,

0:38:330:38:35

'has four bedrooms, including the en suite Mike always wanted,

0:38:350:38:39

'it sits in almost one acre with a beautiful lake,

0:38:390:38:42

'but will the nearby road prove to be a dead end for our buyers?'

0:38:420:38:46

House itself, very unusual.

0:38:460:38:47

There's a lot of glass in there and it really lets the light in beautifully.

0:38:470:38:51

I think the lake creates a few problems for us.

0:38:510:38:54

I've got seven dogs that adore water.

0:38:540:38:56

I'd probably have to fence the lake off.

0:38:560:38:59

But it is a nice space, I've got to say.

0:38:590:39:02

-It's a nice greenhouse, isn't it?

-Yeah, there's vines at the end here.

0:39:020:39:06

-Tomatoes are doing really well.

-I'd love a greenhouse like this.

0:39:060:39:09

As a house, yeah, we could make it work for us.

0:39:090:39:12

I like the spaces, I like the proportions of the room,

0:39:120:39:15

I like that they're all nice and bright.

0:39:150:39:17

But I was disappointed because I expected us to be

0:39:170:39:20

a lot further away from the road than we are.

0:39:200:39:23

Ah, there you are.

0:39:230:39:25

-Ready to go?

-Yeah.

0:39:280:39:30

-That road you've been mentioning constantly, it's time to hit it.

-OK.

0:39:300:39:34

DOGS BARKING

0:39:400:39:42

'Mike and Sarah's move to Cornwall

0:39:420:39:45

'is driven by a passion for their dogs.

0:39:450:39:47

'With retirement looming, they'll have plenty of free time,

0:39:470:39:50

'and one way of keeping busy and to get to know like-minded people

0:39:500:39:54

'would be to volunteer at the local animal rescue centre.

0:39:540:39:58

'They're meeting up with manager Louise Barker,

0:39:580:40:00

'who also made a life-changing move to the country.'

0:40:000:40:03

Myself and my husband,

0:40:030:40:04

we moved here a couple of years ago to Cornwall from Leicestershire,

0:40:040:40:08

-and we've got no regrets whatsoever.

-Good.

0:40:080:40:11

We find it absolutely fantastic.

0:40:110:40:12

'The centre provides a temporary home for dogs and cats

0:40:120:40:16

'that are strays or, for various reasons, can no longer stay with their owners.

0:40:160:40:20

'They rely heavily on volunteers,

0:40:200:40:22

'who keep the dogs exercised and entertained till they can be re-homed.

0:40:220:40:26

'Today it's a full house, with 24 dogs and 20 cats,

0:40:260:40:30

'all looking for new owners.

0:40:300:40:32

'Louise is keen to introduce two of them to their visitors.'

0:40:320:40:35

-Aah!

-This is Shady and Phoebe.

-Hey, guys.

-Come on!

0:40:350:40:39

Shady is a six-year-old greyhound

0:40:390:40:41

who came to the centre with a lot of problems.

0:40:410:40:44

He was very frightened and timid,

0:40:440:40:46

so we've had to give him lots of confidence training.

0:40:460:40:49

What kind of training have you done with him?

0:40:490:40:52

Shady's actually noise-phobic,

0:40:520:40:54

so it's training where we would divert his attention

0:40:540:40:57

to the noises that he's frightened of.

0:40:570:40:59

I have a golden retriever, Sam, at home, and he's a beautiful dog,

0:40:590:41:03

but he's terrified of thunderstorms and fireworks.

0:41:030:41:07

Do you have any tips for me?

0:41:070:41:09

When you know something's going to happen,

0:41:090:41:11

you need to get something that he's going to really focus on,

0:41:110:41:14

whether it be food or toys.

0:41:140:41:16

-I imagine a retriever is quite food-oriented...

-Very food-oriented!

0:41:160:41:19

So get something like fresh chicken, that you can focus on,

0:41:190:41:23

and if you know it's Bonfire Night or going to be a thunderstorm,

0:41:230:41:26

get it ready so he can focus on that and it would take his mind off it quite a bit.

0:41:260:41:30

That's a good idea, thank you.

0:41:300:41:32

And who have we got down here?

0:41:320:41:34

This is Phoebe. She's a nine-year-old beagle.

0:41:340:41:37

She's had several homes before she came to the centre.

0:41:370:41:40

She's quite a misunderstood beagle, really.

0:41:400:41:42

-What kind of home would suit Phoebe?

-Hopefully we'll find her a home where there aren't many other pets

0:41:420:41:47

so she could be an only one where she could be totally spoiled. That would be really nice.

0:41:470:41:52

-She's safe from us, then.

-Oh! That means we can't take her home!

0:41:520:41:55

But she's a very sociable girl and she's still very active

0:41:550:41:58

so she loves to have a lark about and a play.

0:41:580:42:01

Thanks for showing us round the centre today...

0:42:010:42:04

-You're welcome.

-..and for introducing us to these guys. It's been an absolute pleasure.

0:42:040:42:08

For our mystery property, we've found an interesting option

0:42:120:42:16

which would give Mike and Sarah more land than they would ever have dreamed of.

0:42:160:42:19

But there is a catch. Course there is! It's the mystery property.

0:42:190:42:23

It requires a radical lifestyle rethink.

0:42:230:42:26

I think they may well embrace it.

0:42:260:42:30

Let's talk a little bit about Mike the vegetable-grower, shall we?

0:42:300:42:34

You know, how realistic is this green dream?

0:42:340:42:37

I'm confident that if we find a little bit of land,

0:42:370:42:39

I should be able to be sufficient, certainly in vegetables, anyway.

0:42:390:42:43

But I really want to extend it beyond just vegetable-growing.

0:42:430:42:48

I'd like to think that we could do something with a wind turbine

0:42:480:42:52

or possibly even solar power, and see just how sufficient we could be.

0:42:520:42:57

So policeman could well become farmer?

0:42:570:42:59

It's a dream and I'd like to do that, yes, yeah.

0:42:590:43:04

'Well, we might just be about to make that dream come true.

0:43:040:43:07

'I think we've come up trumps with our mystery house,

0:43:070:43:10

'which is about a mile outside St Cleer, and close to Bodmin Moor.

0:43:100:43:14

'The village prospered during the mining boom in the second half of the 19th century

0:43:140:43:19

'but today it's largely a commuter village for those working further afield.

0:43:190:43:23

'They'll be delighted that the property's tucked away in a valley

0:43:230:43:26

'with no immediate neighbours.

0:43:260:43:28

'This house comes with plenty of land,

0:43:280:43:31

'and though they want to grow their own fruit and vegetables,

0:43:310:43:34

'they haven't considered becoming farmers.

0:43:340:43:37

'And that's the mystery here,

0:43:370:43:38

'as they would have to become farmers in order to buy this place.

0:43:380:43:42

'Let's see what they make of that. We're starting our tour outside.'

0:43:420:43:47

-Now, then, welcome to the mystery property.

-My God!

0:43:500:43:54

Isn't that fantastic!?

0:43:540:43:56

-That is different.

-Good grief! What a fantastic space!

0:43:580:44:01

They probably have as many hens as we have dogs and cats.

0:44:010:44:06

Isn't it lovely!?

0:44:060:44:08

-You think this is the mystery property, don't you?

-No.

0:44:080:44:10

-Oh, right!

-There's obviously something that goes with it.

-It's the mystery livestock.

0:44:100:44:15

-It's a fantastic space, though, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:44:150:44:17

-This is the heart of the mystery property...

-This is great!

-..this polytunnel.

0:44:170:44:21

-There's an agricultural tie attached to this property.

-Right.

0:44:210:44:24

Do you know what that means?

0:44:240:44:26

Probably means you must have something to do with agriculture or be working in it.

0:44:260:44:30

-Agriculture or horticulture has to be your main employment.

-OK.

0:44:300:44:34

-I've got some bedtime reading for you.

-Oh!

-It's a 12-page document.

0:44:340:44:37

-Who wants it?

-I'll take that.

0:44:370:44:39

-At the moment, the current owner has a horticulture business.

-Yeah.

0:44:390:44:43

-You love it here, don't you?

-I do.

0:44:430:44:45

I really like the location. Stood out there, all you can hear are the chickens.

0:44:450:44:49

-Let's look at the house.

-Excellent.

0:44:490:44:52

'I'm sure that's one surprise they weren't expecting.

0:44:520:44:55

'An agricultural occupancy condition

0:44:550:44:57

'is a restriction to encourage rural housing

0:44:570:44:59

'and keep people working on the land.

0:44:590:45:01

'It'll mean a massive lifestyle change and they'll have to do their research.

0:45:010:45:05

'But I think it's already piqued their interest.

0:45:050:45:08

'So now it's all down to the house.'

0:45:080:45:11

-We're finally in!

-Isn't it lovely?

-Little seating area here.

-Ah-ha.

0:45:120:45:17

Let's go through to the kitchen.

0:45:170:45:19

-Great size dining.

-Isn't it?

-Yes, it is.

0:45:210:45:24

This is a really lovely space, isn't it? Yeah, good space.

0:45:240:45:27

It's really well used.

0:45:270:45:29

The owners have dogs, so they've given it a trial run for you.

0:45:290:45:32

-Great.

-Right, OK.

-It works.

-I bet it does.

-Yeah, nice space, I like that.

0:45:320:45:37

I like the shape. It's very practical and it's nice to have that going straight outside as well.

0:45:370:45:42

-OK, shall we carry on with our tour?

-Yeah, lovely.

-Come on.

0:45:420:45:46

Come on in.

0:45:490:45:50

-This is your sitting area.

-Isn't it gorgeous!? Look, the views out.

0:45:530:45:57

There's just windows on every side. It's just... It is, it's lovely.

0:45:570:46:02

-You're living in the countryside here, aren't you?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

0:46:020:46:05

You're part of it. It's not just a house in the countryside.

0:46:050:46:09

-It surrounds you on all sides, doesn't it?

-Yeah.

0:46:090:46:12

That's the downstairs space.

0:46:120:46:14

-That's it in totality?

-That's it in totality.

0:46:140:46:17

Does that change anything?

0:46:170:46:19

-No, not really.

-I don't see it that much of a compromise on the house at all. There's two of us.

0:46:190:46:24

I'd rather have less rooms but larger, usable rooms.

0:46:240:46:27

So that's it. Boxes ticked.

0:46:270:46:30

-Let's go upstairs.

-OK.

0:46:300:46:32

'I really do sense a difference in Mike and Sarah since our last house.

0:46:340:46:37

'The position of this property is giving them serious food for thought.

0:46:370:46:41

'First stop upstairs is the master bedroom.'

0:46:410:46:44

-Lovely views out of here, isn't it?

-It's a simple room, isn't it? It's simple in design.

0:46:470:46:51

I don't care you can't get any wardrobes in. Don't care.

0:46:510:46:56

I told you about the location. As I said,

0:46:570:47:00

if I have to put the bed on bricks and put the storage underneath,

0:47:000:47:04

I'll do that, but the location's everything here.

0:47:040:47:07

And if you want to open the door behind you?

0:47:070:47:09

Poke your head round.

0:47:090:47:11

-Oh, that's a pretty room.

-Oh, nice, yeah.

-I like that.

-Excellent.

0:47:110:47:15

An en suite bathroom. Never had one, always wanted one.

0:47:150:47:18

'Well, we do like to please, you know.

0:47:180:47:21

'Next to the master is a small room which could be used as a dressing room.

0:47:210:47:25

'Then there's another double room for guests,

0:47:250:47:27

'next to which is the family bathroom.

0:47:270:47:29

'Last on our tour is bedroom number four.'

0:47:290:47:33

-Lovely.

-Dual aspect.

0:47:330:47:37

Yes, got those wonderful views again.

0:47:370:47:39

-You get all dewy-eyed when you see that view.

-It's just fantastic.

0:47:390:47:43

-They're all a similar size, these rooms, all good sizes.

-They are.

-Yeah.

0:47:430:47:46

All good, decent sizes, nice and square, easy to put furniture in.

0:47:460:47:49

You could move in here tomorrow and it wouldn't be a problem.

0:47:490:47:52

-I'm glad that you like the indoor space.

-It's lovely.

0:47:520:47:55

Because you will be living in this space as well.

0:47:550:47:58

But I can also tell that you're itching to get out there.

0:47:580:48:01

-Sorry, I keep looking out the window!

-Hello, I'm over here!

0:48:010:48:04

I'll tell you what...

0:48:040:48:06

-Shall we go outside now?

-Yes, let's.

-OK, come on.

0:48:060:48:10

'There's no doubt the house has passed the test,

0:48:110:48:15

'and the garden is too tempting for Sarah,

0:48:150:48:17

'who I can see is bubbling with excitement.

0:48:170:48:20

'Out here, there's not a neighbour in sight, and it couldn't be more peaceful.

0:48:200:48:24

'The mature grounds extend to almost eight acres and include stables,

0:48:240:48:27

'a garage block, and a lake that draws in wildlife.

0:48:270:48:31

'Even on a damp day like this, it really is picture-perfect.'

0:48:320:48:36

-So, welcome to what could be your garden.

-It's just fantastic.

0:48:360:48:40

-From the house, you've loved it.

-It is...

0:48:400:48:43

I mean, look, if you look back, it's just gorgeous.

0:48:430:48:47

-The lake's lovely, isn't it?

-It's beautiful.

0:48:470:48:49

Just beautiful. That is something else.

0:48:490:48:51

We've talked about this before, we've said about the water and how the dogs get wet and smelly

0:48:510:48:56

and we'd really hate that, and I don't care any more.

0:48:560:48:59

No, no, they can stink away!

0:48:590:49:01

There's enough land for them to go and run off.

0:49:010:49:04

You've come full circle. You know what I love?

0:49:040:49:07

-It's all about the dogs, it's all about the dogs.

-It is.

0:49:070:49:10

But it fits both of us.

0:49:100:49:11

-The outside is really, really good.

-Good.

0:49:110:49:15

Can you afford it? Shall we talk money?

0:49:150:49:18

I think you're going to break our hearts now.

0:49:180:49:21

-We're going to not like you any more.

-I don't see how this could be near our budget.

0:49:210:49:24

-You'll come right off my Christmas card list any moment.

-650.

0:49:240:49:28

-650,000?

-650,000.

0:49:280:49:31

I don't think you'd be that cruel to us.

0:49:320:49:34

And it's got an agricultural tie on it, which limits its market

0:49:340:49:39

and would certainly be something we have to consider carefully.

0:49:390:49:42

So I'm going to say 550, 560.

0:49:430:49:48

-It's been on the market for three months.

-Right.

0:49:480:49:52

-The owners have definitely said they'll take an offer.

-Right.

-OK.

0:49:520:49:56

-So take from that what you will.

-Yeah.

0:49:560:49:59

-On the market at the moment for 550.

-Yeah.

0:49:590:50:02

-It's on the market at 550 and they'll take an offer?

-Yeah.

0:50:020:50:06

-Mmm.

-Wow. That does surprise me.

0:50:060:50:09

I'm staggered by that.

0:50:090:50:11

I think it's going to be the agricultural tie

0:50:110:50:13

that we're really going to have to look at.

0:50:130:50:16

In fact, I'm going to make a phone call tomorrow

0:50:160:50:20

and see who I can speak to in the council who can explain to me in layman's terms.

0:50:200:50:24

OK, I think you've got a hell of a lot to take in.

0:50:240:50:27

-Go and have another look around the house, whatever you fancy.

-Right.

0:50:270:50:31

-Glad you're happy.

-Oh, we're happy.

-Thank you.

-We're happy.

0:50:310:50:36

Oh, they're happy! What a result.

0:50:360:50:39

All we need now is for Mike to embrace that farmer within him.

0:50:390:50:44

This could be a result.

0:50:440:50:47

It is over budget at £550,000,

0:50:490:50:51

but I think we would have been fools to have overlooked this property

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as it offers them a complete change of lifestyle.

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The house has a huge lounge with views to the garden,

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four bedrooms, with an en suite for Mike,

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and it sits in eight acres with their very own lake.

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The big question is, are they prepared to commit

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to an agricultural business to satisfy the tie in the contract?

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The mystery house has completely taken me by surprise.

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This blows everything out the water.

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If it can be done, we'd certainly look to put an offer in on the place, I think.

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They've obviously got the business going here,

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-growing the hedging plants.

-That's the horticultural bit I can see.

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We're going to have to look at this agricultural tie and see how on earth we can make it work.

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I wonder if there's livestock possibilities,

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because they seem to have an awful lot of hens of different varieties.

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Yeah, we're really going to have to look into it.

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I mean, look at these, they're so cute.

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We both absolutely love it,

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it's everything that we would ever, ever have hoped for.

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I'd move in here tomorrow. This is my house.

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-Still smiling?

-Yeah, very much so.

-Still in love with the property?

-Yeah, absolutely.

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Don't need to ask if you're still in love with the grounds.

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I'm not going to push you on it now, so have a good think, have a chat.

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-I'll catch up with you back at base, how's that?

-Fantastic.

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-OK, drinks on me.

-Hurrah!

-There's always a first.

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We've scoured Cornwall for isolated retreats,

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and Mike and Sarah have now seen everything on our shortlist.

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The time has come for Mike and Sarah to make a decision.

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Which, if any, of our properties will they go for?

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I think it's fair to say that they love the area

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and they've been very impressed by the variety of properties on offer here.

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They're very definite about what they don't like,

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and that's noisy roads.

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It's when they don't agree, that's when it gets a bit confusing.

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We've got two strong characters on our hands here.

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We've got the heart, that's Mike, versus the head, that's Sarah.

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Who'll prevail?

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It's time for them to tell me the truth, the whole truth,

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and nothing but the truth.

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-Well, guys, what a journey we've been on.

-We have.

-Some journey.

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-Yeah, some journey.

-Have you enjoyed it?

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I've had a really, really good time. It's been great.

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OK, let's talk about the first property.

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It was the farm workers' cottages, two for the price of one.

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It was really nice.

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Sitting room was really lovely, the dining room was really lovely,

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and the kitchen was just far too small,

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and the dog space was too small.

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-That really did seal it for you, didn't it?

-It did, yeah.

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-Let's talk about the tin workers' cottage.

-Oh, that's beautiful.

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-Huge smile on both of your faces.

-That was really, really beautiful.

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Yeah, I was knocked back by that.

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And it was just down a lane, so no passing traffic. That was really good for me.

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-Yeah, the garden space was fantastic, it was two acres, wasn't it?

-Yeah, yeah.

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Your faces when you saw that garage conversion.

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It was beautifully done, very tasteful, great bathroom as well.

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-Could you imagine yourselves living there?

-Well, we actually did some sums around the maths

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-to see if we could stretch that far.

-That was the issue, wasn't it?

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I still think it's probably a little bit too much. I do.

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But we'll certainly have another think about it.

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The property was absolutely lovely.

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Let's talk about the house close to the beach.

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There were more cars going down that road

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than the road I currently live in, which is an absolute shame,

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because you'd have loved it for the proximity to the beach.

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The proximity to the beach, for the animals, was fantastic,

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but that being its strength is also its weakness,

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because it attracts people and it attracts traffic,

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and I couldn't walk down there with six dogs.

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All the spaces in there were nice spaces, they were good-sized rooms.

0:54:440:54:48

-It had so many plus points, didn't it?

-It did.

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-So much light came in...

-Around the whole place, yeah.

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That dining room and the gallery, absolutely fantastic.

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But I sense that it ain't going to be the house for you?

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-No, unfortunately not.

-We then took you to the mystery property.

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-You both absolutely loved it, I think?

-Absolutely adored it.

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Great location. The house itself, I love the downstairs.

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I was staggered that it was even close to our budget.

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The reason it's that price, you were right, is that there's a slight catch.

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It requires you to experience a lifestyle change, doesn't it?

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It does. The agricultural tie, we've had a look at the paperwork,

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and it seems achievable, but I want to be very sure on that.

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So there's a bit of research to be done on it,

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but for the location, fantastic.

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The house was lovely. Couldn't have asked for any more.

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No, I think heart and head scream, "This is the place."

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It's something that I love that much,

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perhaps the heart might overtake the head.

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I'm thrilled, I really, really am thrilled.

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It's beautiful.

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-All I can say is good luck.

-Thanks.

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It's been fantastic spending time with you.

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We have had the best time, we really have. Really enjoyed it.

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It's been long, hard work, but it's been so rewarding.

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It's not every day you can say you've enjoyed being collared by the law,

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but I've thoroughly enjoyed my time with Mike and Sarah.

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They're positive, encouraging people

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and their selflessness with regard to their cats and dogs is admirable.

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But I must say, it's been tricky finding a house that'll keep them all happy.

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Mike and Sarah have realised they'll have to spend more than the budget

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if they're going to find their bit of paradise down here in Cornwall.

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But, do you know what? I think we may have found them a new home

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and a new lifestyle to go with it.

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Until next time on Escape To The Country, goodbye.

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After carrying out research,

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Mike and Sarah are happy with the agricultural tie

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and can't wait to put an offer on the mystery house

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once they've secured a buyer for their own property.

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Aled Jones helps a couple with their family of 14 dogs and cats go in search of rural isolation. After decades of urban living, they are ready to embrace Cornwall with a generous budget of £500,000 in their pocket. For our two animal lovers, it's all about location - the more remote the better. Their dream is to become self-sufficient, so they are seeking a lot of land.


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