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Property series. Alistair Appleton helps a couple who plan to move to Cornwall to start a B&B business with a budget of £650,000.


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Yes, today I'm in somewhere very special -

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the only place in England that still has an indigenous language.

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It was almost wiped out in the 18th century, but there are 300 hardy speakers to date, and it's growing

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ever since it was recognised as a minority language in 2002.

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Find out where I am in just a moment.

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In today's show, I'll be carrying a newly married couple over the threshold of four B&Bs.

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There's some big news on the way.

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-I could live here.

-Oh, I think let's rephrase that, we're going to live here.

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-And there's cause for celebration as we make Escape To The Country history.

-Wow.

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Aw!

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Welcome to Cornwall, or Kernow, as they say in Cornish.

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Now, the Cornish language was widely spoken round here

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right until the Tudor period, when in 1549 the English tried to push through

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the Book of Common Prayer, and so outraged were the Cornishmen at having to speak a foreign language

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that they rose up against the English, only to be massacred in their thousands at Exeter.

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But nowadays the Cornish language is right at the centre of the Cornish renaissance, and people come

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from all round the world to live here in this most beautiful of counties.

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And not just because of the language.

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Hidden away from the rest of Britain on England's most south-westerly tip,

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Cornwall is framed by a rugged coastline and just one other county.

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No wonder Poet Laureate John Betjeman described this land with its own language

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as a country rather than a county.

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Five million tourists visit here every year to enjoy some of Europe's cleanest waters and excellent surf.

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To top it all off, the county regularly experiences

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temperatures higher than the rest of the mainland.

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Cornwall's towns and villages are many and varied, ranging from small, secluded and rustic hamlets inland

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to seaside resorts like Newquay and Penzance.

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But one thing's for sure. Wherever you choose to set up home,

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you'll never be more than 16 miles from its wild and spectacular coastline.

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Cornwall's fared pretty well in the credit crunch - there are properties

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along the coast near Falmouth and Padstow that have held their prices from 2007, and you'd think

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with the preponderance of second homes up here that things would have gone badly,

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but such is the quality of the location and the property

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that people still want to move here in their droves. Take a look why.

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If you have a spare one and a quarter million pounds burning a hole in your pocket,

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how about this stunning five-bedroom contemporary thatched cottage overlooking the River Fal?

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It's beautifully presented with many high-quality finishes,

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like the impressive combination of limestone and oak flooring.

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And there's even room to park your boat outside.

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Or if your budget is £525,000, there's this gorgeous two-bed Cornish cottage.

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With exposed beams and brickwork throughout, it overlooks three acres of land,

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which includes a paddock as well as a lake.

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And for £300,000, you can enter this heavenly chapel,

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converted into a four-bedroom home.

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Original features such as gothic arches and stained-glass windows abound,

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and there are Cornish countryside views to die for.

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You see, Cornish property is tasty as clotted cream,

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but will it whet the appetite of our buyers today? Let's meet them.

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Today's house hunters are newlyweds Nick and Marion.

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They live together in this two-bed maisonette in Brixton, South London.

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But having spent the last decade residing in the hectic capital,

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they feel the need to escape to the quieter surrounds of the country.

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We're both country people at heart, you know, and we want space.

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We want to be out of the maelstrom that is London, you know, the confusion, the pace, the people.

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We want to be somewhere where we can just be us, and grow together.

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Part of it is cos we've done quite a lot of travelling over the last couple of years

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to quiet and lovely places.

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We want to have that as where we live, rather than having to go on holiday for it.

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Just to be able to live in a way that is not determined

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by the sound of sirens, and these things that are a constant, the constant noise of the city.

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So why have they chosen Cornwall to begin the next chapter of their lives?

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-It's beautiful, it's got everything we want. It's got the space, the hills, the sea.

-Mm.

-And fresh air.

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It's almost a separate country, Cornwall, so if you want to get away from England, that's an easy way.

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So where exactly are they looking to move to?

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Lethal wife!

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Because we're wanting to start a B&B, we're looking for something that's a bit more rural.

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-Somewhere where people can come and feel like they're away from the world.

-A retreat-style country house

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with some land in a place that just makes you feel divine.

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But it's not just Nick and Marion that are starting up this B&B.

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Marion's mum will be joining them too, so there are lots of requirements to consider.

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Our absolute must-haves are it's got to have at least six bedrooms, four of which we'd be wanting to let out.

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If we've got more bedrooms, that would be great.

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Land, up to two acres.

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Separate accommodation for us, preferably separate from the letting bedrooms, and obviously

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we're bearing in mind Julie, Marion's mother as well, ideally separate accommodation for her.

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We want a decent-sized kitchen, preferably a country-style kitchen. I do most of the cooking...

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-Which I appreciate a lot.

-And I will be doing most of the breakfasts.

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And do they have any other desires?

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It would be great if we could find a character property, a period property.

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A range, some nice fireplaces...

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-Fireplaces would be great.

-Maybe a window seat.

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-Yeah.

-Some outbuildings there, we could either do those up

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and have them as letting, or I know you want to have a studio.

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A recording studio would be fantastic.

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That's quite the list!

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Before they make this life-changing move,

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Marion and Nick need to sell their maisonette, so we've arranged for it to be valued.

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This is a really well-proportioned two-bedroom split-level maisonette,

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benefits from a very lovely south-facing garden and off-street car parking.

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I would recommend to put the property on the market at £275,000.

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And with Marion's mum also selling her house to finance the move, what's in the pot?

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Our budget for this property is between £450,000 and £650,000.

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If it's the top end of that budget, it really needs to be an existing B&B

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-with a really good turnover of around £50,000 a year.

-Yep.

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Phew! Let's sum up.

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Nick and Marion are looking for a healthy four-bedroom B&B business.

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They need space for Julie to live comfortably too. They want some land,

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and they want a fantastic location that's going to make them and their guests feel divine.

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So I'm having to please three people, but there are 500 registered B&B businesses in Cornwall,

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which means, one, there's a market for them, and, two, there might be something out there to fit the bill.

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Our search will focus on the east of Cornwall, between Newquay and the Devon border.

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Being close to the sea is important,

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so we'll be paying special attention to both coastlines.

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We've lined up some fantastic properties for them to see,

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but I won't be revealing the prices until they've had a good look round.

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And of course there's our mystery house, which is something completely different.

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So, welcome to Cornwall.

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-Thank you!

-How are you feeling?

-Good, thanks.

-Yeah, excited!

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It's quite exciting, because you're coming to run a B&B,

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-and neither of you have ever done that.

-Scary.

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Mm, no, we haven't done it before, no.

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-We've eaten a lot of breakfasts in B&Bs...

-Well, that's very important.

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So you're newlyweds and you're moving in with your mother-in-law...

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She's not your typical mother-in-law, that's for sure.

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You want a B&B, you want guests, you want a place for you, you want a place for Julie.

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Are you looking for three properties?

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No. As long as we've got enough space or the potential to create that space, that's going to be fine.

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You've got a top budget of 650.

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What would you want for that, business-wise?

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We need at least four guest rooms, en-suite.

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That would be, I mean, an existing B&B for that price I think, at £650,000 -

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operating with some kind of repeat business coming in already that we can work on straightaway.

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I'm confident, and Cornwall's a great place to run a B&B.

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-Yeah.

-So let's go and find it.

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Fantastic.

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For an absolute maximum of £650,000, Nick and Marion want a property

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with a minimum of six bedrooms, four of which are to be used as B&B.

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Ideally Marion's mum, Julie, will have separate accommodation.

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And on top of all that they want land and plenty of it. Why?

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Because they have something rather intriguing in mind.

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So tell me about yurts.

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Well, we're thinking, we kind of jokingly suggested we could also do

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-tent and breakfast, as well as bed and breakfast.

-Tent and breakfast.

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We'd never heard anybody else doing it. And then from tents we kind

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of went to more up-market tents, which kind of turned into yurts.

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-Yurts are the big round Mongolian things.

-The flatter ones, rather than the tepee types.

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They're so peaceful and beautiful, and there's something spiritual about them.

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So lots of candles, lanterns, things like that, very romantic.

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Cheap chic.

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-Cheap chic.

-Cheap chic.

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The first property we're heading to is in the far east of the county,

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the quiet rural area of Menheniot, 18 miles west of Plymouth.

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Four miles away, in the village of St Germans,

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is an attraction for Marion and Nick's future guests, Port Eliot.

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Set in 6,000 acres, the house was built as a monastery

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for the adjoining church, once the cathedral for the whole of Cornwall.

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The house dates back 1,000 years, and has over 100 bedrooms,

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just a few more than the place I'm taking Nick and Marion to see.

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As you can see, I've brought you to a very bustling, a busy town - not!

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Extremely quiet...extremely rural.

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And the property I want to show you is actually two properties.

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It's this one and that one at the back.

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-Wow.

-It's beautiful.

-Yes.

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Really, really very pretty.

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Present owner bought it ten years ago and completely did it up, very, very sympathetically.

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Two properties are very interesting, two separate properties, and I'm looking forward to seeing inside.

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-And obviously location, what do you think?

-It's beautiful.

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-Rolling hills...

-You couldn't get much quieter than this.

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Although you have to realise there won't be any passing trade as such.

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It's not really a kind of a town centre where you get lots of people coming in from the street.

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We're looking to create a retreat, a really special place

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for people to come and kind of be themselves and be revitalised.

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I'm going to come now! You've made it sound so nice, and I know the property!

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-Let's take a look inside.

-Great.

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Behind the cottage sits the main house, so we'll follow the drive round and begin our tour there.

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Come into the hall.

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Beautiful flagstone floor here. These are worth a fortune.

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-I like it a lot.

-Nice and cosy.

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Let's go into the kitchen, cos it's the heart of the home.

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-Wow, look at this place!

-Look at this.

-See the bricks in the wall.

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He's left some nice exposed parts of the building so you can see through the plaster.

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-It's a beautiful kitchen.

-Isn't it gorgeous?

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-Ah, and a window seat!

-Lovely window seat, and your lovely cream range.

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-I was going to say, beautiful range. Lovely.

-That's lovely, isn't it?

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-It's beautifully decorated.

-Let's look through the other rooms, and I can explain the options.

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So you've got a little utility room here, which you could remodel.

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You've got a great wet room here.

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-Oh!

-Oh, look at that, fantastic.

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Cos I'm thinking these bedrooms downstairs...

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-Bedrooms.

-..could be for your guests.

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-Oh, look at that.

-Wow.

-Downstairs bedrooms.

-That's...

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That's lovely, isn't it, with that going out onto the terrace?

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I was thinking this is ours, though!

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Still downstairs but on the other side of the house

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is a second bedroom, next to which is a room that could be used as a small sitting room or snug.

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But we're heading to the first floor, where there's even more communal space.

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Upstairs is a living room.

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-Oh, wow.

-Wow.

-It's huge.

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-Uh-huh.

-Look at that.

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-Good Lord, that's amazing.

-It's beautiful.

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So this was the hayloft, this upstairs place, and the owners

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-put down these lovely oak floors throughout.

-Yeah, really nice.

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-Very nice finish. Kept a lot of the beams, you can see.

-Yeah.

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Replaced the ones that needed replacing.

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You could have this upstairs as your space.

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-And then your guests are downstairs, and then you've got the cottage as well, for more guests.

-Right, right.

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I can see a way that we could work it the other way round as well.

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-But there's definitely...there are definitely possibilities here.

-Yeah.

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Just off the living room are bedrooms three and four,

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with a staircase leading to the snug downstairs.

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And next door there's a family bathroom.

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-Oh, wow.

-Excellent.

-It's huge!

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-Look at that.

-It's nice, isn't it?

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-It's a lovely bathroom.

-It is.

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Lovely slipper bath, although kind of facing the wrong way.

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-You kind of want to look at the view, don't you?

-You do.

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-I would.

-It's difficult to make decisions about who goes where until we've seen the other property,

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-so shall we go and have a look at the cottage?

-That's a good idea.

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So leaving the main house, we're heading out into the rain to check out that cottage.

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Oh, it's a bit wet out there.

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So this is effectively a holiday-let cottage.

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-Ah.

-So it's totally self-contained,

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and you can see it's been done up to a nice standard.

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-It's lovely, isn't it?

-Again upside down, so you've got the living room and the kitchen upstairs,

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-and the bedrooms underneath.

-Ah. OK.

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It's beautiful and light up here.

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-It's lovely. How many bedrooms are there?

-There's two. You could live here...

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-I was just thinking the same thing.

-You could rent out those four rooms.

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That's probably going to make us more money.

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Let's have a look through the other end.

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-It's really quite spacious, it's a good-sized cottage, and very contemporary.

-And it's got a bar!

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-It's got its own bar.

-Now there's a surprise.

-That's interesting.

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You might want to take that out if you're holiday renting.

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Yeah. However if we lived here...

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How much of a trust bar you could establish on that basis...

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-So you're talking probably about, you know, tops having eight people as your guests.

-Yeah.

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-Every room as double.

-Which is, you know, what we were thinking about, four to five, four to five rooms.

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-Yeah.

-So that's certainly within what we were thinking.

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Downstairs are the bedrooms, one dual aspect, and one with

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French doors leading out into the front garden. And a shared bathroom.

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But it's time to brave the awful weather and see what the outside has to offer.

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So there's an acre of land.

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It's heaving with rain, so I won't show you all the details, but basically it's pretty much what

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-you can see, but also it flows very effortlessly into all this lovely farmland around you.

-Yeah.

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-You've got a swimming pool.

-Uh-huh, and a little hot tub.

-And a little hot tub.

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-But it's not masses and masses of land.

-No.

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Is that enough for what you want?

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Yeah, I think this is absolutely, given the nature of what's around here, this is enough land.

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-Yeah, I mean...

-You sounded... you looked a little less impressed.

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I think it depends kind of how we use the environment, really.

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Cos if we're doing it more as kind of a retreat with the space for people to go and retreat to,

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then there's not quite so much space for that, or having mini music festivals, but it's your...

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You didn't mention mini music festivals, this is a new one!

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-I think it's micro music festivals...

-They'd have to be micros here.

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-Micros. I think that's just you and your stereo.

-We've got enough room for six or seven tents.

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OK, so the price, how much do you think this little plot of loveliness costs?

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-You first.

-Yeah, I've been thinking about that.

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I think I'm probably being optimistic, but I'm going to say anyway 595. For less land.

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-No, I think slightly more than that, 625.

-You're spot on.

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-Well, there you are.

-625, and it's been on the market for some time.

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-OK.

-So it means that, you know, a sensible offer, you could probably get it for maybe a little less.

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It's heaving with rain, so why don't you go in,

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look downstairs at the rooms here, and I'll find shelter from the rain.

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-Ah, wise move!

-See you soon.

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See you soon.

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These two properties come in at £625,000, £25,000 under their top budget.

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The farmhouse has the requisite four bedrooms for guests,

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and the cottage has two,

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and both properties have three bathrooms, all told.

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The farmhouse has a wonderful galleried landing, and outside,

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standing in an acre of land, is a swimming pool and hot tub.

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The idea of having two properties does work, because it means we've already got

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separate accommodation, should we want to pursue that route. And they're both beautiful.

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I mean, I'm very taken with it.

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You know, what is crucial is that we have the space to let, and this place has just enough space for us.

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-We've got room for four guests, eight guests altogether.

-Yeah. And the kitchen downstairs...

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Not much you need to do, probably make two bathrooms, two mini en-suites.

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-Plenty to think about.

-There is plenty to think about, absolutely. Lovely place.

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It's very, very pretty. Quite nice to have two separate buildings.

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It's certainly along the right lines.

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It would be trying to decide between living in this bit and renting out the other bit.

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The only way we could do it is us living in here in one room and your mum in the other.

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-Yeah. It's whether that gives us enough space away from each other.

-Initially it'd have to...

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Even though you've got the rolling countryside, the views out there

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which are just stunning, there's not a great deal of actual land itself, so there'd be nowhere to put a yurt,

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for instance, and certainly the mini music festivals would be out. Maybe micro festivals.

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OK, let's get out of the rain, into the relative dry of the car.

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As Nick and Marion have their hearts set on running a B&B,

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they'll need some local knowledge of places to recommend to their guests.

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Top of the list would be Tintagel, the alleged birthplace of the legendary King Arthur

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and an inspiration to a host of 19th-century writers

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such as Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and, notably, Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

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They're meeting local guide Rob Tremain to find out more.

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Hi. Hello.

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In the 5th century, Tintagel was noted for its slate-quarrying industry.

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All the cliffs along the coast

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were quarried for the slate.

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In Victorian times, it really started to grow.

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The Victorians had heard the legends of King Arthur.

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A lot of the buildings in the village - King Arthur's Arms, King Arthur's Great Halls,

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all based on the Arthurian legend.

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Half a mile out of the village, right on the cliffs looking out over the Atlantic Ocean

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is where the story began.

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The castle ruins that we see today date back to the mid-13th century

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when Richard, Earl of Cornwall, hoping to catch some of the power and glory of Arthur's legacy,

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built his castle on this very spot.

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On the beach below is Merlin's cave, where, legend has it, on the night of his birth,

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Arthur was given to Merlin who carried him through the cave to safety

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until he was old enough to return to rule the kingdom.

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How the legend of King Arthur stayed alive all these years?

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They're wonderful stories in themselves.

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They would have been told around the firesides of hearth and home.

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All the families would have been telling the tales of King Arthur.

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Then moving forward to Victorian times,

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Tennyson wrote the Idylls Of The King,

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this series of poems with Arthur and Guinevere, the knights questing for the Holy Grail,

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right up to the 21st century, stories of Arthur still being written.

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If they make the move here, Nick and Marion will have plenty of local myths and legends

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to recount to their holiday guests.

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But we must get back to the real world and to our property search.

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We're heading to the small rural hamlet of Degembris,

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five miles south of Newquay.

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It's an isolated spot, but just down the road is St Newlyn East

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where Nick and Marion could pop in for amenities.

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The village is named after St Newlyn, patron saint of the church that dates back to Norman times.

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There even a inn, in which to seek shelter from the storm.

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-Come on in through your very own stone wall.

-Wow.

-Wow.

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Feast your eyes on this.

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-Wow. Look at that.

-That's lovely.

-Beautiful building.

-Really nice.

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This offers you a lot in terms of B&B potential.

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It's not being used as a B&B at the moment, but it has been in the past.

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-It's a beautiful Victorian farmhouse built with granite.

-It's quite red, isn't it?

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Yeah, it's got all sorts of hues in it,

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particularly in the sunlight - not that you'd notice today!

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It's lovely. I like the warmth of the stone.

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-Let's look inside.

-Brilliant.

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-Come on in. Lovely big Victorian hall.

-It's a nice, big hallway.

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Let's go straight in here. This is the sitting room.

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-It's a nice size.

-We're talking about a different historical period,

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not a barn conversion. You have big, purpose-built, Victorian, strong rooms.

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-"Strong rooms".

-Strong rooms.

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'Across the hall is the mirror image of the sitting room,

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'giving them options for a dining room for their guests.

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'I'm not sure if the layout of this Victorian house has sparked their imagination yet.'

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I get the feeling that you're less excited by this one.

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Hm. It's just first impressions, isn't it?

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I'm prepared for my mind to be changed.

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But at this stage it's a little less...

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It's got a little of the wow factor, put it that way.

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Yes, I think probably it has.

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Well, the kitchen is very important, it seems to win most people over, let's take a look.

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-This is a nice kitchen, I think.

-Ooh, lovely size.

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-I like it.

-Mm.

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You have beautiful Delabole slate on the floors,

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which would be worth an absolute fortune if you were putting it down new.

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And with a bit of remodelling, this would be a fantastic country kitchen.

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I'm even considering that there's enough room in here to feed guests.

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And...

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..the back staircase.

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Ooh, I like that.

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'Off the kitchen is a bathroom and downstairs lies a cellar,

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'offering two big rooms ripe for conversion.

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'But we're checking out the upstairs where there's a very healthy six bedrooms.'

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These ones at the front are nice, good-sized,

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not really full size Victorian rooms cos they have been cut up.

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You could easily put in an en-suite there, there isn't one at the moment.

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-OK, interesting.

-That's just a dressing room, is it?

-Yes.

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There is plumbing there. The problem here is that none of the rooms have en-suites.

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-Ah.

-So this is what you'll have to get you head round.

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-You have six rooms but you may have to sacrifice one and parcel it up into en-suites.

-Right.

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'Bedrooms two and three are also at the front of the house,

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'along with the family bathroom.

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'Bedrooms four and five are at the back.

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'Stacks of room for guests and the mother-in-law.

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'So let's go find bedroom six.'

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Ah-ha, back down the back stairs.

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-There's a secret little room.

-Ah!

-Ooh.

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-Oh, it's cute, isn't it?

-It's a cute one.

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You could, at a very extreme pinch, make this your bedroom,

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and then you'd have five letting rooms.

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-Initially, this could be ours.

-Yeah.

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The cellar, obviously, upon conversion would change that.

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And are you leaving someone out?

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Yes, well, if we went downstairs into the cellar,

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then it would mean that Mum could have this one.

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I feel for Julie...and I feel that reasonably happy is not good enough.

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-Right.

-So, I've got something else up my sleeve.

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Ooh!

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'I'm beginning to sense a turn in the tide here,

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'so we'll head back downstairs and out into the rain,

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'where there are still more options waiting.'

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Looky here, what have we hidden at the back of the house?

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-Ah-ha-ha!

-Good Lord.

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-Extra little places tucked away.

-It's quite big.

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-Good Lord.

-It's a whole annexe,

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stuck at the back of the property, perfect, I thought, for Julie.

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Brilliant.

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So this is recently converted from an outhouse.

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It was probably a shed or a barn.

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-It's beautiful.

-It's really nice.

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And there's a very, very nice bedroom and bathroom.

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So it's a totally self-contained, little unit.

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So with this added into the mix, what do you think about the house now?

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Cos you were a bit off-key at the start.

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Yeah, I've warmed up, definitely.

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Definitely, I think it's got quite a lot of different bits of space that we could use in different ways.

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It's a case of thinking about the best permutations of those.

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And we haven't seen all of the grounds.

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-Right.

-Keeping them a secret!

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Now, this really excites me for you guys,

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because this property has two acres of land.

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-Wow.

-Wow, that really does change things.

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And this has innumerable possibilities.

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-I'm sure you could think of a few?

-Mmm.

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-A little festival...

-Yeah...

-..could be happening here.

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Plus there's a little bit of a development happening there -

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there's a caravan and a big outhouse, which you could also work with.

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OK. Yeah, you could make it into a shower block if you were going to have yurts...

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Exactly, good thinking. Yurt thinking!

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How much do you think it's worth?

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I've revised my initial estimate -

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I was thinking when I first came in about 500 upwards,

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but now...

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550?

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Yeah, I was going to say 550, actually.

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Um, so I'll say 575.

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You're right on the money this time, that is great.

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-Sadly true!

-It's on at 575, cos remember you've got two acres of land here.

-Yes, that changes things.

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You're five miles from Newquay,

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this is a great area to have a B&B.

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Why don't you go and have a wander round, cos it is a head-scratching property,

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like, what are we going to do here?

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And I'll see you back at the ranch.

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-Actually at the front of the ranch.

-Excellent!

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This former B&B comes in at £575,000.

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There are six bedrooms,

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a large kitchen big enough to feed the guests in,

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an annexe - ideal accommodation for Marion's mum -

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and it all stands

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within two acres of land.

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So, what do you think of the basement?

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-I think it could be quite versatile.

-It's a lot of space,

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-and I can see an office, potentially a recording studio...

-Yeah.

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I think the impressions of this one were not as good as the first one.

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It doesn't have that wow factor, it's not as pretty.

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It's a kind of grower.

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As you move through the house and you see what else it has to offer,

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by the end of it, you end up quite taken with it.

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I do have a quandary about whether we live in there or your mother.

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Frankly, it's the nicest part of the house I've seen so far.

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I mean it does have everything in terms of size and space we need,

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-given a fair amount of work.

-Yeah, it's the work.

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The thing about this house, it's like a Russian doll or something.

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Bit by bit, you begin to think, there is in fact real potential here.

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These... No longer necessary.

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It's a sign!

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You'll have to buy the property now!

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Constant appetite for fresh seafood is threatening the stocks of many of our native species in the UK.

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These Cornish waters are famous for example for lobster,

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especially here in Padstow, Cornwall's culinary capital.

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However, lobster numbers started to dwindle 20 years ago, so I'm meeting Dominic Boothroyd,

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from the National Lobster Hatchery, to find out how they're trying to keep numbers up.

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The fishermen here, how much lobster fishing do they do?

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There's a lot of boats fishing from Padstow.

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Around Cornwall as a whole, the lobster fisheries are probably worth about £2 million.

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-Oh, right.

-At first sale, so it's a very important part of our economy.

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Do we eat those, or do they go abroad? Where do they go?

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Probably about 80% of those go abroad, to France, Spain, Italy.

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Cor, that's amazing. So we're doing preventative work, we're sewing up the net before it gets too torn.

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The idea is that we operate a stock enhancement programme, so we're adding stock into the fishery.

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How does the restocking work? What's the first stage?

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Basically, what we do is we get a female lobster from the fisherman which has got eggs on it.

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We then take that into the hatchery.

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When the eggs hatch, we then raise the larvae through their larval stages,

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which is their most vulnerable stage in the wild...

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-And that's at the hatchery.

-That's in the hatchery.

-Can we see that?

-Yeah, come this way.

-Great.

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This hatchery aims to see the lobster larvae through their first fragile three months.

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And it all starts here with egg-laden females,

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which for nine months can carry as many as 12,000 eggs.

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So this is quite a young female.

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Just open her up, and, see, those are the eggs.

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-Ah, those, like berries.

-They're very close to hatching.

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So you come down in the morning, and the place is swimming with little baby lobsters.

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There'll be up to two or three thousand larvae in here in the morning.

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Dom and his team them transfer them into the larval rearing room, rather like a lobster nursery, next door.

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So here's some you prepared earlier.

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Yeah, these are larvae which have hatched this morning.

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What's with the kind of dishwasher effect? Why are they being spun round?

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Well, we're trying to recreate an ocean environment in a small volume of water.

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So we've got 80 litres of water in here and we're trying to create

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a planktonic environment, so huge volumes that you'd find in the sea.

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-I see.

-It's to keep them separated out as well, cos they're very, very cannibalistic.

-Oh!

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-So...

-So they'd eat each other.

-They would.

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Once they're at this stage in the sea, the lobsters would dig a home

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in the seabed, but in the hatchery, they're given their own little cell.

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-Can we get one out?

-Yeah, sure.

-So these are, how old are these ones?

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-This is about nine months old.

-Nine months! It's tiny!

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They've got a very slow growth rate.

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Wow. Do they bite?

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-Um...

-They jiggle.

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-We'll find out, shall we?

-Can we release some of these?

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Let's take some of these to the beach, then.

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I suppose it's very satisfying, so you must love your job.

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Can I ask, do you eat lobster?

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Yes, I do.

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So the time has come to say goodbye

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to 70 of the 12,000 little lobsters the hatchery has reared this year.

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In the wild, only around five in every thousand lobsters would make it to adulthood,

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but the hatchery gives them up to an 80% better chance of survival.

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We're releasing them in a sheltered rocky bay near Padstow.

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So at nine months, it's eldest first.

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I feel quite, quite trepidatious, cos that's a whole new life for him.

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Shall we go? Lenny the lobster, swim!

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-Ah, beautiful!

-Do you want to release the rest of them?

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-These are all about a month old.

-Right.

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Oh, that was successful.

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70 lobsters, free for... for the future!

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-It's fantastic, isn't it?

-Six years later, you could eat it.

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-Possibly.

-Theoretically. Thank you so much, it's been really fascinating. And what a lovely place to end.

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Better go and find some houses now.

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As the sun sets,

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Marion and Nick reflect on the houses they've seen so far.

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So, what did you think of today?

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Ah! It's been an interesting - if windswept and wet - day.

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And very tiring day!

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Converted barns, what did you think?

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Beautiful from the outside.

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Absolutely, I was really hoping they were going to hit the mark

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and in pretty much every way, they did.

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It's the lifestyle place which we actually really want.

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Just not quite big enough.

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-It's one or two rooms short.

-And although they've done really nice things with the land,

0:31:540:31:58

there's not quite enough of it for the kinds of things we want.

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So, the Grade II listed, what do you think of that one?

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Full of surprises.

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When we first went there,

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I was thinking very, very standard, Victorian box,

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but really they had a few things up their sleeves for us, didn't they?

0:32:090:32:12

-They did.

-That really did show us a lot more than we expected.

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-Beautiful location.

-The annexe, that was the key -

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-without that, there wouldn't be a chance.

-It was beautiful.

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The rest of the house, if it was done up at that level, which we would do,

0:32:200:32:23

-I think would be tremendous.

-Definitely.

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Possibilities, I think.

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-So, tomorrow.

-You know what's going to be different about tomorrow morning, don't you?

-What's that?

0:32:270:32:32

Sunshine!

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-Fingers crossed!

-Fingers crossed.

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I've really enjoyed today, but I've got a feeling

0:32:360:32:39

they're going to spring a couple of big surprises on us tomorrow.

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I think they will. Hmm, very exciting.

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Newlyweds Nick and Marion are kissing goodbye to the busy streets of Brixton

0:32:510:32:56

for their dream of running a B&B in Cornwall.

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But with a budget that must not break £650,000,

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and a mother-in-law to accommodate too, they've set us a real challenge.

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So far they've seen two rain-soaked properties, but coming up, the sun begins to shine.

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It seems absolutely right!

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And a warm glow fills our house-hunters.

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You are kidding. You're kidding!

0:33:190:33:22

You're making us very, very happy today.

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I have to say I was pretty pleased with the way the property search went yesterday.

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The properties I showed Marion and Nick did require them to think outside the box,

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and they came up trumps - they were very imaginative about what they could do with the space -

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and so I'm hoping that today, with the addition of beautiful Cornish weather,

0:33:370:33:42

things are going to go swimmingly well.

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For our first property of the day,

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we're heading to the small hamlet of St Martin.

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It's in a lovely rural spot,

0:33:510:33:53

with far-reaching views of the Cornish countryside.

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Just four miles away, Nick and Marion's guests could take a trip

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to visit the beautiful fishing village of Looe.

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Lying on Cornwall's south coast, a seven-arched bridge connects east and west Looe.

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Fishing boats bob around its pretty harbour, and a large sandy beach,

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popular with families, stretches along the sea front.

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Take a look at this.

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-Cor!

-Oh, wow.

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-Now, in the pouring rain, you were very brave yesterday, but I think you're going to...

-Wow.

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Your head's going to fall off with excitement at this one.

0:34:260:34:29

-It is absolutely stunning, isn't it?

-I was going to say exactly the same thing. It's fantastic, isn't it?

0:34:290:34:34

-So it's a great location for a B&B and it is a B&B.

-Excellent.

0:34:340:34:38

-Wow.

-This is a fully functional B&B.

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You could move in on Saturday and be serving guests breakfast on Monday.

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-Brilliant.

-Brilliant, that's the kind of thing we're looking for.

0:34:440:34:46

Now, they raise alpacas...

0:34:460:34:48

-We've seen them, they're so beautiful.

-You've seen them in your field.

-Oh, wow.

0:34:480:34:51

-Oh!

-Cos these two acres...

-Down and then up again.

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-Two paddocks and a bit of... a bit of woodland.

-Wow.

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Always wanted a bit of woodland.

0:34:570:34:59

-But it's just perfect for what you want, I think. So let's have a look.

-Wow.

-Yeah.

0:34:590:35:04

Not only is the sun smiling today but so are our buyers,

0:35:040:35:09

and I've got a feeling their smiles are going to grow when they see inside.

0:35:090:35:13

Now, this is what B&B's all about.

0:35:130:35:17

-Oh, my word, look at that.

-Isn't that great? So welcoming.

0:35:170:35:20

-It's beautiful.

-Oh, wow. That flooring.

0:35:200:35:22

All your little leaflets. Let me show you the first guest room, to show you the quality of this B&B.

0:35:220:35:27

-Oh, wow, look at that!

-Oh!

0:35:270:35:29

There's four letting rooms which sleeps altogether ten people, so here, for example you've got

0:35:310:35:36

-a double and a single, but each room is sort of themed, so this is the seaside room.

-Yeah.

0:35:360:35:41

-Aha.

-But just look at the quality, look how deep the walls are.

0:35:410:35:45

-Wow, they are...

-These beautiful sills.

0:35:450:35:47

Really warm.

0:35:470:35:49

And every room has an en-suite.

0:35:490:35:51

-Fantastic.

-And everything in the B&B rooms comes in the price.

0:35:510:35:55

-Wow, brilliant.

-Oh, good Lord, that's interesting.

-So you literally could start having people in...

0:35:550:36:00

Turnkey operation. Loving it!

0:36:000:36:02

It's going to be a very short house tour - you're just going to go,

0:36:020:36:05

-"I love it, I love it, I love it."

-Feet on the ground.

0:36:050:36:07

-Feet on the ground, OK.

-As I say, it's all set up,

0:36:070:36:10

so we go into the kitchenette, so people can make tea.

0:36:100:36:13

-Ah, brilliant.

-Brilliantly useful.

-Feel at home.

-Look at the view! I'd be making tea all the time!

0:36:130:36:18

And then you come here into the guest dining room.

0:36:180:36:23

-Oh!

-Oh, cute!

-How sweet is this!

0:36:230:36:26

-And this goes through into another suite, so you've got another bedroom with another en-suite, double.

-OK.

0:36:260:36:30

-Wow.

-How old is this place, actually? Look at these beams.

-So, yes, a lot of this is restored.

0:36:300:36:35

-This would probably have been put in place during the renovation, actually.

-Oh, OK.

0:36:350:36:39

As would have all the flooring, but the property's probably largely Victorian.

0:36:390:36:45

Although, when they were renovating it, the remains of a 13th-century mill.

0:36:450:36:52

-Oh, OK. At this stage, I mean it seems absolutely right.

-Yeah, it's stunningly beautiful.

0:36:520:36:58

The B&B side of the property's scoring on all fronts, and the luxurious guest rooms continue

0:37:000:37:05

in the adjoining former hayloft and the detached ex-piggery, complete with boar-themed bathroom.

0:37:050:37:12

So with the guests happily catered for,

0:37:120:37:16

it's time to head upstairs to see Nick, Marion and Julie's living quarters.

0:37:160:37:20

Because the house is on a slope, the first floor can be accessed from ground level in the back garden.

0:37:200:37:25

Now, the kitchen.

0:37:250:37:27

-Wow.

-Oh, wow.

0:37:270:37:29

-Oh, a double wow, that's good!

-Look at this!

-Nice.

0:37:290:37:33

So it's a sweet little, it's not huge, but it's got lots of lovely features,

0:37:330:37:37

easy-wipe surfaces, nice hand-painted units, an island...

0:37:370:37:41

Yeah, absolutely, I love islands.

0:37:410:37:43

They've got everything, and then you've got a laundry room and everything, so all very compact.

0:37:430:37:47

-Mm.

-Is this adequate for your needs, then?

0:37:470:37:49

-Yeah. Yeah, absolutely. I can cook in this one.

-Yeah, definitely.

-Loving it.

-Beautiful.

0:37:490:37:54

But what I really want to show you, get ready for this, is your living space.

0:37:540:37:59

Hold onto your hats, I think you're going to like this.

0:37:590:38:03

-Oh, wow.

-Look at this place!

0:38:030:38:07

-It is stunningly beautiful, isn't it?

-Absolutely marvellous.

0:38:070:38:09

An impressive living space, isn't it? It is stunningly beautiful.

0:38:090:38:13

-You've got this wonderful floor, which is warm underfoot.

-Wow.

-Beautiful.

0:38:130:38:17

And all the original beams, but light coming in from every corner through these big thick walls.

0:38:170:38:22

Oh, and the exposed walls, look at that.

0:38:220:38:25

And the exposed details of the stonework underneath.

0:38:250:38:29

And the thing is that you can go down this staircase straight into your B&B.

0:38:290:38:34

-So that's the door.

-Aha, I saw the door at the bottom. Brilliant, that's where it comes out.

0:38:340:38:38

Just off the living room are two bedrooms, both en-suite,

0:38:380:38:41

the smallest of which, I think, would be perfect for Julie.

0:38:410:38:43

But I'm taking them to the second and larger bedroom on the other side of the living room.

0:38:430:38:49

-And this could be your room.

-It's just beautiful, isn't it? Wow.

0:38:510:38:54

-Look at this.

-Look at that, it's so light.

0:38:540:38:56

-Look at those wardrobes.

-You've got lots and lots of storage, and a lovely en-suite, a shower room.

-Wow.

0:38:560:39:02

It's a beautiful room.

0:39:020:39:04

-I get the impression you hate it...

-Absolutely loathe it, I'm not going back for love or money.

0:39:040:39:09

-I don't ever want to leave.

-It's pretty good. When we saw this, it was wow, they're going to love this.

0:39:090:39:13

-Yeah.

-You've done well.

-You'd be right.

0:39:130:39:16

-Well, there's a little bit more to see, cos we haven't seen everything outside, so let's do that.

-Great.

0:39:160:39:22

After you.

0:39:220:39:24

Fantastic stuff, they're loving this property.

0:39:240:39:27

Let's hope that the outside space will seal the deal.

0:39:270:39:31

Right, more land.

0:39:310:39:32

-More land. Wow.

-Look at this.

0:39:320:39:34

-So this is open to the guests at the moment, and then that's your private bit down there.

-Yeah.

0:39:340:39:38

You've also got a nice shed, which could work as your office.

0:39:380:39:42

A studio as well.

0:39:420:39:44

Or a studio.

0:39:440:39:47

-Or both.

-Now I would like to point out the hot tub.

-Wa-hey!

0:39:470:39:50

Oh, I was thinking, look at that!

0:39:500:39:53

-With the amazing views!

-A hot tub with a view.

0:39:530:39:56

-A hot tub with a view, that's what you want.

-Good God.

-That's not all.

0:39:560:39:59

Oh, my God, what?

0:39:590:40:00

-Because as well as this land here, you own two more acres...

-What?

0:40:000:40:05

-Of pasture, up there.

-Oh, my God.

0:40:050:40:07

-Wow.

-So it could be your tent and breakfast.

0:40:070:40:11

-Fantastic.

-Or indeed yurt and breakfast wonderland.

-That is unexpected.

-Oh!

0:40:110:40:16

-So this property comes with five acres.

-Five acres.

0:40:160:40:19

-Five acres!

-Of land.

0:40:190:40:22

-Oh. That's more than we wanted, but I'll take it!

-I'll take that!

0:40:220:40:25

What do you think it costs?

0:40:250:40:28

Ooh, now you're asking.

0:40:280:40:30

-Considering what else we've seen, 625, 630.

-Yeah.

0:40:300:40:34

Something like that.

0:40:340:40:36

-Yeah, something like that.

-At least.

0:40:360:40:38

-610 maybe?

-610?

0:40:380:40:40

I think you're being extremely...

0:40:400:40:42

-I'm being kind.

-Being optimistic.

-There you go.

0:40:420:40:45

-This property is on the market for 595.

-You are kidding.

0:40:450:40:50

-Really?

-You're kidding!

0:40:500:40:51

You're making us very, very happy today!

0:40:510:40:54

-That is ridiculous.

-595.

0:40:540:40:56

I'm not going to ask why.

0:40:560:40:57

-That is amazing.

-Brilliant.

-It is amazing, actually.

-It is.

0:40:570:41:01

It's an amazing price for what you're looking for.

0:41:010:41:03

-That's just ridiculous.

-It's a fully functioning B&B business.

0:41:030:41:06

-Yeah.

-Land...

-Five acres!

-And a beautiful view.

0:41:060:41:10

-And a hot tub!

-Amazing view.

-Have a stroll around,

0:41:100:41:13

-and I'll see you at the front.

-See you there.

0:41:130:41:15

Wow, this B&B hits the mark in every way, shape and form.

0:41:170:41:21

At £595,000, it's under budget and fully operational.

0:41:210:41:25

There are four luxurious bed and breakfast rooms, and all are en-suite.

0:41:250:41:29

And there's a further two bedrooms on either side of an incredibly high-spec living/dining room.

0:41:290:41:35

Outside, there are five acres of land, with phenomenal rural views.

0:41:350:41:40

It couldn't be a better fit.

0:41:400:41:43

-Look at this.

-Wow.

-This is amazing.

-Perfect yurt land.

0:41:430:41:47

Perfect yurt land and, you know, have a little festival on there perhaps.

0:41:470:41:51

-Yeah! What an amazing, amazing, amazing place.

-Absolutely stunning.

0:41:510:41:54

First impressions? Bowled over.

0:41:540:41:57

Bowled over, absolutely.

0:41:570:41:59

Properly speechless actually, and I still am.

0:41:590:42:01

It's the most amazing house I think I've ever seen.

0:42:010:42:05

It's so beautiful.

0:42:050:42:08

There's just nothing about it that I haven't fallen in love with.

0:42:080:42:10

To find it available at £595,000 is beyond my expectations, I mean hugely.

0:42:100:42:15

I just, I am blown away, actually.

0:42:150:42:18

I know, it's just so peaceful and beautiful.

0:42:180:42:20

It's one of the most beautiful barn conversions I've ever seen.

0:42:200:42:24

-I could live here.

-Oh, I think let's rephrase that - we're going to live here.

0:42:240:42:29

I think something might be afoot, dear viewer, because they've been gone absolutely hours,

0:42:290:42:33

-and the owners have come back, and they've gone into a sort of huddle, and now here they are!

-Hello.

0:42:330:42:39

-Hi.

-What's happened? You've been gone hours and you're grinning like lunatics.

0:42:390:42:42

Um, something unexpected sort of happened really, didn't it?

0:42:420:42:45

-Yeah, yeah.

-What, what?

-Mum hot-footed it down here, loved it as well,

0:42:450:42:49

we just spoke to the owners, and...

0:42:490:42:52

-And put in an offer.

-Put in an offer?

0:42:520:42:54

-Yeah.

-And it's been accepted!

-It's been accepted.

-Oh, my God!

0:42:540:42:57

We are meant to live here!

0:42:570:42:58

That's weird! That's never happened on this show -

0:42:580:43:01

you've actually bought the house, and we haven't even left it yet.

0:43:010:43:04

Aw, congratulations. Well done, you.

0:43:040:43:07

Thank you very much, thank you.

0:43:070:43:08

Bravo! Aw. Aw.

0:43:080:43:10

Top marks for grasping the nettle, that's fantastic.

0:43:140:43:16

Yeah, when things are meant to be, you've got to make them happen.

0:43:160:43:18

Yeah, absolutely. This place was meant to be.

0:43:180:43:21

I think that's a first on the show.

0:43:210:43:22

We've never actually sold one on air. That's amazing.

0:43:220:43:25

Well, I don't quite know what to do.

0:43:250:43:27

We should, we've got other houses to show you, but...

0:43:270:43:31

-Well, we could buy two.

-Yeah.

0:43:310:43:32

Ah, no, we can't, we won't want to!

0:43:320:43:34

Let's go for a stroll, shall we, let's clear the head.

0:43:340:43:38

Well, I may be strolling, but Nick and Marion are positively skipping with excitement.

0:43:380:43:42

After all, they've made Escape To The Country history

0:43:420:43:45

and put an offer on the house of their dreams on the spot.

0:43:450:43:48

Now they've found their picture-perfect B&B,

0:43:530:43:56

they still have those five acres to fill.

0:43:560:43:59

Not difficult when part of your dream

0:43:590:44:01

is to run a yurt and breakfast too.

0:44:010:44:04

These sturdy structures have housed nomads throughout central Asia

0:44:040:44:08

since the 12th century

0:44:080:44:09

and were designed to be dismantled quickly to allow them to flee

0:44:090:44:13

from raiders like Ghengis Khan.

0:44:130:44:15

But they're now increasingly to be found dotted around the English countryside.

0:44:150:44:19

Marion and Nick are meeting Tim Hutton,

0:44:190:44:22

who runs a yurt campsite to find out more.

0:44:220:44:26

I understand you're interested in seeing how a yurt is put together.

0:44:260:44:29

Yeah.

0:44:290:44:30

-Good.

-We know nothing about it, so...

-Good, excellent.

0:44:300:44:33

Everything hinges on the door which the wooden frame of the yurt is then stretched around and tied to.

0:44:330:44:39

Traditional Mongolian yurts are usually made from larch and willow,

0:44:390:44:43

but in this country, ash is a great sustainable option.

0:44:430:44:46

Great, so that's the basic structure.

0:44:460:44:49

A tent band is then wrapped around the outside of the frame,

0:44:490:44:52

which holds the wall in place.

0:44:520:44:55

Next up, it's time to raise the roof.

0:44:550:44:57

The central wheel acts as a vent for the fire smoke to escape through.

0:44:570:45:02

Once all the poles have been fixed and tied off...

0:45:020:45:05

-So, you finished with that one?

-Yeah.

-Ideal.

-Great, we done?

-Yep.

0:45:050:45:08

The next stage is to insulate and cover the yurt.

0:45:080:45:12

Traditionally covered with up to five layers of felt, we're using heavy cotton canvas.

0:45:120:45:17

It only takes around an hour to erect the yurt,

0:45:170:45:20

and now it's time to step inside and learn the house rules.

0:45:200:45:24

There's a certain etiquette and certain positionings when it comes to the layout of the yurt

0:45:240:45:28

and the way that people behave.

0:45:280:45:30

Traditionally, the door would always be facing south, and you'd walk into the yurt...

0:45:300:45:34

generally move in a clockwise position around the stove, which would be in the centre.

0:45:340:45:38

Perhaps the yurt and breakfast idea could give Nick and Marion's holiday retreat an appealing edge.

0:45:380:45:44

Even if their offer on the last B&B we saw has been accepted.

0:45:440:45:49

We need to at least show them the mystery property.

0:45:490:45:51

After all, in an ever-changing market, anything could happen.

0:45:510:45:55

So we're off to see the mystery house - what do you think that might involve, then?

0:45:550:45:58

Well, we were talking about this last night and we, you know, really have absolutely no idea.

0:45:580:46:03

-No.

-One of the things that we considered that it might be a lot less expensive,

0:46:030:46:07

that it might be a real project that we could stamp our own character on.

0:46:070:46:10

Mm, and something that would be cheap enough

0:46:100:46:12

-that we wouldn't necessarily need an income straightaway from the B&B.

-Yeah.

0:46:120:46:15

And how do you feel about a big project?

0:46:150:46:18

Depend how big, probably.

0:46:180:46:21

I think we're open to any possibilities, right?

0:46:210:46:23

We have to stay open to any possibility.

0:46:230:46:25

Yeah. Absolutely.

0:46:250:46:26

The mystery house is hidden away in the countryside of St Clether, five miles from Cornwall's north coast.

0:46:280:46:34

This is a very rural landscape, ideal for the ultra-rustic retreat

0:46:340:46:38

that Nick and Marion are seeking to create.

0:46:380:46:41

And that means plenty of space for those yurts, too.

0:46:410:46:44

It's time for the mystery house!

0:46:440:46:48

-Wow.

-As you can see, maybe a little bit of work needed here.

0:46:480:46:52

-A slight bit!

-Just a smidgen.

0:46:520:46:54

What we've got is three barns.

0:46:540:46:56

-These are like gold dust, really.

-Yeah.

0:46:560:46:58

It sits in a hundred acres of land.

0:46:580:47:00

-Wow.

-From which you can cherry pick whatever you want.

-Oh, really?

0:47:000:47:04

-Wow.

-We'll talk about all that a bit later, but it's essentially these three buildings, barn number one...

0:47:040:47:10

-The big one.

-Barn number two...

-Yeah.

0:47:100:47:14

-And barn number three.

-Right.

-Wow.

-I can see that, yeah.

0:47:140:47:17

All of them have got fully OK'd residential planning permission.

0:47:170:47:23

-Oh, right.

-Which is also very unusual for agricultural buildings round here.

0:47:230:47:27

So, essentially, you could turn all of them into residences.

0:47:270:47:32

-Ah.

-I can see where we could go with this.

0:47:320:47:34

-Beautiful.

-I can see enough room, I can see enough space and I can see a glorious location.

0:47:340:47:39

I think it has huge amounts of potential, although we might be

0:47:390:47:42

living in a caravan for some time if we chose this one.

0:47:420:47:46

Could be one of the little delights of this.

0:47:460:47:48

Let's take a look at them one by one.

0:47:480:47:52

I really hope that they have the imagination to see the potential of the wonderful spaces on offer here.

0:47:520:47:57

First up is the smallest of the three barns.

0:47:570:48:00

This one could be turned into a single-storey one-bed with an en-suite.

0:48:000:48:03

Now, this used to be the garage, well, still was - all these were used up to last year.

0:48:030:48:10

I've got the plans here, so I'll put them down here, you can refer to them as I point.

0:48:100:48:13

-This end will have a living room, a kitchen, and they're going to build out the bathroom here.

-Right.

0:48:130:48:18

-OK.

-And also a little porch, so you'll have a front door.

0:48:180:48:22

-It's actually quite a sizeable space.

-Mm.

-It is.

-I was thinking it might be a nice place for Julie.

0:48:220:48:26

-Absolutely.

-Mm.

0:48:260:48:29

Queen of all she surveys.

0:48:290:48:31

So that's Julie catered for. What about Nick and Marion?

0:48:310:48:35

-Right, now this is a much more exciting proposition.

-Mm.

0:48:350:48:39

Can I just point out these magnificent granite pillars?

0:48:390:48:43

-They're amazing, aren't they?

-I've never seen that on an agricultural building.

0:48:430:48:47

This breaks up into two parts.

0:48:470:48:49

There's this big old what was the carriage shed and that's going to be the kitchen and living room here.

0:48:490:48:54

-Right.

-And all of this is going to be glass behind these pillars.

0:48:540:48:57

With a little imagination and the right architect,

0:48:570:49:00

this derelict shed could be turned into a monument of contemporary living, with a spectacular glazed

0:49:000:49:06

open-planned living space, complete with all the mod cons.

0:49:060:49:09

This could be a dream home for Marion and Nick.

0:49:090:49:12

-So effectively it would be a two-bedroom house.

-Wow.

0:49:120:49:15

So the idea is that Julie lives up here and you live down here.

0:49:150:49:18

-Mm.

-That works.

-That would work.

0:49:180:49:20

There's a lot for Marion and Nick to get their heads around here, but before they made any decisions,

0:49:200:49:25

there are guests to think of and there's plenty of space for them.

0:49:250:49:29

And this is the grand idea, this is the really chunky conversion,

0:49:290:49:33

cos this has got plans for four bedrooms. Ta-da!

0:49:330:49:36

Wow, it's huge.

0:49:360:49:38

So you can see here, you'd go in, and there'd be a utility room and a kitchen/diner at the back.

0:49:380:49:43

-And upstairs, your master suite.

-Wow, that'd be spectacular, wouldn't it?

0:49:430:49:48

-Very good. And they'd keep these lovely steps up.

-Yeah.

-Which is just fabulous.

0:49:480:49:52

-Do you want to look inside and see what the state it's in?

-Sure.

0:49:520:49:56

-Mind the mice.

-Careful, Marion.

0:49:560:49:59

-It's quite nice to look inside, actually.

-Mm.

0:50:030:50:06

I think that barns are pretty atmospheric, even when they're not done up.

0:50:060:50:09

-Yeah.

-They are. Good party places when they're still barns.

-Yeah.

0:50:090:50:12

You might want to clean them a little bit.

0:50:120:50:16

This project is a developer's dream and has so much potential.

0:50:160:50:20

We're in the kitchen, next to what would be the grand atrium forming the living area,

0:50:200:50:24

and at the back of the downstairs, there's space for the study, which could also be a fourth bedroom.

0:50:240:50:29

Upstairs, there are plans for three bedrooms, all en-suite.

0:50:290:50:33

Mm. I'm glad you're seeing it in this light as well, cos it's absolutely fantastic.

0:50:360:50:39

-Spectacular.

-It's a beautiful day.

0:50:390:50:43

This is the back of your... of your huge barn conversion.

0:50:430:50:47

-Oh!

-It was the bull house, rather excitingly.

-Ah.

0:50:470:50:50

And this would all be one living room, right up to, to the trusses.

0:50:500:50:54

-Wow.

-And this would all be terraced.

0:50:540:50:57

Because that's west, and that's south, so this would just be a golden bowl of light all day long.

0:50:570:51:04

-Mm.

-I'm selling it to you, aren't I?

0:51:040:51:05

-You are.

-I can see, I'm hypnotising you like a mongoose.

0:51:050:51:10

I know you've found the house of your dreams, but this is interesting.

0:51:100:51:13

How much is this all going to cost to do?

0:51:130:51:16

Let's start first with the plot of land and the ruins, the barns as they are now.

0:51:160:51:22

No extra land, no price of conversion, just what you would pay the vendor now.

0:51:220:51:28

Somewhere between 100 and £150,000.

0:51:300:51:34

I think a lot more than that, actually.

0:51:340:51:36

-I think you're looking at 250 to 290.

-Really?

-Yeah.

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Yeah, as I said, I have no concept of how much this would go for.

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-Can I just say something?

-Mm.

-You're right, it is

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-quite a bit more than both of you thought.

-Wow, really?

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For the first two, you've been very good, but this is a very strange kind of set-up.

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Yes, that's why I've got no sort of concept.

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So this, these three barns and just the land they're on is on the market for £430,000.

0:51:540:52:01

-What?

-Cor. Wow.

0:52:010:52:03

-And then extra land...

-Yeah.

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Land round here goes about £5,000 an acre, so to get your two acres,

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you'd have to say another £10,000, so that brings us up to 440.

0:52:100:52:15

-And...

-And then there's renovating.

-Any idea of those costs?

0:52:150:52:18

-You don't need to renovate!

-You could live here like this!

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So, yes, the renovation costs are also quite substantial.

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You could renovate it bit by bit, £40,000 for the small one, £100,000

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for the middle one, and £220,000, so the total build all told

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-would be about £800,000.

-Wowee.

-That's an extraordinary amount of money.

-It is.

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The mystery house is always there to kind of pull focus for you to think, "Ooh, gosh, shake things up a bit."

0:52:370:52:42

And if nothing else, it's proved to you what a good deal

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-the up-and-running B&B barn conversion was.

-Yes.

0:52:460:52:49

-Absolutely.

-Absolutely. And now even more how happy we are with it.

-Yeah.

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Well, it was worth a shot, but clearly this project is not for them.

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The barns come in at £430,000, and with two acres of extra land

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and renovation costs taking it up to £800,000, it's a pretty penny or two.

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But that's the price you pay for such a unique opportunity.

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There's planning consent to create a one-bed, a two-bed and a four-bed property.

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And there are large amounts of pasture land available to purchase separately.

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It'd be interesting to tackle a project from start to finish,

0:53:220:53:25

blank canvas, but much as I would love to take something like this on, it's not the right time yet.

0:53:250:53:31

It does one thing here that none of the others

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actually did, which was provide totally separate space for us, the guests and my mum.

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So I can see why you brought us here, and it's

0:53:390:53:41

just really reconfirmed just how amazing the other place was for us.

0:53:410:53:45

-Just too much of a project, and we've already found our dream home, haven't we?

-Yes.

0:53:450:53:49

Rarely has there been less suspense at the decision at the end of the show,

0:53:560:54:02

because I don't recall ever one of the houses being bought by...

0:54:020:54:07

the couple on the show. So you have broken new ground. Congratulations.

0:54:070:54:11

-Thank you very much.

-Yes.

-Nonetheless,

0:54:110:54:13

I would be very interested to hear about the process that we went through to get where we got to.

0:54:130:54:19

Very first property I showed you was two properties, in fact.

0:54:190:54:23

What are your thoughts about that conversion?

0:54:230:54:25

Initially, I think we both looked at it and thought "Great." It was, it looked beautiful.

0:54:250:54:30

Yeah, it was pretty as a picture from the outside.

0:54:300:54:33

It appeared to have enough space.

0:54:330:54:35

On reflection, as we were walking around we were thinking there was

0:54:350:54:38

going to be a lot to be done to kind of make it fit our purposes.

0:54:380:54:42

-And I think the land wasn't really what we were looking for, really, was it?

-No.

0:54:420:54:46

How about the Victorian house near Newquay?

0:54:460:54:49

We started that one less enthusiastic,

0:54:490:54:52

probably would be fair to say.

0:54:520:54:54

Yes, it was the reverse of the first one. Initially you walk in,

0:54:540:54:57

and there's a couple of square rooms and you think, hmm,

0:54:570:55:00

there's not much here to excite me, but it did reveal itself bit by bit

0:55:000:55:04

to be greater than the sum of its parts.

0:55:040:55:06

And it still wasn't a natural fit, but it could have been adapted.

0:55:060:55:10

It definitely had potential for adaptation with the cellar,

0:55:100:55:12

and the annexe would have been perfect for Julie.

0:55:120:55:14

Tell me about the guest house.

0:55:140:55:16

Where do we start?

0:55:160:55:18

It was before we even walked round and saw it, it just felt like home.

0:55:180:55:22

-The guest rooms are presented so well.

-It was perfect for our purposes

0:55:220:55:25

without us having to do anything in order to make it fit us -

0:55:250:55:30

it just felt like we kind of belonged there.

0:55:300:55:33

So many selling points to it, so many USPs.

0:55:330:55:35

Well, before we come back to, to enjoying that more, let us cast a little thought on the mystery house.

0:55:350:55:41

It was an interesting property in all sorts of ways.

0:55:410:55:43

It was interesting - it's kind of like the entirely opposite, really.

0:55:430:55:47

Great for someone who's got the time, the energy,

0:55:470:55:49

the patience and the know-how to do a project like that.

0:55:490:55:52

Maybe not just now, I think we realised when we saw it -

0:55:520:55:54

the amount of the work that would have to be done and the energy that would have to be invested in it.

0:55:540:55:58

I'm delighted that I was showing you round the properties and that you found the one that you

0:55:580:56:03

-want so profoundly and acted on it, because you know, those two things don't often come together.

-Mm.

0:56:030:56:09

We're absolutely delighted as well,

0:56:090:56:12

and thanks to everyone involved, really - it's been wonderful.

0:56:120:56:15

It has, it's been a brilliant experience, and then to find

0:56:150:56:18

the house of our dreams and it all work out like that is just perfect.

0:56:180:56:20

You're all very welcome at our party.

0:56:200:56:22

-Well, we'll turn up, because you are unique and original on our show, so here's to that.

-Cheers.

-Cheers.

0:56:220:56:31

I don't mean to crow, but we sold a house right there and then

0:56:350:56:39

on the spot, and I don't think we've ever done that before on the show, it's quite extraordinary,

0:56:390:56:44

so we're quite pleased at the way our adventures in Cornwall turned out.

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And if you've been inspired by Marion and Nick's amazing house-buying fun,

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then do tune in next time for more Escape To The Country.

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Alistair Appleton helps a couple who plan to move to Cornwall to start a B&B business with a budget of £650,000. They would like a property with a minimum of six bedrooms in an idyllic setting with plenty of land and outbuildings.


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