Dorset Escape to the Country


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Jules Hudson is in Dorset and Wiltshire helping a couple of self-confessed urbanites make a break for a new life with their young family.


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Welcome to Escape To The Country.

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These beautiful Victorian gardens behind me,

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were once described by Thomas Hardy

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as "quite the prettiest sight I ever saw in my life".

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Where are we? Stick around and I'll show you.

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'In today's show I'll be helping a couple of self-confessed urbanites

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'make a break for a new life with their young family in the country.'

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-Wow!

-Come in, Scott.

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Goodness me. That's fantastic.

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'I'll be showing them an array of attractive rural properties.'

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Well, I don't think you need to bother showing us the rest!

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'And, of course, there's the Mystery House,

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'which might just brew up a storm.'

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Today we're on the historic border between Dorset and Wiltshire

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at the glorious Llama Tree Gardens.

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They're set within the enormous Camborne Chase estate

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and they were created back in 1880 by the estate's then owner,

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General Pitt-Rivers, as a place for enlightenment and entertainment.

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The perfect place to start any Escape To The Country.

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In the heart of the South Coast, Dorset covers 1,000 square miles.

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The Cranborne Chase dominates the northeast corner of the county,

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offering a spectacular landscape

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designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Fighting it out for breathtaking scenery

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is the county's Jurassic Coast -

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95 miles of heritage coastline headlining with landmarks such as Durdle Door.

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Lying at the eastern end, Sandbanks is still topping the charts.

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Constantly undergoing stylish redevelopment,

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it's now a densely-packed playground for the privileged few,

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with land prices amongst the fourth-most expensive in the world.

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The rest of Dorset couldn't be more different.

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With 50% of the population living in the southwest corner,

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vast swathes of countryside are sparsely populated,

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making it a wonderful place to live.

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When it comes to property-hunting in Dorset,

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the pocket that is the Camborne Chase area

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is one of the more undiscovered parts.

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And that's simply because around 40% of it is covered with landed estates

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and when you couple that to the fact

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that it's also one of the most depopulated parts of the Southwest,

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you get the idea that finding your ideal rural retreat

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can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

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But, as ever, if you know how to look and where to look, there's plenty on offer.

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Hiding in 15 acres of land in Tarrant Launceston

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is this four-bedroom equestrian property,

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on the market for £1.5 million.

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The former farmhouse has been refurbished to a high standard,

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yet hasn't lost sight of its period charm.

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And the horses are well taken care of

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with the stables, paddock and menage.

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If that's a bit of a stretch but you still need an equestrian property,

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then how about this thatched house in Woodlands?

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At £545,000, the three-bedroom home has just over two acres of gardens and paddock.

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And from the stable block, it's just a short ride out to the bridleways and forest.

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Or finally, how about this three-bedroom cottage in Winfrith?

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On the market for 395.

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The rooms are large and light and the brick fireplaces and timber beams are a feature of the property,

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as is the well-maintained mature garden,

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which is packed with trees and shrubs.

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As you can see,

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there are plenty of very pretty properties on offer here in Dorset,

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which, to my mind, is as good a reason as any

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as to why today's buyers would want to move here.

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And they are Scott and Lorraine,

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who live in a three-bedroom semi-detached bungalow in Surrey

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with their two children, Lewis and Amy, and their collection of pets.

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Sadly for the children, they don't have the run of the back garden

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as Scott has turned his hobby into a business.

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This is our microbrewery.

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This is a family business that we started two years ago.

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It's very quickly taken off and now I need more space.

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It's not just the brewery that's making them so eager to hotfoot it to Dorset.

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We're fed up with the rat race.

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It's too busy and too built-up around here now.

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We think we could have a much better way of life in the countryside.

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We've talked about looking to move for the last seven years, really.

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When we used to go on holiday a lot down in the West Country,

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we used to think, "Wouldn't it be great to live in places like this?"

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The time was never right. Now the time is right for us.

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The children are at the right age

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and we've got a business that we can move and relocate.

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Scott and Lorraine have spent hours looking at houses on the Internet

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but as yet they haven't seen any in the flesh.

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We're both apprehensive about moving.

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We've been here a long time. All our lives we've lived in a suburban area. So it's big step.

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But it's also a challenge and we both quite excited about it as well.

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-It'd be like starting an adventure.

-Yeah.

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So what sort of property will match their dream?

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We'd like a four-bedroomed detached house with spacious rooms.

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We'd like a property that's got character.

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A nice farmhouse kitchen with low beams and a nice view out on the countryside.

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-Inglenook fireplaces.

-Yeah.

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Also, in the property, we would be looking for

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a suitable amount of land around the property

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for us to run the business from. And ideally with outbuildings.

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But we would consider a property that didn't have outbuildings

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if there was suitable space, in future, for us to put our own up.

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The land will be put to good use with a vegetable patch for the children

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and will hopefully accommodate a few extra family members, too.'

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This is Fluffy, my daughter's rabbit.

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The one thing we're really looking forward to, when we move, is to have more pets.

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Ideally, we'd like chickens as well.

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We're keen to crack on with the search but first Scott and Lorraine need to get a current valuation

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for the house they bought 11 years ago for 110,000.

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This is a lovely bungalow.

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Beautifully maintained and improved by the owners,

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in a very popular residential area.

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I believe the current valuation to be

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in the region of £350,000, although due to the unique nature

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of the business at the end of the garden, perhaps up to around £400,000.

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Personally, I'm very pleased with that.

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I just hope we can achieve it.

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So what's in the coffers for us to go house-hunting with?

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Our budget is going to be £400,000.

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We're willing to pay that if the property ticks all the right boxes.

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It's clear that the driving force behind this move is Scott's need to expand his brewing business,

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but of course they do need a family home to go with it.

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Specifically, they want somewhere with at least three bedrooms,

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lots of character, an area outside for a veg patch

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and maybe some chickens and, of course,

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some all-important outbuildings for the business of brewing beer.

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Given that the Cranborne Chase postcode

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is, arguably, one of the most exclusive and expensive in this part of the world,

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my guess is their budget of £400,000 or so could be a bit stretched.

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Scott and Lorraine will still need to make beer deliveries

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to their existing customers in Surrey

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until they build up a new client base in Dorset.

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Therefore, we're concentrating the search

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around the north of the county,

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where the travel time back to Surrey should be less than two hours.

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Over the course of two days, I'll be taking them on a whistle-stop tour of terrific properties,

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as ever, I'll leave them in the dark regarding the prices until they've had a good look around.

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And, finally, there's the Mystery House, which I'm sure will cause a bit of a stir.

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Welcome to North Dorset. Is this the sort of thing you had in mind?

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The heart of Cranborne Chase?

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-It's perfect, really ideal.

-Absolutely superb.

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Well, it is superb for a very good reason, which also makes it very popular and very expensive.

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Your budget of 400 grand or so, can that be pushed at all?

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-430 max.

-430 tops.

-It's creeping up a little bit?

-Yeah.

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We're going to need all of that, I suspect, because there's quite a lot to fit in, isn't there?

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You two, your two kids, Amy and Lewis, and a growing menagerie of animals.

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Yeah, we've got cats, rabbits, fish.

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-Hopefully chickens in the future.

-Hopefully chickens in the future.

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So this really is a lifestyle change

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because you can take the brewery with you and have it all at home?

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-Yeah.

-That's the plan initially, yes.

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We've got an awful lot for you to look at.

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Dorset beckons, as you can see.

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-Here it is. Let's go see what we can find.

-Excellent. Brilliant.

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Scott and Lorraine have a budget of up to £430,000

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and for that they're looking for a detached house

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with character features, a farmhouse kitchen,

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four bedrooms, an outbuilding for the business

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and enough land for a vegetable patch and a few animals.

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We always assume that it's a big move for buyers

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but what about the children? How do they feel about it?

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Well, that was a big concern, obviously.

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We've discussed it at length for both of them.

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They're both very excited about it, which is encouraging.

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It's very difficult to fit in again sometimes.

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If friends have got their established groups.

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But I think they're young enough to overcome that and if we don't do it now, I don't think we'll ever to it.

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And we'll spend the rest of our lives wondering what might have been.

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Yes, we don't want to regret not having done it.

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The first house on our viewing list,

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and indeed the first house ever in Dorset for Scott and Lorraine,

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is in East Stour,

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four miles west of Shaftesbury

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and two hours from clients in Surrey.

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This small village sits amongst the tranquillity of the Blackmore Vale.

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Much of the land here is given over to dairy farming and with this countryside on their doorstep,

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there'll be plenty for the family to explore.

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The house we've lined up dates back to 1600, at its core,

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and if its character they're looking for, we're in for a real treat.

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Right, then, house number one.

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-Excellent.

-On our grand tour of Dorset.

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-Wow.

-What do you think of that?

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-Really pretty.

-It's very nice.

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Wow. I can't wait to see it. I like the look of it, it's really good.

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I like the stonework on the front. It looks really, really nice.

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I suppose the other obvious thing to point out is THAT structure.

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-Yes!

-It definitely feels like a medieval brewery to me.

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It's certainly got character to it, which is exactly what is needed for a small brewery.

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It won't take long to have it up and running in there.

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Let's get into the main event - the house.

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Can't wait!

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'Terrific. That's the brewery sorted

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'and I'm really excited to show them the house.'

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Right, then. Come in Lorraine.

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-Wow!

-Come in, Scott.

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-Goodness me!

-My goodness.

-What do you think?

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-That's fantastic.

-It's really nice.

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-Look at that staircase.

-We've got a little office area for you in here.

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As you can see, there's the old outside wall of the property

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and the oldest-surviving window here, too.

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But come through here cos this is quite exciting.

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I love these doors.

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-Solid.

-And of course the rest of the building, that's your 16th century.

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Wow. Look at that fireplace.

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Yeah.

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-Window seats.

-That's nice.

-It's got bags of character.

-It's just stunning.

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Breathtaking.

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Come through here because you've got another original, beautiful fireplace.

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Wow! That is a fireplace, isn't it?

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-Yeah?

-Yeah. Well, I don't think you need to bother showing us the rest!

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THEY ALL LAUGH

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It gets better, trust me. I think this is a gorgeous room.

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This beam over the fireplace is, in itself, original to the house.

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But if you look at this beam, you can see some graffiti on there and some marks.

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See that circle? With the leaves on?

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-These are witches' marks.

-Really?

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Put on to ward off evil witches.

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What's quite curious is that there are several of them so there was obviously a bit of a witch issue!

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-Presumably they're all gone now!

-Hopefully.

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'It's so rewarding to find such history in old properties

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'and it's easy to see why this house is grabbing them.

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'But will the kitchen be the picture of Lorraine's dreams?'

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-Through to the kitchen. Downstairs loo, which is always nice.

-That's handy.

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-And then this is it.

-Wow! This is good.

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There's a little dining area, too.

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It ticks all the right boxes here. This is just too perfect.

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Could you say that again?

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"This is too perfect!" OK.

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-We're very happy, so far.

-So far.

-So far, yes.

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Let's go and explore the staircase. Go upstairs and have a look.

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After you.

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I absolutely love this.

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It's so original.

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-It's fun, isn't it?

-Really fun.

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-Now, we've got Amy and Lewis?

-That's right.

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Would this work for Lewis?

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I believe it would. It might be a bit tight for his toys.

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-He'll have to get rid of some!

-Yeah. Moving is always a good, cathartic process.

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-We'll have a good sort out.

-Exactly.

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His sister might be next door. Let's have a look at where Amy might go. Have a look in there.

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Wow! This is a good size.

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It is a good size. Amy would love this bedroom.

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-It's so pretty.

-I think it could cause a few arguments, actually!

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They'd be fighting over this bedroom.

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All right, well, what about you two?

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-Oh, yes!

-Master bedroom?

-Can't wait.

-Come and have a look.

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OK.

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Last but not least.

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-Oh, yes.

-Oh, wow!

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To be fair, it's not the most enormous of bedrooms.

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But this is currently set up as the master,

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probably because it has this really stunning fireplace feature in it.

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Beautiful floor.

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Nice view of the garden and so forth.

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'It's a real cracker of a property

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'and I think they can see themselves at home here.

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'Even the bathroom is full of character.

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'So, with the brewing business taken care of in the barn,

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'it's time to see if the garden offers them what they're looking for.'

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OK. What have we got out here for you?

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It's very pretty.

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-It's very pretty. It's not acres, to be honest with you.

-No.

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But it does have all the components.

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You have a bit of mature garden for the kids to play in.

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Nice, very well looked after vegetable patch, as you can see.

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-That's perfect.

-That's ideal, isn't it?

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-Greenhouse, as you can see.

-It's a pretty country garden.

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I don't know where the chickens would go.

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I think we could maybe get a few in round here.

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-We don't necessarily need a greenhouse.

-That's true.

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-You get another view of this really pretty period house.

-It's gorgeous.

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It is very picturesque.

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But, of course, the acid test is going to be how much it is.

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Oh, yes! I hate to think.

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Well, let's have a think because it is our first one.

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It's a chance for you to really gauge the market here.

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Actually, genuinely looking round somewhere for the first time.

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Scott? Go on.

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It's got to be at the top end, hasn't it? I would have thought.

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-It's going to be a stab in the dark but I'd say it's got to be around 420.

-420. Lorraine?

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-I'd say our max, 430.

-430.

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-You're quite good, you two.

-Are we?

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Actually, you've just straddled it.

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-It's on the market for 425.

-Is it?

-Really?

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The good news is you've got a pretty realistic eye for what things are going to cost you here.

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Erm...

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The other thing, of course, is it is technically under budget.

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The top end of your budget, but without an awful lot to do.

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The only thing, I suppose, is to put a bit of money into the barn at the front. How does that feel?

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Optimistic, definitely, about it.

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Good. It hasn't frightened you off?

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-No, no.

-Certainly wouldn't rule it out.

-No.

-Good.

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All right, well, we've got plenty of time.

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-Go and have a look around and I'll catch up with you later.

-OK, let's go.

-Thank you.

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Brilliant. Well, I have to say, I am absolutely delighted.

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The nice thing about them is that they haven't looked at any properties in this area at all,

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so showing them the first one is always going to be something of a challenge.

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The good news is, it's under budget and they love it.

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At £430,000, this house does offer

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Scott and Lorraine the vast majority of what they're looking for.

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It's packed to the rafters with character.

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It has three bedrooms, a ready-made vegetable patch for the children

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and an outbuilding that can easily house their microbrewery.

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Well, this property has got bags of character, what with the beams and the fireplaces.

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It's just gorgeous. It's ideal for us.

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Someone's clearly put a lot of love into this property.

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The exposed woodwork is beautiful.

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So much detail here and so many features that are quite overwhelming.

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My only concern, really, would be the size of the garden.

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But, saying that, it is very pretty, and maybe that's the sacrifice we would take.

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It definitely gets the thumbs-up from me.

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-Well, yes...

-What do you think of this?

-Yes, there's good storage space up there, which is very useful.

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Yeah.

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I think it should just about manage, with some adapting, yeah.

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Ideas fermenting?

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-Yes.

-Boom-boom! Haha! Good.

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I'm feeling thirsty myself. Come on.

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Scott and Lorraine's move to this part of the country

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is all about discovering new territory,

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and one of the wonderful gems in this county is the market town of Shaftesbury.

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To make the most of their visit to this medieval town in the Blackmore Vale,

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they're meeting up with Anna McDowell,

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a local resident who is chairman of the Shaftesbury Abbey Museum

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and very knowledgeable about the area.

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-It's a wonderful view from here, isn't it?

-Absolutely amazing, yeah.

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We are actually one of the highest towns in the country.

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-Absolutely beautiful.

-Gorgeous.

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Founded by Alfred the Great in 880,

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Shaftesbury became an important staging point

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on the London-to-West-Country route and prosperity grew.

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Today, tourism is a major industry,

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with visitors flocking to take in Gold Hill,

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the cobbled street made famous by a well-known 1970s bread advert.

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And all these tourists will need refreshment,

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which is good news for Scott's brewing business.

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The gardens of Shaftesbury Abbey, a short walk away,

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are also a hot tourist ticket.

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The abbey, built in 888, lies in ruins,

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but it was once a wealthy Benedictine nunnery.

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Dissolved in 1539, much of the stone was used to build local houses.

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Well, here we in the actual gardens of Shaftesbury Abbey.

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It's estimated about 350 people

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actually lived within the precinct wall

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-and, amongst them, the people who actually brewed the beer.

-Right.

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Surprisingly, they actually drank an average of 1,500 pints a day.

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-My goodness.

-I know.

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Well, don't forget the water was unsafe, it had to be purified

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-and the way they did that was through beer.

-Ah.

-Excellent.

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That's a lot of beer that would have made Scott a rich man,

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but for now, he'll have to look forward to building his own business near this scenic town.

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Look at the views.

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-Absolutely superb.

-Magnificent.

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When we saw the views from Shaftesbury Abbey,

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we were effectively looking straight down into Dorset.

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-Here, You're looking straight over into Wiltshire.

-Oh, right.

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-Shaftesbury is virtually on the border of both counties.

-Mm.

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And with views like this, there's no wonder

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Scott and Lorraine want to make it their home.

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We're heading further southeast for our next house,

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which is in Pimperne, two miles north of Blandford Forum,

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and again two hours from clients in Surrey.

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Sitting on the Cranborne Chase, the village is believed to date back to Anglo-Saxon times.

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Today, it's a desirable place to live, with a thriving community.

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The property we are viewing is the old headmaster's house, and sits next to the primary school.

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-Come and have a look in here. Look - chickens!

-Oh, wow!

-Oh, yes. Wow.

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-You wanted chickens, there are some.

-We have got chickens. Excellent.

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-Whether they come with the property...

-Yeah!

-Negotiable.

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This is what I want you to have a look at.

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Big, substantial Victorian family house.

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Looks impressive. Certainly looks big.

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-Very, very spacious.

-That sounds good to me.

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-All right, let's go inside and have a look.

-OK.

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See what you think.

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Leaving the chickens behind.

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-Grab the door, Scott. Let's start in here, shall we.

-Ah.

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-It's a nice size.

-Yeah.

-Nice and light as well.

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-Big windows.

-Picture rail.

-Spacious.

-Picture rail's very nice.

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-Working fire place, which is nice.

-Yeah, it's a bonus.

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The nice thing about this is that there is a room

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similar to this over there. So, grown-up area, kid's area.

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Come and have a look through here.

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-Now here you've got what would technically be a dining room.

-Right.

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-They've got it set up as a play room.

-Ideal.

-A possibility.

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-Yeah, definitely.

-And they get their own working fireplace!

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-That fireplace is beautiful, isn't it?

-It is.

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Let's have a look at the kitchen. Through here.

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-All right, then. There we are.

-Ah, a good size kitchen.

-What do you think?

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-Excellent.

-It's got a nice feel about it.

-I know, it's good.

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Is this growing on you, Scott?

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I get the sense, so far, as a building, it's struggling a little.

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I'm finding my way as I go.

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Being careful how I say it - I like to think things over a little first.

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-But yet, this room is very much more to my taste.

-Good.

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-Imagine having a big farmhouse table here.

-Yeah.

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And access out of the kitchen as well,

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which is something we miss having.

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In size and space, it does go on a bit.

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There's this huge range and fitted units

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and that really does make it.

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Oh, definitely. Yes.

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And the tiles are very much in keeping with the Victorian style.

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-Through there, you have a utility room.

-That's handy.

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Downstairs cloak room. All right.

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I can see I'll have to work quite hard on this one.

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THEY LAUGH

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Let's go upstairs and see what you make of that because I think,

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in terms of space, that's where you really gain in a building like this.

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OK. Let's have a look.

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Scott and Lorraine don't seem to be getting on with this lovely house.

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It's much larger than the last but will they be swayed

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by space over character?

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-Through the baby gate.

-Right.

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In terms of bedrooms, let's start with this.

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-Something of a guest room at the moment.

-Yeah, it's nice. Good size.

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-I like the windows.

-Big, sash windows.

-It's a good size room.

-But?

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-Come on, there's a but lurking in your mind.

-Only cosmetic buts.

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I personally wouldn't paint the floor white -

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you'd be forever touching it up.

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I'd leave it stripped. It is fairly cosmetic.

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-In fairness, it's not the very cosy cottage that we've seen before.

-No.

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No. And I think that's it. We were spoilt before!

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The mood has definitely dropped after the last house.

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Nevertheless, this is a beautiful property

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and the next two bedrooms are just as immaculately decorated.

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What's more, the bathroom doesn't need attention either,

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so, last stop, the master.

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-OK, this is currently the master.

-Wow.

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-Airy, light. Original features.

-Yeah.

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-Yep.

-It's a room, with four walls.

-OK, yep.

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-What more can you really say?

-Indeed.

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That's one of the things about this style of architecture.

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Maybe the question is whether Victorian is the style for you.

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Mmm, something to consider.

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It's very sameish from room to room.

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A lot of the features have been painted over in white.

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It's quite difficult to get that Victorian feel from it.

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-Yeah.

-But after we've seen the last property, it is quite a contrast.

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-A stark contrast.

-Yeah.

-Right.

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Garden.

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So, that's the house inside. Pretty much.

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But the garden has one or two interesting features,

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-not least, this, Scott. Double garage.

-Oh, yes.

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So again, thinking about this brewery, it could all happen,

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for a while at least, in there.

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The other thing is that there are some industrial units

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in the village, so you could have it separate.

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-It might be another option.

-Might well be.

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And you've got the playing field attached to the school,

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-which you get the use of at weekends.

-Great for the children.

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This property has lots going for it

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but I get the feeling it's not exciting them.

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But what will they make of the garden?

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-A nice little sun trap here.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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-A rambling Victorian garden. Pretty, isn't it?

-Nice pond.

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-Yeah.

-Obviously established.

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Well, let's think about the price, Lorraine.

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-Maybe that will have a bearing on things.

-I'd say about 380.

-380? OK.

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-Bit cheeky.

-Is it?!

-Actually, I was thinking a little less.

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-I may be miles out but I was thinking more like 365.

-365?

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I feel there's a little bit of money could be spent here.

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And compared to the last property... That's what does it.

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I think we're biased towards the last one.

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I suspect that's entirely what's going on because you do,

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I think, yard for yard, probably get more house here.

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The village location here is a highly sought-after place.

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That is good, yeah.

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This is on the market for...

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399.

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Oh, really?!

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-You were far closer than I.

-Still a bit out!

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Well, still both out.

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In fairness, a lot of work has been done, the kitchen, a lot

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of the reception rooms downstairs, they've had a lot of attention.

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OK. Go and have another look around.

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Have a good think and I'll catch up later.

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This Victorian house might not have the cosy cottage features but

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it is a large family home, next to a school and in a desirable location.

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At a shade under £400,000, it has a kitchen diner, four bedrooms,

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a garage that could accommodate the brewery

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and a garden large enough to take small animals and a vegetable patch.

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This house would be great for the children but will it get them

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thinking about moving the business?

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This is definitely my favourite room in the place.

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Oh, it's lovely, isn't it. With the range cooker.

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You wouldn't need to do anything in here. It's ready to go.

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-It's a good size.

-Yeah, very nice indeed.

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It's different to what I was expecting.

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It's clearly a lovely family house. It's spacious.

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This property is in a lovely location,

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right next to the school, it would be perfect for the children.

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It's got a lovely kitchen, with a range cooker,

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-which I would really like.

-The rooms are quite boxy.

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Personally, I'd prefer a lounge with more room to spread out.

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Also, it's very close to a school and

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if I were potentially working here all day, the noise might get to me.

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-Hello.

-Hello! Well, there we are.

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-We're halfway through our house search.

-OK.

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-There's plenty more to show you. Come on.

-Excellent.

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Scott and Lorraine will be looking for plenty of ideas for family days out when they move.

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Top of my list would be the Llama Tree Gardens,

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created by one of my great archaeological heroes from the past, Augustus Henry Lane Fox.

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As an archaeologist and keen gardener, I couldn't resist a visit to this wonderful venue.

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Lane Fox, an army general, inherited the Rushmore Estate

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on the Cranbourne Chase in 1880

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on the proviso he changed his name to Pitt-Rivers.

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It was here that he embarked

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on pursuing his passion for archaeology and education.

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And he's regarded by many as the father of English archaeology.

0:27:440:27:48

Adrian Green from the Salisbury Museum knows more about

0:27:480:27:51

this remarkable man and I'm meeting him in front of the singing theatre which is still in use today.

0:27:510:27:58

Now for any of us interested in history, the name Pitt-Rivers is unrivalled, in some respects,

0:27:580:28:02

but I had no idea he was such a keen gardener.

0:28:020:28:05

Nor did I until I came and worked here two years ago.

0:28:050:28:08

We've all heard that he was a very famous archaeologist,

0:28:080:28:11

but not that he'd set up gardens in Cranborne Chase.

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This is a place that, I suspect, is all about fun and less about formal gardening.

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Absolutely. A way of drawing people in.

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In the 19th century, all this area was covered in private estates

0:28:200:28:24

and working people would not have had access to places like this.

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He created something here that would lure people in, because what he also had here was some serious learning.

0:28:270:28:32

There was the fun here, but in Farnham,

0:28:320:28:34

there was a museum which was full of all his archaeological discoveries from the local area.

0:28:340:28:38

He thought, if I've got the museum, why not have gardens and make a day of it.

0:28:380:28:42

It's an extraordinary thought that this man created these gardens

0:28:420:28:46

-just to get people interested in history.

-Absolutely.

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'By 1899, the gardens, with their ornate buildings, wonderful shrub borders and water features,

0:28:510:28:56

'were an enormously popular theme park, attracting 44,000 visitors a year.

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'But, unfortunately, they later fell into disrepair.

0:29:000:29:05

'With the help of English Heritage,

0:29:050:29:07

'they've been restored to their former glory to be enjoyed once again.'

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What is it for you that really sets Pitt-Rivers apart as an archaeologist?

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His attention to detail.

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He recorded the sites, where the objects were found. He produced detailed plans of them.

0:29:160:29:20

He even published what he did, which was pretty ahead of his time.

0:29:200:29:24

There were four volumes like this one full of all his archaeological finds.

0:29:240:29:28

It's an invaluable resource for modern archaeologists.

0:29:280:29:31

The fact that it ended up in his hands

0:29:310:29:33

really has left us something for the future that we all still enjoy.

0:29:330:29:36

He said that it was like some unforeseen hand

0:29:360:29:39

had passed the estate to him so he could follow his passions.

0:29:390:29:42

We can come here still, come to the Llama Tree gardens

0:29:420:29:45

and also walk in his footsteps across the estate, exploring the landscape that's here today.

0:29:450:29:50

'It is, without doubt, a stunning and peaceful place and I'm sure it will be high up on anyone's list

0:29:500:29:55

'of family days out. But as the last of the sun fades over Dorset,

0:29:550:30:00

'Scott and Lorraine have a recap on the house hunt so far.'

0:30:000:30:04

What are your thoughts on the Grade II listed property we viewed?

0:30:040:30:08

Well, that was fantastic. It blew me away when I saw it.

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Bags of character. The fireplaces were fantastic.

0:30:110:30:15

-All that exposed wood.

-I can just see us living there.

0:30:150:30:19

-The garden was beautiful.

-And what about the brewery? Would that fit in there?

0:30:190:30:23

It would be fairly easy to fit that in, certainly initially.

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I could run it from there for some time, I would think.

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-It would take a lot to beat it, wouldn't it?

-It would, definitely.

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What did you think of the Victorian house?

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I didn't really know what to make of it. It's a lovely family home.

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I felt the bedrooms and the living room downstairs were a bit boxy.

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I'd have liked a lounge I could spread out in a bit more.

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Having said that, I loved the kitchen.

0:30:470:30:49

-That was a good size.

-Very nice. And the utility room.

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What about the brewery? Nowhere to put that.

0:30:530:30:55

I didn't think it was ideally located,

0:30:550:30:58

right next to a school playground.

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-It was a lovely spot for the children.

-Yeah.

-But not the brewery.

0:31:000:31:05

They've both been very interesting.

0:31:050:31:06

-Two more to view tomorrow.

-Yeah, it's early days.

0:31:060:31:09

I can't wait to see what else they have in store for us.

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'Scott and Lorraine from Addlestone in Surrey want to relocate their family and brewing business

0:31:200:31:26

'to North Dorset and have a budget of up to £430,000 that they hope will make their dream come true.

0:31:260:31:33

'So far, they've viewed one house which got them excited, but coming up, we leave Lorraine speechless.'

0:31:330:31:39

What about this for a kitchen?

0:31:390:31:40

My goodness. Wow, I don't know what to say.

0:31:400:31:43

'But will they be raising their glasses or crying into their beers by the end of the day?'

0:31:430:31:48

-You're confusing us now.

-Oh, really?

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Well, it's the Mystery House, haha!

0:31:510:31:53

Here we are. Our final day's house hunt here in Dorset

0:31:560:31:59

and there it is, stretching away behind me,

0:31:590:32:01

this absolutely glorious county.

0:32:010:32:03

It's perfectly clear that Scott and Lorraine have fallen in love with this place and they've also,

0:32:030:32:08

it seems, fallen in love with one of our properties.

0:32:080:32:10

The question is, can we better it today?

0:32:100:32:12

Two more to come including the Mystery House.

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Let's see how we go.

0:32:150:32:17

Well, we've had you in Dorset for a little while now.

0:32:180:32:21

It's not an area that you've known that well.

0:32:210:32:23

Now you've seen a bit more of it, are you sure you want to move?

0:32:230:32:27

Very much so. It's not as flat as I was expecting.

0:32:270:32:30

The scenery is far more hilly and you can see it, as well, because the hedges aren't too high.

0:32:300:32:35

It definitely feels like home to me already. It's great.

0:32:350:32:39

-That's a good sign.

-Beautiful.

0:32:390:32:41

I know that you have kind of fallen in love with a property already.

0:32:410:32:46

-That's true.

-So we've got to see if we can better that.

0:32:460:32:50

-OK.

-I think that's quite a tall order, isn't it?

-Good luck.

-Ah, well...

0:32:500:32:53

'We're heading east this morning to the village of Holwell.

0:32:550:32:58

'At two-and-a-half hours, it is furthest from Surrey,

0:32:580:33:00

'but it's such a cracking property, we couldn't overlook it.'

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Hazelbury Bryan, just three miles away,

0:33:040:33:06

is a tidy and attractive village with a popular pub and a village store.

0:33:060:33:10

The house we've come to see dates back to the early 19th century

0:33:100:33:14

and has all the character Scott and Lorraine crave.

0:33:140:33:17

-There we are.

-Wow, that looks great.

-Our first offering on our final day's house hunt.

-Fantastic.

0:33:170:33:23

-Very nice.

-That looks really good.

0:33:230:33:25

-I like the look of that.

-Yeah.

-It's got a sort of farmhouse feel to it.

-Plenty of character.

0:33:250:33:31

-Yeah, looks very pretty.

-Scott, a big double garage for you there.

0:33:310:33:35

-Yes.

-You may even want to make that bigger over time.

0:33:350:33:37

But you could get going in there with the brewery.

0:33:370:33:40

Yes, it'd certainly be a start.

0:33:400:33:42

-I can't wait to see the rest of it.

-Let's not hang around!

0:33:420:33:45

If Scott is having doubts about the size of the garage

0:33:450:33:48

he could rent an industrial unit and enjoy the benefit of the brewery not being on their doorstep.

0:33:480:33:53

-Right, in we go.

-Right.

0:33:530:33:55

As you can see, utility room and boot room etc. You've got two doors to this place.

0:33:550:34:02

This is the back door and it leads on to the kitchen through here.

0:34:020:34:06

-Right, OK.

-There we are, Lorraine.

0:34:060:34:08

Wow, now that's what I call a farmhouse kitchen. Brilliant.

0:34:080:34:11

-It is.

-With a range cooker.

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I thought this was kind of what you had in mind, Lorraine.

0:34:130:34:16

Yeah, rustic feel to it, brilliant. Really like it.

0:34:160:34:19

Through there, we've got you a study area too.

0:34:190:34:22

What are you thinking, Scott?

0:34:220:34:23

I'm lost for words, really. It's got a lovely feel.

0:34:230:34:27

-It has a warm feel as soon as you come through the door.

-Yeah, yeah, cosy cottage.

-Exactly.

0:34:270:34:33

It's looking good.

0:34:330:34:35

It's looking good? Well, let's see if it keeps looking good.

0:34:350:34:38

Come with me. We're going into the older bit. Have a look at this.

0:34:380:34:43

Oh, my word, that's spectacular.

0:34:430:34:45

That is very nice.

0:34:450:34:46

-That's really good.

-Very nice.

0:34:460:34:49

-Full of character.

-Full of character. The inglenook there has a flue in it.

0:34:490:34:53

-There's no wood burner...

-It could be put back into use?

-You could.

0:34:530:34:56

Do you do a lot of dining?

0:34:560:34:58

-Yeah, we do like to sit around the table to eat.

-There you go.

0:34:580:35:01

Great for Sunday roasts.

0:35:010:35:03

-Superb.

-You're painting the picture, Scott.

0:35:030:35:05

This is all good. I can see it, I'll be around for lunch with you! Good.

0:35:050:35:09

All right. Come through here, here's the living room,

0:35:090:35:12

-full of lots more lovely features as well.

-Wow.

0:35:120:35:14

Look at that fireplace. Looks good.

0:35:140:35:16

-Nice size.

-And nicely out the way, too.

0:35:160:35:19

-When you've had dinner, you can tuck yourselves away down here.

-Relax here. Brilliant.

0:35:190:35:23

-It's cosy without being too small as well.

-Yeah.

0:35:230:35:26

-There's enough room to spread out.

-It's nice and light as well.

0:35:260:35:29

This house exudes character and warmth, everything that I think Scott and Lorraine are looking for,

0:35:290:35:35

and the conservatory off the lounge is a real bonus.

0:35:350:35:38

But next for us, let's go upstairs.

0:35:380:35:41

-You've got a bath and shower room in there.

-OK.

0:35:420:35:46

-A little boxroom in here.

-Right. That's a good size, yeah.

-Cosy little room.

0:35:460:35:51

And this is really the main guest room...

0:35:510:35:53

-Ah! Nice.

-..which I'd be very happy with if I was staying here.

0:35:530:35:57

-Definitely, that's perfect.

-Very good.

0:35:570:36:00

-Lots of space and lots of character. And a place that you can really grow into.

-Yeah.

0:36:000:36:05

I can see that.

0:36:050:36:07

Yeah, I can too.

0:36:070:36:08

OK, good. Right, well, there's two more bedrooms to see.

0:36:080:36:12

Let's continue. Off you go, down there.

0:36:120:36:14

So of the four bedrooms, number three is in here.

0:36:140:36:17

A little boxroom, currently a nursery.

0:36:170:36:20

But of the two bathrooms, this one, I think, is really the family bathroom.

0:36:230:36:28

-Wow, that is a good size.

-Goodness me, that's a much better size, isn't it?

0:36:280:36:32

Interestingly, it's right next door to the master bedroom,

0:36:320:36:35

so you could punch through that wall, potentially, and give yourselves an en suite.

0:36:350:36:39

-That's worth thinking about.

-I like the sound of that.

0:36:390:36:42

A bit more work for you, Scott. Oh, well!

0:36:420:36:44

HE LAUGHS

0:36:440:36:46

-So, finally, the master bedroom.

-Right.

0:36:460:36:52

-Wow. That is good.

-That's more like it, isn't it? That's a good size, really good.

0:36:520:36:57

-Windows on three sides.

-Three sides.

0:36:570:36:59

Perfect.

0:36:590:37:01

-Really love it.

-Impressive.

0:37:010:37:03

Excellent. Right. Let's have a look outside in the garden because I know that is important to you.

0:37:030:37:08

-Excellent.

-Can't wait.

-Let's see what you make of it.

0:37:080:37:12

'There's bags of room in this house for the whole family

0:37:120:37:15

'and I think the children are going to love the garden.'

0:37:150:37:18

Sunshine!

0:37:180:37:20

Hooray. As we start to go through the garden, you'll get the idea that it's in sort of zones, as it were.

0:37:200:37:27

A little formal area here, box hedging and so forth.

0:37:270:37:31

But the lawn is great. This, I think the kids would have a lot of fun in.

0:37:310:37:35

-Yes, nice size.

-Great size.

-Yeah.

0:37:350:37:37

-Some very mature fruit trees. Yeah, lovely.

-I think this is a garden you could have a lot of fun in.

-Yeah.

0:37:370:37:42

-It's lovely. A great size.

-Now then, chickens.

0:37:420:37:45

-Yes, plenty of room for them.

-Chickens, I think you've got bags of room for that if you need it.

0:37:450:37:51

Plus, also, vegetables. Come and have a look at this.

0:37:510:37:55

This all went in about five years ago, the structure and the hedge and so forth. Potatoes there.

0:37:570:38:02

-It's all ready to go, isn't it?

-Some parsley over there.

0:38:020:38:06

-And lots of little fruit bushes here, too, which is quite interesting.

-Right.

0:38:060:38:09

Little greenhouse there.

0:38:090:38:11

So all the kind of messy business of hardcore organic gardening

0:38:110:38:15

-happens out the way in a very organised little space.

-That's great.

0:38:150:38:18

Wow, it all looks very good, it all sounds very good, but, Jules, can we afford it?

0:38:180:38:23

Well, that's the million-dollar question.

0:38:230:38:25

Let's have a little stroll back onto the lawn, shall we, and think about it?

0:38:250:38:29

I wonder what figures have been running through your minds as we've walked through this property.

0:38:290:38:34

All right, well let's get it over and done with.

0:38:340:38:36

Let's talk about the difficult bit.

0:38:360:38:39

You've got 430 maximum.

0:38:390:38:41

Yes.

0:38:410:38:43

OK. Lorraine?

0:38:430:38:45

-Well, I think 440.

-440.

0:38:450:38:49

Little bit over budget. Yeah, OK.

0:38:490:38:52

I think it's definitely got to be towards the top end of our budget.

0:38:520:38:56

So I think I'm going to go with 430.

0:38:560:38:58

430. What if it was 440, just 10 grand over?

0:38:580:39:03

I'd be disappointed.

0:39:030:39:05

Well, don't be disappointed, Lorraine, because it's not 440 and it's not 430, Scott.

0:39:050:39:09

This can be yours for £425,000.

0:39:090:39:14

-Really?

-That's good news.

-I'd say that was very good news.

0:39:140:39:18

It's got so much of what we're looking for.

0:39:180:39:21

-It really will be a serious contender for us.

-Definitely.

0:39:210:39:24

Right, well, go and have a look around this serious contender and I'll catch up with you later.

0:39:240:39:29

Brilliant. £425,000 for a property that really is a viable proposition for Lorraine and for Scott.

0:39:290:39:35

Not only does it offer all the accommodation they're after but it has a wonderfully warm feel.

0:39:350:39:40

And that's one of the things about looking around houses.

0:39:400:39:43

Sometimes they do just scream out, and this is one of them. It's a real winner.

0:39:430:39:47

At £425,000, this characterful home is tucked just under their budget.

0:39:470:39:52

It's clear they love the house and if size is an issue in the garage,

0:40:010:40:05

will they consider other options for the business?

0:40:050:40:07

So what do you think about this for the brewery?

0:40:100:40:13

It's not really ideal.

0:40:130:40:14

The roof height's not here, there's not enough floor space.

0:40:140:40:17

But we could temporarily or permanently put it in a local trading estate,

0:40:170:40:20

which is something we could seriously look at.

0:40:200:40:23

I really like this house. It's a great place, a lovely garden, plenty of space,

0:40:230:40:27

the rooms have all got character.

0:40:270:40:28

I can see there's quite a bit of work here for me to do

0:40:280:40:32

but I'm not particularly put off by that because there would be no rush to get that done.

0:40:320:40:36

It's just perfect. I love the farmhouse feel to it.

0:40:360:40:39

It has four bedrooms, a large kitchen,

0:40:390:40:43

it's got a large garden which I can see the children, the cats and the chickens running around in.

0:40:430:40:47

So, yes, it definitely ticks all the right boxes.

0:40:470:40:50

I don't think the business would work here. There isn't the space for the brewery.

0:40:500:40:55

Having said that, the division between home life and work life has been blurred for a long time,

0:40:550:41:01

so I will be quite happy to put it elsewhere, locally maybe, in an industrial unit or something.

0:41:010:41:06

-Hello.

-Hello, how are you?

-Fine, good.

0:41:060:41:10

Enjoying what might be your garden, who knows? Definite contender?

0:41:100:41:14

Definite contender.

0:41:140:41:16

-Brilliant. It's not over yet, though, plenty more to see.

-Excellent.

0:41:160:41:19

Meet the latest celebrity pet.

0:41:250:41:27

From Jamie Oliver to the Duchess of Richmond,

0:41:270:41:30

it seems keeping chickens is now all the rage.

0:41:300:41:33

So it's not surprising Scott and Lorraine want to do the same.

0:41:330:41:36

Over the last year, the number of battery hens that have been rehomed

0:41:360:41:40

by the Battery Hen Welfare Trust has hit a staggering 61,000.

0:41:400:41:44

But if you're looking for something fancier,

0:41:440:41:47

there are a huge number of different breeds to choose from.

0:41:470:41:50

Helen Crapnell, a local chicken breeder,

0:41:500:41:53

is ready to give them the lowdown on these feathered friends.

0:41:530:41:56

-Would you like to come and see what we do?

-We would. Great.

-Come this way.

0:41:560:42:00

People often choose the ones they like the look of.

0:42:000:42:03

However, each one of them has its own characteristics.

0:42:030:42:05

All the breeds are different.

0:42:060:42:08

The Partridge Wyandottes, they're quite docile birds.

0:42:080:42:11

They're nice to have around, and they look absolutely beautiful.

0:42:110:42:15

When they're fully grown, the partridge markings are very, very pretty.

0:42:150:42:18

-Are they expensive to keep?

-They're not expensive.

0:42:180:42:21

I mean, if you're keeping them at home,

0:42:210:42:23

you can feed them not only on poultry food,

0:42:230:42:26

but you can also give them scraps as well, leftover vegetables.

0:42:260:42:30

You can supplement their diet, which obviously keeps the costs down.

0:42:300:42:34

Fantastic.

0:42:340:42:35

Hens cost anything from £25 upwards, depending on the breed,

0:42:350:42:40

but cost as little as 40p a week to feed.

0:42:400:42:43

They are relatively easy to keep,

0:42:430:42:45

but there are essentials you need to adhere to.

0:42:450:42:48

These are our Silver Partridge Pekins.

0:42:490:42:52

Once a month, we like to have a look at our birds

0:42:550:42:59

and just give them a check-over to make sure everything's OK.

0:42:590:43:02

So we would get them out and feel the weight of them,

0:43:020:43:05

just have a general look at them, have a look in their feathers

0:43:050:43:09

and see there's any sign of lice or anything.

0:43:090:43:11

We give a preventative covering of powder once a month,

0:43:110:43:16

because they do get lice. You do need to, unfortunately, now,

0:43:160:43:19

watch out for people stealing your chickens.

0:43:190:43:21

-Really?

-Oh, really?

-With the popularity of keeping chickens,

0:43:210:43:25

the incidence of poultry theft has increased dramatically.

0:43:250:43:30

And, obviously, they need to be protected from the fox.

0:43:300:43:33

Right.

0:43:330:43:34

So you'll need to be shutting them up every night.

0:43:340:43:37

Right, OK.

0:43:370:43:38

And look out for dogs, as well.

0:43:380:43:41

But she's very friendly and she would quickly tame.

0:43:410:43:44

-Would you like to hold her?

-Ooh, yes, please!

0:43:440:43:46

-There we go.

-Aww.

0:43:480:43:50

Ahh. Isn't she lovely?

0:43:510:43:54

Do you think the children would like her?

0:43:540:43:56

-Oh, I would think so!

-There's no question about it.

-They're so cute!

0:43:560:44:00

I don't know about the children - I think Lorraine looks quite comfortable!

0:44:000:44:04

All we need to do now is find the family a home.

0:44:040:44:07

Well, at long last, it is Mystery House time.

0:44:100:44:13

To be honest, I would love to offer Scott and Lorraine something like this.

0:44:130:44:17

But, clearly, that would challenge their budget but so, too,

0:44:170:44:21

will the Mystery House but if I'm honest, I think it is a challenge worth taking on.

0:44:210:44:25

It is time to reveal that our mystery house is in Stalbridge,

0:44:260:44:29

11 miles south-west of Shaftesbury and about a 2.25 hour journey

0:44:290:44:33

back to valued clients in Surrey.

0:44:330:44:35

With under 3,000 residents,

0:44:350:44:37

Stalbridge is Dorset's smallest town.

0:44:370:44:40

It has a good selection of independent shops yet retains

0:44:400:44:43

a relatively laid-back feel so Scott and Lorraine need not worry about being in the thick of a busy town.

0:44:430:44:49

Our Mystery House is believed to date back to the 17th century and is Grade 2 listed.

0:44:490:44:55

With a possible business sweetener in store, it is a proposition too good to overlook.

0:44:550:45:00

OK. Our final offering on our little tour of the properties of Northern Dorset. The Mystery House.

0:45:000:45:06

-Wow, that is different, isn't it?

-It is very different.

0:45:060:45:09

It is allowed to be, it is the Mystery House but it's very different in some respects.

0:45:090:45:13

We often use that word TARDIS, it is thrown around a lot but this is genuinely something of a TARDIS.

0:45:130:45:18

-Sounds interesting.

-Although, technically, it is a semi,

0:45:180:45:22

which I know you didn't want...

0:45:220:45:24

-That's true, yeah.

-Trust us on this one.

0:45:240:45:26

When you get inside, you'll see why we brought you here. It is quite extraordinary.

0:45:260:45:31

-We trust you.

-We'll keep an open mind.

-Good, let's have a look.

0:45:310:45:35

-Right. In you come.

-OK.

0:45:370:45:39

There we are, one of two reception rooms we've got for you.

0:45:390:45:43

-What do you think?

-I like it.

0:45:430:45:45

It's great, a really good size.

0:45:450:45:47

A very striking fireplace.

0:45:470:45:49

-A real feature, isn't it?

-Good. OK.

0:45:490:45:52

Not what I was expecting.

0:45:520:45:54

What about this for a kitchen?

0:45:570:45:58

Oh, my goodness! Wow, it's incredible!

0:45:580:46:02

It's completely different to anything I've seen.

0:46:020:46:05

-It's wonderful.

-It's contemporary mixed with traditional but it looks like a lot of fun.

0:46:050:46:12

Behind us we've got a walk-in pantry and through that door is a downstairs cloakroom.

0:46:120:46:16

We started in the 17th century, this is now the 18th century,

0:46:160:46:21

giant leap forward through this doorway to the 21st century.

0:46:210:46:24

Come and have a look.

0:46:240:46:26

-Through here.

-It looks great, a great dining area.

0:46:260:46:30

-An all-inclusive space in which to dine, relax, have the kids doing their homework.

-It's nice and light.

0:46:300:46:36

-Excellent.

-It is a great living area.

0:46:360:46:39

-You're confusing us now.

-Oh, really?

0:46:390:46:42

Well, it's the Mystery House!

0:46:420:46:44

This house offers plenty of space for Scott and Lorraine's family and back off the hall,

0:46:440:46:49

there's a further reception room that could be ideal as a playroom.

0:46:490:46:53

It also houses the staircase, which leads up to five bedrooms.

0:46:530:46:57

The whole TARDIS thing continues up here.

0:46:570:47:00

There are five bedrooms, of course. There is one in there.

0:47:000:47:03

That is a good size.

0:47:030:47:04

-I'll rattle through them.

-OK.

-One there overlooking the road.

0:47:040:47:08

Again, the kids could have these rooms for the next ten years.

0:47:080:47:11

-That's right.

-Effectively.

0:47:110:47:13

And then we have got three of five again, another great size.

0:47:130:47:17

Wow. That is good. I'm just blown away by it all.

0:47:170:47:22

There is another one up there, number four.

0:47:220:47:24

Let's have a look at the master.

0:47:240:47:27

So, there we are.

0:47:270:47:28

Last but not least, the master.

0:47:280:47:32

-And the view.

-Wow.

0:47:320:47:33

That is impressive.

0:47:330:47:36

The view is amazing. The room is a little on the small side.

0:47:360:47:41

Plenty of storage, though. That is always an issue with us, storage.

0:47:410:47:45

How are we doing? On a scale?

0:47:450:47:49

Higher than I was expecting. 8.5.

0:47:490:47:54

You had no faith in the Mystery House, I am so disappointed.

0:47:540:47:58

That is a score I'm happy with and the bathroom next door, although small, is beautifully put together.

0:47:580:48:03

But now I'm really looking forward to showing off what lies outside.

0:48:030:48:07

Just when you thought you'd seen it all here, there is a lot more out here.

0:48:070:48:12

A very useful garage space for you, Scott, and down here we've got

0:48:120:48:16

-this range of buildings, which are really interesting.

-Oh, wow.

0:48:160:48:20

-There we are.

-Wow.

-My goodness.

0:48:220:48:26

Wouldn't this make a really pretty...brewhouse?

0:48:260:48:29

-It would, it certainly would.

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

0:48:290:48:32

You've done well here, certainly.

0:48:320:48:35

But it gets better, because...

0:48:350:48:37

-Does it?

-You wanted a big garden.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

0:48:370:48:40

-How about an acre?

-No?!

0:48:400:48:43

Out you go.

0:48:430:48:45

-We've talked a lot about vegetables on our property tours.

-We did.

0:48:460:48:50

-How about that?

-That's very well organised.

0:48:500:48:52

A nice little kitchen garden for you. And down there, an orchard.

0:48:520:48:57

No, really?

0:48:570:48:59

A great place for the kids to play around in.

0:48:590:49:03

All the games and the dens. Look at these apple trees.

0:49:030:49:06

What about making cider?

0:49:060:49:08

Yeah. Let's give it a go.

0:49:080:49:10

OK, let's stop here, shall we?

0:49:100:49:13

It does go on a little further but it gives you an idea that

0:49:130:49:17

this very long acre offers all sorts of possibilities.

0:49:170:49:21

It's fantastic, the children will be blown away with it.

0:49:210:49:24

-They'd be overwhelmed.

-Yeah.

0:49:240:49:26

Let's talk about the money.

0:49:260:49:28

Cos this is quite a tricky one here.

0:49:280:49:32

You've got 430. I think we all know which side of that this property is going to be.

0:49:320:49:39

It's way over our budget, I would have thought. I don't know.

0:49:390:49:43

Closer to 500, I would have said.

0:49:430:49:46

The only thing is, being semi-detached that might be in our favour slightly on the value.

0:49:480:49:55

It's a real difficult call, this one.

0:49:550:49:58

I'm going to push my luck and say 450.

0:49:580:50:02

450, gosh, I wish it were.

0:50:020:50:04

I honestly wish it was.

0:50:040:50:06

You are much closer to the truth.

0:50:060:50:08

-Really?

-It was on the market for the best part of £600,000.

0:50:080:50:12

It's now on the market for 499.

0:50:120:50:14

-Really?

-Yes, it's 70,000 over budget, let's not pretend that is not a small amount of money

0:50:140:50:19

but because this property fits you so well,

0:50:190:50:21

we thought it was worth showing it to you.

0:50:210:50:24

The other point to make is this area has been recently allocated

0:50:240:50:28

quite a substantial sum for investing in new business in the area

0:50:280:50:33

that's in support of tourism, the agrarian economy and local employment.

0:50:330:50:38

That is a cool pot of £2.85 million in grants that are available.

0:50:380:50:43

You as a business coming into the area that's looking to expand

0:50:430:50:46

and employ people and so forth,

0:50:460:50:47

from our very brief conversations with them,

0:50:470:50:52

we're lead to understand that it's the sort of thing that might be of interest.

0:50:520:50:56

Which may help you

0:50:560:50:59

look ahead through your business plan to find that extra £70,000

0:50:590:51:03

with a kind of medium-term view on where you're going to be.

0:51:030:51:06

It's certainly worth pursuing.

0:51:060:51:08

I think it's certainly worth pursuing. It's a few phone calls, a couple of letters.

0:51:080:51:12

There might be an interest free scheme that might allow you to say, "We love this house so much,

0:51:120:51:17

"It works for us as a business, as a location and as a family home, let's try and make it."

0:51:170:51:22

At a shade under £500,000, this house is an interesting proposition.

0:51:250:51:30

It has three reception rooms, the farmhouse-style kitchen they crave,

0:51:300:51:35

five bedrooms and an outbuilding to accommodate their business.

0:51:350:51:39

It is 70 grand over budget but it has everything they want

0:51:390:51:43

and options they can investigate.

0:51:430:51:45

It is, without doubt, worthy of consideration.

0:51:450:51:48

It is everything that I'm looking for personally.

0:51:480:51:52

You can walk out of the front door on to the high street, everything is within walking distance.

0:51:520:51:57

You wouldn't even know when you came into the house.

0:51:570:52:00

It feels like a really happy home

0:52:000:52:02

but most of all, this room here is just what I'm looking for.

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But it's out of our reach.

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This property for me has it all.

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It has a beautiful kitchen, lovely spacious rooms,

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five bedrooms and those views are stunning.

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An acre of land, what more could you ask for?

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It's something to consider, even though it is really over budget.

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I'm going to take some steps, make some enquiries

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about that grant system and see what we can come up with.

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But I love this place.

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That's all I can really say.

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-I thought you would enjoy this one.

-We certainly have.

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I'm afraid that's it, guys, house tours are now over.

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That was the Mystery House.

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-You have got, I suspect, some thinking to do.

-I should say so.

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Let's get you somewhere where you can do just that

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-and then I will press you for some kind of decision.

-Oh, dear.

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Come on, follow me.

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Scott and Lorraine's property tour of North Dorset has thrown up some interesting options

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but now it's time to weigh up the pros and cons.

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Now, throughout all of our house tours, Lorraine and Scott

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have consistently said that we have given them an awful lot to think about.

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We make even, I dare say, have caused a little bit of confusion,

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which, to be honest, is no bad thing.

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But to take the pain out of the decision-making process,

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I thought, "How about a picnic?"

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-Well, guys, what a lovely place to end our house search.

-Glorious.

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There is only one thing wrong with this, we're not drinking your beer!

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Oh, no!

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I'm sure we can remedy that in the future.

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I certainly hope so. I suppose the burning question is, have we found you some way in which to make it?

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I think you certainly have found us somewhere to make it, unfortunately, it's a bit out of our reach.

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Let's have a think about all the things we've shown you.

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It all started with the lovely little cottage with a great, big wooden barn outside.

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That was special.

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It was an adorable place.

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Full of character, beautiful inside.

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A very charming place.

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-I thought you were going to write a cheque there and then.

-Yeah, yeah.

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It's still a consideration, I would have thought.

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-So we are keeping that one in the air?

-Yes.

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Well, then we went to the old headmaster's house.

0:54:190:54:21

-Yeah.

-Well, it was...

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There was nothing wrong with the property,

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but it wasn't quite what we were looking for.

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-Was it because it was too white? Was it as simple as that?

-No.

-No.

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-We could see past that.

-Just the style of the property, I think.

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-It hasn't got that cosy, cottage feel to it.

-Yeah.

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All right, well, another day came.

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We all slept on what we'd seen

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and we took you to that lovely great, big farmhouse. Big garden.

0:54:410:54:46

-Lovely location.

-I thought it was very nice indeed.

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The kitchen, you loved, didn't you?

0:54:500:54:52

That was definitely it for me.

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A farmhouse feel to it, rustic, beautiful.

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-It's a strong contender.

-Brilliant.

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OK, it wasn't quite over, cos then we took you to the Mystery House.

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-Yes, confused us.

-It certainly put a spanner in the works.

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I said it was a TARDIS and I think you'll agree it was.

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My goodness me, yes.

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I couldn't believe it. I thought it was never going to end.

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Especially when we were going out the garden. The children would have loved that.

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It was a bit overwhelming.

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In terms of the brewery,

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that was a fascinating outbuilding, too.

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It was pretty much the way it needs to be for me to get straight in there get brewing and get it set up.

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We have avenues we can explore still, the grants that you mentioned

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and I'm going to make some tentative enquiries to see if we can get anywhere with that.

0:55:370:55:41

Interesting. You have pre-empted my final question which is,

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what will you do about any of these houses?

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It sounds as if you have made your mind up in some respects.

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We have but we need to explore it a little further.

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-Have you enjoyed the process?

-Definitely.

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-It's been brilliant, thank you very much.

-Well, that is our pleasure.

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I do hope we have got some way to finding your ideal dream home and somewhere you can start

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making beer and next time, Scott, when I see you down in Dorset, I hope I'm not drinking this.

0:56:040:56:08

-I hope I am drinking yours.

-Consider it done.

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Cheers, guys. Well done.

0:56:110:56:13

-Best of luck.

-Thank you.

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You know, in some respects, this has been a funny old house search, really.

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We started with a very clear budget of £430,000 and certainly found

0:56:220:56:26

Scott and Lorraine two very viable properties that came uncomfortably under that at a cool 425,000.

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But the Mystery House really did throw a spanner in the works at a whopping 70,000 over budget.

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Now, that is nothing to be sniffed at, it has to be said.

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But maybe the moral of the story, when you are buying a house,

0:56:440:56:47

it is a long-term decision and also they are looking at a business.

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So maybe the point is, aim high and you will get what you want.

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I'll see you next time.

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please contact us through our website:

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Jules Hudson is in Dorset and Wiltshire helping a couple of self-confessed urbanites make a break for a new life with their young family in the country. They have a maximum budget of £430,000 and want a house with outbuildings to accommodate their growing microbrewery business, as well as a garden big enough for the children and their pets to play in.


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