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Property series. Nicki Chapman is with a couple buying a house together for the first time in North Yorkshire. They have already dismissed over 1,000 properties.


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I'm in part of the country overflowing with waterfalls and gorges,

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the likes of which have inspired some of our greatest English painters. So where am I?

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Find out in a moment, as we make a splash on Escape To The Country.

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In today's show, I'll be helping a couple

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buy their place together for the first time.

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We find them something which makes them happy.

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It's very difficult to define what you mean by the wow factor.

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If you want a definition, this is it.

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We show them a place which challenges them.

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It's a little bit small...

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I think it's the ideal size for a kitchen.

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One says a bit small, and one says fine.

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One thing's for sure, it's never dull.

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We have actually driven up this drive, to this very spot,

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-and looked at this one from the outside before.

-Have you? To here?

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This very spot. THEY LAUGH

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We're in Nidderdale in North Yorkshire.

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This is How Stean Gorge.

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One mile long and up to 80 ft deep,

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this was a star attraction in the Victorian era.

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By the mid-1800s, people flocked from the surrounding cities and towns to see this spectacular sight.

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Since then, not much has changed, and it's still pulling in crowds.

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Folklore has it that Tom Taylor, the famous highway man,

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hid in these caves. They say, his spirit lives on.

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Covering nearly 3,500 square miles,

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North Yorkshire is England's largest county.

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Stretching from the Pennines in the west

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to the northeast coast, it borders no less than six other counties.

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Known by the locals as God's Own County, two national parks extend

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across his land, celebrated for its varied landscapes.

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The North York Moors with their spectacular heritage coastline

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are enough to lift even the most tired of spirits.

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And, the Yorkshire Dales, with its high peaks and low valleys,

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rivers and streams,

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patchworks of fields and dry-stone walls, are simply bewitching.

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This is the breathtaking countryside that inspired

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Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights,

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and James Herriott's All Creatures Great And Small.

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Its dramatic scenery has provided the backdrop for countless films,

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from Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves, to Dracula and Calendar Girls.

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North Yorkshire is truly picture-perfect.

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North Yorkshire's hottest and highest property prices

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can be found in the county's Golden Triangle,

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an area that lies between Harrogate, York and Leeds.

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But if you're prepared to venture a little further north

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to the Yorkshire Dales, not only will you get mile upon mile

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of open countryside on your doorstep,

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it's also between 10% and 15% cheaper.

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Whatever location you plump for,

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there are plenty of properties on the market to choose from.

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Set within five acres,

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this Grade 2 listed four-bedroom farmhouse could be yours.

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It houses a beautiful sitting room, with exposed beams,

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stone fireplace, and a kitchen with all the mod cons.

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They're taking offers in excess of £1,350,000.

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If you've less to offer, then this former village post office

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has your name and address all over it.

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The current owners have put their stamp on this five-bedroom period property,

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with a modern kitchen, sleek living room, and contemporary bathroom.

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Outside in the terraced garden is a hot tub, overlooking the spectacular North York Moors.

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Return £595,000 to sender, and it's yours.

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For a more modest £335,000,

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how about this three-bedroom barn conversion?

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There's a rustic farmhouse kitchen, and a spacious living room

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with doors leading out on to a secluded garden.

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Some interesting properties, but what do today's house-hunters want?

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Let's find out.

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Today's house hunters are health and safety manager, John,

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and recently retired, Susan, from County Durham.

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They've been together for 15 years.

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Although Susan spends most of her time with John and his daughter at their three-bedroom house,

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she stays at her own home at least one night a week.

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Things are about to change,

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as they're now looking to buy a place - together.

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This will be a house that we can share.

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Yes, yes, which we can say is ours.

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THEY LAUGH

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But this move is not only a change of location, it's a change of life.

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I'm not adapting very well to retirement,

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and I'm ready to start a new life.

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I don't really know many people here.

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I don't get the chance to talk to people very much.

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I'm looking forward to starting a new life.

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Where are they looking to escape to?

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I'd like to live in North Yorkshire.

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It's got the scenery I like, it's got the hills.

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From my point of view, I don't want anything too remote.

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A village with facilities -

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I think it's important as you get older to not be too isolated.

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I don't drive, so I think it's handy if it's on a bus route as well.

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And how are they going to embrace their new life in the country?

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Perhaps potter around in the garden,

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basically playing, doing a bit of DIY.

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We might even get a dog.

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Oh, yes. Of course, yeah.

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Perhaps getting involved in some village activities,

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meeting other people.

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Most importantly, having some real ale in a country pub.

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And having some good runs!

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Yeah. There's bound to a run nearby, so I can get involved in that.

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John and Susan have run up against a brick wall.

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-This year, I think we've seen about six or so houses.

-That's right.

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We've looked on the internet at great length.

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One evening I counted 1,000 properties we looked at

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in one sitting.

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Of that, we only found a handful that we were potentially interesting.

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I think it's fair to say that Susan might have cold feet.

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Earlier this year there was a house which we thought was just the job for us.

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We put in an offer, several offers.

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Eventually we got an acceptance and we went ahead, we were going to buy it.

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But at the last minute, Susan...

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I got cold feet.

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I think the reason we've not find our dream home so far is that we're very specific about our needs.

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You don't mind a project, you don't mind doing quite a bit of work.

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But it tends to be me who shies away from that,

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and wants something a bit more liveable.

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-We do have differences of opinion on some things, don't we?

-Yes.

-We will find the ideal home.

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Hopefully.

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So, what do they agree on?

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It's got to have at least three bedrooms, possibly four.

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If it's not got a study, then the fourth bedroom would be important.

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It's important for me to have a large kitchen.

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Ideally, with an island.

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A decent garage, a good-sized garden, preferably with a water feature such as a stream,

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a pond perhaps.

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Neither John nor Susan need to sell the home to finance the move,

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but they still have a healthy budget.

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If we found the ideal property,

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we'd be prepared to go to up to about £600,000.

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So, we're looking for a house on the outskirts of a village,

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with three or four bedrooms, a study and a decent-sized kitchen.

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But, I get the feeling Susan may be dragging her heels.

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Although John is fully on board, I wonder if Susan may take

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some convincing that country life is all it's cracked up to be.

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We're focusing our search on the west of the county, close to be beautiful Yorkshire Dales

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and the A1,

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which will be convenient for John's commute to Durham.

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This could be one of our toughest assignments yet.

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John and Susan have dismissed over 1,000 properties,

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and even pulled out of one deal.

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I'm feeling confident, as we've some fantastic houses lined up for them,

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including the mystery house.

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John and Susan, welcome to North Yorkshire.

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You know this area quite well, don't you?

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That's right. We've been looking for properties for about two years.

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-Do you think your dream property is out there?

-I hope so.

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So do we. I'm glad you've said that.

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After seeing 1,000, you've set us a bit of a task,

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-but we're rising to the challenge.

-Good.

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What's your current budget, and is there any movement on it?

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The budget is about 500,000,

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but, for the right property, we could stretch to six.

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We've got some smashing houses lined up

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and, of course, we've got the mystery property,

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which is going to get you thinking.

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-Are you ready to start?

-Certainly am.

-Can't wait.

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John and Susan have a budget of up to £600,000.

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Ideally, they would like...

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Susan, with your retirement, what is it about this change of your life that isn't quite working for you?

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Well, I miss the company at work because I'm finding

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I'm stuck in the house a lot and I'm not using my time profitably.

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And when I talk to other people who aren't working,

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they all seem to have plenty to do.

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They say, "Oh, there's not enough hours in the day."

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And I want to be able to say that.

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So we're not only just looking for a new home for the both of you,

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-but also looking for a change of life for you too?

-That's right.

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-I'm looking forward to this.

-Yeah. Definitely.

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Our first house is in the village of Marton-le-Moor,

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14.5 miles north of Harrogate.

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And right next to the A1, ideal for John,

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who'll be commuting to be northeast for work.

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Marton-le-Moor is a beautiful and unspoilt village, with many

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traditional Yorkshire homes sitting pretty on its winding country lanes.

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Susan is looking to kick-start her retirement, and although

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there's no pub or shop in the village, there's an active community.

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John will be pleased to see that Marton-le-Moor

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is surrounded by striking countryside.

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So, let's make hay while the sun shines.

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So, here is your first property.

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After your internet search, perhaps it's the 1,001st?

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It looks good.

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Yeah, I'm interested.

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What you're actually seeing is two cottages.

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Built in the late 1800s, they were two-up two-downs,

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and five years ago converted into one property.

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-So, you've got one home.

-Interesting. I can't wait to get in!

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SHE LAUGHS

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This stone-built cottage might look a little traditional

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from the outside, but inside it's a different story.

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I want to bring you straight through.

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Wow! Look at it!

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I've got lots to show you.

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That's an excellent kitchen, with an island.

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It's lovely.

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On a scale of one to ten, how important is the kitchen to you?

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-Nine.

-Excellent. And how would this rate?

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-Eight.

-Close!

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I like the opportunity... I can be sitting there having a beer

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-while Susan's slaving away at the stove.

-Oh, nice one(!)

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And, I think with this property, especially the downstairs layout,

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it flows so well, the way it's been done and also extended.

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This obviously is your kitchen, and through here,

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into your sitting room.

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Oh yes!

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-Wow!

-Like it?

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Excellent, yeah. Again, it's nice and open and airy.

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Just the right size, I think.

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Lovely fireplace.

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You spotted it straight away. It also takes coal, too.

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Oh, good.

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It'll be nice to sit and watch that.

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Wonderful. Well, the downstairs is working for us.

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I absolutely love it, I have to say.

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But, it's about you two. Let's see what do you think of upstairs.

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I'm delighted they've fallen in love with the downstairs.

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The stunningly high-spec kitchen with its limestone tiles,

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walnut island and high-gloss units could not fail to impress.

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The quality continues upstairs.

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Off the landing are two double bedrooms,

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with a stylish family bathroom, bathed in natural light.

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Next up, it's their room.

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-Here is the master.

-Oh, wow!

-This is huge.

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-It's beautiful!

-I thought we were going to be seeing an ordinary-sized bedroom, but this is very big.

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And, there's one other feature I just want to show you.

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Do you have a lot of stuff, do you need a lot of storage?

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-Yes, I would say so.

-Well, you're going to have use the other bedrooms, because this...

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Oh. Not a wardrobe!

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-..is your bathroom.

-Wow!

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Wow. Very modern.

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-And a beautiful shower.

-Great, big one.

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The height, again. A lovely modern bath.

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You're speechless, aren't you?

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-Gobsmacked?

-Yeah.

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Happy faces all round?

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-Yeah, definitely.

-Brilliant.

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Now, you both mentioned that when you looked at a house,

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you wanted it to have the wow factor.

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Has this home provided that for you?

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Definitely.

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It's very difficult to define what you mean by the wow factor,

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but if you want a definition, this is it.

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This is it! Wonderful!

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Let's hope you feel the same about outside. Let's take a look.

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Inside, this house has of the modern features Susan asked for.

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But will it tick John's boxes on the outside?

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You've got a great office/study there with broadband.

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Obviously, it was an old outbuilding, separate from the house.

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It means you can get away if you want a bit of peace and quiet.

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-That's exactly what John said.

-Good.

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-We've got a garage here, which I know is important.

-Very important.

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-The men always like a garage, don't they?

-That's right.

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To the side, gates and a driveway.

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You've seen the three bedrooms with his house.

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If you wanted a fourth one, you could put it up there,

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because the current owners have been granted planning permission. If you wanted a little project...

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He likes projects.

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There we are.

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Here's your garden.

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-Very nice.

-It's big.

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It's adequate size, I think.

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Good. Let's take a look at your view,

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-and you can start thinking about guess the price.

-OK.

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What a lovely view there, as well.

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I like that, I like the long view.

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-Nice and open.

-So, it's crunch time.

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You've seen the house, seen the garden, seen the amazing view.

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

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I'd say 550.

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525.

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OK.

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Susan is closer.

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So, well done, because the current asking price

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is £475,000.

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Way out! That is a surprise.

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-A pleasant surprise?

-Indeed, yes.

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Very much so.

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It's very difficult with so much perfection of the house inside.

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You look at the house outside and you get a particular value,

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and you add on all the stuff they've done inside.

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It's very, very difficult.

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So, why don't you go back inside, have another look around,

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-and I'll meet you at the front in a little while?

-OK.

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-See you in a while.

-Right.

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So, a great first start.

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It is a fabulous property, but we have to remember

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they've seen over 1,000 already, so will this one hit the mark?

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We'll just have to wait and see.

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One thing is for sure, and that's the price, which, at £475,000,

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comes in well under their budget of 600,000.

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No expense has been spared on the high-spec kitchen

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containing Susan's fantasy island.

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The great use of materials continues in the family bathroom

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and three bedrooms, one with a stunning en-suite.

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The garden might not offer the water feature they were after,

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but it's awash with great views as well as John's study and a garage.

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I reckon this could be 1,001st time lucky.

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It's really got the wow factor.

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-In all the places we've seen, I've never seen a wow factor like this.

-It's wonderful.

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I can just see my king-size waterbed there, you can lie and look up at the ceiling, brilliant.

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-And the en-suite bathroom.

-Oh, I know.

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It's like a hotel, only better.

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What I like about this house

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is it just oozes style and quality.

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My main concern would be that the village has no shop or pub,

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but it's definitely a possible contender.

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At this stage, I think this is certainly a good contender.

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We'll see what the other properties can do.

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If it beats it, that would be amazing in many ways,

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but it will be exciting to find out.

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So, first property down, have you seen enough?

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Yes, very impressed.

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-Great, a great start.

-It was an excellent start.

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Good, because there's more to see. Let's get going.

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John and Susan have spent many a weekend in the Dales,

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looking for a place to live

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and visiting towns such as the beautiful Royal and ancient

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Middleham, set in the heart of the stunning Wensleydale countryside.

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Middleham is said to be the jewel in North Yorkshire's crown

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with its spectacular 12th century castle creating a dramatic backdrop

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over the town's clusters of old greystone cottages.

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Although John has jogged by Middleham Castle on a number of occasions,

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neither he nor Susan have had an official tour.

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And official it's going to be as the Mayor, Tammi Tolhurst,

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has kindly agreed to show them around.

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One of the most influential inhabitants of the castle

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was Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick,

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also known as the Kingmaker - and for good reason.

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As this was the childhood home of the young Duke of Gloucester

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who went on to become none other than King Richard III.

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This is where Richard III was taught courtly behaviour.

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This is where he was brought up, for a better expression.

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And he married Warwick's youngest daughter,

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Lady Anne Neville.

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I mean, this place was called at one point the Windsor of the North

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because it was the centre of courtly and Royal behaviour.

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He was only king for a very short period of time because of course

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he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field.

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Ultimately, he was the last Plantagenet Yorkist monarch of this country.

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Following King Richard III's untimely death in 1485,

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a new Royal house took hold of the country and the castle.

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Well, the castle was seized by the Tudors. So it became Crown property.

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But presumably nobody really wanted to live here.

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The centre during the Tudor times for the administration

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of the country was obviously down south in London.

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So, everybody moved to London?

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The families of great importance would have

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probably made their seats of power down there.

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The Tudor kings might have set up home elsewhere,

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but, two centuries on, the sport of kings came to town.

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For, in the early 18th century,

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Middleham became a centre for racing and training courses.

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Three Grand National winners and a Derby winner have come from here.

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And today there are 15 stables

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breeding and training around 800 racehorses.

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Chris Fairhurst, who has ridden more than 50 jump winners

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is the owner of one of the town's oldest stables.

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Why is Middleham such a good place for horses?

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The Middleham Gallops is so good

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because the hills condition the horse.

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Because they have to work with the muscles behind, pumping up the hills -

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that makes it so good.

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And how long does it take to train a racehorse?

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To get one from scratch to fitness, you're looking at

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six weeks of steady work and then building up from there.

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-Anything up to about 12 weeks.

-Is that all?

-Yes.

-I am amazed.

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-I thought they would have took much longer.

-No.

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There are currently eight horses here worth between one and £50,000.

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They're obviously well looked after.

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-They're kept better than people are!

-I would imagine so!

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It's time to get back on track with our house hunt,

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so we're trotting off to the village of Birstwith,

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six miles north-west of Harrogate.

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Birstwith sits within the Nidderdale -

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a dale worthy of its designation,

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an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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Meandering its way through the village is the gorgeous River Nidd

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and Susan won't have any trouble winding about

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this beautiful region either as plenty of buses run through the village.

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For the more adventurous, it has an equestrian centre

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and there are many bridal paths within the village

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for John to run along.

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Making new friends won't be a problem either, as the village pub

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is a source of many organised charity events.

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The property I'm taking them to is a five-bedroom Victorian stonehouse,

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built around 1860 for the owner of the local mill.

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Here is your property.

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It's on a good bus route to Ripon and Harrogate.

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Harrogate's only about six miles away. So, they run every hour.

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We are by a main road, so you do have to think about the traffic.

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But it does have the amenities and it has plenty going on here.

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-So, what do you think of this house?

-It's imposing.

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A little bit austere, I'd say.

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A little bit hesitant on first impressions?

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-Yes. Yes.

-OK, let's see what you think inside.

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For many people, this traditional house built of Yorkshire stone

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would be ideal. So I'm surprised Susan seems to be so uncertain.

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But, then again, she has dismissed over 1,000 properties.

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Let's hope we get a better reaction inside.

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So, come on through. Straight into the sitting room here.

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The general atmosphere,

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-it's a little bit old-fashioned, I would say.

-It is.

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Now, take away the furnishings and just look at the walls

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and the ceiling.

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Does it still feel old-fashioned to you?

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Because it has an old-fashioned feel the way it's been furnished.

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-I think it does.

-I do as well.

-OK.

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Let's show you the dining room through here.

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Again, you've got the really high ceilings in here

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which you're going to get throughout the property.

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-It's reasonably bright.

-It is, compared to that room.

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-I like the floor.

-You've got a real fire there.

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-Again, it's that Victorian feeling, isn't it?

-It is.

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It's a Victorian property. We're not going to get away from that.

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If you want a Victorian property, I think this would be ideal.

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OK, well, let's keep going.

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This might not have the ultramodern feel of the cottage,

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but the space itself is perfect.

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It's a shame they don't seem to appreciate its dimensions.

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I think their hearts might still be with the first property.

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Hopefully the kitchen will be more to their taste.

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So, the kitchen definitely has a different feel to the other rooms.

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-Oh, yes. It's a bit more modern.

-Yeah, it is a bit more modern.

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I like these beams, though. I like those beams.

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That's an old-fashioned feature I do like.

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-So, Susan, what do you think of the range?

-No, it's not my style really.

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-Have you ever cooked on one of those?

-I haven't, no.

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-Not quite hitting the spot, though, is it?

-It's not, no.

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Let's keep going because there is so much more to see.

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The back of the house, you've got a downstairs toilet,

0:25:070:25:11

you've got a utility room, you've also got a very large cellar.

0:25:110:25:15

-That will be good for storing my beer.

-All your beer, all your wine.

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Through here you've got a very small but workable study/office.

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Oh, that's a reasonable size.

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On this level you've got the family bathroom, which has been done up really nicely.

0:25:250:25:29

-That's OK.

-Nice tiles.

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-And then up here the bedrooms begin.

-Right.

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Off the first-floor landing are two large double bedrooms

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and a generously-sized master.

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-Another good size.

-It is.

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It is a reasonable size.

0:25:450:25:47

-I quite like the stripped pine and the wood frames.

-Yes, good.

0:25:470:25:52

I'm getting excited now.

0:25:520:25:54

So, as bedrooms go, would this be big enough for you to?

0:25:540:25:59

-Not really, no.

-I would prefer a bigger one.

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Yeah, we like a big main bedroom. It's OK.

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It would be OK as a compromise for me.

0:26:070:26:10

A decent size, but it does have one advantage.

0:26:100:26:13

-And that's through this door.

-OK.

0:26:130:26:15

-This almighty bathroom.

-Interesting.

0:26:200:26:23

That is a surprise. Very big.

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This is your en-suite.

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That's one of the best features so far, I think, in this house.

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Beautiful slipper bath.

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-So this is very much in keeping with the...

-And the floor.

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It's got the bling.

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It's retained Victorian features, but it's a nice, modern feel to it.

0:26:390:26:45

At last! Some well-deserved positive feedback.

0:26:450:26:48

On the landing is yet another study that should also please John.

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And there's a set of stairs

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leading up to the second floor and two further bedrooms.

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Outside, the property stands in a quarter of an acre of lawned garden.

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This property benefits from a super west-facing garden.

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-It's pretty big too.

-It is a big garden.

0:27:080:27:12

It's got a double garage there with access to the side of the property.

0:27:120:27:15

So it's, in theory, got everything here for you.

0:27:150:27:20

So, guys, it's decision time. Who's going to go first?

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It's Susan's turn this time.

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Susan, what do you think the current asking price is for this house?

0:27:250:27:28

Well, I've been thinking about it a lot and I've decided on 430.

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-OK, John?

-I think because of its location it will be 495.

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This house is on the market for the very, very top of your budget.

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£599,500.

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It is a large house and it is in a great location.

0:27:470:27:52

-But it is getting the balance right for you, isn't it?

-That's right.

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I know there's parts of the house that you did like. Why not have another look around

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and I'll meet you out the front in a little while?

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OK. Thank you.

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I think it's fair to say that to many people this would be

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a dream home in an ideal location.

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But not for John and Susan.

0:28:120:28:14

At just under £600,000, it comes within budget.

0:28:140:28:18

It has...

0:28:180:28:21

-Oh, this is an interesting room.

-It is, yeah. Quite surprising.

0:28:270:28:31

I think if the whole house was this style, it would suit us much more clearly.

0:28:310:28:36

I think seeing this property has really put to the test

0:28:360:28:39

what our really important values are.

0:28:390:28:41

Inside, it's certainly got period features

0:28:410:28:44

which is not quite what we're looking for.

0:28:440:28:46

I do like renovation, but perhaps there's a little bit too much

0:28:460:28:50

and I think it would be sacrilegious to try and change some of the things

0:28:500:28:53

which are good about the property but not to our taste.

0:28:530:28:56

I can see why you brought me to the village

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because of all the facilities it has on offer.

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However, that busy road was a bit of a put-off.

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-OK, then?

-Yes.

0:29:090:29:11

-Ready to move on?

-Yes, thank you.

0:29:110:29:14

John is a tremendously keen outdoors man

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who loves nothing more than

0:29:260:29:27

discovering and running through North Yorkshire's stunning landscapes.

0:29:270:29:31

So, I'm taking him and Susan to How Stean Gorge,

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a dramatic 80-foot limestone ravine,

0:29:350:29:38

sheltered by a striking wooded canopy.

0:29:380:29:41

Visitors can abseil off a 56-foot high bridge,

0:29:420:29:45

stroll the gorge along its narrow footpaths,

0:29:450:29:48

or, as John and I decided to do,

0:29:480:29:50

don some wetsuits and take the low road.

0:29:500:29:54

Our guide, Stan Beer, led the way

0:29:540:29:56

while Susan became the official photographer.

0:29:560:29:59

Stean Beck is a 1km fast-moving stream,

0:30:000:30:03

emptying into the River Nidd, and it was time to dive on in.

0:30:030:30:08

This looks like a good enough spot.

0:30:080:30:10

-Who's going in first? John?

-I'll go first.

0:30:100:30:13

Steady as you go.

0:30:130:30:14

Formed during the Ice Age, I think it's fair to say

0:30:170:30:20

it hasn't warmed-up much since!

0:30:200:30:23

Ah! It's freezing!

0:30:250:30:27

You're going to have to wait. I think my wellies are leaking!

0:30:310:30:35

SHE LAUGHS

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The gorge is awash with history, too.

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A hoard of Roman coins was unearthed from its depths

0:30:400:30:43

and highwaymen used it as a safe haven.

0:30:430:30:46

The Victorians called the area Little Switzerland

0:30:460:30:49

because of its dazzling scenery,

0:30:490:30:51

and visitors have been falling over backwards to come here ever since.

0:30:510:30:55

And I'm hoping it's a spot that will keep John and Susan entertained

0:30:570:31:01

for years to come, too.

0:31:010:31:03

I've got muscles where I didn't know I had muscles.

0:31:030:31:07

-I think we've done it.

-We've done it.

0:31:070:31:11

Stan, thank you so much. After all of this, we've got to go now and start looking at some more houses.

0:31:110:31:15

Oh dear, you're worn out now.

0:31:150:31:17

You lead the way.

0:31:170:31:18

As the sun starts to set over the North Yorkshire skies,

0:31:230:31:27

John and Susan sit down to reflect on the properties we've shown them today.

0:31:270:31:32

Well, it was a great start to the day with that first property.

0:31:320:31:36

-It certainly had the wow factor.

-It did.

0:31:360:31:38

Quality and style.

0:31:380:31:41

The second property, however, period property...

0:31:410:31:44

Just too much for us to do to bring it to what we want it to.

0:31:440:31:48

If we wanted a Victorian property,

0:31:480:31:51

then that would be good. But we don't.

0:31:510:31:52

We're looking for something that's already very modern.

0:31:520:31:55

It'll be interesting to see what they've got for us tomorrow

0:31:550:31:58

to see how they can test us out with our important values again.

0:31:580:32:01

Yeah, it will. The first house is going to take some beating, though.

0:32:010:32:06

I think so. The only way perhaps it could beat it

0:32:060:32:09

is to have the same wow factor, but with village facilities.

0:32:090:32:13

-Maybe that's asking for a bit too much.

-Oh, it might be, yeah.

0:32:130:32:16

With a budget of £600,000,

0:32:260:32:28

we've seen properties all around the Yorkshire Dales.

0:32:280:32:31

Coming up, we find a room with a view.

0:32:310:32:34

-There's a lovely view.

-That's lovely.

0:32:340:32:37

And a sight to behold.

0:32:370:32:40

-That's amazing.

-I don't think you could get much closer, could you?

0:32:400:32:44

I've never been on a house hunt before with buyers that have

0:32:440:32:48

already researched over 1,000 properties on the internet.

0:32:480:32:52

Quite a daunting task.

0:32:520:32:54

But I think yesterday went really well.

0:32:540:32:56

In fact, John and Susan were very taken with the first property.

0:32:560:33:00

If only we could move a pub and a shop

0:33:000:33:02

about a quarter of a mile down the road, then we might have cracked it.

0:33:020:33:06

But today is a new day, and we're going to show them

0:33:060:33:09

a property on the edge of a village with a thriving community.

0:33:090:33:12

We're also going to show them the mystery house,

0:33:120:33:15

which is something a little bit different.

0:33:150:33:17

We're heading to a property on the edge of the Dales,

0:33:190:33:21

between the villages of Kirkby Malzeard and Grewelthorpe.

0:33:210:33:24

Kirkby Malzeard was first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086

0:33:240:33:30

and it means "church in the bad or stony clearing".

0:33:300:33:33

It might not be big, but there are plenty of amenities,

0:33:330:33:36

including a village pub.

0:33:360:33:39

Many organised events are held in the village hall, including the Women's Institute's monthly meeting,

0:33:390:33:44

and there's even an annual 10km run for John to take part in.

0:33:440:33:49

The house I'm taking them to

0:33:490:33:50

is a four-bedroom 18th century barn conversion.

0:33:500:33:54

So, it's a new day, a new property.

0:33:540:33:57

We've got a lovely day for viewings, haven't we?

0:33:570:34:00

But, first of all, I want to find out what you think of that view?

0:34:000:34:04

-Beautiful, isn't it?

-It is.

0:34:040:34:06

And this is your property.

0:34:060:34:08

We have actually driven up this drive to this very spot and looked at this one from the outside before.

0:34:080:34:13

Have you? To here?

0:34:130:34:15

-This very spot.

-Why didn't you go in?

0:34:150:34:18

Were you just recceing the area?

0:34:180:34:20

We thought we'd probably need an appointment.

0:34:200:34:24

Very true, very true.

0:34:240:34:26

So you've already had a glimpse of it, bang goes that surprise.

0:34:260:34:30

But you haven't seen inside.

0:34:300:34:32

-True.

-Let's see if I can impress you there.

-Should be interesting.

0:34:320:34:36

Well, this really is a first for me.

0:34:360:34:39

I suppose it's not that surprising, considering they've been

0:34:390:34:43

house-hunting in the area for over two years.

0:34:430:34:45

But thankfully they haven't seen the inside.

0:34:450:34:48

Come on in.

0:34:560:34:58

Into a large hallway.

0:34:580:35:00

Very nice.

0:35:000:35:03

It is a nice entrance.

0:35:030:35:05

I like the wooden doors.

0:35:050:35:07

It's a nice entrance into the house.

0:35:070:35:09

It is, yeah.

0:35:090:35:12

This house, they've embraced the old features, with the beams, etc,

0:35:120:35:16

but it does have a very contemporary feel.

0:35:160:35:19

Which is what I like.

0:35:190:35:21

That's what we're hoping for.

0:35:210:35:24

Let's start off with the kitchen, through here.

0:35:240:35:27

Down one step. Here is your country kitchen.

0:35:270:35:30

It's a little bit small.

0:35:320:35:34

I do like the beams.

0:35:340:35:35

Yeah, I like the beams. I think it's the ideal size for a kitchen, really.

0:35:350:35:40

-Yeah?

-When you're cooking, you've got the cooker, the sink,

0:35:400:35:44

the storage cupboards - it's all there.

0:35:440:35:46

And it's nice and cosy in here.

0:35:460:35:48

So, one says a bit small, one says fine. Who does the cooking?

0:35:480:35:53

-Both of us.

-Oh, well, that's good.

0:35:530:35:55

But we only like one person in the kitchen at a time, so I think

0:35:550:35:59

that's good as it's not too big.

0:35:590:36:02

So, we get a thumbs-up for the kitchen?

0:36:020:36:05

Half thumbs-up - thumbs-up from me, perhaps not you, Susan?

0:36:050:36:09

It is nice, but I think

0:36:090:36:13

I was expecting it to be a bit bigger.

0:36:130:36:16

But a good country-style kitchen for you?

0:36:160:36:19

-Yeah.

-Workable?

0:36:190:36:21

-Workable, yes.

-Good.

0:36:210:36:24

-We can argue about that.

-I can see this discussion's going to continue. Lead the way back through.

0:36:240:36:29

It's not easy trying to please both John and Susan,

0:36:290:36:33

given their different tastes, but it's certainly not a no-no.

0:36:330:36:38

Out of the kitchen and on the other side of the entrance hall

0:36:380:36:40

is a dining room, and next to it is the lounge.

0:36:400:36:44

-Oh, yes.

-Very nice and bright here.

0:36:440:36:47

Nice room.

0:36:470:36:50

Look, it's got a wood-burning stove as well.

0:36:500:36:52

-Multi-fuel, keep you toasty warm.

-Oh, yes, I like that.

0:36:520:36:56

I like the fireplace.

0:36:560:36:57

Straight the way through, you've got a snug.

0:36:570:37:00

It's actually being used at the moment as a music room

0:37:000:37:03

with a large sofa in it, but it would make the perfect office/study.

0:37:030:37:08

-Ah.

-That's important for me.

0:37:080:37:10

-I like a study.

-So, let's see what you make of the bedrooms.

-Yeah.

0:37:100:37:16

It all seems to be going smoothly downstairs.

0:37:160:37:19

Let's hope it continues upstairs.

0:37:190:37:21

So, this house has four bedrooms

0:37:210:37:25

and three bathrooms, because two are en-suite.

0:37:250:37:28

Right.

0:37:280:37:30

You can see in here...

0:37:310:37:33

Lovely view. Beams, nice again.

0:37:330:37:36

And the wooden doors.

0:37:360:37:38

Do you want to have a little look at the en-suite?

0:37:380:37:42

-Nice.

-Beautifully done.

-Very nice, yeah.

0:37:440:37:47

Nothing would need to be changed.

0:37:470:37:49

It has a very serene feel, the lines in this house are very clean.

0:37:490:37:54

Yeah, we wouldn't need to change anything here.

0:37:540:37:56

You haven't found this project for me yet.

0:37:560:37:58

You never know what's around the corner!

0:37:580:38:02

Let's continue looking at some of the other bedrooms.

0:38:020:38:05

So, another fair-size room.

0:38:080:38:11

-Good.

-It is, yeah.

0:38:110:38:13

Obviously, with the size of the bed.

0:38:130:38:15

There's still plenty of room.

0:38:150:38:17

You've got the storage behind you,

0:38:170:38:19

and this one also benefits from being an en-suite.

0:38:190:38:22

So you could have this as the master, should you choose to.

0:38:220:38:25

Much the same size as the other bedroom.

0:38:250:38:28

Pleased with the upstairs so far?

0:38:280:38:30

Yeah. I'm taking into account I haven't said "wow" yet.

0:38:300:38:35

Oh...

0:38:350:38:37

I think it's the overall picture - it's all getting high marks.

0:38:370:38:41

Come on, Susan. John really likes it and I think this place

0:38:410:38:45

deserves a "wow" too.

0:38:450:38:47

Down the landing are two further bedrooms, one double

0:38:470:38:50

and a single, and a big family bathroom.

0:38:500:38:54

This is what I wanted you to see.

0:38:540:38:55

-There's a lovely view.

-That's lovely.

0:38:550:38:59

Outside, we have three acres of garden

0:38:590:39:01

and, at last, that project John has been hankering for.

0:39:010:39:05

Perfect weather for looking at the garden.

0:39:050:39:09

This is actually quite manageable, this size. Although you've got just over the three acres,

0:39:090:39:13

as this has been laid to lawn, it's not too big a garden.

0:39:130:39:17

Would this work for you?

0:39:170:39:18

-It's just about right in size, really, isn't it?

-I think it is.

0:39:180:39:22

A bit of grass just to trim now and then.

0:39:220:39:25

I'm not a real gardener, so that suits me fine.

0:39:250:39:27

And the location here, we're right by the footpath.

0:39:270:39:30

I know you were thinking perhaps about getting some dogs?

0:39:300:39:34

Yes, definitely. Well, at least one.

0:39:340:39:37

There's one more thing that I haven't mentioned as yet -

0:39:370:39:40

John's project.

0:39:400:39:41

You might've noticed that there isn't currently a garage.

0:39:410:39:45

But the current owners have been granted planning permission to build one

0:39:450:39:49

and that doesn't run out until 2011.

0:39:490:39:52

So, should you want a project, you could build your own garage.

0:39:520:39:55

Yes, I'd definitely like a project.

0:39:550:39:56

There you are. Keep you busy.

0:39:560:39:58

So, you've seen the property, you've seen the land.

0:39:580:40:01

You've seen the property twice actually, haven't you, to be fair?

0:40:010:40:05

We've seen it from the outside.

0:40:050:40:06

Can you remember how much it was on the market for when you saw it? That's the big question.

0:40:060:40:11

I can't remember exactly, but I'm pretty sure it's near the top end

0:40:110:40:14

of our budget, so I will go for 595.

0:40:140:40:17

-OK, and Susan?

-585.

0:40:170:40:21

Well, your budget is 600,000.

0:40:210:40:23

The current asking price is 599,950.

0:40:230:40:28

So, £50 change.

0:40:280:40:31

However, they are very keen to sell, so they would look to negotiate.

0:40:310:40:36

-So it might give you a little bit of change...

-Food for thought.

0:40:360:40:39

-For the garage.

-Yeah. We might be able to afford it with that.

0:40:390:40:43

-Have a good look around and I'll catch up with you in a little while.

-OK. Thank you.

0:40:430:40:47

I'm pleased I took them one step beyond their last trip here

0:40:490:40:52

and actually into the property.

0:40:520:40:55

It might be within the upper echelons of their £600,000 budget,

0:40:550:40:59

but I think this barn conversion

0:40:590:41:01

could give the cottage a run for its money.

0:41:010:41:04

There are a generous four bedrooms, two with en-suite,

0:41:040:41:07

fantastic views over the surrounding countryside,

0:41:070:41:10

and planning permission for John's garage.

0:41:100:41:13

Can they agree on that kitchen?

0:41:130:41:17

When we came into the kitchen the first time, you were concerned about it being a little bit small.

0:41:170:41:21

I was, yes, but perhaps on reflection

0:41:210:41:24

it's not a bad size, actually.

0:41:240:41:27

So you think now it's OK for us?

0:41:270:41:29

-Possibly.

-I think so. I like the kitchen.

0:41:290:41:33

I like the garden. I like the contemporary features, definitely.

0:41:330:41:37

It has got a nice feel.

0:41:370:41:39

Yeah, I would think about it.

0:41:390:41:42

Overall, the property is worth giving serious consideration.

0:41:420:41:45

-Right, guys, smiling faces. Have you seen enough?

-Yes, thank you.

0:41:470:41:51

-Had another good look around?

-Yes, it's a lovely, nice property, thank you.

0:41:510:41:55

Excellent. Well, still more to see, so let's get going.

0:41:550:41:58

Susan is very keen to get a Border collie

0:42:030:42:06

when they make the move to Yorkshire.

0:42:060:42:08

Renowned for their intelligence and agility,

0:42:080:42:11

they're commonly used by farmers for sheep herding.

0:42:110:42:14

Border collies require a great deal of exercise and mental stimulation -

0:42:140:42:18

a commitment not to be taken lightly.

0:42:180:42:21

So, to give Susan a trial run,

0:42:210:42:23

we've taken them to meet award winning dog trialler, Andrew Hunter.

0:42:230:42:27

Trialling is the sport where dogs, following the direction of their handlers,

0:42:270:42:31

move around fields and obstacles.

0:42:310:42:33

There are a few hundred trials in North Yorkshire every year,

0:42:330:42:37

attracting up to 1,000 people per show.

0:42:370:42:39

-This dog's called Dylan, he's seven years old.

-Hello, Dylan!

0:42:410:42:45

And this is Jess, she's just two years old.

0:42:450:42:49

She's just newly trained is Jess.

0:42:490:42:52

-I can show you a little exercise for beginners, if you'd like?

-That would be really interesting, yeah.

0:42:520:42:58

Named after the Border region between England and Scotland

0:42:580:43:01

where dog trials are said to have originated,

0:43:010:43:04

Border collies take around one month to train,

0:43:040:43:07

and start around a year old.

0:43:070:43:08

Andrew currently has eight dogs on his farm,

0:43:080:43:11

keeping a close eye on 500 sheep.

0:43:110:43:15

Basically, there's four commands for a sheepdog.

0:43:160:43:20

There's "away", when you want them to go anti-clockwise,

0:43:200:43:24

"come by", which is clockwise,

0:43:240:43:27

"lie down" when you want them to stop, and "walk on" when you want

0:43:270:43:31

them to walk on to the sheep. And various whistles for the same thing.

0:43:310:43:36

The whistle for "come by" would be...

0:43:360:43:38

HE WHISTLES

0:43:380:43:39

-It sounds like "come by".

-That's right, it does.

0:43:390:43:42

-And "away" would be...

-HE WHISTLES

0:43:420:43:44

-Right.

-"Stop" would be just a basic...

0:43:440:43:46

HE WHISTLES

0:43:460:43:48

-And then "walk on" would be...

-HE WHISTLES

0:43:480:43:52

Do you think you can remember those?

0:43:520:43:54

No!

0:43:540:43:55

-It helps if you can whistle!

-That's right, yes!

0:43:550:43:58

THEY LAUGH

0:43:580:44:00

-Would you like a go?

-I would love to, yes.

0:44:000:44:02

Come by, come by.

0:44:020:44:05

She's going, isn't she? She's working for you.

0:44:050:44:07

It's against the dog's instincts to drive the sheep away from

0:44:070:44:11

the handler, so an away drive is a good test to the dog's ability.

0:44:110:44:16

Away!

0:44:160:44:18

The dogs like to be at 12 o'clock to you,

0:44:180:44:20

that's where they like to be, so they're holding them to you.

0:44:200:44:24

The dog can also use what is known as the eye -

0:44:240:44:27

the ability to hold and control sheep

0:44:270:44:30

with just the force of its fixed stare.

0:44:300:44:33

Walk on. Walk on.

0:44:330:44:35

I think you have a natural talent for it!

0:44:350:44:38

Time to round-up John and Susan,

0:44:380:44:41

even though they don't want to leave.

0:44:410:44:44

So, going to the mystery property now. Is there anything you're hoping

0:44:510:44:56

to see, or anything you're hoping really not to see?

0:44:560:44:59

I tell you what I would really like to see

0:44:590:45:01

is a water feature in the property. That would be a real delight for me.

0:45:010:45:05

Anything you're dreading you're going to see?

0:45:050:45:09

Yeah. I would dread seeing a house that required loads of work.

0:45:090:45:13

Fair enough.

0:45:130:45:14

The mystery property we're heading to is slap-bang in the middle of the

0:45:170:45:20

Yorkshire Dales, around four miles from the village of Grassington.

0:45:200:45:24

It's a charming village situated on the pretty River Wharf.

0:45:240:45:29

Centred on its small cobbled squares are an assortment of shops,

0:45:290:45:33

cafes, restaurants and hotels.

0:45:330:45:35

For two weeks every year, these narrow streets,

0:45:350:45:38

lined with traditional Yorkshire homes, are brimming with tourists

0:45:380:45:42

from around the world who come to the Grassington festival of arts and music.

0:45:420:45:47

Our last property is a cottage with views to make their mouths water.

0:45:480:45:54

John, you said you were hoping that the mystery property

0:45:540:45:57

-would have a water feature?

-Yes, I did.

0:45:570:46:01

Would Grimwith Reservoir be big enough for you?

0:46:010:46:04

-That's what I want to know.

-Well...

0:46:040:46:06

-Not too sure, really.

-Perhaps a few more gallons of water might help.

-We'll give that some thought.

0:46:060:46:11

So, you probably know we're in a real area of outstanding natural beauty,

0:46:110:46:15

and your property takes in all of that.

0:46:150:46:19

-It's surprising to see a property up here.

-It is, yeah.

0:46:190:46:22

I didn't think there was anything.

0:46:220:46:24

Let me show you.

0:46:240:46:27

This truly unique setting

0:46:270:46:29

could not fail to impress, but let's head inside.

0:46:290:46:32

So, here is your cottage.

0:46:340:46:37

Come on in. Don't be shy.

0:46:370:46:40

-It's a nice big room here.

-Wow.

0:46:400:46:42

Look, straight out on to the reservoir.

0:46:420:46:44

That's amazing.

0:46:440:46:45

I don't think you could get much closer, could you?

0:46:450:46:49

-You can't actually touch the water, but it feels like you could. Very modern features.

-Very tasteful.

0:46:490:46:54

And a wood-burning stove

0:46:540:46:57

and the traditional stone hearth.

0:46:570:46:59

Nice fireplace.

0:46:590:47:01

These were offices, so you can imagine it's all been changed,

0:47:010:47:04

so you do have the garage, you've got the parking already,

0:47:040:47:07

and as you come in to the property it wasn't actually a house, so it's all been changed and adapted,

0:47:070:47:12

and the current owners have done so much to it, and that was one of the features that they put in.

0:47:120:47:17

It took five men to carry that slab of stone,

0:47:170:47:20

-but it does give it some character.

-It does, yeah.

0:47:200:47:23

-OK, let's keep going.

-Right.

0:47:230:47:25

So, in here, we have a very large open-plan kitchen,

0:47:260:47:29

-and you've got a living space as well.

-Mm-hmm.

0:47:290:47:33

I think what I would be tempted to do would be

0:47:330:47:37

to move that dining-table into here, make this the dining area.

0:47:370:47:41

-Yeah, that would be nice.

-You'd still have a decent-sized kitchen.

0:47:410:47:47

Yeah, yeah.

0:47:470:47:48

Get your island in the middle there.

0:47:480:47:51

-Do you think it would fit?

-I think it would.

0:47:510:47:54

There's a table there now,

0:47:540:47:55

but if you took it out you'd have plenty of room for an island.

0:47:550:47:58

Do you know what I like about you two?

0:47:580:48:00

You walk into a room and you're already thinking creatively

0:48:000:48:04

what you'd like to do it. Positive thoughts there.

0:48:040:48:07

-Have you seen enough downstairs?

-Yeah. It looks good. Quite impressed.

0:48:070:48:11

OK, let's go upstairs and take a look at the bedrooms.

0:48:110:48:15

OK, after you.

0:48:150:48:17

Seems like they've already started to move in.

0:48:170:48:21

Also on this floor is a utility room and a study.

0:48:210:48:24

Upstairs are only two rooms, but I've got something up my sleeve.

0:48:240:48:28

So, we have to bear in mind, we are in a cottage,

0:48:320:48:35

-and this cottage only has...

-Quite a cottage.

-Quite a cottage, but it only has two bedrooms.

0:48:350:48:40

-Oh, it's a bit small.

-That's surprising.

-However...

0:48:400:48:43

It feels bigger when you're up here,

0:48:430:48:46

but only two bedrooms with a family bathroom.

0:48:460:48:48

However, if you look at the cupboard there,

0:48:480:48:51

the owners have got planning permission to put in a third bedroom

0:48:510:48:54

with an en-suite with dormer windows, and what that bedroom would get

0:48:540:48:58

-is that amazing view.

-Stunning views. Yeah, I think that would be a brilliant improvement.

0:48:580:49:02

So, I must admit, if this was my property, I would invest in having that extension

0:49:020:49:07

because the two bedrooms are of a good size, but I think having

0:49:070:49:10

the third with the en-suite, with that view,

0:49:100:49:13

really gives you so many more options.

0:49:130:49:16

Yes, I think you're right there about the extension, definitely.

0:49:160:49:20

It's a reasonable-sized room, I think.

0:49:200:49:23

-Seems a fair size wardrobe there to keep all your stuff in.

-Yeah.

0:49:230:49:26

Outside, there's a recently landscaped garden,

0:49:270:49:30

with those magnificent vistas

0:49:300:49:32

over the reservoir and the surrounding moorland.

0:49:320:49:35

And, last but not least, the price-tag.

0:49:350:49:39

Looking at the cottage from this point, how much do you think the current asking price is?

0:49:410:49:45

I think it's Susan's turn this time.

0:49:450:49:49

For the final time.

0:49:490:49:50

This is a difficult one.

0:49:500:49:52

Just the two bedrooms. Hmm...

0:49:520:49:56

-I'll say 430.

-I'll go for 470.

0:49:560:50:00

OK. It is in a prime location.

0:50:000:50:04

The current asking price

0:50:040:50:06

is £345,000.

0:50:060:50:09

Wow! That's a pleasant surprise. That is worth spending some money to

0:50:090:50:14

make a third bedroom and an en-suite bath - it leaves lots of scope.

0:50:140:50:17

I'm quite amazed at the price.

0:50:170:50:20

-Are you pleasantly surprised?

-Yes, I'm pleasantly surprised.

0:50:200:50:23

It gives plenty of scope for such a unique property, that's good value.

0:50:230:50:26

Unique really is the word, isn't it?

0:50:260:50:28

Why don't you go back inside, away from these mosquitoes that are nibbling us,

0:50:280:50:32

-have another look around and I'll catch up with you in a while?

-OK, thank you.

0:50:320:50:37

So, that was really interesting.

0:50:390:50:42

They are nature lovers and this is a prime location.

0:50:420:50:46

Perhaps with that third bedroom

0:50:460:50:48

it could be the property they're looking for.

0:50:480:50:50

It might not have the right number of bedrooms,

0:50:500:50:53

but with an asking price of £345,000 -

0:50:530:50:56

that's over £250,000 under their budget - there's plenty left over

0:50:560:51:02

to build that third bedroom.

0:51:020:51:04

The cottage comes with a stylish kitchen and, oh, those views.

0:51:040:51:10

When we came along the lane towards the reservoir,

0:51:100:51:13

I thought, "What on Earth have you got for us here?"

0:51:130:51:15

As a mystery house, I thought, this is going to be strange.

0:51:150:51:18

So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it was quite a modern property.

0:51:180:51:22

And then we came in and looked out that window,

0:51:220:51:24

and what a scene that was.

0:51:240:51:26

What I like about this room, Susan, is the view out of this window here.

0:51:260:51:30

Oh, absolutely. It's spectacular.

0:51:300:51:32

It's the best feature, isn't it? And then you've got your fireplace.

0:51:320:51:35

It's a very nice fireplace, that, lovely and cosy.

0:51:350:51:39

You can imagine sitting in winter...

0:51:390:51:41

-Sitting here with your nice fireplace.

-With a glass of wine, enjoying the view.

-Or beer.

0:51:410:51:46

I do like the decor of this house, the contemporary features,

0:51:460:51:50

and, of course, the spectacular view.

0:51:500:51:53

But I do see it as a holiday home and not as a long-term prospect.

0:51:530:51:59

So here we have another water feature.

0:52:030:52:05

Are you getting the theme for the mystery house?

0:52:050:52:08

Could it be water, I wonder?

0:52:090:52:11

-Just about water, yes.

-I think you're right!

-I did say I like a water feature.

0:52:110:52:16

You certainly did. And you've seen all there is to see.

0:52:160:52:19

Now we're going somewhere nice and quiet, so you can have a think about those properties

0:52:190:52:23

-and gather your thoughts together. Let's go.

-OK.

0:52:230:52:26

John and Susan's property tour of North Yorkshire

0:52:300:52:33

is coming to a close, and they have plenty to mull over.

0:52:330:52:38

Now it's time for John and Susan to make a final decision, but

0:52:430:52:48

the big question is, have we found them their perfect property

0:52:480:52:51

in the centre of a dream location,

0:52:510:52:53

something they've been searching for for so long?

0:52:530:52:57

Well, I'm not really sure,

0:52:570:52:58

so the only way we're going to find out is to go and ask them.

0:52:580:53:01

John and Susan, I know you've been searching, well, for over two years now

0:53:060:53:10

for your ideal property,

0:53:100:53:12

but how do you think the last few days have gone?

0:53:120:53:15

I think it's been extremely helpful.

0:53:150:53:18

I've thoroughly enjoyed it.

0:53:180:53:20

I think we've made as much progress in the last couple of days as we have in the last two years.

0:53:200:53:24

-Really?

-It's been amazing. The thoughts we've had,

0:53:240:53:29

-the way we look at properties - it's all been affected by what we've seen here.

-Well, that's great news.

0:53:290:53:35

Let's start off with the very first property that we saw,

0:53:350:53:38

the farmers' cottages that were converted into one, I think, rather splendid property.

0:53:380:53:43

The quality and the style was just brilliant.

0:53:430:53:48

It was done to a standard that we could never imagine to do ourselves.

0:53:480:53:52

And then outside you've got the views of the sheep and the fields.

0:53:520:53:56

It's a nice, quiet location. We like that a lot.

0:53:560:53:59

We saw a Victorian property, quite an imposing Victorian property.

0:53:590:54:03

What were your first impressions when you saw that house?

0:54:030:54:06

The location's quite good for getting around, I think.

0:54:060:54:09

And the bus service, of course, will be excellent for Susan.

0:54:090:54:12

Yeah, I could see why we were brought there,

0:54:120:54:14

because of what the village had to offer.

0:54:140:54:17

This next property - I have to say, it's a first for me.

0:54:170:54:20

The stable conversion.

0:54:200:54:21

I've never shown anybody a property that they've already seen before.

0:54:210:54:25

-But you hadn't seen inside, had you?

-No, we hadn't been inside.

0:54:250:54:28

I'd driven up the drive, but not looked inside.

0:54:280:54:31

-It was revealing to see how modern it was inside.

-Yes, I liked the style

0:54:310:54:36

and quality. It was nice and airy.

0:54:360:54:39

-And, of course, those wonderful views.

-Yeah, in both directions.

0:54:390:54:43

And then you've got the walks, the two villages nearby.

0:54:430:54:47

-Which is important for you both.

-It is, yeah.

0:54:470:54:49

And, of course, we can't forget the mystery property, with all that water.

0:54:490:54:53

That really is a unique water feature, you have to admit.

0:54:530:54:56

Absolutely, yeah.

0:54:560:54:58

I think it's big enough.

0:54:580:55:00

Water is quite an important feature for me. I think you hit it on the nail there quite well!

0:55:000:55:05

What about the cottage?

0:55:050:55:06

A very unique spot. You wouldn't get a view like that again, would you?

0:55:060:55:12

A really astounding view.

0:55:120:55:13

I think it's more of a holiday cottage.

0:55:130:55:17

It might be good as an investment, but not for us.

0:55:170:55:22

So, we know you've been searching high and low for a few years now.

0:55:220:55:25

We've shown you a few more properties.

0:55:250:55:28

What's the next step for you both?

0:55:280:55:30

Well, I think we need to find out a few more facts about that

0:55:300:55:34

first cottage we saw and make a decision from there.

0:55:340:55:39

I think we want to take that one a bit further.

0:55:390:55:41

We've got closer

0:55:410:55:43

to finding what we're looking for over the last few days

0:55:430:55:47

than we have all the time we've been looking.

0:55:470:55:50

So, it's been extremely helpful.

0:55:500:55:52

Aw! Do you know, I'm so pleased because I know you've put your heart and souls into it.

0:55:520:55:57

And we want to find the right property for you both.

0:55:570:56:00

-So, if you do put an offer in, you will let us know, won't you?

-Absolutely.

0:56:000:56:04

-I'm delighted we've been able to help.

-Thank you very much for it, the whole team.

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-It's been a wonderful experience working with you. Thank you very much.

-Well, thank you.

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I just wish it could've gone on a bit longer!

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THEY LAUGH

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So, after an exhausting two years and 1,000 property search,

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I think we may have got close for John and Susan.

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In fact, they're going back to look at one of our properties for a second viewing.

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Fingers crossed they put an offer in.

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If they do, we wish them the very best of luck together.

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Join us again next time for another Escape To The Country.

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Nicki Chapman is in North Yorkshire helping a couple who are buying a house together for the first time. They've already dismissed over 1,000 properties so this hunt is going to be a challenge. With up to £600,000 to spend, they're seeking a house with four bedrooms and a water feature in the garden. A large kitchen is a must, as are a garage and a study.