Pembrokeshire Escape to the Country


Pembrokeshire

Nicki Chapman is in Pembrokeshire and has a maximum budget of 700,000 pounds to help a couple who want to run holiday lets.


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Welcome to Escape to the Country.

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And it was here, over 200 years ago, that an historic event

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as dramatic as this stunning stretch of coastline, took place.

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Curious? Well, hold fire, as we Escape to the Country.

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In today's show, I'll be helping a couple escape the rat race and find a relaxing retreat in the country.

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-We come across the ultimate bathroom.

-Oh, wow!

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You could be in there for hours!

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-We find kitchen-gadget heaven.

-That looks to me like a work of art.

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And there's the mystery house to pick from this colourful assortment.

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Today, I'm in the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire,

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near the coastal town of Fishguard.

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And it was here in 1797 that the last invasion of Britain took place.

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Over a thousand Frenchmen landed on these shores.

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But the delights of Wales proved to be their downfall.

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After three days of looting and sampling Welsh tipple, they were overthrown.

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These days, Pembrokeshire plays host to a much more friendly

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invasion of people in search of this truly stunning coastline.

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And with 186 miles of it and more blue-flag beaches than any other county in the UK,

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it's no surprise that Pembrokeshire has a booming tourist industry,

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with well over £500m spent each year by more than 4m visitors.

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It's also home to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, with a wealth

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of protected environmental sites and historic remains.

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Norman castles rub shoulders with medieval churches

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and industrial buildings, and all set within 240 square miles.

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Inland, there are plenty of places to explore, such as the county town of Haverfordwest,

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one of the many charming towns that feature throughout this glorious landscape.

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Property prices in Pembrokeshire vary dramatically

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depending on the particular area that you're looking at.

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A beachfront house in a popular tourist destination like Saundersfoot or Tenby

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in the south of the county could set you back a whopping £1 million.

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But a four-bedroom house in or around Haverfordwest would average at £270,000.

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So whatever your budget, you're going to be spoilt for choice.

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Take a look.

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For rural splendour, there's this eight-bedroom Grade II listed

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country house in Mathry for £1.25 million.

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Besides its grand reception areas and games room, the west wing is currently used as a holiday-let.

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Outside is a gardener's dream, with a superb Victorian greenhouse

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and over 13 acres of land.

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For £530,000, this five-bedroom detached house in Haverfordwest has

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a large kitchen with breakfast bar, leading to a pleasant dining room,

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light, spacious bedrooms and a high-spec bathroom with walk-in shower.

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And there's this four-bedroom cottage in Castle Morris on the market for just under £390,000,

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with an original inglenook fireplace, a well-fitted kitchen and a cottage garden.

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What a great range of houses.

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So let's hope we can find this week's buyers exactly what they're looking for.

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Today's househunters are Selina and Jamie, who currently live in a large six-bedroom Victorian house

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in Hertfordshire, within the London commuter belt.

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They have three children, two who are now grown up and flying the nest, and four-year-old Ben.

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Jamie has recently left his job as a fund manager in the City, but it's very much a blessing in disguise,

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as they've been yearning for a lifestyle change for some time.

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The reason for this move, I suppose it's to seek fulfilment and happiness.

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Jamie felt he was sort of existing, going to work and coming home, and he didn't really feel he had a life.

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And they're keen to build up a new business venture.

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I think we're looking for somewhere with a few acres and ideally also

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perhaps something that comes with some outbuildings that are either

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already used for holiday-lets or have the scope to be converted to holiday-lets.

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They've drawn up a clear wish list for their new home in the country.

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The most important room in the house for me is the kitchen, and when we move, we would like something

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similar in size, so that we can eat in the kitchen, as well as it being practical to cook in.

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The study's quiet important to me, because I do spend a fair bit of my day in here.

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Obviously, what I'm looking to do is invest some of the money

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we might release from the property and other assets that we've got to generate a bit of an income

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to fund the lifestyle that we're looking to lead in the country.

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But there are some other considerations, too.

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Must-haves in the next house, really, are enough bedrooms

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to accommodate ourselves and perhaps visitors, so we'd look for at least four bedrooms.

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Open fire or wood-burning stove in the living room.

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We'd like to have an en suite for ourselves and maybe a guest bathroom, as well.

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So what are Jamie and Selina expecting from their new life in Pembrokeshire?

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Just enjoying some of the outdoor pursuits. You can get involved with

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mountain biking, more walking, that sort of thing.

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Also even simple things like taking Ben to school, as well, and being able to enjoy that and

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spend more time with him and see him growing up.

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Growing our own vegetables, having chickens, generally sort of, I suppose, chilling out!

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Jamie and Selina need to know how much they have to spend,

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so we've arranged for a local estate agent to value their home.

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This is a beautifully presented six-bedroom detached home close to local shops.

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Therefore I feel the value is in the order £850,000 to £875,000.

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So what's their budget for their move to Pembrokeshire?

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Our budget for the move is £600,000.

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It sounds lovely, but finding the perfect package for home AND business can be a real challenge.

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Selina and Jamie's choice of Pembrokeshire is a good one.

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We'll focus our search around the tourist hot spots

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of Tenby and Saundersfoot, which offers a great rural location and a healthy demand for holiday-lets.

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In today's show, we'll be taking them to see three of the best houses

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on offer in the area and asking them to guess the price of each after they've seen them.

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The last of the three is the mystery house, to really get our punters thinking outside their comfort zone.

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Well, Selina and Jamie, welcome to Pembrokeshire!

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-Thank you.

-Are you looking forward to the next few days?

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-We are.

-Yeah?

-Certainly are, yeah.

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Got some amazing things to show you.

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-But first of all, how well do you know Pembrokeshire?

-We don't know it very well.

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We've been to Wales before, but we haven't actually made it down to Pembrokeshire.

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So the first time to this county.

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-Yes.

-Yes, that's right.

-Now, your budget.

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-Are we still looking around the £600,000 mark?

-That's right, yeah.

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Is there any flexibility to that amount?

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Yes, there is a little bit of flexibility on that.

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If we found the dream house that ticked all the boxes and really wanted to go for it,

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and could push the boat out, as they say, then I think we could probably go to maybe 650 or 700.

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We'd really like to try and get a place that as potential either to convert some

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existing outbuildings to holiday-lets or even a property that's already got holiday-lets

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attached to it, so we can earn a bit of extra income from the property that we might end up buying.

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We've some amazing properties lined up for you in this beautiful county.

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And, of course, we've got the mystery property, which I always find very exciting.

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-So shall we start?

-Yes.

-Come on, then.

-Great.

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Selina and Jamie have a budget of £600,000 but can stretch to £700,000

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to convert holiday-lets if there's good earning potential.

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They're looking for a four-bedroom house with master en suite, a large country kitchen for Selina,

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a study for Jamie, a garden to accommodate a vegetable plot,

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and some outbuildings which, subject to planning, could be used as holiday-lets.

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Have either of you stayed in holiday-lets yourselves?

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We did last summer, actually, and we really enjoyed it.

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The whole family went along, had a lovely time and had lovely views from the bedroom window.

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-That was what set you off. You were looking out - "It'd be lovely to wake up to this every day."

-Yeah.

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Our first property takes us 13 miles inland from Saundersfoot, to the quiet village of Wiston.

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Besides its beautifully remote location, Wiston boasts

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12th-century castle remains and has a very well-regarded primary school for Ben.

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This first house is a new-build, with a business proposition which should whet Jamie's appetite.

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So, this is the property. It's about half an acre all around,

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and if you look just behind you, to that outbuilding, that is actually included with this property.

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But I'm going to show you that in a little bit more detail later on, because it's a bit blustery.

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-So shall we take a step inside?

-Yes, please.

-Come on, then.

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This new-build property has never been lived in, so it's a complete blank canvas.

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Let's see what they make of it.

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So, here we are. Straight into the hallway.

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-Yeah, very spacious.

-Nice stairs.

-Beautiful oak stairs, aren't they?

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A real feature as you walk in.

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-Good start.

-Jamie?

-Yeah, impressive start.

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So yeah, interested to see more.

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OK. So with your creative hat on, let's do the tour.

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We'll start by peeling off the hallway to look at the first of two main reception rooms.

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So here's your drawing/sitting room.

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Is it odd, looking at it without any furniture in?

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It feels quite cold because of that,

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and it definitely needs a fire of some kind in it, to....

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-Yeah, warm it up.

-Yeah.

-Sure.

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You've got an open flue there, so you could easily have a wood burner there.

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Or you could actually make it even larger and have a big fireplace, if you wanted to.

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Mm-hm. Well, it's a nice, bright room, although it's a modern house.

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It's not like other modern houses on a big estate.

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You've got countryside around and no busy roads or anything.

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-So yeah, quite good in that sense.

-Well, we've done this room, then.

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Let's see what we can do with the next one.

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Across the hallway is a light and spacious dining room that's

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conveniently joined to the kitchen, which we'll take a look at next.

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It's a huge size.

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Yes. It's nice.

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I wouldn't have chosen it myself particularly, but I could live with this sort of kitchen and style.

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Yep. And you want another area, possibly, to eat.

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-I mean, you could easily get a dining table in there.

-Yeah.

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And you have the option, actually, of the sun room conservatory.

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You could actually convert that either into a family room or perhaps a dining room.

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-Sure.

-Yeah.

-No study down here?

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No study down here. However, with the three reception rooms, you could potentially convert

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one of those, or you could use one of the bedrooms as a study.

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-So let's take a look.

-OK.

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Leading off the kitchen, there's also a small bathroom with shower

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and useful storage space in the large, well-designed utility room.

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With downstairs covered, it's hard to read whether Jamie and Selina could really see themselves

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living here, so let's move upstairs and see whether the bedrooms will excite them!

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Now, the upstairs to this property,

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it reminds me of a manor house, the way it's set out.

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There are four bedrooms altogether,

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including two double rooms, one of which would be great for Ben.

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The third bedroom has its own en suite with shower, perfect for the older children when they stay.

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Next door to that, there's a family bathroom with bath and shower.

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But we'll cross the landing and look at a master bedroom for Jamie and Selina.

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So, how is this? Do you think this'd be big enough as one of the masters?

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-You've got two this size, remember, either side.

-We'd certainly get a double bed in here, I suppose.

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But, erm, storage might be an issue, although you've got the wardrobes on the landing there.

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That's slightly strange, maybe.

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-I don't know.

-Not quite enough space for your suits and things, but...

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Oh, well. Or my country casuals, as it might be now.

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Yes, it's all change, isn't it?

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You could put walk-in wardrobes... Well, you could have fitted wardrobes along here.

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Yeah, sure. And you've got the view from here as well, haven't you?

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-Now, that's what you want from a bedroom, isn't it, a view like that?

-To wake up to each morning, yeah.

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And the en suite, which is through here.

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The all-important en suite.

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It's quiet large, but it doesn't have the bath. I know you like your bath, Selina.

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I do like my bath, so that's a little bit of a downside.

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But I suppose I'd have to use the family bathroom.

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So, time to look outside and, more importantly, at those outbuildings for your future potential business.

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So, Jamie, we're going to follow you down the stairs.

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Thank you.

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I'm not sure they're able to imagine how they could turn

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this spacious blank canvas into a character family home to suit them.

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Perhaps they'll find the prospects on offer outside more enticing.

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Well, it might be a bit windy and a bit blustery, but it's not going to take away from that stunning view.

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How do you fancy waking up every morning and looking out of your window at that?

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It's gorgeous. It's what you're paying for with a house like this.

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So, the outbuildings. Did you guess what they were?

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Er, I guess some stables, but I guess they could be converted to holiday-lets.

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So, you would need to get planning permission, but because we're

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-outside of the national park, it's much easier to get.

-Good.

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So that could be the answer to your holiday-lets.

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So, with all that in mind, how much do you think this house is currently on the market for?

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Quite a tricky one, because it's a new property but it doesn't have

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that much land, although it does have those outbuildings.

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So I'm going to say 550.

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OK. Selina?

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Needs a bit of work doing on it, so I think about 525.

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The asking price is £650,000,

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so quite a bit more than you thought,

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although the current owners are keen to sell and they will consider offers.

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OK, well, that's encouraging.

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So, have a think about it.

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Why don't you take a look around the stable block and a final look

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around the house, and I'll catch up with you in a minute.

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OK. Thanks.

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At £650,000, Jamie and Selina would have 50,000 left from their maximum

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budget to convert the stables into holiday-lets.

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But this brand-new new property also offers two spacious reception rooms,

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a large kitchen/breakfast room, four bedrooms, two with en suites,

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and although there's only half an acre of land, there are spectacular views

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and the stable building which could be converted with planning permission into two holiday-lets.

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The question is, are they up for the challenge?

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-You've got two units here that could be converted, couldn't they?

-There's plenty of space.

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There you could put a nice bit of glass and make two living rooms.

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Maybe take these walls down so you've got the view over the fields and that.

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It could be quite attractive.

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I could put my own mark on this property.

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It wouldn't take quite as long as the house we're in now.

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Being modern it should be a lot easier to get the decorating done.

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It's interesting to find a new build property in such a rural and idyllic location.

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The property sits in about half an acre which is probably less than

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we were thinking of when we were thinking of moving to the country.

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You envisage yourself buying a place with quite a few acres and that sort of thing.

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It had quite a lot of features we were looking for in terms of four bedrooms,

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holiday let potential as well. That was interesting, also.

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Well, you've had a final look around the house, Jamie, marks out of ten?

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-Eight.

-Eight. That's very good.

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-Selina.

-Eight, maybe nine.

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Even better! On that positive note we're gonna keep going.

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Let's go.

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Pembrokeshire's a clever choice of location by Jamie and Selina,

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especially if they're serious about running a holiday let business.

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The National Park is a real pull for the tourist industry

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and would be a great day out for their holiday guests.

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At its heart at the Teifi marshes, an enchanting 246 acre conservation site, close to the town of Cardigan,

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which attracts around 20,000 visitors a year.

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I've come to meet Nathan Walton, Pembrokeshire's Wildlife Trust's

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officer to find out more about the conservation work they do here at Teifi marshes.

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-Hi, Nathan.

-Hi, Nicky.

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-Great to meet you, what an amazing spot.

-It is, isn't it?

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What type of conservation work do you do here?

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It's quite varied actually, Nicky.

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We do a lot of survey work, so we do butterfly and floral surveys and then scrub management.

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That's one of the things preventing scrub from encroaching onto other valuable habitats.

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Nathan, I've heard you've got some unusual helpers here.

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-Yeah, and I'll show you them now.

-OK.

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The River Teifi and surrounding woodland areas are home to a rich

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variety of wildlife, including badgers, otters, water shrews and red deer as well as migrating

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ospreys but I'm dying to find out who Nathan's special helpers are and what they do around here.

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So here we are, Nicky, let me introduce you to our groundsmen and women.

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-Are they water buffalo?

-They are, we've got five females and one male here.

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So what exactly are they doing here in Pembrokeshire?

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They're helping to keep the marshland in the correct

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condition and pristine state that we need to help conservation on site.

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How do they actually do that for you?

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A variety of ways, really, mainly by keeping areas of

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open water open, so they like to wallow a lot in the muddy areas.

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They help also to graze the grassland and actually push through anything encroaching on that grassland.

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Why would you use water buffalos, why couldn't you use horse, cattle or even sheep here?

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We have tried horses and ponies and cattle but with the horses and ponies they don't tend to

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go into the wetter areas too much and with the cattle, they were getting in there, but they're

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more prone to waterborne diseases and other symptoms which the water buffalo don't seem to be affected by.

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They're the best animal for the job.

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When I came to Pembrokeshire I didn't think I was going to see water buffalo!

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No, it is an unusual sight and again it attracts many people to the area, which is great.

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-Nathan, thanks very much.

-You're very welcome.

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As the sun sets over Pembrokeshire, the first day of our property search draws to a close.

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Selina and Jamie are looking to quit life in London's commuter land and head for the peace of Pembrokeshire.

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With up to £700,000 they're after a four-bedroom home in the country,

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with the scope to make holiday-lets into a money spinner.

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So far they've seen one property, but coming up, Selina has a plan to escape the kitchen.

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-I might have to eat out a lot more.

-Oh, yes!

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And they meet one of Pembrokeshire's most passionate gardeners.

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-Whoa, down boy!

-Finally there's the mystery house which will give them a completely different perspective.

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Yesterday was a very interesting day.

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One thing I did find out is I wouldn't want to play Selina

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or Jamie at poker because they give very little away.

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So you can imagine I was pleasantly surprised when they rated what they'd seen so highly but today

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it's a new day and we've got some aces up our sleeve, including the mystery house.

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So we're heading to the remote village of Cresselly, only five

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miles from the coast and within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

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This remote landscape is not only great walking territory, but home to many historic landmarks

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such as the remains of the nearby Carew Castle, a restored tidal mill and a medieval bridge.

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I wasn't convinced yesterday that the prospect of a holiday let

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project filled them with excitement so our next house is a family home,

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with no work to be done and enough money left to invest elsewhere.

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And this is it.

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At the heart of it is a 200-year-old cottage,

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which you can see in front of you, and then extended at the side.

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It's like a barn at the back and that was completed just two years ago.

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-So shall we go and explore before we get too wet?

-Mm.

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Come on!

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So we'll go round the old cottage to the side entrance and I'm sure they're going to like what they see.

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Come on in.

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This part is the oldest part of the property, this is the 200-year-old bit and this is the extension.

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It's a lot brighter than I would expect from the outside.

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-Yeah.

-A bit dark, but it's very, very bright.

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Next to me you've got the utility room which is of good size and a downstairs cloakroom.

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You've got the most amazing larder there.

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It's a cook's dream. And, on this side of the property you've got the stairs leading to the bedrooms.

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What I want to show you straightaway is the living quarters through here.

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When you look at this property, from the outside looking at the old

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part of the cottage, you would never think it's like this inside.

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-No, absolutely not. They've done it very well.

-It's obviously very well equipped.

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You just look at the appliances, the double Butler sink.

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I mean, look at that as an extractor fan.

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That looks to me like a work of art.

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I think it's fantastic, it's pretty special. I wouldn't change a thing.

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It's perfect.

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You've got the dining area there and, over here...

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This is where you'd relax in the evenings.

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-Have you lived in an open plan space before?

-No, we haven't actually, no.

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Our current house is traditional rooms.

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This would be completely different for us.

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I find this could work better for us, actually.

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It all flows together well and the social aspect lends itself now to

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a family that's got a bit smaller and we can be together a bit more.

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I love the window, I love the light the way it sort of floods in.

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You've got your wood burner there.

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You could open it up to make it into a fireplace if you wanted to.

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It's very nice.

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One thing you do need, Jamie, is a study.

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So you lead the way back through, we'll follow you and we've got the answer.

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Selina loves the convivial, open plan kitchen/sitting room and it looks like it could be

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a step forward to how they live as a family.

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We're going back through to the old part of the cottage to see if Jamie likes his study.

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So would this work as an office study?

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It looks like it would do, yes, cos it's tucked away from the main part of the house.

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If I need to do some quiet work I could get in here

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-and get some serious work done.

-That's good.

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-I could see my desk fitting in there.

-Good.

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Lovely fireplace, adds to the character of this house.

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There's plenty more to explore with this house. Let's keep going.

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Brilliant! The downstairs of this amazing house gets a thumbs up from both of them.

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I'm sure the three bedrooms upstairs will please them too.

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Here we are upstairs, you've got the oak throughout the whole house including all the doors.

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So you've got cloakroom here, you've got a shower room, it's like a wet room.

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Let me show you this because this could be Ben's room.

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Big enough for him?

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Yes, very much so. He's only small as well.

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-The ceiling's not going to be a problem.

-Yeah.

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I'm sure he'd like the windows as well, especially the one at the end.

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I could see him climbing up there when we've got visitors coming.

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Off the landing is also a single bedroom and a tip-top guestroom their older children

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could enjoy when they come to stay, with its own oak-panelled bath in the bedroom and en-suite.

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But the real icing on the cake is waiting downstairs in the fourth

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bedroom where Jamie and Selina could sleep which has some breath-taking extras in store.

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So here is your master bedroom but it is downstairs.

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-It's a good size.

-This would work for you? Yes?

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-Yes.

-I've got no problems with it.

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-It's reasonable light and bright as well.

-So this works

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but something else really works here as well.

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I'm guessing an en-suite.

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It is an en-suite but it is an en-suite like I have never seen.

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In all of the times of Escape To The Country this has to be my favourite bathroom ever.

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Let's take a look.

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And this, this is it.

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-Wow!

-I've never seen a bath quite like that before.

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That has to be the ultimate in indulgence, it's a copper bath.

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They use copper to keep the heat in.

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You could be in there for hours.

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What about you, Jamie, is that shower gonna be quite big enough?

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It's big enough for me I should think, yeah.

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I think this is fantastic. I wouldn't change any of it.

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I just hope they're not gonna take the bath with them.

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Well, I think, it's time now I showed you the rest of the property.

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Let's go outside and explore the grounds.

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Jamie, we're gonna follow you.

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Oh, the sun's come out to show us this garden in all its glory.

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You've got an acre. If you look through the shrubs and trees, you can roughly see the border.

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It's quite a wild garden, it's been left quite natural down there.

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You've got a raised vegetable patch and I don't know if you've spotted

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the building at the end, that's a piggery which has been restored.

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So if you fancy getting a few animals, pop them in there.

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Now I've shown you all there is to see so it's crunch time.

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How much do you think this house is currently on the market for?

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They've spent a lot of money doing it up, so I suspect they're asking over budget on this.

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-I'm gonna say 700 they've put it on for.

-OK, and Selina?

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I would think more like 595.

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You're both way out.

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The current asking price is £499,950.

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Selina you were closer but still 100 grand out.

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Not only is it a fantastic property, it would also leave you

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-quite a lot of money to play with out of your budget.

-Sure, yeah.

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So, if you wanted to consider leaving home and business separately, you could actually look

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-for a holiday let accommodation, not too far away, to run your business away from your home.

-Yeah.

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Have a wander around the grounds and I'll catch up with you in a minute.

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So under budget at just shy of £500,000, that's £200,000 under Jamie's guess.

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Our couple could land themselves this perfect family home.

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This amazing country cottage conversion offers...

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A huge high-spec kitchen/lounge,

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four bedrooms with an incredible master en-suite,

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a stunning location within the National Park

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and up to £200,000 of their budget left to invest

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in a holiday let close by.

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What do you think of the garden? Pretty wild?

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Yes, it would need quite a bit of work doing on it.

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It's the sort of house I could be quite happy in.

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It ticks some of the boxes we were looking for in terms of bedrooms

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and a bit of garden for Selina to do her growing vegetables and things.

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It doesn't have the outbuildings, that's why it's not the perfect ten

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but I suppose the positives against that would be the fact that

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it's fantastically appointed and it's been done to a high spec.

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Sometimes when you walk into a place you get a feeling that you could possibly live there.

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This does have that feeling.

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So it's time to say goodbye to this beautiful house. Let's make tracks.

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Selina and Jamie are keen to grow their own vegetables so, to find out how to get started, we've arranged

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for them to meet Christina Shand, a local resident, who leads the good life and has transformed six acres

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of forgotten bog land into the stunning Dyffryn Fernant Gardens.

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-Have you grown vegetables before?

-No, we haven't.

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Aspect, site is very important.

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If you're looking at properties and you want to grow vegetables you must have light.

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Second to that is shelter. As you can see it's pretty windy here and it comes straight off the Atlantic.

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That's why I've got a shelter belt over there, a willow hurdle.

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What's the climate like here in Pembrokeshire?

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It's very soft and you've got a lovely, long growing season.

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You can start things off early and carry them on late and very, very mild winters.

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Now I'd like to show you another part of the garden.

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-OK.

-Great.

-If you'd follow me, thank you.

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In addition to her vegetable garden, Christina has also developed a lovely floral garden full of exotic

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plants where the likes of lilies, agapanthus and a rich variety of dahlias and alliums flourish but

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Christina is taking Selina and Jamie down the garden to see the crowning glory of her horticultural efforts.

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There's a lot of things that like it seriously wet.

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I made this garden because I really wanted it to flow into the landscape.

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Is it hard keeping the garden looking so lush?

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No, it's really containing it and sort of going, "Oh! Down boy!"

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It's very, very verdent (??) here.

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What's this obelisk here for?

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The obelisk was designed by my partner, David, and it's a kind of energy point

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into the middle

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of what is really quite a primeval area and very verdent and shows the

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lush kind of growth you can get into this county.

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Now I've got a surprise for you, follow me.

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Not only is Christina's garden a complete inspiration but she's going

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to show our couple how they can reap the rewards from a business venture close to their hearts.

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-This is my holiday let.

-Oh, wow, excellent.

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I made this a few years ago from an old cow shed.

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-How do you find running it?

-Oh, it's a complete joy.

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I meet all sorts of creative, interesting people.

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The income supports the garden, basically.

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Well hopefully Selina and Jamie feel this visit has brought them one step nearer to moving to the country.

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So, it's mystery property time.

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Is there anything you're hoping to see or anything you're hoping we're not gonna take you to see.

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I know there's lots of castles in Wales so I hope we're not gonna see

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a broken down castle that we need to renovate completely.

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Oh, Jamie, we wouldn't make you rebuild a castle but they will have to get their

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head round a complete lifestyle change with our mystery house.

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We've lined up a property slap bang in the middle of a seaside town.

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What's more there's no land except for the stunning beach.

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So we're heading to the coastal town Saundersfoot,

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a perfect location for our couple to have a holiday let bolt hole.

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Over 70,000 tourists per year flock here to enjoy its blue flag beach and strolls around the harbour.

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Our mystery house is one of the oldest buildings in Saundersfoot and has wonderful views over the bay.

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Just take a look in front of you because your mystery house is one of those.

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If you just look up the hill, you'll see a pink house with a verandah.

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That is your mystery house.

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-Right.

-Surprised?

-Yeah.

-A bit of mystery.

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-Yeah.

-We've done our work.

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-Come on, let's take a look.

-Let's take a look, yeah.

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So now we've pinpointed our mystery house, let's take a closer look at this 200-year-old property.

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Formerly two captains cottages, now knocked into one and with some very quirky features.

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So come on in to your very unique mystery property.

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I can see you taking it all in.

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You've got the skylight which gives you that lovely light.

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You've got the open, exposed stone there.

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It's not on one level, not on two, not on three, it's actually on four.

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So are you ready to explore?

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-Yes, I am.

-Let's start.

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We begin our tour by going upstairs to the second floor to look at the main reception room.

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So here's the main living area.

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-Really good space, actually.

-Yeah.

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And they use this side as the dining part.

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A nice balcony with views over the sea, yeah.

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Fantastic view of the sea which I'm gonna show you in a minute.

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What do you think of this as a living space?

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-It's workable.

-It's spacious.

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-Yes, this would work. Definitely, yeah.

-It's big enough.

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You've got a kitchen through there.

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I'm gonna let you admire that view.

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How's that for a million dollar view.

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Surely you're never gonna tire of that.

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No, definitely not, it's fantastic.

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It's gonna change all year round as well, different seasons, people coming and going.

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There's always something going on, yeah. Fantastic.

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So you're keen on eating outside?

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Yeah, I do like to eat outside as long as the weather's good

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which, hopefully, we'll get lots of good weather here.

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-And lovely for breakfast in the morning, first thing.

-Oh, definitely!

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Talking of breakfasts, shall we take a look at the kitchen?

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Seems like Selina is already picturing herself eating on the balcony.

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I wonder whether she'll picture herself cooking in the kitchen too.

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So hopefully we can all squeeze in.

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It's not that big.

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-I can't dress it up in any other way.

-It's certainly small.

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We might have to eat out a lot more I should think.

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Yes, a girl after my own heart.

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Anything to get out of cooking!

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I quite expected to come into a little bit larger kitchen than this.

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-We'll see what else there is.

-OK, well we've got three more levels.

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So Jamie you lead the way out and we're gonna go upstairs.

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Don't worry, Selina, I've got another kitchen up my sleeve for later in our house tour.

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We'll head up to the top floor which is completely

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given over to the master and is one of the four bedrooms in this house.

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I'm glad you're used to stairs in your current property cos there's quite a few here.

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-This is the master.

-Right, the beams, that's nice.

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Lots of character.

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-And the views, of course.

-Great views from this bedroom.

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So you've got a walk-in wardrobe there. The current owners have divided

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it up and they keep their computer and office stuff in the other side.

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Would this room be right for you two?

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Yeah, it'd work as a bedroom, yeah. And is this an en-suite in here?

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It is, a large en-suite in there which I'll let you to investigate in a little while.

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I want you now to go downstairs to the lower part of the house.

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Jamie, we're gonna follow you.

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With the top two levels covered we'll go back downstairs past the living areas on the second floor

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and pass the first floor with the other three bedrooms.

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A large, light twin, another good sized single, currently with bunk beds and a comfortable double room.

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There's also a sweet little bathroom with shower and bath.

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Now time to check out the ground floor where there's a pleasant surprise in store.

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So here's the other living space.

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Oh, and another kitchen.

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-And (??). Quite a bit bigger.

-That's better, isn't it?

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-Yes, it's more like it, it's more workable.

-Yeah.

-For the family, so.

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You've got a downstairs utility room and there's a shower and toilet in there as well.

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The way the house is set up, when the current owners have their family to stay,

0:35:360:35:41

they use the top part of the house and the family use the bedrooms and this part as their living area.

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So they've sort of separated it.

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Yeah. That could work for us as well, I suppose, if our elder children came to stay as well.

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Not only does it have loads of space, but it's also quite unique.

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Many of the properties on this part of the front, they don't have gardens but this one certainly does.

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With the tour of the inside complete, Selina and Jamie aren't giving away too much.

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What will they make of this low maintenance garden?

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This is a great outdoor space.

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-It's not the biggest of areas but I'm sure we could have some fun here.

-Yeah.

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So standing here

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-I would normally ask you to guess the price.

-Right.

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But on this occasion I'm gonna hold back slightly because you've seen

0:36:220:36:26

the house but what I haven't shown you yet is the holiday let potential that comes with this property.

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-Are you surprised?

-Mmm, yeah.

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-Intrigued?

-Yeah, let's go have a look.

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Excellent!

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Not only do they get two living rooms and two kitchens

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but also two properties in our mystery house package.

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Less than a minutes walk from the cottage is our mystery ingredient.

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Besides the garage they'd get this ready to let holiday apartment.

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The entrance hall leads through to an open plan area which creates a

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real impression of space with its A-frame ceiling.

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So this place sleeps four.

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You've got the double bunks as you come through, you've

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got the shower room and you've got the pull out bed there.

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How much, roughly, do you think you could make renting this out? What would you think?

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I reckon you'd probably get 5,000 to

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8,000 a year for it.

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The current owners don't let it go out at Christmas or New Year because they hold it back for friends and

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family but they do during the summer months and they get a minimum of £12,000 a year, net.

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So knowing this holiday let could earn them quite an income,

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it's time to go outside and take a punt on the price.

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So there you have it, you've now seen the mystery property with the additional holiday let.

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

0:37:440:37:48

Selina's turn to go first, I think.

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I think with the holiday let, 650,000.

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I've come up with 560 as a figure myself.

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Well, Selina, you're actually closer because the asking price for both properties together is £670,000.

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The top end of your budget was £700,000 if you found the right holiday let accommodation.

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Lots of things to think about, why don't you take one final look and I'll meet you at the front.

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Our mystery proposition stretches Selina and Jamie's budget to their maximum

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but offers up two properties, one a unique seaside family home,

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and the holiday apartment as a guaranteed source of income.

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For £670,000 they would get...

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Two self-contained living/kitchen areas, useful when the older children come to stay, four

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bedrooms with a master en-suite, a spectacular coastal location

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and views and an annual income of around £12,000 for the holiday let.

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It's a relief

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there's another kitchen here.

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I don't think you'd be too happy about paying for meals every night!

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The mystery house was a little bit of a surprise,

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especially from the outside, it looked like a tiny little cottage.

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The mystery house was interesting because it had a lot of character and quirks.

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Being on four levels is quite unusual.

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I was hoping there might be a holiday let, we had that here.

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I love the views but the house, I'm not quite sure it's me.

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-Have you seen enough?

-Yes, I think so.

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Well that's it, guys, that the final properties.

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Let's take you somewhere quiet where you can have a think about what you've seen.

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OK.

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Time now for Selina and Jamie to enjoy the fresh sea air

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and have a think about their options here in Pembrokeshire.

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We've shown Jamie and Selina all that south Pembrokeshire has to offer.

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Now this is the first time the couple have

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actually ever been to this county and, if I'm being honest, I found them very difficult to read.

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So I'm intrigued to find out if they've actually made a

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final decision and the only way to find out

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is to ask them.

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So Jamie and Selina, how have you found the last

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few days, and, more importantly, what do you think of Pembrokeshire?

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Pembrokeshire, I think is fantastic.

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It draws you in.

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Let's talk property.

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We showed you a new build property, what did you think of that house?

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I thought the view was fantastic.

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That really appealed.

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-It did have the advantage of the stable block which had been built with conversion in mind.

-Yeah.

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Did that appeal to you at all?

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It was quite interesting because it was nicely set aside from the house and you had the potential to turn it

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into two separate units which, I guess, could have been quite lucrative.

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It was only half an acre with the new build.

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I think the price didn't really seem to reflect that.

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That was the end of day one.

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We started off our second day with that 200-year-old cottage.

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-It was beautiful.

-It was really, really fantastic.

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Then inside was quite a surprise because it was done out in such a way it was quite modern.

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-It was very, very nice.

-So you liked it?

-Yes, I liked it.

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What about you, Jamie?

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I liked it as well but...

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I slightly struggled with the appearance on the outside being very

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old and cottagey and then the ultra-modern interior.

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Then the land, it was an acre, but it was quite wild, I suppose.

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It perhaps needs a fair bit of work doing to it.

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It did have the potential for the vegetable patch for Selina.

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Finally it's time to talk about the mystery house.

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The house itself was really, really lovely.

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The views were spectacular, I couldn't fault that at all.

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The only issue was living on so many levels with Ben

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and, I think, we were looking for something a little less built up.

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What did you think about the holiday let accommodation?

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It was separate from the main house.

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I thought that was excellent, actually.

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It had been done really well and I was pleasantly surprised the amount of revenue they generated from it.

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So, finally, it's decision time.

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Did any of those properties whet your appetite?

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I would have said the 200-year-old cottage was the nearest. If we could

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get our head around the land side, and think about if

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you could do something with the acre, perhaps level it up a little bit, that would be almost spot on.

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It was a very wise surveyor who said to me once, "If you're

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looking for the perfect house, then you'll never buy a house."

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I guess we're gonna have to make some compromises along the way.

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You never know, we might do on that one.

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Well, guys, thank you so much and if anything changes

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please keep in touch and tell us how you get on, won't you?

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-We will do, yeah, thanks very much.

-Thanks very much.

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It's been quite a journey for Jamie and Selina but

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we've shown them the beauty of the county of Pembrokeshire

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and some stunning properties to match but it's a huge decision for anybody wanting to move.

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Will Jamie and Selina ever make it here? Who knows...

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Until the next time.

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

Nicki Chapman is in Pembrokeshire and has a maximum of 700,000 pounds to help a couple achieve the lifestyle change they've always dreamt of. They want to run holiday lets and their ideal home should provide four bedrooms with a master en suite, a large country kitchen, a study and a garden big enough to accommodate a vegetable plot and some outbuildings.