Shropshire Escape to the Country


Shropshire

Property series. Alistair Appleton is in Shropshire as a couple with a budget of £400,000 hope to ditch their urban apartment in favour of village life.


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The Royal Oak is the third most popular name for pubs.

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All 500-plus of them owe their names to the father of this tree.

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Find out where I am and what I'm talking about in Escape To The Country.

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'In today's show, I'll be helping a couple ditch urban apartment living

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'and pack their bags for pastures new in the country.'

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My emotions are just all over the place.

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'It seems like we're on the happy bus for this house hunt.'

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-# It's in your budget #

-It is. I know!

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Welcome to Shropshire.

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It was at this very spot in 1651 that Charles II

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escaped capture by Parliamentarian soldiers

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by hiding in the branches of an oak tree.

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The original oak in a thick forest

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was destroyed by 17th and 18th century souvenir hunters.

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The one behind me is a direct descendant, 300 years old, of that very tree.

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It's been given the nickname Son of Royal Oak.

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'In the west Midlands, Shropshire is England's largest landlocked county,

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'and one of its most rural.

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'Despite a lack of coastline, water plays its part,

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'with Britain's longest river, the Severn, running through it.

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'Shropshire is seen as a county of two halves.

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'In the south, the Shropshire Hills

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'are a protected area of outstanding natural beauty.

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'In the north, the Shropshire Plain is home to many large towns,

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'including Shrewsbury, birthplace of Charles Darwin,

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'father of evolution.

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'Some wonderfully preserved examples of architecture still survive,

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'from mediaeval castles to Victorian civic buildings.

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'There's a range of house styles

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'which is sure to tempt today's house buyers.'

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Shropshire's had the reputation of being rather a remote county.

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You're only an hour or so away from Birmingham and Manchester airports,

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and there's a direct train link from Shrewsbury to London.

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People move here because of the lovely countryside.

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Shropshire County Council are the first in the country to develop a biodiversity strategy,

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designed to protect the native habitats and species.

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On top of that, there's some beautiful properties to be had.

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'For £995,000, this six-bedroom country house in Wollerton

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'has spacious reception rooms, and bathing in the free-standing bath

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'or the pool with French doors leading out to stunning gardens.

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'At £550,000, this five-bedroom barn conversion in Coton

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'makes the most of light and natural materials,

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'with limestone floors and granite worktops in the kitchen.

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'The beams and inglenook fireplace make the lounge warm and inviting.

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'For £350,000, this four-bedroom converted barn in Welshampton

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'is awash with character features,

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'from exposed brickwork and beams to the multi-fuel burner.

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'And the back garden provides a secluded spot for entertaining.'

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Some of Shropshire's finest, and we've still got some beauties up our sleeve for today's buyers.

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Let's meet them.

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'Jackie, a hairdresser, and Steve, a management consultant,

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'have lived in their apartment overlooking the marina in Eastbourne

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'for three years.

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'As Steve will soon be starting a new job in Shropshire,

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'they've decided to make a move to that part of the country.

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'There are also other factors luring them there.'

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We love the countryside.

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We also will be closer to our daughters and granddaughter.

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That's an opportunity not to miss.

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Yeah. I'm really looking forward to the change,

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and to be nearer to my family as well.

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'Jackie and Steve have made the most of their apartment.

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'What's on the wish list for their next property?'

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I'd like a detached house, "olde worlde",

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traditional features, three beds... And what would you like?

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-I'd like a garage. I'd like a fair sized garden.

-Oh, yeah. Lovely garden.

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A master bedroom with an en suite is an absolute necessity.

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We'd like it to be contemporary.

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'Anything else they can't do without?'

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As you can see, my kitchen is very small here.

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I've got no outdoor views at all. I can't entertain in this kitchen.

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My dream kitchen would be somewhere that I can entertain,

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have the family round with a big table in the middle

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and to see my garden, see the outdoor space again.

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This is my favourite room in the apartment. It's big. It's airy.

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It's got windows with views.

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I'd like to take this, replicate it into a house in a rural village,

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with a view of gardens and hills instead of water.

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This is our communal garden. We hardly use it.

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-It would be nice to have a garden.

-Having a barbecue in this garden,

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would not be the same as sitting in our own garden with friends,

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enjoying the privacy.

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'And how do they intend to spend their free time in the country?'

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My lifestyle would be just go for long walks, you know, cycling,

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and just getting involved with the community, really.

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-I think, having people round, ad hoc, to entertain.

-Yeah.

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That's what we love. That's what we like to do.

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'And what about the location?'

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I would like to go back into a rural village.

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Traditional houses, a local pub, village shop.

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A traditional type established village, really.

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'Jackie and Steve need to know how much their property is worth.

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'We asked an estate agent to value it.'

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An excellent two-bedroom apartment in one of the preferred complexes.

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Fantastic harbour views, close to local amenities.

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We'd comfortably market it at £240,000.

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'With that in mind, what's the budget for their move?'

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Our budget for the new property will be up to £400,000.

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Jackie and Steve are moving from a two-bedroom seaside apartment

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to a detached house in a historical, beautiful country village.

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Anywhere else in the country, I'd panic that their £400,000

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wouldn't get the mature gardens, the contemporary feel

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and the period features they want.

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But here in wonderful Shropshire, I think we might just make it.

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'As Steve and Jackie want to be a reasonable distance

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'from Steve's new job in Whitchurch, we'll base our search in that area,

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'venturing only as far as Shrewsbury, 20 miles away.

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'We found some fantastic houses for them to look at in Shropshire,

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'but before I reveal the price tags,

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'I'll ask them to guess their market value.

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'And there's the mystery property, something they wouldn't normally have considered.'

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-Morning, you two.

-Hello.

-Welcome to Shropshire.

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-Jackie, this is the first time you've been here.

-It is.

-Wow. What are your first impressions?

-Lovely.

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-Steve, you're moving because of your job, but you're also winding things down?

-Yes.

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I'm looking to do this contract in Shropshire for the next five years.

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-Jackie, are you going to be working up here or...?

-I will.

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I'd like to work in a little village, just part time.

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You're moving from Eastbourne, a glamorous marina apartment

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to a landlocked county, how's that going to be?

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Well, I think we'll miss the sea,

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but we're ready for a change and to move to the country.

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There's some great properties. I know you're keen to have a garden.

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I do miss my garden. We've lived in an apartment for three years.

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-I'm ready to move to a house with a garden.

-Are you a good gardener?

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-Not really, but we like a garden.

-You want one that's already done?

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-Yes, we do.

-And that's done every time you come out!

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Your budget's £400,000. Any movement there?

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I'd like to stick with that. It depends what properties you find.

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-Probably a little bit more.

-A kick... "We can go a bit higher!"

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I'm going to stick with you, Jackie. Let's go and look at the properties.

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'Steve and Jackie have £400,000 to find a detached house with...

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'..Let's see if their budget finds them what they're looking for.'

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Are you worried about new friends? You've made friends in Eastbourne.

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No, we... That's our priority.

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Get a few nice friends and you're well away then.

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Whenever we've moved in the past,

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we've put a lot of effort into creating a new circle of friends,

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and find it rewarding doing it.

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'Our first property's close to Baschurch,

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'20 miles from Whitchurch, where Steve will be based.

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'Baschurch has all the features of the rural village Jackie's after,

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'including a post office and shop, a pub and a church

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'built from the locally hewn red sandstone.

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'The village is peppered with cottages, as we find down the road,

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'with this much extended property.'

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-Here we are.

-Right.

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-This is the cottage I wanted to show you.

-It's very quaint.

-Quaint?

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-Quaint. Yeah.

-Good?

-Yeah.

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-I like it because it's an old building.

-You are on a road.

-Yes.

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It's a very quiet road. A bit of traffic, morning and evening.

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I do like the gravel drive. We've never had one before!

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No, I always wanted to drive across and crunch the tyres.

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-It's also the countryside alarm system.

-Yeah.

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-Shall we look inside?

-Yes.

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'We're off the starting block and they seem intrigued.'

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-Here we come.

-Right.

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So this is, actually, the original part of the cottage.

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That's the extension they put on about 20 years ago.

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-I like the beams.

-You like beams?

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-Yeah. We've never had beams before.

-Yeah. Very cottagey, very nice.

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-You like cottagey?

-Yeah.

-Lots of features.

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-Bigger than what I thought it would be.

-I was surprised.

-Very cosy.

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Are you looking for big rooms or are you happy to have a cottagey feel?

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-Well, I like cottages.

-I like big rooms.

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-So that's our compromise.

-A cottage with big rooms would be great.

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-You're not going to find that.

-We'll see the sitting room,

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-how that scores on the bigger room.

-Same again, beams.

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-Very nice. I like the fireplace.

-So, Steve, is this bigger or small?

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It's a nice size. Smaller than the one at the moment.

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But then, the one we're in at the moment is very large.

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-Yeah, it's a nice size room.

-Cosy.

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As long as the furniture's not on top of each other.

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-What sort of fire?

-It's multi-fuel, so you can do coal or wood.

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-It really gives off a lot of heat.

-That'd be nice in the winter.

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The kitchen's obviously a very crucial room.

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Let's take a look at that.

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'They have very different opinions on the layout of their dream home.

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'Will the kitchen unite them?'

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All right.

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Yeah. This suits the property. It's a nice farmhouse kitchen.

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Probably, if I'm honest,

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a little bit small.

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I would like, you know, a larger kitchen.

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But on the whole, it does suit the property.

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We do like to entertain and cook, so...yeah.

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-It flows nicely into the dining room.

-Yes.

-And you do have these lovely bespoke oak units.

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-They are very nice.

-It's got a big study.

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And a utility room, so there's a possibility for knocking through.

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But that would also be a bit of a job.

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The great thing about this property is this room here.

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-This is a really beautiful addition. It's only just been finished.

-Yes.

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-It's excellent.

-I like how you've got a lot of space up there.

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-A lot of light. This wood's lovely.

-It's an oak-framed extension.

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-It cost a lot of money, £22,000.

-Yeah.

-Underfloor heating.

-All right. We've never had that.

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This is a great room.

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-It's been tastefully done.

-I'd spend time in this room.

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Let's take a look upstairs.

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'Also, just off the kitchen, there's a useful WC.

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'The extension is a very impressive living space.

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'Upstairs, they won't be disappointed, as there are four bedrooms.

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'I'm taking them to see their bedroom first.'

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This is the master bedroom.

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-Not huge, but high ceilings.

-I like the high ceiling.

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-Seems a little small.

-The en suite is a bonus.

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You've got a very big walk-in wardrobe.

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That was another bedroom.

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-They split it, half en suite, half storage.

-That's nice.

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-To have an en suite is nice.

-It is small for a main bedroom.

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-Yeah.

-And it is on the road. TRAFFIC PASSES

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But I do like the height of the... Yeah.

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'The remaining three bedrooms include a light single room

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'and a double, so enough accommodation for their daughters.

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'And there's the wood-panelled family bathroom with WC.

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'But I wonder what they'll make of the fourth bedroom.'

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-This is the other bigger bedroom.

-Right. Yeah.

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This is the new extension over what, downstairs, is the study.

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-Oh, right. Yeah.

-Again, you're looking over the front of the house.

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But this is interesting. Take a look in here.

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Oh, right. CHUCKLES

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That IS a surprise!

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You could make this an en suite. The utility room is underneath.

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-So the plumbing's there.

-OK.

-Yeah.

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At the moment, it's a bit of a...

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-Yeah.

-It would have to be an en suite.

-You don't want to keep it as a DJ mixing booth?

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-No.

-My mixing days are gone!

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I like this room.

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'It's great that Jackie and Steve are thinking through

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'how they could modify this house to make it perfect for them.

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'Outside, there's even more accommodation - of a sort -

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'in the half acre of land.'

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-This is a surprise!

-How do you feel about horses?

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Um... I like horses. Our daughters, they've got a horse.

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Really? Don't tell them about this, then!

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You've got two beautiful stables, a tack room and a barn.

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It was on my daughters' wish list, but I took it off!

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JACKIE LAUGHS

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It's wonderful potential.

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-What you would do with it is kind of interesting to me.

-Yeah.

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I would certainly have horses.

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You've got this paddock up to that fence.

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-Although you don't get the horse and the pony.

-Right!

-Obviously!

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Your eyes are twinkling. I can see a horsey future.

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Horses, potentially over budget.

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-I'm starting to worry.

-We haven't talked about the budget.

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But let's go into the formal garden and have that discussion.

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You're looking for a mature garden. Does this fit the bill?

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HESITANT: Yeah. It's, er...

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Lots of trees about. Lots of little bits and bobs.

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-How much do you think that costs?

-I think we'd be close to 380, 385.

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-I think a little bit less.

-Yeah?

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I think 365.

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365. Well, I'm sad to say that you're closer.

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-This is on at 380, a shade under 380.

-Right.

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Armed with that fact, why don't you have a wander round?

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There's lots to think about, lots you could change and move around.

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Whether you'd have enough money in your budget to do those things.

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-Then we can press on.

-OK.

-OK.

-On you go.

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A very good start, I think.

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It's a house that offers quite a lot of what they're looking for.

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Well within their budget.

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We'll see whether they really like it or they're just being polite.

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'At just shy of £380,000,

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'this extended cottage has some great selling points, including...'

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At the moment, they're using this as a study.

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-Would you use it as a study?

-No. I think there's more potential.

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To get my dream kitchen, I would like to knock through and make it one big kitchen.

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I could see ourselves living in this

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but it would require some modifications

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to get to where you'd be happy.

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I wouldn't want it as a master bedroom.

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The girls come down two, three days at a time, it's ideal.

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I've never lived on a main road before and I could hear the traffic.

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People do get used to the noise. I don't know if I could.

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-All done?

-Yes.

-Lots of thoughts?

-Lots of thoughts. Very interesting.

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Let's go and have some more thoughts.

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'As Jackie and Steve want to move to a more "olde worlde" location,

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'they might like experience of what Shropshire's towns have to offer.

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'Market Drayton is a pretty town with historic buildings

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'and a claim to fame as the birthplace of gingerbread.

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'As the market in its name suggests,

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'it's easy to guess where most of the action has taken place.

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'Steve and Jackie are meeting local guide Carol Chapman,

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'who's going to show them the highlights of the old town.'

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This is the Buttercross, the symbol of the town.

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The farmers' wives used to come here and bring dairy produce to sell.

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This is one of the many timber-framed buildings in Drayton.

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It was built after the fire in 1651.

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It's the site of the cafe where people dunked gingerbread in port.

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Clive of India, Robert Clive, was born just outside Drayton and went to school here.

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'Robert Clive was a key figure in establishing British rule and trade

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'in India in the 18th century, with the onset of the British Empire.

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'Famous for his conquests in the subcontinent,

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'in his youth, he and his gang plundered from the townsfolk.

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'The local church

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'was, allegedly, one of his regular haunts.'

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This is the church, the reason why Market Drayton is here.

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It's Norman, has its original Norman doors.

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The outside is Victorian, and up there are the gargoyles.

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Robert Clive, as a lad, climbed up and shouted abuse at the villagers.

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'Jackie and Steve will have many historic towns to while away the hours in

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'with their new-found friends when they move to Shropshire.

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'Our next property takes us to the village of Tilstock,

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'a very brisk commute for Steve to work.

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'This village could be right up their street,

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'with a range of independent shops and that traditional pub.

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'Our couple can also get close to the water,

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'with walks along the Llangollen Canal towpath.

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'Our next property is this modern bespoke Swedish style house.'

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Now, what do you think of this?

0:20:160:20:19

-This is a change of gear.

-Yes. I like the long drive, hidden away.

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I like the double garage.

0:20:240:20:26

First impression of the house, very nice.

0:20:260:20:29

-A big house.

-Yeah. It is big.

0:20:290:20:31

I'm probably a little bit quieter this time.

0:20:310:20:34

-You don't like it as much?

-N-no. Not quite as much.

0:20:340:20:37

-What is it you don't like?

-Um...

0:20:370:20:40

I think it's, er...

0:20:410:20:44

It's got character and...the big roof.

0:20:440:20:47

From this side, it does look imposing,

0:20:470:20:50

this big mass of slate,

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but because the sun is coming from the other side, that is south,

0:20:520:20:56

-all the action is on the other side.

-Right. OK.

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'The large slate roof is fitted with solar panels,

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'which help make this house energy efficient,

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'cutting the bills by around half.

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'But on the other side, things get interesting.'

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In we come.

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-Wow.

-Into this striking central atrium.

0:21:170:21:20

Wow. That's a...

0:21:200:21:24

-nice hallway, isn't it?

-That's nice.

0:21:240:21:26

-Excellent.

-I like the stairs.

-They're made of ash.

0:21:260:21:30

-It's not your pine everywhere. It's ash.

-Yeah.

0:21:300:21:33

-Laminate floor, but throughout the whole house is underfloor heating.

-Oh, right.

-No radiators.

0:21:330:21:41

You've got this lovely wood burner from Denmark.

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It's a sort of Swedish idea. You have a central space,

0:21:440:21:49

the heart of the home, and everything flows off it.

0:21:490:21:52

'Just off the dining room is a cloakroom with WC,

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'a study so Steve can work from home and, next door,

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'the all-important kitchen.'

0:22:000:22:02

-Lovely glazed door, keeps the smells out but lets the light in.

-Yeah.

0:22:020:22:06

-It's very light, good size.

-Yeah. I like the shape, nice square shape.

0:22:060:22:12

It all flows out into the garden, which we'll explore later.

0:22:120:22:16

Yeah. It's nice to see the garden from the kitchen.

0:22:160:22:20

-I like to have the table in the kitchen.

-Yeah.

0:22:200:22:23

You know, when the family come and you can entertain in the kitchen.

0:22:230:22:27

You've got a very big utility room in there.

0:22:270:22:31

-Let's flow on through, back to the other side of the house.

-OK.

0:22:310:22:35

'They're being very nice.

0:22:350:22:37

'I think they'll have different opinions on the next room.'

0:22:370:22:41

-This is what they call the sitting room.

-Oh, right.

0:22:440:22:47

You could set your stall out in here in a number of options.

0:22:470:22:51

It's not limited to how you could lay it out and live.

0:22:510:22:54

I get the impression you're not so keen on the open planness of it.

0:22:540:22:59

-Um... No.

-That's fine.

0:22:590:23:01

-Yeah. No.

-It's not a crime!

0:23:010:23:03

-I think it's a little bit too open for me.

-I quite like the open plan.

0:23:030:23:08

-You prefer separate rooms?

-I think so.

0:23:080:23:12

That's interesting. A lot of people, nowadays, prefer the open plan.

0:23:120:23:16

-You're more old school!

-Yes, I think so!

0:23:160:23:21

-It's a very restful house. It makes you want to sit down.

-Very peaceful.

0:23:210:23:25

But I can't. I've got the rest of it to show you.

0:23:250:23:29

'Right by the stairs,

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'there's the first of six bedrooms, a large double room

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'with an enormous en suite with bath and walk-in shower.

0:23:350:23:39

'And there's more space than they could hope for upstairs.'

0:23:390:23:42

This is a lovely feature.

0:23:420:23:45

-Again, this central atrium.

-This is nice.

0:23:450:23:48

They've used the space very well.

0:23:480:23:50

Instead of a landing that doesn't know what it is, it's a work room.

0:23:500:23:55

Being used. It's nice.

0:23:550:23:57

'Leading off the landing are three more bedrooms large enough for two single beds or doubles

0:23:570:24:03

'and with those sunny skylights.

0:24:030:24:05

'There's also a family bathroom with an enclosed bath.'

0:24:050:24:09

I'm not sure whether you would use this as the master.

0:24:090:24:13

Actually, the one downstairs is bigger.

0:24:130:24:16

It's a little bit smaller than the one downstairs.

0:24:160:24:19

-Good size.

-You've got a shower room as well.

0:24:190:24:22

-Yeah, which again...

-This is a good size room.

0:24:220:24:25

-Yeah.

-I like this size room.

0:24:250:24:27

I wanted to show you another possibility.

0:24:270:24:30

If you go back onto the landing...

0:24:300:24:32

'The rooms here just keep on coming, with an interesting project for them

0:24:320:24:38

'on the other side of the galleried landing.'

0:24:380:24:42

This room hasn't been finished. It's a sort of work room, project room.

0:24:440:24:48

-Yes.

-But I was thinking this might make a nicer master suite.

0:24:480:24:53

-It would, actually.

-En suite in there.

-You've got all the plumbing.

0:24:530:24:58

-It's a very generous property. It's got lots of everything.

-Yeah.

0:24:580:25:03

Very large. Yeah.

0:25:030:25:05

-Including lots of garden.

-Oh, right. Well, that's...

0:25:050:25:08

I thought of you!

0:25:080:25:10

'The interior is homely,

0:25:120:25:14

'but has an amazing amount of flexible living space,

0:25:140:25:17

'which Steve and Jackie could make their own.

0:25:170:25:21

'For a couple who have no garden,

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'what about two-thirds of an acre?

0:25:230:25:25

'As well as a decked area for entertaining,

0:25:250:25:29

'there's a vegetable garden and mature fruit trees.

0:25:290:25:34

'At the side of the garden, Steve gets his beloved garage,

0:25:340:25:38

'with the chance to convert the loft room.

0:25:380:25:41

'With the house and the garden covered, it's time to talk money.'

0:25:410:25:45

Here you get a better view of this side of the house being opened up.

0:25:450:25:50

-It looks lovely from this side.

-So much different from the front.

0:25:500:25:55

-I do like this side. It's beautiful.

-So what do you think it costs?

0:25:550:26:00

I think it'll be...400.

0:26:000:26:03

I think more like 430, 435.

0:26:030:26:06

-You're quite good at this.

-Oh!

0:26:060:26:09

-It's on the market at 440.

-Right.

-Right.

0:26:090:26:12

It's been on for a while. I think they'd take sensible offers.

0:26:120:26:16

-It seems YOU, not keen on open plan.

-And I quite like the open plan.

0:26:160:26:20

-Open plan doesn't worry me.

-Good. Well, go and slug it out inside.

0:26:200:26:24

All right.

0:26:240:26:27

Well, it's great because it brings all these things into the open.

0:26:280:26:32

To be honest, I love this property. It's very sun and nature orientated.

0:26:320:26:37

But it seems like there are other issues playing in our buyers' minds.

0:26:370:26:41

We need to find out what they are.

0:26:410:26:44

'This property's a real one-off and although it's over budget,

0:26:440:26:48

'Steve and Jackie could see where a sensible offer would lead them.

0:26:480:26:53

'It offers...'

0:26:530:26:55

-A lot of bedrooms. We'd be running a bed and breakfast before we knew it!

-Yeah! OK.

0:27:100:27:15

When we walked in, it was overwhelming, the size of property.

0:27:150:27:20

I've never really lived in a house that is so open.

0:27:200:27:25

And I don't know if I could get used to that.

0:27:250:27:29

I didn't realise she didn't like big open spaces inside houses!

0:27:290:27:33

I think I could find myself enjoying living in a place like this.

0:27:330:27:37

It's made me realise how much I've missed a garden.

0:27:370:27:41

It's absolutely beautiful.

0:27:410:27:43

-You look very comfortable there.

-It's so peaceful.

0:27:440:27:48

It's hard to tear yourself away, but tear ourselves away we must.

0:27:480:27:52

On we go.

0:27:520:27:54

'Shropshire formed the backdrop

0:27:580:28:00

'to a scene that could have marked the end of the monarchy.

0:28:000:28:04

'I'm visiting the property that was centre stage.'

0:28:040:28:07

I've come to Boscobel House on the edge of Shropshire,

0:28:070:28:11

home to the famous Royal Oak and some ingenious royal hidey holes.

0:28:110:28:16

I'm going to track down head custodian Ella Harrison to find out more.

0:28:160:28:21

'It was built in 1632 by local landowner John Giffard,

0:28:210:28:26

'ostensibly as a hunting lodge but also as a Catholic safe house,

0:28:260:28:31

'one of a network across the country.

0:28:310:28:34

'As Catholicism was punishable by death, these places were vital,

0:28:340:28:39

'and never more so than in 1651, when the future King Charles II,

0:28:390:28:43

'defeated by Cromwell in the final battle of the Civil War at Worcester

0:28:430:28:49

'hid here on his escape route to France.'

0:28:490:28:53

We're interested in the night when Charles II came here.

0:28:530:28:57

He came out of the battle field, was met by an escort party.

0:28:570:29:01

The idea was to get as far away as possible.

0:29:010:29:03

In this party was the Earl of Derby.

0:29:030:29:05

He knew about Boscobel, that it was a Catholic safe house

0:29:050:29:09

and if they brought Charles he would be looked after.

0:29:090:29:13

-Shall we go into the parlour?

-Yes.

0:29:130:29:15

'To hide the King would have been dangerous,

0:29:150:29:18

'so although he was received in the parlour

0:29:180:29:21

'he was soon ushered to a less comfortable hiding place.'

0:29:210:29:25

This is where Charles will have been brought into,

0:29:250:29:28

sat by the fireplace, had some food,

0:29:280:29:31

and met Colonel Careless,

0:29:310:29:33

who suggested hiding him in the oak tree.

0:29:330:29:37

-He was in the tree for how long?

-He was up there for 14 hours.

0:29:370:29:41

-So quite a while.

-All day!

0:29:410:29:43

It's the closest he got to being caught on his escape route.

0:29:430:29:47

-Soldiers walked underneath the tree, describing what they were going to do to him.

-How dramatic!

-Very.

0:29:470:29:54

'Charles was then escorted to the priest hole in the attic

0:29:540:29:58

'which, under normal circumstances,

0:29:580:30:00

'would not have been fit for a king.'

0:30:000:30:04

How did they hide him? Did they have a trap door?

0:30:040:30:07

It would have been solid floorboards.

0:30:070:30:09

-They would have lifted up the floorboards, dropped him inside and nailed the floor back down.

-Wow!

0:30:090:30:15

-So he spent the night in here?

-He did.

-It's pretty small.

0:30:150:30:21

Presumably, people back then were small anyway. How tall was he?

0:30:210:30:26

-Charles was six foot two, very tall for his time.

-Six foot two?

-Yes.

0:30:260:30:31

It's a period in English history, you have to be on one side or the other.

0:30:310:30:36

-Charles or Cromwell.

-Yes.

-Which do you side with?

-Charles. I couldn't say otherwise.

0:30:360:30:41

'It's amazing to think that a few nights in this house

0:30:410:30:45

'made such an impact on English history and the monarchy.

0:30:450:30:49

'As we reach the halfway point in our property search,

0:30:510:30:55

'Jackie and Steve look back at the day's events and the houses they've seen so far.'

0:30:550:31:01

What did you think to the cottage with the stables?

0:31:010:31:05

The stables were a nice surprise.

0:31:050:31:08

-The paddock, great.

-When I first saw it, I thought, "Very quaint."

0:31:080:31:14

I like the size of the cottage, the little rooms.

0:31:140:31:18

The kitchen was a bit small, although it was lovely.

0:31:180:31:21

The Swedish style house. What did you think of that?

0:31:210:31:24

From the front, I was a little bit disappointed.

0:31:240:31:29

Inside it was like Aladdin's cave. It was a really big house.

0:31:290:31:33

When you came out of the back of the house,

0:31:330:31:36

that really did sell the house, the garden was absolutely amazing.

0:31:360:31:41

-The garden was immaculate.

-You really liked that one.

0:31:410:31:44

I liked the open plan. It was space, light.

0:31:440:31:48

It was a unique house that I don't think you'd find in many places.

0:31:480:31:53

-The location, down the drive.

-Oh, that was perfect!

0:31:530:31:57

Lots of character to the house as well, so a lot to think about.

0:31:570:32:01

I'm just hoping tomorrow that they can take all the positives

0:32:010:32:05

-from both those properties...

-And bring them to one.

0:32:050:32:09

'After three happy years in their marina apartment in Eastbourne,

0:32:120:32:17

'Jackie and Steve want a new life in rural Shropshire.

0:32:170:32:20

'With a £400,000 budget,

0:32:200:32:23

'they are looking for a house with a large kitchen and garden

0:32:230:32:26

'in a village close to Whitchurch, where Steve's job will be based.

0:32:260:32:31

'We've seen two properties, but on the second day of our house hunt, everything gets exciting.'

0:32:310:32:37

-She's bursting with joy.

-Yeah.

0:32:370:32:40

-Thumbs up.

-Yeah.

0:32:400:32:42

'And there's the piece de resistance in our mystery property.'

0:32:420:32:46

Yesterday proved illuminating.

0:32:500:32:52

We learnt a lot about Steve and Jackie's property preferences.

0:32:520:32:56

Jackie, it turns out, isn't keen on open plan

0:32:560:32:59

and Steve likes big rooms.

0:32:590:33:01

Today, I'm going to try to keep them both happy by showing them big rooms with doors!

0:33:010:33:07

'We're going 13 miles from Whitchurch for our next house tour,

0:33:070:33:11

'to the village of Stoke On Tern, right in the midst of farmland.

0:33:110:33:15

'Although there are no amenities in the village,

0:33:150:33:18

'they could pick up provisions in Hodnet, down the road.

0:33:180:33:23

'It's a pretty place with timber framed buildings and a red sandstone church typical in this area.

0:33:230:33:30

'In the heart of Stoke On Tern is an impressive 19th-century property.'

0:33:300:33:35

JACKIE LAUGHS

0:33:350:33:38

-You're chuckling!

-I like this a lot.

0:33:380:33:41

Ah! Look! The difference is amazing!

0:33:410:33:44

It's beautiful.

0:33:440:33:46

-This is beautiful.

-This ticks all the boxes.

0:33:460:33:49

-You haven't seen inside.

-I know. It's gorgeous.

-Yeah.

0:33:490:33:53

This is the coach house and stables of the rectory, the building behind.

0:33:530:33:58

They were probably built around 1815.

0:33:580:34:01

It was converted into a dwelling about 30 years ago.

0:34:010:34:04

See that arch, that window at the end?

0:34:040:34:08

That would have been where coaches went in.

0:34:080:34:11

A hay loft up there. Very nice double garage here.

0:34:110:34:14

-I love the setting.

-Fantastic location.

-Location is gorgeous.

0:34:140:34:18

-Shall we go inside?

-Definitely.

-Big smiles!

0:34:180:34:21

'The outside has got a rapturous response from Jackie and Steve.

0:34:210:34:25

'Let's see if the inside measures up.'

0:34:250:34:28

Let's go straight into here.

0:34:310:34:33

Wow! JACKIE GIGGLES

0:34:330:34:36

-We like all these giggles.

-We do!

0:34:360:34:39

I'm just...

0:34:390:34:41

-Wow! I don't know what to say, I'm so overwhelmed.

-Fits my list.

0:34:410:34:46

-Definitely fits my list.

-We are smiling a lot.

0:34:460:34:50

-My emotions are all over the place at the moment.

-Yeah.

0:34:500:34:54

-I feel very excited about this property.

-It's got the "wow".

0:34:540:34:58

It's an L-shaped room, where the carriages went in and out.

0:34:580:35:02

And they've joined them up so that it's a nice, sort of, space.

0:35:020:35:07

This used to have a fireplace. You like a fireplace.

0:35:070:35:12

You could reinstate it.

0:35:120:35:14

Our furniture would look... We could just move in here.

0:35:140:35:18

-The room's made for the furniture.

-It is definitely our style.

0:35:180:35:23

Let's look round here.

0:35:230:35:26

-It's quite a big spacious room.

-It is.

0:35:260:35:28

It's an unusual shape, which I like.

0:35:280:35:31

It's got character to it.

0:35:310:35:35

-Thumbs up.

-Yes, we like this a lot.

0:35:350:35:39

It's charming, isn't it? A lovely space.

0:35:390:35:42

This is the biggest reception room. The kitchen's through here.

0:35:420:35:46

'I'm sure the kitchen will make Jackie ecstatic.'

0:35:460:35:49

Here it is!

0:35:490:35:52

Ah! Oh, a range!

0:35:520:35:54

-Yes. Proper range.

-That's a good size kitchen.

0:35:540:35:58

-You'll like that, Jackie.

-Yeah.

0:35:580:36:01

The largest kitchen we've had. We could dine in here.

0:36:010:36:05

-Breakfast and stuff.

-Yeah.

0:36:050:36:07

-It's a lovely kitchen.

-Nice and sunny.

0:36:070:36:10

Yes. Lots of windows.

0:36:100:36:12

You can see the garden. Yes, it's a nice family...

0:36:120:36:16

-..farmhouse kitchen!

-She's bursting!

0:36:170:36:20

-Yes.

-She's bursting with joy!

0:36:200:36:23

-Anything you don't like?

-Nothing. No.

0:36:230:36:26

-Are you happy as well?

-It's always nice to see my wife excited.

0:36:260:36:30

-Then I'm in the good books.

-I hope the excitement continues into the sitting room.

0:36:300:36:36

-Oh!

-This is the sitting room.

0:36:390:36:41

-Right.

-Where you can watch the television.

-I've got my fireplace.

0:36:410:36:46

It's a working flue.

0:36:460:36:49

You can put in logs there.

0:36:490:36:51

-Yes.

-Nice size room.

-It is.

0:36:510:36:53

-It's so cosy. It's...homely.

-But big enough to spread out and relax.

0:36:530:36:59

Yes. Spot-on, size wise.

0:36:590:37:03

-Spot on.

-And I like that we've got two windows.

-Onto the garden.

-Yeah.

0:37:030:37:08

The sun sets over there. You get the evening sun down here.

0:37:080:37:14

The house is mostly on one level.

0:37:140:37:16

Most of your sleeping is downstairs. How do you feel about that?

0:37:160:37:20

I don't mind that. I've lived in a bungalow before.

0:37:200:37:23

-So...

-Let's explore.

-OK.

0:37:230:37:27

'We'll press on down the hallway, passing one of the four bedrooms,

0:37:290:37:33

'a double with fitted wardrobes.

0:37:330:37:36

'They'd certainly be able to spread out in the next room!'

0:37:360:37:40

This...

0:37:400:37:42

is possibly the biggest bathroom I've shown anyone in a long time.

0:37:420:37:46

JACKIE LAUGHS This is a big bathroom, isn't it?

0:37:460:37:52

'Opposite the bathroom is a bedroom big enough to be a double,

0:37:520:37:57

'and another bedroom, which we'll look at.'

0:37:570:38:00

-At the moment, it's got twin beds and a cot in.

-Right.

0:38:000:38:04

I like this room because it's got the double aspect.

0:38:040:38:07

The setting sun comes down there.

0:38:070:38:10

-You've got light coming in here as well.

-The view of the garden.

0:38:100:38:14

You could perhaps use this as a study.

0:38:140:38:17

-It would be quite a nice place to work.

-That's a good idea.

0:38:170:38:21

-Steve, when you're working from home.

-Yeah.

0:38:210:38:24

'Steve will be happy with the large double garage

0:38:240:38:27

'accessed via the ground floor, with stairs leading to a huge loft space.

0:38:270:38:33

'But we'll head upstairs to admire the master bedroom.'

0:38:330:38:38

So what used to be the former hay loft...

0:38:380:38:41

Ah!

0:38:410:38:43

-..is now your master bedroom.

-The sitting area!

0:38:430:38:46

-Loads of room to get ready in.

-Yes.

0:38:460:38:50

Big, big room.

0:38:500:38:52

The ceilings are high. All these little windows in one room!

0:38:520:38:57

As well...

0:38:570:38:59

-Ah!

-..there's a very nice en suite.

-Oh!

0:38:590:39:03

-This is a big en suite, isn't it?

-Charming with the beams.

0:39:030:39:07

The beams, yeah. That's a real bonus, that.

0:39:070:39:12

-So, you like the inside?

-Love it.

-We do.

-Yeah.

0:39:120:39:15

Really good feel.

0:39:150:39:17

The outside is a wrecker's yard. There's no garden.

0:39:170:39:21

-Joking!

-All right. SHE GIGGLES

0:39:210:39:25

'Steve and Jackie didn't find fault with anything in this house

0:39:250:39:30

'and, dare I say, seemed to be picturing themselves living here.

0:39:300:39:34

'The garden is perfectly tended, with an established vegetable patch,

0:39:340:39:39

'fruit trees and a big lawn for grandchildren.

0:39:390:39:42

'As they're used to being close to water,

0:39:420:39:45

'they'll be pleased by the stream which runs alongside the property,

0:39:450:39:49

'open fields stretching beyond.

0:39:490:39:52

'Now, it's the moment of reckoning.'

0:39:520:39:54

The question is, can you afford it?

0:39:540:39:57

I don't know. I think it's going to be over our budget.

0:39:570:40:00

-I think it's over budget.

-I'll let you go first.

0:40:000:40:04

-I think 420,000.

-420.

-Yeah.

0:40:040:40:06

I think it's going to be more than that. 440.

0:40:060:40:10

-440.

-Mm.

0:40:100:40:12

Well, this property is on the market for...

0:40:120:40:16

£50 under...

0:40:160:40:18

-£400,000!

-You're joking?

-JACKIE LAUGHS

0:40:180:40:21

In your budget.

0:40:210:40:23

-Gosh!

-That surprises me.

0:40:230:40:26

For the location, the style of property, the mature garden,

0:40:260:40:30

I would have said over, but that is a nice surprise.

0:40:300:40:34

# It's in your budget! #

0:40:340:40:36

-It is. I know.

-Great.

0:40:360:40:38

-Well, I'm sure you'd like to have another look around.

-Yes, we would.

0:40:380:40:43

-I'll see you out the front.

-OK. Thank you.

0:40:430:40:46

That's what you call a humdinger of a house tour.

0:40:470:40:51

I don't think there was anything that they didn't like in the whole house. That's probably a first!

0:40:510:40:57

'It's a great house at a great price.

0:40:580:41:02

'For their budget of £400,000, it would give them...

0:41:020:41:06

'..The big question is, could this be their dream home?'

0:41:190:41:24

-You like this garage?

-It's my domain. You have the house. I'll sleep in the corner.

0:41:240:41:30

20 out of ten.

0:41:300:41:33

Really superb. I cannot find a fault with this property.

0:41:330:41:37

-This is a nice size bedroom.

-Good size, square.

0:41:370:41:41

Lots of storage room. I'd only get the end one, but there you go!

0:41:410:41:46

I really do like this house a lot.

0:41:460:41:49

Absolutely beautiful. Fell in love with it straight away.

0:41:490:41:53

-I'm going to drag you kicking and screaming from this house. There's more to see.

-OK.

0:41:530:41:59

'Although Jackie and Steve will be stepping away from the water's edge,

0:42:040:42:09

'there are plenty of rivers and lakes which provide opportunities for pursuits such as fly fishing.

0:42:090:42:16

'As Jackie and Steve have never cast off before,

0:42:160:42:19

'we've arranged for them to hook up with Louis Noble

0:42:190:42:22

'at the Hillview trout fishery, to show them how it's done.'

0:42:220:42:27

Here is a couple of typical fly rods

0:42:270:42:29

that are very useable for this kind of water.

0:42:290:42:33

There's different lengths cos I chose them to suit your build.

0:42:330:42:37

Jackie, I've got a nine foot rod for you.

0:42:370:42:40

Steve, I'd like you to use the nine foot six rod.

0:42:400:42:43

They're made of carbon fibre. You'll find them very comfortable.

0:42:430:42:46

It's very windy today and hooks are very sharp.

0:42:460:42:50

Steve, I'd like you to wear that, and Jackie.

0:42:500:42:53

Very importantly, if you wouldn't mind wearing these safety glasses.

0:42:530:42:58

'With over 40 years' fishing experience, Louis is the man to help them keep their heads above water.

0:42:580:43:04

'First, they need to learn the basic roll cast,

0:43:040:43:08

'lifting the rod, making a D-loop with the line,

0:43:080:43:11

'flicking the rod forwards 45 degrees

0:43:110:43:14

'to get the line into the water.

0:43:140:43:17

'Then it's time to get to grips with the overhead cast.

0:43:170:43:21

'The rod is brought back,

0:43:210:43:23

'then forward and lowered towards the water.

0:43:230:43:26

'This allows the line to travel out further.'

0:43:260:43:29

-Would you like a try, Jackie?

-I would. Yeah.

0:43:290:43:32

-Thanks, Steve. That's smashing.

-Good luck.

-Yes. I'll need it.

0:43:340:43:38

-And off you go.

-OK.

0:43:380:43:40

One...two... Fabulous.

0:43:420:43:44

We'll get Steve fixed up next door. Just keep your eyes on it!

0:43:440:43:49

All right, Steve.

0:43:490:43:51

'So, it's eyes down for Steve and Jackie

0:43:510:43:54

'as they try to catch a fish.

0:43:540:43:57

'Trout feed more on an overcast day with a light breeze,

0:43:570:44:02

'when the water is more oxygenated.

0:44:020:44:04

'It's not long before Jackie gets a bite.'

0:44:040:44:07

Don't pull too hard. Just let it come to the surface.

0:44:080:44:12

Oh!

0:44:120:44:14

Well done, Jackie.

0:44:160:44:18

-You could take it, but shall we put him back?

-Yeah.

0:44:180:44:22

'This lucky trout lives to fight another day.

0:44:240:44:27

'And our couple have caught the fishing bug.

0:44:270:44:30

'Maybe next time, they'll enjoy a take-home supper.'

0:44:300:44:34

It's going to be very tricky to top that last property, particularly in Jackie's books.

0:44:380:44:43

But the mystery house is interesting.

0:44:430:44:46

Instead of showing them something different, we're showing them something the same.

0:44:460:44:51

-Any idea what we might be showing you?

-Well...

0:44:530:44:56

It might be something that we haven't wished for,

0:44:560:45:00

like a barn or something.

0:45:000:45:02

-Barn?

-Barn conversion.

0:45:020:45:04

We can be more exciting than a barn!

0:45:040:45:07

-Oh, right. OK!

-We're going to show you a nuclear bunker.

0:45:070:45:12

'Our mystery property is 25 miles from Whitchurch,

0:45:120:45:16

'on the edge of the Preston upon the Weald Moors.

0:45:160:45:19

'Surrounded by countryside, our historical mystery house

0:45:190:45:23

'is an unmissable architectural landmark set in its own estate.'

0:45:230:45:28

-Now, this is a mystery house, huh?

-Yeah. Some mystery house.

0:45:280:45:31

-All of this is not yours.

-JACKIE LAUGHS

0:45:310:45:35

You have to guess which part of it could be yours.

0:45:350:45:39

-Right.

-Yes, OK.

-Left, right, centre.

0:45:390:45:41

-I know.

-We could be here for quite some time.

0:45:410:45:45

You could be the owner of the top half of this wing.

0:45:450:45:50

BOTH: Right.

0:45:500:45:52

-These two windows at the end and eight windows along.

-Eight! Oh, right!

0:45:520:45:58

So it's apartment living. That's the mystery.

0:45:580:46:02

-Right.

-Didn't expect that.

0:46:020:46:05

-Um, yeah.

-We live in an apartment now.

0:46:050:46:09

-That's the twist.

-Y-yeah.

0:46:090:46:11

So we do know all the advantages of an apartment.

0:46:110:46:15

The Wrekin over there, famous Shropshire hill.

0:46:150:46:19

All of these grounds are communal.

0:46:190:46:21

-Uh-huh.

-Let's go inside.

-OK.

0:46:210:46:24

'Built in 1725, this magnificent almshouse, now Grade I listed,

0:46:250:46:30

'was designed by a student of Sir Christopher Wren

0:46:300:46:34

'and was converted into apartments in 2004.'

0:46:340:46:39

-In you come.

-All right.

0:46:390:46:41

# Ta-da! #

0:46:410:46:44

-Wow!

-Crikey!

-So, all seven windows.

0:46:440:46:49

Eight including that one, all in one big space.

0:46:490:46:52

-It's, er...

-Grand.

0:46:540:46:56

-It is grand.

-It IS grand, isn't it?

-Very grand.

0:46:560:47:00

Here, what they did is they took out a room,

0:47:000:47:03

it was going to be walled off, so you can enjoy the space.

0:47:030:47:08

-Yes.

-Which makes sense to me.

0:47:080:47:10

-You don't have just this big long corridor.

-Yeah.

0:47:100:47:13

They have it as their sitting room.

0:47:130:47:16

-Is this making you anxious cos it's too open plan?

-It's very open plan.

0:47:160:47:22

Well, this part is.

0:47:220:47:24

I think I'm just overwhelmed by the whole height of it,

0:47:240:47:29

all the windows and the size of it.

0:47:290:47:34

-This is not an apartment. It is "un appartement".

-Yes!

0:47:340:47:37

-That makes all the difference.

-Grandeur!

-It's very grand.

0:47:370:47:42

-Anyway, let's have a look at the rooms.

-OK.

0:47:420:47:45

Obviously, it's all off this main corridor.

0:47:450:47:49

This is the kitchen-diner, kitchen-sitting room, really.

0:47:510:47:55

The units are lovely.

0:47:550:47:58

Unusual, sitting room and fireplace in the kitchen.

0:47:580:48:01

It's got that quirkiness of the sitting room in the hallway.

0:48:010:48:06

I think, to be honest, the owners have made the rooms what they want.

0:48:060:48:11

-They live and eat and spend a lot of time here in this same space.

-Yes.

0:48:110:48:17

-Which is what most of us do.

-Yes. Uh-huh.

-That's true.

0:48:170:48:22

It's nice to have the kitchen table in the kitchen.

0:48:220:48:25

-Nice size kitchen in itself.

-Yeah.

0:48:250:48:28

'This is an extraordinary apartment.

0:48:280:48:31

'I'm glad that Steve and Jackie appreciate its individuality.

0:48:310:48:34

'Tucked behind the sitting room is currently a formal dining room,

0:48:340:48:39

'which they could convert into a double, giving them three bedrooms.

0:48:390:48:43

'We'll carry on down the hallway and look at the guest room.'

0:48:430:48:47

-This really is a bedroom.

-Right.

0:48:470:48:49

Yeah. Well, it's got the high ceilings, what we like.

0:48:490:48:54

It's got a double bed in it, so it's a decent size.

0:48:540:48:57

They have got a lot of furniture in it so, you know, um...

0:48:570:49:02

-Looks small at the moment.

-Yeah, and I think it's because

0:49:020:49:06

they have got a lot of personal things.

0:49:060:49:09

It's crowded with a lot of items, so it's difficult to see the space.

0:49:090:49:14

'Next door, there's the family bathroom with overhead shower.

0:49:140:49:18

'We'll check out what would be their master.'

0:49:180:49:21

-Oh, yeah.

-Biggest room.

-Yeah.

0:49:210:49:24

-This is lovely.

-Good size room. Nice double bay with two windows.

0:49:240:49:29

Yeah, the high ceilings,

0:49:290:49:31

which is great in these buildings.

0:49:310:49:33

-Yeah, nice room.

-A little shower room.

0:49:330:49:36

Yeah, it's a nice size. Ceilings are nice and high, which we like.

0:49:360:49:42

Well, the mystery house is always a curve ball to stir things up.

0:49:420:49:46

-Let's take in the period grandeur and see if things sift through.

-OK.

0:49:460:49:51

'Our mystery property offers

0:49:510:49:53

'apartment living in some splendid historic architecture.

0:49:530:49:57

'But will Jackie and Steve be sold on its unique wow factor?'

0:49:570:50:02

We've got a good view of it.

0:50:020:50:05

I'm still slightly confused.

0:50:070:50:10

Do I like it? Don't I like it? I can't make my mind up.

0:50:100:50:14

-It's a very different proposition.

-It is. Yeah.

0:50:140:50:17

-You don't really have a garden. This is the communal grounds.

-Yeah.

0:50:170:50:22

Look at all these lovely trees in the park.

0:50:220:50:24

-When you look at the whole building, it is...

-Spectacular.

-Yeah.

0:50:240:50:29

-It's very, very grand.

-How much do you think it costs?

0:50:290:50:32

Well, again, I'm not very good at this, but...

0:50:320:50:36

-You go first.

-Oh!

0:50:360:50:38

I think it'll be under our budget

0:50:380:50:41

at 375.

0:50:410:50:45

-I think it's more likely...350?

-OK. You're both a bit pessimistic.

0:50:450:50:50

-This is on the market at 325.

-Oh, right!

0:50:500:50:54

It is an apartment and you don't have a garden.

0:50:540:50:58

-Why don't you mull over whether you like it or don't like it?

-OK!

0:50:580:51:03

Then we'll regroup and think about everything.

0:51:030:51:06

All right.

0:51:060:51:08

It IS a big curve ball to move from a marina apartment

0:51:100:51:14

to an 18th-century apartment.

0:51:140:51:17

But that's what this show's about.

0:51:170:51:19

Sometimes, it's really useful to shake things up

0:51:190:51:23

and see whether what you thought you want is really what you want.

0:51:230:51:27

'This mystery apartment is certainly an enticing proposition.

0:51:290:51:33

'Well within budget, it's a chance to own part of a remarkable building

0:51:330:51:39

'and would give them...'

0:51:390:51:41

-They're lovely grounds. Very mature, very well kept.

-Yeah.

0:51:550:51:59

They're lovely, but they're not ours, are they?

0:51:590:52:02

Although the grounds are absolutely beautiful,

0:52:020:52:06

the apartment's beautiful, you know,

0:52:060:52:09

I think it's time for a change.

0:52:090:52:12

-It's definitely a grand apartment.

-It's a fabulous apartment.

0:52:120:52:16

-But do you think we need a change from our current apartment?

-I think so.

0:52:160:52:22

Having seen the apartment, it's very spectacular, open spaces,

0:52:220:52:27

very well done.

0:52:270:52:29

But having been in an apartment,

0:52:290:52:32

I don't think myself or Jackie

0:52:320:52:34

would want to move into another apartment at this time.

0:52:340:52:38

These 18th-century architects knew how to build a sun trap!

0:52:380:52:42

OK, let's find somewhere to think about everything.

0:52:420:52:47

Yeah. OK.

0:52:470:52:49

'We've shown Jackie and Steve an assortment of properties.

0:52:540:52:58

'Now they need to decide where they go from here.'

0:52:580:53:02

You have to say, we did lay on nice weather for your first exposure to Shropshire.

0:53:060:53:12

-Yes.

-Did it leave a good impression?

-It did. Yeah.

0:53:120:53:15

We liked it. To say I've never been before, it was beautiful.

0:53:150:53:20

-Yes.

-We've seen a few properties.

0:53:200:53:22

Let's spin back the clock and look at them one by one.

0:53:220:53:26

That's a good way of focusing on what you like and don't like.

0:53:260:53:30

We can look at the first one, which was the cottage with the stables.

0:53:300:53:35

I liked the cottage. I thought it was very quaint, very cosy.

0:53:350:53:39

When I went inside it was very homely.

0:53:390:53:42

The summer room on the back was superb.

0:53:420:53:45

Done to the highest spec.

0:53:450:53:47

The kitchen was done to a high spec as well.

0:53:470:53:50

-We did like the stables.

-The stables and the paddock at the back.

0:53:500:53:55

Then we went to the Swedish style house.

0:53:550:53:58

A contemporary property, which is not what you'd asked for.

0:53:580:54:03

What are your thoughts about that now?

0:54:030:54:06

I love the openness, the underfloor heating, the solar panels, that aspect of the building.

0:54:060:54:12

I really enjoyed, when you walked through the front door,

0:54:120:54:16

it was natural open space, I love that.

0:54:160:54:19

-I like the back of the house.

-The one facing the garden?

-Yeah.

0:54:190:54:24

The garden was just immaculate.

0:54:240:54:28

Beautiful, the sort of garden I would want. It was lovely.

0:54:280:54:33

-It was the open space...?

-Yes. It was probably a little bit too modern for me inside.

0:54:330:54:39

But on the whole, it was a lovely property.

0:54:390:54:43

The coach house, that seemed to reduce you almost to tears, Jackie.

0:54:430:54:48

Yes. I thought that was amazing.

0:54:480:54:51

It was idyllic. It was just a beautiful building.

0:54:510:54:55

-Ticked all the boxes.

-Yeah.

0:54:550:54:58

An old cottage but contemporary internals. That coach house had it.

0:54:580:55:04

The garden wasn't as big as we're looking for but that's the compromise we're prepared to make

0:55:040:55:11

because of the coach house.

0:55:110:55:13

The mystery house was completely different.

0:55:130:55:15

It was slightly radical showing you an apartment.

0:55:150:55:19

-What are your thoughts now?

-It was a grand apartment.

-Yeah.

0:55:190:55:23

I think what it's done for us,

0:55:230:55:25

is cemented our minds that, yeah, we live in an apartment now...

0:55:250:55:29

If we were looking for an apartment, that would be ideal.

0:55:290:55:33

It's cemented our minds that, yes, we definitely want a house

0:55:330:55:38

with our own garden where we can live alone.

0:55:380:55:41

-Can I ask what's going to happen next?

-Well...

-Yeah.

0:55:410:55:45

What I'd like to do is to explore Shropshire a little bit more.

0:55:450:55:50

-And, hopefully, sell our apartment quite quickly.

-Yeah.

0:55:500:55:55

-Then...

-If we sell the apartment, we'll definitely go back and look at the coach house.

0:55:550:56:01

I hope you sell it instantly

0:56:010:56:03

and that you don't linger too long before you put an offer in because it seemed to ring all your bells.

0:56:030:56:10

-Yeah, it did.

-Absolutely.

0:56:100:56:12

-It would be a very proud moment if we were the reason you move up here.

-We'll let you know if we move in.

0:56:120:56:19

-Well, all the best.

-OK.

-And I'm glad that we've moved you up to Shropshire, at least in spirit.

0:56:190:56:25

What a feather in our cap that would be if Jackie and Steve

0:56:280:56:32

sell their apartment and buy that beautiful coach house.

0:56:320:56:36

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