Cornwall Escape to the Country


Cornwall

Aled Jones helps a mother and daughter move from Derbyshire to Cornwall. With a budget of £250,000, they're after several acres for their small flock of sheep.


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Today, land lovers, I'm in a seafaring part of the country

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famed these for sturdy 32-foot rowing boats,

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a defining sight on this county's coastline for over 300 years.

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Come on, girls, put your backs into it. Blimey!

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'On today's show, we'll be coming to the aid of a mother and daughter twosome

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'looking to swap their urban life in the north for some seclusion in the south.

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-'And we've got a rather colourful selection of properties.'

-It's beautiful.

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Purple. One of my favourite colours.

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-'Though some aren't quite bright enough.'

-Seems very dark.

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'But will the lights go out altogether?'

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-Look at all the spotlights.

-That's all right.

-I hate spotlights.

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Today, I'm in Cornwall and these are pilot gigs.

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Ever since the late 17th century, the gigs were the boat of choice on Cornish waters

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for everyone from smugglers to lifesavers.

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They were left to rot when the engine came about, but thankfully, they are making a revival.

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Not surprising, really, in a county where the sense of local heritage runs as deep as the sea itself.

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'Down in the extreme southwest corner of England,

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'edging up to Devon, Cornwall boasts the longest coastline

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'of any other county in the UK, which stretches over 300 miles.

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'The north coast faces the Atlantic Ocean

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'and brings with it a wild and exposed shore, making ideal conditions for surfing.

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'In fact, no matter where you are in the county,

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'you're never more than 16 miles from some of the most pristine beaches in the country.

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'Further inland, Cornwall has many beautiful landscapes, including lush, green countryside,

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'dotted with landmarks and monuments of times gone by.

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'Historically, both fishing and mining have been principal occupations of the Cornish people.

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'But today, Cornwall relies heavily on tourism,

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'attracting more than four million visitors every year.

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'With a breathtaking coastline, stunning scenery

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'and a milder climate than the rest of the mainland,

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'it's little wonder that Cornwall really feels a world away.'

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The price of an average detached property here in Cornwall is £271,000.

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That's five percent above national average.

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But that simple figure belies a much more intricate story.

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Eight percent of all residential homes are second ones

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and, controversially, prices have inflated so much

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that the coastline now boasts five of the most expensive seaside towns in the country.

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Head inland a few miles and prices can drop.

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So if you're willing to forego the sea views and the seagull squawks, you get a lot more for your money.

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'Amongst the selection of beautiful homes currently for the taking

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'is this 400-year-old two-bed detached cottage in Mullion,

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'on the market for £350,000.

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'Housed under the charming thatched roof, there's a handcrafted country kitchen and a cosy lounge.

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'Or, situated further up the coast near St Austell, this former mill house has a price tag of £650,000.

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'It comes with four bedrooms, a spacious kitchen/breakfast room

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'and an attached two-bed cottage.

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'What's more, the original mill wheel is still in working order.

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'Finally, if your budget stretches to the tune of £1,250,000,

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'your home could sit on its very own island. Yes, this remarkable four-bedroom residence in Newquay

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'is approached by a private suspension bridge. There are two reception rooms and two sun terraces

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'and its unique elevated position is the perfect place to enjoy magnificent 360-degree views.'

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Whether it's the clotted cream or the wonderful properties,

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there's so much here is Cornwall to make the mouth water.

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Let's meet today's buyers, who are hoping to have their appetites whetted.

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'Retired teacher Carol lives with her daughter Elizabeth, a music promoter,

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'in this three-bed property in Chesterfield.

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'Carol inherited the house from her father last year.

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'But this mother-daughter duo have grown tired of their urban life

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'in Derbyshire's largest town and they've both set their sights on some sun, sea, sand and surf.'

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Oh, I'd love to go to the countryside because it's away from the main road. I don't like having all the traffic.

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It's a good time to move, because I'm coming up to that age

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where I can get my free bus pass

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and also I'd like to get a better climate and I'd like to move nearer the seaside.

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For me, I'm currently commuting an hour and a half to Leeds every day

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and with my job, I'm really looking to progress more

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and look for some new inspiration, really.

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'And a more inspiring environment is right at the top of their wish list.'

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The sort of location that we're looking would be somewhere that's really rural.

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It'd be nice if it was coastal, as well, the best of both worlds.

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For me, it's the tranquillity of the countryside. Everything is so much more laidback.

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'So, what is it about the Cornish coast and countryside

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'that has tempted these northern lasses down south?'

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We just love it there. We've spent a lot of holidays there

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and we enjoyed the seaside and the sand.

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-The atmosphere, people, activities, everything.

-Surfing.

-It's great.

-Yeah.

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'Well, that's the destination decided. But what kind of house are they hoping for?'

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An ideal property in the country would be a stone-built little cottage

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with coastal views and some outside space

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so that I can look down across a paddock and see the sea.

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I'd be happy if we had a bedroom each.

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I'd quite like somewhere to have a music studio.

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I'd quite like a nice kitchen. A nice bathroom.

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The most important element of the next house is going to be the outside space.

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I could live in a hovel, but I think I would like somewhere nice for my animals.

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'With a dog and two cats at home, Carol also has five sheep and a pony in a rented paddock

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'two and a half hours away in Yorkshire.

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'When they move, she hopes to add to her farmyard friends,

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'but wants to bring them right to her back door.'

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I would like to have some chickens, cos I like to have the eggs.

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And I really would quite like to have a cow and have the milk.

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But I think that might be a little bit too much.

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So I thought perhaps we could have goats instead. I've got all sorts of ideas.

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This is the garden that I've got at present

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and you can see that there's not really enough room here to keep any animals at all.

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So I'm hoping that in Cornwall, I can get something between two and eight acres so I have room for everything.

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'Aside from all the animals, how else will they spend their time?'

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Taking the dog for a walk. I'd like to go down on the beach and go for country walks.

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I'd like to keep up with my dancing, because I enjoy doing the belly dancing.

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And I also have been learning to play the drums for belly dancing.

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Also, something I'd be interested in getting to grips more with would be surfing,

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cos I've only been a few times, but I think I could be better.

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'Well, before we catch a wave, we need to find out what their house is worth.'

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The property is a three-bedroom detached house

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a short distance from Chesterfield town centre,

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actually within walking distance.

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I would value this property, in its current condition, at £175,000.

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'So, how much money do they have for their dream home in Cornwall?'

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The budget for the new property is £250,000.

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Carol and Elizabeth's vision of a humble rural retreat with a garden

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is just about achievable here for their budget.

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But add to that the acres of land that they want

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and it's going to be almost impossible to find it here,

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because we're in a county where an average detached property

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costs £21,000 above their maximum budget.

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I see some tough decisions being made this week as we find out exactly what the priority is.

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'In today's show, we'll be focussing our search to the north of the county,

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'along the Cornwall and Devon border.

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'We've got a variety of options for Carol and Elizabeth

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'which should suit both them and their potential menagerie.

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'But, as ever, I won't be revealing the prices straight away.

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'And, of course, there's the mystery house, where we've got an alternative country dream.'

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-Lovely ladies, welcome to Cornwall. How are you?

-Fine, thank you.

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-This is second home for you, really, isn't it?

-Well, we just love Cornwall.

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We think it's a magical place. We've come on our holidays for years and years

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and we would really like to stop here, cos it's grand.

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-Even in this weather?

-Well...

-It gets warmer.

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-Does it really?

-And less rainy.

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I hope so. We could be in North Wales with this sort of weather.

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What are you looking for here? What's your dream?

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Well, we'd like to have somewhere to keep all our animals.

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We'd like somewhere with a bit of land

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and somewhere that's not overlooked.

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It's a big ask for your budget. It's a very expensive part of the world.

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-This is why we've asked you to help us.

-It's not the property so much, it's the land you want.

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-Are you adaptable at all?

-Yeah, we can do a compromise if necessary.

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-Where's the compromise?

-We'd look for something smaller and needs more doing to it or something like that.

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Hopefully, we'll show you something that you like. Let's go and see the first property.

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'For a maximum budget of £250,000,

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'Carol and Elizabeth need a two-bed family home

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'with a comfortable kitchen and a decent bathroom.

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'Elizabeth would like a music room and Carol really wants to get away from traffic noise and neighbours,

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'so she's after a remote location with lots of space around her.

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'Like most of us, they'd love to have sea views,

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'but realistically, that won't be achievable on their budget.

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'However, the thing that can't be compromised on

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'is the land for their animals, between two and eight acres.

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'I think we've really got our work cut out.

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'For our first property, we're starting inland,

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'seven miles north of Launceston, in the village of Coad's Green.

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'With gently rolling hills and sheep grazing,

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'Coad's Green is set in beautiful unspoilt countryside.

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'Just perfect for Carol, who's desperate for some peace and quiet.

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'But there are a few shops and amenities just three miles away in Lewannick.'

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So, if it's an idyllic country lane you're after, will this do you?

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-It's super, yeah!

-It's very quiet, isn't it?

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-Yeah. That's how I like it.

-Really?

-Yeah.

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-The more remote, the better?

-Indeed.

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Well, this one is pretty remote. You've got sheep in the field there. Apparently, they're tame.

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-You can pat them.

-Very good.

-If you like that sort of thing.

-I do indeed.

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The reason I've stopped you here is because this is it.

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-This one here?

-Yeah.

-With the purple?

-The purple door and the purple garage.

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-It's beautiful, purple. One of my favourite colours.

-That's a start.

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Away from the purpleness of the property, what do you make of it?

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It looks a lovely little cottage.

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-Nice, small, cosy cottage.

-Yeah.

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'Looks can be deceptive. Although this traditional stone-built farmer's cottage is cosy,

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'it's certainly not small.'

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-I just love those wellingtons.

-You do, don't you?

-I think they're great.

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-Cosy on the outside, deceptively spacious on the inside.

-Oh, I like that.

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-Lovely wood burner.

-Oh, lovely tiles, as well.

-Beams.

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-400 years old, this property.

-You can see how old it is, can't you?

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-I love the thick walls. Is that a bread oven by the side?

-It is.

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-A-ha! Right!

-Lovely little features everywhere you look.

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The big question is, can you imagine living here?

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Well, I can, because I can just see my table fitting across there.

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-Yeah, your table would fit.

-Just there.

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-I've got a seven-foot long farmhouse table.

-OK.

-It would go there nicely.

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-Perfect.

-Mm.

-So you're already moving in, more or less.

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You've only seen one room. Brilliant.

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'Well, we're off to a great start in the living room. Let's see if the kitchen delivers, as well.'

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-This is an eighties extension, OK?

-Oh, right.

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They've got nice new kitchen equipment and this work surface.

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-It's a reasonable size.

-It's a good size, isn't it?

-Mm.

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-So far, so good.

-I think so, yeah.

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'Off the kitchen, there's a back door leading to the garden, as well as the family bathroom.

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'Next, we're heading upstairs, and despite its cottage status,

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'there are four bedrooms up on the first floor.

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'Let's head off to the master.'

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This is the main bedroom.

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Oh, right. And there are built-in wardrobes.

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I quite like the exposed beam and the exposed stone.

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I think it's a nice, cosy little room.

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It looks to me as if it's not level, because looking above the wardrobe,

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you can see how it widens out from that side.

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-It's 400 years old.

-It's great.

-You'd probably have a bit of a slope if you were 400 years old.

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I have a slope now!

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This is the main bedroom. It's the largest room.

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-So who'd have this one?

-Me.

-OK.

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'Glad we sorted that out. No arguments there.

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'Mum's sorted in the biggest room. But there are also some good options for Elizabeth up here, too.

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'There's another good-size double bedroom and also a single, that's being used as a music room,

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'which is just what Elizabeth asked for. So, that's somewhere for her to play.

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'Next, we're going to see somewhere she could rest.'

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-OK, another pink room.

-Yes.

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You're not smiling as much.

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-Me?

-Yeah.

-It's not my room. HE LAUGHS

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I love your attitude, I really do. Do you like it?

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-Yeah. It's got a beam.

-All the rooms are quite bright, aren't they?

-Indeed, yeah.

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-I get the impression you really like this house wholeheartedly.

-Yeah.

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-There's something stopping you. What is it?

-I love downstairs. I love it.

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And I come up here, and I think it's cos I've got used to having a bigger room,

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so looking at these two rooms, neither of them would be...

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But, you could knock these walls out,

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make one big room, have two windows looking down the garden.

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-Hey presto!

-Job's a good 'un!

-You've then got a nicer room than your mum.

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Then I would want to come and move in here!

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Oh, no. I like what you're thinking, though.

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-As you say, these walls will come down. Yeah.

-SHE KNOCKS ON WALL

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And then you'd have a big, open space up here and downstairs.

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-And it would start about here.

-Mm.

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'Great to see Elizabeth imagining how best to make the inside of this property work for them.

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'But what about the outside? To the rear of the house, there's a lawned garden with a shed and greenhouse.

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'It's not a huge plot, but there's just about enough space for a few chickens.

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'But, for a flock of sheep, a goat and a pony, I may have to come up with something else.'

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I loved the living room. It was absolutely amazing.

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It had so many features that we were looking for.

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But then the upstairs, I suppose the bedrooms were a bit small.

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The only problem with this place is there's no land for the pony.

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-We couldn't fit him in the garage, could we?

-No.

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Ah, here you are. You took your time, which is a good sign. And you're smiling. Get in the car.

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I'm taking you somewhere guaranteed to put an even bigger smile on your face.

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'At the moment, Carol and Elizabeth make a mammoth five-hour round trip

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'to visit their animals on rented land.

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'However, I've got something up my sleeve which would be a separate purchase to this house.

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'It's only 15 minutes away.'

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-I love teasing you. You haven't got a clue where we're going, have you?

-No idea at all!

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-What do you hope it to be?

-A five-acre field with a shelter and some water.

-OK.

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'Well, Carol, we'd hate to disappoint you. So we won't.'

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-So, girls, can you guess why I've brought you here?

-That's grazing!

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-Yay!

-Look at the smile on your face!

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-You've got 4.2 acres here.

-Mm-hm.

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A little stream down the bottom, so natural water.

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A dry store, as well, which the current owners put in.

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-Everything you need, really, isn't it?

-Well, yes, it looks good.

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-About a 15-minute drive from the property you saw, so much quicker than the commute you do now.

-Yes.

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So, you've seen the house. Now you've seen the 4.2-acre land.

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-Different owners. How much do you think it's all worth?

-Adding it all together, £270,000.

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-What do you think?

-Yeah, I'd say that's fair.

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Well, you're in for a little bit of a pleasant surprise, because this land is £45,000

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and the house, which you really liked, £220,000. So 265 in all.

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But both owners will take offers, so probably you're looking at maximum budget.

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-So it's doable.

-Yes!

-Are you excited about that?

-Yes!

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All this could be yours!

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Go and check out the land and I'll catch up with you later.

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-Brilliant.

-Go on.

-Thank you!

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Well, we thought it was going to be mission impossible.

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Maybe it's mission possible.

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We've got a lovely bit of land to keep the animals happy and a lovely home to keep the humans happy.

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'For a combined total of £265,000,

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'our first selection consists of two separate purchases,

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'a 4.2-acre plot of land and a charming semi-detached character cottage

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'in a peaceful, rural location.

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'For a small property, it packs a punch, with four bedrooms.

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'It also has spacious ground-floor accommodation,

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'which includes an open-plan lounge-diner and a modern kitchen.

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'The price of both the land and the property is £15,000 over-budget,

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'and their locations are 15 minutes apart.

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'But will they forego that short distance to realise their Cornish country dream?'

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Stream at the bottom, decent fencing, as it's been used for horses before.

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The only thing is, it's four miles from the house, not attached.

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I think the land's a nice field, a nice size, and the shelter's good.

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'Carol and Elizabeth hope to turn their holiday memories into an everyday reality

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'and it's the enchanting Cornish coast that's driving the move.

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'In fact, the dramatic, rugged coastline attracts millions of visitors every year

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'who come to experience the beaches, secluded coves

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'and picturesque fishing harbours.

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'Tucked into the Cornish cliffs to the south,

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'the pretty 13th century village of Polperro is one such place.

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'The narrow streets are tightly packed with old fishermen's cottages and gift shops.

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'During the house-hunting week, we sent our buyers to meet up with Polperro-born Tim Courtis

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'to find out more about the history of this delightful location.

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'The bay has been home to fishermen for some 800 years,

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'but in the 18th century, seafarers brought a very different type of catch back to the harbour.

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'For Polperro's ideal isolated position was once infamous for smuggling.'

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It was highly organised. All sorts of goods were smuggled.

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Anything, really, that had a high rate of tax, much like today.

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Tobacco and alcohol.

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Different things were important then, lace, some ceramics.

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All sorts were brought in by sea, hidden away in houses,

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caves, anywhere along the cliffs where it could be concealed from the revenue men.

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-Who would be involved with that?

-Everyone. Everyone.

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The entire village, basically, was involved.

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It was an actual industry.

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-Even the vicar was involved.

-Really?

-Yeah. It wasn't seen as a crime.

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'Back then, smuggling was an essential way of life.

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'High taxes and heavy duty were placed on both luxury goods and basic commodities,

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'compelling fishermen to supplement their lowly income by getting involved.

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'This illegal trade reached its peak in the latter half of the 1700s,

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'led by Zephaniah Job.

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'Job organised the distribution of smuggled goods

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'and also looked after the welfare of the local people,

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'advising and managing their finances.

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'He became known as the smuggler's banker,

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'operating from a cottage on the quayside called Jew's Bank,

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'a building which still survives today.

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'When the government introduced stiffer penalties for smuggling,

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'Job turned his energies to the prosperous pilchard fishing industry

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'and he took charge of exports between Polperro and Italy.'

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There were three pilchard packing factories around the harbour here.

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The Three Pilchards Pub here was the coaching inn at the time

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and the merchants from Italy would be staying there

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and the pub got its name because they would have three pilchards,

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one from each factory, for breakfast,

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and that was how they decided which of the factories they would use for their supply that season.

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'Much like the merchants, we're also giving our buyers a choice of three in our property quest.

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'So it's time to savour what we're serving up with our second house.

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'We've scoured Cornwall for a property to match our buyers' dream,

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'but it's been tough to find somewhere with enough adjoining land.

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'We may have the answer to their prayers with our second property.

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'But to get here, we're crossing the county border.

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'We're travelling just over ten miles from Cornwall to Venn Green in Devon.

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'This is a seriously rural location offering all the peace and tranquillity of the countryside.

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'Other than a very handy farm shop, there's little else in Venn Green.

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'But they wouldn't be too isolated, as Holsworthy is only six miles away.

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'It's the nearest town and has a large range of shops.

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'The property itself is a lovely detached bungalow and has only just come onto the market.

0:22:020:22:08

'We're the first people to look around it.

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'The outside space means so much to them, so we're going to start there.

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'And this property should really test their commitment to running a smallholding,

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'as it would be paradise for all their animals.'

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-So, what we've got here, this is your own little courtyard, if you like.

-Yeah. Good yard.

0:22:260:22:31

-You've got what could be stables in there.

-Mm.

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-You've got pigsties in there at the moment.

-Oh, right!

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-Six outbuildings in all.

-This is great! Super stable yard is this!

0:22:370:22:43

'Not only is there plenty of room to keep all the animals warm and dry,

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'there's also over an acre of land, including lawned gardens and a paddock.'

0:22:470:22:52

Great access for your animals onto this, your land.

0:22:520:22:56

-So, how big is the land?

-1.2 acres.

-Right.

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You don't look too happy. I thought you'd come out here kind of doing a bit of that,

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or maybe, in your case, a bit of that.

0:23:040:23:07

No, I'm just having an assess at it.

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-Would this work for you?

-I think it would work.

0:23:100:23:13

-Yes.

-Yeah, it would work.

-But we'd have to manage it very carefully.

0:23:130:23:17

-But, with the stables, you could do it.

-Yeah, that's what I thought.

-Yeah, it would work.

0:23:170:23:22

-Shall we have a look in the house?

-Certainly, yeah.

-Come on, then.

0:23:220:23:25

'I really did think the outside space would win them over.

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'Perhaps their spirits have been dampened by the weather,

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'because when the skies are clearer, it's a great spot, with spectacular views over the Devon countryside.

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'But there's lots more to see inside the property.'

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What you've got is a detached bungalow, three bedrooms.

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The current owner uses this as a living room, but it could be a bedroom.

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-Lovely views.

-It's foggy outside.

-Yeah, not the best of days.

0:23:520:23:56

-Yeah. Seems very dark.

-Good size, though.

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-Good size.

-Yes!

-And, yeah, you'd be right with the regen.

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Would you use this as a bedroom or keep it as a living room?

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-We'd have to see what the other rooms are like.

-You would, miss.

0:24:070:24:11

-Shall we do that now?

-Indeed.

-She's getting very stern with me. I'm frightened.

0:24:110:24:15

-Actually, no, I like it.

-Ooh!

0:24:150:24:17

'Down the hallway, there's a large double bedroom, a single,

0:24:170:24:21

'as well as the family shower room. But we're going to check out the largest bedroom.'

0:24:210:24:26

-Much brighter.

-Yes, this is a lot brighter, isn't it?

0:24:260:24:29

-Much bigger window.

-You could have your living room here.

-Yes.

0:24:290:24:32

-This is much better as a living room.

-And then look out across the fields and see the horses and sheep.

-Yeah.

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I can imagine, on a really sunny day, this room would be amazing, especially with that view.

0:24:380:24:43

And maybe, at some point, you could build a conservatory or something.

0:24:430:24:47

-Conservatory was the first thing that I thought of.

-It's got that feel, hasn't it?

-Yeah.

0:24:470:24:51

'Do I sense they're finally feeling the potential here?

0:24:510:24:54

'Let's see if the kitchen/breakfast room will seal the deal.'

0:24:540:24:58

-And here it is.

-Oh, right. It's got some more modern units.

0:24:580:25:03

-Yeah.

-It's been done up a couple of years ago.

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This is a great space, because not only have you got the kitchen, you've got a good size utility room

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and a door leading out into the garden. Do you like this?

0:25:110:25:15

Erm, it's doable. It's workable round.

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'This bungalow has good potential for accommodation inside

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'and the outside space offers a great starting point to develop their flock.

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'But how much is it going to cost them to get the perfect set-up for all their animals?'

0:25:270:25:32

OK, go on, then. How much do you think it's on the market for?

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I'm going to hazard a round figure just as a guess and say £200,000.

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£200,000. OK. How about you?

0:25:410:25:43

I might go 210, but that would be for the outbuildings,

0:25:430:25:46

taking more of that into consideration.

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-£210,000.

-Yeah.

-Ooh. It's on the market for £270,000.

0:25:480:25:54

-Right, let's go home.

-Basically, the stamp duty barrier is at 250,

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so I think offers around 250 would probably be sensible.

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-So it's the top end of your budget, really.

-Mm.

-Go and have another look around.

-OK.

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Something in there may change your opinion.

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Although, I don't think it will.

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I honestly thought this had everything they wanted. It ticked all the boxes.

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It didn't have a sea view, but we've ascertained you won't get a sea view.

0:26:210:26:25

But it's got three bedrooms, it's got amazing land, amazing outbuildings.

0:26:250:26:29

I thought it was going to be a definite cert.

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But it's not. It's not a belly dance. More of a belly flop.

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'At £270,000, this bungalow is in a peaceful rural Devonshire location.

0:26:400:26:45

'It sits in over an acre of land, which already has the facilities for a smallholding,

0:26:450:26:50

'including a range of outbuildings.

0:26:500:26:52

'Inside, there are three bedrooms, a living room

0:26:520:26:55

'and a recently modernised kitchen adjoining a huge utility room.

0:26:550:26:59

'But, ultimately, this property is all about the animals.

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'The style of the property may not be what they had in mind,

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'but the land and outbuildings give them everything they asked for.

0:27:060:27:09

'So, the question is, can they see beyond the modern bungalow?'

0:27:090:27:14

All the yard is all absolutely perfect. Absolutely what we need.

0:27:140:27:18

Stables in here, it's got electric, got water, got places for sheep.

0:27:180:27:22

-Hay barn, garages, land right at the back of the house.

-Yeah.

0:27:220:27:28

-It's just a shame that the house isn't quite right.

-Just not for us, is it?

0:27:280:27:32

Well, I just think that we're never going to be able to afford something that's just right.

0:27:320:27:37

It's going to be a real compromise to get something spot on.

0:27:370:27:41

I suppose there's got to be something out there that we will just fall in love with,

0:27:410:27:45

so I suppose we just keep looking.

0:27:450:27:47

-So, did you enjoy that second look?

-Yeah.

0:27:470:27:51

-Yeah.

-I think it's time to take you girls back to Cornwall. Come on.

0:27:520:27:56

'With the sun setting on the horizon, the first day of house-hunting comes to an end.

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'With a budget of £250,000,

0:28:140:28:17

'retired teacher Carol and her music-loving daughter Elizabeth

0:28:170:28:20

'want to leave their native Derbyshire

0:28:200:28:23

'and head south to live with their animals in the Cornish countryside.

0:28:230:28:27

'Our tour so far has taken them to two properties where their pets would be well catered for.

0:28:270:28:32

'The houses haven't got them moving.' I thought you'd come out here kind of...

0:28:320:28:37

'But coming up, we've got something to really make a song and dance about.'

0:28:370:28:42

ALL: # Two mermaids they came after me

0:28:420:28:45

It's a brand new day in our search to find belly-dancing Carol

0:28:460:28:49

and her daughter Elizabeth a brand new property here in Cornwall.

0:28:490:28:53

What they were after was never going to be easy to find. Nigh on impossible, I'd say.

0:28:530:28:57

But yesterday, we did show them two good properties with the option of land.

0:28:570:29:01

Today, I think we should concentrate on the property and forget the land altogether. Wish me luck.

0:29:010:29:08

'For the mystery package, we've come back to Cornwall,

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'closer to the coast and into the quiet village of Week St Mary,

0:29:110:29:14

'just seven miles south of the popular seaside resort of Bude.

0:29:140:29:18

'Week St Mary is an immaculate place in the countryside

0:29:180:29:21

'full of well-kept cottages, and the village square has a range of shops, including a post office.

0:29:210:29:27

'There's also a frequent bus service for Carol and Elizabeth can practice her board skills at Widemouth Bay,

0:29:270:29:33

'which has a fantastic reputation for surfing.

0:29:330:29:36

'The mystery property doesn't have the land they wanted for the animals

0:29:360:29:40

'but the house itself more than delivers.

0:29:400:29:43

'Let's just hope it wins them over.'

0:29:430:29:46

-Welcome to the mystery property.

-Right.

-Right.

0:29:480:29:52

-Why is it a mystery?

-Well, because it's not what we asked for.

0:29:520:29:56

Well, maybe it is, maybe it isn't.

0:29:560:29:59

So far, we've had to compromise quite a lot because of land issues.

0:29:590:30:03

-Here, there's no compromise at all, OK? This is all about the house.

-Yes.

0:30:030:30:07

But it's a house in an amazing development,

0:30:070:30:10

two and a half years old, won loads of design awards. What do you think of it?

0:30:100:30:14

It looks a nice little property.

0:30:140:30:17

-You rent land at the moment as well, don't you?

-Yeah.

0:30:170:30:20

So this is an option where you'd continue to rent land.

0:30:200:30:23

-Fine.

-What you've got here is a really lovely house.

-Yes, it looks smashing.

0:30:230:30:27

-Let's have a look.

-OK. Come on.

0:30:270:30:30

'The mystery property is a modern, stylish detached family home

0:30:310:30:35

'and really demonstrates that their budget can afford them a top-quality house much closer to the coast.'

0:30:350:30:42

This is modern living, OK, in the countryside.

0:30:430:30:47

-You like it?

-Yeah.

-No sloping lines.

0:30:470:30:50

Come on into the living room.

0:30:520:30:54

-What do you think?

-Well, it's nice and bright and airy, isn't it?

0:30:550:30:59

-Nice doors out into the garden.

-Will your furniture fit in here?

0:30:590:31:03

Yeah, there's plenty of room for the table.

0:31:030:31:05

-So you could imagine yourself in here?

-Oh, I could imagine myself in here.

0:31:050:31:10

-Whether I could afford it or not is another matter.

-We'll get to that. Let's go through to the kitchen.

0:31:110:31:17

-It's a huge move.

-Oh, right, yes.

0:31:180:31:20

-You've got a lovely utility there and another door out to your garage.

-To put your washing out.

0:31:200:31:27

-OK.

-It's quite a small kitchen.

0:31:270:31:30

-Look at all the spotlights.

-That's all right.

-I hate spotlights.

0:31:300:31:35

-You can take them out.

-Yeah, they can be taken out.

-All cosmetic.

0:31:350:31:38

So it's not too small for you? You don't look very happy.

0:31:380:31:42

There's not a chip in the paintwork, nothing.

0:31:420:31:44

It's absolutely pristine condition.

0:31:440:31:47

-I'm scared!

-Why are you scared?

0:31:470:31:50

It's so nice and clean and...

0:31:500:31:53

-It's not homely. It's like a show house.

-OK.

0:31:540:31:57

'There's really nothing to fear here and I have no doubts that, with their own possessions in situ,

0:31:570:32:03

'they could really make it their own. On this floor, there's also a modern, fully-tiled family bathroom

0:32:030:32:08

'and two double bedrooms, one of which is being used as a large study

0:32:080:32:12

'but could also make a great space for practising music or even belly dancing.'

0:32:120:32:17

-This is one of the bedrooms.

-Oh, right. Ground-floor bedroom.

-Yeah.

0:32:170:32:21

-OK. Yes.

-Lovely, isn't it?

-It's grand. I like this room.

0:32:210:32:26

-Nice and light and airy.

-Yeah.

-I'm not sure I'd have it as a bedroom.

0:32:260:32:30

-A dining room, maybe?

-Maybe, or even somewhere where I could do some sewing, costumes.

0:32:300:32:36

I'm looking forward to taking you upstairs, cos there's one really big bedroom and you can fight over it!

0:32:360:32:41

-Oh, I'll win.

-Come on.

0:32:410:32:44

'There are a total of three bedrooms in this property

0:32:450:32:48

'and upstairs, the first floor has been completely given over to the master suites.'

0:32:480:32:52

Before I show you the bedroom, let me show you what is, in essence, your own en suite.

0:32:530:32:58

-Oh, right.

-Good size, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-Shower there. A good size ceiling, as well.

-Yes.

0:32:580:33:04

-You don't feel trapped or claustrophobic at all.

-No.

0:33:040:33:07

-It's much better than the new houses where you've got low ceilings. It like that.

-Good.

-Yeah.

0:33:070:33:14

-Now, this is a good size bedroom.

-This is nice, yes.

0:33:150:33:18

-This is mine.

-There we go!

0:33:180:33:21

-Looks like you've got the downstairs one.

-So much for the dining room.

0:33:210:33:25

Yeah. Again, it's very quiet. You're not overlooked anywhere.

0:33:250:33:30

-You can hear the birdsong.

-Yeah.

0:33:300:33:33

-You're in the country, but also within a community.

-Yep.

0:33:330:33:37

Let's go outside. What little there is of the garden is absolutely perfect, I think.

0:33:370:33:42

'Yes, that's the house tour done and dusted and although they're making the right noises,

0:33:420:33:46

'I sense they aren't feeling this house as much as I hoped they would.

0:33:460:33:50

'The outside space is compact, but has been really well maintained,

0:33:500:33:55

'making a pleasant suntrap that's not overlooked.'

0:33:550:33:58

I think this garden's beautiful, I really do. It's probably the most private garden we've shown you.

0:33:580:34:03

-It's most pleasant.

-Can you imagine yourself out here?

-Yeah.

-It's really nice on a sunny day.

0:34:030:34:08

-It means you'd have to go the rented route as far as your land is concerned, but you do that now.

-Yes.

0:34:080:34:13

-How much do you think this is worth?

-I think it's out of our budget.

0:34:130:34:17

-Do you?

-Yeah. I think it'll be over our budget by quite a bit. I'd say £280,000.

0:34:170:34:24

I was going to go 270.

0:34:240:34:26

Would you be happy if I told you it was less than that?

0:34:260:34:29

-Please do tell us it's less than that.

-OK, it's less than that.

0:34:290:34:32

-It's £250,000.

-Exactly?

-Yeah.

-Oh, wow!

0:34:320:34:35

-Spot on.

-So that could be yours.

-Fantastic!

0:34:350:34:38

-Do you want to go and have another look round?

-Yes, please.

0:34:380:34:42

Yeah, you carry on looking around and don't be scared, cos this could be yours.

0:34:420:34:46

-Yeah?

-Yeah, right.

-Go on.

0:34:470:34:50

-Shall we go and have a look up here?

-I'll come and find you.

0:34:500:34:53

'The mystery house is a modern detached property bang on budget,

0:34:550:34:59

'on the market for £250,000. It's very well presented throughout

0:34:590:35:03

'and comes with three double bedrooms, two bathrooms,

0:35:030:35:07

a smart kitchen with utility room and a sunny living room,

0:35:070:35:11

'featuring doors out onto the delightful landscaped rear garden.

0:35:110:35:15

'This is a beautiful home, back in their preferred county,

0:35:150:35:18

'and being only five miles from the beach,

0:35:180:35:20

'they can really immerse themselves in true Cornish lifestyle.

0:35:200:35:24

'However, they may have to rent land again.

0:35:240:35:27

'But can they do without acres of turf in their back yard

0:35:270:35:30

'to get that bit closer to the sea and the surf?'

0:35:300:35:33

I liked it here. I thought it was grand when we walked up.

0:35:330:35:37

Wasn't what I expected at all. I love it.

0:35:370:35:41

It's a nice house, nice size, nice space.

0:35:410:35:45

It's got everything we need inside

0:35:450:35:48

and if I could commandeer the study for my music room, with all the storage, it's great.

0:35:480:35:53

Well, the house has got mostly what we need.

0:35:530:35:56

Music room for me. I'll have the bedroom next door.

0:35:560:35:59

-You can have the rest. What do you reckon?

-Do I get the kitchen for the cooking?

0:35:590:36:03

Well, I usually cook, but yeah, if you like.

0:36:030:36:06

All right, then. Done deal.

0:36:060:36:09

This is the life. Don't know about them, but I can imagine living here.

0:36:090:36:12

Take your time, I'm having the time of my life!

0:36:120:36:15

You've seen three properties. Go away, have a think.

0:36:150:36:18

No rash decisions. And let's meet up a little bit later, shall we?

0:36:180:36:21

-I've got just the location. You're going to love it!

-Oh, right!

0:36:210:36:25

'Cornwall's history is intrinsically linked to the sea.

0:36:310:36:35

'One feature on the Cornish waters has long been the pilot gig boats.

0:36:350:36:39

'An oar-powered vessel for six people,

0:36:390:36:41

'the gig was once used for ferrying pilots to ships in distress

0:36:410:36:46

'and is recognised as one of the earliest lifeboats.

0:36:460:36:49

'Recorded rescues of this type date back to the 1700s,

0:36:490:36:52

'but the practice virtually died out as engines replaced oars in the 19th century.

0:36:520:36:57

'However, the gig boats are still making waves today as they're now used for sports.

0:36:570:37:02

'During our house-hunting week, I met up with veteran gigsman John Cuthill,

0:37:020:37:07

'who is the chairman of Newquay Rowing Club, the oldest gig club in the country.'

0:37:070:37:11

Tell me a bit about the history of the pilot gig.

0:37:110:37:14

Well, they were in their heyday when the merchant sailing vessels

0:37:140:37:18

were ploughing around the coasts of the UK and further afield.

0:37:180:37:22

There were no ways of communicating, only semaphore,

0:37:220:37:25

and the gig would go out and meet the oncoming sailing vessel

0:37:250:37:28

and find out what they wanted

0:37:280:37:31

and the result was that it developed into a bit of a competition,

0:37:310:37:35

because the one that got there first sometimes had the job.

0:37:350:37:38

-Hence the racing.

-Ah, so that's how the gig racing started.

-Yes, it was a natural thing, you see?

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-And what do you get out of it personally?

-Well, there is the thrill of the competition

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and the togetherness of the crew, it's very much a team job and you're all part of it.

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And the conditions are never the same. They're always changing, it's never exactly the same.

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'Well, there's a race scheduled later today, but before the competition kicks off,

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'I've been invited to take my maiden voyage in the oldest surviving pilot gig in Newquay.

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'Boats are traditionally 32-foot long, 5-foot wide and made from Cornish elm,

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'and this one was built back in 1812,

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'but thankfully, it's still in ship-shape condition, having recently been restored.

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'Though true seaworthiness depends on the ability of the rowers.

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'Uh-oh. I guess it's up to me to ensure we don't capsize.

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'I'm taking to the waters alongside the women's crew and they're putting me right up the front,

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'so with both feet on the stretcher and both hands on the oar, here we go.'

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-Stand by, then. Go.

-And then you just pull.

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-Push with your legs.

-Slowly.

-And pull with your outer arm.

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-And then it should go!

-Yep.

-Yeah, she's going.

-She is going!

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'I may make it look like a breeze, but this is seriously hard work.

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'So before my arms drop off, we're heading back to shore where the teams are preparing for competition.

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'The race takes place over a triangular course in Newquay Bay

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'and today, the men are competing.

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'It may be a modern-day sport, but the roots are very much anchored in the past,

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'as all racing gigs are based on a boat that was designed and built back in 1838.

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'Throughout the world, there are only about 100 clubs,

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'mainly concentrated within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly,

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'and the sport is governed by the Cornish Pilot Gig Association.

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'It's possible for good crews to reach speeds of up to nine knots.

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'After all that exertion, it's only fitting to celebrate

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'at the clubhouse with a well-earned drink or two and to sing traditional sea shanties, like sailors.'

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# One little mermaid, two little mermaids, they came after me

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# I love Jemima

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'Who said only the Welsh could sing?

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'With a great history and tradition, pilot gig racing is a home-grown sport

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'which Cornish people are proud of, and long may it continue.'

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# They came after me

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'The house tour is now over, and we've shown Carol and Elizabeth three very different options,

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'so there's plenty to consider.

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'Let's find out exactly what decisions they've made.'

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I have to say that you two look totally at ease here. Is this what it's all about?

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-Yeah! This is the life!

-Big smile on your face! Biggest we've seen, I think.

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-Have you enjoyed the property search?

-Do you know, we've had a lovely few days

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and I'd just like to say thank you to everybody for going to so much trouble

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-to find places for us to look at.

-We need to find out whether we have found somewhere you can move into.

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Let's talk about the first property, the purple wellie cottage.

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We absolutely loved that house. We think it's great.

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There would have to be a few changes made with the bedrooms

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that we talked about at the house.

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The price of it was great and well within budget.

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One thing that we thought we might be able to do

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if we bought that house,

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instead of buy the land, which took us over-budget,

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we could maybe look for some land that we could just rent, maybe, that's nearby.

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-So that's an option.

-Let's talk about the bungalow with loads of land.

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Realistically, that was the one that ticked most of our boxes.

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However, it was still over-budget.

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We didn't really like the bungalow itself very much, but the land and the yard were super.

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They were literally perfect. Exactly what you wanted.

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But the problem is that it is over-budget and in Devon.

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Let's talk about the mystery property.

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-The very clean, very shiny, very new mystery property.

-We really liked the mystery property.

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I think that's in probably the best location, as well.

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-So that's the real reason you're moving to Cornwall is it, girls?

-Yeah.

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-HE LAUGHS

-Thanks for your honesty.

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Do you think you'll move to any of those properties?

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I'd quite like to go back to the bungalow and just have another look and see how far it is from here.

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Well, I really do hope that you find your dream home,

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be it in Cornwall or slightly in Devon.

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You've been fantastic. I've really enjoyed meeting you

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and you both do seem to come alive when you're near the sea,

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-so let's hope it's close to the water.

-Thanks very much.

-Pleasure.

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The house hunt here in Cornwall has really posed a dilemma.

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It's aspirations versus reality.

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We all know what Carol and Lizzie want, but they simply ain't going to get it.

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They're going to have to re-evaluate their wishes.

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Who said buying a house was easy? Till next time, goodbye.

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'Firmly focussed on their animals, Carol and Elizabeth went back to our second property for another viewing,

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'but decided against making an offer.

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'Carol has since moved down to Cornwall and is renting a property, waiting to sell her house.

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Aled Jones is in Cornwall helping a mother and daughter team make the move from Derbyshire. With a budget of £250,000, they're after several acres for their small flock of sheep. Aled also takes to the water to find out about the sport of 'gig racing'.


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