Lake District Escape to the Country


Lake District

Denise Nurse is on the trail of stunning rural property in Cumbria, a county renowned for its incredible scenery. The buyers are looking for a substantial family home.


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Today I'm in a county that's home to one of the UK's least known but most traditional country sports,

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hound trailing. It's been taking place on these hills

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for around 200 years, and, just like our house-hunt,

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this race is off!

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In today's show, I'll be helping a couple move back to their homeland,

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but can we meet their grand aspirations?

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Yeah, it's a good size. I could go even bigger.

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SHE LAUGHS

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Is this big enough for you? It's big enough for me.

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'And will the mystery house suit their style?'

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They got their wallpaper from the same place I got my shirt from!

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I'm in Cumbria, a county renowned for its incredible scenery

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but also home to dogs like Hunter's Dazzler here,

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who, on most days between April and October,

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can be found hound trailing. The sport is a legacy

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to the days when hunting dogs would be exercised during the off season,

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but nowadays it's as much an event in itself,

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and it's almost exclusive to the Cumbrian fells.

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At these meets there's a real sense of local identity,

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and that's a feeling that can be found

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in almost every corner of this most spectacular of counties.

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Cumbria is the most north-westerly of England's counties,

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and is bordered to the north by Scotland.

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Its dramatic mountainous terrain and 16 major lakes

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fall within the Lake District National Park,

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which covers over 880 square miles of the county.

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The scenic splendour that inspired the likes of William Wordsworth

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and Beatrix Potter continues to attract a high volume of day trippers in the peak season,

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drawn for the most part to lakeside towns such as Windermere.

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Yet the remote fells and quiet Lakeland villages

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are an irresistible option for many aspiring escapees.

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Wordsworth's home county could entice anyone,

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and today's buyers are swapping tulips for the hosts of golden daffodils.

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So let's meet them!

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Rhys and Angela have spent the last ten years

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working in the Netherlands for an oil company,

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but have recently decided to make a permanent move back to the UK,

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and are biding their time renting a five-bedroom house in the Wirral.

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Their three children are a key factor in why they've opted for the Lakes.

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We'd really like to be within about an hour's drive of Sedbergh,

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where our two elder children have just started boarding school.

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'Ideally I'd like to be in the Lake District side,

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'because I'm a very keen hill-walker.

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If we had a place in the Lake District,

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we could spend more time with the children at weekends and holidays.

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Having lived in seven houses during their marriage,

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what kind of property is going to persuade them to finally put down roots?

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My ideal property would be a large Edwardian/Victorian-type house

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that had an impressive hallway when you walk through the door

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but was also warm and welcoming, and a family feel to the house.

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We're open to absolutely everything -

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old houses, listed buildings, bespoke architectural designed houses.

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So what specific requests are on their wish list?

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We would really like a house that's got at least three reception rooms.

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Also we need one study that we can share,

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because we both work at home at least part of the time.

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'For me, I'd like to have a large kitchen,

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'and to be able to eat in the kitchen

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'would be a really essential item for me.'

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We're really looking for five bedrooms at least.

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We're looking for a garden to be an interesting garden,

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maybe on different levels, lots of trees, shrubbery,

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so really, you know, not a square piece of land,

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but looking up to about an acre.

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And finding the right location is going to be a real balancing act.

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We're looking for a location that's either in a small rural village,

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or it could be on the outskirts, because I'd like the opportunity

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to walk into the village.

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We're really not looking for a tourist destination

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that, in the summertime, is inundated.

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So we're looking for an authentic village.

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To finance the move, they need to sell their house in the Netherlands

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or a property they currently rent out in Buckinghamshire.

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With that in mind, how much do they have to spend?

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We're looking at a budget of about ?900,000,

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but we don't necessarily have to spend all of that.

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It's more important to us that we get a house that meets our criteria,

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so let's say, for instance, ?750,000,

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and then maybe use the remainder of the budget to renovate or change the house.

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After years of following their work around the world,

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Rhys and Angela are waving goodbye to the windmills

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and heading back to the UK with their three children

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to find a real family home. Since they've lived abroad for so long,

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they really want to find a community they can get involved in.

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All of that's doable with their healthy budget,

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but, with the children already enrolled in school,

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the question is, can we find that perfect house within an hour's drive,

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and is there a property out there that could help them to end their nomadic ways?

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Let's find out.

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Rhys and Angela's search area hinges on being within an hour's drive

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of their children's school, which lies 30 miles from Kendal.

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So we'll be focusing our search in the south of Cumbria,

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within close range of the Lakes.

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We'll be showing them three properties that might fit the bill,

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but I won't reveal the prices until they've had a guess first.

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And there's more to our mystery house than meets the eye.

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Rhys and Angela, thank you very much for bringing me to the Lakes.

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So why have you chosen here? I've always loved the Lakes,

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ever since I was in the Scouts as a boy and started hill-walking,

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and that began my passion for hill-walking.

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How important is location for you, proximity to the school?

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The children come home at the weekends,

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so we don't want a huge drive to go back and forth to school.

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It would be great to be really close. Certainly within an hour.

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And apart from location, how far are you willing to go

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to get the dream home? Would you do some work?

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Do some work. The house we had in the Netherlands we did renovate.

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But it wasn't structural renovation. How flexible are we on the price?

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How much money have we got to play with?

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We're looking to spend probably up to 900,000.

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Maybe a little less, maybe a little more.

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Really it's more important getting the right property.

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And that's what we're here to help you with.

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We've got, as ever, fantastic properties,

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a mystery house as well. We've got the Lakes to take in.

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I say we get in the car and get going. Good idea.

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Angela and Rhys are happy to spend from ?750,000 to ?900,000

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on a grand period property with three reception rooms,

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a large kitchen/dining room, five bedrooms along with a study,

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and outside, they'd like a one-acre garden.

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It must located within an hour's drive of their children's school,

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and have amenities close by.

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We kick off our property search on the outskirts of Ulverston,

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under an hour from their children's school.

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It's a thriving market town with all the amenities they could ask for,

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and it's the birthplace of luminaries Stan Laurel and Sir John Barrow,

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a founding member of the Royal Geographical Society,

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whose commemorative monument overlooks the town.

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A mile away from the centre, we find our first house.

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So, property number one, and we've brought you up here

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just to the south of the Lakes.

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And this is the house.

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So, what do you think?

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Yeah. Um, I quite like the look of the house.

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It's the sort of thing we're looking for, countryside, cottagey.

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Property-wise, this property dates back to the 16th century,

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but it's not listed. In fact it's been extended quite a bit.

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So it's a sizeable property, and when you get inside,

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I think you'll understand why we wanted to show it to you,

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and then you'll be able to take everything into consideration.

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Let's go. OK. Let's have a look inside.

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'Although the farmhouse has 16th-century origins,

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'it's been totally refurbished inside.'

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Entrance hallway. OK.

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Very impressive. It's quite a big one, isn't it?

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I like the beams. Yeah. I like the height.

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Lots of this is reclaimed materials, reclaimed from old ships.

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It's a ship mast up there.

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Step on in! OK. Thank you.

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Yeah, great!

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Yeah. It's really light. That's the first thing that strikes me,

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and it's got windows all the way around the room,

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which is really nice.

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Yeah. And it's...it's big.

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Indeed. And the fireplace and the split level are excellent features.

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So this could work.

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Yeah, it's good. It's good. OK, we're on a roll.

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Let's go see the kitchen.

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I think this might be another surprise for you.

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Oh, right! Mmm!

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What do you think of the size?

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Er, yeah. It's good. Yeah, it's a good size.

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I could go even bigger.

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THEY LAUGH

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Angela! I think this is a pretty big kitchen.

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Really, you'd want it even bigger? Yeah, if I was going to eat in it.

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How do you feel, Rhys?

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I love the feel of the floor. I like the Aga.

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There is planning permission already to extend that way,

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a two-storey extension. OK.

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Let's have a look upstairs now, and then you can make your mind up.

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All right. Good.

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Tucked away off the kitchen, there's a handy utility room

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and a well-decorated guest bedroom, one of five this property offers,

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with its own en suite.

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The impeccable interior of our traditional farmhouse

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seems to get a thumbs-up, but as Angela is still after more space,

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I have high hopes that the size of the master upstairs will deliver.

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Is this big enough for you?

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Big enough for me, yeah. This is a good-sized master.

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Huge bed. You've got a walk-in wardrobe there.

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OK. Very good. and a lovely en suite... Indeed. ..which is quite big,

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with roll-top bath, separate shower.

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A fantastic view. Look at that, yeah.

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That is a really good view.

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Well, there are three others up here.

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Let's have a look at the one on the other end of the landing. Excellent.

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Leading off the landing are two bedrooms,

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one large enough to be a double, with the other currently set up as a study.

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And the roll-top bath in the family bathroom is a real showstopper.

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So you have another very big bedroom over this side.

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OK. Yeah. With an en suite yet again.

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The problem would be that the children would fight over this.

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I was going to ask. Because you've got the smaller ones,

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it would be who would get this. Yeah. Yeah.

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OK. Excellent.

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'Maybe the potential two-storey extension could solve that issue.

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'Outside, the double garage also has planning permission,

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'and could be converted to serve as their office.

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'The raised patio and gardens look out over the wonderful countryside

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'and two and a half acres of paddock.'

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We're standing now in what really is your garden.

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The time has come to tell me how much you think this house is on the market for.

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I'd say 600, 625,

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so I'll go for the 625.

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I would say... I'd go with the 600, actually.

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OK. I'm impressed.

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That's very good, considering you've been out of the market.

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It's on at 599,500. Oh, OK. Yeah.

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So it's quite a way under your top budget.

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True. True. Sets the scene for you. Indeed it does!

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OK?

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Priced at just under ?600,000,

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our substantial farmhouse addresses many of the criteria

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on their wish list, and gives them a huge reception room,

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a large kitchen/diner, five bedrooms

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with planning for a two-storey extension,

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and scope for converting the garage into an office,

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and it's all set in two and a half acres

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and located within an hour's drive of their children's school.

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I could stand here all day, but we've got to go. OK! Let's go.

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I couldn't pass up the chance to catch the end

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of one of Cumbria's oldest sporting traditions, hound-trailing.

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Dating back to the 1800s, this is a sport with humane bait.

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So to find out more, I went to Bower House in Eskdale

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to meet Maurice Bewley, who's been out laying race trails

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since he was a young boy.

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So, what have you got in your hand there, Maurice?

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Right. This is the official rag. It's got to be two foot long,

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six inches wide, made of wool.

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And that is steeped with aniseed and paraffin.

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And it still relies on local farmers and landowners

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to give up their land for the sport?

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Otherwise we have no sport.

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There are stringent rules around hound-trailing

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that start with the rag mixture, which has to be formulated by an appointed chemist,

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and the people entering their specially bred hounds

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need to be registered with the Hound Trail Association.

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DOGS BARK

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Typically, at a day's meeting,

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there will be a series of trail races,

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including a five-mile course for the under-twos,

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which takes them 15 to 20 minutes, and a ten-mile trail

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which the senior hounds complete in around half an hour.

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DOGS BARK

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Amazingly, these hounds can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour,

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with the best not being deterred by rabbit scents

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or even pausing for a drink.

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WHISTLING Oh, and now the whistling starts.

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What's all this about? That's to encourage the dogs on the finish,

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and then, when they get over to their owners,

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they get a treat. It could be chicken, rabbit,

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gingerbread, anything.

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'This sport is a prime example of a surviving tradition

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'that continues to define the Cumbrian countryside.'

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As the sun sets over the Lakes,

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it marks the end of the first day of our property search.

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I think we got off to a positive start with Angela and Rhys,

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but two things have become very clear - they need a bigger property,

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and after so long away,

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they really do want to be in the heart of a community.

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And that's what we're going to address today.

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With location firmly in mind,

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we're continuing our house search in Ravenstonedale,

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just a 15-minute drive from their children's school

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and close to the National Park.

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Along with St Oswald's church, dating back to the 18th century,

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the village has a local pub and its own shop.

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Among the period properties dotted about is our next house,

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located on the edge of the village.

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And this is property number two.

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Oh, this is very nice. Yeah. Really like the look of this one.

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Ah! It's a Georgian property.

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It dates back to 1820, but actually,

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it was taken over by a very wealthy landowner around about 1890,

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and he added lots of Victorian features

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which you'll really appreciate once you get inside.

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So far, so good? It's looking good. Indeed.

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All right. Let's have a look inside. OK. Good.

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'One of the later Victorian additions

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'is the attached coach house to the rear,

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'which is now a separate property.

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'But let's see if the inside makes a grand impression.'

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We've entered the house probably what feels like a strange way,

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but from that side you could see that the property's attached.

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You probably picked up that it's a bed-and-breakfast at the moment.

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We have walked into what is the guest living room at the moment,

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and this is the third of the reception rooms. OK.

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You do get three reception rooms with this property.

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How are you feeling so far? Good. Good.

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'These Victorian safes used to hold the estate's deeds

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'back in the 1890s, and really set the tone

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'for the grand interior.

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'The main drawing room has lots of character,

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'with a splendid fireplace as the focal point,

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'and the third reception room serves up similar grandeur.'

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Yeah. That's a... It is a big room.

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THEY LAUGH

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I love this. I love the floor, again, the decor and the features.

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Um... Look at that fireplace!

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That one's even better than the other room.

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So, you've seen three good-size reception rooms.

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Tick-tick-tick, Rhys? Yep.

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Kitchen. I know we have issues about the size of kitchen.

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Let's see if this one's big enough for you, Angela. After me.

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Yeah. No, yeah. This is... This is a great kitchen.

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THEY LAUGH

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I don't think it's much bigger than the one I showed you yesterday.

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It feels bigger,

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so maybe that's to do with the decor.

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It feels very homely.

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Well, we'll head upstairs

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and see if we can continue that feeling with the bedrooms.

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'The lower floor gives them a cellar currently fitted with a mini-gym,

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'along with the workshop. But we'll head upstairs

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'to the main landing, off which lead five of the six bedrooms

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'this property offers.'

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Right. This is a fine example, I think,

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of one of the bedrooms up here. Great-size double.

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And that - I mean, they call it an en suite,

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but it's huge. Poke your heads in. Have a look.

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Oh, right! Great. I love these kind of baths.

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Never had one. Always wanted one. It's a really big bathroom.

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Very good.

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'Their children won't need to fight for a big room,

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'as the remaining ones are just as generous.

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'There's a double which makes a real feature of its bay window,

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'and has the benefit of its own en suite,

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'and another double room served by its own bathroom.

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'A period fireplace and high ceiling are a feature of the fourth,

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'with the family bathroom next door. They'll be pleased with the fifth,

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'set up as a study for two.

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'But we'll go upstairs again to the second floor,

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'which could be their domain.'

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This could be your bedroom.

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Oh, wow! This could. This is a big room.

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This is a big room. I like this, cos it's unusual. Definitely.

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You're sort of self-contained, aren't you, up here?

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The bathroom.

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Now time to go out and check out the beloved gardens. OK.

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I'm going to try and please you. I'm easily pleased.

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I don't know about that. You're a tough cookie. Come on.

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'It's exciting that this property so far seems to fit the bill.

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'And outside shouldn't disappoint,

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'with gardens that stretch to two acres.'

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You wanted a garden with features. What do you think, Rhys?

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Is this what you were looking for? Exactly what I was looking for.

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It's the right size, it's the right feel. It's great!

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How much do you think you'd have to pay to get all of that?

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I would have thought it's in the area, maybe lower, of 800,000-ish.

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I'm going to go a bit lower and say 750.

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You could get your hands on this property

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for ?699,000.

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OK! Wow!

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It's a big house. That is a lot of house for that money.

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And a lot of land. Shocked you?

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THEY LAUGH I'm shocked!

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Comfortably under their budget at just shy of ?700,000,

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this country house would give them the ultimate family home -

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three reception rooms packed with period features,

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an enormous kitchen/diner,

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six bedrooms, five of which are en suite,

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and two acres of mature gardens, all set in a village location

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within easy reach of their children's school.

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Hello! Hi. I've counted.

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It's about 25 paces from here to the pub.

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That's not bad, is it? No, that's really good! Come on.

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We've got one more house to see. OK. OK.

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So far on our property search,

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we haven't got that close to the Lakes,

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and after all, that is why Rhys and Angela want to move to this part of the world.

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So for our mystery house, we're coming right to the heart

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of the National Park, but the property may take some vision.

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For our mystery house, we're taking them right into the National Park

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to the village of Satterthwaite, just a 45-minute drive

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to their children's school. Set in the Grizedale Valley,

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there's a welcome pint on tap in the local pub,

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and a parish church which dates back to the 16th century.

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In the heart of this typical Lakeland setting,

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our mystery house comes in the form of a handsome period property,

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which serves up a surprise challenge inside.

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Funnily enough, your mystery house - the show in the Lakes,

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we've brought you to a property that actually is in the Lakes!

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We're in the National Park here. OK, good.

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You're in the centre of everything. And this is it.

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It's Georgian. It dates back to about 1834.

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You have said you don't mind doing a little bit of work. OK. This is a project.

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Has it got an inside? It has. There is an interior.

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It's one where you will have to use your imagination

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to see how it would work for you, but it's worth considering. OK.

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Good. Come on. Let's go.

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'So let's see quite how much of a project

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'lies behind these listed walls.'

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Right! Oh! First reception room.

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Oh! It's in need of some work.

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THEY LAUGH Yes.

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I'd go with that. However,

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you've got a pretty good template to work with.

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Sash windows. Yeah, period features. Shutters...

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OK? Let's keep looking. OK.

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'So let's see if they can see the potential

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'in the second reception room.'

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The living room's got a nice shape, but what I want you to look at

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is that view. That's really good, isn't it?

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It's spectacular.

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Let's see what you think of the kitchen. Lead on.

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'Next door there's a third reception room,

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'which also benefits from those fabulous views.

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'But let's see what creative vision Angela has for this room.'

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OK, the kitchen has a warm glow to it!

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I think it's the orange walls. Don't let that put you off.

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You've seen the downstairs now.

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Could you do anything here to make this work?

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It depends what you can do on the listing side.

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You could extend at the back,

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I'd move the kitchen to the back of the house.

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That, I think, could work.

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That's it for the downstairs.

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Let's have a look upstairs. And the good thing up there

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is that you've got plenty of bedrooms. OK. OK.

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Off the back of the kitchen is a large utility room

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and a separate larder.

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'Our mystery house requires a complete decorative overhaul,

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'but can they apply the same imagination

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'to the five bedrooms upstairs?'

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This is one of the five bedrooms on this floor,

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and there are two bathrooms. None of the rooms are en suite.

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Yeah. OK? OK.

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What you do get, yet again, is the stunning view,

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and you can see it even better up here, in the elevated position.

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It's excellent. Yeah.

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They got the wallpaper from the same place I got my shirt!

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The other four bedrooms on this floor are all well proportioned,

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with a spacious double, and another offset by a bay window,

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with light streaming in the third double bedroom,

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and the fourth serving as a study. There may be no en suites,

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but there are two separate family bathrooms,

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and what's more, there's a second floor

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which is crying out for their creative touch.

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Final room...

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and probably...some of the most potential for change.

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You could change it into a bedroom,

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and you could probably put an en suite in it,

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reconfigure the walls.

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You might even get two bedrooms. That's such a great attitude.

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I'm glad you've enjoyed looking at the inside of the house. Let's have a look outside. Yeah.

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'Outside, the 0.7 acre of a garden

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'that wraps around the property is a real sweetener,

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'what with its landscaped areas, vegetable patch

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'and glorious views of the countryside beyond.

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'But at what cost?'

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OK, it's the moment. You've seen what the house has to offer.

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You know the location. But what do you think the price is?

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Um...

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600. OK.

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Er, I'm going to say 650.

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This is on the market at 850.

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Wow! ?850,000.

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Well, that just shows you, it's where it is. Yeah.

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Absolutely. We are in the National Park. Yeah.

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Priced at ?850,000,

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our mystery house really highlights the premium paid

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for living within the National Park. However, it is under budget,

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and throws down the gauntlet for them to get stuck into a renovation.

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It includes three reception rooms, five bedrooms,

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a large garden that offers fabulous Lakeland views,

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and it's set in a desirable village location.

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But even with their generous budget, is it a challenge too far?

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Seen enough? Yep.

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Yeah. You've seen all the houses, that's for sure.

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Time for you to find somewhere to sit down and have a think. Good.

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From Holland to the Lakes, it's a big move for you and your family,

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and we have seen three interesting properties.

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It's been a bit of a journey, hasn't it?

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Let's go through them one by one and reflect on what you've seen.

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The first one, when we got inside, I was quite surprised

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to see how beautifully renovated it had been,

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and the taste was impeccable, I have to say.

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I think on the downside, it wasn't big enough for us downstairs.

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And whilst it had the two acres of agricultural land,

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I didn't really see how that could easily be turned into a garden.

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From a rural property, we took you to something

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that was smack-bang in the middle of a village.

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What did you think of that?

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I just loved the look of it, and it had the most fabulous garden.

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In the house itself, I liked the rooms.

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The hallway and the staircase I felt was a bit dark and gloomy,

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so it didn't draw me in in the way that the first house did.

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So our final property, the mystery house.

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It was a bit of a project.

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I think the house itself was full of character,

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and the views at the back of the house were stunning.

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The mystery to me was why it's been priced at that level.

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I'd expect that in certain areas of the National Park,

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but I didn't expect it in that particular village,

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because it didn't seem to me a touristy hot spot,

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so I was quite surprised.

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OK. So, what next? What will you do next?

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Keep looking, yeah, and start spending our weekends

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trekking round the countryside.

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Thank you, guys. I've really enjoyed spending some time with you.

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Welcome back to the UK. Thank you. Cheers.

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There's no doubt about it - Cumbria is stunningly beautiful,

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and it's easy to see why Angela and Rhys are so keen to move here.

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We may not have found them their dream home,

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but with the children already settled in the area,

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I'm sure they're going to follow on soon.

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And although, as we've discovered, surroundings like this do come at a price,

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it may just be a price worth paying. I'll see you next time

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Denise Nurse is on the trail of stunning rural property in Cumbria, a county renowned for its incredible scenery. The buyers have a budget of £900,000 and are looking for a super-sized substantial family home with three reception spaces, five bedrooms and plenty of land. Denise also checks out one of Cumbria's oldest sporting traditions, hound trailing.


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