Norfolk Escape to the Country


Norfolk

Jules Hudson helps a couple who are looking for a period property in Norfolk for the very first time and tempts them with a former stable block with an impressive interior.


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Today we're in a county which amongst other things is famous for these medieval churches.

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They're also uniquely round towered, so why were they built like this and where am I?

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Well, join me in just a few moments and I'll tell you.

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On today's show, we're in cahoots with a couple wishing to escape

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chaotic town life in Buckinghamshire.

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Not only does it promise to be a real journey of discovery...

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It was very different to anything I've had before.

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..but there'll also be a few firsts along the way.

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Never in our lives have we looked at an older property.

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So it's out with the new and in with the old.

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Oh, wow! We got a "wow!" Yes. Oh, yes. Yes!

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The first "wow" of the week!

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Well, today I'm in Norfolk, and this is just one of the 126 round-towered churches

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that the region is famous for. But why round?

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Well, if you think about it, if you're going to build square towers,

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you need nice big slabs of stone.

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Norfolk is not famous for its quarries, but it is well-known for this stuff, for flint,

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a material that really lends itself

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to creating these great big tubular structures,

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and they've gone on to inspire the faithful

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and generations of architectural historians for centuries.

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Bordering Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk,

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Norfolk is the largest of the counties

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that originally made up the area of East Anglia.

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Stretching out to the north and east are 100 miles of sweeping coast

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with wide expanses of sandy beaches,

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flanked by grassy dunes, much of which have been designated

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as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Moving inland from its peaceful shores to the heart of the county,

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you'll find the city of Norwich,

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dominated by the 315-foot towering octagonal spire

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of its medieval limestone cathedral.

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County-wide, you'll find stunning flint properties

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that characterise the Norfolk landscape.

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Well, take it from somebody who grew up in East Anglia,

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Norfolk is a wonderful part of the world and will, I hope,

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provide a very welcome home to today's buyers.

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Meet David, a self-employed tax consultant

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and his wife Marion, a retired book-keeper,

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who've lived in their 1960s home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire,

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for the last 15 years.

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But they're now keen to shake off the hustle and bustle

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of their urban surroundings

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in favour of a roomier rural retreat in Norfolk.

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We've only ever lived in or around towns in our life and wanted to move

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to a more country location.

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Well, we're looking forward to moving to a smaller community where we can

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integrate with the local people, and we like ballroom dancing.

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But what do they need from the property?

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Three to four bedrooms,

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large kitchen,

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an en suite to the larger bedroom, a good garden.

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Preferably, I'd say, a lounge and a dining room, separate.

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Yes. And it would be really nice to have a study.

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It would be nice to have a study. For your work.

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What I would like is a bigger kitchen to house all my kitchen equipment.

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But what style of house

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will be filled with the aroma of Marion's freshly-baked treats?

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I certainly wouldn't want particularly

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to live in an open-plan type of house.

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I'd quite like that, though. I wouldn't mind an open-plan kitchen.

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We have looked on television at barn conversions,

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and they'd be interesting,

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although normally they tend to be open-plan,

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so perhaps I'll forget I've said that.

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We shall have to see.

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They may have conflicting views about the layout,

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but they're both agreed

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that the location must have good transport links.

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David is partially-sighted,

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so I have to drive him everywhere,

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so we're sort of joined at the hip, really.

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Their house is already on the market for ?369,000,

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so what's the final figure for David and Marion

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to waltz their way from Wycombe to the Norfolk countryside?

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I think if the property actually ticked all our boxes,

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we would be happy to pay ?350,000.

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For urbanites David and Marion, this is a big move.

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It's their first foray into the countryside,

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but if we can find a nice big kitchen and a garden

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to keep Marion happy and get her creative,

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and a location good enough to service the sort of amenities David needs access to,

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you never know, we might stand a fair chance

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of finding them their new dream home in the country.

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Good transport links are essential for our buyers, not only to give David more independence

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but so they can visit their two grown-up sons in London, therefore our house search will take us

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to some wonderful country villages which are well connected to Norwich

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for trips into the capital.

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Over the next couple of days,

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we'll be taking David and Marion to see some great homes,

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but I'll be keeping the prices to myself until the end of each tour.

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And of course, to top it off, we'll be venturing

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into previously uncharted territory with the mystery house.

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Well, guys, I'm pretty optimistic about our chances of finding you something that I hope will prove

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of interest and will be a workable solution to the new life that you're trying to create.

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Just remind me of the budget.

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350. If it was a little bit higher, we could probably stretch to 370.

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Yeah. But it would have to be a wow. Yes.

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They're all going to be wows, Marion, come on!

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If it was a question unless you paid 370, you'll not get it

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and we said we really want it, then we probably could...

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Yes, when you see the house you like, you almost do anything to get it.

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That's it.

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The weather is supposed to get better. Good.

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Let's see what we can find, shall we? This way, David. OK.

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So, for a slightly flexible budget of ?350,000, David and Marion

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are after a property that has three to four generous bedrooms

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with an en suite to the master, a large kitchen/diner,

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two further reception rooms and ideally a separate study.

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Marion wants a decent-sized garden for growing veg, and the location

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needs to be on the edge of a village with good transport links for David.

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Well, without hesitation,

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we're taking our buyers straight out of their comfort zone.

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Our first house takes us back a few hundred years

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and it's set on the rural outskirts of Elsing.

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With a pretty 14th-century church and a local pub,

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Elsing is a quiet rural village

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with a bus route that reaches Norwich in just under half an hour.

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As for the property, we're starting off with

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an attractive former farmhouse dating back to the 17th century.

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Now then, what do you think? Looks all right. It does. I like the frontage.

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We're in a very, very very quiet lane here.

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It's a lovely property, this. Right.

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Shall we have a look? Yes, please. Come on then, follow me this way.

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It's an impressive approach up to the property, a large gravel drive,

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and once inside the farmhouse,

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it boasts terrific period features throughout.

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Right, what do you think?

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Oh, it's old. It's very old this.

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I never thought I'd have the opportunity to have an old house.

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Well, now's your chance, Marion. Now's your chance.

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This is something of a corridor come dining room, as you can see. Yes.

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But it leads on very nicely into this reception room.

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Now then, come on in here, cos if you want cosy cottage...

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Oh, nice. Oh, yes.

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Come on in, David. Lovely cosy feel this has to it.

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Yeah. That's another thing I've never had which is a proper fire.

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In size, compared to what we've got now, it's probably a little smaller.

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Would you be happy in here on a winter's day with a glass of wine?

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Lovely. Yes. I think so. Definitely.

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With its magnificent inglenook fireplace as the centrepiece,

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the drawing room sits at the back of the property,

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with a lovely stable door that leads to the back garden.

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But we're heading back to the main hallway to see what Marion makes of the kitchen.

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Come on in. Oh, yes. Yes. Yes. A range cooker.

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Yeah. Very nice.

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I mean, it's not the biggest kitchen in the world.

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No. You tell me. This is a place you're going to want to spend a lot of time in.

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Yes. Yes. It's a bit small, really.

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Unusually for a property of its age,

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this building isn't listed, so to maximise the space for Marion,

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there could be the potential to extend this area, subject of course to planning.

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Downstairs also houses the family bathroom

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with an elegant freestanding roll-top bath taking centre stage.

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That wraps up the ground level, so time to take it up

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another level, to the first floor, where there are four bedrooms.

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The smallest one is presented as a snug,

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which could make a good office space with a front-facing aspect.

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And there's also a pretty single room as well as a light, bright double.

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Now then, guys, this would be your master bedroom.

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Right. We'd probably want to put a larger bed in, cos we're big wide bed people. Yeah.

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A lot of people are, you know, you're in good company.

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Right. Certain you could get that in here, couldn't you?

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This is nice, though. A vaulted ceiling.

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Like tall ceilings.

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The one thing you said you did want was an en suite.

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Yes. And this has one. It's in here.

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Tucked away behind this door. There you go. Unexpected.

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And it's got a shower, David.

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Nice big shower too. Exactly the sort of shower I pictured.

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For what is a modest cottage... Yes.

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..this is a very, very, generous en suite. Yes. Absolutely.

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It's safe to say that the space upstairs seems to have impressed,

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but back outside, I've got a surprise in store for them

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which will more than make up for the possible lack of space downstairs

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and unusually, it's actually attached to the neighbouring house.

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Right, come on into here. This is really interesting.

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Yes. Totally, yes. It's sort of self-contained.

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We've got a living room, a very generous double bedroom, bathroom, and you know, kitchen area as well.

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Right, yes. My mother, who's nearly 93, can't get upstairs any more

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so if she comes to stay with us,

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this would be perfect, have her own space.

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I'm thinking of the boys. Yes.

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They'd love it. They'd love it.

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They'd love it so they didn't have to talk to their parents so much!

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We'll finish the tour in the back garden. It's a bit of a blank canvas at the moment,

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so for our keen gardeners,

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this presents a good opportunity to get creative.

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What do you think it's worth?

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I would say, because of the annexe, perhaps 360,000.

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Yeah. OK. I would say, perhaps, it might even be 365 or 370 even.

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Yeah. Yeah. You're very good.

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The pair of you are very good.

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Really? Yeah. This could be yours for ?365,000. Right. Right.

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At ?365,000, our first offering is a lovely

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detached 17th-century farmhouse that's full of period features.

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It's got four bedrooms, including a master en suite

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and two reception rooms as well as a kitchen breakfast room.

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Outside there's a good-sized garden

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and even a separate one-bedroom self-contained annexe.

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But will the quirky historic character here manage to charm

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buyers who are so accustomed to straight late 20th-century builds?

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Marion. David.

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Out you come. Did you enjoy that one?

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Very interesting indeed. Yes.

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Very interesting and very unexpected. Very unexpected.

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Yes. I didn't have anything like this in mind at one time. No.

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You're on Escape To The Country, guys. Indeed.

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It's always about the unexpected. You should know that by now.

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I should do. I should do.

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Norfolk's level terrain and coastal location have ensured that it's had

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a long and distinguished role in Britain's aviation history.

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And by World War II, there were over 30 airbases

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built here for use by the American Air Force and the RAF.

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One aviation legend who's experience these times first-hand

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is Wing Commander Ken Wallis, who took his first flight in 1936.

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I've come to meet him to find out more about his extraordinary life.

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Well, Ken, East Anglia is famous for its flying pedigree, not least for its wartime...

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Oh, yes. You obviously had a passion for flying.

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Tell me where that came from. Well, it started with my father and my uncle, who made an aeroplane in 1910.

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Flying and indeed, inventing, runs in the family.

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In 1964, Ken retired from the RAF to concentrate on developing his very own aircraft,

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of which he has now amassed a private collection of over 30 models.

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By improving the design of a gyroglider to his own specifications, and including an

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engine, the revolutionary autogyro was to steer his career in a whole new direction.

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The autogyro is exactly the same principle as the sycamore seed.

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It's rather like when two seeds join together, they're circling

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around each other. So you're pushing yourself into the wind,

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all the way? That's right. Yeah.

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One of his models was to take him to Hollywood.

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It was featured in the film You Only Live Twice.

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And it was Ken himself who doubled as James Bond for all the aerial stunts.

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So this is the one in which Sean Connery sat? Yes.

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Fabulous. It was hung up and there was a fan ruffling his shirt.

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And the background scenery being moved.

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And even in his 90s, Ken can't resist taking to the skies.

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In fact, he's in training to break his own autogyro world speed record, which currently stands at 129 mph.

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Well, they do say you can't keep a good man down,

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particularly not a magnificent man in his flying machines.

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It's time we return to the house hunt.

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We're travelling 12 miles south,

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close to the market town of Wymondham.

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Dotted with Elizabethan and Jacobean buildings,

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Wymondham also has a medieval church

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and features a half-timbered 16th-century market cross in the centre.

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House number two is three miles away in the village of Wicklewood.

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We're stepping further forward in time to the 1800s

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with our second house,

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this handsome Victorian cottage lying in a quiet country lane.

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Here we are, there it is. What do you think?

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OK. It looks nice.

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It's fairly substantial by the look of it.

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It's very substantial. There's a lot of it.

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What's interesting about this one for you two,

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is the location.

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Right. Wicklewood is a really busy good village. Right.

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The pub is ten minutes walk away.

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Right. The village hall is, you know, pretty much next door,

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and they have their own village ballroom dancing classes.

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Right. Sold.

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See, I thought you'd like it.

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So location I think is good.

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Right. Transport links brilliant.

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The only thing that remains to be seen is whether or not you can fall in love with that building.

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Yeah. That's the next step.

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Can we go and have a look?

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Yeah. Come on then.

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Well, the possibility of a quickstep right on the doorstep

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has certainly got David and Marion hotfooting it inside.

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Let's see whether the interior will get them moving, starting with the sitting room.

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Right.

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Marion, what do you think? Yes.

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Another cosy room. Yeah. It is.

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I mean, we haven't got the huge inglenook of our earlier property. No.

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Although, in some ways, this feels a bit more spacious, I don't know why.

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Yes. Yes. I know exactly what... I wonder if it's because of the beams.

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Possibly. Maybe, you know, less of it's fireplace because you've got that nice breast there.

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That's true, yes.

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With French doors opening out to the front garden, the simple uncluttered

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style of the sitting room seems to be hitting the right notes.

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And right across the hallway, is a similar-sized dining room.

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I think this is rather nice. Yes. This is a nice room. Yes.

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Cosy, cottagey, but elegant at the same time.

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Come and have a look at this, Marion. Tell me what you think.

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There you go.

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Oh, right, that's the kitchen.

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Yeah. Isn't it? That's the kitchen. Yes.

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It's got loads of character, this.

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It's all built in. Hand-finished kitchen.

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You know, classic kind of Belfast sink and so forth. Yes.

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This is more my type of kitchen.

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Is it big enough? Yes. Yes. Definitely. Hurrah.

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Things are definitely looking up with the large kitchen/diner, so time to get upstairs.

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The family bathroom serves a total of four large bedrooms, one of which is set out as a twin.

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Then there's another smart double guest bedroom, and the third bedroom

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is kitted out as an office with a built-in desk and study space.

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Then finally, of course, there's the room that David and Marion might call their own, the master bedroom.

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It's got that feeling of space in a bedroom. I'm so unused to it

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that it makes me think it's a nice-sized room.

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I mean, I do appreciate it's going to be quite hard for you to fall in love with a property

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straightaway, because as you said in the car, this is the first time in what, 15, 16 years... Yes.

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..that you've actually looked at a property at all. Yes.

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So you've hit the ground running with us. Yes.

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And never in our lives have we looked at an older property.

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On all sides, the house is completely enveloped by its own grounds.

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It even has a little pond, attracting all manner of wildlife.

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But what's more, the plot comes with a huge double-garage block which could be converted into a

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separate study or even make a really useful space for David and Marion to practise their ballroom dancing.

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Let's have a think about the money, then.

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You went first last time, David, so, Marion?

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Hm...355.

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355. Yeah. David? I've got a feeling it's going to be a bit more than that.

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380, I would say. 380.

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That's very interesting. You're very astute, sir.

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This is on the market for ?375,000,

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so teasing the top end of the budget, obviously.

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I know you said you would go to that if it was perfect and if it wowed you. Yes.

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Has it wowed you, I wonder?

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Don't answer that question just yet. No. OK.

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At ?375,000, our second house is a great Victorian cottage that comes

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with four double bedrooms, a separate dining room, alongside a huge kitchen/breakfast room.

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Outside, there's a double garage with project potential

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and a large landscaped private garden.

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This may be another historic property, but it's a later build than our first house, with spacious

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dimensions and a classic layout - more the type of home our buyers are accustomed to.

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Did you enjoy that one, then? Yes. Yes, indeed. Yes, I did.

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Good. Well, it's a very, very nice house in a fantastic spot.

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Yes.

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So as the sun sets over the famously flat Norfolk landscape, the first day of our house hunt

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comes to an end.

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So having had a chance now to sleep on it, do you think

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your attitude to looking at properties has changed a little bit?

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Yes, slightly, yes. It has.

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I think you've kind of opened a new world to us, really.

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So the mystery house has a fairly good chance of being received well?

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Yes. Yes. I think so. I think so. Good.

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And just in the distance, straight ahead of us, is the small

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village of Beeston, where our mystery house lies.

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Beeston is a peaceful rural place that has recently been voted Norfolk village of the year.

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And our mystery house is a contemporary brick and flint

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open-plan barn, parts of which date back to the 19th century.

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But this type of property is something our buyers

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specifically said they didn't want, so let's see if we can tempt them.

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Right, chaps, well, this is the mystery house. Right.

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That's totally different. Yeah.

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Absolutely. Yes.

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I mean, it's effectively a barn conversion. Right.

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OK. The old bit is this bit to our left here with these lovely arched windows in it.

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They're cute. What's interesting is, that bit over there that contains

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the second storey and the garage, that's all brand-new. Right.

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It ties in exactly with... You'd never know.

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No. Of course, it does incorporate some of the features that you'd expect in a building of this style.

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Right. Old beams and that sort of thing.

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Yes. But with all mod cons. Are we getting there? Yes.

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Yes. I like what I'm hearing so far. Great. Come on then, let's have a look inside. Right.

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The layout is open-plan so let's see if they'll be open to our latest proposition.

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Oh, wow.

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We got a "wow"! Yes. Yes. Yes.

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We got the first "wow" of the week. Yes. That's very nice.

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The mental picture of what we've had. Something like this. Yes.

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This is it, you've achieved it. The floor, what do you think of that?

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That's beautiful.

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Now then, under-floor heating throughout. Oh, right, great.

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Yeah.

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It's something else that we talked about. Look at the smiles!

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OK. Excellent.

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This property is empty. It's ready for you to move into. Right.

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But you'd get a very generous dining table in there.

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Yes. And of course, you've got doors out there to the little patio.

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All right. Yes. Very nice. That's just what I wanted.

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Yeah. So you're cooking, friends are chatting.

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Yes. That's right. Yeah? Yes.

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Exactly as we'd envisaged.

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Now, reception rooms you've been challenged by, I think. Right, yes.

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I think they've all been lovely, but hopefully this one is a bit bigger for you.

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Yes. That's a lovely size.

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That is a lovely size. Yes. Nice fire.

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Now, I know that you're not traditionally sold on open-plan.

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I know that you're loving this. Yes. OK. What do you think, really?

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This is the best compromise that I've ever seen, because

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it's open-plan but it's not open-plan, because it's got this lovely feature here. Yeah.

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Which, as far as I'm concerned, makes all the difference.

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The use of a full-height exposed brick chimney breast is an attractive and practical solution

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to dividing the space up, designating clear zones for living and dining.

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But at the far end of the single-storey part of the barn,

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a room has been partitioned off which could make a lovely study for David.

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Lovely size. Absolutely perfect size for me, this would be. Yeah?

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Yeah. I can picture the desk with me sitting at it.

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The study makes up one of the four bedrooms in this property, and

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another ground floor bedroom lies in the newer wing at the opposite end, the dual-aspect double room.

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A good-sized utility room and modern family bathroom with

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separate bath and shower cubicle can also be found down here.

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And if the huge open-plan kitchen/diner wasn't enough,

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there's also a separate dining room with double doors out to a patio.

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But next, it's time to take the oak staircase upstairs to explore the top level.

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..the final two bedrooms and this, your master bedroom. Oh, gosh.

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Right. Yes.

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En suite in here, look, there you go.

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Oh, yes. This is nice. Beautiful.

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Very nice. I mean, anywhere else that would be quite a handy, you know, family bathroom.

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Yes. Yes. Indeed.

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The other bedroom up here is also a comfortable double room,

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featuring generous built-in wardrobes, but as this is the mystery house,

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there's another twist.

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OK, Marion, come on out. This is the compromise, isn't it?

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This is the end bit you've got to think about. Yes.

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The rest of it, as you have seen, is absolutely lovely. It's beautiful. Spot on.

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OK. Well, let's get down to the kind of hard bit of it, our final discussion of money over the week.

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Go on, David. You go first this time.

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I'm fearing it could be about...400.

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I'm hoping it's 370. You're hoping it's 370?

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Well, it is the mystery house.

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We do like to sort of push you in all sorts of ways.

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I think we've pushed you in terms of the design and style of this building.

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What we haven't done is push you on the price. Right.

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Cos this could be yours for ?340,000. Really?

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Right. Wow. That's good news.

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I think that buys you a courtyard garden.

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That is fantastic. Yes.

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Yes, cos that's the difference, isn't it?

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You're not paying for that extra bit of land.

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Surprisingly under budget at ?340,000, this beautiful period barn conversion is awash with character,

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without compromising on space inside.

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It has four double bedrooms with a master en suite, a separate dining room and living area,

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and to top it off, we've even found the perfect kitchen/breakfast room for Marion, and it's huge.

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But there is a trade-off with the bijou garden.

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So, will they be willing to downsize on their preferred plot of land?

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Brilliant. I've had to drag you kicking and screaming out of the mystery house.

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Didn't think we'd get them out of there!

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Well, it's now decision time for Marion and for David.

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I have to say, when we started this house search, it all seemed pretty straightforward but my sense is that

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they've learnt a lot more about themselves and property in general than they ever thought they would.

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So let's go and see what they think now.

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Let's think about the first property that we showed you. Yeah.

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That lovely little cottage with the holiday lets. What did you make of that one?

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When I first saw the outside, the front especially, I thought, "Great, looks really, really nice."

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Went inside and was quite surprised by the exposed beams

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because I hadn't thought about anything like that.

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The rooms, some of them were a little bit smaller than I'd imagined they might be.

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We took you to our second property. Yeah.

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Lovely Victorian build surrounded by a very generous garden. Yes.

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Double garage on the edge of the village, a village complete with...

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A dancing class. A dancing class. I mean, come on!

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Yes. That was a real bonus if you'd like to have that sort

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of community village there, which was something we'd very much wanted.

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And the garden was also beautifully set out.

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Yes. I liked the garden and I liked the house in many ways,

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but again, there were aspects of it that we would have liked to have changed.

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I would have liked to have added on another bathroom and perhaps a utility room. Yes.

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Yeah. And that would have cost extra and it was at the top of our budget.

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But again, the location there was so good. Yes, it was. Yes.

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That was a big consideration, and I found it difficult because I could actually imagine living there.

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Let me take you to our final property, the mystery house, which I was very excited about.

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Tell me what happened when you walked into that kitchen, Marion.

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Well, yes, blown away, because I loved the kitchen.

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The kitchen was definitely a "wow", and so was the whole thing, really.

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Yes. It was very well done.

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You could absolutely just move in there. Yeah.

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There is nothing you would have to do. No.

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No. The only thing you would need to consider

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is the garden. Yes. Yes.

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So are we going to furnish you with our mystery house, I wonder? Cos that's the only contender.

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Well, yes, indeed. Yes. Yes. Well, it's...

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obviously, as I think you know, there's the problem with our own house.

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If that went through, I think we'd be...

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Knocking on the door. I think we would be.

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Good. Well, best of luck, and let us know how you get on.

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We'll certainly do that. Thank you.

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Well, there's no doubt that this has been an enjoyable and eye-opening journey for David and Marion.

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And the good news is that the Norfolk property market

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seems to have delivered the perfect home for them in the form of our mystery house.

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I'm absolutely delighted.

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It's a case of 'out with the new and in with the old' as Jules Hudson helps a couple who are looking for a period property in Norfolk for the very first time with a budget of £350,000. He tempts them with a former stable block with an impressive country-chic interior.


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