Warwickshire Escape to the Country


Warwickshire

Alistair Appleton is property hunting in Warwickshire with a couple who want to leave the stresses of London life behind and seek out a spiritual retreat.


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In 1823, a headmaster in a school in the county we're visiting today

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developed the rules of this iconic British sport.

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Find out where we are in just a moment.

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On today's show I'll help a couple

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leave behind the stresses of life in the capital

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and seek out a spiritual retreat in the country.

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And at first it doesn't look like we have a meeting of minds.

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I think this house might cause us some disagreements, actually.

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Just come and have a chat with me outside!

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But finally we hit on house harmony.

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Wow. This has the wow factor.

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It does have a wow factor.

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Today I'm in Warwickshire, and it was on the playing fields

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of this county's most famous public school

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that William Webb Ellis bent down, picked up the ball and ran with it.

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Now, the myth is that that was a huge transgression of the rules,

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but the truth is that there weren't many rules back then.

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Hundreds of players could be on the field at the same time and it was a complete ruck.

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So the important thing

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wasn't so much the picking up and running but the rules.

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Set within the West Midlands, landlocked Warwickshire shares borders with nine other counties.

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The majority of its 535,000 inhabitants are spread across

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the more industrial north,

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while the south retains a more rural and farmed landscape.

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Stratford upon Avon receives over 3.5 million visitors per year,

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drawn to the famed birthplace of William Shakespeare.

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And the cottage where his wife, Anne Hathaway,

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spent her early years is just a mile from the historic town centre.

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Another of the county's architectural landmarks is Warwick Castle.

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Largely restored in the 19th century, it has a rich history

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stretching back 1,000 years.

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Throughout its towns and villages, half-timbered properties dating back

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to the 15th and 16th century are a common theme,

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making it a compelling option for aspiring escapees.

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Before we look at the houses, let's centre ourselves, relax

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and meet today's buyers.

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Over the past five years, Simon and Karen have completely renovated

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their four-bedroom property in north west London

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to accommodate their natural health therapy business.

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But they're running out of space,

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so they have their sights set on developing a retreat in the country.

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Bringing people into peace and stillness is a very important part of our work, as we work

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with that sort of spiritual understanding as well,

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and we do it to a certain extent here.

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But in order to magnify that on a greater scale,

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offer it out to more people and provide an even deeper experience,

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that's why we're looking to buy out in the country.

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As well as giving their young son JD a rural upbringing,

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they're hoping to free up more time for their hobbies.

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Just in this little area alone, JD and I have managed to establish

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some really nice herbs, which we use on a daily basis.

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I'd like to restart some old hobbies,

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which included painting, writing poetry, photography.

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Life is busy.

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Along with more space, the layout of their next property is important.

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In the new property they'll need a treatment room,

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and as part and parcel of the retreat experience,

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overnight accommodation for guests would be a plus.

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And there are other requests.

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In a nutshell, we're looking for something that has a lot of light,

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a nice farmhouse kitchen with a communal eating area.

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I think we have to try and look at four bedrooms plus,

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especially if we're having people to stay.

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It could be something architecturally very striking,

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very contemporary, very different, or it could be an older building

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which just has that something special.

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With their current house under offer,

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how much do they have to spend?

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Our budget for this move is £750,000.

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Karen and Simon have given us a real challenge, because on top of the practical considerations

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of good transport links into London,

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good schooling, and a client base for their business, they also want

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the more nebulous qualities of spiritual energy and flow,

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things that don't typically get listed on a property's particulars.

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Still, we love a challenge.

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As they'll still need to occasionally commute to London for work,

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Simon and Karen don't want to stray too far north.

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So we're focusing our search around Stratford upon Avon,

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with good transport links and schooling for JD.

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I'll be showing them three properties that I hope

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will fit the bill, but I won't

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be revealing the price of each until they've had a guess first.

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The last one is our mystery house, which is designed

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to challenge their preconceptions.

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-Morning, guys.

-Hello, hi.

-Welcome to Warwickshire.

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Thank you. Good to see you.

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You've got quite a long wishlist.

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What are the sort of top few items?

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Schooling I think has to be the first one, has to be a priority.

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And also the ambience of the place is the most important thing for us,

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the light, the tranquillity, the potential.

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But also you're intending to have some strangers, clients, coming to stay with you.

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How comfortable will you be about having strangers living in your house?

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I think the trick is having some places which are out of bounds,

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there are certain parts which are completely private so you can retreat there.

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What about listed properties?

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I know that you're not keen. Why is that?

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Might slow things down in terms of what we might want to do with the property.

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Well, I'm sure you're going to be wowed by some of the properties.

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It's a beautiful bit of country.

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-Just to check with your budget, what's your budget?

-£700-750.

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There's lots of beautiful properties out there and I'm going to show you three.

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Great, thank you.

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With a top budget of £750,000,

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Simon and Karen are looking for a property with positive energy

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that gives them enough reception rooms

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to accommodate family and clients,

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a large communal kitchen diner, four bedrooms,

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an annexe or space for treatment rooms,

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all wrapped up in a semi-rural location,

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but close to excellent schools

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and with good transport links to attract prospective clients.

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We're kicking off our property search in the village of Arden's Grafton,

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which, although only six miles from Stratford upon Avon,

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is set in a prime rural spot in the Forest of Arden,

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an area steeped in history.

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Shakespeare's parents were reputedly married in the church

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at neighbouring Temple Arden, and there are some notable timbered

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and thatched properties dotted about.

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In the heart of the village is this somewhat newer proposition,

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which offers more than they might expect at first glance.

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This is the house I want to show you.

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It was built in the '80s.

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What are your first impressions?

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Interesting. It's a lovely spot.

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-Lovely village.

-Very, very pretty village.

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-But it's, I think, a really interesting property for you guys inside.

-OK, good.

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-Shall we go inside?

-Yeah.

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Lovely.

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Behind its deceptive facade, this modern house really comes into its own towards the rear,

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offering peace and tranquillity,

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and as we will see later, business potential.

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Straight into the kitchen.

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It's quite a roomy kitchen.

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They've done a lot of work to this, the present owners.

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They've only been here five years

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but they've completely refitted it and put in these French doors.

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It just comes across as very new.

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Well, actually the kitchen is brand new.

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No, it's good. But it's got a fabulous view and that means a lot.

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On the opposite side of the hallway,

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the current dining room is at the heart of the property,

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which they might think about using as a treatment, or a chill-out room.

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Adjoining it is a handy utility room

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that flows through nicely into the main sitting room.

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So this is south-facing, so you get all the daylight sun through here.

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-And this rather gargantuan fireplace.

-Yes, isn't it?

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But again, quite contemporary,

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apart from the old beam.

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And very, very sunny.

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Very sunny. This is the nicest room of the downstairs.

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I like it, I like this room.

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Well, they've given quite a measured response to downstairs so I wonder

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what they'll think of the four bedrooms upstairs.

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There's a spacious double, with the room next door currently being used

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as a study, and a family bathroom also on this side of the house.

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Let's see if the layout works for them as we inspect the third bedroom.

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Here we've got two doubles and a single, effectively.

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And presumably one of the doubles would go to JD.

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But you're all sharing a bathroom.

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So is that not going to work?

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Ideally, with guests that are working with us, they would need to have their own side.

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So this is a little bit sort of mixed in with the family space, I think.

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Perhaps they'll be swayed by where they might sleep.

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So it's quite an extensive suite.

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-Oh, gosh, yes.

-Because this is your dressing room.

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I see.

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-The walk-in wardrobe.

-Very nice.

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Pretty big. And then your own bathroom suite in here.

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And then you go through this arch.

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Mind your head on here.

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This is in the eaves. And this has this incredible view

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down over the garden, down over the Cotswolds.

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You see, this is the side of the house you would actually give to your guest.

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-You would give this to the guest?

-I would, yeah.

-Goodness me.

-I would.

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We usually agree on most things.

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But I think this house might cause us some disagreements, actually, in that case.

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Well, before we make any rash decisions about giving up one's

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walk-in wardrobe for the guests, I want to take us outside,

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particularly to look at the garage.

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And I'm hoping the potential of what lies outside in the garage

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might build on that positive response.

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Oh, my goodness, that's huge, isn't it?

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Could be your retreat therapy palace.

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It could indeed be a palace.

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But it's absolutely massive.

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And it could easily be extended up.

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You could put a floor in here, take the ceiling right up,

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put in skylights, and a spectacular window at that end.

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With a lovely view of the Cotswolds.

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Which looks all over the Cotswolds.

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If we go out into the garden, we can see what you can see.

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The gardens would provide a real haven for their guests,

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and there's room for Karen to grow her own organic produce.

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What do you think of the garden?

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It's not massive, a third of an acre.

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-Yes.

-It's beautiful.

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It's nice. I love the garden.

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It's beautiful. They've put a lot of work into it.

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So how much do you think this little plot of beauty and peace costs?

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Well, without any local knowledge at all,

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and a pure guess, I'd say 500,000.

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No, I would say more like 630, something like that, 620-630.

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-That would be my guess.

-Yes, you're being quite optimistic, Simon.

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It's actually on the market for 650.

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-650.

-So you'd have £100,000 to do this

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and make that what you wanted.

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On the market at £650,000, this property gives them

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a spacious family home which requires no work

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and features an enormous kitchen-diner, two generous

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reception rooms, and four bedrooms, including a master suite.

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It leaves them £100,000 to convert the garage for their business,

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which would make the most

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of the beautiful one third of an acre garden.

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And it's wrapped up in a spectacular rural setting,

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close enough to civilisation to attract their clients.

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-Enough time to soak it all in?

-Yes, thank you, Alastair.

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Good, well, get ready for the rest of Warwickshire.

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Good, thank you.

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Fortunately, many of this country's architectural treasures

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are on the conservation map, but there are a number

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that sadly slip through the preservation net

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and are in danger of being lost forever.

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However, help is at hand.

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Over 1,200 of the most threatened have been placed on a Buildings at Risk Register

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which has been run by English Heritage since 1998.

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Astley Castle in North Warwickshire is one of its deserving cases.

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-Hi, Hayley.

-Hi, Alistair.

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I met up with Hayley McCafferty David from English Heritage to find out how buildings

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get elected onto the register and what lies in store for them.

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The register itself is a comprehensive list

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of all Grade I and II starred buildings that are at risk in England.

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It doesn't have to be a ruin.

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There are some fully standing structures.

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And it can be anything from a castle to a public house.

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Starting life as a 13th century fortified manor house, Astley Castle

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was largely rebuilt in the 1500s by the Gray family,

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of Lady Jane fame who was Queen for nine days.

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Oh, wow, it really is a ruin.

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Certainly is.

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So, how did it get into this state?

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Basically, in the 1960s, the building was used as a hotel,

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and in 1978, tragically, there was a fire

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and has gone into a state of disrepair ever since.

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-It looks like a pretty lost cause, doesn't it?

-Absolutely.

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But with funding now in place from the Heritage Lottery Fund,

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a state-of-the-art glass building

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is going to be inserted within the existing walls.

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The scheme won't disturb the original parts of this Grade II listed ruin,

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but will generate an income which will secure its future.

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The work at Astley Castle is a prime example

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of an enlightened approach to conservation where

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the best modern architectural designs

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are woven into the existing fabric, giving a building

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a new lease of life while holding on to its historic integrity.

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But for now it's time to return to our house hunt.

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And Stratford upon Avon is just six miles away from our second property

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in the village of Wootten Wawen.

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With a population of around 2,000, its active community benefits

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from a delightful Post Office and a local pub.

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The village church, St Peter's,

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dates back to Saxon times and it's said to be the oldest in the county.

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Our second property has quite a historical pedigree of its own.

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This is the property I want to show you.

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Wow! This has the wow factor.

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That does have a wow factor.

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It's a 17th century mill house.

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It is a listed building.

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Mmm-hmm. It would be.

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Well, perhaps we wouldn't need to do too much to it.

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Good. Let's look inside.

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With its blue lias stone base and timber frame,

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the authentic character

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of this beautifully restored water mill continues inside.

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It blends the old and new nicely.

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-Yeah, it's nice.

-You don't mind these beams?

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-No, not at all.

-They're not low.

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You're not skimming the head on them, are you?

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-No.

-That's good.

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You know, it's not as big as some,

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but, actually, it's really nicely planned in.

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I like the way it's blended in.

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There's more living space in the adjoining garden room.

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So, this is actually an extension that they've put on

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not so very long ago

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and this went through without any problems with the Planning Office.

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Did it really?

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That's surprising.

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But it is in-keeping, you've got these green oak beams throughout.

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Along with the utility room and handy cloakroom

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tucked away off the kitchen, there's also a lovely snug

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warmed by its own multi fuel wood burner, and the stairs

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in the entrance hall lead up to yet another impressive living area.

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Amazing.

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Lovely.

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-That's lovely.

-It's an exquisite room.

-Fabulous room.

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-Absolutely gorgeous.

-Yeah.

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You've got this wonderful kind of lattice brickwork fireplace,

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which is very unusual.

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-I haven't seen anything like that.

-Yeah.

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I was thinking, if you had clients and you wanted

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a part of your house to be open, then the downstairs could be open,

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including the garden, and this could be your kind of sitting room.

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But, you see, I'd share it, again.

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You would? She's sharing crazy, you!

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Just come and have a chat with me outside!

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I think that's part of what you're giving to people,

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but it's very beautiful, yeah.

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Also on the first floor is one of the four bedrooms,

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with bespoke oak shelving and wardrobes,

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which might make a nice study.

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The high quality wooden timbers are a running theme

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in the three bedrooms upstairs,

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one being a small double and another making a potential dressing room.

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There's a snug family bathroom opposite.

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This would be your bedroom.

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It's not the biggest, but you're not banging your head against beams,

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which is always my pet hate,

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being tall, and it's just really characterful.

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You're far too accommodating, you two!

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I was hoping you were going to throw a strop and say, it's not enough space!

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And then I could have gone, "Ah, but there's more!"

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How could you throw a strop in a property like this?

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The remarkable charm of this house seems to be wooing them

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in spite of the bedroom sizes,

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but the annex building outside could solve that problem.

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The ground floor houses a double garage and a workshop,

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but upstairs is a real self-contained retreat.

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You've got a bedroom here with its own little en suite.

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The shower room, a porthole window.

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And then this is already now a beautiful sitting room cum office.

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-Wow!

-But it would be very easy to turn this into a second bedroom.

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Wouldn't it? You've got a lot of potential.

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Enormous potential.

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That sounds a good big tick.

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Yeah, I think everything so far is ticked.

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Well, wait until you see the rest of the garden, then.

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The beautiful grounds have been sympathetically landscaped

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with the ornamental pond

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and mill pond providing the perfect setting for relaxing and meditation.

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So, it's a big plot of land, more than two acres.

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So, how much do you think at all costs, this dream plot?

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Yes, I think you've probably eked us over our budget, but I would say 780?

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I'm taking 780 from you. What do you say?

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-760.

-760. Split the difference.

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It's on the market for 775, so it is slightly above your budget,

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but, you know, the important thing

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-is that you love it, you seem to love it.

-We do.

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Granted, at £775,000 our listed mill house is £25,000 over budget,

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but we couldn't resist showing them a property

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which offers so many of the elements they were after.

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Along with character in spades, it gives them a charming kitchen,

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two large and adaptable reception areas with a snug,

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four potential bedrooms and a ready-made annex

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from which clients can enjoy the two acres of wonderful grounds.

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It's also conveniently located, with Stratford upon Avon,

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Warwick and Birmingham all within easy reach.

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As the sun sets over the Warwickshire countryside

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

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When I started this house search I had this inkling that Simon

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wasn't so enamoured of the move to the countryside

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because they'd be leaving their very successful London practice behind.

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But when I saw their faces after the property yesterday afternoon

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I knew that the country dream could be a reality.

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This makes the mystery house slightly problematic

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because in many ways this is a nod back to their dream

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of an urban retreat,

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because it's in a very popular village, so while it offers

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lots and lots of space inside,

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it's a little bit further away from the isolated ideal of yesterday.

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For our mystery house we're heading into the heart of a village,

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a location they specifically didn't ask for.

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Five miles from Stratford upon Avon lies the popular village of Hampton Lucy.

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It offers a primary school for JD, who might also enjoy the

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resident wildlife in neighbouring Charlecote Park,

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home to the Lucy family since the 15th century.

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Among the thatched and red brick properties is our mystery house,

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which while sitting in a village,

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still has a rural feel and offers more of a conventional home

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with an adjoining practice.

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This property dates back to about 1830.

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It was an estate worker's cottage.

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What do you think of the location and the exterior?

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It's great, yeah.

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It would be nice for JD to be in the heart of a little community.

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Well, of course, the key is the property, so let's look inside.

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Inside, its early 19th century core has been tastefully extended

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at the far end of the hallway

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to offer up this spectacular kitchen dining room.

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-Come in, come in.

-Wow.

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This big, big extension was put in in the '80s

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which I think is really successful.

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-They've done it nicely.

-Blends in with the old house.

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I know you go very much on energy.

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How are you feeling the energy of this place?

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Yes, I like it. It flows nicely.

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Leading off the kitchen is a great utility room

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and a generous study with a real chill-out feel.

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But we're heading to the front part of the house

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where one reception room offers up a versatile living area.

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And does the main sitting room opposite give them good vibes?

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Oh, OK.

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You really pick up that this is the older part, don't you?

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-Yes.

-Nice fireplace.

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What do you think, Simon?

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It doesn't have the wow factor the other one had.

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-I think it'd work very well, though.

-It's nice.

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-It's a lovely family home.

-Is it YOUR family home?

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-We haven't finished looking at it yet.

-Ah! Canny, OK.

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Let's see if they're in agreement as we head upstairs via the kitchen.

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These are the new stairs that take you to the upstairs of the extension.

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Which is interesting for your guests because you've got

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one double room here with an en suite, very nice,

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and another similarly beautifully done one here.

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With an en suite.

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Both with really high quality fittings and en suites.

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They might need to change the colour scheme for JD in our next room.

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-Maybe you could make this your wing, as it were.

-Yes.

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So JD gets this room. There's a lovely family bathroom over there.

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-OK. Sweet, very characterful room.

-Yes.

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I'm wondering what you might think of YOUR floor - I've named it your floor.

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I have allotted you this room,

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in my magnanimous way.

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So this is a second bedroom, effectively, but you could

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make it into a little sort of private grown up sitting room.

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Or meditation room.

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-Or meditation room, close to the heavens.

-Very quiet. Good.

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Next door is where they would sleep.

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So you just topple out of bed in the morning into your meditation room,

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but you do have your own en suite.

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Very good.

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-It's cosy up here.

-It's very cosy.

-It is, isn't it?

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I like the blend of the old and new as well.

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There's a lot more internal space, more accommodation, in one spot,

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by far the greatest amount.

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But less outside space, a smaller garden.

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Outside unlocks yet more potential space for their clients.

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I'm almost embarrassed showing you another annexe, but this is a particularly beautiful one.

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-Very nice!

-It is.

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You can see it's got some reclaimed beams.

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A beautiful en suite and bedroom.

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It's been built very nicely and mirrors the shape of the house, doesn't it?

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You could maybe make this your treatment room even.

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-We could.

-It'd work very well as a treatment room.

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-Let's go back outside and let's talk about the whole plot.

-OK.

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Although the garden is well maintained with a nice terrace,

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it's small and wouldn't deliver the outside sanctuary they were after.

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But with the ready-made potential of the annexe as a therapy space, our mystery house is the only

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property of the three we've seen where they can keep work and family life truly separate.

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It's a different offering from what you originally sketched down in your wish-list.

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How much do you think it costs?

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760.

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Uh-huh. What do you think?

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I think about 695, actually.

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Right.

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You're much closer, it's actually on the market for 700,000.

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It's been on a few months.

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And you're right, the price is high because of the location, it's a very desirable village.

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But is it what you want?

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Priced at £700,000, our mystery house is £50,000 under budget.

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Tastefully furnished throughout, it gives them:

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Along with great kerb appeal,

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it's set in a very desirable village.

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-Now, guys, all done?

-Yes, all done.

-Let's re-group and re-consider.

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Okey-dokey.

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This has been a fascinating house hunt because we've been dragged in all directions -

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spiritual, financial, family, public.

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It'll be really interesting to see what they've decided.

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If we look at the houses individually, what do you think

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about the first house?

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Yeah, lovely elevated position, beautiful views, lovely garden.

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-But the house itself...

-It just didn't work for us.

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I got the impression that you, Simon, sort of hung back a bit

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from the project until you saw the Mill House where things seemed to click in.

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Is that a fair assessment?

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I mean, that house changed the energy for me

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because I felt very at home there, and I saw the potential there.

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It's undoubtedly a beautiful property, and I loved the grounds,

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but when you look at the house, it is quite small.

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And I'd want to be confident that, you know, we could really make

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it work for us commercially, because we have to.

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And the mystery house, on one level, this did offer that practical side.

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I think it probably was more practical and I think they'd laid it out very well,

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all the bedrooms had en suite,

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and that was a very usable and workable annex.

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I didn't feel at home there, really.

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The heart wasn't singing there.

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OK, well, whatever happens, I know it's quite a complex change for you.

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I hope you do move to the country, maybe not to one of our houses,

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but something that makes you both very happy.

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-Yes, thank you very much.

-Real pleasure.

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Although it's not stuffed with ley lines, you do have to admit

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that Warwickshire does have tranquil beauty and it's been interesting trying to find

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the dream home for Simon and Karen here because, in many ways, they want four different things.

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They want a going business concern, but also a spiritual retreat,

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a place for their family, and a place for their clients.

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Although I think we came close to squaring the circle

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with the Mill House, I think they've got

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a bit further in their voyage of discovery here in Warwickshire.

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