Hampshire Escape to the Country


Hampshire

Property show. Alistair Appleton meets a couple with £1.5 million to spend on a Hampshire home with space for entertaining and room for the in-laws.


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Today, we're in a county with two national parks,

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one famous for its chalky hills, the other for its gorsy forest.

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Find out where we are in just a moment.

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In today's show, I'll be helping a couple desperate to flee

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the urban jungle of London for a peaceful retreat in the countryside.

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-Nicely done.

-Nice.

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Ta-da!

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-Oh, my word! A sunken bath!

-Nice.

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But they want their rural dream to come with a bit of luxury.

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Will our mystery house fit the bill?

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Nicely done, but you can't entertain in here.

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Here we are in Hampshire, with the South Downs National Park

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in the east, and this, the New Forest National Park, in the west.

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The New Forest was created in 1079,

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by William the Conqueror, no less, as a royal hunting ground.

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Luckily, they didn't hunt everything,

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because these New Forest ponies survive to this day,

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and they're a protected species.

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They're even allowed right of way on the roads.

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With the likes of Dorset and Wiltshire amongst its neighbours,

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Hampshire is a solid bet for seeking out unspoilt countryside,

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as around a third of the county is encompassed

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within those two national parks.

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There's history too, with the county town of Winchester

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being the ancient capital

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of King Alfred the Great's kingdom of Wessex.

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But one of the defining glories of the county is its coastline.

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The protected waters of the Solent

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have always attracted yachtsmen and sailors throughout history.

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Indeed, the Roman fort of Portchester Castle

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is testament to Hampshire's enduring strategic importance.

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It's this potent mix of heritage and geography

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that makes the county such an interesting prospect

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for aspiring escapees.

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Today's couple really are the most city of city-dwellers.

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They live right slap bang in the middle of London,

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so let's find out what it is about Hampshire

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that makes them think this could be a perfect escape.

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Luke and Rachel are high-flying lawyers who have spent

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the last 15 years living and working in central London.

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Home is in a modern apartment block overlooking St Paul's Cathedral.

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Many city dwellers would give their eye teeth

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to live in the heart of London,

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but the charms of urban living have faded for them,

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and they want to change their city life for a country one.

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My dream for moving to the country

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is to wake up in the morning and hear the birds singing,

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and to look out over green fields,

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rather than having been surrounded by a construction site

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and with planes overhead.

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Yes, and for me it's about getting up in the morning,

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walking to the village shop to buy a newspaper,

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maybe a nice Sunday roast in the village pub.

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And a walk back over country fields.

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That all sounds idyllic.

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Location is all-important for Luke and Rachel,

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as they're keen to be close to their relatives.

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The area we've been focusing on is Hampshire,

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because that's where Luke's mother is, and my mother lives quite close.

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My mother's not getting any younger, so it would be nice if,

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at some stage, she could come and move in with us.

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So, we're looking for a granny flat.

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And there are also a few other things on their list.

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When we move, my absolute must for our dream house

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is a big downstairs entertaining space.

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Big open-plan kitchen, plenty of room for friends, family

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to come round and have drinks and dinner.

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Maybe somewhere to put a little vegetable patch in,

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growing potatoes and tomatoes.

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Somewhere for chickens.

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I'm quite a keen golfer, so I'd like to explore that

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a little bit more in the countryside.

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There's plenty of evidence in support of a country life.

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But it's not quite case closed.

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So far as the style of property is concerned,

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I think we are not wedded to a particular, you know,

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modern or period property.

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Our big no-no is low ceilings and beams.

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When it comes to deciding on our dream home,

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I think we'll probably agree,

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provided Luke can have a bit of a reality check.

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Yes. I have no doubt we will agree, because I will just say,

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"Yes, Rachel, that's lovely."

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I'm not sure it's going to be quite that easy,

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but one thing that is for certain is their handsome finances.

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Our budget for this move is £1.5 million.

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Usually at this point, I'd be saying,

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"They haven't really got enough money,

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"and there's not that many properties.

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"There's going to have to be a compromise."

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But actually, they've got a really good budget.

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This part of Hampshire is full of million-pound properties.

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So the challenge for us is, actually,

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can we find a property that really sets them up?

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That gives them those big, modern interiors for entertaining

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and the country allure?

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Something that is going to express

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what Rachel and Luke want to be for the rest of their life?

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Luke and Rachel covet the rural charms of Hampshire,

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so we'll be focusing today's search around the New Forest,

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in the south-west of the county,

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which has lots of pretty villages and good transport links to London.

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We'll be showing them some fantastic properties,

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

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And there's our mystery house, which is their chance to expect the unexpected.

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I'm interested in this big move of yours

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because it really is a big move.

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Is it going to be the one and final move?

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We don't want to do this again.

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We want our forever home, our dream home,

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so that we can spend the rest of our lives down here.

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We've both been city dwellers for many years,

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and coming down to the country is absolutely what we want.

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Is this going to be... Are you going to entertain,

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is this the place where all your friends come down?

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It's certainly my dream.

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One of the things I'm very much looking for is a big kitchen with entertaining space

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so we can have all our friends around, family Christmases, that kind of thing.

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Basically, we want to be the hosts.

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What's your dream scenario?

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Probably a village, or edge of village location

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so we can still walk to, to a pub, to a village shop.

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Having a nice garden, maybe growing vegetables.

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But you've got a lovely budget, it's a real joy to show you around.

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-Let's get in the car and find something.

-Fantastic. Thank you.

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For a maximum budget of £1.5 million, Luke and Rachel

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would like a large house with a minimum of five bedrooms.

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Keen for great entertainment space, an absolute essential

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is a large reception room and good-sized kitchen.

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They'd like at least half an acre of land,

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so Luke can potter in the garden and try his hand at growing vegetables.

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And an annexe or downstairs bedroom for Luke's mother.

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With their desire for rural beauty in mind,

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I'm taking our buyers to the hamlet of Shobley, near Ringwood.

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With the New Forest on their doorstep, Luke and Rachel will have

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all the country walks they could ever wish for.

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I think our first house will give them all the entertaining space they want too.

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Good grief!

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-Here we have it.

-Wow!

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1930s building, you can see the style.

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-You've got six garages.

-We need more cars.

-For your many, many cars.

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-What are your first impressions?

-It's amazing.

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It's very, very impressive. It's a lovely driveway.

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It looks a huge house. We have only got one car, so five garages....

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-Better start saving.

-Absolutely, yes.

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I love the fact that it looks symmetrical. Stunning.

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-You've got the A31, which is a pretty noisy road.

-I can hear that.

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But once you get into the house, that's not a factor any more.

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There's garden at the front, as well.

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-That's the least of your garden.

-Oh.

-Oh, my word.

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Good first impressions,

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so let's hope the inside can live up to their expectations.

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Come on in.

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-Wow.

-Wow.

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-Talk about party space.

-It's big, huh?

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-Have you seen the disco floor?

-Yeah!

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Come in here, you'll get the full extent.

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-When you said you wanted a modern interior...

-Yes.

-That will do it.

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-Thumbs up for this bit?

-Definitely.

-Super.

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-Good, let's go and look at the reception room.

-Great.

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So that was a hit, and hopefully,

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the open-plan drawing room won't disappoint either.

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-Wow!

-Very different.

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Do you like it, or are you not so keen?

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It's not to my taste at all, this room.

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I think it feels a bit long and thin. It doesn't feel very cosy.

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That's what I'm struggling with. I don't know what I would do with this space.

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I'm not sure I'd want the dining room. I'd rather entertain in the kitchen.

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It is a simple downstairs. There's a family room at the other end,

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but it's essentially these three massive rooms.

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-Let's take a look upstairs.

-Great.

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'Before we explore the rest of the downstairs,

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'let's take a look at where they would sleep.'

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-Here is the master.

-Oh.

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-That is enormous.

-It's big, huh?

-Yeah.

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-Lots and lots of space.

-Where's the cupboard space?

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Well, behind you, you have a walk-in wardrobe.

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-My dream of a dressing room.

-Yeah, yeah.

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And in this cupboard, are you ready?

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-Oh.

-Ta-da!

-Oh, my word!

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-A sunken bath!

-Gosh!

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This is enormous, the en suite.

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-It's lovely, isn't it?

-Beautiful room.

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This house just keeps on growing. There's three more large double bedrooms on this floor,

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two of which are en suite, and a further family bathroom.

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Back downstairs, there's still more to show them. There's a separate ground floor annexe

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which, I think would work well for Luke's mother.

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-This is a little bit more scaled down.

-This is very cosy.

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-Perfect, actually.

-This is the annexe that is perfect for your mum.

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-It's got a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom all on one level.

-Great.

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-It's a good idea. It's perfect for her, actually.

-This is the annexe,

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but there are more surprises in the garden.

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The property comes with its very own spa block

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which has a large indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium,

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and there's also an outdoor tennis court.

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Here we get a view of the garden, although it spreads everywhere.

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-It's two acres of garden.

-Shame about the road noise.

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-The road is an inescapable fact of the house.

-I think that's right.

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In terms of what you've got, there's a lot on offer here.

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What do you think the price of this property would be?

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I think I'd probably say about £1.3 million.

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OK, I think that's optimistic.

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I would say given the amount of grounds, £1.6 million?

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Well, a little in between, but much closer to yours.

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It's on at £1,395,000.

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-Wow, that's a lot of house.

-A lot of ground.

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So, priced at £1,395,000,

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this fantastic 1930s house certainly has ample entertaining space,

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with its two reception rooms and huge kitchen.

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There's plenty of room for friends and family to stay, with four bedrooms and a granny annexe.

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And there's a huge two-acre garden.

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Will this be too much space for them?

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-All done?

-Yes, thank you.

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Pull the door. Let's mosey on.

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Fantastic.

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So it's back to the business of finding a home for Luke and Rachel.

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As they're after a quiet spot, we're heading to the tiny village of East Dean.

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As they still need to commute to London for work,

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it's a great choice, as it's only 12 miles to Salisbury,

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which has excellent rail links to London.

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Our buyers want to escape the noise and pressure of city living

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and it doesn't get more peaceful than East Dean,

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where there are no shops, just the ancient church of St Winfrith's

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and one pub, should they need a watering hole.

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OK.

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-Different kettle of fish here.

-Very different.

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-Much quieter.

-Much quieter.

-Beautiful, yeah.

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Lovely entrance as you came through. I love it.

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This is an 18th-century cottage.

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You can see where the chimney was, would've been the end of the original cottage.

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Then from the chimney, left, would have been a barn.

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This is a cottage and barn conversion.

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I know that's not what you put top of your list,

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but, nonetheless, we brought you here because we think this is a super property,

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-but I'll let you be the judge of that as you walk around.

-Lovely.

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So far so good on the outside,

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but they might be in for a bit of a shock on the inside.

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Come on in...

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to another kitchen/diner.

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-Nice.

-Nicely done.

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-Interesting...beams.

-Beams?

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Not our favourite.

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-I think I said definite no-no.

-Mm-hm.

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If you painted these all a nice, bleached-out, chalky white

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-you would immediately feel they were about a foot high.

-And lighter.

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Well, it's absolutely what we didn't want, but I'm kind of liking it.

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-You know, I need to see more of the house. This feels OK.

-Yes, it does.

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-For hearty Christmases.

-It'll keep us cosy.

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Well, if you want hearty Christmases...

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Downstairs, there's a handy utility area and a cosy family room.

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-No low ceilings here!

-No low ceilings, but still some beams.

-Still some beams.

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This is where I was thinking you could have a good family Christmas.

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Oh, yes, yes.

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It's beautiful on a summer's day like this but it would really work in the winter as well.

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I'm picturing a big Christmas party with children,

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and imagine the games of sardines you could play.

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-That's definitely right.

-Before we look upstairs, one more room.

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Off this grand reception, I think there's a room that might be ideal for Luke's mum.

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-Tiny little room here at the end.

-Oh, yes, right!

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-Fabulous room.

-That's a big room too.

-It's a big room, isn't it?

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That's super, actually.

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There are options in this house for Mama, this might be one of them.

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Yes, this would work very well if we could get

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a little sitting, bed sitting room and en suite somewhere.

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They're certainly warming to this place. I'm hoping the first floor will deliver,

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providing they don't mind the odd beam or two.

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Here is the master bedroom.

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Lovely, very nice.

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Beam.

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-There's a beam right above my bed.

-Just a single beam.

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-I think that one would definitely have to be painted white.

-Yes.

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I think that would be doable.

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You've got a lot of storage, you've got a walk-in dressing room there and a big en suite.

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Oh, fabulous. Views over the garden as well.

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-Oh, that is absolutely gorgeous.

-Isn't that great?

-On all sides.

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I can't remember the last time I saw a bathroom with double aspect.

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No, exactly. You can look out both sides and it makes it so lovely and light.

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I would definitely spend many hours soaking in that.

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-Lovely.

-Definitely.

-Very nice.

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On the far side of the gallery landing,

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there is a country house-style guest bedroom with its own en suite,

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and a further three bedrooms with bright interiors.

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There is also a family bathroom with whitewashed floorboards.

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Outside, there's an expansive garden

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which runs down to the River Dunn

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and a further two acres of private woodland beyond.

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-I can see some fabulous garden parties.

-Yeah. Oh, yeah.

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-You'd lose a few people, I suspect.

-Into the stream.

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-And into the woods.

-Yes. Oh, it is fabulous.

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All the best garden parties end in the woods.

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If you live here, if you buy it...

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which, of course, is dependent on the price.

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I'm going to go for 1.45, I think.

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I think it's less than that.

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Um...

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I think I am going to go 1.15.

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Well, yet again, it's somewhere in between.

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-And once again, it's closer to you. It's on the market for 1.2.

-Wow.

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That's a great price.

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At £1.2 million, this house is comfortably under their budget.

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It's a barn conversion, set in a small rural village.

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It's got a double-height reception room, perfect for entertaining.

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And with five bedrooms, there should be enough space for their family

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and friends to stay over.

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But will the beams leave Rachel feeling exposed?

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-Lovely.

-But let's go and collect ourselves at the end of the day.

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Great.

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As the day closes over Hampshire, our buyers have time to consider the properties they've already seen

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and anticipate what the mystery house might have in store.

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For the mystery house, we've reigned things in.

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We have gone a bit smaller

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and retreated from the wilds of the countryside.

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So, let's see how they like that.

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Now for the mystery house

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and we've hopped across the border to Ferndown in Dorset.

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It's further away than the other houses I have shown them

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but it is still just commutable to London from Bournemouth

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which is seven miles away.

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Ferndown itself is a town

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but it's still surrounded by countryside and open fields.

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And, for golfer Luke, there's a championship course which could

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seriously help swing our mystery property right into their thinking.

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-Ooh! Another exhausting walk up one of your drives.

-It is a long way up.

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-So, what do you think of this?

-Wow, fabulous.

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-That is not what I was expecting.

-No, not at all.

-At all.

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That is really stunning.

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-And big!

-It is quite large.

-Again.

-Yes.

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-This is actually 14 years old.

-Is that all?

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So, it's absolutely top spec.

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You have a championship golf course literally across the road

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-because I know you like...

-I spotted that on the way in.

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You are really in the middle of a community

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and not way out in the countryside.

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-Shall we have a look inside?

-Yes, please.

-Yes, please.

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Ah, maybe we have hit the jackpot with this house.

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The inside will reveal all.

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Ah.

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What a fireplace.

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That's the biggest fireplace we have shown you.

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Almost a proper inglenook.

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Yes. That is nice.

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-It is a real feature of this room.

-And the only beam in the property...

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..is above the fireplace. I can live with that. That is fine.

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I think it would be cosy in here.

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You're right. This is the cosy sitting room which is cooler because...

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-..here, you've got a sunroom.

-Yes, this is lovely.

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Very light, yeah.

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-Oh, yeah.

-And a pool.

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-Beautiful.

-And what a lovely setting for it.

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-Outdoors. You don't have to worry about that.

-Absolutely.

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-There is lots more to see.

-Yes. Lead the way.

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'This is going very well.

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'We might have actually found Luke and Rachel their ideal home.'

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So, we go in here.

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-One of the things about the house is that there are lots of rooms.

-Yes.

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-Another sitting room.

-This is essentially the morning sitting room.

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All the light comes in here in the morning.

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And what a beautiful aspect, actually.

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This is where you have your morning coffee.

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-Read the papers.

-Yes. Lovely. Lovely.

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There is a formal dining room. And then, a kitchen as well.

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-Let's go and look at that. I know it's very important for you.

-It is.

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The all-important kitchen.

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Yeah, lovely.

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-A bit small.

-It is smaller than the ones we have seen.

-You've been spoilt.

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Yes, I think we have. Very nicely done.

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But you can't entertain in here, I don't think.

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That is the thing, you have a separate dining room.

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-It is more of a formal house.

-Yes, that's definitely right.

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This is a very expensive kitchen.

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-It is a very nice kitchen.

-Have you noticed the beams?

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-That's what happens when you paint beams white.

-I hadn't noticed.

-Quite.

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A little bit high on the ceiling, though.

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-Well, there is more.

-Super.

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Sounds like we haven't quite sealed the deal on this one yet,

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but I'm going to show them a study and another conservatory

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that could make a perfect bedroom and sitting room for Luke's mum.

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-Oh, fantastic, yeah.

-So, this is the extension.

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-This could be a room for Mum.

-This is what we were thinking.

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She would love this because she loves the outside garden.

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She could sit there in the morning and there in the afternoon.

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-She would love this.

-Yeah.

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Ideal. Very well done. Very good.

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Upstairs is much more conventional.

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You've got four bedrooms and a big master bedroom.

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Let's have a look at that.

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'I get the feeling it's six of one

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'and half a dozen of the other with this house.

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'Let's see if the upstairs can tip the balance.'

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-This is the master.

-Ooh.

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Just spotting...other bits.

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-Yeah. So, you've got a big dressing room area here.

-Oh, my word, that's huge.

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Now, that is your dream, isn't it?

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That certainly is. You've managed to find three dressing rooms in three properties.

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Oh, yes. And a big en suite there.

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-This is a great size, actually.

-Wow, this is huge.

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-It's huge.

-It's the size of a bedroom!

-Yes.

-Do you think?

-Yes, lovely.

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There are three more bedrooms on this floor, all of them generous doubles

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and two of them are en suite. There is also a family bathroom.

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Of all the properties I've shown you, this is the smallest in terms of footprint of land.

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It's just under an acre.

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What do you think this property is on the market for?

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I'm going to go in at 975,000.

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I was going to plump for a figure of around 999,950.

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Sadly, you're both wrong.

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Because this is actually the most expensive house.

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-This is £1.4 million.

-OK.

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We don't know the area, I suppose.

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Because we are edging closer to Sandbanks,

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-a very exclusive belt of property.

-Right.

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That does surprise me, actually, that it is that much more

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than at least the second property that we saw.

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With a guide price of £1.4 million,

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this new-build house is the most expensive we have shown them.

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It does give them plenty of space with two reception rooms,

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a formal dining room, a large study, two fantastic conservatories

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and four bedrooms.

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-All done?

-All done, thank you.

-All done.

-Good. Come with me.

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Thank you very much.

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I'm fairly sure I saw Rachel's eyes light up as we went around the mystery house.

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It seemed to be the right proportions, lots of things she liked

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and then it was killed dead by the price.

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But I am very interested to see how the whole series of three properties

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have changed Luke and Rachel's ideas about this

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dream country house that is going to express so much about them.

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So, let's go and find out.

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Well, I hope it has been a thought-provoking few days.

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We've seen quite a lot of different properties.

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So, the first one we showed you was the big 1930s property,

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lots of outbuildings, lots of space. Big, light kitchen.

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Inside, that kitchen was absolutely spectacular -

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my dream entertaining space.

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I can certainly imagine having a number of parties there,

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but the big killer for me was actually the road noise.

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And, Luke, what about you?

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Yeah, it was a very grand, very theatrical sort of house.

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Perhaps it was a bit too grand for us.

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It was the location, not so much the noise, that I wasn't convinced by.

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The second house really gave you all the things you didn't want

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and yet, it seemed to grow on you?

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I loved the second house. A bit beamy inside.

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The ceilings, in the main,

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were high enough and I just loved the outside of that house

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with the little tinkling stream running by.

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I did find myself growing to love the property.

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I thought the downstairs living room was just spectacular.

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But I think I would need to go back and take another look on a gloomy day, for example,

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and see if those beams really do do it for me.

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And the mystery house, this was a shock, in terms of price,

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but what did you think of the house?

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I think the house, as a whole, was probably my favourite.

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Certainly, I thought the outside was just delightful.

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The killer, for me, was the kitchen and the entertaining space.

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Yeah. I think, for me, location again.

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It didn't feel particularly rural or semi-rural.

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So, I still think a village or edge of village location would be my ideal.

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So, are there any of them that you would revisit?

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Any of them that you would take another look at or proceed with?

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I think we'd like to explore the area around the second house,

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I think, before going back there,

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just to check out the local village, some of the local pubs.

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I don't think any of the three were our dream house.

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No dream house for you, Luke, but I'm duty bound to check - Rachel?

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I would actually disagree with Luke.

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I don't think we found our dream home,

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but I would like to take another look at the second property, in spite of the beams.

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Great. That's wonderful. That's great news.

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And we want to be top of the guest list at your first big country bash.

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-Have no fear.

-It's been fabulous. Thank you.

-Thank you. We've thoroughly enjoyed it.

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As Luke and Rachel were summing up, Rachel said something that really jumped out at me.

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She said, "Yes, I've got it, this is going to be my entertaining house."

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And for all the reasons we buy houses,

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especially a big house in the countryside, that's got to be a good one.

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You want all your friends to come happily

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and gather at your home and really enjoy themselves.

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So, even though we didn't really find their dream property,

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I think we can be proud that we helped them focus on what it was that they wanted.

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So, that's all we have time for today on the show

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but do join us next time for more property adventures in beautiful rural Britain.

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Alistair Appleton tackles a very expensive house search in Hampshire for a couple with £1.5 million to spend. At the top of the agenda are space for entertaining and room for the in-laws.


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