Property show. Alistair Appleton house hunts in Cumbria with an active young couple looking to spend up to £300,000 and gets a taste for Kendal mint cake.
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Legend has it these stones are all that remains of a witches' coven.
They also form the second-largest stone circle in Britain.
Find out where I am in just a moment.
In today's show, I'll be helping a couple desperate for the outdoors life
find their first home together in the country.
However, they're keeping their cards close to their chest.
I don't what know what to say.
You're quite hard to read. You have this poker face!
But maybe our mystery house will force them to open up a bit.
It's quite romantic.
Welcome to Cumbria, a county filled with mountains, poets,
and this stone circle, known as Long Meg.
Meg, which is this one, was claimed to be a witch
and she and her many daughters were turned into rocks.
This stone circle, it's said, is protected by magic.
It's impossible to go around it
and count the same number of stones twice.
So while I test that theory, you take a look at the rest of the county.
One, two, three, four, five...
As the most north-westerly of England's counties,
Cumbria's charms are countless,
many of them lying within the Lake District National Park.
Among the 16 lakes scattered across the county's dramatic and mountainous terrain
is Windermere, which, at ten and a half miles long and a mile wide
claims the title of England's largest natural lake.
Its scenic splendour is a draw for over 8 million visitors a year,
many who come to enjoy the raft of outdoor pursuits this area lends itself to.
The outlying fells and villages beyond the National Park
are also a compelling option for many people seeking a home here.
In fact, in some parts of the Lake District, Coniston, for example,
51% of the property belongs to second-home owners.
But if you ARE looking to move to the area,
there are properties to suit every budget.
For £260,000, this three-bedroom stone barn conversion outside Wigton
provides a generous open-plan kitchen diner
and bedrooms with impressive roof beams.
Outside, the garden has views over the adjoining fields.
Or how about this four-bedroom barn conversion near Foxfield
It has a state-of-the-art kitchen-diner, a lovely garden
and a roof terrace which offers stunning views
towards Kirkby Moor and the local woodland.
For larger budgets,
£675,000 could buy you this four-bedroom farmhouse in Alston.
It has a light, airy feel with wooden truss ceilings
a running theme throughout the main house.
Our house-buyers are desperate to leave their town life behind
and move into the glories of the countryside,
so let's find out why they want to make their escape to Cumbria.
Lesley, a retail manager, and Carl, a school teacher,
have lived together in their three-bedroom home
in the suburbs of northern Blackpool for two years.
But since becoming a couple, they both want to head out of town
and pursue a more active lifestyle in the Cumbrian countryside.
We both want to move to the country. I think we like the outdoor lifestyle
and the accessibility to the countryside, basically.
This'll be our first property that we'll have bought together,
and that's one of our main reasons. We want to be quite rural
and have the ideal that we've always wanted.
One of my interests is cycling. Lesley and I used to do quite a lot.
Unfortunately, the traffic around here is just ridiculous.
The chance to go out and cycle in the countryside
is something we're looking forward to.
Becoming a fully fledged gardener
is part of Lesley's outdoor ambition.
As you can see, this is my little vegetable patch and it is very small.
At the moment, all we can really grow are strawberries and raspberries,
and when we move to the country, what we'd really like to do
is grow a greater variety of fruit and vegetables.
Whilst striving to fulfil their rural dream, they also realise
that initially they'll have to commute back to Blackpool for work.
Because of this,
they want to settle in the Kendal area with easy access to the M6,
and besides being insistent that their next home should be detached,
there are other priorities to factor in.
For me, I'd like the new house to be pretty much
everything that this place isn't, to be honest.
The main thing for me is location.
It would be wonderful to see some scenery, wildlife, et cetera.
The property itself,
I don't mind whether it's an older property
or whether it's a newer build,
but I would prefer it to have some character features.
So I would like a nice, unusual fireplace
or it to have character inside. Ideally, I'd love a big kitchen.
Two bedrooms would be fine.
Ideally, we need somewhere that could be a studio,
so that might be some outbuildings that come along with the property.
It's more about the location.
I'd prefer it to be a bit more out on its own, whereas Lesley
would probably prefer to be a bit closer or actually in a community.
Lesley sold her property two years ago,
and with Carl's on the market for £145,000,
they've agreed their top limit.
The maximum budget we're looking to spend
would be around the £300,000 mark.
I know we always say that it's going to be challenge to find
what our homebuyers want, but in Carl and Lesley's case,
there are some specific factors that could trip us up.
Firstly, their budget's not the biggest.
Secondly, everybody wants to move to this beautiful corner of the countryside,
and thirdly, local occupancy restrictions really do limit
the number of properties that incomers like Carl and Lesley can buy.
The good news is, here on Escape, we love a challenge.
At their request, we'll be focussing Carl and Lesley's property search
in the Kendal area, although their budget may mean
we have to push the boundaries to get them what they want.
We've selected three handsome Cumbrian homes to tempt them with,
but I won't be revealing the price of each until they've had a guess.
The last property is our mystery house
which we hope will push them beyond their comfort zone.
-Welcome to Cumbria.
-Where the sun is always like this.
-It never, ever rains.
-Glorious, isn't it?
I can understand why you want to move here.
Has it always been your destination of choice? Why here?
We had a conversation a while back and we decided
we only ever wanted to move one more time, so we actually made a list.
We did it separately to make sure it wasn't one person's choice
over the other, of places where we really want to live,
and top of our list was the Lake District.
-So it made sense, basically.
It sounds like you have perfect unison
when it comes to where you want to live.
What about the kind of property? Do you have the same taste there?
I think Carl is definitely more to do with the location of the property.
These views are amazing and that's what we're moving here for.
I'm probably more to do with the interior of the house,
whereas Carl is more to do with the exterior.
-Your budget is 300.
-Fixed in stone.
-The top of our budget.
-Because you have sold your property and yours is in the market.
It's on the market at the moment, and we're also looking to let,
so we're ready to go, basically.
We have found some lovely properties to show you, so let's start looking.
Happily, with their budget of £300,000,
Lesley and Carl have realistic expectations,
but ideally they are after a detached property that provides them
with a living room, preferably with a lovely period fireplace,
a large kitchen-diner, a minimum of two bedrooms,
space for Carl's studio
along with a good-sized garden for Lesley to grow vegetables
and countryside views are a must.
We're getting our property search under way with location
at the top of the agenda as we head to the village of Brigsteer.
With all the amenities of Kendal just three miles away,
this is a superbly rural spot with a well-regarded pub,
a small parish church and a scattering of properties
which enjoy views over the Lyth Valley,
and our first house is no exception.
So this is the spot I wanted to bring you to.
-And this is the property I want to show you.
First impressions? Yours, because you were trembling as we approached.
A gorgeous setting, absolutely gorgeous.
Couldn't have asked for a nicer setting.
Really like it from the outside.
-Really intrigued to see what's inside.
How do you feel about that?
That's the first thing I noticed,
but obviously, in this location, something's got to give.
Quite like the fact that we've got neighbours that are near,
but we'll have to wait and see what inside brings.
I can see there's going to be a bit of tension!
The dog will decide, I think.
Hopefully, the dog will give the heads-up to the large double garage
which has studio potential for Carl.
But it's the windows in the main house
that I think will hold his attention.
Come in to the sun room. What are your thoughts?
It's the view that I'm looking at. It captures the view perfectly.
The view is one of the main things that we're after.
Certainly from my side of things, I want to be able to sit
and admire the view.
-Quite cosy. I quite like it.
-QUITE like it?
-Quite like it.
What do you think of the style of it?
This is quite a taster of the whole house.
It's very modern, which obviously, ideally, I wanted some period features,
but I do like the general feel and the presentation of the room.
OK, well, let's move on.
This was the original front door before they put it on the sun room,
but now it's become the back door.
-This is the sitting room.
-I like the fireplace.
-I like the fireplace.
Eyes immediately drawn to the period detail.
Size-wise, it's cosy.
I'm just wondering if it's a little bit too small. Ceilings are OK.
But then it could be positioning of furniture.
'Let's see if Lesley warms to the kitchen.'
Right, now. You've seen everything on the ground floor.
-What do you think?
-I think it's lovely.
Everything you could need in the kitchen. Quite modern.
It's not a huge property.
You've got to take that on board,
but what they've done with it is really great.
-Ideal for entertaining. I can't fault the kitchen at all.
You're quite hard to read.
You've got this poker face when you come into a room. So you like it?
I take everything in first. I love the floor.
'We have a quiet but positive reaction to the downstairs,
'and upstairs the space has also been well configured
'to offer three bedrooms spread over two floors.
'There's a single room with a small but sleek
'refitted modern bathroom, and next door is a possible master.'
-This is one of the two bedrooms on this floor.
Beautiful view. Imagine waking up to that. Lots of storage.
-Is this the main bedroom?
-They use this as their master bedroom, yeah.
-But all the bedrooms are pretty much the same size.
-Size is fine for me.
'We'll head upstairs again and see
'if they have any creative thoughts for the third bedroom.'
Up in the eaves, they've added an extra room.
So this is a new addition in the last few years.
The reason they didn't use this as the master is
because you're a bit leany-over.
But it's got great views
and it might be a good work space or an office.
Be ideal for you if you wanted it.
Yeah, I've already got my mark on it, to be honest.
The view is stunning.
It's ideal size, the light's good, it's out of the way
so I wouldn't be in the way downstairs.
'This cottage has all the requisite rooms they were after
'and would be an extremely comfortable first home for them.
'Outside, the location gives them glorious countryside
'on their doorstep, but at the expense of the size of the garden.'
Come on out.
So this is where we have to compromise.
I was waiting for that word.
Because this is your back garden,
essentially just a little patio garden.
Space enough to have a barbecue and a big kennel,
-but not really room for a veggie patch.
I can't see myself just sitting out here too long,
to be honest with you. It would be more the sun room at the front.
What do you think this property is on the market for?
I think because it's a semi-detached property,
I'm thinking it might be around 270.
Knowing you're a man of your word
and you wouldn't go above our budget,
-I'm going to go, actually, 290.
Clearly you overestimate my word, because sadly, this is over budget.
This is actually on the market for 315,
but have a look around again, explore at your leisure,
and I'll meet you out in the front in the sun room
and then we can take it from there.
-OK. Thank you.
-In you go.
'The fact that this semi-detached cottage is over-budget
'at 315,000 only highlights the premium'
they have to pay for location.
However, it's also in excellent decorative order
and provides them with two living rooms, one with great views
and the other with a stone fireplace,
a beautiful kitchen diner and three bedrooms,
one of which Carl has already earmarked as his studio.
The main drawback for them was the courtyard garden,
but it's offset by being in their ideal location with great access
to Kendal, the Lakes and the M6 for driving to work.
Internally, I think it offers us all the space and the rooms that we need.
We've got two potential living rooms.
I think the kitchen/dining room is absolutely amazing.
Location-wise, this is probably as good as it gets, so the question
is are we prepared to lose the back garden for being in this space?
-All done in there?
Keep your thoughts about this house to yourselves
because we have got another one to look at.
Sitting on the outskirts of the national park,
Kendal is Cumbria's third largest town and is often dubbed
the southern gateway to the Lakes
and is defined by its limestone grey buildings.
From 1941, it was home to Alfred Wainwright and was where
he served as borough treasurer
and worked on his famous Pictorial Guides of the Lakeland Fells.
Along with exploring the terrain on foot,
there is also a fantastic network of accessible cycle routes,
and as Carl and Lesley are keen to take to two wheels,
earlier in the week we arranged for them to meet Toby Dalton who's lived
in the Kendal area most of his life and owns a local cycle company.
He's taking them on a leisurely ride which takes in some local
beauty spots, starting with a pause for breath in Staveley.
Great little stopping place, this.
This is Barley Bridge and the Barley weir,
and we've just come back from Kendal,
so we're five miles into the ride or so.
Mountain bikers come from all over the country
to ride the trails round here. There's some big famous trails.
One in particular is called Garburn Pass.
It's real steep, a very technical descent.
a real challenge for a lot of people.
-So would that be a good one for me and Leslie?
-Maybe in a year's time!
Cyclists are asked to avoid foot paths.
That's not a problem here as Cumbria
has more than 1,200 miles of bridleway,
more than any other county,
which helps pull in £33 million from outdoor pursuits each year.
It's easy to see why with views like this over Kendal
towards the northern lakes. But that's just for starters.
OK, guys. If you're up for it, we're going to go
and check out Windermere now.
It's a little bit of a cycle, 15 miles in that direction.
We're going to go on a little curve round on some country lanes.
Toby has mapped out a comfortable two-hour right for them
which ends in a well-earned rest by the shores of Lake Windermere.
Nice bench and a good view.
Did you enjoy the ride? Do you think you'll be
out on your bikes quite a bit when you eventually move up here?
It was an excellent ride.
It's where to go, there's so many choices,
I think that's our bigger problem, which direction you head off in.
Even for me, because I'm not that experienced with all of the hills,
it was all right for my level cos I'm quite a novice,
-yet it was still a challenge in parts for Carl.
The great privilege is that you don't have to go home
and after work you can nip out on your bike
or put your running shoes on and go out on the fells.
Within ten minutes, you can be out in the wilderness.
Can't beat it, to be honest. It's a cracking place.
Being able to enjoy the magnificent countryside of the Lakes
is key to their move.
Although, our second property also factors in their request for land.
As we edge over to the western side of the Lakes,
close to Broughton-in-Furness, just over 30 miles from Kendal.
In the past, this small market town prospered
from the trading of wool and cattle.
Many of its historic buildings surround its Georgian market square
with its central obelisk marking the Jubilee of King George III in 1810.
On the outskirts of the town, and with stunning views
of the Duddon Valley, we find our second property,
whose remote setting should appeal to Carl,
whilst giving Leslie the original character she wants.
Now, you know you were worried about neighbours...
We thought we'd bring you somewhere
that was just a little bit more remote.
Yes. This is just what I was after,
but I don't know about Leslie? Location wise, this is perfection.
It's a great location and this is the property I want to show you.
-It again is attached.
-We couldn't rustle up all of this for you in your budget.
But what do you think of this architectural style?
This is probably more in your...
From what I can see, I like the outside of the building.
I like the fact that it's built in stone so that's very appealing.
Let's have a look inside.
Let's see if she's sold on the internal quirks
that inevitably crop up in such a historic conversion.
Come into the pigsty aka the dining hall.
I like the features.
I like the fact that it's uneven walls
and not finished to a smooth finish.
I'm just trying to think how we'd actually use this space,
if we would actually use it as a dining room.
This is billed as the dining room because it's next to the kitchen.
Why don't you have a peek in the kitchen?
Mind the step.
It's not huge.
No, I think if you look in the English dictionary, the term little
is a picture of this kitchen.
Maybe the features of the living room can work their charm.
This is the other room on the downstairs.
This would be the sitting room, lounge.
Great, great thick walls again with a little alcove and a window seat.
So, it's a bit more period-y.
It is much more period-y.
It's certainly cosy. It's got the features.
The features are lovely. I love the window seat
and the view outside.
And the little features they've done and the fireplace.
I'm just trying to think
if it's a workable space.
And you've got three bedrooms.
The views are a big theme upstairs where there are
three bedrooms which like the last property are spread over two floors.
The first consists of two cosy, little singles
and a well-furnished family bathroom.
But we'll see if the master on the second floor measures up.
So the present owners have just put this on.
This is a top floor extension
to give themselves this master bedroom.
Obviously, this is by far the biggest upstairs room.
This is fine for me.
It's got a nice feeling, with the light coming in through there.
And from there as well, behind the door.
So far, it's just the kitchen really that's an issue for me.
Although they feel that the room sizes overall have come up short,
there is the possibility to extend downstairs
as the current owners have drawn up plans to build a glass sun room
out from the current porch.
Subject to planning permission, of course.
There are also other opportunities outside
that would exceed their expectations.
You may have fallen in love with the house in the last property but you didn't like the land.
-There was no land to like. Fair enough?
So this property has a bit more land.
All of this is yours, the mown, green grass bit,
but there is also the possibility for a small purchase price
of buying all the two acres right up to the top of the hill.
So without that big parcel of land,
how much do you think this property costs?
I might say it's slightly more than that.
Well, this property is on the market for 250
and that parcel of land could be yours for £10,000.
So that makes 260 all together,
but the vendor's keen to accept offers from you,
so you could probably get it for around 250.
Why don't you go have a look.
You can have a wander up there as well.
Take a look in, see what you think about the house again,
what you think you can do with the land and then we'll meet at the end.
-Off you trot.
Priced at just a shade under £250,000,
this stone cottage is well under their budget threshold
and offers them a wealth of period features,
including exposed beams and a stone fireplace,
and a sizeable garden which they could extend to two acres
if they spent £10,000 on the adjoining woodland,
all wrapped up in a spectacular setting
with far-reaching Lakeland views.
I love all the period features that we have in this property.
Obviously, the little window seat and the beams.
But for me, I think the living area downstairs
is just a little bit on the small side.
I can see why you brought us here.
Again, you do need to look at the potential
as opposed to what's actually here.
This does offer the potential to become the house for ever.
Beautiful views but maybe a few too many pieces to this jigsaw.
-Are you all done?
-You're still smiling. That's good.
Come on, let's go and regroup.
As evening falls over the Cumbrian hills,
it marks the end of the first day of our property search.
With their £300,000 budget, Carl and Leslie want to quit
the Blackpool suburbs and build a new life for themselves in the country.
The two houses we've seen so far have proved just how tricky
balancing the equation of house, land and location can be.
But for our mystery house, we are throwing caution to the wind...
..and I get a taste of one of Cumbria's sweetest claims to fame.
I've already clocked that Carl has a strong, but probably slightly frustrated, creative streak,
but I realised yesterday that Leslie has it too. They're both dreamers.
They're both always looking forward to the next room, the next project, the next house, the next field.
Really, this move is a lot more than just changing houses.
It's almost like they're both coming together to start something completely new.
Then when I think about their commute, how realistic is it
to travel for an hour-and-a-half every morning, back and forth to Blackpool,
when what they really want, I think, is something totally new?
We need to force their hand and the mystery house certainly does that.
We're going to see the mystery house. What do you think that will involve?
Just so long as it's not a terraced house in the middle of town,
that's my only stipulation.
Hoping that it will be a detached property. But not too remote.
For our mystery property, we're staying on Cumbrian soil
with the Lakes 25 miles away,
and heading to Alston in the North Pennines.
Reputedly the highest market town in England at over 1,000 feet
above sea level, it provides them with great walking terrain
for their new outdoors lifestyle.
Five miles from Alston, our mystery barn conversion challenges them
to think about turning their back on the commute to Blackpool,
and gives them a taste of how they could earn an income from running a holiday let.
So, I appreciate I've taken you on quite a hike
but luckily I've brought some Kendal mint cake to keep you fired up.
-It's good, high energy.
And it's this property here.
The whole stone-built, from the 1700s,
old miners' cottage in a beautiful location.
From the outside, I love the stone-built property.
And the location is absolutely mind blowing.
So this is actually two holiday lets joined together.
So you need to decide what you're going to do with it.
Sounds like a positive challenge.
'Now they've taken the bait, we'll explore the larger cottage,
'whose two bedrooms and living areas are set out over three storeys.'
Come on in.
Bearing in mind it is a sort of upside-down house -
to take advantage of all the views,
the bedrooms in both cottages are downstairs.
Yes, I completely agree, I would have all the bedrooms downstairs.
You need to appreciate the view,
so there's no point having your living room downstairs.
-I'd probably keep it the same.
-Outside, you ticked all my boxes.
-It's just Leslie you've got to convince now.
-Oh, right. One down!
Tacked onto the side of the property is a laundry room used by holiday guests,
and downstairs there is a good-sized bathroom
along with a separate sauna.
But I think Leslie is going to be convinced about the upstairs kitchen
when she sees its main focal point.
That's what you call a fireplace!
This is what you call a period detail.
-It is a period detail.
-It is a period detail.
It is an old miners' kitchen stove.
What do you think of the bones of the kitchen?
It's bigger than the last one.
The size of the kitchen is fine.
It's really good. I could imagine, you know, modernising this,
and look at the view.
-Is that a positive poker face?
Let's have a look upstairs.
'We've notched up brownie points from Leslie for the kitchen,
'so time to admire the views from the upstairs living room.'
Up the stairs to the view!
-Makes sense to have the sitting room upstairs.
It's better than I was expecting.
I was worried there were going to be smaller views
that we had to stick our heads out of.
I do really like it.
I can see if our furniture was in here, facing out to that view,
it would just be wonderful.
OK, now, you might be wondering where you sleep.
Is that the surprise?
No, it's not downstairs. Because there is a room here.
They do have one room upstairs, which is the master bedroom.
-It's quite romantic.
-It is, actually.
And then, in the morning, ta-da!
It's the view.
'Now we've seen the house they can call home,
'we'll go and explore the second part of our mystery proposition.
'These two holiday lets combined are currently bringing in
'an annual income of around £20,000 based on just a 20-week occupancy.
'The second cottage also has a double bedroom downstairs,
'and benefits from a Victorian fireplace and flagstone floors
'with a spacious modern bathroom opposite.
'But it's time for a game of compare or contrast
'as we take a look at the main living area upstairs.'
Coming through to the sitting room again with a beautiful view.
And with the kitchen all part of it.
That definitely passes!
'While they mull over which side of our mystery house
'to take as their own, we'll head outside,
'where they get more than they could have ever expected.'
Ah, it's the big moment.
These two cottages together come with a parcel of seven acres of land.
Oh, my God.
-I don't know what to say.
-OK, well, let's talk money.
I'm going to say 340.
I'd certainly say it's worth that, but I'm going to hope it's 320.
This is on the market for...
-You could afford it.
-Neither of us know what to say.
Well, why don't you have a wander around,
while you think about it,
-and when you've found some words, we can talk afterwards.
Aww! Now, that was a very, very long punt,
bringing them all the way here.
You know what? It seems to have paid off.
Bang on budget at £300,000,
our mystery house is the ultimate test for them to sever work ties to Blackpool.
But if they are brave enough to go the distance,
they will get two houses in one, providing a two-bedroom
and one-bedroom cottage, both with upper-storey living rooms
from which to soak up those incredible views.
And along with the ready-made holiday let business,
there are over seven acres of land
to fulfil Leslie's dream of self-sufficiency.
So we could either be in the other property and rent this one out,
because that would give us more income,
or we could stay in this one, depending on the job situation.
I think this property is absolutely amazing.
It's got a fabulous location, it's detached,
the decisions are which part of the property do we potentially live in?
This property is too good to be true, to be honest.
There are no negatives.
The only problem as I see it is which side of the house
do we want to live on?
As the teachers would say, it is an A+, top of the class.
There's your little gold star.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, was a good mystery house.
-Have you found words to express your joy?
Good, well, let's share them in the car. We're going home.
Cumbria's mountainous landscape is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts.
In 1869, it also inspired a sugar-rich foodstuff that today
you are likely to find in most mountaineers' pockets.
I'm talking of course of the world-famous Kendal mint cake,
and I've come to the town from which it hails
to visit one of the oldest surviving mint cake companies,
and to meet its owner, Peter McCafferty,
to find out more about its origins and its enduring appeal.
-Look at that. Glittering.
I quite like the idea of a sort of sweet-makers war,
confectioners battling it out on the streets of Kendal. Is that the case?
Yes, everyday(!) It's really vicious.
You're not the only people to make it, are you?
There are only three companies that make Kendal mint cake,
and we are competitors, but we are friendly competitors.
So often if we run out of chocolate,
we'll approach one of the other companies and say, "Can you help us out until our delivery?"
And vice versa, if they run short, like last week they ran short of something,
so we let them borrow some glucose.
I know you're going to be biased,
but is this the best thing about Kendal?
There are some very good things about Kendal.
-Kendal mint cake is one of the good things about Kendal.
'This homegrown product is very well travelled,
'having accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary's team
'on their ascent of Everest,
'as well as Shackleton's Antarctic expedition.
'It's even the fuel of choice for some gold medal athletes.
'Despite its illustrious history,
'the way it is made has remained unchanged.'
It's like Willy Wonka!
'The process starts by adding a huge amount of sugar
'to a water, salt and glucose solution in a copper pan.'
-So that's 30 pounds of sugar?
'It's then boiled for around 20 minutes
'until it reaches the right white colour,
'when the sugary fondant is added and stirred in.
'Next, it's time to add another essential ingredient.'
This is the mint, we pour in the mint now.
That's a special blend of Californian mint,
the very best mint in the world.
Oh, that's nice.
Then you give it a good stir.
What David is doing now is stirring the fondant.
The reason we have the fondant,
that just encourages the mint cake to recrystallise.
So that just sort of speeds up the setting process.
'Once the mixture has thickened and started to crystallise,
'it's ready to be poured into the moulds to set.'
David is making that look easy but that is actually quite hard.
If you have a go at that,
you'd find there would be a big splodge everywhere.
So you just...
Well, maybe not, you might be an expert.
You might be a natural.
David, your job is toast!
'This batch will typically make 190 bars.
'It is left for a full day to set
'and breathe before it goes through to the wrapping room.
'With exports to Canada, Australia and America,
'it's heartening that such a traditional product
'can hold its own in the competitive sweet market.'
Even by Escape standards, that was an epic mystery house.
Not only did they totally love it against all the odds,
it seems to have blown the other two houses out of the water.
Let's find out what they really think.
I'm quite excited to hear what you have to say,
because you've been playing poker face,
and you've had all sorts of crazy ideas left, right and centre.
So, it's time to gather the threads together.
So, spinning back the clock to the first house.
This was the almost-perfect house that didn't have the dream garden.
What do we feel about that now?
I still really like that property.
The downside of that is obviously
the back garden wasn't as big as we would have liked
for potentially growing vegetables, et cetera.
But the actual property was beautiful.
Now, the second house was pretty remote.
What you think about that one in retrospect?
The location was good again.
I was relatively happy, I think it was the house that probably
didn't fulfil the ticked boxes.
I mean, to be honest, you weren't too keen on the house.
I think the layout didn't work properly for me downstairs.
I didn't get a nice feeling downstairs.
Having said that, upstairs the bedrooms and the bathroom
were more than adequate for me.
Now, the mystery house certainly gave you space to be adventurous.
The house itself is just too good to be true to be honest with you.
The river at the bottom, the view, you know, the B&B.
I think we're both in agreement for the mystery property.
Like you said, there is a lot of opportunity to decide in which
property we actually want to live.
And which property we could use as a B&B as a source of income.
Initially when we first went there,
it was a lot further out than we had anticipated.
It was a real long shot because it was so far away from Blackpool,
totally uncommutable, and we wondered if it would ever work for you.
It all boils down to the interview I've got next week, as it happens,
for a position just outside Carlisle.
-Oh, right! That's handy.
-So, I mean, again, fate has intervened here.
This is all falling into place.
Ker-ching! So it looks like the mystery house came up trumps.
And will you go back and look at it? What will happen next?
I think we'd definitely like to go back for a second viewing.
To speed things up, we're probably going to put our house to let,
just to speed the process up.
Well, I really hope things work out.
You've been great to show around because you're so creative and thinking ahead.
Sometimes five steps ahead.
It is a real joy to see that you found somewhere that you can keep on doing that.
-I hope it goes ahead. Good luck with your interview.
I am so pleased about the way this show panned out,
because we often start off saying, "This is a challenge
"and there's going to be a compromise
"and no-one will really be pleased,"
but, actually, the mystery house pleased everyone.
It pleased Carl, it pleased Leslie, it certainly pleased me,
because in one swoop, Carl's news about getting a job 25 miles away
made all the pieces fit together. Property perfection.
If you want to see more of that,
make sure you tune in next time for Escape To The Country.
Once Carl and Leslie have explored new possibilities for work
in the area, they are hoping to make an offer on the mystery house.
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Alistair Appleton house hunts in Cumbria with an active young couple looking to spend up to £300,000. Away from the property search, Alistair gets a taste for the delights of Kendal mint cake at a local factory.