Devon Escape to the Country


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Aled Jones helps a couple hoping to find a home with holiday let potential in Devon. Whilst in the area, Aled tours the Devon County Show.


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Summertime in Britain means one thing. Cream teas.

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So, I'm in luck. I'm at a county show where, yesterday,

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the team behind me made the largest scone in the world.

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So, you're probably guessing one of two counties.

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But have you got the right one?

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You'll find out in a minute.

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In today's show, I'll be helping a dynamic couple who are keen

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to earn their keep from their move to the country.

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We get off to a bumpy start.

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I don't know why. It just, it doesn't blow me away.

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Then, things look more hopeful.

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Yes!

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And, finally, our mystery house puts them completely in a spin.

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And breathe, dear. And breathe. I'm worrying how to look after all that.

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Did you plump for the right one?

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Well, today, I'm in Devon in the West Country.

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Now, the eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that

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because the jam is on the cream. Whereas in Cornwall, the cream is on the jam.

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Now, both counties are fiercely proud of their cream tea tradition

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and it was here, at the County Show in 2010,

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that the Devonians launched a campaign to claim the cream tea

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as their very own by protecting it under EU rules,

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a bit like champagne.

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So, it's a good thing that the landscape around here

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offers you plenty of opportunity to work off the calories.

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I can't resist it, I've got to have one more bite.

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Set in the south-west of England,

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Devon is bordered by Dorset

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and Somerset to the east and Cornwall to the west.

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From seaside towns such as Paignton and the Georgian harbour of Dartmouth,

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through to the inland splendour of its two national parks,

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this county is blessed with epic landscapes.

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With 450 miles of footpaths and bridleways,

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Dartmoor serves up excellent walking terrain.

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But it's also home to the infamous Dartmoor ponies,

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which, although roam free,

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are actually owned by local farmers

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who have grazing rights to the moorland.

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And with more Blue Flag beaches than any other county in England,

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it's no surprise that Devon is the second most popular

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tourist destination outside London.

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But what exactly are today's house-hunters looking for?

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Let's meet them, shall we?

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Peter and Lyn have lived in this four-bed chalet-bungalow

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in Winchester in Hampshire for 16 years.

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With Peter just taking redundancy from his job at the council

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and Lyn ready to give up her post as a clerical assistant,

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now seems the perfect time to follow their dream of moving

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to the countryside to start a new business venture.

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When we move to the country, we're really hoping to run

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a holiday let business, if possible, to generate an income for us.

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They've agreed on a move to Devon, but whether it's a village location

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or somewhere more isolated is up for debate.

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Pete is more interested in being closer to a village.

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But I don't mind being slightly more remote if that gives us

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the opportunity to have some land.

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I'm quite interested in having some alpacas.

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Although Peter's not quite so keen.

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Peter may not share Lyn's alpaca dream, but they do agree

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on the requirements for inside the property.

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We'd like to have a cosy lounge to relax in.

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It would be nice to have a study as well, wouldn't it?

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And also, the kitchen doesn't have to be massive, as long as

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we've got a reasonable-sized kitchen.

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And we'd like, preferably, three bedrooms upstairs,

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so that we can have visitors to come and stay.

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But we'd really like something characterful, even quirky.

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And with the wish list all set out,

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they've got a clear idea on how much they've got to spend.

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Our budget for this move is ?650,000.

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We've unearthed some top-notch properties to show our buyers.

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And, as usual, they'll have to guess what they're on the market for

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before I reveal it to them.

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The final property is our mystery house, which has royal connections.

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But will it prove more than they can handle?

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Peter, Lyn, welcome to Devon, in the West Country.

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South Devon, to be precise.

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And welcome to what could be a new life for you. How exciting. Yes.

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It is, definitely. You're both smiling, which is a good start.

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A new business venture, holiday lets. How do you feel about this?

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Have you ever done it before? We've not, no.

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We're going for a lifestyle change. Something completely different.

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That's what we're really looking forward to.

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Let's talk budgets. Are you flexible?

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We are, we've got a budget of ?650,000, or thereabouts.

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OK. It is a lovely county.

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We've got two houses for you to see

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and the mystery property, of course. Very exciting. I love your smile.

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Let's hope you're smiling at the end of it.

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With their ?650,000 budget,

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Peter and Lyn are looking for a character home

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which gives them comfortable living areas, three bedrooms,

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and crucially, they want to earn

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an income of at least ?12,000

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from running a holiday let.

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However, the question of whether

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they want to be in a village or

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remote is still open to discussion.

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To kick-start our property search,

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we're heading to the popular village

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of Doddiscombsleigh,

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just outside Dartmoor National Park.

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Doddiscombsleigh is an ancient village set in a conservation area

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on the ridge in the Haldon Hills.

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It's home to a 16th-century pub,

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a church dating back to the 15th century

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and a number of medieval buildings, many of which have thatched roofs.

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I'm confident that the location of our first house is spot-on,

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as it's one the edge of the village, with stunning views

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across the Teign Valley.

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I'm hoping that the first thing that hits you as we approach the house

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is...how quiet is it?

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Very quiet. Very. Very quiet. Lovely.

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And what about the house itself?

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Well, it looks as though it's got potential. Looks good.

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But I'd really like to look inside to give my full opinion.

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OK, I'm getting the impression that you want to get inside.

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Do you want to get inside? OK, let's get inside.

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Originally built in the 1970s,

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this house isn't chocolate box from the outside, but it has been

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extensively renovated and its interior has a very welcoming feel.

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It's got a nice stable door, here. Oh, yes.

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We'll explore that part of the house later.

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That's the annexe. A cloakroom, there.

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They often say that the kitchen is the heart of the house, don't they?

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Yes. They do. Come on through. Just check that view out. Wow.

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That's some view. That is a lovely view. Yes.

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It's also got a walk-in larder. It's just got better, hasn't it?

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Yeah, that's good. And also, a utility room through there as well.

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The layout of the kitchen is not quite how I'd have the layout.

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I like clean lines and space, normally,

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and I do find it a little bit cluttered.

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Well, there's plenty more to see,

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so I think we should carry on with our tour, shall we?

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So, come on through to the lounge, reception room.

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What do you think? Yeah, looks nice. Is it big enough?

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The first thing I have to ask you. Yes, it's certainly big. Yeah.

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I like the way it's got a double aspect.

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A completely different view in that direction from this direction.

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Even in this room,

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I'm getting a sense of slight disappointment with you.

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The house isn't blowing me away yet.

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And also, it's a bit more modern than I would have liked.

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I wanted something, when we moved,

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I wanted something with a bit more character to it.

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Well, I think this property has lots to offer,

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but, so far, none of my enthusiasm for it has rubbed off on Lyn.

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What will she make of upstairs?

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The current owners added this entire first floor to create

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two good-sized double bedrooms, a family bathroom

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and a very generous master bedroom with en-suite shower.

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That's a lovely room. Yeah. Nice and light. Isn't it just? Yes.

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It's a lot better headroom than our place. Current house, yes.

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And it's nice to have the ensuite. It's a lovely room. Definitely.

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Oh, you've gone from quite nice to lovely.

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Well, it is, it is, it's growing on me.

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Thankfully, Lyn's warming to this house, and I hope we can build

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on that, as we head downstairs to explore the holiday let annexe.

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So, welcome to your annexe.

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Interesting. And what does Positive Peter think about this?

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Well, so far so good.

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I would have preferred the accommodation for guests

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to be in a separate building,

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rather than to be quite so close to our living area.

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Although the set-up may not be exactly to Peter

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and Lyn's liking, this annexe with its lounge, one double bedroom

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and bathroom has a proven track record as a holiday let.

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They've had long-term lets in. Usually about ?500 a month.

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At peak season, a weekly let here would be about 400 quid. Good.

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That sounds good. That's encouraging. Encouraging in what way?

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I think the fact that the business has been turning over

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and it's reliable is a good sign.

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And it's a business which they could, potentially, expand.

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Because at the back of the property, there's a garage

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and a further four outbuildings that could, with the relevant

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planning permission, be turned into holiday lets.

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The current owners have already created a self-contained annexe here,

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which includes a reception room with an open-plan kitchen

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and a double bedroom with an en-suite shower.

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It certainly gives Peter and Lyn a good idea

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of what might be achievable here.

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What's more, the four acres of land outside gives Lyn

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double the amount she asked for.

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And she should be pleased with the new neighbours,

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who'll shortly be moving in to the adjoining fields.

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The current owners are going to keep two of the fields, there.

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And you'll never guess what they're going to put on there. Go on.

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Alpacas. Alpacas. No.

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So, your alpacas could bond with their alpacas

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and maybe make other alpacas.

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It's a flourishing business. Fantastic, yes.

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Anyway, you've liked some aspects of it

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and you haven't liked other aspects, it's fair to say.

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And I think we should talk money, don't you?

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So, what do you reckon it's currently on the market for?

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I would say ?599,000. OK. How about you, Lyn?

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I'm going to say a little bit more. I think about 610,000.

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?610,000.

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I can tell you that it's currently on the market for ?625,000. Right.

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Certainly, as we said before, potential. Food for thought.

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Peter and Lyn may not have entirely warmed to this property

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but, as a whole, it answers many of

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the demands on their wish list.

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Under budget at ?625,000,

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it has a large, bright kitchen

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and a generously-sized living room.

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Along with three double bedrooms.

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There's an existing one-bedroom holiday let,

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which achieves ?400 a week in peak season.

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Along with various outbuildings, which they could develop.

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Finally, there's four acres of land,

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with stunning views over the Teign Valley.

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Country shows are important events for showcasing

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the very best of what rural life has to offer.

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And the annual Devon County Show represents

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one of the biggest highlights in the South West's agricultural calendar.

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With a history stretching back to 1872,

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it now attracts over 90,000 visitors,

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including a large number of competitors

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who come to exhibit their prized animals.

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And it's all under the watchful eye of Chief Steward

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and livestock farmer Edward Darke.

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Edward, morning, how are you?

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I'm fine, how are you? Good. How long have you been involved with the show?

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Me, I've been actually stewarding, what, 45 years. Whoa.

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And I've been chief steward for over 20 years.

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How much livestock is there in the show, then? We've got 1,450 sheep.

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About 550 cattle. And 200 pigs. Whoa.

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Yeah. And so what is going on behind us, today?

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We're judging the Wool on the Hoof. The Wool on the Hoof.

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That's right, yes.

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With around 60 native breeds of sheep in the UK,

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these Wool on the Hoof competitions draw together sheep breeders

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from across the country.

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The finest wool is always found down the front shoulders of the animal.

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We're then looking for the quality to be transmitted

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right down the back of the sheep.

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Right down to the tops of the hind legs. OK.

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These are all class winners. What I'm trying to do now is pick the best from the best.

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I'm glad you're doing it!

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At last, the moment is upon us.

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And this is what they're all after. The winning rosette.

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Wonder who's going to win it? The tension is mounting.

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And the overall wool champion is...

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Congratulations. Thank you very much. Well done. Thank you.

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Well done, you. You weren't expecting that, were you?

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No, I wasn't.

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So this feels good? It does, indeed. Congratulations. Have a great day. Well done.

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To get an idea of what recognition in the competitive arena

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means for farmers, I'm meeting Ollie Allen, the show's Secretary.

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How important is this for the farmers? Very important.

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It's their shop window. An animal can be brought here

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and a rosette which will cost me about ?1.50

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can make hundreds of pounds of difference

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to the value of that animal. It's that important? Yes. Oh, yeah.

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140 years after its first show,

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it's great to see Devon's rich cultural heritage

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is still thriving and so passionately celebrated.

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But for now we are returning back to our house hunt.

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For our second property, we're heading towards the coast,

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to the popular village of Newton Ferrers,

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situated on the estuary of the River Yealm.

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The village offers a wide range of amenities, including a post office,

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three pubs and a butcher's shop.

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In the centre of the village is our second property,

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whose character will hopefully be more up their street.

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There's a lot to take in here. OK.

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Right. This is what we thought would be your property.

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It's a converted barn. What do you think? Yeah, looks nice.

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I've quite fancied having a barn, actually.

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Yes! I didn't even know that! No!

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It's amazing what you find out on this show, you know.

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First impression's good? Yes. This is good.

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It's got a lot of character, hasn't it? Yes. Certainly.

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That's a converted coach house.

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And the top floor of that is a studio apartment,

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that would be your rental opportunity. Oh, right.

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Down below is a garage.

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And you're living in an area where everyone wants to live.

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Can't be bad. No. Sounds good.

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All we've got to do now is go in and see if you like it.

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Come on in. Don't be shy. Oh, you're smiling.

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That's more my sort of kitchen.

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Very impressive.

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Is it too modern for you? I don't know. I think I could live with it.

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Do you like the whole, the open-plan aspect of it?

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Some aspects of it, I do. How about you, Peter? Yeah, I do, I do.

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I like it.

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You came in all smiles, thinking this is brilliant,

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and now you're picking away at it.

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You're making me analyse it more now.

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Oh, yeah, I shouldn't do that, should I? That's my problem.

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We should just go with,

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"It's fabulous. Right, how much do you think it's worth?" No.

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Could you imagine yourself living in this space?

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Yes. It's quite intriguing.

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I want you to tell me how you feel. I like it.

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I've just got to think about it a bit more.

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While Lyn's gathering her thoughts,

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we'll explore the remaining rooms, all of which are on one level.

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There's a double bedroom,

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a twin room and a shower room.

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Finally, at the end of the corridor,

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there's the master bedroom, which has its own ensuite.

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Yeah, nice bedroom. Lovely bedroom. Very nice.

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Tiny bit small.

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I'm not sure how we're going to get all of our stuff,

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belongings, into this property.

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That's what's beginning to worry me.

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Have you got a lot of stuff? Well, we have.

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I've got just, just the place for you to have a look at. Oh. Yeah.

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I'm hoping that the sunroom,

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which can be also accessed through the house, will fit the bill.

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Lovely suntrap, this, isn't it?

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Looks nice. Absolutely. The view's nice.

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So, you wanted some storage space for your books.

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I think this would make a lovely reading room, summer room, office.

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It is very nice. It is nice. This is really spacious.

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Very private as well. Yes, yes.

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There's a door, there, where you can just go... Secret door!

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Secret door, yeah. Wow. That's fantastic.

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We've thought of everything.

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Well, at least, I hope we have.

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Time to see what they make of the holiday let.

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So, you've got a very private courtyard here, for your guests.

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Nice, isn't it? Very nice.

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Gets the sun at the end of the day, apparently. Come on through.

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Downstairs, there's an entrance hall with a shower room,

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but we're heading to the top floor, which has the main accommodation.

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Capital P for potential.

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Got a functional kitchen. On the top of the stairs.

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And then, yet again, open-plan living space. That's very nice.

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Yes, I like that. This is a very nice room. I do like the room.

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Guess how much, on average, you get for this room, as it is now.

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?500? More or less, between ?400 and ?600.

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Peak season, you're looking closer to the 600.

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You're looking at about 16 grand a year,

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if you rent this out for 40 weeks.

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Really? Right. That's very good. That is good.

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So, this property would easily make the ?12,000 a year

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they're hoping for.

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But if they were to renovate the garage,

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they could increase that figure even more.

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There's one area of the property that we haven't touched on yet,

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and that's the land.

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So, you've seen the property.

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I can't believe you went round the whole thing without saying,

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"Where's the land?"

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This is the land. This is the land. Is that an issue?

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I would have liked a bit more land, really. To be honest.

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Two acres, I felt, was rather a lot.

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This is on the other end of the scale. Rather a little.

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So, what do you reckon this whole plot is on the market for?

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I think it's going to be nearer the top end of our budget

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because of the location and the style.

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So, I think at least 650,000. OK. 650,000.

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I was thinking just a shade below that at 635,000.

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It is a quality property

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and it's currently on the market for ?625,000.

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I'm surprised at that. So, it gives you some money to play around with.

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Yes, yes, it does. I'm pleasantly surprised at the price. I am, too.

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Set in one of the most desirable villages in the area,

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this barn conversion comes in under budget at ?625,000.

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It has a fantastic open-plan reception room

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and a large, airy garden room.

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Along with three bedrooms.

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And the separate holiday let currently brings in

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a healthy annual income of around ?16,000.

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I think we should take stock, have a relax

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and we'll start again tomorrow.

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How's that? Sounds good. Great idea.

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As evening falls over the Devon countryside,

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

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Ah, the sun is out, the skies are blue,

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there's nothing more for me to do

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than to find Peter and Lyn their dream property here in South Devon.

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And do you know what? I think it's going to be easier said than done.

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Because after yesterday, for me personally, confusion reigns.

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So, along comes the mystery property to solve all our problems.

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Well, hopefully. It's got bags of character.

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Lyn was after character, wasn't she?

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It's also a fantastic business opportunity. That's a good thing.

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It's also got land for the dear alpacas.

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It's actually got more land

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than I think we've ever shown on the programme.

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And it's remote. It's probably one of the remotest houses in England.

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Ah, let's go for it.

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The nearest village to our mystery property is Moretonhampstead,

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some six-and-a-half miles away.

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Set in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park, the property's

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closest neighbour is a pub, which is situated just over a mile away.

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Our Grade II listed house comes with not one, but two holiday cottages.

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It's also got a royal connection, but more about that later.

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First, let's see what they make of it.

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Come on, you two.

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Look at this! That's something special, isn't it? One of a kind.

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It is so different from anything we could even have thought about.

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So, first impression's good? Very good. First impressions, excellent.

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Excellent! Oh, I like that. As you see, you've got little stables as well.

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Yes, yes. And quite a bit of land.

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About 18 acres to graze in. And then 575 acres to play around in.

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Wow. That's monstrous!

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And breathe, dear. And breathe.

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I'm just worrying about how to look after all that. You don't have to.

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The animals look after it. They'd eat the grass.

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You're saying all the right things. We want to look inside.

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The land is held under a very special leasehold arrangement.

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But that's all I'm saying for the moment.

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Back to the property, which has been extensively refurbished in a style

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that I'm hoping is to Peter and Lyn's taste.

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First thing that hits you is this original stone floor.

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It's mad, isn't it? Lovely. Yeah.

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So, here, you've got a toilet, there.

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And a very useful utility room.

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Wow. That really has got a lot of character.

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You wanted cosy, if I remember rightly? Yes. Yes. Really nice.

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Again, the stone floor everywhere. It's fantastic, isn't it?

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And beams that have got good headroom as well.

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Exactly. Even for you. Yeah, even for me.

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There's a wood burner, there.

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Also a little bread oven.

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It's got an original 15th-century window, there, as well. Love it.

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Smashing. Bags full of character.

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Yes. It really has.

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That unique character-feel continues next door, in the kitchen.

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Come on through. Very bright kitchen. Lovely. Lovely and light.

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Very nice. Not the largest, it's fair to say. No.

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But practical. And even though it's clean lines,

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it's still got character with those windows.

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Hasn't it just? And the stonework. You like it? I love it.

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Very well done. Oh, excellent.

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Downstairs seems to have hit the mark.

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So, we'll head upstairs, where the accommodation flows off

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a corridor and comprises of a family bathroom and two double bedrooms.

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I'm liking it. I'm liking you today! Honestly, I really am.

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There's nothing wrong with the size of this.

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When you think of the space around it. Absolutely. In the other rooms.

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Well, I think we should go

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and have a look at the business end of the equation, don't you? Yes.

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Come on then, let's go.

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Like the house,

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both holiday cottages have been completely renovated.

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The first provides a generous dining-kitchen, a family bathroom

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and a good-sized double bedroom, with a large reception room upstairs.

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But we'll take a look at the second cottage,

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which has a good income attached to it.

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Let me take you to the two-bedroom, though.

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This has been established, if you like.

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It takes about 14 grand a year.

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Does it? Yeah. So, 14 grand a year for that, one without this one.

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Yes, yes. Very good. It's pretty impressive, isn't it?

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Very attractive. Again, beautifully done.

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Shall we go in? Let's have a look. Come on.

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We're going upstairs to the main living room,

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with its impressive vaulted roof.

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That's another lovely room. This is a lovely room, isn't it?

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And it's so thoughtfully been put together. Yes.

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All the remaining rooms are set out on the ground floor

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and consist of two bedrooms.

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One a nice-sized twin and the other a double, with its own ensuite.

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There's also a bright, modern kitchen and a shower room.

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Our mystery house presents them with a real one-off proposition.

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But at what price?

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Let's talk money.

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What do you think it's on the market for?

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Well, I think it's definitely over our budget. OK.

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And I'll guess at ?675,000. OK.

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Yes, so I'll say 685,000. OK, interesting.

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It's on the market for ?675,000, well done. Really? Oh.

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And the reason it's not on the market for, you know,

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1.5 million or whatever is, actually, it's leasehold.

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It's a leasehold property. You know who the freeholder is? Go on.

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The Duchy of Cornwall. Prince Charles. Oh, yes. Oh, my goodness.

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So, has that changed things for you?

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I'm a great fan of Prince Charles. So, I don't see a problem with that.

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I like Prince Charles as well. They could visit.

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This property is currently held

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on a 39-year lease from the Duchy of Cornwall.

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There is often no automatic right of lease renewal.

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However, the Duchy regularly grants replacement agreements,

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subject to agreeing terms.

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Granted, our mystery property is over budget at ?675,000,

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but that can be offset by the larger income potential

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from the two holiday lets.

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It gives Peter and Lyn a character home with a large living room

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and kitchen that retain their original features,

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along with two bedrooms.

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The two holiday cottages would earn them

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approximately ?24,000 a year.

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Set in just over 590 acres of remote moorland,

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the dilemma has to be whether they could consider living here

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under a leasehold which is

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held by the Duchy of Cornwall.

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Peter's enthusiasm and infectious smile has been there throughout.

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But it's been a little bit more difficult to please our Lyn.

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The question is,

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have we shown them something that completely hits the mark?

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Let's find out.

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Let's talk about the properties. First one, with the four acres of land.

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You rounded that corner with all the right intentions

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and I'd say halfway through the search, you lost your mojo a bit.

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Yeah, yeah. I think that's fair,

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because the house didn't have all the capacity

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to accommodate our interests. Right. There was one living room there.

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The view was amazing, though. The view was stunning.

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I loved the view and I loved the land.

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The holiday let, it was quite small.

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OK, well, let's move to the second property.

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And this one in the heart of the community.

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The letting opportunity there was good and could be extended.

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But, again, it was really feeling trapped into that living space,

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with the combined kitchen and sitting room as one room.

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And there was nowhere to get away from Lyn.

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That's nice, isn't it? Charming. No escape from the wife.

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Let's talk about the mystery property.

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I find myself on the road to Damascus, being completely changed

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from wanting to be in the centre of a community

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with lots of space within the house

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to finding that wonderful property out on the moors

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with no neighbour in sight. Lyn?

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Not so sure?

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I would need to think about it a bit more.

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I think it is really remote.

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But you were the one that was quite for being remote. I know.

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And I didn't want so much land. Agh!

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Honestly, you have SO confused me over the last two days.

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We've confused ourselves! I think you have!

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I hope that you do find your dream property, here, in Devon.

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It's been fabulous being with you, it really has.

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Cheers. And let's hope our paths cross again. Cheers.

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Cheers. All the best to you. Thank you.

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Peter and Lyn's Devon adventure has come to an end.

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I think it's fair to say that we did finish on something of a high.

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But, boy, has it been confusing?

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Cos I'm not really convinced

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that they actually knew what they wanted.

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The proof being that they went off the original wish list

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pretty early on.

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Sometimes, you think you've got a clear idea of what you want

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and then, wham, your heart rules your head.

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And that's exactly what happened with Peter.

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I think it will take him quite a while, though,

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to convince our Lyn.

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But I hope he does, cos I think they'll both be happy

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in this beautiful county.

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Until next time, bye-bye.

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Aled Jones helps a couple hoping to find a home with holiday let potential for £650,000 in Devon. Aled also tours the Devon County Show and discovers how local producers are doing their part to support the economy.


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