Lincolnshire Escape to the Country


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Property show. Aled Jones helps some young newlyweds to buy their first home in Lincolnshire, and goes on a delivery round with a community-based baking business.


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Not every day you do this. This is the giant oak of Bowthorpe, thought to be one of the largest

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oak trees in Europe. But which county is it in? I'll let you know in a few seconds.

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On today's show, I'll be helping a couple of first time buyers

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leave their city life far behind them

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and find their forever home in the countryside.

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A family is on the cards, but they're still young at heart.

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Hiding places. That's what I like about old houses.

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You like playing hide and seek? I'm finding out more about you than I really needed to!

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And there's our mystery house. But will it fulfil all their dreams?

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You've thrown a spanner in the works now. What do you mean by that?

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Welcome to Lincolnshire, home to this giant oak,

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which has been standing here for more than 1,000 years.

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It measures a whopping 13 metres in circumference. That's a big oak!

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There are quite a few stories as to what it's been used for.

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One previous owner used to shelter his calves underneath it,

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so a unique residence.

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But there's plenty that's unique about this beautiful county.

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Situated on the east coast and spanning over 2,500 square miles,

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Lincolnshire is England's fourth largest county.

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In the centre of the county are the gently undulating Lincolnshire wolds,

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which served as inspiration for one of its most famous sons,

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the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.

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To the south east of the county are the low lying Fens,

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which were reclaimed from the sea in the 18th and 19th century.

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This land provides some of the richest soils in the country for arable farming.

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Indeed, farming is the county's main source of revenue

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and Lincolnshire produces more than a quarter of the nation's vegetables.

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It's time to find out what today's house hunters are looking for in their new property.

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South African Ryan, and Derbyshire lass, Stephanie,

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tied the knot 18 months ago.

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They've been renting this four-bedroom terrace house in east London for around six years,

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but now they're keen to head to the country.

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We want to start a family and we don't particularly want to bring kids up in London.

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Steph and I are both very outdoorsy people.

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With the impending plans for a family,

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being settled in the right location is all important to them.

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Steph and I have decided to look in Lincolnshire

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because we believe you get a lot more for your money there.

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Although they are first time buyers,

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Ryan and Stephanie have a clear vision of what they want their new home to deliver.

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A large, old building with lots of character,

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and maybe a little bit of land.

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Definitely four to five bedrooms.

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Wooden floors, exposed beams, even an outhouse like a barn that needs to be fixed up.

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Something that would give me a bit more outdoor...

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Space for all your tools and stuff.

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But the wish list doesn't end there.

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We want it to be relatively close to a village.

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We don't want to be driving miles to get to the closest shop.

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This is a big move for both of them,

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but luckily, Stephanie knows her own mind and it seems, Ryan's too!

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You want a very open plan downstairs living area,

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whereas I would like to have somewhere where you can close kids

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and other people away and have a bit of privacy.

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Part of that privacy will hopefully be found in a room

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where Stephanie can focus on her passion for dressmaking.

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Though I'm not sure Ryan's convinced she deserves it.

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Who do you think has the final say? Of course, I do.

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I don't think that's true.

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No matter who gets the final say,

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one thing they are both agreed on are the finances.

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The budget for this move is ?250,000

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but obviously we're looking for a property

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where we might want to do some work on it so ?250,000 is the maximum,

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including all work that we will be doing.

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For Ryan and Stephanie, we'll be focusing our search

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around the market town of Spalding,

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which is within striking distance of Peterborough,

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which is where Ryan's new job will be based.

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We've cherry-picked three fantastic houses to whet our buyers' appetite.

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But I won't tell them what they're on the market for until they've guessed the price themselves.

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And for our mystery house, we've lined up a property

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that will offer our buyers the ultimate in secluded country living.

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Welcome to Lincolnshire. How are you? Fine, thanks.

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Looking forward to it? Yes. Very much so.

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How serious are you about making the move to Lincolnshire?

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Now that my job is definite, we're definitely going ahead with the move.

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So there's big pressure really to find somewhere. Yes. I would say so.

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Yes. So find somewhere, Jones! So what are you looking for?

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At least four bedrooms, decent size garden, fireplace.

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A relatively old building. We don't want a brand-new house.

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Something with a garage or a barn we can turn into a workshop or a studio for Steph.

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Yeah. Anything else? Erm, I think... I was joking!

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That's about it. Phew! That's quite an extensive list.

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I have heard there's a bit of disagreement

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as far as open plan living and separate living goes.

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Yeah. Ryan would really like a whole open plan downstairs area,

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but I'm not so keen, especially if we have kids.

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It might be nice to have somewhere to close them in.

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What about budget?

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?250,000 is the top whack,

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but if we need to do any work on it or anything,

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all the work needs to be included in that.

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OK. I hope we can find you the right property. Shall we get going?

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Let's do that. Come on, then.

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Ryan and Stephanie's maximum budget is ?250,000.

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For that, this couple have got a big wish list.

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They're after a character property with an open fireplace.

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A minimum of four bedrooms and a sizeable garden.

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But they also want a large garage or barn

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where they can store Ryan's bikes and tools

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and create a studio space for Stephanie's dressmaking.

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Our first property is situated close to the village

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of Gedney Dyke in the south east of the county,

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which is 23 miles north of Peterborough, which is where Ryan will be working.

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Gedney Dyke is a charming mix of 18th and 19th century buildings.

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It's got all the amenities they'll need, with a village shop and post office.

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and there are plenty of community activities run from the village hall.

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Our first property is a detached cottage which has been updated

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and extended in recent years.

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It sits on a large plot and offers very spacious accommodation.

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You're probably wondering why I've brought you here. Yeah.

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This could be your first time buy together. What do you think?

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I think it's really nice. It's got the double garage we're looking for.

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The garden looks nice. You're saying all the right things.

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Shall we go inside? Let's hope that smile on your face stays. OK.

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Well, what a great reaction.

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I hope the interior keeps those smiles coming.

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Let me bring you through to the kitchen. Wow.

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That's really nice, I like the floor. Ceramic tiles throughout.

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Nice, decent-sized.

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Is this big enough for you.

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Yes, I think so. The only slight issue might be counter space.

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It doesn't look like it has a huge amount of counter space.

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We'll have more of a look, I'm sure we will.

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So far, so good. I like it. Excellent. Good, good, good.

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Let's go through to the living room. Follow me.

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You've got the tiles continuing into the living room.

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I like this. It's very light. I like the doors into the garden.

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It's quite cosy though, isn't it? It is. Very light.

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I don't like dark, dingy rooms. This is not a dark, dingy room.

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Not at all. Excellent, OK. Let's go upstairs. Perfect.

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I'll squeeze through you. Thank you.

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Downstairs, there's also a cloakroom and a handy utility room,

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along with a double garage that can be accessed from the house.

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Let's see what they make of the rooms on the first floor.

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Let me bring you into this bedroom,

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What do you think?

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It's a bit small, to be honest.

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There isn't much room when you've got a double bed.

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Is this the main bedroom in the house? No.

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I'm keeping it up my sleeve. In that case, that's a fair-sized room.

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You say it may be a bit on the small side, you say it's OK.

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It's an average-sized room, I think.

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You know that other bedroom I had up my sleeve? Yes.

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Let's go and have a look at it.

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'That's not quite the response I was looking for.

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'Let's see if the next room will bring them round.'

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This I would imagine would be your room.

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Oh, wow. I like this. Much bigger size.

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They've got a huge wardrobe in here as well

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which I don't know if you have wardrobes that size.

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What you haven't noticed yet is it's also en-suite.

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Great. A good sized en-suite. That's a big plus.

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It's a good room, isn't it? It is. Again, very bright. Lots of windows.

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Once again, the red brick and nice high ceilings.

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I'm really glad you like the red brick.

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I think we'd have been pretty doomed if you didn't. I do like it.

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It's not overpowering because it's only one wall in each room.

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What do you think?

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I like it. Impressed. Very impressed.

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Very impressed! Yeah. Shall we go outside?

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Let's do that. Why not?

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Also on this level is a family bathroom,

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a fair-sized single bedroom

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and a fourth bedroom that's currently being used as storage.

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Outside, there's a huge garden extending to the front

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and rear of this property.

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What do you think? The whole plot of land is half an acre.

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The house is basically in the middle of that plot.

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So, you've seen everything and you're both smiling, which is good. Let's talk money, shall we?

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What do you think this house is on the market for? I reckon 235,000.

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?235,000. How about you, Ryan?

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I'll go for 230. ?230,000.

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I can tell you that the house is currently on the market

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for ?259,950.

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Before you say anything, the current owner is willing to listen

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to offers around the ?250,000 mark.

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OK. So it's at the top end of our budget.

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So, for a shade under ?260,000,

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this detached cottage has plenty of space.

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It has a sizable kitchen and dining room,

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four bedrooms and a double garage, perfect for Ryan's man space.

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It would also work as a studio for Stephanie.

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There's also a large garden to the front and back

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with views over the open fields.

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Seen enough? Yes, we have.

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Come on, let's get into the car.

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Lincolnshire is a county with very fertile land,

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and there are a number of local producers

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who are championing real food, a return to making it in the traditional way.

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I've come to meet Dave Dobson, who runs the Barefoot Bakery in Spalding,

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which supplies low-cost organic bread

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using only locally-sourced ingredients.

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Today, Dave is going to pass on some of his baking secrets.

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This is a batch that I did 12 hours ago. Right. Wow!

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It's really like a marshmallow. Goodness. Oh, wow.

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So, that tiny amount of yeast, because it's been given the time, has done all that work.

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'Now the dough has risen, it's ready to be prepped for the oven.

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So you're just going to go...

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So we're cutting from there? Yeah.

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HE GASPS Oh!

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Was that right? Yes, but no fear.

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So, push in and pull back? Push in and pull back. OK. Hooray!

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I've done something right. Perfect.

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Fantastic. How exciting.

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'Now, they do say that a watched loaf never bakes.

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'Actually, I've just made that up.

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'Still, I can't take my eyes off this one.' We're going to...

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Well, you can, actually. Just push it in, and your loaf will land on.

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Push it right to the back, strong.

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And then just pull back, and it will come with it. Absolutely perfect.

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It's hot! Funny, that. What an idiot.

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Shall I put it down here?

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That's fine.

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Dave cuts down on food miles by delivering his bread to schools

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and other places where his customers will already be gathering.

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Right, let's deliver some bread.

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You've got a very special one.

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I'm very sorry, but I made this one. So don't choke on it. You did not!

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Well, it's good to see one lot of satisfied customers

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stocking up on this local bread.

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But for now, we're returning back to our house hunt.

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Our second property is close to the village of Holbeach Bank,

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which is set in the middle of an agricultural landscape.

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Conveniently for Ryan and Stephanie, there's a large primary school here.

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The property I'm showing them is a detached farmhouse

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which has been extended to provide generous living accommodation.

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Just checking for that smile. Yeah, still there. Hey-hey!

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The current owners of this property call this spot their little oasis.

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It's surrounded by farmland. I can see why. It's nice, isn't it?

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What we've got here, this part of the house is 200 years old.

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It was renovated in the 19th century

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and the current owners did some work in 2004.

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It looks like a lovely place.

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Lots to explore, not just in the house but in the garden as well.

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He even said if you want to buy the house

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and you want the Mini with it, he'll do you a deal on it.

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Oh, really! Your face - wa-hey!

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I love Minis. Do you? It might be a deal cruncher.

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Shall we go in? Yeah, let's go.

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Let's hope she loves the interior of this house as much as the car.

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Come on through to the kitchen.

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She's surveying. Yeah, I am. More counter space than the last place.

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But not quite as much... rest of the area.

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This is the kitchen, so not a kitchen diner.

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A very modern kitchen. Yeah. It's different.

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It's nice, it's bigger than the other place, like you said, the kitchen counter space.

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I like the sink as well. It's got the sink you wanted.

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Through here you've got - it may seem strange -

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the family bathroom. A really good, big family bathroom

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and a utility room as well.

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Great. All in one. I'll let you explore that later

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but I think we should go through to the dining room. OK.

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Got some storage space here, for your Hoover.

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I don't know if you do Hoover. This is the dining room.

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It's a nice spacious room. You've got exposed beams. The original beams. That's lovely.

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You're both smiling saying kind of the right things

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but you're not both going, wow!

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We liked the cottage. The other house was a bit modern. Too modern.

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Perfect and straight. But this, you've got curves and bends

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and not everything's level which is what we are looking for.

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Little cupboards hidden everywhere, little hiding places.

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That's what I like about old houses. You like playing hide-and-seek.

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I'm finding more about you than I really needed to!

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Come on, let's carry on.

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Let's have a look.

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If it's a cosy living room you're after... Yeah, it's nice.

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It's a lovely size room. You say it with surprise in your voice.

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No, because the other rooms have been quite a bit smaller.

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I was expecting this to be a similar size

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but it's much bigger than I'd anticipated.

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Do you like it? Yeah, I do like it. Very much.

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Good. You too? So far, so good.

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Is it big enough for you? I think so, yeah.

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OK, there's loads more to see so we should

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venture upstairs and let's see if you're still smiling then. OK. Come on.

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Downstairs seems to be getting a lot of positives.

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Let's see if we can build on that momentum upstairs.

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This is currently the master bedroom. Very bright.

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Yeah, big as well. It is a big room. Nice high ceilings as well.

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I'm impressed.

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Are you? Yeah. Can you imagine you here? I could, yeah.

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Definitely.

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It hasn't got any of that modern factor in it

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which we weren't looking for.

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That's good. It ticks that box as well. Good. Exciting. Come on, then.

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'Now, there's a lot to discover in this house. It's full of surprises.'

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We're above the garage, as you can see,

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there is a really good-sized bathroom.

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Yeah. And I want to show you a really magnificent bedroom, as well.

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I've got an idea for this. OK.

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You see, if you didn't fancy the other bedroom,

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which didn't have the en suite at the moment, you could have this

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as your master kind of part of the house, couldn't you?

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I like the door window. It's beautiful, isn't it?

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Overlooking the garden. It couldn't be more natural. This could be a main bedroom.

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It's got a lot of potential, in a good way. Oh, excellent. I really like it.

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I'm really glad you like inside.

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Of course, there's the garden, as well, which is important.

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So shall we take a look? Of course.

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'I tell you, I really like it when people can see potential.

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'There are two single bedrooms upstairs, which would make

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'perfect children's rooms in the future.

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'Ryan and Stephanie also wanted lots of outdoor space.

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'I hope they'll be impressed with the quarter of an acre

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'of pretty garden that comes with the property.'

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You've got strawberries, but imagine the fruit and vegetable patch you could have with all that.

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OK, all this comes at a price.

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You went first last time, so I think you should go this time.

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What do you reckon? 230 again. So, same price as the last property.

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How about you, what do you reckon? I reckon 245,000.

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Oh, OK. Close. You're good.

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?246,500. That's not bad. I'm delighted you like this.

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I think you're right in the fact that it has got potential, and also a lovely feel.

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It's got a lot of character, as well.

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So, for just under ?247,000,

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this detached farm offers extensive accommodation.

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There's a large kitchen and dining room.

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There are four good-sized bedrooms along with a garage and workshop.

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What's more, there's a large, rambling garden.

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Let's take stock, and then we'll start again tomorrow. How's that?

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Sounds good. I'll even drive you back. Thanks. I'm all heart!

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As the day draws to an exciting close over the Lincolnshire landscape,

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our buyers can be one step closer to finding their first ever home.

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So, here we go again.

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It's a brand-new day, and our search continues

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to find Ryan and Stephy their dream property here in Lincolnshire.

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I wonder if a good night's sleep has dampened Stephy's enthusiasm for the second property.

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You know, the one with the mini? She absolutely loved it.

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Ryan wasn't as convinced, as his head now ruled her heart.

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It's time to bring on the mystery property.

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And for a sizeist girl that thinks that big is beautiful,

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we're showing them massive, but with a twist.

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For the mystery house, we're taking Ryan and Stephanie

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further north to the village of Thornton-Le-Fen,

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which is nine miles from the town of Boston.

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One of the town's most famous landmarks is the magnificent medieval church of St Botolph's,

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which is one of the highest church towers in Britain.

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The town is also home to the Maud Foster mill, one of the UK's tallest working windmills.

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I'm showing them a detached cottage which has a very usual entrance.

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It's got the four bedrooms our buyers want, but it's currently two separate cottages,

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and needs some work to turn it into a family dwelling.

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So, this is your very own bridge. Can you get a car over it? You can. Plenty strong.

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So, what do you think? Fantastic bridge.

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I like it. Yes, you've really thrown a spanner in the works now.

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What do you mean by that?

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Well, from what I can see from here, it's sort of what we're looking for.

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Shall we go inside? Yeah, let's. Come on.

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'I'm taking them straight into the kitchen,

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'which I think Ryan and Stephanie could put their own stamp on.'

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You've got the original tiled flooring there.

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And you may have spied the utility room with...? A pantry.

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Yeah, a walk-in pantry. I'm impressed. I like it.

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You wanted one of those. I like the sink. And the range?

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And the range, yes.

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It's not a giant kitchen. It's got a lot of potential.

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Which is what we were looking for. Yeah.

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You're thinking work surfaces, aren't you?

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Yeah, but I'm thinking there's a lot that still could be done to it.

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You've got a living room behind you, which I won't take you to now.

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We'll go upstairs, I think. OK?

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'With spirits high, we're going up to the first floor,

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'as there's a surprise about the downstairs layout

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'I want to keep up my sleeve.'

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Lots of wood. Wooden staircase, you've also got this sort of wooden stud wall.

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I don't know what you would do with this room. I like it.

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It is obviously smaller than the second house we saw yesterday,

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but it's still... What you've got here is two bedrooms, similar size.

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The other one is probably a little bit brighter, actually,

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because it overlooks your garden. You've also got a good-sized family bathroom,

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and a fireplace you could reinstate.

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You'd have to get it checked, of course. It's an average-sized room.

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I love all the wooden floors. Yeah.

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There's a lot you could do with this place. Your mind's racing. It is.

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It's good. I like it. OK, shall we go downstairs

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and I'll show you the living room? Yes.

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You're saying all the right things. Good.

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'So, they are making all the right noises thus far.

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'There's more of this property to show them.'

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Again, you've got the tiled flooring in the living room as well.

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Wow! Come closer. What do you think? I like the fire.

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Yes, a multi-fuel burner. Got the fireplace.

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It's a bit small, but I like it.

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It must be quite cosy in the winter with a fire going.

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This property comes with a sunroom, as well. Shall we wander into it?

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Yeah. Let's have a look.

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Nice and bright out here. Yeah, it is.

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And that's your garden, an acre.

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There is one thing I haven't told you. What?

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Well, actually, the house you've just seen is replicated exactly there.

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And it's all your house.

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So actually, if you divide this down the middle, you are getting two for one.

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So you could be sitting there in your house,

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and you could be sitting here in your house.

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That's actually perfect! You can do what you want in your side

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of the house, and I'll do what I want my side.

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Let's go and have a little peek. Come on.

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So, you see? Exactly the same.

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You have got the dining room/living room,

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so you could knock it through and have one big living room.

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With one giant fireplace in the middle. Now you're talking! Possible.

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Voice of reason behind us!

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And the kitchen. Identical kitchen again.

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I'm impressed. Let's pop out to the garden. Perfect.

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Upstairs has two further bedrooms and a good-sized family bathroom.

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Outside, there's an extensive paddock with its own woodshed, workshop and stables.

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I'm very excited about this property. You are? I am, yes.

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Yeah, me too. I like it. It ticks almost every box.

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We've just got to get to the price now. So, what do you reckon?

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What do you think it's on the market for? I'd say about 245.

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Go on, you go, Ryan. What do you think?

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I'm going to go with what I have been saying all along, and say 230.

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It's currently on the market for ?250,000.

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And that's exactly what the current owner wants for it. At the moment, non-negotiable.

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It's leaving us with a lot to think about.

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For ?250,000, this detached farmhouse has not one, but two kitchens.

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There's a cosy sitting room and spacious dining room,

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both of which open onto a sun lounge.

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It also has four bedrooms, and it's situated within

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an acre of garden that includes a workshop and two stables.

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We'll catch up with each other later? Perfect. Sounds good.

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I think it's fair to say that Ryan and Stephy have found

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positives in all the properties that we've shown them.

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They've tried hard to imagine what it would be like to live in all three houses.

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The question is, do they like any of them enough to make imagination turn into reality?

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Let's find out.

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Well, we've done quite a bit of travelling in the last few days.

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We have. We've seen a lot. Let's start with the first property.

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You seemed positive when we walked up to it. You liked it.

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I did, but now thinking back on it, I think it was just too modern.

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I think we'd have got bored in that house.

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Your face was a picture when you saw the second property.

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You loved it. Yeah, I did.

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That was a really nice, quaint little house. You needed some convincing.

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It was sort of the top of the budget, almost,

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and there was things we would like to do to it

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like remove one of the staircases and expand the kitchen a bit.

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The third one really has thrown a spanner in the works. Yes, it has.

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It had a lot of potential, a lot of things that could be done to it.

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So, yes, in its own way, wonderful.

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So, what are you going to do?

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I think within the next month or two, we'll be back.

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We'll contact estate agents and definitely revisit both properties.

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I think sooner than that! Within the next month. Friday?

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OK. You're keen! She'll be moving in on Monday. You don't want to go home! I don't.

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She might have found a new home. That's true.

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It's been great meeting you. Yeah, you too. Really good fun.

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And that's it from Lincolnshire,

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where two of our properties have really hit the mark.

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You know, with Stephy's passion and energy and Ryan's methodical mind and positivity,

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I'm sure it won't be long until they find their ideal home in this beautiful county.

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Until next time, goodbye.

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