Rutland Escape to the Country


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Property show. Jules Hudson visits Rutland, England's smallest county, as he helps search for a home for £400,000 for a couple from London.


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On today's Escape To The Country, we are venturing into uncharted waters

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as we step into a county that we've never been to.

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It's full of some amazing and pretty quirky features, not least this one,

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Western Europe's largest manmade lake, covering 3,000 acres.

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So, where are we? Stick around and I'll tell you.

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On today's show, I'll be helping a couple

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move from their London pad to England's smallest county,

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and they've got very exacting expectations.

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You would be able to fit my cooker, wouldn't you, into that space?

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We'd have to measure it, but I think it would probably fit.

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But there's always the Mystery House.

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-Absolutely amazing.

-Yes?

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Well, today, we're in Rutland.

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It's perhaps no surprise that we've never been here,

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because this is England's smallest county.

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But in the centre of it is this lot, Rutland Water,

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an enormous reservoir built in 1970

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to supply water to towns like Peterborough, Northampton and Milton Keynes.

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It's so big, there are 160 billion litres of the stuff in here.

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Now, when it was created, of course, various things got submerged,

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but one of the things that survived is this Normanton Church, or at least half of it,

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a fascinating reminder of the area's rich heritage.

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Along its 25 miles of shoreline,

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it's become a mecca of yacht clubs, hotels and fine restaurants.

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This really is a place with something for everybody,

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but there's a lot more to Rutland than just its liquid assets.

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Surrounded by county giants, Rutland borders Lincolnshire,

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Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire.

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The smallest county in England, it's just 17 by 18 miles across

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and it only has two major towns, Oakham, the county town, and Uppingham.

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But this scenic slice of Middle England

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is not to be outdone by its neighbouring counties.

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Largely a rural region, the area features many attractive stone-built villages

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and a landscape which has changed little in 200 years.

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And, of course, at its heart is Rutland Water,

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a wishbone-shaped lake that's a draw for wildlife and sports lovers alike.

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The county has seen its fair share of upheaval.

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In 1974, Rutland was merged with Leicestershire,

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but after a long campaign, independence was finally restored in 1997

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and it became England's smallest county once more.

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There are also at least twice as many sheep as people here

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and Rutland is also testimony to the old adage that small is beautiful.

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With its charming market towns and villages,

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this potted pocket of England attracts 1.6 million visitors a year.

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It's hard to imagine why on earth we've never been to Rutland before.

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But at long last, thanks to today's buyers, we've made it.

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Meet Frank, an ex-policeman, and his wife Sue, a sales rep.

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They've been living in their three-bed house in south London for the last 30 years.

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With Sue's retirement looming they're keen to sell.

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But there is another reason why they want to move.

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About eight years ago, Frank had cancer,

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quite a virulent form of cancer,

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and in fact, was only given a five percent chance of pulling through.

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So happily, of course, he did,

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but that made us take stock of our life more

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and we now feel that that probably was a wake-up call.

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It's that time of life

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when we would like to go back to what is my roots, in fact,

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and live in the country.

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Their current house has considerable living space and a garden with a summer house,

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but they're not intending to compromise on the size of their new home.

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At least two, possibly three bedrooms.

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Minimum two, but the more the better.

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And they don't want a new build.

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We're looking for a barn conversion

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or a period property, perhaps Georgian style,

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but with a slick interior.

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Sue also has a clear idea on what she wants from the kitchen.

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I'd like it to be a very large kitchen, with granite tops.

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And it has to accommodate one non-negotiable feature.

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Our range, I absolutely love it.

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It's restaurant commercial standard, so it makes cooking on it so easy and accurate.

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I know this sounds weird,

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but I wouldn't buy a house that I couldn't fit this range into, because I'm not leaving it.

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But, of course, it's the price that will set the standard for what they can achieve.

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Our maximum budget for this move is £400,000.

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Gorgeous as this county may be, it is going to stretch their budget.

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Their requirements are fairly simple,

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characterful house with three bedrooms and a manageable garden,

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but I do suspect here on Escape To The Country,

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we're going to have to work a bit of good old-fashioned magic.

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Frank and Sue have a budget of £400,000

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to help them make their rural escape to a patch of paradise in Rutland.

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We don't have a vast amount of ground to cover,

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so we'll head to the heart of the county, focusing our search around the market town of Oakham.

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We've selected three great properties to show our buyers,

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but I won't let on how much they're on the market for

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until they've had a shot at guessing the price first.

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I'm hoping our Mystery House will help them think outside the box.

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Let's have a think about exactly what you're after.

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How well do you know the property market here?

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I have researched it quite a lot on the internet,

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so one thing that does strike me is that the prices are quite high.

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Your budget of £400,000, as you've probably seen by looking online,

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you know, it is going to be,

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I wouldn't say challenged, but you'll spend most of it.

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Any movement on that at all?

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Down!

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Everybody says that, yes!

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-Up.

-Up a little bit, perhaps?

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For the right property, we'll be realistic and flexible.

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We've got some really interesting properties for you to look at. Let's go.

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-Great.

-OK.

-Thank you, Jules.

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With a budget of £400,000,

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Frank and Sue want a detached period property, a minimum of three bedrooms,

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on the edge of a lively village.

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And there's one key element they're after -

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Sue is into her cooking, so she'd like a glossy fitted-kitchen

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and it's an absolute must that there's enough space for her beloved range.

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Sounds like an interesting recipe to me.

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Surrounded by countryside that's scattered with woods,

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our first property is in the conservation village of Braunston,

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two miles west of Oakham and just three miles from Rutland Water.

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Braunston is a lively place, which has several farmhouses dating back to the 1600s

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and a number of cottages with either thatched or tiled roofs.

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The house we're looking at is thought to date back to the 1800s.

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Right, let's start with property number one.

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-There you go, Sue, Frank. What do you think?

-Lovely.

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-Picturesque.

-Yes. The early bit is to the left with the porch and so forth.

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-But you wanted a stone exterior.

-We've got stone.

-You've got stone.

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-And then you've got this.

-That's part of it?

-It is, which is a much later arrangement,

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-something of a converted barn with another extension on here.

-Looks interesting.

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-Let's cut to the chase, get inside, see what you make of it.

-Great.

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Good.

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The interior also has a few surprises in store

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and I'll be interested to see what they think.

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-Here we are. You've got two doors to choose from. We'll pick this one.

-OK!

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Right, Sue, come on in.

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What do you think, Frank?

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I think I expected it to be a bigger room.

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-It's not the only reception room.

-No.

-That's the good news.

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If you painted it a different colour

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and perhaps put coving in to lift the room,

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-I think we could do a lot with it.

-Good!

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Let's continue through here!

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Now, then... Dining room.

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-Mm.

-It did say on the list that entertaining was of importance.

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-BOTH: It is.

-Very much so.

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Could you envisage the sort of things that you do in here?

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Certainly, yes. We could.

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'So the dining room gets the thumbs-up, but will the kitchen meet Sue's rather precise requirements?'

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Now, then, Sue. Take it all in.

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Is that the only form of cooking, on the range?

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It is not. There is an electric cooker

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through this corridor, which we'll explore later.

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But let's talk about the range. On its own, this is lovely, but it's not yours.

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-Unusually, you want to bring your cooker with you.

-I do.

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Would your cooker fit in there?

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-I think it would.

-It looks similar in width.

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-I think it would.

-OK. Right, then.

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This is the alternative cooker that we mentioned.

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This is quite useful. Downstairs, double shower,

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power shower, loo and all the rest.

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And in here, this other living room.

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-Goodness me. I'm surprised.

-Yes.

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-You wouldn't imagine it to be here.

-You wouldn't credit it.

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-What would you do with it? It could be a bedroom, I suppose.

-A guest room.

-A guest room.

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'Certainly food for thought.

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'Leading off is yet another room, which the current owners use as a study

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'but which does offer scope for a range of uses.'

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'Upstairs, this house has two guest bedrooms and an appealing master.'

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Right.

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-Oh, this is a good size, isn't it?

-Mm.

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-Yes?

-The lower window appeals to me.

-Really?

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But this is the master bedroom for the simple reason that it's the biggest.

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None of them have got an ensuite, but you've got the family bathroom up here.

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So lots of options. The point is, it offers you a lot of flexible accommodation.

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I didn't think this bedroom would be so large.

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'So it sounds like Frank and Sue are warming to this place

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and I'm confident they'll like the outside, too.'

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So cross the track...

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..into your garden.

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Have a look at this. I think it's really sweet.

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-It is.

-Bigger than you expect, isn't it?

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-It is pretty generous, considering where we are.

-Yes.

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The question is, how much do you think it's on the market for?

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Er, well, Jules, given the locality of the property,

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I think it's got to be £395,000.

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395. Frank?

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I think Sue's probably underestimating.

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I would think it would be up to our budget of 400.

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400.

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-You, madam, are absolutely right.

-Oh!

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-£395,000.

-Oh, right.

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-That's a pleasant surprise.

-That's about right.

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Go and have a look round and I'll catch up with you later.

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-OK, Jules.

-Off you go.

-Thanks very much.

-Enjoy.

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Brilliant!

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Priced at £395,000,

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this pretty stone cottage is just within Frank and Sue's budget.

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It's got three bedrooms, including an ample master.

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It offers lovely rural views

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and, of course, it has a kitchen which should be able to accommodate Sue's all-important range.

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You would be able to fit my cooker, wouldn't you, into that space?

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We'd have to measure it, but I think it would probably fit.

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And the cooker hood?

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The real surprise for me was the annexe,

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the other wing that's been built on.

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That really did open up a lot more possibilities.

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Ah, here we are! Our intrepid house-hunters!

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Come on, Sue and Frank. Have you figured it all out?

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-I think so. Just minor details left.

-Minor details!

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-We've got ideas in here.

-Good. Keep them coming!

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The second house

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is in the midst of the honey- coloured cottages of Lyddington,

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a rural conservation village, just a five-minute drive from Uppingham.

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The village is brimming with historic buildings,

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such as Lyddington Bede House, a former shelter for the poor

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that was once part of a medieval bishop's palace.

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There's also the 14th century St Andrew's Church,

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which is just around the corner from our next offering.

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Right...

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-Our second property for you.

-BOTH: Oh.

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-Very...

-Different.

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-Yes, it is different!

-Impressive.

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The nice thing about this is, you're in the village, but on the edge of it.

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And a building which is not the oldest in the village, either.

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-Six years old.

-I'm impressed.

-Good, because I know you weren't entirely happy about new builds,

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-but I think this is worth looking at and because of where it is.

-The setting is lovely.

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-Shall we?

-Please.

-Definitely.

-Come on, then.

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'Initial reactions are positive, despite the fact that this is a new build.

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'Will the interior have the space they want and room for Sue's range cooker?'

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Right, come on in. Grab the door, Frank.

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Certainly.

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-Wow.

-Yes?

-Yes.

-You like?

-Very much so.

-It does have the wow factor.

-Lovely.

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-Would this space work for you, Sue?

-As long as I could get my cooker in.

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I think you can.

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Have a look at this. The kitchen as it is,

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the units are perfect serviceable but not particularly valuable,

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-and this cooker is nowhere near as big as yours.

-No!

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So I'm thinking you would start again with all of this lot.

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-Blank canvas, isn't it?

-It is.

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In terms of storage and so forth, there's a generous utility room through that door there

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-with a kind of boot room, as well.

-Oh, right.

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So plenty room and a back door.

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But, of course, it does all drift through here. Have a look at this.

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This is the main living area, reception area.

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-Oh, yes. Very bright and airy.

-Yes?

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It's square. I like that.

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The way that his house presents, I like.

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'Excellent. Let's head upstairs.'

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This, I think, is quite surprising, actually,

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this great big light landing.

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-It is spacious, isn't it?

-Yes.

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-And off of here, we've got you four bedrooms.

-Four?

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-Yes.

-Really?

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Have a look at this to kick off.

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One of four, as I say. Sue?

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The thing that strikes me immediately

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is there's no apparent place to put wardrobes.

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-This is true.

-Because I have got lots of clothes.

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-This isn't the only bedroom, of course, so this could be a generous guest room.

-Yes.

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Although you are right. That's one of the things with these ceilings.

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-Family bathroom is in there. You can explore that later.

-OK.

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Bedroom two is in there.

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This is a much smaller box room.

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Make a good study.

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-And then, finally, we've got this one.

-Oh.

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-Now, it's not the master bedroom...

-Mm.

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-..but it is the only one with an ensuite, behind you in there.

-Oh, right.

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Have a quick look. Just poke your heads in.

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-Nice shower cubicle.

-Very nice.

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It's a shame, in a way,

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-that the bigger bedroom doesn't have the ensuite.

-It is.

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And that's a big bit of furniture which is taking up a lot of space.

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-But as a guest room, it's perfectly lovely.

-Yes.

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I could live here, no trouble at all.

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For me, there wouldn't be enough storage.

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Let's not give up just yet. Let's finish off in the garden and talk about the money,

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because I'm sure that'll have a bearing on it!

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After you! Go on, Frank.

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'Yes, the great money chat... Better done outside where there's more room to breathe.'

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In terms of the garden,

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we've seen it on the way in. What you see is what you get.

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But I get the sense that from everything we've talked about,

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-this is the sort of size...

-It's ample, yes!

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-And, of course, you know, this very, very pretty house.

-It is pretty.

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There are definitely things you could do.

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But it all depends on how much you want it. Let's think money.

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-Who went first last time?

-Me.

-Sue. OK, so, Frank,

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make me an offer.

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Four bedrooms, location...

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Rutland... 415.

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-415. Yes. Sue?

-Yes, beautiful village, lovely aspect, pretty house...

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Five pounds short of 400.

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OK. This could be yours for £425,000.

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They don't come on the market in this village that often,

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-so I think it's well worth thinking about.

-I think so.

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-And given that you like it, twist her arm!

-Yes! Exactly!

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-Go on, Frank, you were a copper, you should be good at that!

-An arm lock!

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-Off you go, I'll see you later on.

-Thanks, Jules.

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At £425,000, this house is over budget,

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but that's largely down to its fantastic location.

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It doesn't need much work and would give our buyers the opportunity to move in straight away.

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It's got four good-size bedrooms and the kitchen is a great space,

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which allows Sue to put her stamp on it and make it her own.

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This house, being compared with newly built,

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is one that would be easily maintained.

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I felt that the house let down a little bit upstairs.

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I think the bedrooms really,

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on reflection, are a little too small.

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So as the day draws to a close over the waters of Rutland,

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our buyers get some time to reflect on today's properties.

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As we said yesterday,

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Frank and Sue's £400,000 was always going to have to work pretty hard in Rutland,

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and although we've seen some beautiful properties, I think they've yet to be wowed.

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Let's hope that our final one, the Mystery House, can do the trick

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as we head out on our last day of house-hunting.

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So Mystery House... What could it be?

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I think it could be an apartment.

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I tell you what, if you look at that sign there...

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-Oh, Leicestershire.

-It's in Leicestershire.

-Right.

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Now, as always, our Mystery House offers up a surprise or two.

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And so, for our third offering, we're heading to Scalford,

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a village just outside the county of Rutland in Leicestershire.

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Scalford is Old English for "shallow ford"

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and its church is named after St Eglewin,

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the only one in the country to be named after this saint.

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The village has a post office and a pub and the area is popular with horse riders.

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-This is it, this is the Mystery House, at long last.

-Wow!

-The waiting's over.

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-Do you like?

-I love it.

-Very nice, isn't it?

-Yes.

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-What is it about that one?

-It's the symmetry of it.

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It looks absolutely immaculate.

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I love the windows. And that yellow stone is gorgeous.

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-Shall we?

-Yes.

-Let's go and have a look.

-Please.

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Now, although it's not in Rutland,

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I'm pretty sure our buyers will like this house.

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It's got everything they had on their wish list and more.

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-In you come, Sue.

-Wow, Jules.

-Grab the door, Frank.

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-Come on in. What do you think?

-This is lovely. Beautiful.

-Yes.

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This is the original bit of the house.

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There is an extension put on in the '70s, not that you'd know from the outside.

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-I notice the cookers.

-Yes! Now, I've got a solution, though, for you.

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-You could take the unit out that's behind you...

-Yes.

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..and that cooker, which is lovely, it seems a shame to move it, but if you wanted to put yours in,

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-you could fit it there and keep that there.

-Definitely.

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In terms of this mixture of contemporary and old and a bit of character,

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-I think this works.

-This fits it.

-Beautiful.

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-If you like this, you'll love the rest.

-Save the best till last.

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Through here, we've got the dining room.

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-Oh, this is absolutely wonderful.

-Yes?

-Beautiful.

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-What do you think, Frank?

-I like it.

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-Yes?

-You're clever.

-Good, right!

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Come and have a look at this. You'll love this bit.

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-Look at that.

-Oh! No!

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-How about that?

-You wouldn't expect to find that, would you?

-No!

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Absolutely amazing.

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-But the best is yet to come.

-No?

-Oh, yes.

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Come and have a look in here.

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Wow. Another "wow". I love the wardrobes.

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'This could be used as a bedroom, because the windows are sunken

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'and don't allow as much light in as upstairs.

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'It also works well because it has an ensuite shower room.

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'Let's see what they think of the first-floor space

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'and the living room the current owners created.

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'I have a feeling they'll be impressed.'

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-Goodness me. What a surprise!

-Yes.

-Absolutely fantastic.

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The question is, can you see yourselves genuinely using a house like this

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and relaxing in space such as we see?

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I could, definitely. Love it.

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Oh, well, if the good lady says...

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'Well, as expected, they love the living room and its design.

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'And the bathroom is pretty special, too.'

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What about that?

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-Wow. Beautiful.

-You wanted funky.

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You've done it. You've done it!

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There's a further guest bedroom or study

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and then the master, which I have no doubt will be a hit.

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-Oh, my! What a room!

-Yes?

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Beautiful!

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Has this got an ensuite, as well?

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-No. It has a walk-in wardrobe.

-Oh, right.

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Lovely decor. It's exactly the colours we would choose.

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'Well, that's the way I like it. Our Mystery House has totally hit the jackpot.

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'And outside, there are yet more surprises to come.

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'The property has three outbuildings including a double garage,

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'that can be used as storage or indeed a workshop.

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'Above it, there's an artist's studio.

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'The garden is just the right size for Frank and Sue

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'and has the benefit of facing south.'

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-I love this sort of busy, profuse garden.

-It's beautifully planted.

-Everything's spilling out.

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-You've got this area of lawn.

-I know you said we've moved from Rutland, but you wouldn't know.

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It begs the question, our final price guess, guys...

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-How much?

-How much is the Mystery House on for?

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Well, given the beautiful location and the stunning house,

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I think it's got to be 435.

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435. So over budget there, Frank.

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I would hope for it to be less.

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I'm going to guess at...

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-420.

-420.

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Well, I'm going to give you some very good news.

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You don't have to stretch that far at all. This is under budget.

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-No.

-By 50 quid!

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-Really?

-This could be yours for £399,950.

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-That is amazing. Absolutely amazing.

-Yes?

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Happy days!

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And I've made a decision.

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I'm going to sell the cooker.

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-You're selling the cooker?

-Yes.

-This £8,000 cooker?

-Yes.

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-It's going to go?

-Yes.

-Because you want this house?

-Yes.

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Brilliant. Look, go and have a look at those outbuildings. There are the keys.

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-Go and find yourself a workshop, studio, an office, it's all out there.

-Thank you.

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-I'll catch up with you later.

-OK.

-Off you go.

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So at just £50 shy of their £400,000 budget,

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this surprising stone cottage just over the border in Leicestershire

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has brought about the impossible and made Sue consider getting rid of her range.

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With three great-size bedrooms, one with an ensuite dressing room,

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this house has the perfect mix of an old exterior and modern interior that really appeals to Sue.

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And it's got a selection of outbuildings for Frank to play in.

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-What do you think? Workshop or...

-That appeals to me.

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-It appeals to me leaving my car in it.

-Uh-huh.

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So we'll have to come to a compromise on that.

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As soon as we walked up to the front of this property, I was excited.

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As we walked through into the entrance hall, it got better and better with each room.

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Everything, for me, is perfect.

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We've scoured Rutland and hopped over the border into Leicestershire.

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We saw three fantastic properties, but which one, if any, are Frank and Sue going to go for?

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I'm pretty sure I have a good idea. Is it the same as yours, I wonder?

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For our first trip to Rutland, you've been a fantastic couple to have on board.

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It's been a real treat, so thanks for wanting to move to this part of the country.

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It's been the most enjoyable trip.

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The key thing, though, is have we managed to find you your new dream home?

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The first one that we went to...

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There was a lot to like about it. It grew on me as I went through.

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If we could knock that back wall out to make it just larger

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and perhaps lose the corridor, that could've been an option.

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Then we took you to our second property.

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I liked the situation of the house and the appearance.

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It didn't look like a new build.

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The kitchen was a good space.

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I have to confess that when we finished our first day I was a bit anxious,

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because I think we'd yet to find this interesting mix of old and new that you'd been seeking.

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-But then we took you to our Mystery House!

-Aww!

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-Talk me through that one, Sue.

-It was just...

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I had a feeling I would fall in love with it when we first saw the front.

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I think it's a wonderful place, I really do,

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and with a lot of potential.

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-In terms of the obvious choice, it is the Mystery House.

-Yes.

-Without a doubt.

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It was just a very clever, tasteful blend of old and high-spec.

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How about the fact that the Mystery House wasn't in Rutland?

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Rutland was our starting point. To move out a little bit...

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-Is not an issue.

-We've found something we like.

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There you go. Brilliant, guys.

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It's a fantastic property. I do hope you're able to get it.

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You won't regret it, I'm sure. So best of luck.

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Let's cross everything! Well done.

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-Thank you, Jules.

-Our pleasure.

-Thank you for your time.

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Well, as you can probably tell, we've had an awful lot of fun

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house-hunting in Rutland and the surrounding area.

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We've seen some fantastic houses and been greeted by some very warm and welcoming people,

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reason enough for anybody to want to move to this part of the world.

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Despite the fact that it's our first visit to England's smallest county,

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I suspect that thanks to Frank and Sue's bold lead, it won't be our last.

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Jules Hudson visits Rutland, England's smallest county, as he helps search for a home for £400,000 for a couple from London. While in Rutland, Jules gets to grips with a unique set of traditional steam trains being restored by local enthusiasts.


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