Gloucestershire Escape to the Country


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Nicki Chapman has a challenge on her hands helping to uncover a new rural home in the Cotswolds for a couple with very exacting requirements.


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This parish church behind me is the only one in the whole

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of England that has a complete set of original medieval stained glass.

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Find out exactly where I am in just a moment.

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Today, a married couple celebrating a ten-year union

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are in search of their first home together.

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-How are you feeling?

-Excited, relieved.

-Are you?!

-Yeah!

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Not as much as me!

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And I'm striving to give our buyers exactly what they want.

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That's the happiest, Sue, I've seen Charles all day.

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He does like his en suite.

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Today, I'm in the Cotswolds,

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at St Marys Church, in the small Gloucestershire town of Fairford,

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and there has been a church here on this site since the 1100s.

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But this present structure has its origins in the

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15th century, which is when it was adorned with 28 stained and

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painted glass windows, featuring a visual account of the Bible's story.

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Now, it's remarkable to think that, some 500 years later, these iconic

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panes have survived, largely intact.

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And provide a kaleidoscope of colour,

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and a captivating history, very much like the Cotswolds landscape itself.

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The Cotswolds is a range of hills in the south-west of England,

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lying between Oxford and Bristol and covering 790 square miles.

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It's a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,

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which dominates most of Gloucestershire,

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but also spills into Oxfordshire, as well as four other counties.

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The area abounds with gentle rolling hills and farmland,

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dissected by hedges and trees, with livestock hugging hillsides,

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and wild flowers providing bursts of colour, breaking up the vivid green.

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Local limestone supplies the honey-coloured stone that gives

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the Cotswolds its unique look.

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This delightful area attracts an estimated 38 million tourists a year

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from around the globe, and less than two hours from London and

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close to Oxford, the Cotswolds is a popular choice for people choosing

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to escape city life, whether permanently or as a weekend retreat.

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So what exactly are today's buyers after?

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Well, let's meet them and find out.

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French teacher Charles and his wife Sue, from Hemel Hempstead in

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Hertfordshire, have had a blissfully happy union for ten years.

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We met in 2004, it was at a school ball, my eyes met on Sue,

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and the next morning I woke up and I thought,

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"That's my little present from God."

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We got married in 2010, we got married in the school chapel

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and we went on honeymoon to the Cotswolds, which is where

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we're hoping to move to.

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The Gloucestershire Cotswolds is very close to both their hearts.

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When we first met, Sue was actually living in the Cotswolds,

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so she's got a very strong attachment to it, and I used

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to go visit her there, obviously, as often as I possibly could

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and I feel a very strong affinity to it.

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Sue and Charles live in a flat in the boarding school where

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Charles works in Hemel Hempstead, which couldn't be more different

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to the area of their dreams.

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It's large and sprawling and very populated,

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and I just can't wait to get back to more rural living.

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We want to have a place where we can have Sue's daughters,

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my stepchildren, to stay, where we can invite guests to come for

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the weekend and where we're a bit further away from London, as well.

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It's not just family and friends who are important in this move.

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Two-year-old Bertie, an English Pointer,

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will be heading to the country, too.

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We would like to be able to have a nice large garden

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he can run around in.

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So, with Sue's own house under offer and Charles'

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school flat kept on to accommodate him in term time, there's

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nothing stopping this lively couple from pursuing their rural dream.

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This is going to be the first property we've purchased together,

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I think it will be very exciting.

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I think Sue will tell me what the perfect property is and I will agree with her.

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Sue adores the honey-coloured hues of Cotswold stone

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and they both love the Gloucestershire

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part of the region where the stone houses are abundant,

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so we're concentrating our search around the town of Cirencester.

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But before we begin our hunt for a country home for

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Sue and Charles, I've come to meet them

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to get a better picture of what it is they're looking for.

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So, Sue and Charles, welcome to the Cotswolds,

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We are finding a home for both of you. That's correct, isn't it?

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-It's the first home you are going to have bought together.

-It is.

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Let's hear about this wish list, then.

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-We want a detached house.

-Yes.

-With a nice garden.

-Yes.

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A flat garden.

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-And we want it somewhere near where we can walk the dog.

-Right.

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And a nice fireplace and, most importantly, a nice little man cave

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that I can call my own, with a nice sturdy lock on the door.

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I do love your honesty, Charles. What about you, Sue?

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-Do you agree?

-Um, yes.

-What would you like?

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I could embellish. Stone, I think is important,

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ones in the Cotswolds, and I would stretch it from garden to land,

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I could quite see an acre, with outbuildings.

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-So, ideally you do want a bit of land.

-Yeah.

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We also wanted to be within close reach of, sort of,

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a nice deli, coffee shoppy sort of place,

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so in the morning, you know, after a nice cooked breakfast

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I can stroll into town.

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Is there a deal-breaker anywhere along the line?

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Because I'm slightly concerned about the list of wants.

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I think that if I had to have a painted house, rather than

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a stone house, I'd compromise there, if everything else was correct.

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Well, I'm certainly looking forward to the next few days,

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remind me of your budget.

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At the very top end, 550. Something for 500 would be perfect.

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Well, I think we should finish our tea and coffee, because weather

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might be clearing and we can start with our first property

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Oh, brilliant. Looking forward to it.

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Sue and Charles have a generous budget, but they've chosen a pricey

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region and they've got some rather exacting requirements in mind.

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They'd like a detached stone house, with at least three bedrooms,

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so Sue's two daughters and friends can visit.

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They want big, level grounds

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for their dog Bertie to run around, with plenty of walking opportunities

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nearby, and they're hoping to be close to a community,

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where Charles is looking forward to enjoying local shops and cafes.

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We've searched the county and have chosen three excellent properties,

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one of which could become Sue and Charles' first joint home.

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And only after they've viewed each house will they find out its cost.

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Our final visit will be to the mystery house, which may be

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taking them slightly off-piste, but will hopefully give them

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something they didn't even know they wanted.

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We're kicking off our trip in Gloucestershire on the eastern

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edge of the Cotswolds.

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The hamlet of Netherton, just on the outskirts of the village

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of Quenington, is eight miles east of Cirencester.

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Quenington displays the typical Cotswolds stone cottages

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and dry stone walls the region is famous for.

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It's home to a sociable community, with great country

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walks their dog Bertie would love.

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An eight-minute drive takes us back to Netherton.

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So, our very first property, it's quite an unusual layout,

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-it's the property right in the centre.

-Wow!

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-So that's a different property there and a different property there?

-Yes.

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-Right.

-Victorian barn.

-Yes

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Dates back to about 1850, and in 1995 they were converted into

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six separate dwellings,

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-so you do have neighbours, I think it's fair to say.

-Yes.

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-Which wasn't on the wish list.

-No.

-First impressions.

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I think it's very balanced-looking. I love the stone,

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I like the roof tiles.

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-It's not detached...

-It's not, no.

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-..which was the number-one thing on our list.

-Right.

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-But what do you think of the property itself?

-It's lovely.

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Yes, I think it's all plus, apart from that they're attached.

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Well, let's step inside

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-and see if the property itself changes your mind.

-OK. Thank you.

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This delightful barn may have next-door neighbours,

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but this area is one of the most costly in the country, and even

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on our buyers' generous budget of over half a million pounds,

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compromises have to be made to give them the space and garden they want.

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Leading off a spacious hallway is the first reception room.

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-Charles is smiling at me!

-Oh, that's very nice.

-Yeah?

-Yes.

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-You're not going to get excited about a hallway, are you?

-No.

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-No.

-It is a very nice hallway.

-I like him!

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OK, let's start with the sitting room.

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Well, it's very light, which is very nice.

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Because you've probably gathered, this property isn't enormous.

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It's quite a small building, but I think they've made

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-the most of it and the ceilings do give you much more space.

-Yes.

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-So, apart from size, I think it's a lovely room.

-Great.

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All of the downstairs rooms lead off from the hallway, and next

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to the sitting room is the kitchen, also with views to the garden.

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It's nicely appointed, it's very attractively done,

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but, in my mind, I was thinking of, sort of, farmhouse table.

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Possibly it's not the right sort of size for our needs.

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-I actually quite like something quite small.

-He likes small, yeah.

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I think it's just less hassle.

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On the other side of the hallway is a dining room at the front

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of the house and a double bedroom and bathroom at the back.

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And upstairs, the rooms are in the eaves with skylights to the

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front and back.

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So, when this barn was originally converted, it was just

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the downstairs, and then the owners before decided to put two

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-bedrooms upstairs, as well.

-Mm-hm.

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Come on! Talk to me, Sue!

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Erm... Bijou.

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Bijou. Good word.

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Very attractive, I'm looking for more space, you know,

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-a bit more elbow room.

-Yeah.

-Let's say.

-And Charles?

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What I feel is... I feel either side I've got people there.

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There's no getting away from the fact that this property isn't

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detached, but I'm hoping the beautiful gardens,

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which belong to this house,

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may change things as the outside space is

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so important to Sue and Charles.

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-It's absolutely beautiful.

-Stunning.

-It is, yes.

-Yes.

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I think this is one of the most beautifully kept gardens

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that I've seen. So I think we've discussed

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everything that there is to know about the barn, but we haven't

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put a price on it. So how much do you think it is on the market for?

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I would put it on at 535.

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OK. Now, I might put it a bit more. 545?

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The asking price for this property -

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and it's only just gone on the market -

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is £445,000.

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-Oh!

-I like it a lot more!

-Wow.

-Yeah.

-Really?

-Yes.

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I am absolutely amazed and it's a lovely surprise, actually.

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This converted barn is full of character

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and comes in at £105,000 under our buyers' top budget,

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giving them plenty left in the pot to play with.

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It may not be detached, but it is built from the local stone

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Sue adores and has just the number of bedrooms they want.

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It has superb gardens and is close to many scenic paths

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perfect for walking Bertie, and it's not too far from civilisation,

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which will suit Charles down to the ground.

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Right, you two, how are you feeling?

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Well, it is a delightful, immaculately appointed house,

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but I don't think it is going to quite do it for us.

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-Just a little bit too small?

-Just a little bit too small.

-OK.

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-Well, it's only our first property.

-Yes.

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-Got more to show you.

-Brilliant.

-Thank you.

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The scenic rolling landscape of Gloucestershire lends itself

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to horse riding, and Newent in the north-west of the county is

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home to a national equestrian champion.

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Carl Hester was brought up on the Channel Island of Sark,

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which has no cars, and he's been riding all his life.

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In 2012, he was part of Team GB's dressage team, who won

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gold at the London Olympics.

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I've come to his training ground to meet him,

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and his world-class horses.

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-So, Carl, good to see you!

-Hi, Nicky, nice to meet you again.

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-Thanks for inviting us to your yard.

-It's a pleasure.

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I can see you're hard at work.

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Yeah, well, this is what goes on here at home,

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we train the young horses here.

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Dressage is a very intense sport. It takes probably five or six years

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to get the horse to Grand Prix standard.

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"Dressage" is a French term meaning training.

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It has its roots in ancient Greece

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and, simply put, it's the highest level of horse training.

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Now, you mentioned Grand Prix, is that the very top level of dressage?

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Yeah, Grand Prix is what you see at Olympics.

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So, what are you looking for, then, here?

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Because it's all about the horse with the rider, isn't it?

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You couldn't put another rider on this horse?

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Yes, it's about the harmony between the horse and rider,

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that's what we're starting with.

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I mean, what we're looking at here is Amy's just teaching him to canter

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when she says, to trot when she says,

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to walk, so you're not supposed to be able to see the rider moving,

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you know, it's very discreet.

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You just see the horse doing the movements and the rider's

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supposed to look like they're steering.

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Almost like the perfect marriage between horse and rider.

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Well, this young horse is just at the beginning of his dressage

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career, but two of Carl's stallions are already champions.

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So, I've got some pressies, Carl. Are we allowed?

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They will be very happy to eat those, yes.

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-There we go, look at that.

-This is Utopia,

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and these are the two gold medal horses from London, Utopia, Valegro.

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This one's known as Uti and this one's known as Blueberry.

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So what makes these horses so special?

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Well, they really are able to cope with any atmosphere, they are

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almost like police horses in a way so, you know, you could actually

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ride these two guys down the M25, they have that ability to be

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able to be relaxed in any situation, like the Olympics,

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like World Cup Finals, noise and a lot of people,

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and yet they have this incredible presence

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and energy when they're needed to perform in the arena.

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I feel very lucky to be in the company of three Olympic gold medal

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winners and Carl's going to give me a dressage display on 13-year-old

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Fine Time, who's the current British Dressage National Champion.

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I'll show you what a canter pirouette should look like.

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I'm going to canter him this short so that he's

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almost on the spot, and make it smaller and smaller and I'm looking

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to try and get six to eight steps and it should be on a dinner plate.

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Now, I do ride, I'm a passionate rider,

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so I can appreciate how difficult that is.

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Dressage is one thing you can get better

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and better at, so that's the good news for you, Nicki.

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There's hope for me?

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You are only going to get better with years.

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I've now done five Olympics and my best Olympics was my fifth one,

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so it does show, you know,

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25 years of practise, you could also be taking

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a medal home maybe at that time, as well.

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Carl, thank you for a glimpse into the dressage world.

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Travelling 28 miles west takes us to our second house in the hamlet

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of Harescomb. One and a half miles from the village of Haresfield and

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five miles south of Gloucester,

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it's on the western edge of the Cotswolds.

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The pretty village of Haresfield has a great dining pub

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and fantastic views from the Haresfield Beacon

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across the valley to the River Severn.

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Back in rural Harescombe, which sits in the valley at the foot

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of the Beacon, is our second house, a semidetached period cottage

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which I'm hoping will please Sue and Charles, despite the dreadful rain.

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It might be grey, and it might be wet,

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but here is your second property.

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It is semidetached, but it's not a terrace.

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For house number two, we have gone for semidetached

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-but the proportions are much, much larger.

-Right.

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Our house, the one that we're looking at,

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has been extended out the back and is quite substantial.

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I like the Cotswold stone, so so far, so good.

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Well, on that note, come on, let's get out of the rain.

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This cottage dates back to the 1800s and was built from Cotswold

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stone and tiles.

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Moving inside, we're starting off our tour in the sitting room

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with a wood-burning stove as its centrepiece.

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We sort of gravitate towards the fire.

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Oh, it's a nice, large fireplace. Is it inglenook?

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It is it is an inglenook. It's got the original bressummer beam there.

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Makes a really nice feature.

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It's less detached than I would've liked

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and I'm still slightly battling with that one.

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-I feel, as a house, there is more I need to do with it...

-Yes.

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..I think, than house number one.

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Next to the dining room in the middle of the house is the kitchen.

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So, with this kitchen, you really are in the heart of the home,

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and the way they've set it up, you've got your dining room there

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next door and it looks out onto your garden.

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If I had the money to do it, I'd actually have it re-designed and

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make it one big kitchen, so it would be a kitchen/living area.

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I do like this kitchen a lot.

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Well, let's keep going through.

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On the side of the property is a recent addition -

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a wood-and-glass garden room.

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-And guess what? It's got under-floor heating!

-Oh!

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I love this aspect here, looking out.

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-You get to look at your gardens...

-Yeah.

-..all the way around.

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-Surrounded by flowers.

-Yeah, it's beautiful.

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-It's a lovely room, it's lovely and warm.

-Yes.

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-Especially on a cold day.

-Yes.

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I'm not sure what to think of Sue and Charles' reactions.

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Can they see beyond the fact that this house is not detached?

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Moving to the first floor, I want to show them the sleeping quarters.

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So, upstairs, this is where the house was extended - that was

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originally the outside wall.

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-Right.

-So you've got a bedroom behind us,

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a second bedroom there,

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family bathroom, and then, come on in,

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because the third bedroom is the master.

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-It also has an en suite.

-Ah.

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-And can we have a look at the en suite?

-Go on, have a look.

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Thank you.

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Oh, it is quite big.

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Oh, it's fantastic! Yeah, it's lovely, it's very nice.

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That's the happiest, Sue, I've seen Charles all day!

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He does like his en suite.

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So, the bedrooms are of a good size.

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I much prefer having room around me

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and I'm looking for a house with potential.

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I wouldn't say any of the house wows me, but I think it's got potential.

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Absolutely. It's got a very strong, warm, family,

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lived-in feel, which I think is a very strong feel to it.

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Sue and Charles seem to be keeping an open mind about this house and

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I wonder if the question of its cost will help them make up their minds,

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as we head back downstairs to find out the all-important price tag.

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I suggest 475.

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Well, the last house was 445, so I will say, on balance,

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I will go for 474. I'll go slightly under Sue.

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OK. The asking price is £525,000.

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Wow. Yes.

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The owners are aware of your budget

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and they are happy to have a conversation.

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This 19th-century property comes in at £25,000 under budget

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and has the local features Sue and Charles are looking for

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in their new home.

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Its kitchen and dining room offer them the option to convert

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it into a space that would suit them, and the new garden room,

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with its splendid views of the grounds,

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is certainly a very attractive feature.

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Situated close to villages and towns means this house offers Sue

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and Charles a slice of country life with access to shops and cafes.

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We're remaining positive!

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Absolutely. We've had a wonderful day and I can't wait until tomorrow.

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That's the spirit!

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So, we've shown Sue and Charles two of our properties here in,

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well, rather rainy Gloucestershire,

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but we haven't managed to find them their perfect detached home as yet.

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To be honest, we are struggling here in the Cotswolds

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with their requirements on their budget,

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but, not one to admit defeat,

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we still have the mystery house up our sleeve.

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Now, this time, it is detached and, if they can get over

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their love of Cotswolds stone, we may be in with a fighting chance.

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Travelling eight miles south is our final property

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in the hamlet of Windsoredge, on the outskirts

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of the market town of Nailsworth, 13 miles west of Cirencester.

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Nailsworth would be a haven for Charles, with its quirky shops,

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restaurants and that all-important deli, and it's been voted

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one of the top 101 places to live in Britain by a Sunday broadsheet.

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Five minutes' drive from Nailsworth and perched

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high above the Woodchester Valley is our last Gloucestershire offering.

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Its rendered exterior may not be the Cotswolds stone home Sue is dreaming

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of, which has afforded it the title of our mystery house, but it is

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detached and offers a great deal of home for Sue and Charles's money.

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I promise you, through this mist and rain, the view will be worth it.

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-Look at that!

-Because here...

-That's a stonker!

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..is the view, and here is your Edwardian mystery house.

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-That?!

-Oh, my God!

-Oh! It's lovely!

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Look, I've lost them already! Go on! Have a little look!

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That is the most beautiful thing I've seen since

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-I gaze at my wife of a morning.

-Really?!

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So why is this our mystery house, then?

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Because it's really nice.

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It's not Cotswold stone.

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No, it isn't. Although the cottage is rendered, the colours used

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are very sympathetic.

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-That's what I like, it's sympathetically done.

-Good.

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This handsome house dates back to the early 1900s

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and is laid out over three floors.

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We're going straight to the front of the property, to the

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smallest of three reception rooms, just off the entrance hallway.

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Obviously, it's small, but that's fine. It's got a lovely wood burner

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-It's very pretty.

-You did want a man cave

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and I've managed to ignore that in the past two houses, haven't I?!

0:22:470:22:50

-Yes.

-Quite successfully.

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Perhaps we need to find a man room for you here.

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-Does that sound good?

-That sounds promising!

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Next to this small sitting room is a rather impressive dining room.

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-Oh! Wow!

-Wow. That's really nice!

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Come on through because I want to show you a second

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sitting room/reception room.

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It's really nice!

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-You wanted space with this property.

-Yes.

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-You mentioned the dog sort of dominates.

-Yes, he seems to.

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Is this sort of what you had in mind?

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Yes, yes. A nice lot of room.

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Behind this sitting room is a utility room

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and just behind the dining room with windows overlooking both

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sides of the grounds is the kitchen.

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-Wow!

-Another large space.

-Yep.

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-It's light, airy and full of joy.

-Fantastic.

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So, the downstairs of this property, how are you feeling?

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-Excited, relieved!

-Are you?

-Yes!

-Not as much as me!

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This mystery house may not be built of local Cotswolds stone,

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but that doesn't seem to matter as Sue and Charles are totally smitten.

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And I think they'll fall for the first floor, too.

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Just opposite the stairway is a family bathroom,

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there are four bedrooms and to the front is the master.

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So, on this floor, you've got four bedrooms in total

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and a family bathroom, but you've got an additional bedroom

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up in the loft with an en-suite bathroom, as well.

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So, instead of a man cave, perhaps, Charles, I'm thinking man attic!

0:24:160:24:20

-Man palace!

-Man palace!

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Fantastic!

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Things couldn't have gone better on our tour of this distinguished

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house, but the garden's just as important as the inside,

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especially for Bertie, Sue and Charles's beloved English Pointer.

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Outside the grounds surround the house and we're headed to an

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elevated section with far-reaching views across the valley.

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Now, I'm not going to give you an acre of land

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because I don't have an acre of land to give you here,

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but I can give you quite a substantial garden - fenced.

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-You've got a very large garage behind us...

-Yes.

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..with plenty of storage. So...what do we think?

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-I can't find anything wrong with it.

-Can you not?!

-No.

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How much do you think the asking price is?

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Well, the top of our budget is 550,000, so I shall say 550,000.

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And I think that this is such a good house, so I think 575

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and then you're going to say it's actually 585,

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but there's room for negotiation.

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The asking price is £550,000.

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You were spot on, Sue.

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Oh, she usually is.

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-So, how do you feel about that?

-Oh, it's exciting!

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-I'm almost lost for words!

-Almost?

-Almost.

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Bang on their upper budget, this detached period house

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goes above and beyond Sue and Charles's expectations -

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even giving them two more bedrooms than they asked for.

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It's got a safe garden, perfect for their young dog to

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run around in, and it's close to a town with all the amenities

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that are important to Charles.

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It may not have the Cotswold stone exterior Sue was hoping for,

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but she's more than happy with the sympathetically painted render.

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So why don't we go somewhere quiet and perhaps have a little drinky,

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-and we can discuss what your next move is going to be?

-Super. Thanks.

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Well, Charles and Sue, I have to say,

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we've had a very entertaining few days.

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Yesterday we didn't end on a high. We saw super properties,

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but they weren't quite right for either of you, were they?

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Well, the first two houses, as nice as they might have been,

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just weren't our cup of tea. And then when you showed us

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the mystery property today, that was such a surprise

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because, by this time, I had expected the third house to be

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not to our taste. As soon as we looked at the front of the

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house, we both said, "Wow." This is definitely got something about it.

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Here we are, we're already waxing lyrical about the mystery house.

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Where do we go next with that property?

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Even though it's the top of our budget,

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there is always room for negotiation

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-and we're going to put an offer in.

-You are!

-We are.

-We are, yes.

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-You really have fallen in love, haven't you?

-Yeah. It's lovely.

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Well, I'm thrilled that we've been able to help you because, of course,

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this is the first house that you will have bought together.

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You have made us all smile and chuckle,

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it's been an absolute pleasure.

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You are welcome to come and stay whenever you like, Nicki.

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-And I will take you up on that offer!

-Fantastic.

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-Charles, Sue, thank you so much.

-Thank you so much! Thank you.

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So after a bit of a rocky start with Charles and Sue, we eventually found

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them their perfect mystery property. As we went to say goodbye,

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they were on the phone to the estate agent, putting in an offer.

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I'm thrilled for the both of them. I'll see you next time.

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