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Yorkshire Dales

Property series. Nicki Chapman is in the Yorkshire Dales with a couple who have a £900,000 budget to spend on a property with business potential.


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Underneath the surface of this breathtaking scenery

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lies the longest caving system in the UK -

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a 63-mile subterranean network of tunnels,

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some of which are so large you can fly a plane through them.

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So whereabouts am I? Find out in just a moment.

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Today, I'm helping an animal-loving couple in pursuit

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of their country paradise.

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-Well, we'd be very happy coming to stay here.

-Yes.

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-So that is the sign, really, isn't it?

-So would I.

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And their enthusiasm knows no bounds.

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-Are we excited? Come on.

-We are excited!

-Go whoop.

-Woohoo!

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THEY LAUGH

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Welcome to Escape To The Country. Today, we are in North Yorkshire.

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And this is the beautiful landscape of Yorkshire Dales National Park,

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an area that spans over 600 square miles

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of river valleys, hills, moorlands and woodlands.

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And underfoot is the Three Counties cave system,

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an extensive network of tunnels that runs beneath the counties

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of Cumbria and Lancashire, as well as North Yorkshire.

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But, of course, the real draw here is all you can see above ground.

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The Yorkshire Dales National Park,

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located in the North of England,

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sits just below the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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and is sandwiched between the Lake District to the west

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and the North York Moors to the east.

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The region's undulating valleys consist of rich pasture land

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grazed by sheep and dissected by dry-stone walls

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and meandering streams.

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The rural Dales are home to the Three Peaks,

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a trio of hills which provide

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avid hikers with some great walking challenges and stunning scenery.

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There's Whernside - Yorkshire's highest point,

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Pen-y-ghent - whose scree-clad slopes rear up from ground level,

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and Ingleborough - with its flat plateau with fantastic views

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of the surrounding countryside,

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Here, robust limestone buildings are the fabric of these farming villages

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and are an intrinsic part of the Dales' landscape.

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There is a timeless quality to these lovely crisscrossing valleys.

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Nidderdale, which stretches to the southeast

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reaches of the National Park, is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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and is a less known destination on the tourist map.

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So with its stunning terrain of peaks and vales,

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along with the serene life it offers,

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the Dales is an appealing choice for those escaping the pace of the city.

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If you want to make North Yorkshire your home,

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you might find you have a little change left in your pocket

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when you compare the national figures because currently, the average

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price of a detached house in England and Wales is just over £280,000.

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But here, you would expect to pay some £9,000 less than that amount.

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However, in the highly desirable chocolate-box villages

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on the southwest edges of the National Park, prices shoot up,

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costing around £30,000 more than the rest of the county.

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But what is it about this picturesque part of the country that

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has lured today's buyers? Well, let's meet them and find out.

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It was a love of fine cuisine that brought together

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web entrepreneur Nadine and her civil engineer husband John.

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We met through a social club in Nottingham.

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And we actually first ran into each other at one of the monthly

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pudding clubs.

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That sweet encounter was 14 years ago

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and three years later, they were married.

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We live in West Bridgford, which is

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just south of the river from Nottingham

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and it is a very nice area, but it is suburban, very close to the city

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and very busy.

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It's just we're getting to the stage of our lives where we're looking to

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live further away from a city - outside, obviously -

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in the countryside.

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They have got their sights set on the Yorkshire Dales

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as their country retreat, somewhere close to Nadine's heart.

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I grew up in East Yorkshire, so all our school trips were there,

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as well as, of course, day trips out with the parents.

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And I think it is just, therefore, what

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I consider to be beautiful countryside.

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It is kind of in-built.

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Recently, Nadine and John even chose the area

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to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary.

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It's beautiful countryside.

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And you always feel invigorated having visited.

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It is very clean air, nice environment.

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And you get a sense of...or a feel there is a good community

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and it would be a good place to live.

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It won't be just Nadine and John heading north.

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They have got quite a menagerie coming with them.

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Well, we are looking to move with Oscar the dog, Judy the cat

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and the two chooks we've got.

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We have got quite a few pets and we'd love to keep more animals.

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We've had up to nine chickens in the garden,

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but I'd like many times more than that.

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When we move, I would like to have a bigger vegetable patch

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and a bigger area for more hens so that we can have fresh produce.

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We might take on other animals. I think John would quite like to

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be a llama farmer, mostly cos it rhymes.

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HE LAUGHS

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But the move is not only going to be about living the good life,

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there are plans for new ventures, too.

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I think we are open to trying all sorts of businesses.

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I think we're capable of putting our hands to lots of different things.

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-Yeah.

-So we would just see what arose.

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Most likely holiday cottages, bed and breakfasts,

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but the world is our oyster, I think.

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And with their house on the market

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and a clear vision for their next move,

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Nadine and John are looking to

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a happy future, including a first in their relationship.

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It will be the first time we have actually bought a house together

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because this house was Nadine's when we got married, and I moved in.

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I think this change is really important because

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when we are in the countryside, I just feel more joyful, happier.

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It just will energise me to be out there amongst the green fields,

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the dry-stone walls and the sheep.

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And so I think it is just something that I feel

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I have to do at this point, to get away from the urban lifestyle.

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Nadine and John are hoping for a future in the heart

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of the Yorkshire Dales National Park itself, so that is where

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we are concentrating our search.

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But for the right property, we may stray across the border.

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Before we head off on our house hunt, I'm meeting them

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to get the lowdown on their property wish list.

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Well, John and Nadine, welcome to the Yorkshire Dales!

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-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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Got a great day for house hunting, haven't we?

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We have indeed.

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Why is the time right for you two to make this move?

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Well, I think we're at that sort of age where if we don't do it now,

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we never will.

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We've got our roots in Nottingham to a certain extent,

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just having been there for 15 years or so.

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-So it's almost now or never.

-This is it, is it?

-Yeah.

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So, John, what is this move going to give the two of you?

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I think we will... You know, we like the countryside, a bit more space.

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We are not looking to retire, we are looking to run a business

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as well as live here.

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Now you mention business opportunities.

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Let's talk about that in a little bit more detail.

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What do you have in mind exactly?

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Well, we've got an open mind, to be fair.

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I think any business we set out will probably have

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some accommodation part to it,

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so maybe holiday cottages or B&B, potentially.

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I think the message is we are quite flexible.

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We will see what comes along. We would just like it to be

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a dog-friendly business.

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In your mind, what does this new property look like?

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What does it incorporate?

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Probably two or three bedrooms for ourselves, obviously,

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maybe a reasonably-sized kitchen, some living space.

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We will need some office, clearly, if we are

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going to run a business, or more than one business.

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And then on top of that, maybe a bigger house

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or some outbuildings which we can perhaps use.

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Anything else you're looking for with this property and the land?

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I think just somewhere inspirational.

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Somewhere that'll give us the energy to work hard on the business

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and bring us joy.

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So what about the actual location for this move?

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I think we are thinking near a village

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cos we'd like to get involved in the local community.

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And we have been thinking inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park

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just because that is the tourist destination,

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although we are well aware that there are some beautiful

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-areas just outside as well.

-Yes.

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So we have got the business, we have got the property,

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we've got a little bit of land,

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remind us how much money we are talking.

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I think if we found a property that needed quite extensive renovation,

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we'd probably start somewhere about 700,000. That may rise

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to near 900,000 if the property was pretty much as we wanted it.

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Well, we do have some splendid properties lined up to show you.

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Of course, one is our Mystery House,

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but I am not going to give too much away.

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-I think we should just get started, don't you?

-Yes.

-Yes, please.

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If you would like to follow me.

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Nadine and John's top budget of £900,000 is very good

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for this area, but they are looking for more than just

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a home, so they are hoping to spend less on the property

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if they need to invest more in a business.

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They'd prefer an older home, but they are flexible.

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They would like a good-sized kitchen and living space,

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plus an office and two to three bedrooms for themselves.

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Then they'll need the extra rooms or outbuildings to create

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an animal-friendly business.

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They'd like to be near a village

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in or near the Dales

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to attract tourists

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to their new home.

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We found a great selection of different properties to

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show our couple, but the crucial price tag will only be revealed

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at the end of each tour.

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The last stop will be the Mystery House,

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which literally has mystery written all over it.

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We are kicking off our property search close to the village

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of Giggleswick. Situated on the southwestern fringes of the

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Yorkshire Dales National Park, it's two miles from the market town

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of Settle.

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Centred on its 17th-century market square,

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Settle's streets are home to an array of youthful and artisan shops.

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Its amenities and attractive historic architecture make it

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a popular destination for visitors.

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The 19th century Settle-Carlisle railway starts here

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and travels through some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain.

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A five-minute drive takes us to the rural outskirts of Giggleswick,

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perfect dog-walking territory and home to this striking property.

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I can feel myself smiling before I've even revealed our first property.

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And here it is.

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Wow. That is beautiful.

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It is made out of that Dales limestone.

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-Yep.

-Very traditional look. Absolutely gorgeous.

-Yeah.

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The original part of this house dates back to the 1700s, but, obviously,

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it has been extended, with the modern part done just 10, 20 years ago.

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-Yeah.

-Well, I am keen to show you around, so let's start.

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This detached barn conversion began its days

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in the 16th century as a cattle shed,

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but its origins have been reconfigured for modern living.

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Right, enter through the kitchen. Just mind your heads.

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Good size. I like the kitchen. This is very similar to the kitchen

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we've got at home, if not a bit bigger.

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Yeah, it's super. Nicely done out.

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Now, I can't forget that you two met at the pudding club.

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LAUGHTER So we know that desserts feature

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heavily in this relationship. I mean, you could have your own

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-pudding club in here, couldn't you?

-You certainly good, yes.

-Yes.

-Yeah.

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What I haven't mentioned to you is that this property is

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divided into two, in a way, although they are connected.

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-Because this is your part of the house.

-OK.

-OK.

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-And then you have got a holiday let on the other side.

-Ah.

-Excellent.

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But before we visit the neighbouring holiday let, we are

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going next door to the sitting room of the main house, which is

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-almost a mirror image of the kitchen.

-OK.

-Wonderful.

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-This is the oldest part of all the buildings.

-Yes.

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-These are the original beams.

-OK.

-Stripped timbers.

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But they've incorporated them, tried to keep as many features as possible.

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-Yes.

-You can see that, can you?

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-Look at the windowsills.

-Those windowsills are lovely.

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-Gorgeous, aren't they? Look at the depth.

-Yes.

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-Does it feel homely so far?

-It does feel pretty homely to me, yes.

-Yeah.

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Upstairs, there is a more contemporary feel

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than the ground floor,

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where the sleeping quarters sit in the eaves,

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and all benefit from skylights.

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There is a bright master bedroom, a slightly smaller double

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and a sunny single, all sharing a smart, monochrome family bathroom.

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Back downstairs, as we make our way from the main house to the

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adjoining holiday let, we pass a utility room,

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and then a hallway leads us

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into the main kitchen-living area in the next-door,

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more youthful property.

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And through this door,

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is not only the new extension

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-but the holiday let.

-Wow.

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Well, we'd be very happy coming to stay here.

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-So that is the sign, really, isn't it?

-So would I.

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This is nice. I like this.

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-You've got access outside. Downstairs, all tile...

-Right.

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-..so you can have guests with dogs.

-Yes.

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There is a bedroom through there, double bedroom with an en-suite.

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-There is a further bedroom upstairs with an en-suite.

-Right.

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-Nice one. Cool.

-Lovely.

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This fabulous holiday let is currently fully booked

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from April to October and brings in around £12,000 a year.

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And as we move outdoors, Nadine and John can really begin to

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appreciate the full extent of what is on offer here.

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I think, in a way, we have left the best till last

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because additional business opportunities -

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six stable blocks in total.

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-Wow.

-Wow.

-Plus land.

-OK.

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The land is about six acres in total.

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-But don't get too scared because you have got an acre paddock there.

-Yeah.

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An acre paddock there

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-and a three-acre paddock just the other side of the wall.

-OK.

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-Wow.

-The menage, or that could be for dog agility courses.

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Stables, could be kennels. And if that wasn't enough...

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To the other side of the house, there is the old stable block

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which has been converted into a beautiful office.

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You have got everything.

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So there is an awful lot of elements to this property.

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You have got to try and put a price on all of this.

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-So, who wants to go first?

-I'm going to make John go first.

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THEY LAUGH

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Um, I'd say...

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-800,000.

-I'd go a bit more than that.

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I think this might be pushing our budget, so...

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But I'll be optimistic and say 850.

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How surprised are you going to be then

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when I say the asking price is...

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-650,000?

-Wow!

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-Yeah, pretty surprised.

-THEY LAUGH

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-You can tell we're townies!

-LAUGHTER

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We've just based it on our house and what that would be worth and

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-kind of multiplied up, so...

-Would you need a mortgage with that?

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-No.

-No.

-Yeah, we can use the funds to

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invest and develop the businesses, so get those off the ground faster.

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I'd love you to have another look around because this is a wonderful

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-property and it does seem to give you everything you have asked for.

-Yes.

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On paper, at least. And please, be my guest, have a wander.

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-I will come and find you when you are ready.

-Lovely. Thank you, Nicki.

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This beautifully converted barn

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has come in at an unbelievable

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£250,000 under Nadine and John's

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top budget, leaving them

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with a substantial pot of money.

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There are just the number

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of bedrooms they want,

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plus the property comes in

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two halves - the main house

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and the well-equipped holiday let -

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along with a fabulous office

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to work out of.

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What's more, the land

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and outbuildings mean

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they could invest in

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an animal-friendly business.

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The five acres would be a great

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playground for their dog,

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Oscar, as well as the chickens.

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And let's not forget John's

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potential herd of llamas.

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Finally, the edge of the

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National Park location means it is

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a real draw for holiday-makers.

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Wow. This one is superb.

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It has everything we wanted,

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below our budget.

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The holiday accommodation

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is absolutely top spec,

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beautifully done.

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I think Nicki's idea of having some, er,

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-kennels for dogs in here might work quite well...

-Yes.

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-..because they'd make lovely, better-than-average kennels...

-Yes.

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-..if you gave a dog all that space.

-Yeah.

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I like the house on the outside. It is nice, traditional stone.

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I could see there'd been an extension built

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in the same type of fashion.

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We walked in and good-sized kitchen, good-sized living room.

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And the holiday accommodation attached

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was just exactly what is required and, you know, I was pretty pleased.

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It is pretty stunning to come somewhere like this

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and see all the things that we have talked about and dreamt about

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potentially just coming to fruition

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and being absolutely able to do it within our budget,

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so that is a game changer, it does make a huge difference.

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Oh, lovely, smiling faces.

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Have you been enthused by all these business opportunities?

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Yeah, that holiday accommodation is done to a really high standard.

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-Yes.

-First-class, isn't it?

-It is, certainly.

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-And this is only our first property.

-Yes.

-So let's hit the road.

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Across the patchwork valleys of the Dales,

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sheep are a defining feature of the farming landscape, but there

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are also some relative newcomers from South America grazing here.

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Nadine and John hope to add their own to 4,000 llamas currently

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living in the UK.

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With that in mind, we have arranged for them to meet

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llama keeper Suzanne Benson on her farm in Nidderdale to learn what

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they need to do to bring their dream to life.

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Suzanne started with just one of these animals 13 years ago,

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but she now has 19 and a llama-trekking business.

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We wanted to come and ask you all about them because

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we were thinking about having some,

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-but mainly because we want loads of chickens.

-Oh, right.

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And we heard they were good at protecting

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chickens against foxes and maybe dogs as well?

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Yeah, llamas can be really effective guards, really effective.

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If you pick the right llama.

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-Ah!

-So not every llama will guard.

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So what is the trick?

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Well, it is knowing llama body language, to be honest.

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A good, intelligent llama that is

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very alert to its environment will be a very effective guard.

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But you can get some really laid-back llamas...

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LAUGHTER

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-..who may welcome a dog into the paddock and sit by it.

-Ah!

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It's when it comes to actually guarding,

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it needs a specific instinct within its character.

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-OK.

-Temperaments really vary.

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The key is to know your llama inside out, basically.

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They're all very, very different. You'll never get

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two llamas the same, and you can get some very, very chilled out animals.

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You can also get some aggressive animals, so there is a bit

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of a fine line in the way we bring them up and the way we handle them.

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And obviously, you want them as a bit of a pet as well, which is fine.

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But it is very important that you learn how to handle them

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as a pet because you cannot treat them as another domestic animal.

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We could have a go at herding some in if you want

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and get up close and personal.

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-Yeah, sounds like an idea.

-Yes.

-Let's give that a go.

-OK.

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Llamas need at least half an acre of land each, so with around

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12 acres to share between them, Suzanne's herd are in their element.

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And just look at the amazing panoramic view these lucky

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creatures have at their disposal.

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So, how easy is it going to be to herd these llamas, then, Suzanne?

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Well, with this lot in here, it is a piece of cake, really.

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They have got a learned behaviour, they know the routine,

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they know the commands.

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Like, "Up, up, up." And, "Come on, boys. Come on, boys."

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They know that from my voice.

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So what we're going to do is we are just going to spread out

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equally, walk behind them. You two can shout those commands

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and we will just see what reaction we get.

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-If nothing works, I will help you out.

-OK.

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When you get a little bit closer, if you want to shout, "Up, up, up."

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-Yeah.

-And then, they know that, actually,

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-they're going to have to go in the catch pen.

-OK.

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Up, up. Come on, boys, come on.

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Up, up.

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Come on. Up, up. Up, up.

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Well done, John! They have listened.

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This llama herding doesn't seem that hard after all,

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although Suzanne's crew have had a lot of practice.

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You can see they are going. That's good.

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Go on, boys. In you go.

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Go on in. Go in, Bert. Freddy, in.

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Just keep bringing it right the way round

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the back of me, John. Off we go.

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Good lads, good lads, good lads.

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Then we just shut the gate behind. And you have caught your llamas.

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Anybody can keep llamas in the UK and there is a society for llama owners

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which can offer help and advice about the way they should be looked after.

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The animals are haltered before they are led,

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and Suzanne suggest buying animals that are already used to wearing

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a halter as it can be tricky teaching them to wear the restraint.

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Good boy. Oh, we didn't do the squashing act today. Good lad.

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These fluffy animals may look cute and cuddly,

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but they are as strong as an ox.

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They can carry up to 25% of their body weight, which is

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usually around 30 to 50kg, meaning they are perfect trekking

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partners, happy to carry your bags.

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Come on, Noodle.

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Suzanne knows each of her llamas as if they were her own family.

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Good boys.

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Just while we are in here, I will point out a few characteristics

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of their body language.

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The ears tell us an awful lot on a llama.

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So when their ears are up and forward, it means they are really

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inquisitive and they are happy, really interested in things.

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When the ears go back - right on cue there for Noodle -

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it can mean they are little bit unsure or a bit cross with

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another llama, or maybe a human.

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If they go flat back and their head is raised up and their neck

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goes up and back, it generally means they are getting very cross and

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they are about to defend themselves or challenge another llama.

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If their tail is just literally down,

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that just means that they're not that interested in everything.

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Tail raised outwards can mean interest is just raised at something

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and they'll want to go and know more about it.

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If the tail goes right up in the air,

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it can be a challenging type of behaviour.

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But if the tail comes right up over the back and flips over the back,

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that means, "I'm not a threat." It's submission.

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Who would've known there was so much to read in a llama?

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And what about the annual costs of upkeep?

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So a llama, for example,

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when you are talking about a small bale of hay, maybe.

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You could pick that up at maybe 2.50, £3 a bale.

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So I would say you'd need maybe one small bale of hay

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per llama every couple of weeks.

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Of course, there are additional costs to consider,

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mainly the price of the llama,

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which can be upwards of £500 each.

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Then there is the land you need and vets' bills, but I think Suzanne

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might have just made llama keeping look rather desirable

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to Nadine and John.

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-Yeah, well, that has been terrifically useful.

-You're welcome.

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-And a lovely experience. Thank you very much indeed.

-Thank you.

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I'm glad you enjoyed it and good luck with your llama search.

0:24:070:24:10

-Thank you very much.

-You're welcome back any time.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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Full of inspiration for what their new lifestyle could deliver them,

0:24:130:24:17

it's time to return to our property hunt.

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For our second house, we're heading to the hamlet of Mewith,

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close to the Lancashire border.

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It's just under five miles from the village of Ingleton,

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right on the edge of the Dales.

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The quiet hillside village of Ingleton is known

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for its surrounding caves and waterfalls and has a selection

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of shops and eateries catering for passing tourists.

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In the late 1800s, it's said that a certain Arthur Conan Doyle was

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a regular visitor here, as his mother lived nearby.

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Some say, with a Reverend Sherlock as the Vicar of Ingleton and

0:24:510:24:55

a place nearby known as the Holmes, the famous author may have drawn

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inspiration from this area for the name of his famous detective.

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A ten-minute drive and we're in Mewith on the cusp of the Forest of Bowland,

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an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,

0:25:080:25:10

at this truly traditional farmhouse.

0:25:100:25:13

-Certainly stunning.

-Oh, yeah?

-Yeah.

-Any idea how old it is?

-19th-century?

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-1736.

-1736!

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-Fantastic.

-It is.

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

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-Is it drawing you in straightaway?

-Absolutely.

0:25:260:25:29

-It's drawing me in, yes.

-Yeah. Yeah, it looks wonderful.

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I don't think you're going to be disappointed.

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-Shall we?

-Yes.

-Yes, please.

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This impressive 18th-century farmhouse was

0:25:380:25:41

modernised 15 years ago to create a perfect blend of old meets new.

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We're beginning our tour at the front of the house,

0:25:460:25:49

to the left of the front door.

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Now, this is a large property, so there's lots to see.

0:25:510:25:55

-But I thought we'd start off with the sitting-room.

-Wow!

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-Wow, that's not what I was expecting at all.

-No.

-It's very modern...

0:25:580:26:02

-Yeah.

-..actually, for the age of the property.

-Yes.

-It is.

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-You might notice there's a door to the side.

-I had, yeah.

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That leads to a little wine room and a utility room.

0:26:080:26:12

-Oh, very helpful.

-If you like to...

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-Next to the sitting room, have a wine room.

-I hadn't thought of that!

0:26:130:26:16

LAUGHTER

0:26:160:26:18

-We're going to keep going.

-OK.

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On the other side of the hallway is a smart dining room with

0:26:210:26:24

a feature fireplace and, just behind that, is the kitchen diner,

0:26:240:26:28

which I've got a feeling this pair of keen cooks are going to like.

0:26:280:26:32

Ha-ha-ha!

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-Look at this.

-Wow!

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You see, I normally walk into a room and tour and I thought,

0:26:400:26:43

"I want to see your faces!"

0:26:430:26:45

That's stunning.

0:26:450:26:47

-Massive, everything you could need and more.

-A huge, huge range.

0:26:470:26:52

But look what is next door.

0:26:520:26:54

A most magnificent garden room.

0:26:550:26:59

-What a view!

-That is amazing.

0:26:590:27:02

-Are we spoiling you?

-Yeah.

-Yes.

0:27:020:27:04

-It feels opulent, but it also feels very homely.

-Yes.

-Yeah.

-Yes.

0:27:040:27:08

-Absolutely, very liveable.

-Ah!

-Yeah.

0:27:080:27:11

That was what I was hoping you were going to say.

0:27:110:27:13

It is liveable, because it's important that you're happy.

0:27:130:27:16

-This is a big move.

-Yes.

-Yeah.

-And would you ever tire of that view?

0:27:160:27:20

-Er, no.

-No.

-Excellent! OK, well, I've got something else to show you,

0:27:200:27:24

which hopefully will have the same jaw-dropping expression.

0:27:240:27:28

Built around 13 years ago, this spectacular garden room is

0:27:290:27:33

the most recent addition and, as we leave it,

0:27:330:27:36

we're heading to a large office on the other side of the kitchen.

0:27:360:27:39

Now, in a way, this house is divided up into two,

0:27:420:27:47

-because you've got the second half here.

-OK.

-Amazing.

0:27:470:27:53

-It could be anything, couldn't it?

-It could be, couldn't it?

-Yes.

0:27:530:27:57

-You could actually incorporate this into the holiday site.

-Right.

0:27:570:28:00

-With this house, it's nearly there.

-Yeah.

0:28:000:28:05

-You could make a few adjustments.

-No, I think that's, er...

0:28:050:28:08

Yeah, we'd sit down and go over the plans,

0:28:080:28:10

-work out what would work where and, er...

-Yeah.

0:28:100:28:13

..and, yeah, what we need to do.

0:28:130:28:15

Any visitors would love to sit in here and have

0:28:150:28:18

-a look out at those views, I'm sure.

-Yeah.

0:28:180:28:20

With the right vision, there's ample scope for a holiday let here.

0:28:200:28:24

Leading up from the office, but still on the ground floor,

0:28:240:28:27

there's a ready-made kitchen and a neat ensuite bedroom.

0:28:270:28:30

Then, moving up to the first floor,

0:28:310:28:33

a stairway on this side of the property leads to a single bedroom

0:28:330:28:36

and what could be another bedroom currently set up as a living room.

0:28:360:28:41

This would leave Nadine and John

0:28:410:28:43

with three bedrooms for their own use.

0:28:430:28:46

Two doubles, both with en-suites, and a large comfortable master,

0:28:460:28:50

also with an en-suite.

0:28:500:28:51

Attached to the side of the house,

0:28:520:28:54

there's also a double garage with a workshop above it,

0:28:540:28:56

both of which could offer additional business opportunities.

0:28:560:29:01

And, if that wasn't enough to take in, outside,

0:29:010:29:04

there's around 1½ glorious acres, for Nadine and John to make use of,

0:29:040:29:10

including beautifully landscaped gardens that look out

0:29:100:29:13

over the famous Three Peaks.

0:29:130:29:15

Look at that. Is that going to be first on your list - doing the hike?

0:29:170:29:20

-Ha-ha.

-I think we need to settle in first.

0:29:200:29:23

-LAUGHTER

-Yes! Maybe not first.

0:29:230:29:24

Ingleborough probably is the most spectacular today,

0:29:240:29:27

-because the sun's shining.

-Yes.

0:29:270:29:29

-Couldn't ask for a better view than that.

-No.

0:29:290:29:31

Well, let's see how we get on the money side.

0:29:310:29:33

-I think, Nadine, it's your turn to go first, isn't it?

-It is.

0:29:330:29:36

-I'm going to say 750.

-John?

0:29:360:29:39

-I think it's probably, er, probably worth 800.

-OK, all right.

0:29:390:29:43

-Well, you're both out by quite a lot...

-Yes.

-..in actual fact.

0:29:430:29:46

-You were the first time. This time it's in the other direction.

-Yes.

0:29:460:29:50

-I thought probably.

-Yeah.

-The asking price is £875,000.

-Right, OK.

-Yeah.

0:29:500:29:57

I'm not surprised, um, I think it's an absolutely wonderful house.

0:29:570:30:01

Well, why don't you take another look around, on your own this time?

0:30:010:30:05

-OK.

-All right, thank you.

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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This fantastic farmhouse provides the perfect mix of contemporary

0:30:100:30:14

and country living and comes in

0:30:140:30:16

at a generous £25,000 under

0:30:160:30:19

Nadine and John's top budget.

0:30:190:30:21

It's bright and airy,

0:30:210:30:23

with the great cook's kitchen,

0:30:230:30:25

and has three bedrooms in the main house,

0:30:250:30:27

plus the potential for a two-bedroom

0:30:270:30:29

holiday let, with a bit of thought.

0:30:290:30:32

The beautiful gardens and land

0:30:320:30:34

extend to around 1½ acres,

0:30:340:30:36

offering opportunities for keeping animals and business ventures.

0:30:360:30:40

Finally, the views of the surrounding countryside

0:30:400:30:43

are simply spectacular.

0:30:430:30:44

-Another kitchen?

-Another kitchen.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

0:30:460:30:50

-That's nice. That would be ideal for self catering.

-It would.

0:30:500:30:54

I am really surprised.

0:30:540:30:55

Something changed, because we were going round the part that

0:30:550:30:59

would be our side of the property and every room was just stunning.

0:30:590:31:05

Um, the kitchen is just beautiful.

0:31:050:31:09

And then, at some point, um, I just...

0:31:090:31:14

I got confused about how it would work

0:31:140:31:17

and I think it's that side that would be the holiday let.

0:31:170:31:20

I just couldn't see how that could be configured, um,

0:31:200:31:24

to rent out to people.

0:31:240:31:26

Obviously, someone's spent a lot of time

0:31:260:31:28

and a lot of effort making a really nice house,

0:31:280:31:31

well appointed, well decorated and, certainly, the end

0:31:310:31:35

that we would live in, if we were living here, is very well done.

0:31:350:31:38

Er, we have a bit of a struggle with the, er, the potential end for

0:31:380:31:45

a holiday accommodation, to work out exactly how it would work for now.

0:31:450:31:48

And I think, also, the gardens, whilst very nicely landscaped,

0:31:480:31:54

is probably not quite what we want.

0:31:540:31:57

How are we? Have you explored everywhere?

0:31:570:32:00

-We have looked everywhere.

-And?

-We need to just think about it.

-Yeah?

0:32:000:32:04

-You need an overnight, do you?

-Yeah.

-A lot to take in?

-Yes.

0:32:040:32:08

OK, work it out in your minds. Good news is, that's it for today.

0:32:080:32:11

-So you've got plenty of time to do that.

-OK.

0:32:110:32:13

And I've got even more properties to show you tomorrow.

0:32:130:32:16

It's the second day of property shopping in the Yorkshire Dales,

0:32:270:32:31

searching out a country pad and business

0:32:310:32:33

for Nadine and John from Nottingham.

0:32:330:32:35

They've got up to £900,000 to spend on their new venture,

0:32:350:32:39

and this will be the first home they've bought together.

0:32:390:32:42

Coming up, they're stunned by our Mystery House...

0:32:420:32:46

-Wow.

-Wow. Yeah.

-THEY LAUGH

0:32:460:32:49

That's different.

0:32:490:32:51

..and I'll be on tenterhooks as I learn about an ancient art.

0:32:510:32:54

This...is so much harder than it looks.

0:32:570:33:00

Well, we might be near the Three Peaks,

0:33:020:33:04

but have we peaked too soon with our first property?

0:33:040:33:08

I want to challenge our buyers with an alternative view

0:33:080:33:12

of what the Yorkshire Dales has to offer

0:33:120:33:14

with a Mystery House that may ruffle the few feathers,

0:33:140:33:17

as it will show them a business opportunity

0:33:170:33:19

they wouldn't have considered before.

0:33:190:33:21

Or on the other hand, it could let their imagination soar.

0:33:210:33:26

But, before that, we're on our way

0:33:260:33:28

to the village of Thornton Rust,

0:33:280:33:30

set right in the heart of

0:33:300:33:31

the Yorkshire Dales National Park

0:33:310:33:33

in Wensleydale.

0:33:330:33:34

The village has pretty stone cottages scattered along its lanes,

0:33:340:33:38

surrounded by dry-stone walls.

0:33:380:33:41

There's also a village hall for local community events

0:33:410:33:44

with outstanding views from every vantage point.

0:33:440:33:47

Just two miles away is the village of Aysgarth,

0:33:470:33:51

with plenty to attract visiting tourists,

0:33:510:33:54

including the tremendous Aysgarth Falls,

0:33:540:33:57

where the River Ure tumbles down a series of limestone steps.

0:33:570:34:01

A five-minute drive, and we're back in Thornton Rust.

0:34:010:34:04

So, here we are here,

0:34:060:34:07

we've brought you to the heart of the Dales National Park

0:34:070:34:10

cos I know, ideally, that's where you'd like to live.

0:34:100:34:13

And here is your property.

0:34:130:34:15

-Wow. Traditional.

-Yeah.

0:34:160:34:19

And I'm hoping...

0:34:190:34:20

I can see just past the side of it - there's a view.

0:34:200:34:24

There is THE most magnificent 180-degree view.

0:34:240:34:30

-OK.

-So you've got the original stone that you so love.

-Yeah.

0:34:300:34:33

It was a barn, just that side, mid-17th century.

0:34:330:34:37

-Then, over time, it's been extended. It's now double-fronted.

-Yes.

0:34:370:34:42

-Fantastic. I can't wait to get inside and see it.

-Yeah, me either.

0:34:420:34:44

Right. Let's start.

0:34:440:34:46

This impressive stone house dates back to 1657

0:34:490:34:52

and has a rather colourful past,

0:34:520:34:55

which will be revealed to Nadine and John on our tour.

0:34:550:34:57

First up, we're in the old cattle shed and now a dining room,

0:34:570:35:01

with a raft of character features.

0:35:010:35:03

Always good to start off with the oldest part of the house.

0:35:030:35:06

So this was where the animals lived?

0:35:060:35:08

-This is where the animals would have lived.

-Wow.

0:35:080:35:12

-This is...just fantastic, isn't it?

-It is. It feels very old-fashioned.

0:35:120:35:16

-I notice you've got stone walls in the hall on the way in.

-Yes.

0:35:160:35:19

It's so charming.

0:35:190:35:20

-I'm liking this.

-Oh, yeah.

-Can you see yourself in here, Nadine?

0:35:200:35:25

-Yeah, definitely.

-Well, let's keep going. We'll explore.

0:35:250:35:28

Thank you.

0:35:280:35:30

Just behind the dining room is a fabulous farmhouse kitchen

0:35:320:35:35

with original stone shelves from days gone by.

0:35:350:35:39

And across the hallway is a cosy living room.

0:35:390:35:42

A stone stairway leads to the first floor,

0:35:420:35:45

where there's a large family bathroom with incredible views of the Dales,

0:35:450:35:50

and three good-sized bedrooms.

0:35:500:35:52

There is a double with a feature chimney breast,

0:35:520:35:55

another sunny double that's dual aspect,

0:35:550:35:57

but we're heading to the master.

0:35:570:35:59

So just mind this step as you come down.

0:35:590:36:02

Yeah, this is pretty good, I think.

0:36:030:36:05

I think the house is just ready for the next owner, isn't it?

0:36:050:36:08

-Yeah. Hopefully us.

-So you like this?

0:36:080:36:12

I do like this, yes.

0:36:120:36:13

-There is another feature I'd like to mention.

-OK.

0:36:130:36:17

-You've got an en-suite.

-Oh, right!

0:36:170:36:19

It won't take you long.

0:36:190:36:21

Oh, yes.

0:36:230:36:24

-But it's there.

-Yeah, it's there.

0:36:240:36:27

-And, as an additional bathroom, that's very helpful.

-Yeah.

0:36:270:36:31

-Are you liking the house?

-I am liking the house, yes.

0:36:310:36:34

Got a lot of things going around -

0:36:340:36:36

I'm thinking about things and, yeah, how it might all fit together.

0:36:360:36:39

Cos this is just one part of the equation.

0:36:390:36:42

We always like to keep something back, don't we?

0:36:420:36:44

We don't like to play the full hand straight away.

0:36:440:36:47

Let's go back downstairs. If you wouldn't mind leading the way.

0:36:470:36:51

Perpendicular to the main house are not one

0:36:510:36:54

but two existing holiday lets.

0:36:540:36:56

There's the detached one-bedroom former piggery.

0:36:570:37:00

But we're off to the two-bedroom, two-storey old goats' house,

0:37:000:37:04

a converted barn.

0:37:040:37:05

-Wow.

-It's another house! It's really big, isn't it?

0:37:080:37:12

-Are we impressing you?

-We are impressed with this, yeah.

0:37:120:37:15

Didn't expect it to be as big as this.

0:37:150:37:16

-I know - it's deceiving.

-It is, yeah.

0:37:160:37:19

They have been running the business, this one, for about 17 years now.

0:37:190:37:23

And in the height of the season, they get about £650 a week.

0:37:230:37:27

That's a good income, yeah.

0:37:270:37:29

-They can rent this out 45 weeks of the year.

-Right.

0:37:290:37:32

-That's a really good occupancy.

-BOTH:

-Yeah.

0:37:320:37:35

Upstairs, there is a double bedroom with access to outside

0:37:350:37:38

and an en-suite, along with a smaller double or twin room.

0:37:380:37:43

So let's take a look at the view now.

0:37:430:37:46

-Cos, in a way, we have left the best till last.

-OK.

-Haven't we?

0:37:460:37:50

Outside, there's just over an acre of land to enjoy

0:37:510:37:54

the truly magnificent outlook across Wensleydale.

0:37:540:37:58

What a view!

0:37:580:37:59

It just hits you coming round that building.

0:38:010:38:03

So you've got all this lawn.

0:38:030:38:05

And if you look around, there's seating areas scattered

0:38:050:38:08

to make the most of that scenery and view, which is rather wonderful.

0:38:080:38:12

And the last thing I've kept from you is the land.

0:38:120:38:16

-Because it goes all the way down, so enough for two llamas.

-Fantastic.

0:38:160:38:21

We've got to put a price on this property, here in the national park.

0:38:210:38:28

I think, based on what's here and what would need doing - 625.

0:38:280:38:33

All right.

0:38:330:38:34

I'd go higher, but I have been wrong before.

0:38:340:38:38

I'd love it to be 650.

0:38:380:38:41

It's got to be at least 675.

0:38:410:38:44

How much would you love it if it was £650,000?

0:38:440:38:49

-Very much indeed.

-THEY LAUGH

0:38:490:38:51

Because it is!

0:38:510:38:53

-Ah.

-Asking price is £650,000.

-Marvellous!

0:38:530:38:58

-And there's a little bit more to add to that.

-OK.

0:38:580:39:00

The owners are happy to throw in their address book

0:39:000:39:03

-with all their contacts.

-Excellent.

0:39:030:39:05

-Are we excited?

-We are excited!

0:39:050:39:07

I want a whoop.

0:39:070:39:09

Woohoo!

0:39:090:39:11

And we're in the national park. I mean...

0:39:110:39:13

-everything's come together with this property, hasn't it?

-Yes.

-Yeah.

0:39:130:39:17

-This is spot-on, I think.

-Lovely.

0:39:170:39:19

OK, well, on that price,

0:39:190:39:20

you've got enough in your pocket to do whatever you want.

0:39:200:39:23

-I think you should go and have another look. BOTH:

-Thank you.

0:39:230:39:27

Not only has this wonderful

0:39:310:39:33

period property met the brief,

0:39:330:39:35

but it's £250,000 below budget,

0:39:350:39:38

meaning plenty of cash left over

0:39:380:39:41

to allow them to make their mark

0:39:410:39:42

if they decide to take it on

0:39:420:39:44

as their new home.

0:39:440:39:46

It's got the spacious living areas

0:39:460:39:47

they're after for themselves

0:39:470:39:49

and just the number of bedrooms they'd like.

0:39:490:39:52

Importantly, the pair of existing holiday lets

0:39:520:39:55

means they inherit a ready-made business

0:39:550:39:57

and a little black book of potential holiday-makers

0:39:570:40:00

in the future.

0:40:000:40:02

Outside gives them the land for their animals,

0:40:020:40:04

and it's all wrapped up

0:40:040:40:06

in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park,

0:40:060:40:09

which means there are countryside views

0:40:090:40:11

in every direction.

0:40:110:40:12

The family bathroom.

0:40:140:40:16

Why do you think the bath's in the middle of the floor?

0:40:160:40:19

Er, there's a window there and, if I'm right,

0:40:190:40:22

I think that probably looks out over the view.

0:40:220:40:25

-Do you want to get in the bath and see?

-No, not at the moment.

0:40:250:40:28

But it definitely does look out over the view.

0:40:280:40:30

The whole property is... Well, I think it's what we wanted, really.

0:40:300:40:36

It's so charming.

0:40:360:40:38

I think it's the right-sized accommodation for us,

0:40:380:40:42

in the part that we'd be living in.

0:40:420:40:44

And it's just nice because it does need some improvements,

0:40:440:40:48

but it's things that we'll be able to do.

0:40:480:40:52

I like the fact that it's been retained,

0:40:520:40:54

the traditional feel has been retained.

0:40:540:40:56

It's got all the original beams and the stone walls.

0:40:560:40:59

And, obviously, the current owners have tried to retain

0:40:590:41:02

original features when they've done the house up.

0:41:020:41:05

The location - we're in a village, so there's more of a community feel.

0:41:050:41:09

And the view is... I mean, there's views everywhere

0:41:090:41:12

in the Yorkshire Dales, but that is a view, you know...

0:41:120:41:15

You need to have a view, I guess,

0:41:150:41:17

if you want people to come and stay with you, in the Yorkshire Dales.

0:41:170:41:21

Ah! Happy, contented faces.

0:41:210:41:24

I wonder, have we reached another peak here in the Yorkshire Dales?

0:41:240:41:27

-We have indeed.

-Yes.

-It's a good house. Very good.

0:41:270:41:31

Right, let's hit the road.

0:41:310:41:32

For our final stop to our Mystery House,

0:41:410:41:43

we're journeying just south of the Dales,

0:41:430:41:45

to the hamlet of Swinden,

0:41:450:41:47

which is just under two miles south

0:41:470:41:49

of the village of Hellifield.

0:41:490:41:50

Here, along with a scattering of shops,

0:41:500:41:53

there's a friendly village hall,

0:41:530:41:54

where locals can really get involved with their community,

0:41:540:41:57

and there's a handsome church.

0:41:570:41:59

A five-minute drive away in Swinden is our Mystery House,

0:41:590:42:03

and they don't come more surprising than this truly resplendent site.

0:42:030:42:07

This historic property makes a unique architectural statement.

0:42:070:42:11

Now, it's not often I have the pleasure

0:42:140:42:18

of showing someone a house like this.

0:42:180:42:22

-Wow.

-Wow. Yeah.

-THEY LAUGH

0:42:220:42:24

That's different!

0:42:240:42:26

Not often I've seen a house like that.

0:42:260:42:29

So any idea why it's the Mystery House?

0:42:290:42:33

I can't see it having a business at the moment, but then...

0:42:330:42:36

-And that is the appeal with this property.

-OK.

0:42:360:42:39

Because it is so historic, with so much charm and character,

0:42:390:42:45

with this, you could run themed holidays,

0:42:450:42:48

-themed weekends, conferences.

-OK.

0:42:480:42:51

Really building on the history of the property.

0:42:510:42:54

-Fantastic.

-Ever thought of doing anything like that?

-Not really, no.

0:42:540:42:58

-No.

-Just take a look at the mullion windows before we go in.

0:42:580:43:00

Apparently, there's a diamond pane of glass for every day of the year.

0:43:000:43:04

We'll try and count them as we go in, shall we?

0:43:050:43:08

Let's start the tour.

0:43:080:43:10

Our magnificent mystery property, built from limestone,

0:43:110:43:14

was completed in 1657,

0:43:140:43:17

extending an existing house to show off the owner's wealth.

0:43:170:43:21

It's Grade II listed with a star. This makes it pretty special.

0:43:210:43:26

Less than 6% of the 350,000 listed buildings in Britain

0:43:260:43:30

have this rating.

0:43:300:43:32

That's around 19,000 properties.

0:43:320:43:35

It feels a real treat to be stepping into such a historic home.

0:43:350:43:39

So I thought we'd start off

0:43:390:43:41

with just one of the many drawing rooms that this property has.

0:43:410:43:46

But this is where a lot of the cooking would have taken place

0:43:460:43:49

hundreds of years ago.

0:43:490:43:51

-Very impressive fireplace.

-Yeah.

0:43:510:43:53

We've seen a few, but that's the grandest, I think.

0:43:530:43:56

-Beautiful, isn't it?

-It is.

0:43:560:43:58

So let's keep going through to the oldest part of the property.

0:43:580:44:02

So your kitchen here. You've got a pantry through there.

0:44:070:44:10

OK.

0:44:100:44:11

This, though, I particularly like,

0:44:110:44:14

because this is the original old hall.

0:44:140:44:17

-Oh, right, yes!

-Yes. It's certainly got a very old hall feel.

0:44:180:44:22

-Great hall feel, a gallery.

-It's lovely they've left that open.

0:44:220:44:26

It's beautiful, isn't it? And of course, originally,

0:44:260:44:28

there wouldn't have been that mezzanine floor.

0:44:280:44:30

There would have been a fire

0:44:300:44:32

and it would've gone straight to the top.

0:44:320:44:33

-But can you imagine if you did decide to do murder mystery weekends...

-Yes.

0:44:330:44:38

..Tudor/Elizabethan-themed weekends?

0:44:380:44:41

-Having a banquet in here with the fire raging...

-Yes.

0:44:410:44:45

..be fabulous, wouldn't it?

0:44:450:44:46

-It would. You could use the gallery for a lot of things as well.

-Yeah.

0:44:460:44:50

Also on the ground floor at the front of the house,

0:44:500:44:52

there are another two reception rooms, one with a stunning fireplace.

0:44:520:44:57

Moving upstairs to the first floor,

0:44:570:44:59

there are two bathrooms to service the four bedrooms,

0:44:590:45:02

where feature beams are a recurrent theme.

0:45:020:45:05

There are two spacious doubles, a pretty single,

0:45:050:45:08

but we're heading straight for the beautiful beamed master.

0:45:080:45:13

Do you think we are all going to squeeze into this bedroom?

0:45:130:45:16

I'm a little bit worried about space(!)

0:45:160:45:18

-Yeah, it is a bit tight, isn't it(?)

-SHE LAUGHS

0:45:180:45:21

-Have I scared you both?

-I wouldn't say we're scared.

0:45:220:45:25

-I'm still trying to weigh up the possibilities at the moment.

-Yeah.

0:45:250:45:30

And obviously, you know, there's plenty of space.

0:45:300:45:33

So, you know, I'd like to see more.

0:45:330:45:36

-Let's go back outside and talk about the finer details.

-OK.

0:45:360:45:40

This Mystery House just keeps on giving.

0:45:420:45:45

Above us, on a third four, are a further four rooms.

0:45:450:45:49

One currently used as a twin,

0:45:490:45:51

a box room, a games room

0:45:510:45:53

and a large sitting room with a vaulted ceiling.

0:45:530:45:56

Moving outside, there are almost 3.5 acres zoned into different areas,

0:45:560:46:01

including a walled kitchen garden, a landscaped garden and a meadow.

0:46:010:46:07

John, this is going to be your domain, no?

0:46:070:46:10

It... Yeah, I can see veggies growing in here. Yeah.

0:46:100:46:14

-And a few flowers, I hope, for your good lady?

-Yes, yes.

-Yeah.

0:46:140:46:17

Well, I've spotted the rhubarb - that'll keep me happy.

0:46:170:46:20

THEY LAUGH

0:46:200:46:22

So let's see if we can work out

0:46:220:46:24

how much this extraordinary Mystery House is on the market for.

0:46:240:46:29

I think it's got to be pushing the top end of our budget. Um...

0:46:290:46:33

I'll go for 850.

0:46:330:46:36

Er, and I'll go for...

0:46:360:46:38

825.

0:46:380:46:40

Oh! Interesting. Well, Nadine, you are the closest. In fact...

0:46:400:46:44

-you're on the money. £850,000.

-Wow.

-Yep.

0:46:440:46:48

It is a remarkable house, it really is.

0:46:480:46:50

It's whether you want to take it to that next step.

0:46:500:46:54

I think this is the perfect time for you two to explore.

0:46:540:46:58

-So take your time and I'll see you later.

-Thank you.

-Thanks.

0:46:580:47:01

Our 17th-century Mystery House is a rare find indeed,

0:47:050:47:10

and would even leave Nadine and John £50,000 spare

0:47:100:47:13

if they decided to reside here.

0:47:130:47:15

Chock full of original period features,

0:47:150:47:17

there's plenty of space for them to live comfortably

0:47:170:47:20

and transform it into a B&B.

0:47:200:47:23

Or make the most of the

0:47:230:47:24

Mystery House's historic standing

0:47:240:47:26

to conjure up other business opportunities.

0:47:260:47:29

The gardens and land amounting

0:47:290:47:31

to nearly 3.5 acres means they

0:47:310:47:33

could have vegetable plots galore,

0:47:330:47:36

along with scope for plenty of pets,

0:47:360:47:38

and even llamas.

0:47:380:47:40

-LAUGHING:

-Well, these aren't bad servants' quarters, are they?

0:47:420:47:46

-And the beams up there - that's a really unusual structure there.

-Yes.

0:47:460:47:49

Well, if we did end up living up here,

0:47:490:47:52

-we certainly wouldn't be slumming it, would we?

-No, we wouldn't.

0:47:520:47:55

I was intrigued, to be fair.

0:47:550:47:58

It looked like a sort of a castle-type building to me.

0:47:580:48:02

I can imagine hosting medieval events here

0:48:020:48:05

or murder mystery parties

0:48:050:48:07

or potentially weddings and things like that even.

0:48:070:48:10

It's obviously quite grand.

0:48:100:48:13

And... I mean, I do really like it.

0:48:130:48:17

And the walled garden...

0:48:170:48:19

Well, the different sorts of land that it's got with it,

0:48:190:48:23

I think it could be lovely.

0:48:230:48:25

I'm just not sure that we can afford it,

0:48:250:48:28

with the price and then what work...

0:48:280:48:31

What it would cost to put it into a state

0:48:310:48:35

to make any money from it as a business.

0:48:350:48:39

Ah, it's lord and lady of the manor. THEY LAUGH

0:48:390:48:42

Have you seen enough?

0:48:420:48:43

Cos that's that, we've shown all our properties.

0:48:430:48:46

-Yes, and they've all been so different.

-They have.

0:48:460:48:48

-Have we got you thinking?

-Yes, you have.

-All right.

0:48:480:48:51

Why don't I give you some time together?

0:48:510:48:53

Gather your thoughts, we'll reconvene and you can tell me

0:48:530:48:56

-what your next move's going to be.

-OK.

0:48:560:48:57

Yorkshire isn't just a county of stunning scenery.

0:49:050:49:08

The town of Wetherby, to the southeast of the Dales,

0:49:080:49:11

is home to an age-old trade that goes as far back as the ancient Egyptians.

0:49:110:49:15

I've come to the workshop of Yorkshireman

0:49:150:49:18

and cooper Alistair Simms, who left his job working in a brewery

0:49:180:49:22

two years ago to keep this ancient art alive.

0:49:220:49:25

-Hi, Alistair. Good to meet you.

-Nice to meet you.

0:49:270:49:30

You've provided some great Yorkshire sunshine today as well.

0:49:300:49:33

The sun always shines on God's Own County.

0:49:330:49:35

THEY LAUGH

0:49:350:49:36

-It's the proudest county in the UK, isn't it?

-It is.

0:49:360:49:39

Now, you're a cooper, but I've got to ask you, what exactly is a cooper?

0:49:390:49:43

A maker and repairer of wooden casks.

0:49:430:49:45

-And barrels as well?

-"Barrels" is a size.

0:49:450:49:48

-Is it?

-Yeah.

0:49:480:49:50

A barrel, in beer, is 36 gallon.

0:49:500:49:53

In wine, it's 40 gallon, or 50 gallon in wine.

0:49:530:49:55

Spirits is 40 gallon. Oil's 40 gallon. So it's different sizes.

0:49:550:49:59

But a barrel's a standard measurement.

0:49:590:50:01

-Ah, so really they are all casks, not barrels.

-That's correct.

0:50:010:50:04

I've learned something today.

0:50:040:50:06

And am I right in thinking you are technically the last

0:50:060:50:09

-master cooper in the UK?

-I am the last master cooper.

0:50:090:50:12

How did you get the title master cooper?

0:50:120:50:14

I've had apprentices, where the other coopers working haven't had

0:50:140:50:17

-apprentices yet.

-I see. So there are other coopers out there,

0:50:170:50:20

but you are actually training up hopefully the next generation.

0:50:200:50:23

-Well, I have trained.

-And that is why you are a master cooper.

-Yeah.

0:50:230:50:27

Nowadays, many casks are made from plastic or steel,

0:50:270:50:31

but coopers like Alistair make their casks from oak.

0:50:310:50:35

There are 27 varieties of the hardwood that are used,

0:50:350:50:38

each giving a slightly different taste to the liquor stored inside,

0:50:380:50:42

whether it's wine, whisky or beer.

0:50:420:50:45

The brewers have realised that they get different tastes

0:50:450:50:48

of beers out of wooden casks and it does something that...

0:50:480:50:51

And it gives them credibility. If they put the beer in wood,

0:50:510:50:54

it proves that they are actually serious about brewing good beer.

0:50:540:50:58

'Alistair produced around 1,000 casks last year,

0:50:580:51:02

'each one taking around four hours to make.'

0:51:020:51:05

Let's talk about how you actually create a cask.

0:51:050:51:08

-So, the first implement we use is a cooper's axe, which is offset.

-Yeah.

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And that will roughly shape the coffin shape onto it.

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Sorry, but that is the best way to explain it.

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We raise them up to look like a shuttlecock.

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It is at that point that we actually get the size of the cask.

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And then from there, we use traditional methods,

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and we soak them and we fire bend them...

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-The fire is used to actually mould, is it?

-Mould it.

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And then once it's been bent, we will put the finishing

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hoops on it, which are all made-to-measure for each cask.

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And then it goes off and it goes back over the fire to be toasted.

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-Toasted?

-Yeah.

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-So inside, it gets really hot?

-It does.

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Alistair, looking at some of these casks...

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I mean, that one over there, the small one, that looks really old.

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That is a 100- to 120-year-old whisky barrel.

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And why is it worth working with the old casks?

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Cos there is still 100 years of life left in that cask.

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-Is there really?

-Yeah.

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So by the time you're finished,

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you've had somewhere between 175 to 215 years out of your timber.

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That's extraordinary, isn't it?

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Six generations of cooper, what more do you want?

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That's ultimate recycling.

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'I'm impressed.

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'Alistair is trusting me to level the top of this barrel in progress.

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'It's the seventh stage in the 12-stage process of cask-making.'

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-Are you going to demonstrate first what I've got to do?

-I am.

-Right.

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First thing we're going to use is an adze.

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So you lay it into your hand, close your fingers,

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put your thumb on the top, and make sure your wrist is nice and loose.

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-Lean it against the block.

-Yep.

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Pop the cask in its block like that.

0:52:430:52:45

-Yep.

-And just nice sweeping moves.

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-OK.

-Like that.

-All right, let me have a go then. See how I get on.

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'My job is to make sure all the edges are the same height.'

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Flex your wrist.

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You said that and I missed!

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This...is so much harder than it looks.

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So how am I doing here?

0:53:110:53:14

You're doing all right. Not bad.

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-Do you get female coopers?

-You do.

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'Here in Yorkshire, Alistair is training up 19-year-old Ricky

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'to carry the cooper mantle.'

0:53:240:53:26

He's obviously been hard at work today.

0:53:260:53:28

What have you been up to, Ricky?

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Firing and bending of the casks.

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-And how long have you been an apprentice here?

-About two weeks.

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-So new to the job then.

-Very new.

-And what is the appeal?

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I met Alistair and he showed me what he does,

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and I got kind of interested and I thought it's the job for me,

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so that I can hopefully one day start my own business,

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do exactly what Alistair has done.

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'It's great to see how Alistair is keeping these heritage skills alive.

0:53:520:53:56

'Like any age-old trade,

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'coopering has forged its own place into everyday English idioms,

0:53:580:54:02

'including one meaning to be in a helpless situation.'

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-There's "over a barrel."

-Over a barrel.

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There is also the saying "on tenterhooks."

0:54:080:54:10

Now, I thought it was tender hooks.

0:54:100:54:12

-No, tenter.

-And what is a tenterhook?

0:54:120:54:14

-It is a little nail, and we put it in the hoops.

-Yeah.

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And that holds the hoops on.

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And that is why the saying is on tenterhooks,

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cos it is held on by a wing and a prayer.

0:54:240:54:25

-Things that we take for granted every single day.

-Every single day.

0:54:250:54:28

Goes back in history. Well, Alistair, Ricky, thank you so much.

0:54:280:54:32

-And all the best with your new career.

-Thank you very much.

0:54:320:54:35

-Thank you.

-And you better buck up, cos Nicki is in line now.

0:54:350:54:37

THEY LAUGH

0:54:370:54:39

Well, we have had a delightful few days house hunting in

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and around the Yorkshire Dales.

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But most importantly, have we found John and Nadine

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a business and a new home?

0:54:520:54:54

Let's go and find out.

0:54:540:54:56

It's been a great few days here, hasn't it?

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Yes, the sun's been shining on us.

0:55:020:55:05

It always shines on this county, I've been told.

0:55:050:55:07

-Hasn't disappointed, I hope.

-No, not at all.

0:55:070:55:11

Right. Got to get down to business, cos I am desperate to find out,

0:55:110:55:15

have we got close with any of our properties?

0:55:150:55:19

I wouldn't be surprised.

0:55:190:55:22

I think the house in the national park,

0:55:220:55:24

after we'd visited that,

0:55:240:55:26

I thought that was it.

0:55:260:55:29

John, what was so special about that for you?

0:55:290:55:32

I think it gave us a bit of everything we were after.

0:55:320:55:34

It gave us some space for ourselves, separate holiday accommodation,

0:55:340:55:37

some land and the most gorgeous views of Wensleydale.

0:55:370:55:41

And it was located in a village,

0:55:410:55:43

which would give us a bit of a community feel.

0:55:430:55:46

So can I take it that you might be going back for a second viewing?

0:55:460:55:50

I mean, how serious are you about this property?

0:55:500:55:53

-Pretty serious, yeah.

-Come on. What's pretty serious?

0:55:530:55:56

-We will be going back for a second viewing.

-Yes!

0:55:560:56:00

I hope the second viewing goes well, obviously,

0:56:000:56:02

we've got a vested interest in it, we want you to be happy.

0:56:020:56:05

But all the best with whatever decision you make.

0:56:050:56:08

-Let us know how you get on, won't you?

-We will, of course.

0:56:080:56:10

It's been a delight.

0:56:100:56:11

-Thank you both very much indeed.

-No, thank you, Nicki.

-Thank you.

0:56:110:56:15

So, John and Nadine started this house hunt

0:56:210:56:24

here in the Yorkshire Dales with a very healthy budget,

0:56:240:56:27

and I think even they've been surprised just how far

0:56:270:56:30

their money will go.

0:56:300:56:32

And the house that they both adore

0:56:320:56:34

has come in at £250,000 under budget.

0:56:340:56:38

And what a property it is, right in the centre of the national park,

0:56:380:56:42

in a prime village location and with a business ready to go.

0:56:420:56:46

That is going to be a difficult property to beat,

0:56:460:56:49

so I am delighted they are going for a second viewing and I really

0:56:490:56:53

hope it works out for them and they have the courage to make the move.

0:56:530:56:57

We wish them all the best.

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So that's it from North Yorkshire for this week.

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I'll see you again soon on Escape To The Country.

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Nadine and John did revisit the house in Wensleydale

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and will be putting an offer in as soon as their house is sold.

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Nicki Chapman is in the Yorkshire Dales with a couple who have a £900,000 budget to spend on a country property with business potential. While in the region, Nicki learns the art of barrel-making from Britain's only master cooper.