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North Yorkshire

Jonnie Irwin helps a house-hunting couple with a £750,000 budget break away from their London suburb and find a rural family home in North Yorkshire.


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When it comes to wedding gifts,

most people would be happy with

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a set of crockery, maybe a donation

towards the honeymoon,

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or perhaps just a toaster.

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So how would you feel

if you got a castle?

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Find out who received this lavish

gift and exactly where I am

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in just a moment.

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Today's house-hunters are trading in

their London home for the space that

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comes with country life,

both outside and in.

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I don't know if you have that sort

of facility at home.

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Wow!

Oh, look - his and hers sink.

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And plenty of cupboard space

for all my clothes.

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So...

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No comment.

Yes, quite.

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'And one half of our couple can't

quite take in everything

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'that's on offer.'

I'm actually blown away.

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Today, I'm in North Yorkshire

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and this is the magnificent Ripley

Castle close to the Yorkshire Dales.

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It's home to the Inglebys,

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and has been in the very same

family name since 1309,

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when Sir Thomas Ingleby married

heiress Edwina Thwenge

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and received this castle as a dowry.

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Now, for over 700 years, the family

have endured civil wars,

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religious unrest, recessions

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and even plague, and have still

managed to keep hold of

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this historical landmark.

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A truly magnificent wedding present

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that really has stood

the test of time.

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North Yorkshire, covering an area of

over 3,300 square miles,

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virtually spans coast-to-coast

across the neck of England.

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A staggering 40% of the county

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is made up of beautiful national

parks, and, to the south,

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lies the market town of Skipton.

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Its castle, built in 1090,

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is unmissable, with six

impressive drum towers.

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It was the only royalist stronghold

in the north of England,

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finally surrendering

to Cromwell in 1645.

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Lying in the wooded dale of Rye

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lie the haunting remains

of Rievaulx Abbey.

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With its towering arches

and pillars,

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it was a 12th century powerhouse

for the Cistercian Order of monks.

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Their desire was to follow a strict

life of prayer with little contact

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from the outside world,

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so the abbey's remote location

was well-suited.

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To the east, lies

the North Yorkshire Moors Railway,

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planned by the renowned engineer

George Stephenson in 1836,

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today, this steam heritage line

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carries over 350,000 passengers

a year on its 18 miles of track.

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So, with North Yorkshire's

national heritage,

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staggering open countryside,

and historic towns,

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it's probably not surprising

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that it's full steam ahead

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when it comes to attracting

would-be escapees.

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The average price of a detached

house here in North Yorkshire

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comes in at just under £280,000,

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which is around 20,000

below the national figure.

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But it's not just the attractive

prices and housing stock

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that's pulling people to this area.

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Well-regarded local schools

and great rail links

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means that people are

flocking here from as far afield

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as London. And it's from the capital

that today's buyers

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are looking to escape.

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Company accounts manager Chris and

his events coordinator wife Kat

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currently live in the London

suburb of North Finchley with their

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two sons, seven-year-old Sam,

and Oliver, who's six.

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We've been in Finchley for eight

years and together,

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we've been in London

for close to 19 years.

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We're getting to that stage now

where we want to move out

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into the country, just to have

that next stage

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for the boys to enjoy the outdoors,

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and London doesn't

really give us that.

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Our couple's five-bed terraced

Finchley home

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is located within a great community

and close to amenities.

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But, as Chris and Kat

both have country roots,

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they now feel they need more room

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and a rural outlook

for their growing family.

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We've chosen to move to Yorkshire,

because it's closer to my family.

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We wanted to move out of London and

try and find a bigger place

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to enjoy the countryside,

and we figured, actually,

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moving north would be the obvious

choice for financial reasons,

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and close to the bigger cities

where we can both work.

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I grew up in a really rural village.

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Well, it wasn't even a village,

it was more of a hamlet.

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And, so, that way of life really

appeals to me.

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And North Yorkshire

is just stunning.

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Creating more family time is a major

driver for this move and relocating

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to North Yorkshire will give them

all a chance

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to expand on their hobbies.

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We're a pretty active family

and, at the weekends,

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as well as getting out on our bike

and going for walks,

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we also enjoy playing tennis,

the boys like playing football.

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When I grew up in the countryside,

I loved horse riding.

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And so that's something I'd really

dearly like to pick up again when

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moving to North Yorkshire,

is to get back into riding.

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So, all in all, this escape seems to

be shaping up

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to be a really positive

move for everyone -

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and I mean everyone!

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Friends up north are looking forward

to having us back,

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and friends in London are just happy

that we're making this move,

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and they're really looking forward

to coming to see us.

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Chris and Kat would like to focus

their search within

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the golden triangle

of Harrogate, York and Leeds.

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And are happy to cross

the border into West Yorkshire.

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I'm catching up with them to find

out a little bit more about

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what they're looking for from

their ideal country property.

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Welcome, both, to North Yorkshire.

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Now, this is a big,

bold move, isn't it?

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I mean, you're living in a very

comfortable part of north London,

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where people seem to have

the best of both worlds.

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Yes, it's a big upheaval.

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Really exciting, but I must admit,

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it's been really difficult

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telling people and the boys were

initially kind of a bit nervous

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and apprehensive

but also really excited.

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This is the golden triangle, we're

talking about. You know,

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Harrogate, Leeds, and York. Very

popular part of the world.

Yes.

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For all the reasons you probably

love it as well, isn't it?

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It's beautiful. You've got access

to the Dales as well.

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But this work thing, how long

are you prepared to be in the car?

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Going to and from work?

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I'd say maximum an hour.

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I'm doing an hour in London

at the minute.

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You know, an hour would be fine,

but any shorter would be fantastic.

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OK, let's go through

your shopping list, then.

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So, four bedrooms. Lovely,

big kitchen, for entertaining.

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Possibly an outbuilding, maybe

something that, you know,

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would be great to be able to have

friends to stay,

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and if there was somewhere with

a bit of outside space

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that had an outbuilding,

where there was an annexe.

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We'd like something with a bit of

history behind it.

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Right.

Something not too modern.

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What kind of environment

are you looking for?

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So, it would be nice to be

in a community.

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A village community, or just out of

town but somewhere that's got

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a nice pub, a village hall,

a school, you know,

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somewhere where there's things going

on that we can get involved in.

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Everybody wants to be

on the edge of a village.

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Yeah.

They want a bit of land.

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The one acre to two acres.

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Is that a deal-breaker?

No.

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I mean, if it was around countryside

that wasn't owned by us,

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then that's lovely, you know.

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Looking out to fields,

that's wonderful.

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What budget have you given

yourselves to achieve this?

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We've got a budget of 800,000,

max £850,000.

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OK, well, we've got some cracking

properties lined up.

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Yeah.

Let's see if we can find the

right one for you.

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Come with me.

Exciting! Thank you.

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With a maximum budget of £850,000,

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Chris and Kat wanted a detached

character home,

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a large kitchen/diner,

four bedrooms,

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land with outbuildings, and that

all-important village location.

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We've found some fantastic

properties to tempt them with,

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and, at each one, I'll be asking

them to guess the price

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before I reveal it.

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And one will be our Mystery House,

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which may have our couple praying

for divine intervention

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to help them make the right choice.

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Of course, this big move up here,

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it's about the kids and giving them

a better quality of life.

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A different way of life,

if you like.

Yeah.

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Have you tried to bribe your boys

with potential pets,

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or anything like that?

Yes! You said it!

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Have you really?

It didn't take much bribery, though.

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No, they were talking about it

anyway, so we realised that was

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a good carrot to dangle.

Yeah.

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So, a puppy is on the cards,

I think.

Oh, wow!

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Our first property is located just

over the West Yorkshire border

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in the village of Walton,

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just three miles from the market

town of Wetherby.

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With its narrow streets,

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many flanked with honey-coloured,

York stone buildings,

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Wetherby can trace its roots

back to 1086.

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It has a great range of shops,

including a post office,

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coffee bars, restaurants,

pubs and numerous general stores.

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The town even has World War II

connections

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with Hollywood glamour

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as silver screen heart-throb

Clark Gable was stationed

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at nearby RAF Marston Moor.

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Let's hope we can bring a little bit

of Tinseltown excitement with our

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first house back in Walton.

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Now, come right in. Because...

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I'm hoping you'll get...

Wow! Oh, wow!

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..a really nice view of this

substantial pile of stone.

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Yeah, it's fantastic!

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Lovely garden as well.

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Stunning from the outside.

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Lovely.

You've got local pub...

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Yes.

Right.

..you've got

a local cricket club.

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Ooh! Tick.

OK.

Good for the boys.

Yes.

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Now, you've got an Ofsted-rated

good school...

OK.

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..within about a mile.

But you've got Wetherby

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just a couple of miles up the road.

Fantastic.

Let's go inside.

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Built in 1870, this beautiful

detached stone farmhouse

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was fully refurbished

a few years back

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to provide up-to-date

21st-century living.

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Yet it retains many 19th-century

character features.

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We're heading straight

to the expansive living room.

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Oh, it's lovely. Really light,

lovely, big windows.

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Yeah. Nice high ceilings.

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Well, you pointed out those windows

from outside.

Yeah, yeah.

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Well, sometimes in houses that have

got lots of character,

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you get the smaller windows

and it seems a bit dark inside,

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but you can't say the same

for this property.

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It's lovely.

Back home, are you

kitchen dwellers?

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It's probably the kitchen, yeah.

Yeah.

Somewhere where

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we can all meet.

Let's keep

looking around.

OK.

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The heart of the home, as in most

people's houses, is the kitchen.

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Oh, lovely. Nice, big kitchen and,

you know, sociable as well,

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so when you're cooking and preparing

the food, you can chat to people.

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Glass of wine. Yeah, looks good.

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Now, for when you do your

Hyacinth Bouquet bits,

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you've got a formal dining room

at the top end of the house.

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Oh, OK.

And a snug, but it will be

a decent-sized living room

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in most other people's houses.

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Yeah.

Just behind me here,

you've got a utility room.

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Excellent.

Really good-sized utility

room, which means you get

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all the white goods you don't

normally use out of the kitchen.

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That would be a real benefit.

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Upstairs, next.

Let me squeeze through.

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After you.

Thank you very much.

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From the kitchen, we make our way to

the main hallway,

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where the staircase

leads up to the first floor.

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Doors from a spacious landing open

to reveal four bright

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and airy bedrooms, one of which

has an en-suite shower.

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There's also a very large modern

family bathroom

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with separate shower area,

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and we're making our way into

the largest of the bedrooms.

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This is your master.

Right.

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OK?

Lovely size.

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Yeah.

Lovely features as well,

with the fireplace.

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Really pretty.

You've got a

walk-through wardrobe

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with an en-suite, if you want

to take a quick peek.

Right, OK.

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I don't know if you have that sort

of facility at home.

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No. Look.

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His and hers sink!

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And plenty of cupboard space

for all my clothes, so...

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No comment.

Yes, quite.

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So, four bedrooms.

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Yeah.

The other with an en-suite,

which, you know,

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you want your guests to be

comfortable,

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not having to use

the family bathrooms.

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So, you've got three bathrooms in

total on this floor.

Wow! Really?

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It's big, isn't it?

It's big, yeah.

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You both sound very positive.

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But I want to show you something

that you'll get in this house

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that, well, you just can't

get in London.

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Follow me.

OK. I'm intrigued!

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Back out onto the hallway,

and up a second staircase,

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we find a surprising bonus space

hidden away at the top of the house.

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Now, of course, you probably could

get this in London,

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if you were a Premiership

footballer!

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LAUGHTER

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Oh, wow!

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This is amazing.

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Yeah.

This is clearly my space!

I'm genuinely blown away.

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It's lad space, isn't it?

OK, lad space.

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Yeah, it's fantastic.

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And, actually, our eldest plays

the guitar and the youngest would

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definitely want to play the drums,

cos he's that sort of personality.

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So you like what you see.

Yeah, definitely.

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Let's walk through the house

out to the garden,

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and then start thinking about price.

Oh, gosh!

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I'm getting the feeling Kat

and Chris can really see

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the positives that come with

this house and I'm confident

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they'll be impressed with

what's on offer outside.

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So, quite a private area here

for your barbecues,

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but something a bit different here.

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Wow!

Wow!

Wow!

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This field is leased.

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OK.

Oh, OK.

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It was initially a 15-year lease.

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There's five years unexpired.

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So, if you buy this house, you have

this field for five more years.

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OK.

And in that time, you've got

time to negotiate or maybe even see

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if you can buy it.

It's a really nice surprise.

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Unexpected.

Now, then,

difficult thing is pricing it.

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OK? I shall go in

with around £800,000.

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OK.

Yeah, yeah.

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I was thinking just below

but not far off.

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This house is on the market

at £850,000.

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OK.

OK.

And that's come down

just shy of...

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well, just under £900,000.

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OK.

So they've given it

a substantial price reduction.

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OK.

But you've got a lot of property

here. Your job now is to go back

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into the house and have

a good think about it,

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and I'll meet you outside whenever

you're done. All right?

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Great.

Thank you very much.

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At £850,000,

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this beautifully renovated 19th

century farmhouse

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is at the top of

Kat and Chris's budget.

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But it does give

them a fantastic living space

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which includes a great

kitchen/diner, four double bedrooms,

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lots of land, and that all-important

village location.

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The house is fantastic.

I really like it.

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From the outside, lovely garden,

lovely grounds.

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When you came inside,

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all the rooms were really

good sizes and, actually,

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you could move straight in. There's

nothing that you need to do

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to the property.

I think this house is lovely.

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It's got a lot of potential.

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Certainly a few surprises in there.

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The attic, certainly,

we didn't see that one coming.

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And this paddock certainly gives us

something to think about.

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So, your first viewing.

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Yeah. Yeah.

How is it feeling?

Is the dream getting closer?

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It's a great start.

Yeah?

Really positive.

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Yeah.

Hopefully something to

compare the other two with.

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Come with me.

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Yorkshire's open moorland and dales

have long been

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associated with farming.

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But how many of us would have

guessed that a little bit of Spain

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has landed right here in the heart

of the Yorkshire countryside?

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With Kat and Chris longing

for a rural escape,

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we thought we'd send them to meet

farmer and butcher Chris Wildman

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to find out more about

this continental invader.

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So, what kind of food products

do you make here?

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So we make a traditional butchery,

so pork, beef, lamb.

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But then we've kind of diversified

those products into

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doing more cured products, so

Italian salami and also, obviously,

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the Spanish Yorkshire chorizo.

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And that was kind of

because we had to.

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Normal, fresh meat just wasn't

really selling as well as I'd hoped,

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so I diversified into doing more

cured products

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which has got a longer

shelf life and, also,

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they were getting quite trendy

and people really liked the idea.

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We can just go down to the butchery

and have a look.

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It's just down here. Shall we go?

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Brilliant.

Great.

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The traditional Spanish chorizo can

be eaten cooked or,

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as many like it,

after a few weeks' curing.

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To get an idea of how this sausage

delicacy is made,

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Kat and Chris are getting

a crash course

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in Chris's chorizo preparation area.

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The ingredients consist of minced

pork, salt, paprika, pepper,

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and a top-secret spicy addition.

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With this already prepared,

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they're ready to begin

making the chorizo sausage.

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So, I'll get some pepper in there.

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Some salt.

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Straight in here,

and then we'll do some mixing.

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And we'll just literally mix it in.

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How long do you need to leave it,

to cure it,

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before we can actually try it?

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Three to five weeks is

the standard time, really,

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for the full curing process.

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We're looking to lose

about 30% in weight.

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And then that means it's going

to be a fully-cured chorizo.

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Chris makes around 100 sausages

a week using

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this tried and tested recipe.

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Once thoroughly mixed, we're ready

for the next stage.

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Right, so this is where

the sausages are made?

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It is. So, we're literally

going to put the meat

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into this nice, old filler.

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Just need to make sure we get

the air out of here.

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So, all we're going to do is

push the meat...

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Yeah.

..into the skins,

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and then you just control the speed

with your left hand,

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so we're not overfilling,

but we're not underfilling.

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That's it. Do you want to have a go?

Go on, then. Well, you go, Chris.

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There you go.

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So, just gently on there.

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And then wind away.

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Need to have quite a long reach.

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That's great.

Great?

Yeah, super.

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I'll have a go as well, yeah.

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Definitely. So it's not as easy as

it looks,

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you've got to have quite a lot of

control over the handle.

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Ooh!

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That's great, and stop.

Oh, gosh.

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The secret to a good chorizo

is in the curing.

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It's vital the filled skins are hung

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in a humidity and

temperature-controlled environment,

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allowing the meat to dry out slowly.

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And, once it's ready, our couple can

sample this full-of-flavour sausage.

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Here we go.

Fantastic.

We've got the samples to try.

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Yeah, what we've been

looking forward to.

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So, what we've got here,

we've got your Yorkshire chorizo?

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Yeah, so this is the original

Yorkshire chorizo.

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Yeah.

So have a little piece of that

one first.

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Actually, no, you can really

get the picante...

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Yeah, you get it

a few seconds after.

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What would you recommend

eating this with?

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It's great with white fish.

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Scallops. On some pasta,

kids love it, usually.

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Let's hope we can conjure up

our own appealing delight

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as we head back

to our property search.

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Our second house is located in the

North Yorkshire

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village of Branton Green,

around four miles south

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of the small town of Boroughbridge.

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This quaint market town offers

everything Kat and Chris could want

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from their new life in the country.

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A butchers supplying locally-farmed

meats, great cafes and bars,

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all wrapped up in

an attractive high street.

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Back in Branton Green,

there's a post office and stores,

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as well as a church.

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And, hopefully, the house we've come

to see will live up

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to our buyers' expectations.

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In a lot of ways, what you've asked

for is a stereotypical

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Escape To The Country home.

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So we found you one.

Yes.

Wisteria around the front door.

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She's gorgeous, isn't she?

Wow.

Absolutely stunning.

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Yeah, beautiful.

I love the wisteria.

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Well, this village is Branton Green.

It almost forms part

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of Great Ouseburn, they're right

next-door to each other.

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Right.

And, so, just a walk

from your front door,

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you've got the local

post office and shop.

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It all looked a short walk away.

We drove past a cricket pitch

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as well, and an amazing

sports centre.

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The cricket club has a really good

junior section to it, as well.

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Oh, right.

The first thing the owner

of this house said to me

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"Oh, have they got boys?"

They like their cricket here.

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Oh, fantastic.

Now, then, the property itself.

0:19:560:19:59

Built in the late 1800s.

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Wow. It is really pretty.

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It looks pretty big as well.

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Yeah.

I'm interested to know how

many bedrooms it's got.

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I'm almost running out of fingers,

let me show you.

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Really? Oh, wow.

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This Grade II listed, double-fronted

Victorian property

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is split over three floors.

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On the ground floor,

there's no shortage of space,

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with three separate reception rooms

and a large farmhouse kitchen.

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We're starting off our tour

in the living room

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at the front of the house.

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Now, there's a few

living rooms to draw upon.

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Oh, this is really cosy.

This is my favourite.

0:20:340:20:37

Love that fireplace.

It's amazing.

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Well, these are normally on the tick

list of people that are

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living out in the big city,

aren't they?

Yeah, absolutely.

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I think anybody that moves in will

probably have to put

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their own touch on this place.

Yeah.

0:20:470:20:48

You know, try to maybe think about

lighting the rooms

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in a more modern way.

Yeah.

But you've got this room,

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which is bigger than the other

reception room

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at the other side of the

main entrance.

Yeah.

0:20:570:21:00

You can imagine nice, warm winter

evenings in here with the fire on.

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It's lovely, really nice and cosy.

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Yeah, really nice.

Let's go

to the kitchen.

OK, follow you.

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You've got the downstairs loo

just through there.

Right.

0:21:100:21:13

The kitchen is the modern

part of the property.

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Oh, wow, yeah.

Totally different.

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Yeah.

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But it works.

No, completely works,

and it's really homely as well.

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I wasn't expecting it.

And a great

space to have off the kitchen,

0:21:220:21:26

cosy for the family.

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Really bright, and the windows are

the full length of the property.

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Yeah.

They just look out onto

your land and gardens.

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There's also a small room

through there,

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that's a third separate

reception room.

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Oh, OK.

So all their stuff

is out of the way.

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Yeah. No, it's fantastic.

0:21:420:21:44

Really light.

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I'm looking forward to seeing

outside as well.

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Well, I bet you are.

Before we do that, though,

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let's go and take a look at

the bedrooms this house gives you.

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This property has six bedrooms

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split over the first

and second floors.

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They're overflowing with warmth and

character and have a real cosy feel.

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There's also two modern

family bathrooms.

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And, next, we're heading

for the biggest of the six bedrooms.

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I think we're all right,

head height.

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Yeah, definitely, we're fine.

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But bags of character.

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Yeah. Oh, this is fantastic.

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Lovely room. And an en-suite.

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Really big windows as well,

so plenty of light.

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I know you're very positive

walking around the first house,

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but you look more comfortable

in this one.

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I feel really positive about it.

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This has a character that we're

after.

Yeah. It reminds me,

0:22:320:22:36

some of the features remind me of,

sort of, growing up

0:22:360:22:38

in the family homes I was around.

Definitely.

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You have loads of rooms

to look around.

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Yes.

Including a lovely space

above us.

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I'm dying to show you what's

outside, so, come with me.

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OK, yeah, I can't wait.

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The property stands

in a one-acre plot,

0:22:510:22:53

with an additional rented

3.5 acre paddock attached.

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To the rear, there's a large lawned

area complete with a shepherd's hut.

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Which is bound to appeal

to their two sons.

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And, for Chris and Kat,

0:23:040:23:06

this place has more outbuildings

than you could shake a stick at.

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Stables, a workshop,

0:23:090:23:12

a car port, and this,

0:23:120:23:14

a fantastic stone barn which is

overflowing with possibilities.

0:23:140:23:19

So, you'll be pleased to hear that

this building

0:23:200:23:23

is contained within the property.

Right.

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OK? It actually predates

the house we've been looking at.

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Yes, you can tell.

0:23:290:23:31

So, you've got plenty of space

for residential accommodation.

0:23:310:23:34

It's got electricity supply to it,

it's got chickens inside it,

0:23:340:23:38

you can hear at the moment.

But it's also got water as well.

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OK.

Yeah.

It's primed and ready.

0:23:400:23:42

This is an amazing project,

0:23:420:23:44

but it's something you never have to

do if you don't want to.

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No.

There's a wonderful workshop in

there, there's a tack store.

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Because you want the tack

0:23:510:23:52

for the horses you keep in

your one-acre paddock.

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Oh, my word.

0:23:550:23:57

BOTH:

Wow.

For a first-time

equestrian property,

0:23:570:23:59

if you know what I mean,

0:23:590:24:01

this is it.

I'm absolutely blown away.

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I'm in tears.

Ticking a lot of the

wish list, isn't it?

0:24:030:24:05

Yeah, definitely.

I'm actually blown away.

0:24:050:24:08

Look at you.

I know.

0:24:090:24:10

Oh!

0:24:140:24:15

These are the emotions, the

reactions, I was hoping I'd get.

0:24:170:24:21

Just as long as you're not allergic

to chickens.

Can't speak.

0:24:210:24:23

Yeah, no, it's absolutely lovely.

0:24:230:24:24

It really reminds me

of lots of things.

0:24:240:24:28

I'm completely blown away.

0:24:280:24:30

It's really sweet.

It's got everything.

0:24:300:24:32

How much would you pay for it?

0:24:320:24:34

I think it's going to be

more than 850,000.

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I'm going to go for 875.

0:24:360:24:39

Right.

What do you think?

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I'm going to go for over 900.

0:24:410:24:44

915?

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Good guessing.

Really?

My eyes are still watering.

0:24:450:24:48

I'm afraid it is over budget,

on the market at £875,000.

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Oh, wow.

0:24:520:24:53

Spot on.

Spot on.

0:24:530:24:56

And we've spoken to the owner, and,

because they know your position,

0:24:560:24:59

they said they would entertain

offers of around £850,000.

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Oh, my goodness. So you could get

this on budget.

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Incredible.

That would be

unbelievable.

0:25:070:25:10

I'm... I'm completely, well,

I'm speechless. It's amazing.

0:25:100:25:13

There's so much to the property,

isn't there?

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It's...

There's so much you

haven't even seen yet.

Yeah.

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And I feel like, yeah, there is.

So, have a refresh.

0:25:170:25:21

Go back and have a look

at everything on your own.

0:25:210:25:24

I'll catch up with you in mo.

Thank you.

0:25:240:25:26

Well, fantastic reactions to, well,

quite clearly a fantastic property.

0:25:280:25:32

It gives them everything they wanted

in their location, the village,

0:25:320:25:36

in a beautiful property, but, also,

0:25:360:25:38

people like to have something else

that we haven't thought out.

0:25:380:25:40

And this property here

gives them just that.

0:25:400:25:44

Something for Chris to get

involved in in the future.

0:25:440:25:47

I'm really pleased

how this has gone.

0:25:470:25:50

At £875,00, but with room

to negotiate,

0:25:500:25:54

this Grade II listed character

house seems a perfect fit

0:25:540:25:58

for our couple. It features

a large kitchen/diner,

0:25:580:26:01

six bedrooms, masses of

outside space,

0:26:010:26:04

a partly-converted barn,

0:26:040:26:07

stables, and it's all in a great

edge-of-village location.

0:26:070:26:11

Wow. Wow!

0:26:110:26:13

THEY LAUGH

0:26:130:26:15

Oh, my goodness.

0:26:150:26:16

Oh, my word, I think I've fallen

in love with this house.

0:26:160:26:19

Absolutely love it.

0:26:190:26:20

We've got a ready-made play area.

0:26:220:26:24

I can't believe it.

I could get a

table tennis table in here.

0:26:240:26:26

Yeah, you could.

0:26:260:26:28

My head and heart

are both aligned, I would say.

0:26:280:26:30

This looks like

an amazing investment.

0:26:300:26:32

The property ticks a lot of the

wish list that we set out

0:26:320:26:36

at the beginning. And it really

has everything we've asked for.

0:26:360:26:40

I can't believe the space,

and this is the driveway.

0:26:400:26:42

You could drive in here.

0:26:420:26:44

Yes, a few tears.

0:26:450:26:47

I think it was just bringing back

a lot of memories,

0:26:470:26:49

a lot of nostalgia,

0:26:490:26:51

things from my childhood

that actually I'm looking

0:26:510:26:53

to recreate with my family

and my children.

0:26:530:26:56

You have to get used to that door,

don't you?

I know.

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A substantial door.

So, substantial house and property?

0:27:010:27:05

Yeah.

You like this, don't you?

Yeah, we really like it.

0:27:050:27:07

Well, that's all

we're going to look at today.

0:27:070:27:09

Hopefully, something really good

to think on tonight.

0:27:090:27:12

Definitely.

Should we go?

BOTH:

Yeah.

0:27:120:27:15

Chris and Kat, along with

their two young sons,

0:27:270:27:29

are looking to leave the busy

North London suburb of Finchley

0:27:290:27:32

to set up home in North Yorkshire

with a budget of £850,000.

0:27:320:27:37

Still to come,

we've got the Mystery House,

0:27:390:27:41

which could be blessing

our two buyers

0:27:410:27:43

with their perfect

escape to the country.

0:27:430:27:46

SHE LAUGHS

0:27:460:27:48

Right?

Oh, my word.

0:27:480:27:50

I would say Holy Moley,

but, you know.

0:27:500:27:53

And I'll be getting a bit of extra

support to help me

0:27:530:27:56

on all of my house-hunting travels.

0:27:560:27:59

Look at that, the detail

on it is amazing.

0:27:590:28:01

Well, I'm pleased to report there

seems to be a bit of a buzz

0:28:040:28:07

around the Escape To The Country

camp this morning

0:28:070:28:09

because I think we all feel we've

got two great properties

0:28:090:28:12

already in the bag.

And, with that in mind,

0:28:120:28:14

and because we're going to see

the Mystery House,

0:28:140:28:16

we're prepared to take

a bit of a gamble.

0:28:160:28:18

Now, Kat has already alluded to the

fact that she's prepared

0:28:180:28:21

to compromise on that outside space.

0:28:210:28:24

And if she's prepared

to sacrifice that land, well,

0:28:240:28:28

all my prayers

could well be answered.

0:28:280:28:30

Our Mystery House is in

the village of Clifford,

0:28:330:28:35

back across the county border

into West Yorkshire.

0:28:350:28:39

And only 1.5 miles to the north are

the varied amenities of Boston Spa.

0:28:390:28:43

As its name suggests,

0:28:450:28:46

this spa town gained its spurs

in 1744

0:28:460:28:49

when John Shires discovered

sulphur springs

0:28:490:28:52

in the surrounding magnesium

limestone hills.

0:28:520:28:54

But, within decades,

0:28:540:28:56

the town's nurturing waters

had lost out to nearby Harrogate.

0:28:560:29:00

Today, Boston Spa's retail therapy

is more appealing,

0:29:000:29:04

boasting two public houses,

a host of eateries,

0:29:040:29:07

a general store and post office.

0:29:070:29:09

And, back in Clifford,

0:29:100:29:11

this small village is not without

its attractions either.

0:29:110:29:14

Now, this village, two churches,

outnumbered by three pubs.

0:29:140:29:19

That's all right, isn't it?

Sounds good. Good start.

0:29:190:29:22

Perfect start.

That's two you can

get banned from

0:29:220:29:24

and still have friends in the

village. I don't know why

0:29:240:29:26

I'm looking at you. Do you like

it here?

It's very pretty.

0:29:260:29:29

Yeah, it's lovely, yeah,

really nice. Very pretty.

0:29:290:29:31

But there was at least

one other place of worship

0:29:310:29:34

in the village which has now been

converted into our Mystery House.

0:29:340:29:37

In we come. Something

a little bit different.

0:29:380:29:41

Very different.

0:29:410:29:43

What is it, a church?

0:29:430:29:44

What would you say if I was to say

it ended life

0:29:460:29:49

as a converted nunnery?

0:29:490:29:51

OK. Oh, yes, you can see

the cross above the door.

0:29:510:29:54

Yeah. Keep an open mind,

it's something very different.

0:29:540:29:57

It's very pretty.

We think we've got

two very good options in the bag...

0:29:570:30:00

Yeah.

..so we've really mixed it up

with the Mystery House.

0:30:000:30:02

Yeah, no, why not?

OK?

Let's go.

Absolutely.

0:30:020:30:04

This Grade II listed former nunnery

dates back to 1847.

0:30:040:30:09

And still has its chapel

within the grounds.

0:30:090:30:12

The house itself has been

beautifully renovated,

0:30:120:30:15

while still retaining

a host of period features.

0:30:150:30:18

Let's start with one of the two

reception rooms

0:30:190:30:21

on this raised ground floor.

0:30:210:30:23

Very nice.

Yeah, really big.

0:30:230:30:25

Really big. Windows both sides

as well, makes it incredibly bright.

0:30:250:30:29

Yeah, it's really light.

0:30:290:30:30

And it's a great size, and it's

enormous, really, isn't it?

0:30:300:30:33

Yeah, it is. And this house is

slightly different in the way

0:30:330:30:36

it's laid out.

You've got this reception here.

0:30:360:30:39

You can just sneak a peek through

there to more of a snug,

0:30:390:30:41

or a music room.

Yeah. Still pretty big.

0:30:410:30:43

Yeah. And then downstairs,

0:30:430:30:45

as we'll see,

you've got the cooking area.

0:30:450:30:47

Oh, right, OK.

0:30:470:30:48

Let's keep walking around.

OK.

See if you can adapt to...

0:30:480:30:51

Yeah.

..a very different kind of

house. Come with me.

0:30:510:30:53

Heading out of the living room,

0:30:550:30:56

we descend the main staircase

to the lower ground floor.

0:30:560:30:59

So, on the lower ground floor, we've

got a really good-sized kitchen.

0:31:000:31:03

Lovely.

Yeah.

Yeah.

Really lovely kitten.

0:31:030:31:06

Downstairs, but actually

really light and airy.

0:31:060:31:09

Great for...

They've done a good job

on the conservatory here.

0:31:090:31:12

Big, isn't it?

Yeah.

It is big.

0:31:120:31:14

Really well done.

Now, you've got

a room next door.

0:31:140:31:17

OK, it serves at the moment

as a spare bedroom,

0:31:170:31:19

but I thought, you know,

0:31:190:31:21

if you were to come downstairs

to do your cooking,

0:31:210:31:24

you'd either have that

as a little TV room,

0:31:240:31:27

or just as a formal diving room.

Now, let's have a peek

0:31:270:31:29

at one of the bedrooms,

just so you see the dimensions,

0:31:290:31:31

and then we'll go outside.

Yeah.

OK? Come with me.

0:31:310:31:33

That concludes the living

accommodation

0:31:350:31:37

on the lower and ground floors.

Up on the first floor,

0:31:370:31:40

there are three double bedrooms,

0:31:400:31:42

which all have their

own particular style.

0:31:420:31:44

They're served by a beautiful,

modern family bathroom.

0:31:440:31:48

And we're making our way to

the largest of the three bedrooms,

0:31:480:31:51

complete with its own en-suite.

0:31:510:31:53

The master bedroom

has all the character.

0:31:550:31:58

Oh, yeah, lovely bedroom.

0:31:580:32:00

The developer was made to keep

as much of this as possible.

0:32:000:32:03

It's Grade II listed,

this building is.

0:32:030:32:04

OK, yes.

Look at it, it's beautiful,

isn't it?

0:32:040:32:07

Yeah, they've done a great job.

0:32:070:32:08

Three bedrooms on this floor.

0:32:080:32:10

Right.

OK.

Which means you might

have to sacrifice the dining room.

0:32:100:32:15

Oh, OK.

On the lower floor.

0:32:150:32:17

The one that they've got

as a bedroom is the fourth?

0:32:170:32:20

Or your guests would sleep

in their very own chapel.

0:32:200:32:24

Yes, I've been wondering

what's over there.

Come with me.

0:32:240:32:28

Despite there being a lot of

accommodation on offer,

0:32:310:32:34

Kat's suspicions are correct.

There's even more to explore.

0:32:340:32:38

As we head outside, I'm hoping the

next self-contained portion

0:32:390:32:43

of this house won't fail to impress.

0:32:430:32:44

Now, I distinctly remember you

saying on your shopping list

0:32:460:32:49

you wanted a chapel.

0:32:490:32:50

THEY LAUGH

0:32:500:32:52

Right?

Oh, my word.

0:32:520:32:54

I was going to say Holy Moley,

but you know.

0:32:540:32:57

I don't know what to say.

0:32:570:32:59

Unbelievable.

Unbelievable, isn't it?

0:32:590:33:01

Well, we won't have to go far

on Sunday morning, will I?

0:33:010:33:03

I bet even you'd still be late

for this.

0:33:030:33:05

Or is it party Saturday night,

and you get very irreverent?

0:33:070:33:10

Yeah, probably more likely.

0:33:100:33:12

But what would you use it for?

It'd be games room, wouldn't it?

0:33:120:33:14

A party room, absolutely.

Yeah.

Couldn't be anything else.

0:33:140:33:17

Must take quite a lot to heat it.

You've got underfloor heating.

0:33:170:33:19

OK.

Oh, wow.

0:33:190:33:21

Thought of everything.

Yeah, well, it's handy, isn't it?

0:33:210:33:24

It's stunning. It's stunning.

0:33:240:33:26

And, but, for me,

I was saying to Chris,

0:33:260:33:28

it's a little bit like city living

in the countryside, isn't it?

0:33:280:33:32

It's still not right.

Let's go outside.

0:33:320:33:35

Yeah.

So you can start having a bit

of a guess towards the price.

0:33:350:33:38

Oh, goodness me.

0:33:380:33:40

The mystery twist to this

proposition is the garden,

0:33:420:33:44

as our couple will have to

compromise on their initial vision.

0:33:440:33:48

What we do have are lawned areas

0:33:480:33:50

with raised borders stocked

with mature plants and shrubs.

0:33:500:33:53

So, has this extraordinary property

done enough to win them over?

0:33:530:33:57

You can actually see the size of

this property now.

Yeah, no, it's...

0:33:590:34:02

It's not small, is it?

It's not small at all.

0:34:020:34:03

Maybe not for you. But...

0:34:030:34:06

No.

As an exercise in comparing it

with the other properties,

0:34:060:34:09

let's have a go at guessing

the price.

0:34:090:34:11

750.

0:34:110:34:13

Chris, have a go?

I say...

0:34:130:34:16

£751,000.

0:34:160:34:18

And, you know what, it serves you

right, because she's spot on.

0:34:180:34:21

At 750.

Oh, wow.

0:34:210:34:24

Well done, Kat.

Well done, me.

It's a quirky property.

0:34:240:34:27

It's been fabulous to walk around

it. I'm sure you'll agree.

Absolutely.

0:34:270:34:30

I think now is a good time for you

to just have a scoot around

0:34:300:34:33

this place on your own, and then

I'll meet you at the front,

0:34:330:34:35

how's that?

OK.

OK?

Thanks.

See you in a moment.

0:34:350:34:37

Thank you.

Thank you.

0:34:370:34:39

At £750,000,

0:34:400:34:43

this impressive Grade II listed

house would offer the right person

0:34:430:34:46

a wealth of features.

0:34:460:34:48

With its great kitchen/diner,

four bedrooms,

0:34:480:34:51

that extraordinary party room

in what was once the chapel,

0:34:510:34:55

and a central village location.

0:34:550:34:57

It has a lot of character,

0:34:570:34:59

it has this amazing second building

attached to it,

0:34:590:35:03

which is something we were after.

0:35:030:35:05

But, at the same time,

there's other downsides,

0:35:050:35:08

in that it doesn't

have the extra land.

0:35:080:35:10

And, you know, we can't really

put our stamp on the property.

0:35:100:35:13

I mean, when you walk into that

chapel, it's unbelievable,

0:35:130:35:15

the mosaic features.

0:35:150:35:17

The mosaics are beautiful.

0:35:170:35:19

And you're sort of searching

for the positives,

0:35:190:35:22

of which there are plenty,

but just not for us.

0:35:220:35:24

And, deep down, I know that

it's not our dream home.

0:35:240:35:28

Well, that's it, guys.

0:35:310:35:32

No more houses.

I know, sad.

0:35:320:35:34

Well, also time, though, for you

to sit down and have a chat.

0:35:340:35:39

Maybe this will help make

your mind up

0:35:390:35:40

about the other two properties we

saw.

Yeah.

Absolutely.

Should we go?

0:35:400:35:44

Yorkshire's stunning landscape has

long been a magnet

0:35:500:35:54

for tourists worldwide.

0:35:540:35:55

Its near 1,500 miles of pathways

are renowned

0:35:550:35:58

with ramblers and walkers. Many of

them sporting a stick or cane.

0:35:580:36:03

Canes became popular

in the mid-1600s,

0:36:030:36:06

and a middle-class gentleman

would often have two -

0:36:060:36:09

a rustic one for walks

in the country,

0:36:090:36:12

and a decorative cane

to show off their wealth.

0:36:120:36:15

Today, one man is keeping

this legacy alive.

0:36:150:36:19

Keith Pickering, affectionately

known as the Stick Man,

0:36:190:36:22

has spent over 30 years making canes

at his North York Moors workshop.

0:36:220:36:27

And I've come to see

just what is involved.

0:36:270:36:29

Keith. Are you the Stick Man?

0:36:290:36:32

That's me.

What a title.

Lovely to meet you.

0:36:320:36:35

Nice to meet you.

I would like to

know how on earth

0:36:350:36:37

you got into making

these lovely sticks.

0:36:370:36:40

It started off as a hobby.

0:36:400:36:41

My wife bought me this little fella.

0:36:410:36:44

Oh, right?

She bought that at a

dog show, and I absolutely loved it.

0:36:440:36:48

And I thought I'd have a go.

0:36:480:36:50

Each time I made one, it actually

got better than the previous one.

0:36:500:36:53

If you look at that, that was

the old one, 30 years ago.

0:36:530:36:56

And this is the sort of thing

I do nowadays.

0:36:560:36:59

Wow. Yeah, I mean, it's

a transformation, isn't it?

0:36:590:37:01

Look at that, the detail

on it is amazing.

0:37:010:37:03

This, the head, is it

the same material?

0:37:030:37:05

Is it the same piece of wood, or...?

0:37:050:37:07

Not on that one.

On the old original, yeah,

0:37:070:37:09

that was the side branch

growing off the one piece.

0:37:090:37:12

Right.

But nowadays,

I do it like this.

0:37:120:37:14

That's another pheasant

that I'm doing.

0:37:140:37:16

So I start off with

a blank piece of wood...

0:37:160:37:18

Yeah.

..and I carve it roughly to

shape, and then I put the face on.

0:37:180:37:23

Keith produces a wide range of

cane styles,

0:37:230:37:27

from ornate to rustic.

0:37:270:37:28

But they all start life

in the same way.

0:37:280:37:31

And to get that perfect finish,

0:37:310:37:33

it's crucial to select the right

piece of wood for the job.

0:37:330:37:36

So, what would you normally be

looking for,

0:37:370:37:39

for the right stick, then, Keith?

On a hazel bush like this,

0:37:390:37:42

we're looking for what you

call the sun sticks,

0:37:420:37:44

which are the ones that grow

straight up

0:37:440:37:46

and they're heading for the sun.

0:37:460:37:48

And come often from the bottom,

and they'll grow straight up.

0:37:480:37:51

We can get a nice four-foot

length out of that one.

0:37:510:37:54

Once it's trimmed off,

it will look quite nice.

0:37:540:37:57

And when it's dried, it'll make

a good walking stick.

0:37:570:37:59

Because of its lightness

and abundance,

0:38:010:38:03

hazel is Keith's wood of choice

when it comes to making canes.

0:38:030:38:06

But as straight as they may

look to you and I,

0:38:070:38:10

in the world of walking sticks,

they're not quite straight enough.

0:38:100:38:14

Back at his workshop, though,

0:38:140:38:16

Keith has a cunning plan to iron out

those pesky curves.

0:38:160:38:19

And he's letting me loose

on one of his precious samples.

0:38:190:38:23

As you rotate it, you're looking for

the biggest bend there.

0:38:240:38:27

I can see one here.

So turn that around until

0:38:270:38:29

it's touching the table.

0:38:290:38:31

Yeah.

And then just get the piece of

chalk and mark it there,

0:38:310:38:34

where it touches the table.

0:38:340:38:37

A small chalk mark pinpoints

0:38:370:38:38

the section of wood that needs

straightening.

0:38:380:38:41

Switch that on.

0:38:410:38:42

Next, a gentle bit of heat

0:38:420:38:43

softens the wood fibres

so they become pliable

0:38:430:38:46

and easier to move.

0:38:460:38:48

Right, that should do.

0:38:480:38:49

And so... That was the...

0:38:490:38:51

So we want to bend it the other way?

Chalk side away from you.

0:38:510:38:54

Don't be frightened of it.

0:38:540:38:56

Just leave it there.

0:38:560:38:57

It does look like it's bent double,

in a way, doesn't it?

0:38:570:39:00

Well, yeah, it's virtually gone

the opposite from what it was.

0:39:000:39:03

Off now.

It stays malleable

for a while, doesn't it?

0:39:030:39:06

Oh, crikey.

Well, we've just gone a

little bit too far.

0:39:060:39:10

But it's so flexible now,

just watch.

0:39:100:39:12

Oh, wow.

0:39:140:39:16

If you fancy one of the sticks,

you might have a bit of a wait.

0:39:160:39:19

Keith and his wife Jackie have

a packed order book

0:39:190:39:22

from clients of all ages.

0:39:220:39:25

And I've got 42 sticks

of my own to make,

0:39:250:39:28

and Jackie's got

a few of hers to do as well.

0:39:280:39:30

Goodness me.

I've got at least

six months in front of me.

0:39:300:39:35

Keith might well have a few more

orders to add to the list

0:39:350:39:38

when our couple make the move

to North Yorkshire.

0:39:380:39:41

But it remains to be seen whether it

will be into any of the houses

0:39:410:39:44

we've shown them.

0:39:440:39:46

Well, it doesn't look like the

gamble of the Mystery House

0:39:470:39:50

has paid off. But, for my mind,

0:39:500:39:52

there is still one clear

favourite property.

0:39:520:39:54

Time to find out from Chris and Kat

what they want to do next.

0:39:540:39:57

So, time to tell me your

favourite property.

0:40:000:40:03

Pretty sure I know which one it is,

but put me out of my misery.

0:40:030:40:06

Toot-toot-toot - number two!

It was, though, wasn't it?

0:40:060:40:09

Yeah, number two.

Absolutely.

0:40:090:40:11

For both of you, though, I know you

were very emotional at the time.

0:40:110:40:14

Chris?

Yeah, it was

an outright winner.

0:40:140:40:16

Definitely.

You seemed pretty much

on board from the get go.

0:40:160:40:19

Yeah. I loved it from the outside.

0:40:190:40:22

The setting, it was a beautiful

property, lovely wisteria,

0:40:220:40:25

and I think it's got features that

you just can't find

0:40:250:40:29

in a more modern property.

Yeah.

And that it's just got, yeah,

0:40:290:40:34

timeless features

that are really beautiful,

0:40:340:40:37

and made it really nostalgic

for me as well.

0:40:370:40:40

It's a lovely property.

0:40:400:40:41

Well, let's talk about tear-gate.

0:40:410:40:44

Why did it draw out such

emotion in you, then, Kat?

0:40:440:40:47

I don't know, it just, yeah...

0:40:470:40:49

I just had memories of my childhood,

and... Even though

0:40:490:40:51

it was a totally different property,

0:40:510:40:53

there was just a few things

that reminded me of my childhood.

0:40:530:40:56

And I think when, you know,

when you have children,

0:40:560:40:58

you sort of want to have elements

of that again for your children...

0:40:580:41:01

Yeah.

..even though they maybe seem

a bit unrealistic.

0:41:010:41:04

But I have had now the benefit of 24

hours, but I still really like it,

0:41:040:41:08

and I think we'll try and get

another viewing to get back

0:41:080:41:10

and see it.

You will, will you?

Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely.

0:41:100:41:13

It wasn't just about the house,

we had to find the right location.

0:41:130:41:16

And I think property number two did

get that balance right, didn't it?

0:41:160:41:20

Yeah, certainly,

we're moving out of London,

0:41:200:41:22

where we've already got a community,

0:41:220:41:23

and lots of friends and family

there. So we really need to put

0:41:230:41:27

the kids and the children

in somewhere straightaway.

Yeah.

0:41:270:41:30

Where they can get friends

from school,

0:41:300:41:32

and also in the local village.

0:41:320:41:33

And it had that sports field, with

the cricket pitch right there,

0:41:330:41:36

we can really see our children

getting involved in this

0:41:360:41:39

from an early stage.

But, good luck, you know?

0:41:390:41:42

You've had the emotional viewing.

0:41:420:41:43

Yeah.

Now's the time to sort of

dot the Is cross the Ts.

0:41:430:41:46

Yeah, be a bit sensible about it.

Well, thank you very much.

0:41:460:41:48

It's been an experience.

We've really enjoyed it.

0:41:480:41:50

Absolutely, thanks.

It's

been great fun showing you round

0:41:500:41:52

the houses, but I wish you

the best of luck, and, hopefully,

0:41:520:41:55

this is the first stage

in this move up here.

0:41:550:41:57

Good luck with it.

Thank you.

Thank you.

0:41:570:41:58

Well, it's not often we find a house

that gives our buyers absolutely

0:42:010:42:04

everything they said

they were after.

0:42:040:42:07

But house number two

did exactly that.

0:42:070:42:09

And I think Kat's emotional

reactions to it says it all.

0:42:090:42:12

But, now, I suppose it is time to

remove the emotion

0:42:120:42:16

from the equation.

Now is the time to go about

0:42:160:42:18

with a slightly colder heart

for that second viewing.

0:42:180:42:21

But also to consider the family

and the area as a whole.

0:42:210:42:25

But I do hope they do that soon,

because to me, well,

0:42:250:42:28

that property suited them and their

family right down to the ground.

0:42:280:42:32

I wish them

all the very best of luck.

0:42:320:42:35

Chris and Kat did go back to that

second viewing, and made an offer,

0:42:360:42:40

which I'm happy to say was accepted.

We wish them well

0:42:400:42:44

with their new life in the beautiful

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Jonnie Irwin helps a house-hunting couple with a £750,000 budget break away from their London suburb and find a rural family home in North Yorkshire. While in the area, Jonnie learns how to make a traditional wooden walking stick from a craftsman based in the heart of the North York Moors.