Yorkshire Escape to the Country


Yorkshire

Sonali Shah heads to Yorkshire to help a couple of retired teachers with a £450,000 budget find a country home and finally return to their family roots.


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This Victorian industrial village is a particularly fine example

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of just what can be achieved with enough time,

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enough money and, most importantly, the right vision.

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Find out where I am and whose vision it was in just a moment.

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It's an exciting return to roots for her in today's house-hunt

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that is also an electrifying experience for him...

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I just had a shiver go down my spine.

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-A good one, I hope.

-Yes.

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..and they're both involved in the fun and games of the search.

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-Eyes down.

-OK.

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And now look up.

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-Wow!

-No way!

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Today I'm in Yorkshire

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and this is the West Yorkshire village of Saltaire,

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an outstanding example of a mid-19th century industrial village.

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Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site,

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Saltaire lies on the banks of the River Aire

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and was the brainchild of Sir Titus Salt, a wealthy textile mill owner

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and philanthropist who created this village to provide better living

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and working conditions for his employees.

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He even took them on day trips to the Yorkshire Dales

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to get away from the noise and choking pollution of the mills

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and today, 150 years on,

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the surrounding countryside of this beautiful region

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still provides a welcome escape.

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Historic Yorkshire was once the country's largest county

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but is now divided into four counties.

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The landscape here is often dubbed by the locals as "God's own".

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In the north are the stunning Yorkshire Dales,

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the majority of which form part of a national park.

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Awash with rich, lush valleys and expanses of wild heather,

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the Dales are dissected by a maze of dry-stone walls

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which are archetypal of the region.

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Bordering the Dales National Park in Nidderdale,

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man-made beauty meets nature's own to form the Gouthwaite reservoir,

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a nature reserve built in the 1800s that is now protected

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as a Site Of Specific Scientific Interest.

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Just south of the Dales

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is one of Yorkshire's striking stone-built villages, Bradley.

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Cottages rest on the hillside here, surrounding a mid-19th century mill

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that was remodelled in 2005 and is now used for housing.

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The village is divided into High and Low Bradley,

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and together they make up Bradleys Both

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on the route of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

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So, with its rugged backdrop of breathtaking beauty,

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teamed with towns and villages of architectural interest,

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Yorkshire is an ideal destination to get away

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from the hubbub of city life.

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As well as its beautiful landscapes,

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Yorkshire also has some pretty attractive property prices.

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Detached houses across the four counties in the region

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cost an average of £221,000.

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That's a sizeable 79,000 below the national figure.

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And each of Yorkshire's four counties has its own story to tell.

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You'll find the most expensive properties in the north,

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with not one but two national parks,

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and the most affordable in the south.

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But it's the west part of God's own country that today's buyers

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want to call home. Let's meet them and find out why.

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Retired teachers Carol and Andy from Stoke Golding in Leicestershire

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met as students four decades ago.

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Carol walked through the door on her first night at university

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and I thought, "Ey up!"

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And we got chatting that night but it took us 12 months.

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We were friends to start with and then we started to go...

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In your second year.

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And so, 40 years we've been together.

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-BOTH:

-Married for 35.

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But been together for 40 years.

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And now this long-standing couple have put their working lives

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behind them, they're enjoying precious time with one another.

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This retirement adventure we've just started

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has brought us closer together.

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Now we're able to spend more time together.

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The next phase of our lives, really.

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I'm really enjoying being

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free to do things that we want to do, which is travel,

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spend more time with the family, and hence the move to Yorkshire

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where both our children live

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and their partners and our new granddaughter.

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For Carol, the decision to move to Yorkshire

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is much more than relocating to a new property.

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She's going home.

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I was born in Yorkshire.

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So, we always said that one day we'd return there,

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so we decided that, when we retired,

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we'd move closer to be amongst family.

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And my mum still lives in Yorkshire and my brothers,

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so there's lots of family ties up there.

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For Andy, it's a move away from home, but one he's ready to make.

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I've lived here all my life. I've lived here for 60 years.

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We are slap-bang in the middle of the Midland's Motorway Network,

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which has got its advantages, but not necessarily where we want to be.

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We enjoy walking and outdoor life and Leicestershire has got

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some great countryside, but it's flat, largely.

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But the Dales...

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The Dales are just epically beautiful.

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-And we look forward to climbing a few hills.

-Absolutely.

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We're really looking forward to joining a rambling club when

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we move up to Yorkshire, because we walk nearly every day,

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it keeps us fit.

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We see it as a way of meeting people as well,

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as a sort of a social thing. So it's important from that point of view.

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And with their house on the market,

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it won't be long before they can make the most of the great outdoors.

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I'm really, really looking forward to opening my curtains

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in the morning and thinking, "Wow, this is nice."

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That would be good. Dry-stone walls, sheep in fields, hills, Dales,

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snug little cottages.

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First morning, waking up, I won't be able to believe it,

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that I've actually finally come home.

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It will be exciting, it will be really good.

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Let's get this thing started, let's get it on the road

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and let's just get on with it.

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Can't wait. I can't wait.

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Carol and Andy are moving to be closer to their son

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in Knaresborough and daughter in Saltaire,

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so we're keeping that in mind as we carry out our search.

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And before we get going on our Yorkshire trip,

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I'm meeting them to get the lowdown on their property wish list.

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-Welcome to Yorkshire, Carol and Andy.

-Thank you.

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Let's talk about the type of property you're after.

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What do you want it to look like from the outside?

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What sort of setting do you want it to be in?

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We probably need some facilities around us,

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so a large village, small town.

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Not near a main road.

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Quite open.

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It could be an old property, pretty.

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We like contemporary as well.

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We're very open to any...

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Absolutely. Just looking forward to what we see today.

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-Let's go inside your new home.

-Right.

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What do you want it to look like?

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The main thing I would really like is a large kitchen/diner...

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in preference to a separate dining room.

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But if you show us something with a separate dining room,

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that doesn't matter either.

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I love traditional wood panelling, but Carol's not so keen.

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I like light, airy houses, not dark.

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And remind me of your budget.

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450 maximum, but for 450, there has to be absolutely nothing to do.

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Well, we have three fantastic properties lined up for you,

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-so let's head off.

-OK, thank you.

-Really excited.

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For the top budget of £450,000,

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Carol and Andy would like a character property,

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but they're open-minded about the exact style of house they want.

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Ideally it would have a large kitchen/diner

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and three to four bedrooms,

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and outside, it's a manageable garden they're after,

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all in a location that's close to amenities.

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We've tracked down a fabulous selection of properties

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for them to view, but each one's price will only be revealed

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after they've completed the tour.

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And their final visit to the Mystery House could see them taking

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another trip down the aisle.

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We're starting off our property search in the North Yorkshire

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village of Sutton-in-Craven.

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Located in the Aire Valley,

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this picturesque village sits in the shadow of hills and farmland,

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with a stream running through it.

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There's a history of corn-milling and textiles here

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and buildings display the sandstone Yorkshire is famous for,

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showcased in an old mill, now apartments.

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Locals are served by a village hall, a handful of shops and a pub.

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And, sitting above the village,

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surrounded by a wealth of countryside walks,

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we find our first property.

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Bit different to what I was expecting.

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-Not what you were expecting.

-Not detached.

-It's not detached.

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This whole building is a 400-year-old barn.

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In the 1990s, it was converted into accommodation for people rather

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than animals. And the house that we're looking at

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is the middle house.

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Right. What a location.

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-Yes, stunning.

-On top of a hill, on top of the moor.

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Looking forward to looking inside it now.

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-Shall we head on in?

-Can't wait. Thank you.

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This property's position in the centre of the barn conversion

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means it benefits from having the original barn entrance.

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This takes us into a roomy hallway

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which leads into an open-plan dining hall

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with an impressive vaulted ceiling.

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Wow! Look at that view.

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You can't miss it, can you?

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It was the first thing you see as you walk through the door.

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And it's really open, isn't it?

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Log-burning stove.

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Got a lovely stone fireplace, so that's the sort of winter area,

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I think, and then this is the sort of summer area, in a way.

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-Social space.

-Yeah, absolutely.

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Really like it.

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-Great.

-Can't wait to see more.

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Let's go to the kitchen.

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Oh.

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-That's different. Yeah.

-It is.

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-Different...

-Such a contrast to the outside of the property.

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-Yes, it's so modern, isn't it?

-Super modern.

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Really sleek.

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It is smaller than I was expecting from when we were out there,

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but you've got your dining room there.

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But with the rest of the downstairs being so open,

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it's not so much of a problem, really.

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-No.

-So it's something you could work with?

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-Absolutely.

-Yeah.

-It's super.

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Well, let's go and have a look where you might be sleeping.

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OK. Thank you.

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Also on the deceptively large ground floor,

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there's a room currently used for music and a shower room.

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Then upstairs, there's a galleried landing,

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another smart shower room and three bedrooms -

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a snug double,

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a single with fitted wardrobes,

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and lastly, there's the master.

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-It's a good size.

-Oh, it's huge.

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-Wow.

-It really is a master suite

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because you've got this lovely bathroom.

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I really like the bathroom, too.

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The more we see of the property, the more it seems to grow,

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-from the outside.

-Yes! It is really deceiving.

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Now we're in, it's like, oh!

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I really like what I've seen so far.

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-Great.

-Can we see more?

-Yes, let's go back outside,

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because I think you'll see it with different eyes now, won't you?

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-Yes. Definitely.

-Absolutely. Thank you.

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The property benefits from a large garage

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and the rear garden features a terrace complete with pond,

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but before we discuss the price,

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we're taking a moment to enjoy the main highlight here,

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which is absolutely priceless.

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I do hope this view is to your liking.

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-It's spectacular.

-How could it not be?

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This would be ideal, really, and because you've got this view beyond,

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you don't need a big garden,

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because the whole of it is like your garden, isn't it?

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It is, and as a person who would be doing the work,

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the smaller the better, to be fair.

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There's somewhere to put some chairs, somewhere to put a table,

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somewhere to sit and very little work, so absolutely spot-on.

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It's time to guess the price.

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Who'd like to go first?

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-I think you should.

-OK.

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I think...425.

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OK, and I'm going to go for a cheeky 375.

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Andy, you are closer.

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-Excellent.

-And you're in luck.

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It's actually on the market for £335,000.

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-Oh, wow!

-No way. I just had a shiver go down my spine.

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-A good one, I hope!

-Yes!

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-That's really good.

-Right, OK, that's a game-changer.

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That is a surprise.

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Go and have another look around while I enjoy the view

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-and then I'll meet you out the front.

-Thank you.

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This 400-year-old barn conversion has rung in at £115,000 under

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Carol and Andy's top budget.

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There is a fantastic open-plan living area

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plus the option to have four bedrooms and the views

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from the garden are simply breathtaking.

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-Another little room.

-It's not so small.

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It's an ideal potential bedroom, and a separate entrance just there.

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I could really see myself living here.

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I know it's in the middle of the countryside,

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it's more remote than perhaps I had in mind initially.

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We both like walking and just looking out of that window would

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make me want to go for a walk every single day.

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As soon as I entered the property,

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the only thing that catches your eye when you walk through the door

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is that wall of glass and the view beyond.

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If you were to say, what three things would you notice

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when you walked in the room, I'd say view, view and view.

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Look at that smile.

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-Yes.

-You really do love the house, don't you?

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I do, I really love it, yes.

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It was such a surprise when we walked through the door.

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-It's lovely.

-And the price is absolutely spot-on.

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I almost feel guilty for taking you to see another house.

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Almost, but not quite.

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-Let's go.

-OK. Thank you.

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In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales

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is the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Covering 233 square miles,

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its stunning scenery makes it immensely popular

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with visitors wishing to take in the countryside by foot.

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As Carol and Andy are keen to join a rambling group

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when they make their move,

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they've come to meet Richard Hersey and fellow members of

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the Harrogate Ramblers Club, who are gathering to start their walk

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from the quaint market town of Pateley Bridge.

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Well, Harrogate Ramblers - we have about 300 members

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and we organise a walk on every Saturday,

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and then we have a walk between 8 and 12 miles.

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And where are we walking to today?

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Today we are walking from Pateley to Brimham Rocks.

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-Right.

-Is it a strenuous walk or...?

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-The first bit is uphill.

-Oh, right.

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-Quite steep.

-We come from quite a flat area at the moment in

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Leicestershire, so a few hills will be a bit of a challenge for us.

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You'll be using some different muscles.

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The backs of your calves might be having a new experience.

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From start to finish, the route covers around nine miles,

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and today they're taking in a few of its highlights -

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a perfect introduction to the highs and lows of the Dales.

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And as well as strenuous exercise,

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it's a great chance to socialise, as some of the club members

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are joining them for part of the journey.

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Pateley Bridge is a great place to start.

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It's the beginning and end point of the Nidderdale Way,

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a circular route covering 53 miles through the Dales.

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First stop for them all on today's jaunt

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is St Mary's Church of Pateley Bridge.

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Lovely old place, isn't it?

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It is. It's gorgeous.

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There's been a church here since about the 1300s.

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About the end of the 1700s, it was falling into some disrepair,

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and also the parishioners were finding it very difficult walking up

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-the steep hill that we've just walked.

-I'd agree with that.

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But it's lovely, it has what's called a devil's door over there,

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where the devil was supposed to leave when there was a baptism.

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We'll be leaving now through the priest's door.

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The rest of the Harrogate group

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are going to carry on back down to Pateley,

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but we will carry on to Brimham Rocks.

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-OK. Thank you.

-Bye.

-See you, then.

-Good luck with the house-hunting.

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Thanks! Bye.

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The Ramblers is a nationwide charity with over 100,000 members.

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It was established in 1935 after groups campaigned for people

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to have access to the countryside.

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And it put pressure on landowners to allow ordinary folk

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to walk across their land.

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Today its goal is still to protect access

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to the great outdoors by foot.

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Wow. What a gorgeous view.

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Yes, what it is is the Nidd Valley,

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so you've got the River Nidd in the bottom here.

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Harrogate is away over that way and then you can also walk further up

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the valley. This part here is just part of the Nidderdale Way.

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-It's gorgeous.

-Can't wait to be able to do all the walks.

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Next stop is Brimham Rocks,

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a collection of unusual eye-catching rock formations

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scattered across 50 acres of moor.

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Wow, Richard, what an amazing place this is.

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I know, it's a kind of millstone grate.

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It was formed about 320 million years ago.

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Laid down in layers.

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The reason that they're undercut so much is because we had an ice age

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which lasted tens of thousands of years.

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About 15,000 years ago, this valley here was full of ice,

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but these rocks were sticking up, just proud of the glacial ice.

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And then you got pebbles and other things, sand, being blown across

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by the Arctic winds, which have undercut this rock

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and have also taken out some of the softer areas

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of the sandstone you can see higher up.

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It looks like you could almost push it over,

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balancing on that smaller rock at the bottom.

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But it weighs 180 tonnes.

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I don't know how they worked that out, but that's what they say.

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And just a little further down the path,

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the rocks can truly be appreciated in all their glory -

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even through a spot of rain.

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Well, Richard, this really is an absolutely amazing place.

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Thank you very much for bringing us here today.

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It does say on the information board here

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that we can see York Minster on a clear day.

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We've lost that, I'm afraid, now, but it is a spectacular place.

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-I hope you will come back and have a look at it again...

-Definitely.

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-..when the sun's out.

-But thanks, we've really enjoyed it.

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-Good, I'm glad you've had a good day.

-Yes, thank you.

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Now it's time to ramble back to our house-hunt.

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Our next property stop takes us into West Yorkshire,

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to the village of Wilsden.

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Perched on the hillside and rolling down into the valley,

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Wilsden paints a picture of a classic Yorkshire landscape.

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Surrounded by farmland,

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there's evidence of the mills of yesteryear on the horizon.

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There's also a church here, a small choice of shops,

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a pub and there are plenty of country walks on offer

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with beautiful scenery at every twist and turn.

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And just on the edge of the village is our second house.

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Very pretty.

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Very, very pretty.

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-Isn't it just?

-How sweet.

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-Yes.

-This is also a barn conversion.

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-Right.

-So it dates back to 1750 and it was converted into a home

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in the 1970s.

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-Right.

-But again, you've got brilliant views.

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-It is.

-It is.

-The other thing to mention is, of course,

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-that it is attached on one side.

-It is, yes, however...

-That doesn't daunt you any more.

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..I may have learned my lesson from the previous property.

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-You're over that now.

-Over that, yes. Not a problem.

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-Absolutely.

-Well, let's get inside, then.

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OK, thank you.

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This attractive stone barn was originally the milking parlour

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for the local farm and we're beginning our tour of it

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in the rather grand and lofty entrance hall.

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I thought we should stop in this hallway

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because they've made a really nice feature of the entrance, I think.

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How many houses can you buy where you can put a sofa in the hallway?

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Exactly, it's quite hotel-like, isn't it?

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I can't wait to see more.

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-Let me show you the lounge.

-OK, thank you.

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How's this for a sitting room?

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Wow, it's a good size.

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With this fireplace as the feature.

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Really striking. Very grand, as well.

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Nice and central, and dual aspect.

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-Excellent.

-It doesn't feel hugely barnlike.

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It feels really cosy and comfy.

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-Warm.

-Warm.

-Inviting.

-Yes.

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-Homely.

-The other thing about this house, it really does flow nicely.

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-OK.

-So let me take you through the dining room.

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-Yes, please.

-Lovely.

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Right. This is a killer kitchen.

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It's so light, isn't it? And spacious.

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I can imagine, you know, while we're cooking,

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having the family round all sitting together and, yes, really...

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Very social space.

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And I like this sink, the position of the sink, as well.

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-It's quite unusual, isn't it, being there?

-It is, actually.

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Well, you know, eating dinner, you can be at the sink, washing up.

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-My life, then.

-After he's served you.

-Yes!

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Shall I show you where he's going to be serving you breakfast in bed?

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Good idea.

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Just off the kitchen, there's a utility room

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and then moving upstairs, there's a fully tiled bathroom

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and three bedrooms all in the eaves.

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At the back, there's a bright double and a single which currently serves

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as a study, then at the front of the house is the master.

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-Good size.

-Very good size.

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-It's lovely.

-Actually, it comes with its own dressing room...

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Right.

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I guess for some families, it would be a nursery,

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but it's a lovely dressing room and there's an en suite.

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I really like the windows and look at the little windows at the bottom,

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-as well.

-They're really sweet, aren't they?

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They are. You could lie in bed and look up.

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They've got their own little doors on.

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Let's head back outside

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and talk about how much this might set you back.

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-OK.

-Do you want to lead the way?

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-I will.

-Thank you.

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The split-level garden includes a lush lawn

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surrounded by mature trees and hedges, a walled pond,

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pebbled seating area and pretty flower beds,

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all with panoramic views.

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So, with this property, there's no front and back garden.

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-This is everything.

-Right.

-Front entrance, back entrance, everything,

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-because this is the south-facing bit.

-Yes.

-It's still quite private,

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though, isn't it? You're not really overlooked.

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-It's so quiet.

-But you can do some overlooking.

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-I mean, the view down there is fabulous.

-I know, it's amazing.

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A lovely landscape.

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-Yes.

-His and her sheds.

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-His shed, more.

-Well, there are two, so, there really is one each

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-or you can have two.

-Right.

-So we need to discuss price, don't we?

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-We do.

-How much is this property on the market for?

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I'll go first, this time.

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-OK.

-I'm going to go for 445.

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Right, well, I overestimated last time,

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so I'm going to go lower and I'm going to say 425.

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OK. Again, Andy is closer

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and I've done what you've asked.

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I've used up your whole budget because there is nothing to do.

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-Nothing to do.

-So it's on the market for £450,000.

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So now that you know the price, have another look around and discuss

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-whether you want to use your whole budget.

-OK.

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-And I'll meet you in a bit.

-Thank you.

-Brilliant, thank you.

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This converted barn, thought to date back to the 17th century,

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is priced at the top of Carol and Andy's budget.

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It gives them both character on the outside and style on the inside,

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including a fabulous open-plan kitchen/diner and three bedrooms.

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The garden is a good but manageable size and the views are stunning.

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They've got this as an office,

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but I guess we could have it as a third bedroom.

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Yeah, make a really good-sized single room.

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You could probably get a double bed in here.

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Certainly in the future, I can see Carol and I and family in here

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just enjoying the space, enjoying each other's company.

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When we walk into a property, Carol and I know fairly quickly

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if it's going to be a place for us

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and we got that feeling straightaway.

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This house is definitely calling out to us.

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Yes, we really like it.

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The views here, the hallway as you come in

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and looking out with that lovely glass door

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overlooking all the beautiful dales, it's gorgeous.

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I think it's been quite a successful day.

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-It has.

-It has. Two, although similar properties,

0:25:480:25:51

but actually both with different things to offer.

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Really, really interesting and quite thought-provoking as well.

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Shall we go mull over things with a glass of something?

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Sounds like a plan to me.

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It's day two of our Yorkshire road trip, searching out a rural retreat

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so that Carol and Andy from Leicestershire

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can live closer to family, and with a top budget of £450,000 to spend,

0:26:200:26:26

we've already shown them two characterful properties,

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but all their prayers could be answered with our Mystery House.

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I can't think of anything to say.

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It's just absolutely stunning.

0:26:340:26:36

You are quite speechless.

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THEY LAUGH

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And later, I'll be finding out how

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Iceland meets Yorkshire in the Dales.

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There's something very satisfying about this.

0:26:440:26:49

Andy and Carol were certainly expressing enthusiasm

0:26:520:26:55

for both of our properties yesterday, with house number two

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quickly surpassing house number one in their minds.

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But I do feel they are holding back a little bit

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and I can't quite put my finger on why,

0:27:040:27:07

but I'm hoping our Mystery House and its location will convert them from

0:27:070:27:12

being cautious, into candid.

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What do you think I have up my sleeve for the Mystery?

0:27:170:27:22

Well, I think it could be something like an apartment.

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And I think it's a new-build.

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You think I'm going to go right away from barn conversion?

0:27:300:27:34

-Yes.

-There were two barn conversions yesterday.

0:27:340:27:37

I am hoping you are going to stir the pot, a bit,

0:27:370:27:39

see what comes up this time.

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But you liked them both so much.

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-We did.

-That's absolutely correct, but it is the Mystery property.

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For our third and final property stop,

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we're off to the market town of Sowerby Bridge.

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Just over ten minutes away

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is the attractive market town of Hebden Bridge

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which lies on the Rochdale Canal.

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There were many water-powered weaving mills here

0:28:050:28:08

in the 19th and 20th centuries, and at one time,

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Hebden was known as "Trouser Town"

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because of the abundance of clothing manufacturers here.

0:28:130:28:16

Today, they're still evidence of the town's industrial past along with

0:28:160:28:21

more up-to-date independent shops and eateries.

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The area is popular for walking and cycling, and in recent years,

0:28:240:28:27

the Tour de France passed through it on its way from York to Sheffield.

0:28:270:28:31

I've brought Carol and Andy to the waterside

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to see what they could have at their disposal.

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There's a connection between Hebden Bridge and the Mystery House because

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a couple of the architects that were involved in the Mystery House

0:28:430:28:47

also were involved in the building of the bridge.

0:28:470:28:50

-That's intriguing.

-Yes.

0:28:500:28:51

So, there is a nice link, but I thought we could have a walk around...

0:28:510:28:55

-Yes!

-Yes.

-And then drive the 10 or 15 minutes

0:28:550:28:57

-over to the Mystery House.

-OK, great.

-Thank you.

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In Sowerby Bridge, we find our rather outstanding Mystery House

0:29:020:29:06

and it's so unique that I want it to be a true surprise for our buyers.

0:29:060:29:11

Right, eyes down.

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-OK.

-And now look up.

0:29:130:29:16

-Wow.

-No way.

0:29:170:29:19

That's a very imposing building.

0:29:190:29:21

I'm sticking with the conversion theme...

0:29:210:29:23

-Right.

-..but it's not a barn conversion, of course,

0:29:230:29:26

it actually was a Methodist chapel.

0:29:260:29:28

-OK.

-At the moment, it's two houses,

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so the whole of the right-hand side is on offer.

0:29:310:29:34

-OK.

-That's big.

0:29:340:29:36

How would you feel about living in a converted chapel.

0:29:360:29:38

Majestic?

0:29:380:29:40

Especially with those views.

0:29:430:29:45

Absolutely and you can see from the height of the home,

0:29:450:29:49

the views that you would have.

0:29:490:29:50

-Yes.

-Just looks fantastic.

0:29:500:29:52

-Let's go in.

-OK, thank you.

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This magnificent Mystery House built from Yorkshire stone in 1822

0:29:550:30:00

speaks for itself. The chapel was rebuilt in 1897,

0:30:000:30:05

influenced by French Renaissance style,

0:30:050:30:08

but it's conical towers are Arts and Crafts in design.

0:30:080:30:11

It closed its doors as a place of worship in 1979

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and was later converted

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into two homes.

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The interior is a complete contrast

0:30:180:30:20

to the outside and is currently vacant.

0:30:200:30:23

Now, to make the most of those glorious panoramic views outside,

0:30:230:30:28

the house has been designed upside-down, really.

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This would be your master and in the turret,

0:30:320:30:34

you've got that beautiful

0:30:340:30:36

circular room that you can turn into anything, really.

0:30:360:30:38

-Yeah.

-Could have the world's biggest walk-in wardrobe.

0:30:380:30:41

How do you feel about upside-down living?

0:30:410:30:44

-Fine.

-We like something a bit quirky.

0:30:440:30:47

-Let's go.

-More.

-More, please.

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Also on the ground floor are a further two bedrooms,

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one double and a single.

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They are both served by a fully tiled bathroom.

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This is actually a three-storey property

0:31:000:31:03

and there is another bedroom found up in the eaves

0:31:030:31:06

on the second floor and all the bedrooms sandwich the first floor

0:31:060:31:10

where we find the living quarters, featuring a huge sitting room

0:31:100:31:14

which is overlooked by a galleried mezzanine level.

0:31:140:31:17

How is this for a living room?

0:31:170:31:20

Spectacular?

0:31:210:31:23

I'm just speechless.

0:31:230:31:25

HE LAUGHS

0:31:250:31:27

That's one of my favourite areas, over there.

0:31:270:31:29

You can see the sun streaming through this all the time.

0:31:290:31:32

Sun trap. Shall we go and have a look inside?

0:31:320:31:34

Next door is another circular room with a decorative solid-wood floor,

0:31:350:31:40

an amazing outlook and timber-panelled walls,

0:31:400:31:43

something that was on Andy's wish list.

0:31:430:31:45

I think I'd spend all day sitting in here.

0:31:450:31:48

I can't think of anything to say.

0:31:480:31:50

It's just absolutely stunning.

0:31:500:31:51

You are quite speechless.

0:31:510:31:53

-For once.

-For once, yes.

0:31:530:31:56

The thing that neither of you have mentioned so far is the kitchen,

0:31:560:32:00

which is so important to you.

0:32:000:32:02

Should I show you that or should we just put an offer in already?

0:32:020:32:04

-We'd better have a look.

-All right. Just to be polite.

0:32:040:32:07

Back through the main reception room and up on the mezzanine level

0:32:100:32:14

is a shower room, but on this floor, there is an ultra-modern bathroom

0:32:140:32:17

and then at the other end of the expansive living room

0:32:170:32:21

is a smart and contemporary kitchen.

0:32:210:32:23

It looks small compared to the rest of the rooms we've visited,

0:32:230:32:28

however, it's actually a very useful and... It's a big kitchen!

0:32:280:32:32

There's loads of cupboards.

0:32:320:32:34

-It's all there.

-Yes, I like it.

0:32:340:32:37

OK. Shall we go and enjoy more of the view outside?

0:32:370:32:40

Thank you.

0:32:400:32:42

Outside, there's a balcony on the first floor

0:32:440:32:46

and a raised deck terrace overlooks the landscaped gardens.

0:32:460:32:50

Next door are reminders of the house's former life as a chapel.

0:32:500:32:54

It's been all about the views the past couple of days.

0:32:560:32:58

-Certainly has.

-This one...

0:32:580:33:01

Just continues the theme.

0:33:010:33:02

It's just spectacular.

0:33:020:33:04

If you were to go for it, how much would it cost?

0:33:040:33:07

I think once again, you've pushed the budget and possibly even more.

0:33:070:33:12

-I think 465.

-OK.

0:33:120:33:15

I'm going to say 399.

0:33:160:33:19

Oh, gosh. We are bang on budget, again.

0:33:190:33:22

It's on the market for £450,000, so it would be your entire budget.

0:33:220:33:27

That's absolutely understandable, as well. It's huge.

0:33:270:33:30

-It is.

-And a one-off.

0:33:300:33:33

Yes. It's really unique. Now that you know the price,

0:33:330:33:36

have another look around and I shall come and see you.

0:33:360:33:39

-OK.

-All right.

-Thank you.

-See you in a bit.

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Our Mystery House is priced right at the top of Carol and Andy's budget

0:33:450:33:49

but it offers them something quite exceptional.

0:33:490:33:52

It's got undeniable character outside with a spacious,

0:33:520:33:56

contemporary interior and four bedrooms, plus in the pretty garden,

0:33:560:34:01

there are views galore from every aspect.

0:34:010:34:04

When we pulled up and we were allowed to look at the property,

0:34:040:34:07

I thought, "Wow. It looks like a castle. Fairy tale."

0:34:070:34:11

When we started the tour, I was just bowled over -

0:34:110:34:15

the size of the rooms, the number of the rooms,

0:34:150:34:17

the character in the place,

0:34:170:34:19

but after a while, and as Carol and I wandered around,

0:34:190:34:22

we tried to imagine what it would be like to actually live in that house.

0:34:220:34:26

Just the two of us most of the time.

0:34:260:34:29

It began to dawn on us that, actually, it may be a step too far.

0:34:290:34:34

I've never envisaged myself living in a property like this.

0:34:340:34:38

As we were walking around the rooms, I was thinking,

0:34:380:34:41

"Wow, this place is amazing and it would be great to show it off

0:34:410:34:44

"to the family and friends,"

0:34:440:34:46

but then, as we went into different rooms,

0:34:460:34:49

I was thinking practicalities of the place, you know,

0:34:490:34:54

I just don't think it is for us, really, because it's too big.

0:34:540:34:59

Well, I'm really curious about what you're going to do next,

0:34:590:35:02

so let's go and have a cup of tea somewhere and have a proper chat.

0:35:020:35:05

-Great idea.

-Thank you.

0:35:050:35:06

THEY LAUGH

0:35:060:35:08

It's not unusual to see grazing cattle on the horizon of

0:35:160:35:19

the Yorkshire landscape, and in the heart of the Dales,

0:35:190:35:22

a young Yorkshireman is using his cattle's yield

0:35:220:35:25

to produce a dairy product that, legend has it,

0:35:250:35:28

the Vikings introduced to Iceland over 1,000 years ago.

0:35:280:35:32

23-year-old dairy farmer Sam Moorhouse

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discovered skyr on the internet when he was looking to diversify on

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the family farm and decided to fly to Iceland to find out more about

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the product which is somewhere between a yoghurt and a cheese.

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Hesper Farm is currently the sole UK producer.

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What made you think, "Actually,

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"this is something I can do from a Yorkshire Dales farm?"

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Well, I mean, we had the milk, obviously,

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and it hadn't been done in the UK yet and it was high protein.

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It's a high-protein product and a high-calcium product

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and it's low in fat. So I just thought, you know,

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I'd go and find out what I can about it, so I went over to Iceland

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to find somebody in Iceland who could show me how to make it.

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So you had to train up to do it, really?

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Very much so.

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The family has a herd of 300 Holstein cows

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of which 160 adult cattle are milked

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twice a day to each produce around 35 litres of milk.

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This makes about 2,000 litres of skyr a week.

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The family are very proud of their prize-winning girls.

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He spent the majority of his life

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trying to breed them up to a good standard of cow.

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You are looking for like a good confirmation on,

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you know, good udder and legs and so on,

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and, yes, occasionally we get awards.

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And what about the milk?

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-Is that assessed?

-To a degree, yeah.

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They do look at how much milk they are producing, the quality of

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the milk, but that should come with it being a good cow.

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The most treasured is Baby,

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the first cow Sam bought when he was just 14 years old,

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and she's the poster girl for Sam's skyr.

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Baby's just laid down, as she likes to be over in the grass over there.

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And you can always pick her out?

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Yeah, yeah, she's got quite distinctive markings, if you know...

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if you're used to looking at cows.

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-And she is your baby.

-Yeah, that's it, yeah.

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It's in the dairy where Iceland meets Yorkshire

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and the white stuff is transformed.

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Skyr takes almost three times longer than traditional yoghurt

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to make and uses around four times more milk per pot.

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Three to four litres of milk makes

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a kilo of the nutritious dairy product.

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After being skimmed and pasteurised at a local dairy,

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the milk goes into the batch tank here, where it's heated

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before cultures direct from Iceland are added and then vegetable rennet.

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This is where I should tell you, I've always made natural yoghurt

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at home and what I'm quite curious about

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is how similar the process is.

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Yes, I mean to a degree, it will be similar.

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There's variant steps that may change.

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So this is the saucepan, or the yoghurt maker.

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Very much so, yeah, this is where it all happens.

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The mixture sits in the tank for six hours where it turns to curd

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and is then drained into muslin sacks.

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And this is where it stops being the yoghurt, is it?

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Because that's where I would stop.

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-I wouldn't...

-Yes.

-I would then put the yoghurt straight

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into the fridge after it's sat out for 12 hours or something.

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Ordinarily, that's where... At that point, you'd say that's yoghurt.

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There's a few extra little steps involved in making skyr.

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12 hours later, when the excess liquid, or whey, has drained out,

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high-protein, high calcium, fat-free product is born.

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-Ah-ha!

-So this is the mixing bowl where we are mixing some skyr now.

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If it's plain skyr,

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we just stir it, mix it up, break it up, make it smooth.

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And if it's a flavoured skyr,

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we then add fruit in at that point, as well.

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And what flavours do you do, then?

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We do vanilla, strawberry, raspberry,

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black cherry and blueberry.

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After it's been mixed for around 10 to 15 minutes

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with some sweetened fruit,

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the skyr goes into the filler ready for potting.

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Now that's quite liquidy.

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Yeah, once this has come through and we've potted it up,

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-we'll get it into the fridge...

-Back in the fridge.

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..then start setting again. What we'll do is we'll grab a few pots.

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I'll give you a couple, maybe.

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How many pots do you normally do?

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Usually we fill up this table behind us

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and we'll seal them as we go across.

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So, do you want a crack at it?

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-Yeah, sure.

-Put your foot on there.

-MACHINE WHOOSHES TWICE

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Oh, I could hear it twice, but I see what you mean.

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There's something very satisfying about this.

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Next, the lids are sealed on and after a little bit of work,

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I think I deserve to be rewarded with a taste.

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First up is the original.

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Love it.

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It would go nicely with a curry.

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Black cherry, your favourite.

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This is my favourite, yes.

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It is just a hint of black cherry, but there's enough there.

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Yeah, so you know about it.

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But you've got the sourness of the yoghurt, still.

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It's still that natural yoghurt taste in it. And finally, raspberry.

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It's distinctive from the black cherry.

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It's definitely got a different fragrance and flavour about it.

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Sam, thank you very much for showing me the process,

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it's been so interesting.

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-No, it's been good to have you.

-Thank you.

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So we know our Mystery House is too big for Andy and Carol,

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so let's find out if one of our

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two other properties is a good fit for them.

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So, where are we with the houses?

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I know you liked all of them, really.

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-We did.

-We did.

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But which ones are serious contenders for you now?

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Is it really only house number two?

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-It is.

-I think so, yes.

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I loved house number one but I think I agree with Andy

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that it's perhaps just a little too remote.

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Lovely location, but practically, day-to-day living,

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I just feel it's a little too far out of town.

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So, will you go back and see house number two?

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Oh, yes, definitely.

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Do you love the house enough to perhaps put an offer in

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-if you were in a position to?

-The house is lovely.

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It suited us down to the ground.

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I think you looked at home in it.

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-Yeah.

-I felt at home.

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It was very homely and for a barn conversion,

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just felt really cosy, and I could see us relaxing there,

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having the whole family over.

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I like that word. I felt relaxed in it, as well.

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Yeah, you could just move, literally,

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straight in without having to do anything.

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Well I'm hoping you like the area, then,

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because actually, therefore, you might have found the house.

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We might have... You might have found us a house.

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-Yes.

-Well, I wish you both the best of luck, I'm excited for your move

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and the fact that you'll be moving closer to family.

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Yes, and I'd just like to say thank you so much

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for the last couple of days.

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We've just enjoyed it so much.

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It's been a really good experience.

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I can't wait to phone you up and tell you the news.

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Well, do it soon, do it soon.

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It's easy to see why Carol and Andy seemed so at home in Yorkshire

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with lots of family members already living here.

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In many ways, house number two was spot-on for them,

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but even if that doesn't work out,

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I'm just so pleased that we were able to open up their minds

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about what type of property they should go and see from now on,

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and also help them realise

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just how important location is to them.

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So, I look forward to hearing their good news

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about moving to this picturesque region very soon.

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Sonali Shah heads to Yorkshire to help a couple of retired teachers with a £450,000 budget find a country home and finally return to their family roots. Along the way, Sonali meets a young Dales farmer who is using his dairy herd to produce Icelandic-inspired Skyr yoghurt.