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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.


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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 their 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 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.

0:17:130:17:15

OK. Thank you.

Bye.

See you, then.

Good luck with the house-hunting.

0:17:150:17:19

Thanks! Bye.

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The Ramblers is a nationwide charity

with over 100,000 members.

0:17:210:17:26

It was established in 1935 after

groups campaigned for people

0:17:260:17:30

to have access to the countryside.

0:17:300:17:33

And it put pressure on landowners

to allow ordinary folk

0:17:330:17:36

to walk across their land.

0:17:360:17:38

Today its goal is still

to protect access

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to the great outdoors by foot.

0:17:420:17:44

Wow. What a gorgeous view.

0:17:440:17:46

Yes, what it is,

it's the Nidd Valley,

0:17:460:17:48

so you've got the River Nidd

in the bottom here.

0:17:480:17:51

Harrogate is away over that way and

then you can also walk further up

0:17:510:17:55

the valley. This part here is

just part of the Nidderdale Way.

0:17:550:17:59

It's gorgeous.

Can't wait

to be able to do all the walks.

0:17:590:18:03

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.

0:18:090:18:12

Wow, Richard,

what an amazing place this is.

0:18:120:18:15

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.

0:18:240:18:26

About 15,000 years ago,

this valley here was full of ice,

0:18:260:18:30

but these rocks were sticking up,

just proud of the glacial ice.

0:18:300:18:36

And then you got pebbles and other

things, sand, being blown across

0:18:360:18:40

by the Arctic winds, which have

undercut this rock

0:18:400:18:43

and have also taken out

some of the softer areas

0:18:430:18:46

of the sandstone

you can see higher up.

0:18:460:18:48

It looks like you could almost

push it over,

0:18:480:18:51

balancing on that smaller rock

at the bottom.

0:18:510:18:53

But it weighs 180 tonnes.

0:18:530:18:55

I don't know how they worked that

out, but that's what they say.

0:18:550:18:58

And just a little further

down the path,

0:18:580:19:00

the rocks can truly be appreciated

in all their glory -

0:19:000:19:04

even through a spot of rain.

0:19:040:19:05

Well, Richard, this really

is an absolutely amazing place.

0:19:070:19:10

Thank you very much for

bringing us here today.

0:19:100:19:12

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.

0:19:150:19:18

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.

0:19:240:19:26

Now it's time to ramble back

to our house-hunt.

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Our next property stop

takes us into West Yorkshire,

0:19:380:19:41

to the village of Wilsden.

0:19:410:19:43

Perched on the hillside

and rolling down into the valley,

0:19:430:19:46

Wilsden paints a picture of a

classic Yorkshire landscape.

0:19:460:19:50

Surrounded by farmland,

0:19:500:19:51

there's evidence of the mills

of yesteryear on the horizon.

0:19:510:19:55

There's also a church here,

a small choice of shops,

0:19:550:19:58

a pub, and there are plenty of

country walks on offer

0:19:580:20:01

with beautiful scenery

at every twist and turn.

0:20:010:20:05

And just on the edge of the village

is our second house.

0:20:050:20:07

Very pretty.

0:20:100:20:12

Very, very pretty.

0:20:120:20:13

Isn't it just?

How sweet.

0:20:130:20:15

Yes.

This is also a barn conversion.

0:20:150:20:18

Right.

So it dates back to 1750

and it was converted into a home

0:20:180:20:24

in the 1970s.

0:20:240:20:27

Right.

But again,

you've got brilliant views.

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It is.

It is.

The other thing

to mention is, of course,

0:20:290:20:32

that it is attached on one side.

It is, yes, however...

That doesn't daunt you any more.

0:20:320:20:35

..I may have learned my lesson

from the previous property.

0:20:350:20:38

You're over that now.

Over that, yes. Not a problem.

0:20:380:20:41

Absolutely.

Well, let's get inside, then.

0:20:410:20:43

OK, thank you.

0:20:430:20:44

This attractive stone barn was

originally the milking parlour

0:20:450:20:49

for the local farm and we're

beginning our tour of it

0:20:490:20:52

in the rather grand

and lofty entrance hall.

0:20:520:20:55

I thought we should stop

in this hallway

0:20:570:21:00

because they've made a really nice

feature of the entrance, I think.

0:21:000:21:04

How many houses can you buy where

you can put a sofa in the hallway?

0:21:040:21:07

Exactly, it's quite hotel-like,

isn't it?

0:21:070:21:11

I can't wait to see more.

0:21:110:21:12

Let me show you the lounge.

OK, thank you.

0:21:120:21:14

How's this for a sitting room?

0:21:170:21:19

Wow, it's a good size.

0:21:190:21:21

With this fireplace as the feature.

0:21:210:21:23

Really striking. Very grand,

as well.

0:21:230:21:26

Nice and central, and dual aspect.

0:21:260:21:30

Excellent.

It doesn't feel

hugely barnlike.

0:21:300:21:32

It feels really cosy and comfy.

0:21:320:21:35

Warm.

Warm.

Inviting.

Yes.

0:21:350:21:38

Homely.

The other thing about this

house, it really does flow nicely.

0:21:380:21:41

OK.

So let me take you

through the dining room.

0:21:410:21:44

Yes, please.

Lovely.

0:21:440:21:46

Right. This is a killer kitchen.

0:21:520:21:54

It's so light, isn't it?

And spacious.

0:21:540:21:57

I can imagine, you know,

while we're cooking,

0:21:570:22:00

having the family round all sitting

together and, yes, really...

0:22:000:22:04

Very social space.

0:22:040:22:06

And I like the sink,

the position of the sink, as well.

0:22:060:22:10

It's quite unusual, isn't it,

being there?

It is, actually.

0:22:100:22:13

Well, you know, eating dinner,

you can be at the sink, washing up.

0:22:130:22:17

My life, then.

After he's served you.

Yes!

0:22:170:22:21

Shall I show you where he's going to

be serving you breakfast in bed?

0:22:210:22:24

Good idea.

0:22:240:22:25

Just off the kitchen,

there's a utility room

0:22:290:22:31

and then moving upstairs,

there's a fully tiled bathroom

0:22:310:22:35

and three bedrooms all in the eaves.

0:22:350:22:37

At the back, there's a bright double

and a single which currently serves

0:22:370:22:41

as a study.

0:22:410:22:42

Then at the front

of the house is the master.

0:22:420:22:45

Good size.

Very good size.

0:22:450:22:48

It's lovely.

Actually, it comes

with its own dressing room...

0:22:480:22:52

Right.

0:22:520:22:53

I guess for some families,

it would be a nursery,

0:22:530:22:55

but it's a lovely dressing room

and there's an en-suite.

0:22:550:22:58

I really like the windows and look

at the little windows at the bottom,

0:22:580:23:01

as well.

They're really sweet,

aren't they?

0:23:010:23:04

They are. You could lie in bed

and look up.

0:23:040:23:07

They've got their own

little doors on.

0:23:070:23:09

Let's head back outside

0:23:090:23:10

and talk about how much

this might set you back.

0:23:100:23:13

OK.

Do you want to lead the way?

0:23:130:23:14

I will.

Thank you.

0:23:140:23:15

The split-level garden

includes a lush lawn

0:23:170:23:20

surrounded by mature trees and

hedges, a walled pond,

0:23:200:23:24

pebbled seating area

and pretty flower beds,

0:23:240:23:27

all with panoramic views.

0:23:270:23:29

So, with this property, there's

no front and back garden.

0:23:310:23:33

This is everything.

Right.

Front

entrance, back entrance, everything,

0:23:330:23:36

because this is the south-facing

bit.

Yes.

It's still quite private,

0:23:360:23:39

though, isn't it?

You're not really overlooked.

0:23:390:23:41

It's so quiet.

But you can do

some overlooking.

0:23:420:23:45

I mean, the view down there is

fabulous.

I know, it's amazing.

0:23:450:23:48

A lovely landscape.

0:23:480:23:49

Yes.

His and her sheds.

0:23:490:23:52

His shed, more.

Well, there are two,

so, there really is one each

0:23:520:23:56

or you can have two.

Right.

So we

need to discuss price, don't we?

0:23:560:23:59

We do.

How much is this property

on the market for?

0:23:590:24:02

I'll go first, this time.

0:24:020:24:04

OK.

I'm going to go for 445.

0:24:040:24:06

Right, well, I overestimated

last time,

0:24:080:24:10

so I'm going to go lower

and I'm going to say 425.

0:24:100:24:16

OK. Again, Andy is closer

0:24:160:24:20

and I've done what you've asked.

0:24:200:24:22

I've used up your whole budget

because there is nothing to do.

0:24:220:24:26

Nothing to do.

So it's

on the market for £450,000.

0:24:260:24:30

So now that you know the price, have

another look around and discuss

0:24:300:24:33

whether you want to use

your whole budget.

OK.

0:24:330:24:36

And I'll meet you in a bit.

Thank you.

Brilliant, thank you.

0:24:360:24:39

This converted barn, thought to date

back to the 17th century,

0:24:420:24:46

is priced at the top of

Carol and Andy's budget.

0:24:460:24:49

It gives them both character on

the outside and style on the inside,

0:24:490:24:53

including a fabulous open-plan

kitchen/diner and three bedrooms.

0:24:530:24:58

The garden is a good but manageable

size and the views are stunning.

0:24:580:25:02

They've got this as an office,

0:25:060:25:08

but I guess we could have it

as a third bedroom.

0:25:080:25:10

Yeah, make a really

good-sized single room.

0:25:100:25:12

You could probably get

a double bed in here.

0:25:120:25:16

Certainly in the future, I can see

Carol and I and family in here

0:25:160:25:20

just enjoying the space,

enjoying each other's company.

0:25:200:25:23

When we walk into a property,

Carol and I know fairly quickly

0:25:230:25:27

if it's going to be a place for us

0:25:270:25:28

and we got that feeling

straightaway.

0:25:280:25:31

This house is definitely

calling out to us.

0:25:310:25:33

Yes, we really like it.

0:25:330:25:36

The views here,

the hallway as you come in

0:25:360:25:39

and looking out with

that lovely glass door

0:25:390:25:42

overlooking all the beautiful dales,

it's gorgeous.

0:25:420:25:47

I think it's been quite

a successful day.

0:25:470:25:50

It has.

It has. Two,

although similar properties,

0:25:500:25:53

but actually both with

different things to offer.

0:25:530:25:56

Really, really interesting and

quite thought-provoking as well.

0:25:560:25:59

Shall we go mull over things

with a glass of something?

0:25:590:26:02

Sounds like a plan to me.

0:26:020:26:04

It's day two of our Yorkshire road

trip, searching out a rural retreat

0:26:150:26:19

so that Carol and Andy

from Leicestershire

0:26:190:26:22

can live closer to family, and with

a top budget of £450,000 to spend,

0:26:220:26:28

we've already shown them

two characterful properties,

0:26:280:26:31

but all their prayers could be

answered with our Mystery House.

0:26:310:26:34

I can't think of anything to say.

0:26:340:26:36

It's just absolutely stunning.

0:26:360:26:38

You are quite speechless.

0:26:380:26:40

THEY LAUGH

0:26:400:26:41

And later, I'll be finding out how

0:26:410:26:43

Iceland meets Yorkshire

in the Dales.

0:26:430:26:46

There's something

very satisfying about this.

0:26:470:26:50

Andy and Carol were certainly

expressing enthusiasm

0:26:530:26:56

for both of our properties

yesterday, with house number two

0:26:560:27:00

quickly surpassing house number one

in their minds.

0:27:000:27:03

But I do feel they are holding back

a little bit

0:27:030:27:06

and I can't quite put

my finger on why,

0:27:060:27:09

but I'm hoping our Mystery House and

its location will convert them from

0:27:090:27:13

being cautious, into candid.

0:27:130:27:15

What do you think I have

up my sleeve for the Mystery?

0:27:190:27:23

Well, I think it could be

something like an apartment.

0:27:230:27:29

And I think it's a new-build.

0:27:290:27:32

You think I'm going to go right

away from barn conversion?

0:27:320:27:36

Yes.

There were two

barn conversions yesterday.

0:27:360:27:39

I am hoping you are going to

stir the pot, a bit,

0:27:390:27:41

see what comes up this time.

0:27:410:27:42

But you liked them both so much.

0:27:420:27:45

We did.

That's absolutely correct,

but it is the Mystery property.

0:27:450:27:49

For our third and final

property stop,

0:27:530:27:55

we're off to the market town

of Sowerby Bridge.

0:27:550:27:58

Just over ten minutes away

0:27:580:28:00

is the attractive market town

of Hebden Bridge

0:28:000:28:04

which lies on the Rochdale Canal.

0:28:040:28:06

There were many water-powered

weaving mills here

0:28:060:28:09

in the 19th and 20th centuries,

and at one time,

0:28:090:28:12

Hebden was known as "Trouser Town"

0:28:120:28:14

because of the abundance of

clothing manufacturers here.

0:28:140:28:18

Today, they're still evidence of the

town's industrial past along with

0:28:180:28:22

more up-to-date independent

shops and eateries.

0:28:220:28:25

The area is popular for walking

and cycling, and in recent years,

0:28:250:28:29

the Tour de France passed through it

on its way from York to Sheffield.

0:28:290:28:33

I've brought Carol and Andy

to the waterside

0:28:330:28:35

to see what they could

have at their disposal.

0:28:350:28:38

There's a connection between Hebden

Bridge and the Mystery House because

0:28:400:28:45

a couple of the architects that were

involved in the Mystery House

0:28:450:28:48

also were involved in

the building of the bridge.

0:28:480:28:51

That's intriguing.

Yes.

0:28:510:28:53

So, there is a nice link,

but I thought we could

have a walk around...

0:28:530:28:56

Yes!

Yes.

..and then drive

the 10 or 15 minutes

0:28:560:28:58

over to the Mystery House.

OK, great.

Thank you.

0:28:580:29:01

In Sowerby Bridge, we find our

rather outstanding Mystery House,

0:29:030:29:08

and it's so unique that I want it to

be a true surprise for our buyers.

0:29:080:29:13

Right, eyes down.

0:29:130:29:14

OK.

And now look up.

0:29:140:29:17

Wow.

No way.

0:29:190:29:20

That's a very imposing building.

0:29:200:29:22

I'm sticking with

the conversion theme...

0:29:220:29:25

Right.

..but it's not

a barn conversion, of course,.

0:29:250:29:27

It actually was a Methodist chapel.

0:29:270:29:30

OK.

At the moment, it's two houses,

0:29:300:29:32

so the whole of

the right-hand side is on offer.

0:29:320:29:35

OK.

That's big.

0:29:350:29:37

How would you feel about living

in a converted chapel.

0:29:370:29:40

Majestic?

0:29:400:29:41

Especially with those views.

0:29:440:29:46

Absolutely and you can see

from the height of the home,

0:29:460:29:50

the views that you would have.

0:29:500:29:52

Yes. Just looks fantastic.

0:29:520:29:54

Let's go in.

OK, thank you.

0:29:540:29:56

This magnificent Mystery House built

from Yorkshire stone in 1822

0:29:560:30:02

speaks for itself.

The chapel was rebuilt in 1897,

0:30:020:30:06

influenced by

French Renaissance style,

0:30:060:30:09

but it's conical towers

are Arts and Crafts in design.

0:30:090:30:13

It closed its doors

as a place of worship in 1979

0:30:130:30:16

and was later converted

0:30:160:30:18

into two homes.

0:30:180:30:20

The interior is a complete contrast

0:30:200:30:22

to the outside

and is currently vacant.

0:30:220:30:25

Now, to make the most of those

glorious panoramic views outside,

0:30:250:30:30

the house has been designed

upside-down, really.

0:30:300:30:33

This would be your master

and in the turret,

0:30:330:30:36

you've got that beautiful

0:30:360:30:37

circular room that you can

turn into anything, really.

0:30:370:30:40

Yeah.

Could have the world's

biggest walk-in wardrobe.

0:30:400:30:43

How do you feel about

upside-down living?

0:30:430:30:45

Fine.

We like

something a bit quirky.

0:30:450:30:48

Let's go.

More.

More, please.

0:30:480:30:50

Also on the ground floor

are a further two bedrooms,

0:30:540:30:57

one double and a single.

0:30:570:30:59

They are both served by

a fully tiled bathroom.

0:30:590:31:02

This is actually

a three-storey property

0:31:020:31:05

and there is another bedroom

found up in the eaves

0:31:050:31:07

on the second floor and all the

bedrooms sandwich the first floor

0:31:070:31:11

where we find the living quarters,

featuring a huge sitting room

0:31:110:31:15

which is overlooked by

a galleried mezzanine level.

0:31:150:31:19

How is this for a living room?

0:31:190:31:21

Spectacular?

0:31:230:31:25

I'm just speechless.

0:31:250:31:27

HE LAUGHS

0:31:270:31:28

That's one of my favourite areas,

over there.

0:31:280:31:31

You can see the sun streaming

through this all the time.

0:31:310:31:33

Sun trap. Shall we go

and have a look inside?

0:31:330:31:36

Next door is another circular room

with a decorative solid-wood floor,

0:31:370:31:41

an amazing outlook

and timber-panelled walls,

0:31:410:31:45

something that was

on Andy's wish list.

0:31:450:31:47

I think I'd spend

all day sitting in here.

0:31:470:31:50

I can't think of anything to say.

0:31:500:31:51

It's just absolutely stunning.

0:31:510:31:53

You are quite speechless.

0:31:530:31:54

For once.

For once, yes.

0:31:540:31:58

The thing that neither of you have

mentioned so far is the kitchen,

0:31:580:32:01

which is so important to you.

0:32:010:32:03

Should I show you that or should we

just put an offer in already?

0:32:030:32:06

We'd better have a look.

All right. Just to be polite.

0:32:060:32:09

Back through the main reception room

and up on the mezzanine level

0:32:110:32:15

is a shower room, but on this floor,

there is an ultra-modern bathroom

0:32:150:32:19

and then at the other end of

the expansive living room

0:32:190:32:22

is a smart

and contemporary kitchen.

0:32:220:32:25

It looks small compared to

the rest of the rooms we've visited,

0:32:250:32:29

however, it's actually a very

useful and... It's a big kitchen!

0:32:290:32:33

There's loads of cupboards.

0:32:330:32:35

It's all there.

Yes, I like it.

0:32:350:32:39

OK. Shall we go and enjoy

more of the view outside?

0:32:390:32:41

Thank you.

0:32:410:32:43

Outside, there's a balcony on

the first floor

0:32:450:32:48

and a raised deck terrace overlooks

the landscaped gardens.

0:32:480:32:52

Next door are reminders of the

house's former life as a chapel.

0:32:520:32:56

It's been all about the views

the past couple of days.

0:32:570:33:00

Certainly has.

This one...

0:33:000:33:02

Just continues the theme.

0:33:020:33:03

It's just spectacular.

0:33:030:33:05

If you were to go for it,

how much would it cost?

0:33:050:33:08

I think once again, you've pushed

the budget and possibly even more.

0:33:080:33:13

I think 465.

OK.

0:33:130:33:16

I'm going to say 399.

0:33:180:33:21

Oh, gosh. We are bang

on budget, again.

0:33:210:33:23

It's on the market for £450,000,

so it would be your entire budget.

0:33:230:33:29

That's absolutely understandable,

as well. It's huge.

0:33:290:33:32

It is.

And a one-off.

0:33:320:33:34

Yes. It's really unique.

Now that you know the price,

0:33:340:33:37

have another look around and

I shall come and see you.

0:33:370:33:41

OK.

All right.

Thank you.

See you in a bit.

0:33:410:33:43

Our Mystery House is priced right at

the top of Carol and Andy's budget

0:33:460:33:50

but it offers them

something quite exceptional.

0:33:500:33:54

It's got undeniable character

outside with a spacious,

0:33:540:33:57

contemporary interior and four

bedrooms, plus in the pretty garden,

0:33:570:34:02

there are views galore

from every aspect.

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When we pulled up and we were

allowed to look at the property,

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I thought, "Wow. It looks like

a castle. Fairy tale."

0:34:090:34:13

When we started the tour,

I was just bowled over -

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the size of the rooms,

the number of the rooms,

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the character in the place,

0:34:190:34:20

but after a while, and as

Carol and I wandered around,

0:34:200:34:24

we tried to imagine what it would be

like to actually live in that house.

0:34:240:34:28

Just the two of us most of the time.

0:34:280:34:30

It began to dawn on us that,

actually, it may be a step too far.

0:34:300:34:35

I've never envisaged myself

living in a property like this.

0:34:350:34:39

As we were walking around

the rooms, I was thinking,

0:34:390:34:42

"Wow, this place is amazing and

it would be great to show it off

0:34:420:34:45

"to the family and friends,"

0:34:450:34:47

but then, as we went into

different rooms,

0:34:470:34:51

I was thinking practicalities

of the place, you know,

0:34:510:34:55

I just don't think it is for us,

really, because it's too big.

0:34:550:35:00

Well, I'm really curious about

what you're going to do next,

0:35:000:35:04

so let's go and have a cup of tea

somewhere and have a proper chat.

0:35:040:35:07

Great idea.

Thank you.

0:35:070:35:08

THEY LAUGH

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It's not unusual to see grazing

cattle on the horizon of

0:35:180:35:21

the Yorkshire landscape,

and in the heart of the Dales,

0:35:210:35:24

a young Yorkshireman

is using his cattle's yield

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to produce a dairy product

that, legend has it,

0:35:270:35:30

the Vikings introduced to Iceland

over 1,000 years ago.

0:35:300:35:34

23-year-old dairy farmer

Sam Moorhouse

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discovered skyr on the internet

when he was looking to diversify on

0:35:370:35:41

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,

0:35:530:35:55

"this is something I can do

from a Yorkshire Dales farm?"

0:35:550:35:59

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.

0:36:010:36:06

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,

0:36:080:36:10

I'd go and find out what I can

about it, so I went over to Iceland

0:36:100:36:13

to find somebody in Iceland

who could show me how to make it.

0:36:130:36:17

So you had to train up

to do it, really?

0:36:170:36:19

Very much so.

0:36:190:36:21

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.

0:36:270:36:31

This makes about 2,000

litres of skyr a week.

0:36:310:36:35

The family are very proud of

their prize-winning girls.

0:36:350:36:39

He spent the majority of his life

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trying to breed them

up to a good standard of cow.

0:36:410:36:44

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.

0:36:490:36:53

And what about the milk?

0:36:530:36:55

Is that assessed?

To a degree, yeah.

0:36:550:36:57

They do look at how much milk

they are producing, the quality of

0:36:570:37:00

the milk, but that should

come with it being a good cow.

0:37:000:37:04

The most treasured is Baby,

0:37:040:37:06

the first cow Sam bought when he was

just 14 years old,

0:37:060:37:10

and she's the poster girl

for Sam's skyr.

0:37:100:37:13

Baby's just laid down, as she likes

to be over in the grass over there.

0:37:130:37:17

And you can always pick her out?

0:37:170:37:18

Yeah, yeah, she's got quite

distinctive markings, if you know...

0:37:180:37:21

if you're used to looking at cows.

0:37:210:37:23

And she is your baby.

Yeah, that's it, yeah.

0:37:230:37:25

It's in the dairy where Iceland

meets Yorkshire

0:37:250:37:28

and the white stuff

is transformed.

0:37:280:37:30

Skyr takes almost three times

longer than traditional yoghurt

0:37:300:37:34

to make and uses around

four times more milk per pot.

0:37:340:37:38

Three to four litres of milk makes

0:37:380:37:40

a kilo of the nutritious

dairy product.

0:37:400:37:43

After being skimmed and pasteurised

at a local dairy,

0:37:430:37:46

the milk goes into the batch tank

here, where it's heated

0:37:460:37:49

before cultures direct from Iceland

are added and then vegetable rennet.

0:37:490:37:54

This is where I should tell you,

I've always made natural yoghurt

0:37:540:37:57

at home and what I'm

quite curious about

0:37:570:37:59

is how similar the process is.

0:37:590:38:01

Yes, I mean to a degree,

it will be similar.

0:38:010:38:04

There's variant steps

that may change.

0:38:040:38:05

So this is the saucepan,

or the yoghurt maker.

0:38:050:38:08

Very much so, yeah, this

is where it all happens.

0:38:080:38:10

The mixture sits in the tank for six

hours where it turns to curd

0:38:100:38:14

and is then

drained into muslin sacks.

0:38:140:38:16

And this is where it stops

being the yoghurt, is it?

0:38:160:38:20

Because that's where I would stop.

0:38:200:38:21

I wouldn't...

Yes.

I would then

put the yoghurt straight

0:38:210:38:24

into the fridge after it's sat

out for 12 hours or something.

0:38:240:38:27

Ordinarily, that's where... At that

point, you'd say that's yoghurt.

0:38:270:38:31

There's a few extra little steps

involved in making skyr.

0:38:310:38:35

12 hours later, when the excess

liquid, or whey, has drained out,

0:38:350:38:38

the high-protein, high-calcium,

fat-free product is born.

0:38:380:38:42

Ah-ha!

So this is the mixing bowl

where we are mixing some skyr now.

0:38:420:38:46

If it's plain skyr,

0:38:460:38:49

we just stir it, mix it up,

break it up, make it smooth.

0:38:490:38:51

And if it's a flavoured skyr,

0:38:510:38:54

we then add fruit in

at that point, as well.

0:38:540:38:57

And what flavours do you do, then?

0:38:570:38:59

We do vanilla,

strawberry, raspberry,

0:38:590:39:02

black cherry and blueberry.

0:39:020:39:05

After it's been mixed for around

10 to 15 minutes

0:39:050:39:08

with some sweetened fruit,

0:39:080:39:10

the skyr goes into the filler

ready for potting.

0:39:100:39:12

Now that's quite liquidy.

0:39:120:39:14

Yeah, once this has come through

and we've potted it up,

0:39:140:39:17

we'll get it into the fridge...

Back in the fridge.

0:39:170:39:19

..then start setting again. What

we'll do is we'll grab a few pots.

0:39:190:39:22

I'll give you a couple, maybe.

0:39:220:39:24

How many pots do you normally do?

0:39:240:39:26

Usually we fill up

this table behind us

0:39:260:39:29

and we'll seal them

as we go across.

0:39:290:39:32

So, do you want a crack at it?

0:39:320:39:34

Yeah, sure.

Put your foot on there.

MACHINE WHOOSHES TWICE

0:39:340:39:37

Oh, I could hear it twice,

but I see what you mean.

0:39:370:39:40

There's something very

satisfying about this.

0:39:420:39:44

Next, the lids are sealed on and

after a little bit of work,

0:39:440:39:48

I think I deserve to be

rewarded with a taste.

0:39:480:39:50

First up is the original.

0:39:500:39:53

Love it.

0:39:530:39:55

It would go nicely with a curry.

0:39:550:39:56

Black cherry, your favourite.

0:39:560:39:58

This is my favourite, yes.

0:39:580:40:00

It is just a hint of black cherry,

but there's enough there.

0:40:000:40:03

Yeah, so you know about it.

0:40:030:40:05

But you've got the sourness

of the yoghurt, still.

0:40:050:40:07

It's still that natural yoghurt

taste in it. And finally, raspberry.

0:40:070:40:10

It's distinctive from

the black cherry.

0:40:130:40:15

It's definitely got a different

fragrance and flavour about it.

0:40:150:40:18

Sam, thank you very much

for showing me the process,

0:40:180:40:21

it's been so interesting.

0:40:210:40:22

No, it's been good to have you.

Thank you.

0:40:220:40:25

So, we know our Mystery House

is too big for Andy and Carol,

0:40:290:40:33

so let's find out if one of our

0:40:330:40:35

two other properties

is a good fit for them.

0:40:350:40:37

So, where are we with the houses?

0:40:440:40:47

I know you liked

all of them, really.

0:40:470:40:50

We did.

We did.

0:40:500:40:52

But which ones are serious

contenders for you now?

0:40:520:40:54

Is it really only house number two?

0:40:540:40:57

It is.

I think so, yes.

0:40:570:41:00

I loved house number one but I think

I agree with Andy

0:41:000:41:04

that it's perhaps

just a little too remote.

0:41:040:41:07

Lovely location, but practically,

day-to-day living,

0:41:070:41:11

I just feel it's a little

too far out of town.

0:41:110:41:13

So, will you go back

and see house number two?

0:41:130:41:16

Oh, yes, definitely.

0:41:160:41:17

Do you love the house enough to

perhaps put an offer in

0:41:170:41:20

if you were in a position to?

The house is lovely.

0:41:200:41:23

It suited us down to the ground.

0:41:230:41:24

I think you looked at home in it.

0:41:240:41:27

Yeah.

I felt at home.

0:41:270:41:28

It was very homely and for

a barn conversion,

0:41:280:41:32

just felt really cosy, and I

could see us relaxing there,

0:41:320:41:37

having the whole family over.

0:41:370:41:39

I like that word.

I felt relaxed in it, as well.

0:41:390:41:41

Yeah, you could just

move, literally,

0:41:410:41:44

straight in without

having to do anything.

0:41:440:41:46

Well I'm hoping you

like the area, then,

0:41:460:41:47

because actually, therefore,

you might have found the house.

0:41:470:41:50

We might have...

You might have found us a house.

0:41:500:41:53

Yes.

Well, I wish you

both the best of luck.

0:41:530:41:55

I'm excited for your move

0:41:550:41:57

and the fact that you'll

be moving closer to family.

0:41:570:41:59

Yes, and I'd just like

to say thank you so much

0:41:590:42:02

for the last couple of days.

0:42:020:42:04

We've just enjoyed it so much.

0:42:040:42:06

It's been a really good experience.

0:42:060:42:09

I can't wait to phone you up

and tell you the news.

0:42:090:42:11

Well, do it soon, do it soon.

0:42:110:42:13

It's easy to see why Carol and Andy

seemed so at home in Yorkshire

0:42:170:42:22

with lots of family members

already living here.

0:42:220:42:25

In many ways, house number two was

spot-on for them,

0:42:250:42:28

but even if that doesn't work out,

0:42:280:42:30

I'm just so pleased that we were

able to open up their minds

0:42:300:42:33

about what type of property

they should go and see from now on,

0:42:330:42:36

and also help them realise

0:42:360:42:38

just how important

location is to them.

0:42:380:42:41

So, I look forward to

hearing their good news

0:42:410:42:43

about moving to this

picturesque region very soon.

0:42:430:42:46

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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.