Jurassic Coast Escape to the Country


Jurassic Coast

Jonnie Irwin is on the Jurassic Coast helping a couple with a £805,000 budget buy a country home from where they can run a luxury camping business.


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This ruinous chapel you can see behind me was once the beating heart

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of the community, and was also used as a smuggler's den before it was

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consumed by the ravages of time and the elements.

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Any ideas where I am?

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Well, it's not easy, this one, so I'll give you a small clue.

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On a clear day, you get stunning sea views.

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Find out more in just a moment.

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Today, I'm with a fun-loving couple

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who have their sights set on a coastal business venture,

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but I'm hoping the enveloping sea mists won't cloud their judgment.

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-We've picked the worst day to come.

-Yeah!

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You have beautiful views going that way.

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We don't, do we? There's a power station over there.

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Yes! Don't tell anyone!

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Along the way, they also throw in

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some unexpected property requirements.

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Bigger party room, it's got a stage.

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-Stage?!

-Yeah...

-What do you do at your parties?

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-Didn't we say that, that we need a stage?

-Just showing off.

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Today, I'm on the Jurassic Coast

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in the deserted Dorset hamlet of Stanton St Gabriel.

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Nestled behind the cliffs in the shadow of Golden Cap over there,

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literally hundreds of metres from the sea.

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Now, it's the elevated coastal position

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that led to this tiny hamlet's eventual demise.

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Dating back as far as the 11th century,

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and was later abandoned during the 1700s.

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An old manor house, and these rather romantic ruins are all that remain,

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although services are still sometimes held here,

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and even the occasional wedding.

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It's just one of many charming locations this glorious stretch

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of coastline has to offer.

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A 95 mile-long world heritage site,

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the Jurassic Coast lies in England's southwest,

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along the counties of Devon and Dorset.

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The highest point on the Jurassic Coast is Golden Cap,

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below which, the exposed, crumbling cliffs

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reveal fossils that date back 185 million years.

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The rich and varied landscape of the region includes chalk downs,

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limestone ridges and low-lying valleys

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dotted with charming rural villages.

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These are filled with thatched cottages and traditional pubs,

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which are linked by lanes lined with hedgerows,

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a natural feature of this area.

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The West Dorset village of Burton Bradstock

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features thatched buildings dating back

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to the 16th and 17th centuries.

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The church of St Mary was built in the late 14th century,

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but was extensively restored in 1897.

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Further west along the coast, the port town of Lyme Regis

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is nicknamed the Pearl of Dorset,

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and is known for its distinctive harbour wall, known as the cob.

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This provides a breakwater for the town, and enabled Lyme Regis

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to develop as both a thriving fishing and shipbuilding centre.

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This protected, fragile stretch of coast is both a place where the

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earth's geological history harks back to the age of the dinosaurs

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and where the traditions of country life still survive.

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Life along a beautiful coastline like this, as you might expect,

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well, it doesn't come cheap.

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The average price of a detached house in East Devon and West Dorset

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comes in at around £400,000.

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That's nearly £70,000 above the national figure.

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But then it's not surprising

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when you consider this part of the world is

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an absolute mecca for those seeking a slice of country life.

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Plus, it's also popular with second home-owners

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looking to cash in on the lucrative holiday rentals market.

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So, the number one rule if you're looking to get as much as possible

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for your budget is to steer clear of the coastline.

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But that's something today's buyers, well, they'd rather not do.

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Fundraiser Jacqui and graphic designer Richie have been married

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for ten years.

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Their relationship began in a whirlwind romance.

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We met on my 27th birthday, at a pub in London.

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Following that, we went on a blind date, pretty much,

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-and that was it, wasn't it?

-Yeah.

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Kind of moved in with each other the day after.

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They currently live with their cat, Squeaky,

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in the Buckinghamshire commuter town of Great Missenden.

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I grew up in Buckinghamshire, so I know the area quite well.

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I think what we've realised now is, actually, we really want to go

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and move into the proper countryside.

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So we're looking to move to the Jurassic Coast,

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and I know that's huge, and the area we've sort of narrowed it

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down to, ideally, is sort of West Dorset, East Devon side.

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The planned West Country move means Jacqui is leaving

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her London-based job.

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So, I currently work for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award,

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and I guess I'm their chief fundraiser.

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It's incredibly fulfilling. I love it.

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I just felt it's time to do something for me.

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The worst thing about my job now

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is the amount of travelling I have to do.

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It probably takes about three to four hours out of my day, most days.

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But a new business opportunity beckons in Dorset.

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When we move, plan A for me is to set up a glamping business.

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We know lots of people that want to get out to the countryside,

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but they just can't face proper camping,

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and so, actually, we just thought,

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"You know what, we'd love to do that.

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"We'd love to set something up like that",

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so it's got to be beautiful and picturesque and somewhere people

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want to come back to on holiday

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and feel that they've had a wilderness experience,

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as much as anything else.

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Richie has the freedom to work from anywhere

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with good broadband internet.

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Because I do graphic design, which is computer-based,

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as long as I've got an internet connection, I can be anywhere,

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so I can do two, three days from home, which means I'm more free

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to live wherever I want.

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The beautiful Jurassic Coast will allow a fresh start in the country,

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a return to Jacqui's roots

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and allow them to maintain links to London friends.

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Well, I spent most of my childhood near sort of Lyme Regis area,

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staying at my grandparents' house. So I know the area fairly well.

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There's lots of other family members around there.

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It's not too far for people to come.

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It's not too far for us to get back to see people, either.

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The couple plan to develop new hobbies in Dorset, and Richie wants

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to put some practical family heirlooms to good use.

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Things I'd definitely like to do more of, to play with

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my grandad's old tools which I've inherited. He was a carpenter.

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He's got lots of beautiful old wood-handled tools.

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What I'll be making, I don't know. It could be anything.

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Rocking horses, cuckoo clocks or perhaps just the odd bird box.

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Jacqui and Richie ideally want to be in West Dorset,

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close to the Jurassic Coast.

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However, they're prepared to consider locations further inland

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and also venture across the border into Devon.

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I'm meeting our couple at the Dorset cliffs

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to find out more about their move.

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-Welcome, both of you, to the Jurassic Coast.

-Thank you.

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You both love it here, don't you?

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-Absolutely love it.

-Oh, yeah, absolutely love it.

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-What's not to love? It's gorgeous, isn't it?

-Exactly.

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-We've come down a lot recently.

-We've come down loads,

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we got a camper van so we could come and explore more and decide

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-exactly where we want to live.

-But you want to be within striking distance...

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-Within striking distance, yup.

-West Dorset, really.

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So, the West Dorset part of Jurassic Coast, rather than the East part.

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Yeah. How close to the sea would you like to be?

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-Well, not this close!

-No!

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But within 10, 15 miles is ideal.

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-What are you going to do here?

-Plan A is to give glamping a go.

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-Just because I think I'll be quite good at it.

-There's a market for it.

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-Yep.

-There is?

-While there is, it might work.

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It could be something else, though.

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Have you been involved in hospitality before?

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My parents are.

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They bought some holiday cottages and run those.

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-So, I've got a fair idea about the work involved.

-Yeah.

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I've got itchy feet, so I've got to have something to do,

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I'm not coming down here to sort of

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-sit around and drink gin.

-Very busy person.

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No, although there are attractions to that lifestyle, admittedly!

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OK, well, let's talk about the house itself.

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What are you looking for?

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Basically, we're after something fairly compact, so three bedrooms.

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-OK.

-Has to look nice. I mean, it has to have potential,

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so we're prepared to do a bit of work.

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Happy to do heavy DIY renovation ourselves.

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-The land is probably more important, in a way.

-Setting.

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And it's something you can't really articulate until you get there.

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It's got to just look beautiful, because that's the whole experience

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we want to have for our guests, so if it's some big, flat field

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where there isn't a view or the view's a bit rubbish,

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it's not going to work.

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Have you got an idea of how much land you think you'd want?

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Ideally, three acres plus.

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OK, I've got an idea, then, in my mind, of the style,

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the kind of thing you're looking for. Let's talk about price.

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How much have you got to spend on this?

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It's a pretty big move for you guys.

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Yeah, so we've scraped everything together.

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-Counted all the piggy banks?

-We have, we have!

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And somewhere in the 800,000 mark would be perfect.

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-OK.

-And within that, we'd like a little bit of scope if we were doing

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-huge renovations...

-All right, look,

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we've got three very interesting properties,

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very different in their own way, as well.

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-Ready to go?

-Definitely.

-Yeah, absolutely.

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With a maximum budget of £800,000,

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Jacqui and Richie would like a detached property

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with quirky charm

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and at least three bedrooms.

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They want around three acres of land for a business,

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and the house should be close to the coast,

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and to a village pub,

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to draw in their prospective

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holiday-makers.

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We've selected a rich mix of properties which tally with

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Richie and Jacqui's wish list.

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I'll be asking them to guess the price of each one

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before I reveal it.

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Our final offering will be the mystery house.

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It has potential for their business,

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but with a difference - which might make a big splash.

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Our property search begins in the Devon hamlet of Rawridge,

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situated in the Otter Valley.

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A mile away is the village of Upottery,

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made up of impeccable thatched cottages

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and set in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Parts of the local Church of St Giles date from the 12th-century,

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and I'm hoping that Richie and Jacqui will be pleased to discover

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that the local pub is both a centre for the community

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and serves local ales.

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Back in Rawridge, the first property we've come to see

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is in a lovely rural location.

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Well, you'll notice we've come over the border into Devon.

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-We are within that 15 mile to the coast, but only just.

-Yep, just.

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-And this is the house.

-Looks massive.

-It is substantial.

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And really well done.

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The barn itself dates back a couple of hundred years.

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-All right.

-OK.

-That is the old farm, and it was split up.

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-Yep.

-That's included.

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-I think you said you'd like the idea of a quirky property.

-Mm.

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-This is definitely quirky.

-Yep.

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-Want to go inside?

-Yes, please.

-Please.

-Come with me.

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This handsome barn conversion has happily prompted

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initial positive reactions.

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As we enter, hopefully, the ceiling height in places

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won't hamper their enthusiasm.

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Mind your heads.

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Now, ducking your head might be a bit of a theme for you

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in this house, Richie.

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-The main event.

-That's nice.

-It's a really nicely done kitchen.

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Nice, warm cosy feeling. Nice thick walls.

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-Nice range.

-That will be a feature.

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If you've been outside in the fields to do whatever you do,

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-it's constantly on.

-Yeah.

-Yeah?!

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Assume the position, that's it, bum warmer!

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-Yeah, it's lovely.

-Great size, as well. Not too big.

-Yup.

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Pleasantly surprised with the extra ceiling height.

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I mean, let's talk about that.

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We've walked through the front door,

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ducked to get from the front hallway,

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-you've ducked twice.

-That wouldn't necessarily put me off.

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-Wouldn't it?

-Depends on the rest of everything.

-OK.

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Should we keep looking through?

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-Yeah, lovely, thank you.

-Come with me.

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I'm pleased the low beams won't necessarily

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be a deal-breaker for Richie.

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As we head back through,

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a downstairs bathroom is off to the right.

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And then we come to the main reception space.

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Now, the living room is... I'd call it a snug, really.

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Oh, right, yeah. It does feel a bit enclosed.

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-Oh, I know what you mean...

-But it is cosy.

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-It's cosy in a good way, yeah.

-It's got a fireplace.

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Well, living in the country, you've got to have an open fire,

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or at least a solid fuel burner, haven't you?

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-Yeah, that's a beast, isn't it?

-That's a big beefy one.

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All right, now, through there, you've got a utility, really, a boot room.

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-Right.

-In order to get to the boot room you either come in through

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the main house or you walk in round the back.

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-I think maybe think about reconfiguration...

-Mm.

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-..or use it for something else.

-Yeah.

-But don't think of it

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as an office, because I've got plans for that.

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-Shall we go upstairs and look at the bedroom?

-Please.

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-Yes, please.

-Come with me.

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The downstairs seemed to be gaining overall approval.

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Up on the first floor, two cosy, characterful guest bedrooms

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lie under the eaves. One with an en-suite bathroom.

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But there is another bathroom

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immediately to the left of the stairway.

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Beyond this, right at the far end of the corridor,

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lies the master bedroom and en-suite shower.

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Have either of you two ever been skiing before?

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Oh, yeah, it's like a lodge.

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-The quirk continues, in a good way.

-Really cosy.

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You can see the conversion here now, can't you?

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-They've done a lovely job.

-You like it, do you?

-Yeah.

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The quirky bits of this house are sort of ringing bells for you,

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-aren't they?

-Mm.

-But, at the moment, there's been a lot of ducking.

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A little bit too much ducking, probably, yeah.

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Yeah, there's too much in this house for Richie.

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I'm not sure yet whether this is the house for you,

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-but maybe we won't know until we go outside, so come with me.

-Yeah.

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Though the bedrooms' low beams are a drawback,

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I'm still hoping that what lies outside this property

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could prove a selling point.

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At the rear of the barn conversion,

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there's a beautifully secluded patio and garden.

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Outbuildings offer the chance for Jacqui and Richie

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to build a workshop, and to have an office for their business.

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It also comes with plenty of that all-important land,

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and sits in a very attractive setting.

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-Some great views here, aren't there?

-Oh, yeah, lovely.

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-Fantastic views, yeah.

-Good vista.

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So, you've got, all in all,

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something approaching eight acres.

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-Right.

-That's good.

-I was hoping you'd see the benefit

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of, I mean, pitching your tent or what have you, coming out,

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looking out at this beautiful view in the morning,

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-I think, would be pretty special.

-It is a nice spot.

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How much do you think this house is on the market for?

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I think it's

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765,000.

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That's very precise, isn't it?! He's shaking his head.

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Too high, too high. I think it's closer to 695,000.

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OK.

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Heading in the right direction.

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-Should have kept going.

-Mm.

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This house is on the market for £650,000.

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-Wow.

-Cool.

-Yeah.

-That's a good price for it.

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-It is a good price.

-Well, I'm pleased that you both guessed over.

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Have a look around, refresh yourself of what you get here, and I'll catch

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up with you in a moment. All right?

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-Yep.

-Lovely. Cheers!

-See you in a bit.

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Under budget by £150,000,

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this two-storey barn conversion

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provides a well-fitted kitchen and dining area,

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a cosy sitting room, with wood burner,

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and the three bedrooms Richie

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and Jacqui asked for.

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It comes with eight acres of land,

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and the outbuildings offer space for offices and a workshop.

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Oh, wow. This is nice, nice and bright.

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Yeah, could use it for an office, maybe.

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I think there's probably room in the house for an office,

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and you could probably use this for,

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-you know...

-Messing around in.

-Yeah.

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I think this house is lovely.

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A lot of great quirk to it.

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And in terms of how it would work for us,

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I think it would need to be a little more secluded.

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We wouldn't necessarily need eight acres of land.

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We could go sacrifice some of the land for a bit more seclusion,

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if that meant we could be further in towards the coast.

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I think it's a lovely house.

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I love the thick walls and the exposed stone.

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Unfortunately, some of the ceilings are a bit low,

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especially for Richie, but even for me,

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so I'm not sure if that's something we could really deal with,

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day in, day out.

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-Hi!

-Hi, how many times did he bang his head?

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-Ah, nil!

-Nil? Oh, well done.

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So, overall? Happy with everything you've seen so far?

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-Yeah.

-Yeah. Good first house.

-Good start.

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-Right, OK.

-Yeah.

-Sounds like, "Could do better."

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-Let's see if we can. Come with me.

-Great.

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Dorset's dramatic coastline and stunning countryside has been

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an inspiration to generations of artists and craftsmen.

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Richie wants to put his grandfather's carpentry tools

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to good use when he and Jacqui move to the area.

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So, we've arranged for them both to meet master craftsman

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David Saltmarsh, who specialises in bespoke handmade chairs.

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So, David, this is a beautiful spot you've got.

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What made you move here, and how long have you been here?

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Well, we loved the area since we came down here,

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and decided to move down.

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We've been down here about 13 years now.

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So, you working on any chairs at the moment we could have a look at?

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Yeah, I'm always working on a chair, and I've got one nearly finished,

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so maybe you can come and help me stick it together.

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-Yes.

-Cool, let's go.

-Great.

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So, I can see lots of lovely hand tools here.

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Yeah, I use mainly hand tools, but I have a few power tools,

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but we're completely off-grid,

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so the power tools that I do use are powered by wind and the sun.

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So, are there any techniques that you use to make the chairs

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-that you could show us now?

-Yeah, I can show you the shaving horse.

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Yeah, great!

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The woods David likes to work with are locally sourced ash or cherry.

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The trees are felled in winter, and the timber is used whilst it's still

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green, and contains moisture, making it easier to work with.

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So, which part of the chair is this going to be?

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This will probably be a leg. Do you want to have a go? Are you ready?

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-Yeah, I'd love to.

-You can have a go on this one.

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-Right.

-You're going to sit on here and clamp it with your feet.

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And how hard do you need to pull it?

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-You'll figure it out.

-So, what angle?

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-Flatter than that.

-Like that?

-Yeah, like that.

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Like that. Yeah, there you go.

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-Oh, it's hard. You can feel it getting flatter, can't you?

-Yeah.

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Am I a natural?

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-Oh, definitely.

-Oh, yeah!

-Definitely!

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I'm impressed, I'm impressed.

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David makes Windsor chairs,

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where a solid piece of wood is used as the seat, but the back and legs

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are individually crafted lengths of timber.

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After the wood has been shaved,

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it's over to the pole lathe to refine and finesse his design.

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This part of the process is now in Richie's hands.

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That's it. It'll take a while to pick up but you'll get it.

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-I feel kind of connected to it, because you...

-Exactly, yeah.

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-You're doing a whole movement.

-Yeah, you got to get the rhythm right.

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-Yeah, I don't know if I got the rhythm right but...!

-You'll get it.

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After crafting the individual chair pieces,

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the moist wood needs to dry before it can be assembled.

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So, we're going to put these spindles in - one, two and three.

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-So, tap them in with this.

-With this?

-Yeah, tap them in.

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The back and legs of the chair are secured to the seat

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in drilled sockets.

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-There.

-It's like ribs.

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And now we've got to line this up, and get them all on there.

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So, point those, as we go down from the... That's it.

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Get that one. Last one in.

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Can you feel that creak?

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-Wow.

-Oh, yeah, that's a lovely chair.

-There it is.

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Been great to see all this in action. Been really inspired

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-by this.

-Yeah.

-I'll probably come down and ask you for some more help

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-when we've moved down here.

-Oh, I'd love that.

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-I'd love to see you both again.

-Yeah.

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You've been a great host, thank you so much.

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After being inspired by David's impressive carpentry,

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it's time to return to our house hunt,

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where hopefully we can carve out a favourable outcome.

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Our second property also lies within the Devon border,

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in the village of Woodbury Salterton,

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and closer to the coast.

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Woodbury Salterton has a vibrant and close-knit community,

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near to some of Devon's most beautiful countryside,

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and it's home to a thatched 15th-century pub and a church,

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both local meeting points.

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-OK, then, house number two is everything in white.

-Mm!

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-Hey!

-Wow, that is massive.

-That's a wow, we got a wow.

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What do we think of the style of this property?

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Yeah, yeah, it looks sort of country cottage.

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-It was knocked about and extended just prior to 2015.

-Mm.

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-So there's a bit of history attached to it.

-Notice some nice new

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-double-glazed wooden windows, which are good.

-Yeah.

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There's plenty to see and explore.

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-The footpath's right on your doorstep.

-Yep.

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For guests and maybe you.

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And you shouldn't be banging your head as much in this house.

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-Good.

-Shall we try?

-Yeah!

-Yeah.

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Originally two separate cottages,

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this extensive, beautifully converted property

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seems to have caught Jacqui and Richie's attention.

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From the front doorway, the living room is at the end of a spacious

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entrance hall.

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Let's start with the living room,

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-because there's a bit of a flow to this house.

-Oh, right.

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-Workable space.

-No fireplace.

-Nice floor.

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There is a working fire elsewhere in the house.

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-Right.

-Because this isn't your only living room.

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-But you've got a dedicated living room at the far end.

-Cool.

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It'd be a good party room, it's got a stage.

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-Yeah.

-And that sort of stuff.

-Stage?!

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-What do you do at your parties?!

-Didn't we say that,

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-that we need a stage?

-Just showing off.

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I quite like it, because this is clearly the extension,

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but they've managed to keep so much light thrown into this room,

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-haven't they?

-Yep.

-Mm.

-It's good.

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Let me show you the kitchen. I rather like it.

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I wondered whether it was around there.

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You see what I mean about the flow?

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-OK.

-Oh, yeah, nice sort of hand built, isn't it?

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-Yeah, it's quirky, isn't it?

-Nice ceiling.

-Good beams.

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It's really nice, the way they've done it,

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really sort of unique, isn't it?

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I think so. So, let's have the tester, then.

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-You're cooking... Oh, look, confident!

-Ooh!

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And I've got this early warning system of my hair.

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-So, you're all right, then?

-No problem.

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Through there, you've got a downstairs wet room and loo.

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OK, and then you can go up the spiral staircase,

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which I think will be a good office cum craft room.

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-Happy so far?

-Yes.

-Yeah, yeah, looks nice.

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Let's scoot through this way,

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and I'll take you upstairs to the bedrooms. Come with me.

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It's great that they not only appreciate the high spec finish of

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the living areas, but that Richie can easily walk tall

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through all of them.

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The first floor is reached from the main stairs in the hallway.

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A bathroom with a charmingly old-fashioned feel includes

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a freestanding bath.

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The four bright bedrooms, all with wooden floorboards, and one with

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en suite, are tastefully decorated

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with a nautical theme and natural features.

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But I'm going to show Jacqui and Richie what I think

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could be the master.

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-Just mind your step here, and your head, in particular, Richie.

-OK.

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Is this the master?

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Well, it depends on what you want from a master bedroom.

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The one at the end has views down over the hills, and is en suite.

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-Right.

-But I think this has a nicer outlook.

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-Yeah, it's lovely.

-I like the skylights,

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I like the shape of the alcove there, and...

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What's the feel you're getting from this house?

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I haven't fallen in love with it... yet.

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You were cooing more in the first house.

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The other house had a bit more personality about it,

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but you could put personality into this house.

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You're absolutely spot-on.

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It's up to someone to put a bit of atmosphere into the house.

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-Yep.

-That's the fun stuff.

-A bit of you two.

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I'm hoping Jacqui will reserve judgment,

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as outside is a very generous proposition.

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The property has two garages

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and a landscaped rear garden, with spectacular views.

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A timber summerhouse could be repurposed as a workshop.

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What's more, the glamping business could be accommodated here, too.

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In regards to land,

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you get around four acres.

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-Right.

-Quieter than the first property?

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-Much quieter.

-Yes.

-Yeah.

-Way quieter.

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-What are you thinking?

-Well, I think this could work.

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-As a whole package...

-Uh-huh?

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Not sure if I'm falling in love with it.

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I know that's just a completely stupid thing to say.

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I think you've got every right to want to fall in love with something.

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How about guessing the price?

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I've had a figure in my head.

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-It's £725,000.

-OK.

0:24:510:24:54

-Jacqui?

-Well, I think it might be a bit more,

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so I'm going to say

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£750,000.

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Good guess.

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It's on the market

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-for offers around £795,000.

-Mm.

-Mm.

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Whilst we're here, I think you should have a look around

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the property and the land, get a real feel for it,

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refresh your minds, and I will catch up with you out the front in a bit.

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-All right?

-Lovely.

-See you in a mo.

-Thank you.

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Priced at £795,000,

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this sympathetically-converted property

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rings in just under Richie and Jacqui's budget.

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It provides two living areas that really make a design statement.

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There's a bespoke, open-plan kitchen-diner,

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and the four bedrooms offer plenty of space for guests.

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What's more, the four acres of land are ripe for developing a potential

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glamping business on.

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Although the land itself is lovely and a good size,

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there is a house that is directly overlooking it,

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and the view, as well, although lovely,

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isn't quite what I had in mind.

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I was expecting it to be a bit more rural.

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Positive things about this house are the layout.

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I love the quirky layout.

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I like the kitchen sort of social area,

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lovely little windows

0:26:040:26:06

and, yeah, it's very tastefully done.

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Right, then. Two properties down.

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That's it for today.

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Hopefully, something to talk about and consider over a pint or two

0:26:140:26:17

-this evening.

-Great idea.

-Absolutely, yeah.

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I might even buy you one.

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It's the second day of our house-hunting adventure

0:26:330:26:35

on the Jurassic Coast,

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with Buckinghamshire couple Jacqui and Richie.

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Armed with £800,000,

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they're looking for a country property with personality and scale,

0:26:410:26:45

ideally near the sea,

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where they can create a luxury camping business venture.

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Coming up, our mystery house serves up an unexpected way

0:26:500:26:53

of opening doors to guests.

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-It feels more like you want to be on holiday here.

-Yeah.

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Well, you want to use the beach, don't you?! You want to...

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Basically, we're going to be on permanent holiday.

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Well, someone is!

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And I fulfil a lifelong ambition

0:27:050:27:07

in one of the country's oldest breweries.

0:27:070:27:09

This is one of my dreams, to be able to bathe in beer.

0:27:100:27:13

Well, I'm not entirely sure we've hit the nail on the head quite yet,

0:27:140:27:17

but that's what the mystery property is all about.

0:27:170:27:19

So far, well, I think we're struggling to find the balance

0:27:190:27:22

between getting the right house that also has this wonderful

0:27:220:27:26

glamping business potential.

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But, for me, I think Jacqui really needs to fall in love with the house

0:27:290:27:32

itself, maybe at first sight.

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But do they both really need this full-on glamping business

0:27:360:27:39

and all the compromises that come with it?

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Maybe they're after a property that just gives them something else,

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something to keep Jacqui's mind ticking over.

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This house could have just that.

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So, did you lie in bed last night thinking

0:27:540:27:56

what you might be seeing today?

0:27:560:27:58

It would be nice to see something a bit...

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..a bit closer to West Dorset.

0:28:010:28:02

And I'm hoping that it might be a castle.

0:28:020:28:05

LAUGHTER

0:28:050:28:06

-Oh!

-I think it might be...

-Or a windmill!

0:28:060:28:08

I think it might be a bungalow.

0:28:080:28:10

But in a really amazing setting.

0:28:100:28:13

At the moment,

0:28:130:28:14

you're both way off.

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THEY LAUGH

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The mystery house is in the West Dorset village of Morcombelake,

0:28:200:28:23

our closest location to the coast.

0:28:230:28:25

Amenities include a farm shop,

0:28:250:28:27

post office and a church built in the early 1840s.

0:28:270:28:32

The village is also home to a factory famous for making the

0:28:320:28:35

Dorset knob biscuit, part of the county's culinary heritage.

0:28:350:28:39

In an elevated position above the village and the coast,

0:28:390:28:42

our mystery house is situated down a quiet country lane,

0:28:420:28:45

and offers Richie and Jacqui a completely different take

0:28:450:28:48

on how to furnish themselves with potential income.

0:28:480:28:52

-This is the mystery house.

-Oh, wow. Yeah.

-It's cute.

0:28:520:28:54

You're not just going to a thatched house,

0:28:540:28:56

you're also going to a converted coach house, as well.

0:28:560:28:59

-Oh, yeah, lovely.

-That is the mystery element.

0:28:590:29:02

This is no glamping business.

0:29:020:29:05

-Our thoughts are a self-catering business.

-Mm.

0:29:050:29:09

-Yeah, that's good.

-OK? Could we live in a house like this?

0:29:090:29:11

He's lovely,

0:29:110:29:13

and it's a lovely little spot.

0:29:130:29:16

-Great spot.

-Can I just say, we've picked the worst day to come here.

0:29:160:29:20

-Yeah!

-You have beautiful views going that way.

0:29:200:29:23

-We don't, do we?

-What?

-There's a power station over there.

0:29:230:29:25

Yeah! Don't tell anyone!

0:29:250:29:28

-So, very intrigued to see inside.

-Yeah. Good.

-Very intrigued.

0:29:280:29:30

I'm intrigued to see if you're going to bang your head or not.

0:29:300:29:33

-Yeah!

-Let's find out. Come with me.

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Although the weather is misty, they seem to have an extremely

0:29:360:29:40

clear view on the mystery thatched cottage.

0:29:400:29:42

As we enter through the front door,

0:29:420:29:44

we find it opens onto a kitchen-diner.

0:29:440:29:46

Come on in.

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-Yes, nice.

-Cottagey.

-It's nice.

-Characterful.

0:29:500:29:53

-Cosy.

-This house has lots of smaller rooms, if you like.

0:29:530:29:57

So, this is just the kitchen, kitchen-breakfast room, if you like.

0:29:570:30:00

More of a day area there, and a small snug next door.

0:30:000:30:03

-Very much cottage-esque proportions here.

-Yeah.

0:30:030:30:06

-The size doesn't put me off...yet.

-What do you think about this

0:30:060:30:09

kind of house? Is it something you would like to live in?

0:30:090:30:11

-Yeah, I would definitely consider it.

-Let's keep looking around.

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From the kitchen, a lovely light conservatory

0:30:150:30:18

runs down the side of the property,

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allowing access to both the garden and the sitting room.

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So, the snug has views.

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-Quite a snug, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-Yeah, again, a bit of updating required,

0:30:280:30:31

-but...

-19-sort-of-20s kind of vibe.

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Get rid of everything that makes you think

0:30:340:30:37

that it's an older person's house and you've got a lovely space here.

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-Mm.

-Yeah.

-You've got a nice flow, haven't you?

0:30:410:30:43

-You know, you've got the kitchen...

-Yeah.

-..into a day area,

0:30:430:30:46

bags of light there in that conservatory,

0:30:460:30:49

-and then coming into here.

-Yeah, it's cute.

-It's cute?

0:30:490:30:52

It's cute. You know, I think we need to see the whole package.

0:30:520:30:55

-OK.

-To make judgment.

-I'd normally take you to the bedrooms now,

0:30:550:30:58

but I know you're dying to see the holiday accommodation,

0:30:580:31:00

and it actually could be somewhere that Richie sleeps

0:31:000:31:04

when he's come home late from the pub anyway. Come with me.

0:31:040:31:08

Up on the first floor, there are three bedrooms in total.

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Two doubles, along with an additional single,

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set into the eaves.

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Though none are en suite, they all make use of the family bathroom.

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I'm sure they would definitely want to put their own stamp

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on the interior of the mystery property.

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In stark contrast, the business side of this package is ready to go.

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The detached two-bedroom holiday cottage is converted from

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a stable block and features underfloor heating.

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Got a bit more space here, actually, than the main house.

0:31:340:31:38

-Oh, right.

-This is cool!

-Yeah, this is cute, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Now, this has only recently received planning consent

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to be a holiday cottage. You've got two bedrooms.

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You've got a double and single. And a bathroom.

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The great thing about this cottage, it's not part of the house.

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-No. No, separate.

-You're very self-contained here.

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Yeah, it's lovely. You can totally see people

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-having a happy holiday in here.

-Yeah.

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-It feels more like you want to be on holiday here.

-Yeah.

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You're a bike ride or a long walk to the nearest bit of coastline.

0:32:050:32:08

Seaside means holidays, doesn't it?

0:32:080:32:10

-Yep.

-Yeah.

-You want to use the beach, don't you?

0:32:100:32:12

-You want to use...

-Basically, we're going to be on permanent holiday.

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Well, someone is!

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But, of course, proximity to the sea comes at a price, doesn't it?

0:32:170:32:21

-Oh.

-Of course.

-Come with me.

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It remains to be seen if the mystery property will tempt them to reassess

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their business aspirations.

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On the opposite side of the lane is a large parking area

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and a timber outbuilding that currently houses a workshop,

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double garage and storage space.

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Time to take in the half acre of garden.

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-So, here we are, in the lovely garden.

-Gorgeous garden.

-Yeah.

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-Really nice, isn't it? Mature?

-Yeah. Lovely trees.

0:32:460:32:49

Very manageable looking.

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I'm going to continue with this lie, there's great views here.

0:32:500:32:53

-Could be!

-That building there...

-Yup.

-Mm.

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..again, there's no guarantees,

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you'd have to get planning consent, but look at it,

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you've got a footprint of a fantastic basis

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-for a holiday let there.

-Definitely.

-Yeah. It's lovely.

0:33:020:33:05

-A little summerhouse there.

-I know.

-I was thinking workshop.

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You don't have the land for your camping.

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-You've got the holiday let.

-It's a different offer.

0:33:110:33:13

-But you do have a lovely garden.

-Yeah.

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-It's a lovely spot, as well.

-Mm.

-Yeah. It's great.

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This is a typical mystery property, isn't it?

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It's got you guessing.

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All in all, as a package, it is fantastic.

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So I have no idea how much it's worth,

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-in case that was your next question.

-Well, I was going that way!

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-It was coming.

-Yeah.

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I'm going to guess at...

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..£695,000.

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-OK.

-I'm going to say...

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..740,000.

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Not far off, Richie.

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This mystery house is on the market for offers around £685,000.

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-That's good.

-That is good.

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-It's a good price.

-It's a great package, actually.

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Because there's so much to look at, go and have the scoot around -

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all the outbuildings, maybe go back inside the house,

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and I'll catch you whenever you're done. All right?

0:33:590:34:02

-Lovely.

-See you in a moment.

-Great.

-Cheers!

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£115,000 under their budget,

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our thatched mystery property

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presents Jacqui and Richie with a different option

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for their business, comprising a thatched three-bedroom home,

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plus a separate two-bed holiday let.

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Although it doesn't offer the acreage,

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it's in an ideal coastal spot for those prospective guests.

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It was a good mystery house

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in that it showed something we probably wouldn't

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have looked at online. However, there's a lot to it.

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Although the house I'm still not sure about,

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because I still feel, with my giant proportions,

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a little bit constricted.

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The rest of it is a good package.

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So, yeah, overall, surprising, in a good way.

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So, the mystery house is a bit on the poky side,

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but that's balanced out and over-compensated for

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by the fact it has a holiday cottage.

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Really good mystery property and something, I think,

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that will make us really think and perhaps even consider.

0:35:030:35:07

-Here they are.

-Hello!

-Grinning from ear to ear.

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Now, tell me,

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who gets dibs on that summerhouse?

0:35:120:35:14

-Me.

-Me.

-Oh. Well, maybe you can sort that out on the way

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to somewhere where we can sit down and have a bit of a conflab

0:35:170:35:19

-and decide what you want do.

-Let's do it.

-Sounds good?

-Yeah.

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-Perfect.

-Let's go.

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For centuries, Dorset has been renowned for its beers, and more

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than a dozen real ale breweries have opened up in Dorset

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in the last decade alone. However, in Bridport,

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Palmers Brewery can boast continuous production

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for over two centuries.

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To find out more about its enduring history,

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I'm meeting John Palmer,

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whose great-grandfather bought the brewery over 100 years ago.

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-John, hello.

-All right?

-Great to meet you.

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I understand you must be fourth generation?

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-That's correct.

-Walking here, it was like going back in time.

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And, then, here, we're slap bang in the middle of a brewery in a town.

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-You don't see that every day.

-No, you don't.

-Not any more, anyway.

0:36:030:36:06

No, we're a very scarce commodity these days.

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The brewery began construction in 1794.

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The late 19th century saw two brothers, John and Cleeves Palmer,

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buy the site, and the family has run it ever since.

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I always say that we hold this in trust for the next generation.

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So, 200 years ago,

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when your great-great-grandfather bought this brewery,

0:36:280:36:31

talk to me about what we would see right here.

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Well, you would've seen horses and wooden barrels,

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it would have felt remarkably similar.

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The building has changed little in over 100 years,

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and the 1879 waterwheel, which used to power the brewery, still turns.

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When it was completed in 1796,

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Palmers Brewery featured the latest technology.

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These traditional methods remain today to ensure distinctive tastes

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for the company's ales.

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Darren Batten is Palmers' head brewer.

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He's been working at the company for 25 years, and is going to give me

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an insight into the time-honoured process.

0:37:100:37:12

-Darren, good to see you.

-Hi.

0:37:140:37:15

I must say, looking around this place,

0:37:150:37:18

I've been to a few breweries in my time and you've got a real mix of...

0:37:180:37:20

..a juxtaposition, if you like, of old and new, haven't you?

0:37:200:37:23

Yeah, it's a traditional brewing process, so we do exactly what

0:37:230:37:26

a modern brewery would do, but we do it manually.

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We have no computers doing it. We have to do it ourselves.

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It all starts with this magnificent 1885 machine,

0:37:310:37:35

which is still used every day and is where each pint begins.

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Grains of barley are crushed to expose their sugars

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and then turn them into grist,

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which is then transported by the conveyor belt to the grist case.

0:37:440:37:50

So, you're doing it yourselves here now, at the moment.

0:37:500:37:53

Let's talk through the process, because I can see things

0:37:530:37:56

-that look familiar.

-This is the grist case. This is the mash tun.

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This is the steels masher, so this is where we combine the grist

0:37:590:38:02

-with the water to start the brewing process.

-Yeah.

0:38:020:38:04

You imagine this was 19th-century, mixed with...

0:38:040:38:08

This looks a bit newer.

0:38:080:38:10

This is a new piece. 1967, so this is the new mash tun.

0:38:100:38:13

Oh, it's a spring chicken at, what, 60-odd years old, is it?!

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It's not that old. It's only 50.

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After water is combined with the grist, it's collected

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in the mash tun, where more water is added

0:38:210:38:24

and the starches in the grist gradually convert to sugars.

0:38:240:38:27

The liquid, now called wort,

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then moves to copper tanks

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known as brew kettles, where hops are added and the mixture is boiled.

0:38:310:38:35

So, think of that as a big tea strainer for hops.

0:38:350:38:38

I'm already getting a sense of this exciting operation.

0:38:380:38:40

-Can I see some more?

-Yeah, definitely, yeah. Come with me.

-Thank you.

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After cooling, the wort is transferred to fermentation tanks.

0:38:440:38:48

These date back to the early 1900s.

0:38:480:38:51

So, this is the beer ready to have the yeast put into it.

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-This is a new beer.

-You've never brewed this before?

0:38:540:38:57

No, completely new brew. It's our seasonal out for spring,

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-and it's the first-ever brew.

-Do you make a small amount first?

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Really, this is a small amount.

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8,500 pints is the smallest I can brew.

0:39:030:39:05

So it's a case of brewing it and hoping it tastes good in a week's time.

0:39:050:39:08

I imagine this is the stuff, this is the yeast.

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This is the yeast we've been using since 1976, 3,000 generations old,

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so if we used a different yeast,

0:39:140:39:15

you wouldn't recognise the flavour of our beers.

0:39:150:39:18

It's in these large fermentation tanks

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that the liquid starts to become clearly recognisable as beer.

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This is one of my dreams, to be able to bathe in beer!

0:39:240:39:27

But you could do - there's so much of it. You've got an idea,

0:39:270:39:30

but you don't really know how it's going to taste, do you?

0:39:300:39:33

I really don't know until we actually taste it in a week's time.

0:39:330:39:35

But we've got some beer we've already made that you can taste.

0:39:350:39:38

Oh, good, good, good! Well, finish off, then, and I'll start

0:39:380:39:40

lathering up a bit of a taste for it!

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After a week of fermentation,

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the beer is casked and matured in the cellar.

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Today, the brewery produces five distinctive ales.

0:39:490:39:53

This is our IPA,

0:39:530:39:54

which we've been brewing for 40, 50 years here at Palmers.

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40, 50 years? Goodness me!

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I tell you what, it doesn't taste too strong,

0:40:040:40:07

-got a nice malty taste to it as well, hasn't it?

-Yeah.

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4.2%, so a real English Palmers IPA.

0:40:090:40:13

Tempting as it is to stay and sample all these different ales,

0:40:130:40:16

it's time to catch up with our house buyers, to see whether

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they've come to a final decision on what to do next.

0:40:200:40:24

Well, Richie and Jacqui reacted pretty well to the mystery house,

0:40:240:40:29

but, on reflection, I'm unsure whether it's a genuine contender or

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perhaps it's just opened their eyes up to different kinds of property.

0:40:330:40:37

Let's find out.

0:40:370:40:39

So, let's talk about the properties.

0:40:460:40:48

What, if any, are up for consideration, then?

0:40:480:40:51

Out of the three, the favourite would have been the mystery house.

0:40:510:40:54

Now, the mystery property, it was, I suppose, furthest from the mark,

0:40:540:40:57

if you like, of what you said you were after,

0:40:570:40:59

but I felt like we almost got closest, as an option.

0:40:590:41:03

It seemed to have more scope.

0:41:030:41:04

The location was definitely the best of all.

0:41:040:41:07

I think that's really helped us to crystallise the fact that we want to

0:41:070:41:10

be at West Dorset and maybe slightly into East Devon.

0:41:100:41:14

You seem a lot happier in the Dorset end than you do in the Devon side.

0:41:140:41:17

-Definitely.

-Yeah, I mean, part of the reason for that

0:41:170:41:20

is there's just an atmosphere, for me,

0:41:200:41:23

around West Dorset that's different.

0:41:230:41:25

So, let's move forward in your search.

0:41:250:41:27

Are you still hell-bent

0:41:270:41:30

on finding that house with that dreamy land?

0:41:300:41:33

Yeah, I'd still like to have some land.

0:41:330:41:35

I'm not sure we need even three acres.

0:41:350:41:37

Could be slightly less land, more towards where we're at.

0:41:370:41:40

What's the plan going forward?

0:41:400:41:43

So, we're going to just hit the estate agent's.

0:41:430:41:46

I'm just going to be on their case on a daily basis.

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Lucky them!

0:41:490:41:50

But what about your living accommodation now?

0:41:510:41:55

Is your camper van going to be parked up in various spots around

0:41:550:41:58

-the south coast?

-We're lucky enough that Jacqui's mum and dad have got

0:41:580:42:01

a place on Exmoor that we can stay at for a while.

0:42:010:42:03

You're ideally placed now, then.

0:42:030:42:05

You've got cash in the bank and you're going to be living nearby

0:42:050:42:07

and you know the area even better now.

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Whatever you decide, do please let us know.

0:42:100:42:13

-Thank you very much.

-Keep in touch.

-Thank you.

-Great.

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Quite often, I meet couples whose budget doesn't necessarily

0:42:210:42:24

measure up to their aspirations.

0:42:240:42:26

But that's not the case with Jacqui and Richie.

0:42:260:42:28

I think this past couple of days has proved to them that they can afford

0:42:280:42:32

what they're after,

0:42:320:42:33

they will just have to bide their time and wait for the right property

0:42:330:42:36

to come on the market.

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And in moving down towards Jacqui's parents,

0:42:380:42:41

I think that will put them in the ideal position to pounce on

0:42:410:42:45

the right kind of property as and when it comes up for sale.

0:42:450:42:48

I wish them both the very best of luck.

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If you'd like to escape to the country in England, Scotland,

0:42:530:42:56

Wales or Northern Ireland, and would like our help,

0:42:560:42:59

you can apply online at...

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Jonnie Irwin is on the Jurassic Coast helping a creative couple with a £805,000 budget escape their high-pressure jobs and buy a country home from where they can run a luxury camping business.

While in the area, Jonnie visits Britain's only thatched brewery which has been making ales for over 200 years, and learns from a family descendent how traditional brewing methods are still very much in use today.


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