Humberside Escape to the Country


Humberside

Property series. Alistair Appleton explores the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire with a couple and their children who want somewhere off the beaten track.


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What, you might ask, am I doing at a cucumber farm?

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Well, the county that I'm escaping to today actually provides 57 million of our cucumbers.

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It's the oldest cultivated fruit. It's been around for about 3,000 years.

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But this little chap has been here for 12 days.

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Delicious.

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'Today, I'll be helping a family of seven from the north-east take a hop, skip and a jump

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'as they go in search of a spacious home in the countryside.

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'They'll view stunning properties.'

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-I've never seen an en-suite this big in my entire life.

-No.

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'Some of which are almost too good to be true.'

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-It's just lovely.

-Very nice.

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'Then there's the mystery house, the little twist we add to the property mix,

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'but which of our choices will blow them away?'

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Today, I'm in the north-east of England,

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in the area around the Humber known, obviously, as Humberside.

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Less obviously, it's also the source of almost half the nation's cucumber crop,

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which is a lot of cucumbers.

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But it also has lots of other things to offer.

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To the north of the Humber Estuary is the East Riding of Yorkshire which takes in the Yorkshire Wolds,

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79 miles of unspoilt pathways that wind through picturesque chalk hills and valleys.

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To the south of the Humber is North Lincolnshire,

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characterised by vast swathes of open agricultural land.

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And these two counties are linked together by the area's most famous landmark, the Humber Bridge,

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the second longest single-span suspension bridge in Europe.

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Over there on the north bank of the Humber, you've got the East Riding of Yorkshire,

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where your average detached house costs £224,000,

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which is a healthy 15% below the national average.

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But sail across the Humber to North Lincolnshire

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and your average detached house costs £176,000,

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which is 33% below the national average.

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So what we've got is a battle of the banks

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and it'll be interesting to see which one yields the best property.

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Today's property hunters are Leen and Judith from Keyingham near Hull.

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Leen originally hails from Holland and he's a GP. And Judith is studying for a PhD in Health Care.

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Over the years, they've extended their property to its limits

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to fit in their growing brood of five active children,

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but they're crying out for a few essential things.

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-Space.

-Peace.

-We're fed up of living in a built-up area.

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Room for the children to make as much noise as they want.

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-Without being bothered by other people making lots of noise outside our house.

-Exactly that.

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And noise is something the children are very good at making.

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They are looking for a house that can contain all the family's many talents and for that they need...

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Enough rooms that the children can do their own things and pursue their own hobbies.

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Five children, they play seven instruments.

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If they had space to do that without disturbing each other, it'd be great.

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As well as space for the kids, they have a few other basic requirements.

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We're looking for a house with at least four bedrooms,

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detached with plenty of room around it, decent size kitchen...

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-..and as much out in the countryside as possible.

-Yeah, as rural as possible.

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As well as a secluded spot, the outside space is another important factor.

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We all enjoy using this garden as a family.

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It would be lovely to have a garden where I can do gardening, the children can play

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and Leen can sit and read his book.

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To get the ball rolling, we've invited round an estate agent to do a valuation on their house

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which they bought 12 years ago for £85,000.

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This is unusual for a modern property with over 2,000 square feet of floor space on a non-estate position

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in a village. I therefore value this at £285,000.

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That's a healthy return,

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but how much are they looking to spend to be more rural?

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Our budget for the new property, for the house that we really want, maximum budget, £425,000.

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Although Leen and Judith aren't moving very far afield, they do have big plans for expansion.

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They're both realistic enough to know they won't get six bedrooms for their budget,

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but they want the potential to expand up or out.

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But most importantly, they want room, space and countryside. And we can give them that.

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To find our property hunters something more rural,

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we are focusing our search west of Hull

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in the countryside surrounding the Humber Estuary,

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in the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

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In today's show, I'll be taking them on a tour of three properties that will give them plenty to chew over,

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but I won't reveal the prices until after each viewing.

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The final property will be our mystery house which aims to offer them something entirely unique.

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Welcome to Humberside, although you live here, so you should be showing me around!

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I'm not so familiar with this side of Hull. We live on the east side of Hull, so it's quite new to us too.

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-You're spreading your wings.

-Yes.

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-So you're looking for something more rural?

-Yes.

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Bit of peace and quiet for us and the opportunity for the children to make noise without disturbing anybody.

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-How much money have we got to play with?

-£425,000.

-Tops?

-Tops.

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-We've got lots of houses to show you, including a mystery house. Shall we get in and go?

-Excellent.

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Judith and Leen have a budget of £425,000.

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The garden needs to be big enough for the kids to let off some steam,

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for Judith to grow some vegetables

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and for Leen to find some peace and quiet.

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Are you a country girl, Judith? Did you grow up in the countryside?

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No, I grew up in a town, but I'd like to live in the countryside.

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To be surrounded by space and peace and open fields would be lovely.

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Do you want to live right in the middle of nowhere or do you want to live more in a village?

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Yeah, we'd quite like to live in the middle of nowhere.

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-But equally, we wouldn't mind village life.

-As long as it's not too big a village.

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'Well, our first property fits the bill on both counts.

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'It's in a rural setting on the outskirts of Barrow-upon-Humber

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'in North Lincolnshire just south of the River Humber.

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'Barrow became known in the 19th century for its basket-weaving and brick-making

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'for which clay was dug from the sides of the Humber.

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'These days, it's a conservation area. 18th and 19th century houses line the streets

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'and the village has all the basic amenities, including a butcher's, post office and grocer's.

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'So let's see what Judith and Leen make of the first house.'

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The sun is shining on Humberside for you today.

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So this is the house I'm going to show you.

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It's from the '20s. It's been extensively extended and remodelled.

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But it's a big house, a big family house.

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-SQUAWKING

-As you can hear, we've got geese and cockerels next door.

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-And quite a lot of land.

-Excellent.

-What are your first impressions?

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It does look like a good, solid family house.

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-Shall we look inside?

-OK.

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'This view is not the best aspect. It comes into its own at the back of the property.'

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Lovely, big entrance hall. Very 1920s.

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It sets the tone for the decor, but let's look in this room first.

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-Oh, I say!

-Nice, big coal fire.

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What do you think?

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It's a big space.

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-Nice, high ceilings. I like the bay window and access to the conservatory.

-That is nice.

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There are some features that wouldn't necessarily suit us, that are not our taste,

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but all of those can be put right.

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Can you see the children in here? Is this a workable family space?

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I think this is a really good size space for our lot.

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We have a grand piano that would fit beautifully in that bay window.

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Let's take a look at the conservatory.

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It's a good size conservatory.

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They put this on four or five years ago.

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The nice thing about this room is the views of the garden from it.

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The garden looks spectacular. I can't wait to get out there.

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'Judith will have to wait as I'm saving the garden till last.

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'Off the conservatory is a snug area with patio doors on to the garden, ideal as a study or music room.

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'And then there's the kitchen.'

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How is this size-wise?

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It's good. I think it's a little bit bigger than what we have.

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-Don't you?

-Yeah, just a bit, yeah.

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In terms of downstairs space, is it what you're looking for?

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I don't think there's enough space, but there is lots of opportunity to extend and make more space.

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But the location is what we're looking for and to be out in the country.

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-You've got these incredible picture windows overlooking the garden and the fields.

-Which is lovely.

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It's really pretty.

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'Our tour of the ground floor isn't over quite yet though

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'as there is a small utility and a potential project.'

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-So, a big garage.

-Yeah. It's good.

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-Good space.

-It's a double. Two cars will go in.

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Yeah, or the table tennis table that we currently have in our garage.

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I'm showing it to you not just because it's a garage,

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-but because the present owners had planning permission to turn it into a granny annexe.

-Fantastic.

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-Would that be useful to extend the downstairs space and maybe have a games room?

-Really useful.

-Yeah.

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-It would be really handy to have another downstairs room.

-Yeah, absolutely.

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'Some imagination is needed to see the full potential of this house,

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'but I'm encouraged as Judith and Leen are taking it in their stride.

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'Upstairs there's a small bathroom and four bedrooms.

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'The first two are large doubles, so plenty of room for the kids. The third is being used as a study.

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'And then there's the master.'

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-This is a nice room.

-This is good.

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-Lovely, light room.

-Yeah.

-A really good size as well.

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It is big, but the master bedroom is not any bigger than the other rooms.

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However...

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-The en-suite...

-Wow, it's massive! It's huge. It's really huge.

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It's quite strange.

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-Unbelievable, isn't it?

-It is insanely big, in fact.

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You could play crown green bowls here.

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Given how big the rest of the house is and the need for extra space,

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-this space could be used more wisely.

-Yeah.

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I'm surprised this is an en-suite. It could be another bedroom in here.

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I've never seen an en-suite this big in my entire life.

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So, inside...what do we think?

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A lot of work on superficial things, just to do with our taste.

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-I think the real reason you want to move is because of the location and the countryside.

-Absolutely.

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-So outside space is important.

-That is very important.

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-Let's look outside.

-OK.

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You have quite a sizeable plot here.

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-The house sits on an acre of ground.

-Wow!

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Which has been very nicely cultivated.

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We've come into the orchard. We've got cherry trees, plum trees, hazelnuts,

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-crab apples, eating apples.

-Wow!

-Cooking apples.

-Very nice.

-Lovely.

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-Yeah. Really nice.

-Great veggie garden over there with all the beans and stuff.

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-Very good.

-Beautifully tended as well.

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-And a greenhouse bursting with tomatoes.

-Super.

-And grapes.

-Grapes? Super.

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-Is it big enough?

-Definitely.

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-It's lovely.

-Well, it's not all.

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This is the real selling point for this property.

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-All this is yours too.

-Fantastic.

-A three-acre paddock.

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Fantastic.

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-Good heavens!

-Sensational.

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-It's just perfect, isn't it, for our children.

-This is huge.

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We could have a great time here, the rugby, sports.

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It's perfect.

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-In terms of outside space, is this what you were looking for?

-Yeah.

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-I don't think you could improve on the outside space. It's absolutely spot-on.

-Just great.

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-What do you think it's on the market for?

-Probably for about £350,000.

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I think probably more than that with this land.

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I would say probably around the 400 mark.

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Well, it's somewhere in between the two of you. It's on at 375.

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-Right.

-But it's been on the market for about 20 months.

-OK.

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So, in this current climate, you've got a little bit of leeway.

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Whether it's enough for you to do all those extensions and refitting, you have to think about that.

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-It's a good price though.

-Yeah.

-For this.

-Not as good as you'd hoped, but still good.

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-Walk back down the garden, back into the house, have a look around and we'll meet out the front.

-OK.

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Interesting because the land here is beautiful and it's what they're looking for,

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but the house needs a lot of work.

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And with five children, that's a lot of moving around while all the workmen are in,

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so it's a big think, but they're really game for it, which is good.

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The garden is really just what we're looking for.

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-I agree.

-Different parts to it. It's nice, it's large.

-Yeah.

-The paddock is fantastic.

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Yeah, really good for the children.

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There's a lot of work to be done to make it our taste, but those things are relatively superficial.

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The garden outside was absolutely fantastic. It is just what we're looking for.

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The house is good enough, but we would need quite a lot more work doing to it before it's just right.

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-Can I just drag you from your deliberations in the garden? The Humberside is waiting.

-OK.

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'For Judith, a move to the countryside means she will have room to grow some vegetables.

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'So I've brought her and Leen to meet a cucumber expert in a nursery on the outskirts of Beverley.'

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Derek, I had no idea that Humberside was such a Mecca for cucumber growers.

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-How did that come about?

-It started just before the Second World War.

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A lot of Dutch growers came across here to escape persecution.

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They brought friends and relatives and it built from there.

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-And now we're on third generation Dutch growers in this area.

-Gosh!

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'So with Leen being Dutch and Judith being a Yorkshire lass through and through,

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'it's not the only European union to prove successful.'

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-How long does it take for these plants to grow till they produce crops?

-They're planted about so big.

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-Three weeks later, they're this big.

-Three weeks?

-Three weeks.

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So the plants get to here and then a cucumber like that will take about ten days to grow.

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'Cucumbers are a surprisingly fast-growing fruit.

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'Even in your typical greenhouse, you should reap the rewards within four weeks.'

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-It looks like you've got quite a harvest here.

-Yes, plenty to harvest.

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-Would you like to have a go?

-Shall we have a go?

-Let's do that.

-Let's do it.

-Come on, team.

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We're basically looking for anything that's a marketable size.

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We're looking for 350 to 450 grams which is what the supermarket sells.

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-That's about 400 grams.

-Cool.

-Excellent.

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One plant, 30 cucumbers.

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-You need to be taller.

-Yes, I do need to be taller.

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Against your thumb...

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-Yeah, that's fine.

-It's a tall one again.

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Do cucumbers bruise? I'm not sure.

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'And what better way to finish off our visit than with that traditionally English repast

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'of cucumber sandwiches brought to Humberside thanks to the Dutch!'

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Don't say that we don't teach you things about your local area.

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-I had no idea about the cucumbers.

-It's a revelation about Hull and the cucumbers.

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-So, enjoy, tuck in. It's not the Ritz, but it is Humberside in the sunshine.

-Thank you.

-Thanks.

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'As the sun dips behind the horizon of the East Riding countryside,

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'day one of our property hunt draws to a close.

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'Judith and Leen from Keyingham near Hull would like a family home

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'to accommodate their brood of five talented children.

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'They are after a property in a rural setting in Humberside and have a budget of £425,000.

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'So far they've seen one house, but coming up, things get better.'

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This is my idea of home.

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'And better.' Judith, you're speechless. It's the first time.

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First time in my life, I think.

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Today, we'll ramp things up and find out what Leen and Judith's pain threshold is when it comes to money

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and also show them some properties that are really rather fabulous.

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'For our next house, we're travelling north to the outskirts

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'of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, still in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

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'Holme-on-Spalding-Moor could be the rural hideaway that Judith and Leen are after.

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'Originally marshland, today it's largely a farming community

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'which has retained its traditional values and community spirit.

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'It's serviced with all the basic amenities, so it's got the best of both worlds.'

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I love this property.

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I really love the way it looks. It looks absolutely gorgeous.

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-This can't be within the budget, can it?

-Ah!

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-It's fantastic.

-It's a beautifully built property. It's not that old.

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-It's from the 1960s, about 1963.

-That's surprising.

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This bit at the right there is an old barn. That's Victorian.

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But it used to be all farmland round here.

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-You're all smiley!

-It looks sensational. It just...

-Wait till you see inside.

-It looks great.

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-Nice downstairs loo.

-Thank you. ..Excellent, yeah.

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-And the decor is very kind of contemporary.

-It's beautiful.

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-Really light, airy.

-Very pleasant.

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-Fresh-looking.

-And a beautiful tile floor as well. It's very practical.

-Quarry tiles.

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'A good start and I've got a feeling it's only going to get better.'

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Again it's a stunning room, isn't it?

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-Very.

-This is just lovely.

-Very nice.

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-It really is absolutely fantastic.

-It's beautifully done, isn't it?

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-It's got a beautiful feel to it.

-Beautiful wooden floors.

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-Great light.

-It would do well as a dining room.

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It would do well as a music room. The piano would fit in here very nicely.

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-Nice views as well.

-It's perfect. It suits our taste exactly, doesn't it?

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Nice, clean lines, but also the beautiful features as well, that combination...

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-Yeah.

-It's perfect.

-It flows naturally into the more comfortable area here.

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This is a wonderful room because of this incredible feature window.

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-Bowed window.

-Yeah.

-Yeah. This is nice.

-Beautiful.

-This is good.

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-Oh, they're doors.

-French doors that go out into the courtyard.

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How nice! That is just fabulous, isn't it?

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Two reception rooms here and another one before we hit the kitchen.

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'This property is brimming with delightful touches.

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'And in the third reception, there is another little treat in store.'

0:21:470:21:51

This used to be the kitchen, but they've turned it into a snug.

0:21:510:21:55

-Another lovely room.

-Lovely.

0:21:550:21:57

-Again double aspect.

-Tons of light.

-Lots of light.

0:21:570:22:01

-But the feature I love, the relic of the kitchen...

-Oh, wow!

0:22:010:22:05

A fabulous walk-in larder, pantry.

0:22:050:22:08

-That really is sensational.

-Isn't it great?

-What a joy!

0:22:080:22:12

So the larder leads us nicely on to the kitchen.

0:22:120:22:17

Take a look at this.

0:22:170:22:19

-Absolutely fantastic.

-Amazing.

0:22:200:22:23

-This is my idea of home.

-Aw!

-This is just...

0:22:230:22:27

-Look at this.

-Dining kitchen.

0:22:270:22:29

You've also got an electric hob over there cos sometimes it's tricky doing cooking on these monsters.

0:22:290:22:36

Lovely quarry tiles throughout. It's just a beautiful country kitchen.

0:22:360:22:40

-Absolutely perfect.

-Nice proportions.

0:22:400:22:43

-You like it?

-Couldn't improve on it.

0:22:430:22:46

-That's downstairs. There are some surprises outside, but let's take a look upstairs first.

-OK.

0:22:460:22:52

'I think we've finally hit the spot.

0:22:520:22:55

'Judith and Leen seem genuinely excited about this property.'

0:22:550:23:00

This is one of the four bedrooms up here. All good sizes.

0:23:020:23:07

Another lovely room.

0:23:070:23:09

-Yeah.

-Dual aspect.

0:23:090:23:12

-Light, bright.

-Beautifully decorated.

0:23:120:23:14

Really spectacular views as well out of those windows.

0:23:140:23:18

-It's gorgeous.

-I can't say anything I don't like about it.

-Judith, you're speechless. First time.

0:23:180:23:24

First time in my life, I think.

0:23:240:23:27

Let's look at the other rooms.

0:23:270:23:29

'Along the corridor, there are two decent size bedrooms, one of which is big enough for a four-poster bed.

0:23:290:23:35

'And there's a family bathroom with a slipper bath.

0:23:350:23:39

'Finally on our tour of upstairs is the master bedroom.'

0:23:390:23:43

-Have a peek in there. That's your personal en-suite.

-It's stunning.

0:23:430:23:48

-Excellent.

-No kids in this bit. That is just fantastic.

-Yeah.

0:23:480:23:53

-It's beautiful.

-This is a kids-free zone.

-Absolutely beautiful.

0:23:530:23:57

And then this is your master bedroom.

0:23:580:24:02

Oh, very, very nice.

0:24:020:24:05

-This is excellent.

-It's perfect, isn't it?

0:24:050:24:08

You've got lots of nice storage. Very deep.

0:24:080:24:11

-Beautifully decorated. Lots of light.

-So the interior, thumbs up?

0:24:110:24:16

-I haven't noticed any thumbs-downs.

-It's perfect. It's got everything that we need.

0:24:160:24:21

The rooms are so big, there'd be no problem at all with the children sharing.

0:24:210:24:27

-And the house is out in the countryside.

-Oh, yeah.

0:24:270:24:30

'I think Judith can really see herself and the family enjoying this property, but it's not over yet.

0:24:300:24:36

'There are plenty more goodies outside.'

0:24:360:24:39

This is the courtyard. Lovely, sunny space.

0:24:390:24:42

That's the French doors into the living room.

0:24:420:24:45

This building is the oldest part, the old barn.

0:24:450:24:48

Two lovely, big spaces. Would have probably had carriages in them.

0:24:480:24:53

Let's take a look at this one.

0:24:530:24:55

-It's a great space. They're using it for storage. You've got a little window.

-Yeah.

0:24:580:25:05

You've got this space, that one next door

0:25:050:25:08

and in the corner there is another very large space.

0:25:080:25:12

It would be very easy to knock through here, put an arch in and make that into the games room,

0:25:120:25:18

-and convert these into bedrooms.

-Brilliant.

-Excellent.

0:25:180:25:21

-Absolutely fabulous.

-Let's take a look at the side.

0:25:210:25:25

There's even upstairs space.

0:25:250:25:28

-Oh, wow!

-So you could turn that into an office.

-That is just lovely, isn't it?

0:25:280:25:33

-Long-term, it would be a great improvement.

-It really would.

-Fantastic.

0:25:330:25:38

That is unbelievable, isn't it?

0:25:380:25:41

-Let's look at the garden.

-That really is unbelievable, isn't it?

0:25:410:25:45

-Lovely, big garden.

-Fabulous garden.

-Spectacular. This is great.

0:25:450:25:49

You've got a river running through it. This is the River Derwent.

0:25:490:25:54

-Nice.

-Never floods.

0:25:540:25:56

-Perfect.

-OK.

0:25:560:25:58

It's probably about an acre, just under an acre.

0:25:580:26:02

-I haven't heard a bad word about it since we came here.

-I couldn't think of a bad word to say. Could you?

-No.

0:26:020:26:09

Even if I tried, I could not find anything to criticise at all.

0:26:090:26:13

-How much do you think it costs?

-I don't think we could afford it.

-This one is outside the budget.

0:26:130:26:19

-I don't think we could afford this.

-I reckon this is not far off half a million.

-Yeah.

0:26:190:26:25

-Between 450,000 and 500,000.

-Yeah, I would agree with Leen on this one.

0:26:250:26:30

It's actually on the market at 465.

0:26:300:26:34

-Right.

-Which means it's more expensive, but it's been on the market for a year.

0:26:340:26:40

-OK.

-It might require a bit of financial pain.

0:26:400:26:43

-Yeah.

-But if you gave a cheeky but reasonable offer, I think they might take it.

0:26:430:26:49

OK. Worth thinking about then.

0:26:490:26:52

-Leen's gone all quiet.

-Yes.

0:26:520:26:55

It's quite a bit over our budget, but, you know, we'll have to have a good think about it.

0:26:550:27:02

-Why don't you have a good think about it now? Have a stroll and we'll meet out the front.

-Thanks.

0:27:020:27:07

This substantial 1960s detached house is on the market for £465,000,

0:27:110:27:17

which is admittedly £45,000 over budget,

0:27:170:27:20

but there's no reason why Judith and Leen couldn't put it an offer

0:27:200:27:24

to make it more within their reach.

0:27:240:27:26

And it's really bowled them over.

0:27:260:27:29

Plenty of potential music rooms to accommodate the children's talents.

0:27:330:27:38

-This is the room we would probably use as a dining room.

-Yeah, formal dining room.

0:27:380:27:43

That is great, isn't it? I do love that pantry.

0:27:430:27:46

When we drove up to the house and got out of the car, I just thought it was spectacular.

0:27:460:27:52

It looks absolutely magnificent and so beautiful from the outside. And inside, it didn't disappoint.

0:27:520:27:58

It's fantastically decorated, light, airy. We could just move straight into it.

0:27:580:28:04

The garden outside is so nice. It's a really nice package.

0:28:040:28:07

I cannot imagine we'll ever see a house that we like as much as this.

0:28:070:28:12

As expected, the price of the house is just outside our budget.

0:28:120:28:17

But it's something we can work on, we can think about.

0:28:170:28:20

It just is a perfect house.

0:28:200:28:23

It's a fantastic, wonderful, beautiful house and I love it.

0:28:230:28:28

-Ah!

-Hi.

-So have you found a way of paying for it?

0:28:280:28:32

He's sending me out to get another job, I think!

0:28:320:28:36

-Well, there's one more to go.

-OK.

0:28:360:28:38

Between them, Leen and Judith lead very busy lives and to unwind, they love to get their walking boots on.

0:28:430:28:50

'Their move will bring them closer to the Yorkshire Wolds, so they are meeting park ranger Malcolm Higden

0:28:500:28:56

-'for an introduction to this stunning heritage trail.'

-Let's get going and see what it's all about.

0:28:560:29:03

'The Yorkshire Wolds is a range of low rolling hills, wooded slopes and gentle valleys,

0:29:030:29:09

'which rise from the banks of the River Humber in a crescent shape to the far east coast.'

0:29:090:29:15

OK... Londesborough is a marvellous place to start our tour of The Wolds Way today.

0:29:150:29:22

It's a superb piece of parkland, lovely lakes, lovely pasture, real mature trees

0:29:220:29:29

and a real sense of calm and tranquillity to it.

0:29:290:29:32

It is. We've only met sheep so far.

0:29:320:29:35

Yeah, just sheep. You might see some people, but mainly you'll see sheep. Maybe a few cows.

0:29:350:29:40

-Shall we carry on?

-Yeah.

0:29:400:29:43

This is what it's all about. This is what makes the Yorkshire Wolds Way and the Yorkshire Wolds so special,

0:29:520:29:58

these stunning dry valleys that just open out in front of you.

0:29:580:30:02

They go back to the Ice Age. The ice was further north,

0:30:020:30:06

but when that ice melted, it caused huge flows of water to come down in this direction,

0:30:060:30:13

going over frozen ground and cutting these deep, dry valleys

0:30:130:30:16

which now no longer run with water.

0:30:160:30:19

With the chalk there, it just seeps through. But it makes this incredible landscape.

0:30:190:30:25

-Beautiful, yeah.

-It's nice.

0:30:250:30:27

'With about 80 miles of the Wolds to explore, there'll be plenty of opportunities for Judith and Leen

0:30:280:30:34

'to get back out here, but for now it's time to hang up their boots

0:30:340:30:38

'as our property search continues.'

0:30:380:30:41

We did toy with the redbrick, Queen Anne mansion with 15 rooms upstairs and 200 acres of parkland,

0:30:470:30:53

but we thought our mystery house was completely different and better on almost every score.

0:30:530:30:59

Right, now we've got the mystery house.

0:31:010:31:04

Are you excited?

0:31:040:31:07

I sort of feel that after the last house you showed us, it can't be any better than that.

0:31:070:31:13

Leen, do you think we've peaked too early, we've shown you the best one, nothing can better the last one?

0:31:130:31:20

Well, it was an exceptionally good house that we've just seen,

0:31:200:31:24

so I suppose I could say, "Surprise us."

0:31:240:31:27

-At least you can rest on your laurels and know you've seen something that blew you away.

-Yeah.

0:31:270:31:33

Whatever comes next will be an extra mystery surprise.

0:31:330:31:36

'Our mystery property is back into North Lincolnshire,

0:31:380:31:43

'a few miles from the small town of Winterton.

0:31:430:31:46

'Its pretty streets are lined with 18th and 19th century houses,

0:31:460:31:50

'overlooked by its Anglo-Saxon parish church.

0:31:500:31:54

'The property we're going to see is truly rural and stands off a country lane three miles from Winterton.'

0:31:540:32:01

A different kind of property.

0:32:010:32:03

-You'll never guess what it used to be.

-A pump house?

-Yes, a pump house.

0:32:030:32:07

The pump house for the municipal water boards. It was built in 1902.

0:32:070:32:12

And the present owners bought it in 2002, 100 years later.

0:32:120:32:17

-And completely renovated it.

-OK.

-What are your impressions from the outside?

0:32:170:32:23

It looks interesting. I'm reserving my judgment a bit because we loved the last house so much.

0:32:230:32:29

I wasn't prepared to like another one, but it looks quite interesting.

0:32:290:32:33

-It's a definite change of gear from the last property. Shall we look inside?

-Yes, please.

0:32:330:32:39

This really is contemporary, isn't it? I like it though.

0:32:440:32:49

-This is really nice.

-I like it.

0:32:490:32:51

As you see, it's a very big change of key from the last property.

0:32:510:32:56

But it's a big family property,

0:32:560:32:59

but done up in an extremely contemporary style.

0:32:590:33:02

-Whether that's your style or not, I don't know.

-This could be our style.

-Travertine floors.

0:33:020:33:08

-That's beautiful.

-English ash throughout which gives it an unusual finish.

0:33:080:33:13

-Nice.

-This is nice.

-I think you'll like the kitchen.

0:33:130:33:17

The kitchen...

0:33:180:33:20

-It's massive.

-It is massive.

-Absolutely huge. And done to perfection, isn't it?

0:33:220:33:29

The granite worktops.

0:33:290:33:31

A lovely gas range type oven there. All the units are new.

0:33:310:33:36

Absolutely fabulous, stunning.

0:33:360:33:40

And here you've got a great utility room with all your white goods, then another storage room through there.

0:33:400:33:47

The thing I really like is the kitchen flows into this sun room,

0:33:470:33:51

which is effectively a sort of conservatory really,

0:33:510:33:55

-but obviously...

-It's lovely.

-..a properly built one.

-Spectacular.

0:33:550:33:59

Very versatile. We could use this space for a lot of different things.

0:33:590:34:03

This is only a fraction of it.

0:34:030:34:05

Take a look at this though.

0:34:070:34:09

More open plan.

0:34:090:34:11

It's great, isn't it?

0:34:120:34:15

Unpredictable. Totally unpredictable.

0:34:160:34:19

And I can't get over that - all these windows just in the roof as well as these big doors going out.

0:34:190:34:26

And then here's the dining room.

0:34:260:34:29

-You could play around with the space. You don't have to have that as a dining room.

-Very smart.

0:34:290:34:35

And over here you can see more of the double height...

0:34:350:34:39

And the gallery.

0:34:390:34:41

-Oh, that's just lovely, isn't it?

-All this open plan, I like it.

0:34:410:34:46

-You're speechless.

-I know, this has happened twice to me.

-Twice in one day.

-Since birth.

0:34:460:34:52

-Twice since birth and both in one day. It is astounding.

-And that's not all.

0:34:520:34:57

Oh, good heavens!

0:35:060:35:08

Oh, I say! Another massive space like this I wasn't expecting.

0:35:080:35:13

-And a sauna.

-And a sauna.

-A sauna - it's unbelievable.

0:35:130:35:17

-What a house!

-What a house, yeah!

0:35:170:35:20

-Lovely views over the fields.

-Yeah, that is a great view, yeah.

0:35:200:35:24

'As we hoped, the mystery house looks like it could mix things up.

0:35:240:35:28

'They thought they'd found their dream house with the last property, but this place is packing a punch.

0:35:280:35:35

'Upstairs is a contemporary family bathroom.

0:35:350:35:38

'And four bedrooms all stylishly finished

0:35:380:35:41

'with great skylights looking out on to open fields.

0:35:410:35:45

'But wait till they see the master bedroom.'

0:35:450:35:49

Unbelievable. This is totally unbelievable, isn't it?

0:35:510:35:56

It's great, isn't it? What a wonderful, luxury space!

0:35:560:36:00

-Yes.

-Leen, you'll have to speak because I've lost it again.

-Three times in one day!

-That is beautiful.

0:36:000:36:06

Very nicely done. It looks uncluttered.

0:36:060:36:11

And that wall of glass over there is spectacular.

0:36:110:36:16

-These are the stairs down to the gym.

-Lovely.

-Yes.

0:36:160:36:20

Look at this - room to lounge.

0:36:200:36:22

-Room to relax, not just room to sleep.

-The size of three bedrooms.

0:36:220:36:27

-It's just absolutely beautiful.

-This is a really surprising house.

0:36:270:36:31

Hmm, really surprising. It's stunning.

0:36:310:36:34

It's very nice.

0:36:340:36:36

And the piece de la resistance...

0:36:360:36:39

Look.

0:36:400:36:42

Wow! Look at the size of that shower!

0:36:420:36:46

-It's huge.

-This is great.

0:36:460:36:48

-It's the first touch of black in the building.

-Very smart.

0:36:480:36:54

-It does work though.

-Yeah.

-So that's everything inside.

0:36:540:36:58

-But I seem to get good vibes.

-Yeah, I like it a lot.

0:36:580:37:02

Let's take a peek outside.

0:37:020:37:04

Come on out. Lots of lovely decking.

0:37:110:37:14

And just these wonderful, open views.

0:37:160:37:19

-It's not a very big garden. It feels like you have all of this, but without the gardening.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

0:37:190:37:25

That's the best thing about open fields. It's like free garden.

0:37:250:37:30

-Well, now is the sticky moment.

-OK.

0:37:300:37:34

-When we ask about the price.

-Mm-hm.

0:37:340:37:37

I don't think this one is probably over budget.

0:37:370:37:40

-I think it's... I've said this every time.

-Probably on budget.

0:37:400:37:44

Yeah, around 425, I think. Around. Give or take.

0:37:440:37:48

-Yeah, I'd go with that.

-425 as well?

-Yeah.

0:37:480:37:52

Well, the house is on the market for...

0:37:520:37:57

-..399.

-Wow! Gosh!

-So quite a bit under budget.

0:37:580:38:03

That's a lot of space, a lot of house for that price.

0:38:030:38:07

-Why don't you have a wander round and we'll meet out the front?

-Thank you.

-OK.

-OK.

0:38:070:38:12

It's amazing.

0:38:120:38:14

It's amazing what you get in North Lincolnshire compared to the East Riding.

0:38:140:38:20

Pretty much the same space and just as high quality house, different style,

0:38:200:38:25

but what a difference in price!

0:38:250:38:28

That's what you learn when you watch Escape To The Country.

0:38:280:38:32

This former pump house is on the market for £399,000,

0:38:320:38:37

which is a good £26,000 under budget.

0:38:370:38:40

It's stylishly designed throughout and finished to an impressive standard.

0:38:480:38:53

The garden is relatively small, but the views more than make up for it.

0:38:530:38:58

There's four bedrooms here.

0:38:580:39:00

If we turn this into a bedroom with an en-suite where the sauna is, and that big room upstairs,

0:39:000:39:06

divided that into two, the kids would have their own bedroom again.

0:39:060:39:10

-That might be something to think about.

-Yeah.

0:39:100:39:13

It feels so clean and fresh and spacious.

0:39:130:39:17

And I really like the open-plan aspects of it. That makes it feel endless really.

0:39:170:39:23

The garden obviously is not quite as big as we had been hoping for,

0:39:230:39:27

but we've got unimpeded views right up to the horizon,

0:39:270:39:31

both at the front and the back,

0:39:310:39:33

which again, it's a bonus.

0:39:330:39:36

I think it's a really smart, nice house. I like it very, very much.

0:39:360:39:41

I thought the price was a real surprise. It makes it a contender out of all the houses we've seen.

0:39:410:39:47

Harvesting the potatoes. And time for you two to make some decisions.

0:39:470:39:52

-Mm-hm.

-So I'm gonna drive you away.

-OK. Thanks.

-Thank you.

0:39:520:39:56

'Judith and Leen have now seen all of the properties and have plenty to discuss,

0:40:000:40:05

'so I've given them some time alone to mull things over.'

0:40:050:40:09

We have a cliffhanger. I thought it was all sewn up with the 1960s country house.

0:40:110:40:16

But after the mystery house, I'm not so sure. Time to find out what Leen and Judith have decided.

0:40:160:40:22

Guys, our 48 hours zig-zagging up and down across the Humber is over.

0:40:240:40:29

-You've seen all the properties we have to offer.

-It's been fantastic.

-Good fun.

0:40:290:40:34

We kept you busy. The first house that we saw near Goxhill was a modern-ish house from the '20s.

0:40:340:40:41

What do you think about that now?

0:40:410:40:43

It could be a really nice family home.

0:40:430:40:46

The gardens are fantastic. The location is good.

0:40:460:40:50

But a lot of work to make that the way we would want it to be.

0:40:500:40:56

What about the 1960s house? It was also a great location down a very quiet road.

0:40:560:41:01

-You seemed to really love this property.

-Ticked all the boxes.

0:41:010:41:05

Fantastic location. Beautiful house. Great potential.

0:41:050:41:09

The extra room in the barn that was attached to the house was just perfect

0:41:090:41:14

for adding a games room or bedroom.

0:41:140:41:17

-Fantastic gardens.

-I loved the house. I really thought that was absolutely spectacular

0:41:170:41:23

and perfect for us with very little alteration.

0:41:230:41:27

You seemed won over by that house and didn't care about the mystery house, but it got a good response.

0:41:270:41:33

It was a shock, a real surprise.

0:41:330:41:35

It looked sensible from the outside,

0:41:350:41:39

then inside it was just absolutely spectacular, wasn't it?

0:41:390:41:43

-Very modern.

-Yeah.

-But done in such a way that it didn't feel intimidating.

0:41:430:41:48

It didn't feel as if our furniture and family wouldn't fit in there.

0:41:480:41:52

A small garden, but that seemed to be offset

0:41:520:41:56

by the clear views over the fields.

0:41:560:41:58

It didn't seem as important as it could have done in another location.

0:41:580:42:03

-Is there a clear winner?

-There wasn't. There was for each of us.

0:42:030:42:08

We each had our own idea of what we liked the best.

0:42:080:42:12

So who looked which best?

0:42:120:42:15

I liked the 1960s house.

0:42:150:42:17

-That was the winner for me. And for you...

-The pump house, the mystery house.

-And who won out?

0:42:170:42:24

The 1960s house and that would be the house that we would go for.

0:42:240:42:28

Unsurprisingly, Judith, you won out! The heart won.

0:42:280:42:33

-So what happens next?

-Well, we still have to sell our house.

0:42:330:42:37

We've looked at our finances and considered that

0:42:370:42:40

and as soon as we are in a position to, we will put in an offer on the 1960s house.

0:42:400:42:46

I really hope it goes well because it would be a great move for you.

0:42:460:42:50

-Yeah.

-All the best and good luck with the sale of your house.

0:42:500:42:54

-Thank you for everything you guys have done.

-Pleasure.

0:42:540:42:57

That's a surprise. I thought practical considerations would make them choose the modern house,

0:43:000:43:06

but they went for the timeless country cottage look.

0:43:060:43:10

It all depends on Judith and Leen selling their house, so fingers crossed for that.

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Series in which prospective buyers are helped to find their dream home in the country.

Alistair Appleton explores the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire with a couple and their five children who are searching for their dream rural home. They want somewhere off the beaten track with a minimum of four bedrooms. Will Alistair show them anything that ticks the box?


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