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Today I'm in England's oldest county and at the turn of the century orchards covered 25,000 acres,

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earning it the title of England's garden. Amazingly, today these apples are all still hand-picked.

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That's a bit unfortunate for me, but if you want to know where I am, keep watching to find out.

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'In today's show, I'll be helping a couple break away from suburbia for a slower pace of life.

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'I'll be showing them some of the best houses the area has to offer, giving them plenty to smile about.'

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This is lovely.

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'Including the mystery house, where we'll see it can be emotional when you know it feels like home.'

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It's lovely...

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-Guys!

-I'm sorry.

-It's OK.

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Today I'm in Kent and this is pretty back-breaking work, I've got to say.

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Historically, these apples would've ended up on the tables of London.

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Today I'm in the orchard with Craig, who manages it. Is it still fair to call Kent the garden of England?

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-Absolutely, for apple growing.

-This is the place to be.

-The place.

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-What variety have we got in here?

-Today we're picking Braeburn.

-Have I done a good job?

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-You've done very well.

-No bad apples.

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Let's hope, fingers crossed, I do as well with our properties in Kent today.

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There's more to this county than fruit orchards. Neatly manicured landscapes of sloping hills

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and lush farmland surround picturesque villages and enchanting towns,

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like the cathedral city of Canterbury.

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Then there are pretty seaside resorts dotted around 350 miles of sprawling, rugged coastline,

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including the magnificent white cliffs of Dover.

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Everything about this county

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offers relaxation and escape from the rush of urban life.

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Given its great transport links to London, Kent is a sought-after location for home buyers.

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It's no surprise that the average detached house

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is a whopping 22.5% higher than the national average.

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I'm really hoping that today's buyers have the ability to compromise or a really good budget!

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One thing I know for sure is they haven't got far to travel.

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Today's property hunters are Barbara and Terry from Gillingham in Kent,

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who have lived in a four-bed detached bungalow for over 20 years.

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Terry works for himself as a builder and he and Barbara yearn for the countryside

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to live close to their grandchildren and to downsize to a new pad for their retirement.

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We moved into this property when our children were smaller. They've all left now and it's too big.

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We've been here for 22.5 years and just want somewhere quieter.

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They plan to stay in Kent, but with a complete change in environment.

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We live in a built-up area. It would be nice to move out to somewhere more rural.

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They're looking for a middle ground. Barbara yearns to be near the sea, Terry wants a more rural outlook.

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-We'd like to get more villagey, nearer the coast.

-For me, a real bonus would be to be able

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to look out of your windows and see the countryside.

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Their three children may have fled the nest, but they still have a few much-loved birds.

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The parrots are coming with us. They're quite important to us.

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We need somewhere we can put them

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cos they're part of the family.

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Terry is looking forward to more time to play music in his own chill-out room.

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Barbara is after a big kitchen.

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I really like this kitchen. I had it put in to my design and in the next property

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I would like a similar sort of kitchen with a lot of workspace.

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And they both want space outside, too. Barbara wants to indulge her love of gardening.

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And Terry wants his own garage.

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We have a car port here and a garage, so it's quite important that on the next property

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we have a garage or space to put one.

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-What's their ideal home?

-Detached.

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Rural or semi-rural.

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-Three bedrooms.

-Kitchen that suits me, preferably big.

-Nice garden.

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-Nice garden.

-Definitely.

-Yes.

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They not only have a clear wish list, they'll know when it's the right home for them.

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If we walk into a property, we'll know. We did with this one.

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-It was in a bit of a state, but we just knew.

-It was for us. So when we see a property,

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-we shall know it's definitely for us.

-Definitely.

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So to get the ball rolling, we've invited round an estate agent to value their property.

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This is an excellent example of a four-bed detached chalet bungalow.

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Lots of extra benefits, including kitchen/breakfast room, and a central location.

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With all that in mind, I would value this property at £350,000.

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We're happy with the estate agent's valuation.

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We bought the property 22 years ago for £55,000, so I think we've made quite a good profit.

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And with some additional funds, their total budget is £370,000.

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So Barbara and Terry are primarily looking for peace and quiet,

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but they also want to be closer to their grandchildren. That's a contradiction in terms!

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Anyway, they want 2-3 bedrooms, some space for their feathered friends,

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a chill-out room for Terry and a good size garden for Barbara to spread her horticultural wings.

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With children in Whitstable and Folkestone, they want a property in the Kent Downs area.

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We'll be focusing our search around Canterbury.

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I'll take them to properties I hope tick all their boxes, but I'll keep the prices under wraps.

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To finish off, I'll show them a real wild card, the mystery house, to throw something different in.

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Barbara and Terry's house hunting is up and running and Kent has properties for all budgets.

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Just take a look at these.

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If you had £2.95 million, you could buy this impressive Georgian house in a beautiful setting

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with 21 acres. Located near the village of West Farleigh, it's spacious and elegantly finished.

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For £800,000, this charming five-bed property dating back to the 17th century

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is full of character and on the fringes of Brenchley.

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And this Grade 2-listed period home dating back to the late 16th century

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could be yours for £495,000.

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Located in Langley, it sits on two and a quarter acres of immaculate gardens and paddocks.

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-Hello, guys!

-Hello.

-Usually, I would welcome you to the lovely area you have chosen, Kent,

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-but we haven't gone very far!

-Not at all.

-How well do you know the area?

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Quite well, actually. We only live about 40 miles away, so we know it pretty well.

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That's good. It's still a beautiful county and I understand that your budget, which was £350,000,

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-has changed a little?

-It's gone to 370, yeah.

-370?

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That should give us something to play with. It is a popular area, so it may be a little bit tricky,

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-but 370 is good.

-Yes.

-And you're a builder.

-I am, yes.

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-You'll have a meticulous eye!

-Tapping walls, yeah.

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Are there any definite no-nos? Anything we've got to avoid?

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-Er...yeah. I don't like new houses.

-OK.

-Something a little bit older.

-Thatched roofs.

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-No new houses, no thatched roofs.

-Nothing listed.

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I said it was going to be OK, but now I'm starting to worry!

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Don't worry. We have got some really gorgeous properties. And the mystery house.

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We shouldn't waste any more time. It's time we got on with it.

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So Barbara and Terry have a budget of up to £370,000.

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-This is a downsizing move, isn't it?

-It is, yeah. The property we've got,

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I've extended over the years because of our family.

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Then they've moved out and you're left with a bigger property.

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-And we really want something a little bit smaller.

-Yes.

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Just a little bit smaller, but enough room to spread out a little.

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-Are you concerned about that aspect? Getting rid of some belongings... It's quite emotional.

-It is.

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It is emotional to get rid of it. You've got to do it.

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-It'll be nice, exciting.

-You're ready now.

-Yes.

-Definitely.

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-Look what you're swapping it for.

-Yes! Yeah.

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Let the search begin.

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For our first property, we travel 30 minutes south of Canterbury to the village of Paddlesworth.

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Surrounded by gorgeous nature trails, it offers the peaceful life Terry and Barbara imagine.

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There's also a pub to mingle with the locals,

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and for a wide selection of shops, the village of Hawkinge is a five-minute drive away.

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-So here we are.

-Wow.

-This is the property.

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-It looks good.

-It does.

-Impressive.

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-A nice slate roof.

-Lovely.

-It is a nice detached house.

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I know that was important to you. And it's a gorgeous looking one from the outside.

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-Lovely, yeah.

-So a thumbs up to start with?

-Yes, definitely.

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That's important from the builder! But this weather is not so good.

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-We need to get on in there and have a look around.

-Fine.

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'It's good to see the rain hasn't dampened their spirits. Let's see what they think of the interior.'

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-In we come, out of the rain.

-Wow.

-And straight into the kitchen.

-This is lovely.

-This is brilliant.

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-A nice-size kitchen. It's lovely.

-Yes, this is well done. Really well done.

-It's lovely.

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-"Lovely", "well done".

-A nice kitchen. It's lovely. Nice and roomy, big.

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It's a good, spacious kitchen. It's got everything you need in here.

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-That lovely big cooker over there, range style.

-It's what I'm used to.

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-Is it?

-Yeah, it's nice.

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-The kitchen in your current home is special to you because you designed it.

-But it's smaller than this.

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-This is upsizing.

-Aah!

-This is upsizing, this is lovely.

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-This has got the wow factor for me.

-Fantastic! A good start.

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-I think we should keep moving. Let's go through this way.

-OK.

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So into this space, which is a lovely little room. At the moment it's an office space.

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-You could maybe have a smaller dining room.

-You could, yes.

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-Quite a nice little area.

-It is.

-So another good space. Shall we keep moving?

-Yes.

-Follow me.

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-Through into the living space.

-This is nice.

-It's nice. Cosy.

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-It's cosy, isn't it?

-Yes. I can see our furniture in here.

-Oh, I like that!

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-Seeing your furniture in here.

-It's nice to have it all done.

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-Yeah.

-You can have a rest!

-Have a rest!

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-Just move in.

-I do like that fireplace.

-It's a great big one.

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-A good feature.

-It's brilliant.

-"Brilliant"?

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That is a word I like very much! We've had a fantastic start. There's a lot more to see. Let's go.

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'And wait till they see the conservatory, which is just the perfect place to relax.'

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-Let's look at this sun room.

-It's a nice room for the parrots!

-It is. It's ideal, yeah.

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-They'd love it in here.

-They've been with you a long time.

-They have.

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-We can't really part with them now.

-It started about 20 years ago with Nigel.

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-So you've got Nigel...

-Geoffrey.

-And Rosie.

-Nigel, Geoffrey and Rosie in here.

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-They get the room with the best light!

-They'd love it.

-They'd love it. It's ideal.

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-We've made a cracking start so far.

-Yes.

-But it's not over yet. Let's have a look at some more.

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'So far this house has everything they need. We're heading back through the lounge.

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'There's a spacious shower room and utility room, but let's see what they think of the bedrooms.'

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Come on in. This is a three-bedroom property and this is the master.

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-Right.

-Ooh! A slightly hesitant "right" there!

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-Smaller than we're used to.

-We've got a big bed.

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-I'm not sure it's going to fit in here.

-So that was the hesitation.

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-Yes, it's a super king bed.

-Super king! OK.

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-It might fit across.

-It would just about fit in there.

-You wouldn't sit up too quick!

-No.

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That is the thing about this room. It's built right under the eaves so you've got the slope there.

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-But you have got great views.

-It's a nice room.

-Yes, it is.

-Definitely got a lot going for it.

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-In general, so far.

-That's good. Shall we have a look at some more?

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-Yes.

-Certainly.

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'Terry and Barbara are slightly concerned by the size of the room,

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'but they do seem open-minded.' We have another bedroom here.

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-Oh, yes. This is a nice size.

-It is.

-This is not bad, is it?

-That's a nice positive reaction.

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-It's an extremely bright house.

-It's got a nice feel to it.

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-A good feel. That's important.

-Yes.

-How you feel when you walk in.

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-I know that's how you chose the property you're in.

-That's right.

-What feeling are you getting?

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-I'm getting a good...

-A nice feeling.

-It is a nice place.

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-It is nice.

-A nice property for two people.

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'There's one more spacious bedroom and a family bathroom.

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'We're heading out to the garden where I do have one confession to make - there's no garage.'

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-It's still a bit grey! But I think the rain is holding off for the moment.

-Right, OK.

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Anyway, here we are out into the garden space.

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-It's smaller than...

-What we wanted.

-But it's...

-It's quite nice.

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-Quite a nice area.

-It's compact.

-You could live with the garden.

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-It's quite a nice size.

-Yes, not a bad size at all.

-For us.

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-It's nice and neat and tidy.

-Over there, a log shed for your wood burner.

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And plenty of parking space there. The house is detached, but you do have some neighbours,

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-although you're not overlooked.

-Exactly right.

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-That's not a problem.

-Anything on your mind?

-The garage.

-There's not a garage, no.

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-There might be scope.

-Might be.

-A little project for you, build something over there.

-Yeah.

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Let's turn around now and have another look at this fine figure of a house. Great location.

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Nice and quiet. How much would you be willing to pay for it?

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-Oh, gosh. It's an awkward one.

-It is. I would hazard a guess...

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at somewhere around about 360.

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£360,000.

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-I think I'd go a bit higher.

-OK.

-About 375, I would say.

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-Would you?

-A bit out of our budget.

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-Shall I put you out of your misery?

-Yes, please.

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The guide price on this property is £350,000 - £375,000.

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-Really?

-So you were spot on there at the higher end.

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-You weren't so bad either. Very good guess.

-I'd say it's fairly priced.

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-For what it is. It's a very nice place.

-It is.

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-Something you'd be interested in?

-Yes, definitely.

-Good! I like that.

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-Head back in for another look and we should speak later on.

-OK.

-Catch up with you later.

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Right-o.

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They loved it from the inside. It is at the top end of their budget,

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but we're in a tricky market, so they could put in an offer.

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The location of the house is perfect. It's just what we wanted.

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-Walking into the kitchen, it's lovely. My sort of kitchen.

-The size is brilliant.

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-I think it's lovely.

-It is.

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We are downsizing and it's got everything that we need, basically.

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The lounge is lovely.

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-I think this is a lovely room.

-Yes.

-It's cosy.

-Our furniture would fit in nice here.

-Yeah, it would.

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-It would suit us down to the ground.

-Yeah.

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-OK, you two. Seen enough?

-Yes.

-It's time to drag you away.

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OK, OK.

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One of Kent's most well-known towns is Canterbury, where our buyers took a stroll earlier in the week.

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It's famous for its stunning cathedral, which dates back to 597AD and is now a World Heritage Site.

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I think Barbara and Terry would be very content doing their shopping in one of Kent's finest hubs.

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I'm really looking forward to moving to the countryside,

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but I'm looking more forward to all these nice shops!

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A short drive away is Herne Mill. Built in 1789, it was a working mill until 1980,

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when it fell into disrepair. It's now restored to its former glory and open to visitors.

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Megan Taylor explains the history.

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Back at the end of the 19th century,

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the big commercial mills started operating in the ports

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and they were using big rollers to produce vast quantities of flour.

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At that time, the windmills were having problems competing,

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so they started to introduce small pieces of machinery like this. Now I'll show you how it works.

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Grain came down the chute into the hopper, down through here,

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down between the rollers and into the bin at the bottom. Here's what comes out.

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This is the animal feed. The grain has all been crushed. The pieces of white are the flour.

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The grain's been crushed so the animals can digest it when they eat.

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Next it's time for a stroll out in the fresh air.

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Five miles east of Canterbury lies one of the UK's finest habitats - Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve.

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There are several walks through the 241 hectares of wetlands,

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which are home to reed birds, lakes and a variety of bird populations.

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Barbara and Terry seem very at home.

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-Amazing. It's a lovely view.

-Yes.

-We've lived in Kent all our lives

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-and didn't know this existed. It's lovely.

-Beautiful.

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-We'll have to come back here.

-Definitely.

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For our next property, we travel ten miles away from the last house

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to the village of Stanford North.

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With only a church and a pub,

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they can visit the pretty village of Saltwood a couple of miles down the road

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for a little more community life - and shopping.

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It's also just a ten-minute scenic drive to the sea,

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which should delight Barbara.

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Well, we're in Stanford North.

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The good thing about this area is that you're very close to Folkestone.

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You're not far from Ashford, only 20 minutes from Canterbury.

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-Brilliant.

-So it's a great location. Brilliant!

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So come up here and have a look at this.

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-It looks very nice.

-Yes, it does.

-Very nice?

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-So first impressions?

-Yeah.

-Yes, looks nice. Yes, it does.

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-It is a bungalow, clearly.

-Yes.

-And you're currently in a bungalow.

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-Are you OK with that?

-Yes. Yes, fine with a bungalow.

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One of the bonuses to this property is the garage at the side there.

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-That's something you were looking for.

-Yes.

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-Certainly, yes.

-Good. A lot of space.

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But what do you think about the property itself, size-wise?

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-It looks OK to me.

-It looks a nice size.

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-We are downsizing, so yeah, it looks fine.

-Good, that's the spirit!

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I do think you're going to be quite surprised when you see inside. Shall we go?

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'So let's see what they think of the inside,

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'which has been decorated to a beautiful finish.'

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Here we go.

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We're into the hallway first of all.

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Just give our feet a good wipe.

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A lovely fresh room, and gorgeous carpet in here.

0:22:070:22:10

-This is unusual.

-It's a nice hallway.

0:22:100:22:13

-Yeah.

-Nice.

-Yeah, it's nice. Well... If you come out here,

0:22:130:22:18

we're right in the centre of the property, it is a bungalow,

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so we're all on one level. It's got three bedrooms,

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and they're all off of this hallway here.

0:22:240:22:26

-But we'll come back to those.

-Yes.

0:22:260:22:28

So that's why, I guess, it's got this unusual shape,

0:22:280:22:32

because it's right in the heart of the property, everything else is over the other side.

0:22:320:22:36

-So far?

-It's nice and bright. Nice hallway.

0:22:360:22:39

-We'll see what's through there.

-I thought you might say that.

0:22:390:22:43

You're excited to see what else there is. Well, come this way.

0:22:430:22:46

Now, what do you think of this?

0:22:500:22:54

-This is a nice size.

-Oh, this is nice.

0:22:540:22:56

A little feature fireplace there. And a lot of light coming in.

0:22:560:23:00

Yeah, definitely, nice and bright.

0:23:000:23:02

-I mean, could you imagine your furniture in here?

-Yes.

0:23:020:23:06

-Yes, this'll all fit in, yeah.

-It will, yeah.

0:23:060:23:09

It's fine. But I think the space, it's just a little bit too small.

0:23:090:23:14

Our furniture would fit in all right, but a bit tight, I think.

0:23:140:23:18

It's just a little bit too small for my liking.

0:23:180:23:22

Terry, you've been a bit quiet, what are your thoughts?

0:23:220:23:25

Pretty much the same, really. The view out into that garden is fantastic.

0:23:250:23:29

-And you couldn't better that.

-We'll get outside later on,

0:23:290:23:33

and have a look at that garden - I think you'll be wowed.

0:23:330:23:36

-Yeah, I'm sure.

-But right now, I want to show you the kitchen.

-OK.

-OK.

0:23:360:23:40

'Even though they think the room is too small,

0:23:400:23:43

'they seem very keen on the views.

0:23:430:23:45

'With Terry being a builder, there is potential to extend this property.

0:23:450:23:48

'Let's head to the kitchen and see what they think.'

0:23:480:23:51

Here we come into the kitchen.

0:23:510:23:54

OK. It's a bit small.

0:23:540:23:56

Mm...

0:23:560:23:59

No place for a table.

0:23:590:24:01

-It's got quite a lot of worktop area...

-It's nicely done.

0:24:010:24:07

-Definitely nicely done.

-The views again, out on to that garden...

0:24:070:24:11

-That's brilliant.

-Yeah, definitely.

-It's a nice modern kitchen,

0:24:110:24:14

-done in the last seven years.

-Right.

0:24:140:24:16

But is it what you would have done with the space?

0:24:160:24:19

I think that extensions, if possible,

0:24:190:24:23

would have to be done to make it bigger, definitely.

0:24:230:24:27

This kitchen is still part of the old house.

0:24:270:24:29

-There is an extension and it's out that way.

-Right.

0:24:290:24:33

So let's have a look out there

0:24:330:24:34

and see what they've done with the rooms, and you can think about what you might do.

0:24:340:24:39

Cos we've got a good space here and the garden is fantastic.

0:24:390:24:42

-Maybe just think about how you might rearrange things...

-Yes.

0:24:420:24:45

-..To get the most out of it.

-Yeah.

0:24:450:24:48

'Barbara thought the kitchen was small, but there is also a dining area,

0:24:480:24:52

'and a handy utility room.

0:24:520:24:54

'At the back of the house is another room, currently used as an office.'

0:24:540:24:57

I think you'll like this little room for many reasons.

0:24:570:25:00

We could put Terry in here to play that guitar.

0:25:000:25:03

-It's ideal for that, yeah.

-It is.

0:25:030:25:06

-Little den.

-A little den. I also thought the parrots might like it.

0:25:060:25:10

-They could go in here.

-They could.

-They would like it as well.

0:25:100:25:13

-Would you be able to co-exist with the parrots?

-I think so, yeah.

0:25:130:25:18

-Share the space, guitars, parrots?

-Yeah, they won't complain.

0:25:180:25:21

What do you think, seriously, about this room?

0:25:210:25:25

-Yeah, it's a nice size.

-Yeah.

0:25:250:25:28

And the layout of what you've seen so far?

0:25:280:25:30

Personally I think it's a fair size area-wise,

0:25:300:25:35

but too many rooms, which makes them small rooms.

0:25:350:25:38

'So Terry thinks the rooms are too small,

0:25:380:25:41

'but I'm sure they'll like the three spacious ground-floor bedrooms.

0:25:410:25:45

'Let's take a look at what would be their room.'

0:25:450:25:47

-Quite a nice size.

-It's not bad.

-It's nice.

0:25:490:25:52

You can fit a good double bed in here.

0:25:520:25:55

Lots of wardrobe space too.

0:25:550:25:57

-Yes, nice-size room.

-It's nice to have the...

0:25:570:25:59

It is a nice-size room.

0:25:590:26:01

For bedroom sizes, is this what you were looking for?

0:26:010:26:04

-Yes.

-I think this is what we were expecting, isn't it, really? Yeah.

0:26:040:26:08

-So the bedrooms get a thumbs up.

-Yeah.

-Yes.

0:26:080:26:11

-The kitchen might need extending.

-Mm-hmm.

0:26:110:26:13

-Shall we have a look at the bathroom?

-Let's.

0:26:130:26:16

Just have a look in here.

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-OK.

-This is your family bathroom.

0:26:200:26:24

There's a bath with a shower over it just over there.

0:26:240:26:27

-And you have got some natural light from that skylight up there.

-Yeah.

0:26:270:26:31

-Yeah! It's quite a compact little bathroom, isn't it?

-Small.

0:26:310:26:36

-But...yeah.

-So downsizing, but you're feeling this is a downsize too far?

0:26:360:26:41

-Yes.

-I tell you something that's not too small.

-Mmm?

-The garden.

0:26:410:26:45

-Right.

-I defy you to tell me that this is too small, OK?

0:26:450:26:49

This way.

0:26:490:26:51

'They don't seem overly enthusiastic with this house,

0:26:520:26:55

'but I think they'll be impressed with the large outside space.'

0:26:550:26:59

So here we have the wonderful,

0:26:590:27:02

-expansive garden.

-This is lovely. Lovely garden.

-Wow.

-Huge.

0:27:020:27:07

-I get a "wow!"

-Yes, definitely the wow factor here.

0:27:070:27:10

-Cannot fault the garden.

-No, it's lovely.

0:27:100:27:12

-Quarter of an acre.

-And that's so unusual with this type of property.

-It is.

0:27:120:27:18

To have such a huge garden. Yeah. It's lovely.

0:27:180:27:21

-Ideal.

-OK, I think we should have a look at more of this garden.

0:27:210:27:25

Let's not stand up here, let's get down there.

0:27:250:27:27

-Right.

-Let's go.

0:27:270:27:29

'Things are looking up. The garden has won them over,

0:27:290:27:32

'and there's a whole lot more to see that should please Barbara.'

0:27:320:27:35

Lovely long walk up this garden!

0:27:350:27:37

-And back here...look at that.

-Gosh.

0:27:370:27:41

-Wonderful vegetable plot.

-Yeah.

0:27:410:27:43

I know you really like tending the vegetables, you've started already.

0:27:430:27:47

-Yes, yes.

-Can't fault the garden at all.

-No, it's lovely.

0:27:470:27:50

It's a lovely garden.

0:27:500:27:52

Something you can see both of yourselves doing?

0:27:520:27:54

-Oh, this is fantastic, yes, definitely.

-Yeah.

0:27:540:27:58

So! The all-important question.

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I think this will have an influence on what you think of this property.

0:28:010:28:05

How much would you pay for it?

0:28:050:28:07

I would guess at 315, 320?

0:28:070:28:11

I would go...to 350, I think.

0:28:110:28:15

Right up to 350! We've got a big difference here.

0:28:150:28:17

-Yes.

-What if I told you it's on the market...

0:28:170:28:21

at £329,000?

0:28:210:28:24

-Gosh.

-A bit higher than you said, but lower than yours.

0:28:240:28:27

And, most importantly, below your budget.

0:28:270:28:30

-That's a nice price.

-That is a nice price. It's not a bad price at all.

0:28:300:28:33

-It can definitely be extended, so...

-Yeah.

-It is a nice property.

0:28:330:28:39

Well, you've got a bit of thinking to do. Go back in, have another look around,

0:28:390:28:43

get thinking and we will talk later on.

0:28:430:28:46

-Off you go, I'll see you later.

-Bye.

0:28:460:28:48

I would say take the garage down, the shed, the greenhouse,

0:29:080:29:14

bring the drive up straight through, put a larger garage there.

0:29:140:29:18

Yes. Definitely.

0:29:180:29:20

I liked the look of the property on the outside, it was fine.

0:29:200:29:24

But it was a little bit too close to the neighbours.

0:29:240:29:28

Decor is absolutely lovely. It's my sort of taste.

0:29:280:29:33

-I'd have this as the main bedroom.

-Yeah. Got a nice feel to it.

0:29:330:29:36

Yes, I like this a lot better.

0:29:360:29:38

The property is not too small - just the issue of the rooms. There's so many rooms.

0:29:380:29:44

I like the property. The garden's brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

0:29:440:29:48

I think the location is fine. It's nice and sort of semi-rural, if you like.

0:29:480:29:54

-Hi, guys.

-Hi!

-Lot to think about now, haven't you?

0:29:540:29:58

There is a lot to think about, yeah.

0:29:580:30:00

-Let's get moving on then, shall we?

-OK.

-OK.

-Let's go.

0:30:000:30:03

As the sun sets over the Kent Downs, day one of our property search draws to a close

0:30:120:30:17

and Barbara and Terry head back to the hotel to reflect on all they've seen.

0:30:170:30:22

So, what did you think of the country cottage?

0:30:220:30:24

I liked it. I really liked it.

0:30:240:30:26

I liked the kitchen, I liked the lounge.

0:30:260:30:29

-The bedrooms were a bit small.

-Yeah.

0:30:290:30:32

But I think I could live with that.

0:30:320:30:34

-Yeah, I think it was nice.

-What about the bungalow?

0:30:340:30:37

Rooms were a bit small.

0:30:370:30:39

I would have liked a bigger kitchen.

0:30:390:30:42

-Yeah.

-So you could put a table in it.

0:30:420:30:44

The price, there was scope in what we hoped to get for ours to the difference.

0:30:440:30:49

The garden...

0:30:490:30:50

We could extend it. The garden was beautiful, that had the wow factor, didn't it?

0:30:500:30:55

Yeah. But then, we've got properties to see tomorrow, so...

0:30:550:30:58

-Something might come up with everything we want.

-Yeah.

-Let's hope it does.

0:30:580:31:02

'Today's house hunters are Terry and Barbara from Gillingham, Kent.

0:31:150:31:19

'They're looking for a new home for their retirement, still in Kent,

0:31:190:31:24

'but in a rural location or by the coast. So far they've seen one house that may be hard to beat.'

0:31:240:31:30

-It would suit us down to the ground.

-Yeah.

0:31:300:31:33

'But there's still another superb home and a mystery property to come, which moves them to tears.'

0:31:330:31:39

You look almost emotional, Terry.

0:31:390:31:42

-Do you really like it?

-It's lovely.

0:31:420:31:44

It's the start of a bright new day and I have high hopes for our property search.

0:31:500:31:54

We've decided to try something new, because although Barbara and Terry are supposed to be downsizing,

0:31:540:31:59

I'm not sure they've grasped exactly what that means,

0:31:590:32:02

and size of room seems to be a big issue.

0:32:020:32:04

So let's find out if bigger is really better.

0:32:040:32:07

For our first property today, we're travelling towards the coast,

0:32:080:32:12

seven miles north of Canterbury to Herne Village. This sleepy community has loads of character

0:32:120:32:18

and being so close to the sea it's ideal for Barbara. The slower pace should keep Terry happy,

0:32:180:32:24

striking a perfect balance.

0:32:240:32:27

-We're only six miles away from Whitstable and we're very close to the sea as well.

-Right.

0:32:290:32:34

-Is that a thumbs up?

-Yes, yes.

-One of your daughters is in Whitstable.

-Yes.

0:32:340:32:41

-Close to the grandchildren. And here is the property.

-Oh, it's good.

-Looks nice.

-Nice.

0:32:410:32:48

-You like the look of the outside. It's got a garage there.

-Yes.

-First impressions?

-Good.

0:32:480:32:54

-Thumbs up, I think.

-Thumbs up?

-Yes.

-And positive!

0:32:540:32:59

There are four bedrooms inside. I think we should get in and have a look. Let's go.

0:32:590:33:04

In we come. Out of the cold and into a lovely warm and big hallway.

0:33:120:33:17

-Yes.

-That's nice.

-Yes, it's nice.

0:33:170:33:22

-Yes?

-Nice entrance.

0:33:220:33:24

The stairs to the first floor. Some really good bedrooms up there.

0:33:240:33:29

And down here a long hallway. Come this way. Downstairs cloakroom.

0:33:290:33:34

-That's always handy.

-Right.

-Nearby.

0:33:340:33:37

-In here is your living room.

-Oh, yes.

0:33:370:33:41

-This is a nice size.

-Nice size.

0:33:410:33:44

-It's a great size.

-Yes, it is.

-nice feature fireplace.

0:33:440:33:48

-Lovely feature fireplace. It's in working order.

-Yes.

-For nice cosy winter evenings.

0:33:480:33:55

And on summer days or even blue sky winter days, the garden.

0:33:550:33:59

-Yeah, very nice.

-It's a nice size.

0:33:590:34:02

-It's the right kind of size for a living room for you?

-This is fine.

0:34:020:34:07

-You can imagine yourselves being comfortable?

-Yes.

-You like this so far?

-Definitely.

0:34:070:34:13

-There's a lot more to it.

-OK.

-Let's keep going.

-Fine.

0:34:130:34:17

Now we're into the kitchen. Barbara, this is the room for you. What do you think?

0:34:190:34:25

Yeah, this is a nice size. Lovely. The layout's perfect.

0:34:250:34:29

-I can see myself in here.

-How much time do you spend in your kitchen?

-A lot of time.

-A lot?

0:34:290:34:36

-A lot of time.

-Baking, cooking?

-Cooking. Chocolate cake.

0:34:360:34:40

I'm starting to get the feeling. So we'll have the baking going on in there, view onto the garden.

0:34:400:34:47

-That's perfect for baking.

-What are your thoughts, Terry?

0:34:470:34:52

-I think it's fine. Definitely.

-A thumbs up?

-Yes, it is.

0:34:520:34:56

-And you like this island.

-Yes.

-You could have breakfast here.

0:34:560:35:00

-Would you like somewhere for your formal dining?

-Yes.

-Perhaps there's something behind here.

0:35:000:35:06

-That's a nice size.

-It is.

-Off the kitchen.

0:35:060:35:10

-Nice, reasonable room.

-Yes.

0:35:100:35:12

-You can imagine using it?

-Yes.

-Good! I think we're doing well so far.

-So far!

0:35:120:35:19

-So far, so good. It's a big house and we've more rooms to see.

-Right.

0:35:190:35:24

Out here we've got three more rooms I want to show you, starting here. Poke your head in there, Terry.

0:35:250:35:32

-OK.

-Because that is the garage.

0:35:320:35:34

Oh, yes. Yeah.

0:35:350:35:38

-It's smaller than what we're used to.

-Yeah.

-OK.

0:35:380:35:42

-And you can't really extend it because of the positioning.

-No.

0:35:420:35:46

-So this could be a compromise issue.

-Yeah, it could well be.

0:35:460:35:50

Yeah? Something to think about.

0:35:500:35:53

'Opposite the garage is another small room which could home the parrots. At the end of the corridor

0:35:530:35:59

'is a downstairs bedroom with its own en suite.

0:35:590:36:03

'Let's look at the upstairs bedrooms, one of which is currently used as a study

0:36:030:36:08

'where Terry could play his guitar.

0:36:080:36:10

'The other would be ideal for the grandchildren. Next, the master.'

0:36:100:36:14

-This is a nice size.

-Yeah.

-Similar to what we've got.

0:36:140:36:18

-And that means you could fit the bed in!

-Yes, I think it would go in there.

-Lying in bed,

0:36:180:36:25

looking out to the views.

0:36:250:36:28

'Also up here is a modern family bathroom and a separate shower.

0:36:280:36:33

'They seem more than happy with the interior.

0:36:330:36:36

We're heading out to see what they think of the garden.'

0:36:360:36:42

Out into the garden space... Together with the big house, you've got a fairly decent size here.

0:36:430:36:50

-Yes, a nice size.

-It is.

0:36:500:36:52

Clearly the family that live here have children. We've got the big trampoline and the swings.

0:36:520:36:58

-Take all of that away and you could have a vegetable patch.

-I think so.

0:36:580:37:03

-Come over here. Have another look at the house.

-OK.

-Out here.

-OK.

0:37:030:37:08

-It's a nice big property.

-Yes.

-Gorgeous garden.

-Yes.

-And we're close to the sea.

-Yes.

0:37:080:37:14

So how much do you think it's worth?

0:37:140:37:17

I think...it would be about 350.

0:37:170:37:21

-OK. Top end.

-I think slightly more than that.

0:37:210:37:26

I think probably more like 360, 365.

0:37:260:37:29

Well, how do you feel about me letting you know it's on the market at 50 quid short of £350,000?

0:37:290:37:37

-Oh, really?

-Yes!

-Really?

-A bit lower than you thought.

0:37:370:37:41

-Definitely, yeah. A lot of house for the money.

-Yeah, it is.

-It's an interesting price.

0:37:410:37:47

-Your cogs are starting to turn.

-Yes.

-Head inside, keep thinking on it and I will see you later on.

-OK.

0:37:470:37:54

A pleasant surprise there. I think Barbara does like it.

0:37:550:37:59

Terry was a bit shocked by the price, but even the price isn't winning him over. Will Barbara win?

0:37:590:38:06

What will they think of the size?

0:38:230:38:26

This house has got nice, good-sized rooms. I like the kitchen.

0:38:260:38:30

Very nice lounge. Comfortable.

0:38:300:38:33

-Our furniture would fit in.

-Yeah.

-It's nice to have a log fire.

-Yeah.

0:38:330:38:38

The garden is a good size, not overlooked. The location is quite nice for me

0:38:380:38:44

because I want to be by the sea.

0:38:440:38:48

Hello, you two. I was just enjoying the sunshine! Seen enough now?

0:38:490:38:54

-Yes.

-Good. A lot more to do. Let's go.

-OK.

0:38:540:38:58

Terry and Barbara have a great passion for birds and currently own three talkative parrots.

0:39:090:39:15

So we sent them off to nearby Wingham Wildlife Park,

0:39:150:39:17

which offers a hands-on experience with a wide range of animals and birds.

0:39:170:39:22

They're here to meet zookeeper Tony Binskin, to learn more about these colourful characters.

0:39:220:39:27

Right then, this is Alfie. Come on then, Alfie.

0:39:310:39:34

Out you come.

0:39:340:39:35

He's a bit persistent about coming out. There we go.

0:39:350:39:38

If you put your arm out I'll put him on there.

0:39:380:39:41

There we go, put your arm round him, that's it, nice and close.

0:39:410:39:44

You love that, don't you?

0:39:440:39:47

You're gorgeous, aren't you?

0:39:470:39:48

-Cockatoo love to be stroked.

-Beautiful.

0:39:480:39:51

-If you look underneath, she's got a lovely pink crest.

-Look at that.

0:39:510:39:55

Beautiful colouring, yeah.

0:39:550:39:58

Do you think it's cruel to keep parrots in a cold climate?

0:39:580:40:01

No. They grow in another down, they "weather in," they call it.

0:40:010:40:06

And they find it ever so easy to sort themselves out.

0:40:060:40:09

As long as they've got an indoor quarters and an outdoor quarters they do OK.

0:40:090:40:13

The cockatoo seem happy enough.

0:40:130:40:15

Next, it's time to get acquainted with some birds of prey.

0:40:150:40:19

Marcus Lloyd-Parker explains how to handle them.

0:40:190:40:21

OK, this is Slug. Now, Slug's a bit of a cheeky chap,

0:40:210:40:25

I've had Slug's dad for 15 years now.

0:40:250:40:27

What I'm going to do is step him on to your hand.

0:40:270:40:29

Hold your hand nice and level and straight, make a perch for me.

0:40:290:40:32

Going to step him back, very gently.

0:40:320:40:34

He's very chatty and talkative at the moment.

0:40:340:40:38

OK, just keep it tidy. We're just going to put the leash up on the fingers there.

0:40:380:40:42

If you can just close your hand for me there.

0:40:420:40:44

And if he jumps around, don't let go. There we go.

0:40:440:40:47

Is this a hunting bird or here for show?

0:40:470:40:51

This particular bird is a hunting bird, used for catching rabbits.

0:40:510:40:54

All the birds here are used for the educational side of things.

0:40:540:40:57

Lots of handling, close up things. Some birds here go into schools as well.

0:40:570:41:01

Every bird here has a different job, be it hunting or flying, doing the demonstrations.

0:41:010:41:07

Everyone has their own little thing to do, really.

0:41:070:41:10

With more space in the countryside, I wouldn't be surprised if Terry and Barbara

0:41:100:41:14

expand their family of feathered friends soon.

0:41:140:41:17

Barbara and Terry's budget may not stretch to something as grand as this,

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but it's time for the mystery property. I want to deliver them something with style and panache,

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but they may have to compromise a little bit on the size and one other factor - it's attached.

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-Time for the mystery property. How are you feeling?

-Quite excited.

-Nervous.

-Looking forward to it.

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-What would be ideal?

-Rural positioning.

-Yes.

-Detached.

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-We're coming up to retirement.

-I really would like detached.

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Well, it's a mystery property. We'll shake things up a bit.

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-No promises.

-No.

-Let's see how we do.

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For our mystery property, we travel 10 miles north west of Canterbury to the outskirts of Faversham.

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This market town is a real treasure trove of heritage.

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It's home to Britain's oldest brewery, an array of listed buildings and tourists shops on tap.

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Plenty here for the whole family.

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They said they DIDN'T want attached. Oh, dear. The mystery house is semi-detached.

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I hope the features of these beautiful stables win them over.

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Walking, walking, walking. Not much longer, I promise. Here.

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-So, are you ready?

-Yes.

-Mystery property.

-OK.

-Three, two, one, open your eyes.

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-Wow.

-Wow!

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-Oh, my God, yeah.

-So, just to put you in the picture, it's not everything you see here!

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-I realise that!

-It is quite impressive. There's houses there.

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We've got the stables. Dates back to 1850. It was only converted from stables back in 2000.

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-Lovely.

-Yes, speechless.

-It's really beautiful.

-It is.

-Gorgeous.

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-Stunning setting.

-I'm gobsmacked.

-You don't know what to say!

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While you collect your thoughts, let's go inside and have a look. It just gets better.

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'They seem really taken by this house.

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'My hunch might be spot on!'

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-It's an old stable, but it's got a farmhouse feel. Straight into the kitchen here.

-Look at that.

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-That is fantastic!

-Come and have a look.

-Absolutely.

0:43:370:43:42

-Yeah, that is...brilliant.

-Lovely.

-I never expected to see anything like this.

-Lovely tops.

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-I thought you'd like the granite.

-It's what I've got already. Lovely.

-We've got limestone floors

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-and tiles.

-Lovely.

-Absolutely.

-And the views.

-Absolutely lovely.

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Yeah.

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-You're really impressed.

-I am.

0:44:020:44:04

-It's lovely. It really is.

-Could you picture yourself here?

-Definitely.

0:44:040:44:09

-Yeah, certainty.

-Would you like to see more?

-Yes!

0:44:090:44:13

-There's another room through here. Let's go.

-OK.

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Come through here.

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-This is lovely.

-TERRY EXHALES

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You look almost emotional, Terry.

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-Do you really like it?

-It's lovely.

-Oh, guys!

0:44:300:44:34

-Sorry.

-It's OK. Do you know what?

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When we first spoke and you said the house you live in, you'd both seen it separately

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-and you had a feeling about it. Is that what's happening now?

-Mm.

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Ohh.

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Are you...? Ohh.

0:44:530:44:55

This is good! Good tears!

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-And something you wouldn't have thought of.

-No.

-Oh, dear.

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Tell me what you're thinking.

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I'm just speechless. It's just gorgeous.

0:45:050:45:09

-It's really gorgeous.

-What are you thinking, Terry?

-Out of this world.

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-It's brilliant.

-And it's something that we just didn't want, actually.

0:45:140:45:20

-That's right!

-Yeah.

-I'm glad you pointed that out. It is, of course, semi-detached.

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-Yes.

-Which was a no-no.

-Yeah. But...

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-It's beautiful.

-..it is no more!

-Brilliant.

0:45:330:45:36

It is absolutely fantastic. Yeah.

0:45:360:45:39

Yeah, it is.

0:45:390:45:42

-It's such a surprise.

-Yeah.

-It's taken you by surprise.

-Yeah.

0:45:420:45:46

-It certainly has.

-Good. Shall we carry on? Are you ready?

0:45:460:45:51

-Come on, then.

-Let's keep going.

0:45:510:45:56

'With a reaction like that, this could be a home for them.'

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So... the downstairs family bathroom.

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-Have a quick look in here.

-It's a nice size.

-It's lovely.

-Yes.

0:46:040:46:09

-It's just got a bath down here. Is that OK?

-Oh, yes!

0:46:090:46:14

I thought you might be upset there's no shower. Clearly not.

0:46:160:46:21

-No, it's lovely. Absolutely.

-It's nice.

-So this works for you?

-Yes, definitely.

-Great. Fantastic.

0:46:210:46:27

Let's look at the rest. 'Will there be anything they don't like?

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'There are three bedrooms, two of which are on the ground floor and very pretty.'

0:46:330:46:39

-Wow. Oh, lovely.

-Oh, this is lovely, isn't it?

0:46:390:46:43

-Yeah.

-What is it about this room?

-I just think it's lovely.

-It's just a gorgeous room.

-Yeah.

0:46:430:46:50

-It is.

-Absolutely, well...

-And you've got room for wardrobes.

0:46:500:46:54

-It's ideal.

-This is lovely.

0:46:540:46:57

-And it's so peaceful.

-Yeah.

-Isn't it?

-It's lovely.

0:46:570:47:02

'They seem to have been impressed by every room so far. Let's hope that continues in the master.'

0:47:020:47:09

This will be your master bedroom.

0:47:100:47:13

-Oh, it's lovely. That is lovely.

-Another lovely room.

-Yeah.

0:47:130:47:18

-You're both a little calmer now.

-Yes, calmed down!

-I'm impressed. You quite like this room?

0:47:180:47:25

-Yes.

-Lovely.

-Tell me a little bit about what you're thinking.

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What can you say? It's the style of the place altogether. It's...well, breathtaking. Lovely.

0:47:300:47:36

-Absolutely.

-I'm still a bit speechless.

-What's knocking you for six so much?

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Looking at it from the outside and then coming in and seeing it,

0:47:430:47:48

-it's what I didn't expect it to be like.

-So this could be your dream property in the country?

0:47:480:47:55

-Yeah.

-You wanted an en suite.

-Mm-hm.

-Well, how about this?

0:47:550:47:59

Your very own shower room here.

0:47:590:48:02

-Brilliant.

-Come on in. Have a look.

-Absolutely brilliant.

0:48:020:48:06

-Yeah, fantastic.

-Nice size.

0:48:060:48:09

-It's a good size.

-Yes, it is.

-You've got a stand-up shower there

0:48:090:48:13

-on the landing from your bedroom.

-Yeah, out of this world.

-Nice.

-Fantastic.

0:48:130:48:19

-Nice size.

-You could have this bathroom and you have one downstairs!

-Fair enough!

0:48:190:48:26

-It's time we looked at that garden.

-Yes, OK.

0:48:270:48:31

'I'm really pleased. It looks like the mystery house has been a risk worth taking,

0:48:310:48:37

'but it is attached. I hope the garden won't disappoint.'

0:48:370:48:42

Let's head outside. We're now, obviously, by your front door.

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-Right.

-Lovely.

-This is the mystery property because it's something you wouldn't choose.

0:48:470:48:53

Let me put you in the picture. We've got three converted stables.

0:48:530:48:57

Your property, one next door and that one.

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Here is the farmhouse. The lord of the manor who owned everything!

0:49:010:49:06

Then we've got the barn conversion. So this is a sort of communal area, although you'd own a bit of it.

0:49:060:49:13

-What do you think?

-It's nice.

-Yes, it's unusual.

0:49:130:49:17

-It's just so pretty, isn't it?

-Not what you were planning.

-No.

0:49:170:49:22

-Something you could live with?

-Oh, definitely.

-If I twisted your arm. I'll show you the rest.

0:49:220:49:28

'Lawned grounds sweep around the property,

0:49:310:49:34

which includes car parking and a workshop to keep Terry happy.'

0:49:340:49:39

-And then behind here, all of this.

-Gosh!

0:49:390:49:42

-This is just yours.

-Nice.

-Yes. Nice size. It's lovely.

0:49:420:49:47

-It's brilliant.

-It's working for you?

-Yes.

-But now...

0:49:470:49:52

-the time has come to talk money.

-Yes.

-I know it's on your mind, so come over here.

0:49:520:49:57

It's time we had a chat. I know it's been on your mind.

0:49:570:50:03

-It's a gorgeous property.

-It is. Really beautiful.

-Yes, it is.

0:50:030:50:07

-Unexpected.

-Yes, totally.

-It's not something you would have looked at.

-No.

0:50:070:50:13

It's a mystery property for a reason, so let's talk money. How much do you think it's worth?

0:50:130:50:19

I personally think that it's going to be up over our budget.

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A very difficult one to guess,

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but I would say I quite expect it to be 375.

0:50:280:50:33

-375, OK. And Barbara?

-Yes, I think 365.

-365.

-Mm.

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-So right at the top end.

-Yes.

-Well, it's on the market for £345,000.

-Really?

0:50:400:50:47

-That's unbelievable.

-It's beautiful.

-That's good and that's in our budget.

-Yeah.

0:50:470:50:54

-I think a lot of thought has got to go into it, really.

-It has.

0:50:540:50:59

-OK, it's time for you to go back inside.

-OK.

-And start thinking.

-Yeah.

-And we'll talk later on.

0:50:590:51:06

-OK, then.

-Off you go.

-Right.

0:51:060:51:08

What a reaction! They do absolutely love the property

0:51:120:51:16

and they were gobsmacked that it is not only within their budget, it's under it. Will they go for it?

0:51:160:51:22

They were clearly overwhelmed as soon as they walked in. Will they take the plunge?

0:51:390:51:45

The first impression of this property just blew me away.

0:51:450:51:49

It was totally unexpected.

0:51:490:51:52

The kitchen blew my mind. Beautiful.

0:51:520:51:55

A nice big chocolate cake in here!

0:51:550:51:58

Then we walked into this lounge and it just blew me away.

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-I think our furniture would fit in nice.

-It would, lovely. Fantastic.

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It would work very well for us.

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As a retirement home, it's perfect.

0:52:120:52:15

-It would be lovely to have all the family round for Christmas.

-Christmas would be fantastic.

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It's got everything you could possibly want. We've got to think if we want to be adjoined,

0:52:220:52:28

or, as we first said, detached.

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-How are you both?

-OK.

-Lots to think about now.

-Yes.

0:52:310:52:36

-You've seen all of the properties. Let's find somewhere to sit down and chew it over.

-OK.

-Let's go.

0:52:360:52:43

Barbara and Terry have now seen a real mix of properties, from a country cottage to semi-detached.

0:52:550:53:02

They have a lot to weigh up.

0:53:020:53:05

-Right, guys. We've had a bit of an emotional journey.

-Yes.

0:53:080:53:13

-Seen a lot of properties.

-Yes.

-Let's start at the very beginning with the country cottage.

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-We loved it.

-Very much.

-We will go back to see it again.

0:53:190:53:24

Really? We haven't even talked about the others! You'll go back?

0:53:240:53:29

-Definitely.

-What is it about it?

0:53:290:53:31

-The rural location, definitely.

-And the property had been refurbed in good taste.

0:53:310:53:37

-The garden was quite small.

-Yes.

-So what has grabbed you?

-There's only 13 properties in the area.

0:53:370:53:44

-So a really nice area.

-OK, so it was a good start.

-Yes, it was.

-Let's move on.

0:53:440:53:50

Let's talk about the bungalow that we saw next.

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The bungalow was very nice, very well done inside,

0:53:540:53:56

and, well, beautiful garden. You couldn't fault the garden.

0:53:560:54:00

Yeah, it was a lovely property.

0:54:000:54:02

-but it's just the location.

-Yeah, purely.

0:54:020:54:06

There was no rural feel to it at all.

0:54:060:54:08

-It was a bit too close to the neighbours.

-It was. It was.

0:54:080:54:11

Let's talk about the chalet bungalow. What did you think?

0:54:130:54:18

-That was a lovely bungalow.

-Yeah. But it was too big. It's very similar in size to what we've got.

0:54:180:54:25

They were big rooms and nice rooms. The property itself, internally, was very nice indeed.

0:54:250:54:31

-So, finally, then...

-Ah.

-..the mystery property.

0:54:310:54:35

-This is something you wouldn't have looked at.

-No.

-It's out of this world. Still can't describe it

0:54:350:54:41

in words. It was a fantastic property. Absolutely fantastic.

0:54:410:54:45

It was a semi-detached, which we didn't want, but when you look at what it had to offer,

0:54:450:54:52

-you've got to say that it was just out of this world.

-The kitchen was to die for.

-Yeah.

0:54:520:54:59

-Full credit to the present owners.

-Yes.

-It was fantastic.

0:54:590:55:02

I didn't expect the kitchen to be like it was, or the lounge.

0:55:020:55:08

I didn't expect three bedrooms, either. Fantastic.

0:55:080:55:11

-We're going to go back there.

-For a serious look.

0:55:110:55:15

So we've got two properties that you're going to have another look at. Both in your budget.

0:55:150:55:19

-One at the top end.

-Yes.

-And the last one, a nice surprise there.

-Was well within.

0:55:190:55:25

Well within. So, uh...

0:55:250:55:28

-So next step is a return to the area.

-Yes, that's right. Have a good look round.

0:55:280:55:34

OK, but if I have to push you at this moment,

0:55:340:55:38

-which one are the scales tipping in favour of?

-I'm still swaying for the country cottage, really.

0:55:380:55:45

But go back, have another look

0:55:450:55:49

-and I don't know...

-There's possibilities.

-50/50 for the last one.

0:55:490:55:55

-A strong possibility we've found you your dream home?

-Yes, I think so.

-Could be.

-Definitely.

0:55:550:56:01

Fantastic. I really am pleased.

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Not one, but two properties! Brilliant!

0:56:030:56:08

-Let us know how you get on. It's been an absolute pleasure.

-It's been great, really great.

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-Best of luck.

-Thank you.

-With your escape!

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What a surprise! This is what I absolutely love about this show.

0:56:250:56:29

We show them a mystery property they would never have considered and now it's in their top two!

0:56:290:56:36

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