Hereford Escape to the Country


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Jules Hudson visits Herefordshire with a couple in search of a property they can run as a B&B. They need at least three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate dining room.


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We're in a county that shares its name with one of the most famous breeds of livestock in the world.

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Any ideas where we are? Do these fellows look familiar to you?

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Well, stick around on Escape To The Country and all will be revealed.

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In today's show, we'll be helping a couple search, not only for a new home,

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but also the perfect place from which to run a bed-and-breakfast business.

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-Half of that big barn.

-Half. That's excellent.

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-That looks very big.

-Very capacious.

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We'll be taking them on a tour of superb properties

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and revealing a room that their guests will never forget.

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It's not cosy. It's, sort of, baronial.

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And there's the mystery house,

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always added to stir things up.

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But will any of our choices get them packing their boxes?

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Well, today I'm in Herefordshire.

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And this noisy and somewhat hectic scene behind me is Hereford's own cattle market.

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They've been selling cattle here for hundreds of years.

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They used to sell them in the main street, outside the bank.

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Appropriate enough, when you consider how much money these animals do go for.

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But today, nearly 200 of these will go underneath the auctioneer's hammer. But here's some advice.

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Don't scratch your nose, or put your hand up.

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You may go home with far more than you bargained for.

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Herefordshire is largely a carpet of patchwork fields

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and sits snug up against the Welsh border.

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As a county, it feeds and hydrates us rather well.

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The world-famous Hereford cattle are bred for their high-quality beef.

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And the 350-year-old cider industry is still important.

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Property-wise, the county is known for its black-and-white villages.

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A term that was given, due to the high number of timber-framed houses,

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some dating back to medieval times.

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With the Malvern Hills to the east,

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and miles of countryside around, Herefordshire offers a mix of landscapes

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and plays host to a wide range of country pursuits.

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If you've never previously thought

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about moving to Herefordshire, you might want to think again.

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Your average detached will set you back around £278,000.

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It is 5% above the national average.

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But compare that to Gloucestershire

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where the rise is 20%, you can see that it is fantastic news

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if you are after a bargain.

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And great for today's buyers.

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And they are Martin and Anne,

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who live in a five bedroom house in Walsall, in the West Midlands.

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They're teachers and keen ramblers.

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Having raised four children, they're now looking forward to semi-retirement

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and starting a new little business in the idyllic Herefordshire countryside.

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The main reason we'd like to move to the country,

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is because we enjoy being out in the countryside walking.

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We'd like to be able to walk from our door into beautiful surroundings.

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Not be surrounded by traffic and noise all the time.

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We are hoping to run a little B & B for a few years.

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We'd like to cater for walkers.

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Because we enjoy walking and obviously we enjoy

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the company of people who enjoy walking.

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Martin and Anne's Christian faith is an important part of their lives.

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They are already seeing how it will fit in with their new life.

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Well, the kind of live we dream of in the country will involve us going out walking in the hills.

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Walking to the pub. Going to church together.

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We want to join the choir.

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I want to ring the bells.

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That's the sort of thing.

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They've lived in their current property for 23 years.

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And, whilst it's been a great home for the family, as is often the case, it's not perfect.

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As you can see, we live on a really busy road.

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I'm really looking forward to getting away from all this noise and pollution

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and living in a nice, peaceful area.

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Well, this kitchen's fine. But it's not really big enough for two people to work in.

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And when we're in our new house, we hope we'll both be cooking together.

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And so it would be nice if we had a lovely, big, traditional kitchen.

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And with aspirations of growing their own food, Anne has an important request.

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As you can see, we grow a few gooseberries

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and a bit of rhubarb here. We have a herb wheel in the garden,

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but we haven't a lot of room, it's a tiny patch.

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We'd love a lot more room to grow our own fresh fruit and vegetables.

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Those requests all seem reasonable.

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What sort of property would make them a comfortable home

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and give them the accommodation to run a B & B?

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A character property, in a beautiful area.

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With at least three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate dining area.

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Well, it sounds great. But, before we start, we've invited round a local estate agent

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to value the home they bought for £38,000.

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This is a beautiful extended five-bed, semidetached property,

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set in the lovely village of Aldridge.

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Great transport links. Great schools.

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In the current market conditions, I would recommend putting the property on the market for £225,000.

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Well, it's a little disappointing.

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Although, we were expecting the prices not to be so good

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because of the state of the economy.

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However, if the price of the house that we're going to buy has also come down a little,

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then we won't be any worse off.

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It's a pragmatic approach.

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So, how much money is available for the new home?

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For our perfect property, if it ticks all the boxes, £275,000.

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Now, in an ideal world for most of us, money would be no object.

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We could all rush out and buy beautiful Tudor farmhouses like the one behind me.

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But, of course, for Martin and Anne, money is an object.

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And for their budget, they're looking for at least three, maybe four, bedrooms,

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a separate dining room in which to entertain their new paying guests,

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a characterful house that they and their guests, will enjoy and remember,

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and something of a garden, to allow a bit of a vegetable plot.

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Now, the budget is a challenge,

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but I think we'll manage.

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Martin and Anne are open-minded as to their location.

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But their new home needs to be suitably placed to attract B & B customers.

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So, we're focusing our search in the countryside to the west of Leominster.

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We'll be taking them on a whistle-stop tour

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of gorgeous country homes in Herefordshire.

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We may even nip over the border in search of irresistible property.

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And, as ever, our final stop will be the mystery house.

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A property specially selected for its unique qualities.

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The thing I love about house-hunting in this part of the world is the choice.

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You've got everything from medieval, to Georgian, to Victorian.

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Quaint little cottages and gorgeous red-brick farmhouses.

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Whatever you fancy, I'm sure that Herefordshire will give it to you.

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If you're lucky enough to have a healthy budget, how about this fine home?

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Perched high up in the Wye Valley, on the market for 975.

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Dating back to 1780, the rooms have grand proportions.

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And most of them have views over the garden and countryside beyond.

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Or, if like Martin and Anne, you fancy running a B & B, then how about stumping up

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50 grand short of 700,000 for this established B & B property in Whitchurch

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which also comes with two holiday cottages.

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It's spacious and characterful and has beautiful gardens,

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the perfect place for soaking up the fresh country air.

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Alternatively, this Grade II-listed former farmhouse in Wigmore is up for sale, for 425.

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The four-bedroom house retains many of its original timbers

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and will appeal to those looking for a characterful country home.

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Well, Anne and Martin, welcome to Herefordshire,

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-I suppose I should say.

-Yes.

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-Thank you very much.

-Now, this is quite a project, isn't it?

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This is some change from what you're used to.

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-Yes. Big change of lifestyle.

-Massive change of lifestyle.

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Yes. Cos we've always lived in the town

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and now we want to live in the country.

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Well, you've definitely come to the right place.

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But you are doing this with some ambition, aren't you?

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Because your budget is not the biggest in the world.

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-No.

-And you are thinking about a bit of B & B on the side.

-That's right.

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We're hoping to supplement our meagre income, with a bit of B & B.

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Now, let's just be sure about the budget - 275?

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275. But we have more.

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Because we're sort of holding back a bit of capital.

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If we got an extra bedroom for letting

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then we would, perhaps, put that bit of capital in.

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So, 275, with three bedrooms. Maybe three, or thereabouts, with four.

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Or perhaps a little bit more. Perhaps 320.

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-Yeah.

-Oh, really?

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Interesting. All right. B & B is quite good fun.

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I grew up in a B & B. My mum ran a B & B for over 30-odd years.

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So, I know roughly what you're taking on.

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Whether or not you do or not, is another question.

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We'll see what you make of the properties we've got to offer you.

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But all of them will allow this to happen in some measure.

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Let's see if you like a bit of country life.

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-Yeah.

-Come on, then.

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Jump in, jump in.

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So, Martin and Anne have a budget of £275,000 for a three-bedroom house.

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Or up to 320 for a four-bed.

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They're looking for a large kitchen,

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so they have enough room to cook together,

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a separate dining room,

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two bathrooms so they don't have to share with guests,

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and a garden big enough for them to grow vegetables.

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Now, whose idea was it

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to enter the world of B & B?

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It was Anne's idea originally, she's said for years that she'd like to run a B & B.

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And I said, "And I'd like to go and live in a grass hut in Tahiti,"

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but, actually, hers just seemed to be a runner

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and mine doesn't. And the more we thought about it,

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the more practicable we thought it would be.

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Well, there is no time to waste.

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The first house in our hit list is in Staunton on Wye,

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ten miles west of Hereford.

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The focal point of the village is the 13th-century church,

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where I'm sure Martin and Anne will make many new friends,

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and the village pub,

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that was on their wish list, is just a stone's throw down the road.

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The house we are about to view is the old doctor's surgery,

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but there's not a trace of a clinical feel. It's a comfortable, cosy home, with splendid views.

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Now, have a look at that.

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Absolutely gorgeous.

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It's an amazing view. That's just what we want, it's beautiful.

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Those are actually the Merbach Hills. If you keep going along those,

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which you might do, if you want to go walking, you end up in the Brecon Beacons.

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That's just what we want.

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You're in great walking country, aren't you?

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This is what I want you to have a look at, this lovely cottage.

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It was a two-up, two-down, the bulk of it behind the front door.

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Recently, it's been much extended to give it,

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-you know...

-More space.

-..a lot more space. Let's see what you think.

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-Right.

-Yes.

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Right.

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Come on in, Anne. Grab the door, Martin.

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This is lovely.

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Is this your sort of thing?

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Yes, I really like this, cos it's cosy,

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-and it's not poky.

-Yeah. It's a mixture of timber beams,

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-as you can see, and brick.

-That's lovely.

-They've removed some of the panels to open it up.

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That's what stops it being poky and makes it a more attractive room.

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I like the fireplace. The beams are lovely.

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-And the ceiling's... Yeah, it's good.

-It's high enough for us.

-Yeah.

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Let's have a look in here. Big enough for you and all your guests?

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I think it'll be big enough for our guests. I don't think we could eat in here with our guests.

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But perhaps we could eat in the kitchen.

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-Perhaps you could eat in the kitchen!

-HE LAUGHS

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Perhaps you could eat in the kitchen! Come through to the kitchen.

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This, I think, might answer the question about the dining area.

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This is an extension that's been added in the last five years.

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It's quite big, isn't it?

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It's bigger than we have at the moment. I like the painted cupboards,

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the cooker at that height's really useful, eye-level grill,

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it's very practical for cooking.

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It's nice that the modern bit of the house is the bit that's got to be especially hygienic.

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The interesting old part for sitting in, but the part where we really want to keep it clean and safe,

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it's modenrn and easy to use.

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'Leading off the kitchen is a study, but Martin and Anne could use this as an additional bedroom.

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'And there is a shower room just next door.

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'In addition to that, there are three more bedrooms upstairs.

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'The first is a single, and the smallest of the three, but we're going to head next door.'

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This would be your guests' room.

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-I think if I was staying here, I'd be reasonably content.

-Happy with this.

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Certainly have a nice view out the window.

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If you wanted to stay in a cottage in Herefordshire,

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-this is the kind of bedroom you'd want to stay in.

-Absolutely.

-Exactly.

-It's pretty.

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-It's nice. It's a lovely shape.

-Let's check the bathroom out.

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-The bathroom is all-important.

-Lead the way!

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'So that's the guests sorted, but what about the bathroom?'

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Yeah... JULES LAUGHS

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Oh, it's nice, when you get in. We'll have to be very careful of that ceiling.

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-But once you're in...

-Once you're in, it's a reasonable amount of room.

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I love this, I love these painted boards.

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-Nice, white suite.

-Now, this is the bathroom

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you would probably have to share with your guests,

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although don't forget, you've got the downstairs shower room.

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I was thinking we might manage with that downstairs shower room when we've got guests.

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-And leave them with this.

-Yes, so they can spread themselves.

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Well, the good news is, you don't need to share your master bedroom.

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-That's all yours. Come and have a look at this.

-Ah, good.

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-JULES LAUGHS

-Isn't that the smallest master-bedroom door

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you've ever seen?

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Duck!

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Come on in!

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Come on in.

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Again, I think, decorated in the way that one would expect a nice country B & B to be.

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Yes, it's nice.

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It's a really nice room.

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You've got lovely views again of the Merbach Hills.

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I think it would work,

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it would work as a one-letting-bedroom bed and breakfast.

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-Mm-hmm. Or we could even be thinking of one double and a single.

-Mmm.

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That's pretty much it for the interior.

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Let's go outside,

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-have a quick look at the rest of it...

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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-..and then we'll have a think about how much it might cost you.

-OK.

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Off you go. Lead on, Martin.

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'It looks like this cottage really could work as a B & B for Martin and Anne.

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'Outside, there's a single garage, and just to the rear is a patio area where guests could relax.'

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So, you've got another little terraced area.

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Yeah.

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Maybe your guests would have breakfast up here.

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Mmm. It'll get the evening sun, certainly.

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But it might get the morning sun as well.

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Well, any excuse to look at that, really, I would suggest!

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Come down here.

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I don't know how much of a garden you really want to have to keep on top of,

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but this is very, very manageable.

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It is. It's big enough.

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It's big enough, and you might squeeze a greenhouse in.

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-Yes.

-You certainly could.

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Some place where I can go and commune with the tomatoes.

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-Get away from the guests!

-Get away from the wife!

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Leave Anne to look after the guests.

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I suppose that bring us neatly on to wonder about how this place sits in relation to your budget of 275.

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Your hopeful budget, given that this is three bedrooms,

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that's the figure we're chasing.

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What do you think? What's it worth?

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We could afford 275 for this house, I think.

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I think it might be a little bit more expensive.

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-Shall we say 280?

-280.

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Yes, I think I'd go along with that.

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-280!

-Is it up for less?

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-It is up for less.

-Oh! JULES LAUGHS

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By 500 quid!

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Ah, well!

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-Good guess.

-500 quid shy of £280,000. Go on, why don't you go inside

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and have a look around, and see if this will be your new B & B.

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-I'll catch up with you later.

-We'll do that.

-Smashing.

-Off you go.

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Well, there we are, just shy of £280,000. You do get a very attractive cottage,

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an absolutely fantastic view, and the possibility of running a small little business within it.

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Is it for them? Well, who knows?

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It's not the only house we're going to show them, but it may be the one they're going to buy.

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So this cosy cottage is a shade over their budget for a three-bedroom property,

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at £279,500. But I'm sure they could make an offer a touch lower.

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It has the separate dining room they were looking for,

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3 bedrooms, but the study could become a fourth,

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a reasonable-sized garden with patio area,

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and of course, those splendid, uninterrupted views.

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Now this is a really nice room, but there isn't a lot of storage space in it,

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and I know I'll have to cut my clothes enormously.

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And also, the guest bathroom's there, right outside our door.

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Really, to my mind, will the guests be happy?

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They've got to come out of their bedroom, down the stairs, up the stairs and into the bathroom.

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I think this is a place we could live and run a B & B in, erm...

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..probably. So I have a little doubt about it.

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From what I've seen, the location seems fine,

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and as far as walking country's concerned, it's perfect.

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I'm not absolutely certain. It is a little bit small.

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But it is a very pretty house. Very nice. I am very drawn to it. I really like it.

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Ah-ha! Our first guest!

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-JULES LAUGHS

-Well, you never know! Maybe I will be your first guest!

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Enjoying the view! What about that?

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-Fantastic.

-It's a lovely property. Really nice to look around here.

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It is a great one, and of course, that comes with it for nothing.

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BUT it's not over, there's plenty more to show you. And it's still sunny.

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-That's right. This must be Herefordshire weather.

-JULES LAUGHS

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Martin and Anne's move can't come soon enough.

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They're eager to explore what will be their new surroundings.

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So they're taking some time to get to know the area.

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Historic Leominster dates back to the 7th century.

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This is a real tourist hot spot,

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isn't it? Lots of lovely tearooms and antique shops.

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Yeah, just the place for a B & B.

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The small town is awash with medieval buildings

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and, with its fine selection of specialist shops and eateries,

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it makes an ideal place for an afternoon stroll.

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Just four miles up the road is Croft Castle.

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Parts of it, including the walls and towers, date back to the 14th century,

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although the 18th-century interior has just undergone a refurbishment,

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restoring it to its former glory.

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Good old fireplace here, Anne.

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It's a fantastic fireplace, what a size!

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All we need is a cup of tea and a piece of toast.

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With Martin and Anne's passion for walking,

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they couldn't resist a visit to Queenswood Country Park.

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The 103 acres of semi-natural ancient woodland

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are home to over 500 rare and exotic trees.

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This would be a lovely place to walk if we come here, Martin.

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Yes. Just look down there.

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On the cusp of autumn, the trees are just changing colour, and ready to put on a magnificent display.

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It's a place I'm sure Martin and Anne will never tire of.

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Our next house stands on its own, at Brierley Hill, just a couple of miles from the Welsh border.

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Wigmore, a few miles away, is the place where Martin and Anne

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can throw themselves into the local community.

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The village is characterised by its 17th-century timber-frame buildings.

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And sitting at its heart is the 11th-century church.

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The bonus with the house is that it sits right next to the Herefordshire Trail,

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a popular walk that should deliver B & B business right to their doorstep.

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So, this is a house not to be missed.

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-What about that?

-Oh, that's a fabulous view.

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-Really nice.

-Not bad?

-Lovely.

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Second great view of the day.

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That's right!

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But the most important thing, is that property there.

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-That's the cottage. Great.

-It is, isn't it? It's absolutely huge.

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It's quite deceptive, actually.

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It's long and thin. Originally two cottages,

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now knocked into one. I think it's got a lot of scope.

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And I think that the fact that it's on the Trail...

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That's a real plus, that is.

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It's a real bonus, yeah. Well, let's go in see what you make of it.

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Come on in.

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Tiny little hallway.

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You imagine this as two cottages, we're going through the middle.

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But let's start in here.

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This is the, well, the living room.

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-This is your reception room.

-This is nice.

0:21:270:21:29

-Yes, very nice.

-Yes, like this.

-Open fire.

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Nice, big, stone fireplace.

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Like the beams in the wall.

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This is as wide as the house is, though. That's it.

0:21:360:21:39

-A-ha!

-You see.

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It looked so enormous from outside, but it's one room.

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and they're small cottage-y rooms.

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It's a nice room. It's a nice room. I like it.

0:21:450:21:48

-It's not all that small.

-No.

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Your walking guests would enjoy this.

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They'd appreciate this.

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Especially, as it's so near the walk.

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But, you know, if I'm walking through the countryside

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and I'm dreaming of my ideal stopover,

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you know, open fireplaces, stone surrounds, beams, cosy, glass of wine...

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That's the job.

0:22:110:22:13

This would be perfect. It's a proper, rural, Herefordshire house.

0:22:130:22:17

-It is.

-Yeah, yeah.

-But, come on. Come through, here.

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This is the, this is the kitchen-dining room, I suppose.

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Now, what do you think of this?

0:22:270:22:31

It's lovely. What a great fireplace.

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-It's whopping.

-It is the mother of all inglenooks, isn't it?

0:22:330:22:37

HE LAUGHS

0:22:370:22:39

-We could smoke our own hams in there.

-Yeah.

0:22:390:22:42

-Well...

-Fabulous fireplace.

0:22:420:22:44

-Yeah.

-We'll definitely be warm enough with that going.

0:22:440:22:47

-Most certainly.

-Nice dining room.

-I like the French windows, as well.

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They go someway to describing what's happening with this place.

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It's midway through, you know, quite a detailed renovation,

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Some of the doors have been done,

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some of the windows have been done.

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Other bits need doing.

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You'll see that as we go through.

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Come and look at the kitchen.

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This is where you're going to have to prepare all these meals

0:23:080:23:12

and so forth, Anne.

0:23:120:23:14

Come in here.

0:23:140:23:16

Now, I think this is you, all over.

0:23:160:23:19

It's beautiful. That's really nice.

0:23:190:23:22

It's a really lovely kitchen.

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And the free-standing furniture, the table.

0:23:240:23:27

I could work at the table.

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Plenty of room and we could eat at the table.

0:23:280:23:31

It's big enough, I'm sure.

0:23:310:23:33

You'd make it cosy with that.

0:23:330:23:34

I love this stove. This is great. This is beautiful.

0:23:340:23:38

Let's think about upstairs.

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That's going to really put the icing on the cake, isn't it?

0:23:390:23:42

Four bedrooms, enough?

0:23:420:23:44

Oh, yes.

0:23:440:23:46

Four bedrooms is great.

0:23:460:23:47

-Now, on the way up, you notice the stairs split.

-Yes.

0:23:470:23:51

Don't forget it was two cottages that have now been amalgamated.

0:23:510:23:56

But this end of things would be something of a guest wing.

0:23:560:23:59

You've got a bathroom in there. Needs a bit of work.

0:23:590:24:02

-But in here, guest room.

-Yes, lovely, very nice.

0:24:020:24:06

Really nice room.

0:24:060:24:08

I like it. Fabulous view.

0:24:080:24:09

-Well, yeah, who wouldn't remember...

-Fabulous view everywhere.

0:24:090:24:12

Who wouldn't remember waking up to that?

0:24:120:24:15

The great thing about having the bathroom,

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next door, means that this whole end is for the guests.

0:24:170:24:20

They don't need to bother you at all.

0:24:200:24:23

But it does mean that the rest of it, down there, is for you.

0:24:230:24:26

-Nice and private.

-That sounds good.

0:24:260:24:28

Let's go and check it out. Lead on, Martin.

0:24:280:24:31

'Thankfully, the DIY work doesn't seem to have frightened them.

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'Along the landing are two single bedrooms

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'which would have been in the different cottages,

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'but they could be knocked into one for a bigger room.'

0:24:400:24:43

This is the main room itself.

0:24:450:24:47

This is where you guys would have to squeeze yourselves in.

0:24:470:24:51

-It wouldn't be a tight squeeze, would it?

-No, I don't think so.

0:24:510:24:55

-But you've also got an en suite.

-Oh, that's nice.

0:24:550:24:58

I wondered what was sticking out.

0:24:580:25:00

That's what's going on in there.

0:25:000:25:02

En suite. Let's go outside, check out the final bits

0:25:020:25:06

and then we'll think about how much it's going to cost you.

0:25:060:25:09

How much it's going to be. Yes.

0:25:090:25:11

Despite the work needed, I think Martin and Anne are seeing the potential of this cottage

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right next to the Herefordshire Trail.

0:25:170:25:20

Outside, the property's position on a hill means the garden is elevated.

0:25:200:25:25

Snuggling into the trees, is a seated are which would be lovely for hot summer days,

0:25:250:25:29

but the best thing about this garden is the privacy.

0:25:290:25:32

Well, they're your neighbours.

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The sheep.

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And, of course, the Herefordshire Trail goes right the way up that tree line.

0:25:360:25:42

Right. So, we can see the walkers coming down it.

0:25:420:25:45

That's where your prey is going to emerge from. Exactly.

0:25:450:25:49

I could get the greenhouse in somewhere.

0:25:490:25:51

Definitely. Even a few vegetables if you really fancied it.

0:25:510:25:55

-Yes.

-A bit of vegetable-growing.

0:25:550:25:57

How much do you like it, I wonder?

0:25:570:25:59

How much would we pay for it?

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Well, now then.

0:26:010:26:03

Go on then, Anne. Make me an offer.

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295.

0:26:050:26:06

-295.

-Whether we could afford that, I don't know.

0:26:060:26:09

-But that's what I think it might be on at.

-Martin?

0:26:090:26:13

I would go for something lower.

0:26:130:26:14

-Oh.

-Yes.

0:26:140:26:17

I don't know whether that's what it's on the market for,

0:26:170:26:20

but I don't think it's worth, to us, more than about 280.

0:26:200:26:23

-It is technically on the market for £320,000.

-Crikey. Yeah.

0:26:230:26:30

-Now, you can see there is some work that needs doing.

-There is.

0:26:300:26:34

It's certainly one, if you were interested, that I would...

0:26:340:26:38

-Knock them down.

-..start negotiation,

0:26:380:26:41

that would explore just what you could realistically give.

0:26:410:26:45

Go on, go and have an explore.

0:26:450:26:47

-Thank you, we will.

-Will do.

0:26:470:26:48

Off you go.

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At £320,000, this cottage is at the top end of Martin and Anne's budget.

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However, it does offer them four bedrooms, including one en suite,

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a kitchen-breakfast room,

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and a separate dining room, too.

0:27:020:27:04

And its rural position, next to the Herefordshire Trail,

0:27:040:27:08

might bring in a steady stream of B & B customers.

0:27:080:27:12

It's quite remote, isn't it?

0:27:120:27:13

Well, I'm a bit dubious about it, really.

0:27:130:27:16

Because I envisaged us walking to the shop, you know.

0:27:160:27:20

Walking to the pub and to church, and meeting people.

0:27:200:27:23

-Yeah.

-And not using the car.

0:27:230:27:26

Do you think we'll be lonely?

0:27:260:27:29

We might.

0:27:290:27:30

Maybe we could make this work as a B & B.

0:27:300:27:36

The location by the path is very good.

0:27:360:27:40

And the layout of the property is quite good.

0:27:400:27:43

Except that it doesn't give us two letting bedrooms,

0:27:430:27:46

only really one and maybe another one.

0:27:460:27:49

I think walkers would really be attracted to it. It's a lovely... Open fires, beautiful views.

0:27:490:27:56

A really nice cottage.

0:27:560:27:58

I think it would work.

0:27:580:27:59

If the Hereford Trail's well used, I think it could be a successful B & B.

0:27:590:28:04

Ah.

0:28:050:28:07

Now, then, I think that was well worth you looking at.

0:28:070:28:11

It certainly was, yes.

0:28:110:28:12

It's not what you might have considered, originally.

0:28:120:28:15

-But, you know...

-It's very interesting.

0:28:150:28:18

-It's very tempting.

-Good.

0:28:180:28:20

-I'm not sure, but very tempting.

-Let's think about it.

0:28:200:28:24

There's more to show you.

0:28:240:28:25

Let's see if we can tempt you with something else. Come on.

0:28:250:28:29

'Martin and Anne have always enjoyed an active role at their local church

0:28:360:28:41

'and, for Martin, it can't get more active than ringing the bells.

0:28:410:28:44

'He's been pulling the ropes for 24 years, so we've set up a treat

0:28:440:28:48

'at the Priory Church of St Peter & St Paul in Leominster, where we are meeting bell ringer Mark Pugh.'

0:28:480:28:54

Mark, nice to meet you.

0:28:540:28:55

You are relishing the chance to ring somewhere else, aren't you?

0:28:550:28:59

Yes, it's what we call "getting a tower grab".

0:28:590:29:01

A tower grab! It sounds sinister to me. Is it?

0:29:010:29:03

No. It's when visitors come along and want to have a go on our bells.

0:29:030:29:07

Where are the ropes?

0:29:070:29:08

I'm afraid they're up there.

0:29:080:29:10

'83 steps later...'

0:29:130:29:15

Wow! We've got some company!

0:29:150:29:17

Absolutely! This is our small band.

0:29:170:29:21

Martin, would you like to take number two and rise it after Jim?

0:29:210:29:25

Right, I'll do that.

0:29:250:29:27

What's happening, Mark?

0:29:270:29:29

They're practising ringing a scale from the lightest bell, which is the treble,

0:29:290:29:34

to the heaviest bell, which is known as the tenor.

0:29:340:29:37

And they're trying to get their gap and timing perfect.

0:29:370:29:40

And how heavy is the heaviest bell here?

0:29:400:29:43

Just over a ton in metric.

0:29:430:29:45

So is it quite difficult to keep that moving?

0:29:450:29:49

It's all technique. The larger the bell, the easier it is, when it's going,

0:29:490:29:54

to maintain. It's got a lot more momentum to it.

0:29:540:29:57

'Now Martin's warmed up, it's time for Anne and I to have a go.'

0:29:570:30:00

Here we go.

0:30:000:30:02

-BELL RINGS

-Now down.

0:30:020:30:03

Beautiful.

0:30:040:30:06

'I can see this is not straightforward!

0:30:060:30:10

'Now it's Anne's turn.'

0:30:100:30:12

BELL RINGS

0:30:120:30:13

BELL RINGS

0:30:130:30:16

'As I suspected, I think she's finding it tricky, too!'

0:30:160:30:19

It really is not just a case of pulling a rope, is it?

0:30:190:30:21

No, but it doesn't take years to learn to ring, it's just, you can keep on getting better

0:30:210:30:28

and learning to do more things.

0:30:280:30:30

'I think it's time to step out and let those who know what they're doing step back in.

0:30:300:30:36

'It really does sound wonderful!'

0:30:360:30:40

I've had a great time,

0:30:460:30:48

but I am dying to know one thing.

0:30:480:30:50

Do we all think Martin got his tower grab?

0:30:500:30:53

ALL: Yes!

0:30:530:30:55

-JULES LAUGHS

-Thank you very much!

0:30:550:30:57

There you go!

0:30:570:30:58

Martin and Anne from Walsall are house hunting in Herefordshire.

0:31:050:31:08

They're looking not only for a cosy home for themselves,

0:31:080:31:12

but also a property that provides enough accommodation to run a B & B business.

0:31:120:31:16

They have a budget of up to £320,000 for a four-bedroom house.

0:31:160:31:21

And so far they've seen two properties that offers possibilites.

0:31:210:31:24

Coming up, a house that makes Martin fall into his own trap.

0:31:240:31:29

I said I wasn't going to say "wow".

0:31:290:31:32

-But wow!

-Wow, is it?

0:31:320:31:33

And a mystery house that turns out to be a TARDIS.

0:31:330:31:37

Oh, really nice.

0:31:370:31:39

You don't think we'd be a bit short of space(?)

0:31:390:31:42

Well, it's the beginning of our final day's house-hunt,

0:31:460:31:50

with Martin and with Anne.

0:31:500:31:52

So far, I do think we've shown them some properties that fit the bill,

0:31:520:31:55

but space is the thing - they haven't quite, I don't think, been big enough.

0:31:550:32:00

But now, today, all that is going to change.

0:32:000:32:05

How much of an emotional experience do you think house hunting is for you?

0:32:060:32:12

Well, it is one, there's no doubt about that,

0:32:120:32:16

because it's so important to find the right place.

0:32:160:32:19

And it's not like going out to buy a pair of scissors, is it?

0:32:190:32:24

You've got to get it right.

0:32:240:32:26

It's the whole rest of our life

0:32:260:32:28

and it's our plan for our future.

0:32:280:32:31

It's all got to be wrapped up in this house so it is emotional.

0:32:310:32:35

It's very important.

0:32:350:32:37

Our first property today is in Pilleth, just over the Welsh border into Powys.

0:32:400:32:45

The small town of Knighton, just four miles away,

0:32:450:32:48

would offer Martin and Anne a whole range of facilities,

0:32:480:32:51

from shops and banks to pubs and restaurants

0:32:510:32:54

and there's a church, too.

0:32:540:32:56

The house we are about to see sits on one of the most important battlegrounds in Welsh history.

0:32:560:33:01

In 1402, the Welsh forces took up their place at the top of the hill

0:33:010:33:05

and defeated the English lying below.

0:33:050:33:07

St Mary's Church stands on the hillside, overlooking the property

0:33:090:33:12

and, without electricity, it offers magical candlelit services.

0:33:120:33:16

The house itself is a little remote,

0:33:160:33:18

but it's such a wonderful property, that I'm hoping the location won't put them off.

0:33:180:33:23

Well, as you can see, we've landed in something of a conversion here.

0:33:260:33:31

We've got this great big farmyard complex.

0:33:310:33:34

What it does is, it gives you neighbours.

0:33:340:33:36

-Yes. That's important.

-Yes.

-That's what I want you to look at.

0:33:360:33:40

-You end up with half of that big barn.

-Ah, that's excellent.

0:33:400:33:46

-That looks, that looks very big.

-Very capacious, yes.

0:33:460:33:49

It's very capacious. The couple that have renovated this, she's a carpenter

0:33:490:33:55

and has done the work herself.

0:33:550:33:57

Right. So, it's to a high standard, we can guess.

0:33:570:34:00

It's a very, very high standard.

0:34:000:34:02

And very thoughtfully worked out, in terms of the way the space works and so forth.

0:34:020:34:07

Whether it will fit you two, and your new life...

0:34:070:34:11

-Only one way to find out.

-Seems very tempting.

0:34:110:34:14

Let's go have a look.

0:34:140:34:15

Right, come on in.

0:34:190:34:22

-So, this is your hallway.

-Yes, very nice.

-Very nice, yeah.

0:34:220:34:27

Big barn conversion. The floor is...

0:34:270:34:29

Oh, it's beautiful. It's lovely.

0:34:290:34:31

Lovely flagstone floor.

0:34:310:34:33

These flags were originally in the barn,

0:34:330:34:36

they've been recycled into the new look.

0:34:360:34:38

-They're massive, as well, aren't they? Aren't they superb?

-Yeah.

0:34:380:34:41

And this is all new oak, is it?

0:34:410:34:43

This is all new oak.

0:34:430:34:45

Green oak, a lot of it. So, it's all still settling and creaking a bit.

0:34:450:34:49

And then, of course, oak staircase.

0:34:490:34:51

Everything you see, pretty much, is oak.

0:34:510:34:53

Few things I'll to show you later,

0:34:530:34:55

but I want you to start in here.

0:34:550:34:57

-That is amazing.

-That's a lovely kitchen.

0:35:010:35:03

-That is a fantastic kitchen.

-Isn't it gorgeous?

0:35:030:35:06

It's absolutely great? I love this.

0:35:060:35:09

No, it's lovely. Really, really nice.

0:35:090:35:12

This kitchen would be fine, wouldn't it?

0:35:120:35:15

Everything we needed.

0:35:150:35:16

-Excellent, yeah. It's great, yeah.

-But it does lead on to this...

0:35:160:35:20

That's very attractive.

0:35:200:35:22

..which is your living room.

0:35:220:35:24

The principal living room-cum-dining room.

0:35:240:35:26

Perfect. Lovely log burner.

0:35:260:35:30

I said I wasn't going to say "wow".

0:35:300:35:31

-But, wow!

-Wow is it. Yeah.

0:35:310:35:35

The floor? Fantastic.

0:35:350:35:37

Couldn't be better.

0:35:370:35:39

-It's, it's roomy.

-Yeah, yeah. Lots of room.

0:35:390:35:41

In fairness, your guests would have to use this area, too.

0:35:410:35:44

The people we'll get coming here will be walking people.

0:35:440:35:48

They're going to be willing to sit in

0:35:480:35:50

-and get on and be part of the family, really.

-I would imagine so, yeah.

0:35:500:35:54

People do that.

0:35:540:35:55

'Judging by their reactions, I think they are blown away by this place.

0:35:550:35:59

'And, quite honestly, I'm not surprised. It's gorgeous!

0:35:590:36:03

'At the other end of the house, is the study or fourth bedroom.

0:36:030:36:08

'And there's the beauty of a cloakroom right next door.

0:36:080:36:12

'And just next door to that, a handy utility room.

0:36:120:36:15

'I can't wait to show them the other three bedrooms upstairs,

0:36:150:36:18

'which are impressive, to say the least.'

0:36:180:36:20

Fabulous staircase.

0:36:200:36:21

More oak floors, oak beams...

0:36:210:36:24

-All the way up here.

-Oak, oak, oak.

-Now then...

-Oh!

0:36:240:36:27

Come on in.

0:36:270:36:29

-Oh, my goodness.

-Crikey!

0:36:290:36:31

Oh, this is... SHE CHUCKLES

0:36:310:36:33

-I'm speechless!

-Lost for words.

0:36:340:36:36

I am speechless. It's so wonderful!

0:36:360:36:38

It's a room that your guests would remember.

0:36:380:36:41

They would. They'd come again.

0:36:410:36:43

I think that's the key thing.

0:36:430:36:45

You know, effectively, you've got a living area, too.

0:36:450:36:48

There's no harm in putting a sofa or two in.

0:36:480:36:50

A TV, tea and coffee-making facilities. All that stuff.

0:36:500:36:55

Yeah, everything. It's absolutely stunning. It's fabulous!

0:36:550:36:58

Yes, it's not cosy.

0:36:580:37:00

-It's, sort of, baronial!

-THEY ALL LAUGH

0:37:000:37:02

You see yourself as a lord!

0:37:020:37:04

-That's it, yes!

-You've also then got this.

0:37:040:37:07

Have a look in there. That's the en suite.

0:37:070:37:10

That is so good!

0:37:100:37:12

Oh, I love it.

0:37:120:37:14

-Absolutely love it.

-Yeah?

0:37:140:37:17

This is going to be too expensive.

0:37:170:37:20

Well, don't worry about the money!

0:37:200:37:22

You're buying a lifestyle. It's only money, Anne. Come on!

0:37:220:37:26

-You've got four bedrooms in this property, including the one downstairs.

-Excellent.

0:37:260:37:31

I think, arguably, you could have two very good letting rooms.

0:37:310:37:35

We've seen two perfectly good letting bedrooms so far.

0:37:350:37:38

Well, it doesn't stop there.

0:37:390:37:41

The other two bedrooms up here are equally beautiful.

0:37:410:37:44

The room that I think would suit them certainly isn't second-best.

0:37:440:37:48

The timbers and the height of the rooms

0:37:480:37:51

really make this place feel special.

0:37:510:37:53

It's easy to see the care and attention to detail,

0:37:530:37:56

that has gone into the renovation. And, as you would expect,

0:37:560:38:00

the family bathroom is pretty stylish, too.

0:38:000:38:03

Let's wander into the garden and look at the other aspects of this house.

0:38:050:38:09

-It's the rear view, but it's still beautiful.

-Yes, it's a barn.

0:38:090:38:13

-It's a lovely barn.

-In terms of garden, what you see is what you get.

0:38:130:38:16

It's quite a small plot in some respects,

0:38:160:38:19

-for a country house. But I don't know how much you want to have to bother with.

-It's big enough.

0:38:190:38:24

I don't think it's that small. I don't think it is.

0:38:240:38:27

I think maybe the grandeur of the setting makes it look smaller.

0:38:270:38:30

-It's quite a big garden.

-There's room for my greenhouse.

0:38:300:38:34

-Yeah.

-And room for vegetables.

-Plenty of room for vegetables.

0:38:340:38:37

Let's talk about the money, shall we?

0:38:370:38:40

-It's going to be too much!

-It's going to be too much!

0:38:410:38:44

It's so perfect. It's absolutely gorgeous.

0:38:440:38:47

Well, it's clearly going to budget the challenge a bit, OK?

0:38:470:38:51

Let's have a think about how much you think it's worth.

0:38:510:38:54

Well, to us, we would go to the limit for this one.

0:38:540:38:58

I'd bust a gut to get this!

0:38:580:39:00

And the limit is going to be 330. That's as far as we can possibly go.

0:39:000:39:05

Because it's got the four bedrooms?

0:39:050:39:07

-It's perfect.

-It's got everything we need. We don't need to do anything else.

0:39:070:39:11

But that's as much as we can raise.

0:39:110:39:13

-OK. So, £330,000 is what you're saying?

-Yes, we would go for that.

0:39:130:39:19

All right.

0:39:190:39:20

Would it surprise you if I told that this...

0:39:200:39:23

-was on the market for £385,000?

-No.

-No, it wouldn't surprise me at all!

0:39:230:39:28

You would, therefore, be delighted if I were to tell you that

0:39:280:39:32

it is now on the market for offers in excess...

0:39:320:39:36

of £320,000.

0:39:360:39:39

That's it! It's ours. It's ours!

0:39:390:39:42

-So, you've got ten grand to, you know, trade on.

-Jiggle it.

0:39:420:39:45

-Yes.

-Yeah.

0:39:450:39:47

-Well, wonderful.

-That's fantastic.

0:39:470:39:49

We've got to sell the house, but we'd go for it.

0:39:490:39:52

Have a look around and see how you might make the space work for you.

0:39:520:39:55

Go and indulge it. Remind yourself of what your dream might be.

0:39:550:40:00

-Go on.

-Right, we will, thank you very much.

0:40:000:40:02

-Thank you.

-Off you go.

-Thanks a lot.

-Well, there we are.

0:40:020:40:05

Two very happy buyers, I am delighted to say.

0:40:050:40:09

This is, of course, stretching the budget to the top of its limit -

0:40:090:40:14

offers in excess of £320,000.

0:40:140:40:17

But I do believe it is within range. They can certainly afford it.

0:40:170:40:21

Do they want it? Yes, of course they do!

0:40:210:40:23

This barn conversion, with its £320,000 price tag,

0:40:230:40:28

would make a beautiful home for Martin and Anne,

0:40:280:40:30

and, without doubt, offer stunning B & B accommodation.

0:40:300:40:34

There's a hand-built kitchen,

0:40:340:40:36

a separate dining area, three-to-four bedrooms,

0:40:360:40:39

and it all sits in a fabulous rural position, with superb views.

0:40:390:40:43

It's lovely. It's absolutely perfect. I love this room.

0:40:430:40:47

-I love the whole house.

-Yes, well...

0:40:470:40:49

I've been walking round like a gibbering idiot!

0:40:490:40:52

I was speechless. I think it's absolutely fabulous.

0:40:520:40:56

Perfect for us. I feel absolutely at home.

0:40:560:40:59

I love it to bits. In fact, I'll be devastated if we don't get this one.

0:40:590:41:03

Let's go for it!

0:41:030:41:05

It's perfect. It's everything we wanted, and more.

0:41:100:41:13

It's not too remote, because there are some neighbours.

0:41:130:41:17

The building itself is wonderful.

0:41:170:41:20

Lost for words!

0:41:200:41:22

Well, that was a job, getting you out of here!

0:41:220:41:25

-Yeah, absolutely.

-We didn't want to leave.

0:41:250:41:28

-Close the door.

-Move in tomorrow.

0:41:280:41:30

Move in tomorrow? Well... Now then, our house search is not over yet.

0:41:300:41:34

There is one more to come and a few other bits and pieces to show you before you make your minds up.

0:41:340:41:40

Well, we've got to keep an open mind, I suppose!

0:41:400:41:43

You'll be hard pressed to beat this one.

0:41:430:41:45

Well, I like a challenge. Come on.

0:41:450:41:49

Martin and Anne have never been strangers to nature.

0:41:540:41:58

When they move, they're keen to get their walking boots on

0:41:580:42:01

and explore the local countryside.

0:42:010:42:04

They're keen to learn about foraging for food.

0:42:040:42:07

So, we've arranged for them to meet up with fungi expert, Sheila Spence

0:42:070:42:11

to learn a little more.

0:42:110:42:12

-Hello, pleased to meet you.

-Hello, Sheila.

-Let's go.

0:42:120:42:15

Sheila is showing them round Brockhampton Estate,

0:42:150:42:18

where fungi grows in abundance.

0:42:180:42:20

But, it takes an expert to know the difference between what's deadly and what's delicious.

0:42:200:42:25

This is a parasol mushroom.

0:42:250:42:27

It would have been edible and very good, maybe three or four days ago.

0:42:270:42:30

-But now it's gone over.

-How do you know they're not poisonous?

0:42:300:42:34

You have to learn. There's no easy way of doing it.

0:42:340:42:37

You have to learn what's edible and what's not,

0:42:370:42:40

out of the some 14,000-odd that you might find somewhere in the British countryside.

0:42:400:42:46

Well, that's our first one.

0:42:460:42:48

It's clear Martin and Anne are going to need an encyclopaedia of fungi

0:42:480:42:52

to be confident they're picking one of the 200 varieties that are safe to eat.

0:42:520:42:57

And Sheila has just spotted one.

0:42:570:42:59

Wow, look at this.

0:42:590:43:01

This is the ideal mushroom.

0:43:010:43:04

The parasol again. But it's in an excellent condition.

0:43:040:43:07

Fresh and wonderful to eat. So, what we do now, we just pull it out.

0:43:070:43:12

I don't believe in cutting it. We pull it out and it's ready to cook.

0:43:120:43:16

Sheila has come equipped with a camping stove.

0:43:160:43:19

And, before long, it's ready for the important bit. The tasting.

0:43:190:43:23

Is that for me? Thank you very much.

0:43:230:43:26

Mmm. That's great. Really lovely.

0:43:260:43:30

Absolutely delicious.

0:43:310:43:33

At long last, of course, it's mystery house time.

0:43:360:43:39

In a part of the world that is littered

0:43:390:43:41

with beautiful timber-framed houses, like this one,

0:43:410:43:43

it'd be very tempting to offer something similar as the mystery house.

0:43:430:43:47

But, of course, that would be far too obvious.

0:43:470:43:50

We're staying put in Wales for our mystery house

0:43:500:43:53

and it's in the village of Gladestry.

0:43:530:43:55

Buying a house here would place Martin and Anne just six miles

0:43:550:43:58

from Kington, back over the border in Herefordshire.

0:43:580:44:01

Despite this small market town's position, on the western edge

0:44:010:44:04

of Offa's Dyke, it has been English for over 1,000 years.

0:44:040:44:09

In Gladestry, I suspect the position and location

0:44:090:44:11

of this next house, couldn't be better for Martin and Anne.

0:44:110:44:15

But will it grab them as much as the last one?

0:44:150:44:18

Right, guys. Well, at last...

0:44:190:44:22

it's mystery house time.

0:44:220:44:24

Going back to this theme of walking, and holiday makers, of course,

0:44:240:44:28

-which has dominated our search...

-It has.

0:44:280:44:31

..the mystery house here, I think, is a mystery house for two reasons.

0:44:310:44:35

-One, because we're on Offa's Dyke.

-Right. Good place for walking.

0:44:350:44:38

It's a fantastic place for walkers. We're actually on it.

0:44:380:44:41

-It runs through the road in front of us.

-Lovely.

0:44:410:44:44

Well, it used to, once upon a time. It's now eroded.

0:44:440:44:47

The other reason the mystery house is the mystery house is because it's that converted Zionist chapel.

0:44:470:44:53

Right. It looks very smart. It looks very...well done.

0:44:530:44:57

-Yes, in good condition.

-Good condition.

0:44:570:45:00

Yeah, it's interesting. It's nice.

0:45:000:45:02

-Attractive big windows.

-Let's go and have a look,

0:45:020:45:05

and see what you make of it.

0:45:050:45:07

Right, guys, up you come.

0:45:100:45:12

This is amazing.

0:45:120:45:14

-Martin, what do you think?

-Yes. Spacious, airy.

0:45:140:45:17

Lots of light. Like the big windows.

0:45:170:45:20

Yeah. But the key ingredient in it is, of course, the kitchen,

0:45:200:45:23

which again is, as you'd expect, it's only recently been renovated.

0:45:230:45:28

All of that is pretty new, really.

0:45:280:45:31

Yes, it's all... efficient, smart, clean.

0:45:310:45:34

It's modern and nice, and so forth.

0:45:340:45:37

It's not... It's not quite...

0:45:370:45:39

-country-ish, is it? It's not...

-I would say it's practical.

0:45:390:45:42

-Yes, yes.

-I mean, it's certainly not...

0:45:420:45:46

I don't dislike it. It's just, sort of...

0:45:460:45:48

I don't know. It hasn't got the same warmth.

0:45:480:45:50

-It's not a hand-built, aged... country kitchen.

-No, it isn't. No.

0:45:500:45:55

What they done here is to put in a floor level behind me, there.

0:45:550:46:00

So, most of the living is upstairs

0:46:000:46:03

and most of the bedroom accommodation...

0:46:030:46:06

-is downstairs.

-Ah, good.

0:46:060:46:07

-That's probably making best use of these big windows.

-Yeah.

0:46:070:46:11

-Well, indeed. It means your living area benefits from the height.

-Yes.

0:46:110:46:15

And down here, as I say,

0:46:150:46:17

is where you, and maybe your guests, would be accommodated.

0:46:170:46:20

-Let's have a look at that and see what you think.

-Oh!

0:46:200:46:23

Down here, there are three bedrooms.

0:46:230:46:25

The first is quite small, but it does fit two single beds.

0:46:250:46:29

Then there's another larger twin-bedded, or double room,

0:46:290:46:32

which I think could work for Martin and Anne.

0:46:320:46:35

Next door is the family bathroom which is small but clean and modern.

0:46:350:46:38

Last up is the master bedroom,

0:46:380:46:40

which I think should be for the bed and breakfast visitors.

0:46:400:46:43

Oh, yeah. It's a lovely square, balanced room, isn't it? It's lovely.

0:46:430:46:48

You've got this panelling running around it.

0:46:480:46:51

Yes, that's a nice feature.

0:46:510:46:52

'Now, it might not be a huge room,

0:46:520:46:55

'but it has an en suite bathroom, which the paying guests will appreciate.

0:46:550:46:59

'But the added bonus here is that it has a porch-cum-boot room,

0:46:590:47:03

'attached with a door to the outside,

0:47:030:47:05

'offering the guests, and of course Martin and Anne, plenty of privacy.

0:47:050:47:09

'Time now, though, to look at the upstairs.'

0:47:090:47:12

Come up here. I can't wait to see what you think...

0:47:120:47:16

-of this.

-Oh, that's...

0:47:160:47:18

Oh, yes, that is a lovely room.

0:47:180:47:20

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

0:47:200:47:23

-Oh, really nice.

-You don't think we'd be a bit short of space(?)

0:47:230:47:27

It's great, isn't it? You could do all sorts with this, actually.

0:47:290:47:32

-Yeah.

-A barn dance!

0:47:320:47:34

-You could have a barn dance!

-I mean...

0:47:340:47:37

I don't know whether that's allowed in a chapel!

0:47:370:47:41

-That's lovely. Great big wood burner.

-Excellent, yes.

0:47:410:47:44

In terms of space, you know, they've got it arranged

0:47:440:47:47

with these two huge sofas in...in a kind of L-shape.

0:47:470:47:51

But you could break this up in terms of different zones.

0:47:510:47:54

Sofas in one area, tables...

0:47:540:47:57

-Nothing to stop you having another dining table.

-We might like to do that.

0:47:570:48:01

-A study area.

-Let's go outside. The views are quite interesting.

0:48:010:48:05

Let's go out through these doors onto the decking area

0:48:050:48:08

and think about how much it might set you back.

0:48:080:48:11

Right, out you come.

0:48:120:48:15

There we are. Something of a view for you.

0:48:150:48:17

-Beautiful views.

-Yes, lovely.

-Yes.

0:48:170:48:19

Now, in terms of garden, all you've got is that.

0:48:190:48:22

Again, that's plenty.

0:48:220:48:24

-You've also got of parking there...

-Plenty of parking.

0:48:240:48:27

-..which is great for guests.

-Very useful. And camper vans.

0:48:270:48:30

-Greenhouse, somewhere.

-Bags of room for a green house.

-Yes.

0:48:300:48:33

That's not a problem. And then, you've got this decking area.

0:48:330:48:36

There's also something of a terrace down below us

0:48:360:48:39

which would allow a table and chairs. Underneath here,

0:48:390:48:42

a wood store, which you'll need for the wood burner.

0:48:420:48:45

-Yes, that would be true.

-Now, then...

0:48:450:48:48

your budget of £275,000.

0:48:480:48:51

How far is it going to go, or indeed stretch, to achieve this place?

0:48:510:48:57

I think we'd definitely get the custom.

0:49:000:49:03

We've only got the one letting bedroom,

0:49:030:49:05

but it's a nice one. It's got the en suite and everything.

0:49:050:49:08

-Yep.

-So, that's good.

0:49:080:49:10

I think we might push it a little bit up,

0:49:100:49:14

but...I don't know. 280?

0:49:140:49:16

Yes, that sounds like a...

0:49:160:49:18

You'd be happy with £280,000 for this,

0:49:180:49:21

but you might think you need a few quid left over.

0:49:210:49:24

Supposing you could snap this up for £245,000?

0:49:240:49:28

-Well...

-That would be great!

0:49:280:49:31

Yes, that would...

0:49:310:49:34

That's amazing. That's icing on the cake, really, isn't it?

0:49:340:49:37

-We wouldn't have to work very hard, then.

-We wouldn't, that's right.

0:49:370:49:40

Lots to think about, then, I suspect.

0:49:400:49:43

-We've got some choices to make.

-Yes.

0:49:430:49:45

-Choice is good.

-Choice is good, yes.

0:49:450:49:47

Having choices is good. Even being slightly undecided at this stage,

0:49:470:49:51

it's good because it'll make you focus your minds. Have a look around.

0:49:510:49:55

See what you get for 245 and see if it'll work for you.

0:49:550:49:58

-Thank you.

-Go on, then. In you go.

0:49:580:50:00

Ah, I'll catch up with you later.

0:50:000:50:02

Well, there we are. That was it. That was the mystery house,

0:50:040:50:07

on the market for a cool £245,000.

0:50:070:50:10

It is nearly a quarter of a million,

0:50:100:50:12

but it is comfortably under their budget,

0:50:120:50:15

and it does expand their horizons, in terms of what they can buy

0:50:150:50:18

and how this country dream might actually come to life.

0:50:180:50:22

At £245,000, this converted chapel would offer them

0:50:230:50:26

unusual accommodation, in the heart of the village.

0:50:260:50:29

It's a characterful property.

0:50:290:50:31

It has the three bedrooms they need, a huge living room and a garden.

0:50:310:50:37

We'll definitely get walkers here.

0:50:370:50:38

-That's ideal downstairs, the little...

-I'm happy with that.

0:50:380:50:42

..boot area. Going into the bedroom separately. Yeah, that's good.

0:50:420:50:46

-That's superior.

-I'm pleased with that.

0:50:460:50:48

Like this property.

0:50:480:50:50

Very impressed with this old chapel. It's got lots of character.

0:50:500:50:55

Interesting. An improvement on the house we live in, at the moment.

0:50:550:50:58

For us, it would be very practical.

0:50:580:51:00

This is our kitchen. Can you imagine cooking for the B & B in here?

0:51:000:51:04

Yeah. We've probably got the guests sitting at the table there,

0:51:040:51:08

-saying, "Where's my sausages?"

-Yeah.

0:51:080:51:10

-We'll be frying.

-We'll be burning them!

0:51:100:51:12

Yes, that's right! But, I think we can cope with being on show.

0:51:120:51:17

Yeah, I think so.

0:51:170:51:18

I was very surprised at it.

0:51:180:51:21

It's amazing inside.

0:51:210:51:23

The fact that they fitted three beautiful bedrooms into the bottom

0:51:230:51:26

and that stupendous living room.

0:51:260:51:29

It was...

0:51:290:51:31

really surprising.

0:51:310:51:33

And, although it's not altogether to my taste,

0:51:340:51:37

I could see that I could really make something of it.

0:51:370:51:41

I could make it my own. It's really nice.

0:51:410:51:43

OK, well...the chapel.

0:51:430:51:46

What do you think we should call it?

0:51:460:51:48

Like, The Chapel B & B?

0:51:480:51:51

Zion Chapel B & B?

0:51:510:51:52

Or The Zion B & B?

0:51:520:51:55

It sounds like the most important bit's been sorted!

0:51:550:51:58

Once you get the name right, there's nothing else to worry about.

0:51:580:52:01

I think I'd put my vote on The Chapel.

0:52:010:52:03

-The Chapel.

-The Chapel B & B.

0:52:030:52:05

-Come and stay at The Chapel.

-There you go.

-Yes.

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And, who knows? Maybe people will, IF you decide to buy it.

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-But you've got a lot of thinking to do.

-We have.

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We've shown you a lot of properties that may well work for you.

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I think we should get you out of here

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-and somewhere where you can think about everything that you've seen.

-Good idea.

-Sounds good.

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-JULES LAUGHS

-Come on!

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Finding a property that serves as a comfortable home

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and lends itself to a B & B business with all its requirements isn't an easy task.

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But Martin and Anne have now seen all the houses

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and it's time weigh up the balance.

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Well, overnight, Martin and Anne have had plenty of time to reflect on all that we have shown them.

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But, of course, now it is decision time.

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As you can see, behind me, the market is in full swing.

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Plenty of people are selling, but are our buyers buying?

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Let's go and ask them.

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Well, guys, this is...it.

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You've had time to think about everything that we've shown you.

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-Has the experience matched up to what you thought it would be?

-It's been really exciting.

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I've really enjoyed the couple of days.

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Well, it all started with the old surgery, the lovely cream cottage

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with that amazing view.

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The view from that place was stupendous,

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it really was, it was the best.

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However, you can't live on a view.

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It's good, but we need other things too.

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I think it would make a lovely home,

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but it's maybe a little bit on the small side to do the B & B.

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So then, with some optimism, we went to that extraordinary place on the hill.

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The two now knocked into one.

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Now, as views go, that really was something special, I thought.

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The actual setting was great, in that little valley.

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The footpath was there, which was a real plus,

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but it was a long way out from anywhere.

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It only had two double bedrooms.

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The other two were quite small.

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So, from our business point of view, it really only had three bedrooms.

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And there was quite a lot of work to do inside, but it was SO my style.

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I really enjoyed looking around there, really did.

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Well, then, we all slept on it and another day dawned.

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We took you to...

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that extraordinary barn conversion. On the site of a battlefield,

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overlooked by a beautiful church. Just over the border into Wales.

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-What about that one?

-It was fantastic.

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It was... I never dreamed that we could afford some place like that.

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It was so beautiful.

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Absolutely magnificent inside.

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The craftsmanship that had gone into that house...

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Somebody really put all their heart and soul into that, and I loved it.

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Everything was so beautifully done.

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It was quite interesting. I can see that you're very excited about it.

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-Yeah!

-But it wasn't over just yet, of course.

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It was time to take you to the mystery house.

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Great place for walkers, on the top of Offa's Dyke.

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Yeah, it was a great place, really nice.

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I liked it. It had plenty of character. The room that we would have let,

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it might have been purpose-designed for a letting room with its separate access,

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its boot store and everything. That would have been superb.

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Well, I am now dying to know what happens next.

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I suspect anybody watching this discussion will not be surprised by your decision.

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Put me out of my misery. What are you going to do?

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We're going to go all out to get the barn conversion

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because I absolutely love it.

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It makes me want to cry, thinking about it. It's so gorgeous.

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I love that barn conversion, I have to say.

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I'm glad you did, as well. Let us know how you get on.

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As soon as you're able to buy it and move in, I'll come and stay.

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Can I be the first guest?

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You certainly can, and it'll be on the house!

0:56:000:56:03

-Well, it's been great having you on the show.

-No, thank YOU very much.

0:56:030:56:06

-We've thoroughly ourselves.

-Yes, I wish I knew how...

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I wish I'd known in advance what fun it was going to be. I would've looked forward to it more!

0:56:090:56:14

-Well, don't move again. But, if you do, come back!

-OK.

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The thing I take away from this house search is that,

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for many of us, the idea of escaping to the country might seem to be a very expensive process.

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But I think the story about Martin and Anne's house search is this -

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whatever your budget, no matter how big or small,

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as long as you remain focused on what you want, it is entirely possible.

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Escaping to the country doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg.

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I'll see you next time.

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Jules Hudson visits Herefordshire with a couple in search of a character property they can not only live in, but also run as a B&B. They need at least three bedrooms, a separate dining room for their guests, two bathrooms and ideally a garden where they can have their own vegetable plot.


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