Cotswolds Escape to the Country


Cotswolds

Alistair Appleton is in the Cotswolds with a couple searching for a dream house with a garden large enough to keep a goat. Outside space comes at a premium in the area.


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Today I'm in a part of the UK that's famous for this -

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honey-coloured limestone, great for building houses and also these dry stone walls,

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which are a very important part of the landscape here.

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In fact, if you added up the length of all the dry stone walls in this neighbourhood,

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then the total length would be greater than the Great Wall of China.

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Fancy that. Find out where I am in just a moment.

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In today's show, I will be helping a couple exchange suburban living for

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a new life in an extremely desirable part of the country,

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and they soon receive a sharp wake-up call when it comes to prices.

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-Wow.

-You're joking.

-Good grief.

-Whoa!

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'They'll be viewing some stunning properties in the local area

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'and start quaking in their walking boots'

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I'm really impressed by it. I'm dreading to know how much it's going to actually cost.

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'And finally, there's the mystery house, but will this or any of the others

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'be their new country pad?'

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I'm in the Cotswolds today

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and these dry stone walls are real works of art.

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Obviously you can't use any cement.

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The skill has been around since at least the 18th century.

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Chris here hasn't been around that long. How long have you been doing it?

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-Seven years now.

-How old would you say this wall is?

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Approximately 100 years old.

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What is the secret to putting them together?

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Making sure you place your stones correctly so that the water sheds out,

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rather than running back in.

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And we've got to the top now?

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Yes, so if you would like to grab one of those...

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and stick it on there.

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Make sure it is nice and flat and tight up against the other one

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and then the next one.

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It's quite heavy. See you later.

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'The Cotswolds lie in the south west of England

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'and are the largest protected landscape in Britain.

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'Quarried here since Roman times,

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'the limestone has made the Cotswolds world famous.

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'Warm and honey-coloured in the north and slightly grey in the south,

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'the stone is used not only for buildings,

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'but also roof tiles, and it all contributes to a magical uniformity.

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'At 790 square miles and with over 3,000 miles of public footpaths,

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'the Cotswolds are an international tourist hot spot

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'that bring in millions of visitors every year.'

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Of course, the Cotswolds aren't cheap - 16% above the national average.

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The average detached house clocking in at £317,000, often a lot more.

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But what's really interesting is that there are places to buy here.

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Around the country people are not selling but here, with so many second home-owners feeling

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the crunch and selling up, there are properties on the market,

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which is great for our buyers, perhaps.

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'Today's house hunters are Andy and Sally.

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'They live in a four-bedroom detached house in Letchworth in Hertfordshire.

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'After many years both working as accountants, they took time off

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'for a trip of a lifetime around China, Australia, and New Zealand,

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'and it led to a change of heart.'

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We'd really like to move out to the country.

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We've been away for a year.

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We've come back. We've had the most fantastic year away.

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We've completely re-assessed our life.

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We want space, so we can walk out the front door.

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On top of that, we've got used to the big, wide open spaces

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that you get out in Australia and New Zealand. We'd like a big garden.

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There's more to life than living where we are,

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and that's why we'd like to move to the country.

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'Andy and Sally can't wait to start enjoying country life.'

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We both really like being outside and walking.

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Our dream life would be walking out the front door into the countryside

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and go for walks, possibly orienteering,

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tougher walks, that sort of thing would be great.

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Any sort of outdoor activity.

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Horse riding would be ideal. We'd like to explore that a bit more.

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We'd also like to grow our own fruit and vegetables and keep a few chickens and...

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-A goat.

-Absolutely!

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'Well, a goat is something they certainly can't keep at their current property.

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'Ten years ago, the house suited their needs but now a new property's

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'on the cards, they've drawn up a wish-list, and it all starts in the kitchen

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'for keen cook Andy.'

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A major problem here is the kitchen is fairly small.

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What we are really looking forward to is a larger kitchen,

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farmhouse style, with all of the work space that goes with it.

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One of the problems with this house is the master bedroom is very small.

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We'd really like a much bigger master bedroom and if at all possible, an en suite would be fantastic.

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A main requirement for our next property is a large bathroom,

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rather than this rather small and yucky avocado green design we have at the moment.

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'Andy and Sally are also keen gardeners,

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'and if they want to keep livestock and grow vegetables,

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'they're going to need a much bigger garden.

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'To sum up, what kind of home are they looking for?'

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Our ideal country property would have 2-3 bedrooms - ideally three.

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A study, a large kitchen, a farm-house-style kitchen, and a large master bedroom.

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Yes, also a large garden so we can grow vegetables.

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'With no time to lose, we've invited round a local estate agent to give a current valuation.'

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This stylish, four-bedroom family home occupies a good location

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and a south-facing rear garden.

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For that reason, I would value it at £325,000.

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I think it's a really good price. Higher than we anticipated.

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If we could realise that sort of money, that would give us a nice budget to work with.

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'So how much money are they looking to spend now?'

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If the property ticked all the right boxes,

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our maximum budget for the new property would be £400,000.

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Sally and Andy are not looking for anything we haven't seen before.

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They want two to three bedrooms, a big nice kitchen and a garden,

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rather unusually, they might want to keep a goat in it.

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But the difficult thing is where they want to buy.

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They want to buy in the Cotswolds, which is not cheap

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and they don't have lots of money, but we'll try our hardest.

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Andy and Sally are open-minded as to their exact location

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so we're focusing the search between Stow-on-the-Wold and Cirencester.

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It's a highly desirable area of the country and to find them

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what they're looking for, for £400,000, might be a tall order.

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Over the course of two days, I'll be taking them to see houses

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that I hope will whet their appetite.

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But I won't be revealing the prices until they've had a good look round.

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And last on our tour is the mystery house,

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which might make them reconsider the focus of their search.

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And if all this golden Cotswold beauty has got your property juices flowing,

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take a look at what you can buy around here, whatever your budget, high or low.

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At the pricey end of the market

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is this 17th century property in Broadway.

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It's up for sale at a smidgen over £1.6 million

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and will appeal to those looking for a touch of contemporary glamour.

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If you can brave the British weather, there is a fantastic pool

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with glorious views out over the Cotswold countryside.

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A little further south near Cirencester, is this slightly less expensive renovated farm house.

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It still has a hefty £895,000 price tag, but it does buy you

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five bedrooms and a world of period charm, with impressive timbers

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and generously proportioned rooms.

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Or, at the more budget-conscious end of the market,

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is this gorgeous double-fronted country cottage in Blakeney.

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At £5 short of £300,000, it is a cosy three-bedroom property,

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with a wonderful private garden.

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-Welcome to the Cotswolds, you two.

-Thank you.

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I know you're not from the Cotswolds, you've not lived here before.

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Have you stolen a march on us by doing loads of research?

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No, we purposely didn't so we're hoping to be surprised.

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Well, you might well be surprised. Tell me about your budget.

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Well the top end of the budget is £400,000.

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Ideally we would look for something a bit less, but if the perfect property

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comes along, we are prepared to go up to £400,000.

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You know the Cotswolds is not the cheapest place to buy.

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Are you willing to compromise?

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We are happy to compromise on certain things. There are certain things we think we must have.

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But we'll definitely compromise.

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Well, we have great houses lined up, including the mystery house,

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which is a twist on things.

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-Are you looking forward to it?

-Oh, yes.

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Shall we go?

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'To sum up, Andy and Sally have a budget of £400,000 and are looking for a period property.

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'They need a study from when they work from home.

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'A large kitchen to keep Andy happy.

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'Ideally three bedrooms and a garden large enough to keep a goat or two.'

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The Cotswolds are beautiful. Is this the English countryside

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you were dreaming about when you were away in New Zealand?

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Very much so. Travelling around New Zealand, we were very accustomed to

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the open space and rolling hills, the greenery.

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When the sun comes out, it is just even more magical.

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Is that what made you decide in this area particularly?

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The Cotswolds is well-known for that sort of thing,

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so we thought this was an ideal place to live.

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Have you had a chance to look at any properties or will these be the first you've seen?

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No, these will be the first houses we've seen, so it's quite exciting.

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Absolutely, we're looking forward to it immensely.

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'It certainly is a beautiful area, and Burford,

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'the location of the first property on our list, is no exception.

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This lively medieval market town enjoys a fantastic vantage point,

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sitting on the High Wold with its main street sloping down to the River Windrush.

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With its range of beautiful shops and restaurants, it's a desirable place to live.

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Unfortunately for Andy and Sally, it has price tags to match.

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Nevertheless, I'm keen to see their reaction to this first house,

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which sits just off the high street and score top marks for convenience.

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As you can see, we are in the centre of Burford,

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and this is the house I wanted to show you.

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-That's lovely.

-Three storeys. I wasn't expecting that.

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-Three storeys.

-Yeah.

-I love the stone. It's lovely.

-It's got the Cotswold stone.

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-It looks really lovely.

-Yeah.

-It's from the 1720s, like a lot of the properties round here.

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As you said, three storeys. Lots of lovely original features.

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It's not a massive property, I can tell you that right now. Largely because of where it is.

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What do you feel about the location, about being in... Burford is quite a busy town.

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I don't mind actually being in a town, as long as it's not in the main high street.

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-That's the main high street, so we're OK.

-So it's just outside.

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-Shall we have a look inside?

-Yes.

-Excellent.

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-Come on in.

-Oh, my word.

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-This is a classic little cottage.

-Yeah.

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The owners have done an enormous amount of work. They've been here six years.

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-Are the beams original?

-The beams are original, yes.

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They've done a very good job of restoring while using what's original.

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For example, the fireplace is obviously original; a lot of the beams are. But if you see here,

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you've got this lovely kind of window seat.

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The present owners found matching old pine

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-and made these shutters, which is a theme throughout the house.

-They blend in quite well.

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-Very well done, yeah.

-Yeah. It's cosy. It's got a really cosy feel to it.

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I do like the genuine woodburner and the fireplace as well.

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-This is your living space.

-Indeed, yes.

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This is what I meant by... You're not wrong about it being sort of not so huge.

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-What do you think about it?

-It's got a lovely feel to it. It's cosy and it's nice.

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It's certainly got the character that we've been looking for.

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-Absolutely, yeah.

-It's dripping character.

-Indeed, yes.

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-Shall we take a look at the kitchen?

-Yes.

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Mind you head.

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-So this is your kitchen.

-OK.

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You seem pleasantly surprised.

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Yes, the size of that room, I was expecting this to be possibly a bit smaller. It's an unusual shape.

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-It's a sort of wedge shape.

-Yeah.

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That is the outside wall of the original cottage.

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This was an extension they put on in the '60s

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that got a bit sort of derelict. And the present owners added this - another third here.

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-So, Andy, you're the cook, aren't you?

-I am. I do like to play around in the kitchen, I must admit.

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-What are you looking for?

-Good work surfaces. I like the sink.

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You've got some great sort of hardwood here, possibly reclaimed teak,

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which is very unusual in the kitchen, but I think works really well.

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This is the first property we're looking at. Is this ticking boxes or not?

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I think slightly a little small.

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-The kitchen?

-Yeah.

-The whole downstairs, really, is slightly small,

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in that we were thinking a kitchen that you could sit people to eat in when they come over for dinner.

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So I think slightly small, but like the character.

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It's very quaint, I must say.

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This is your ground space downstairs. It's not massive, as you astutely pointed out.

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-But you do have three floors. Shall we look upstairs?

-Absolutely.

-Thank you.

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-We're going upstairs here.

-OK.

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-Oh.

-Gosh!

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-This is one of the three bedrooms.

-Three bedrooms.

-OK.

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They've turned it into a study. There's lots of light.

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-Indeed.

-So would this work as a study area?

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-I would say so, yes. It's got a light, airy feel to it.

-I think it's great.

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And it's got the character that we wanted.

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-It would be ideal as a study.

-Yeah, I think so.

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-It could also be a guest bedroom when people come to stay.

-Absolutely. Yeah.

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Because the two of them are living here on their own, they have rather luxurious bathing options.

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-Oh!

-So let's take a look.

-Oh, definitely!

-Looking forward to this.

-Take me there.

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Oh, wow. This is more like it.

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That's certainly better than my avocado green bathroom at home.

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-Yes, yes.

-Well, you're definitely changing gear when you come here.

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-This is your style of bathroom, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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-It's a very classy bathroom.

-It is.

-It is.

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-So is this the sort of bathroom you're looking for?

-Oh, yes. Most definitely, yes.

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Nice wooden laminate floor here, which is nice and easy to clean.

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These are both reclaimed. There's an extraordinary sink unit which I've never seen before.

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The bathtub also similarly re-enamelled.

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What do you need? What are you looking for in a bathroom?

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Just something a bit luxurious, and that's ticking boxes.

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-It's classy, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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-A glass of wine...

-Champagne, maybe!

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Yes, looking over the rooftops.

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-Yes. Actually, that's nice as well, the view out there.

-Absolutely, yeah.

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'And as well as this wonderful bathroom, there's also a convenient shower room next door,

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'so there won't be any queues in the morning.

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'Just by the stairs is another small room which the current owners use as a dressing room,

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'but we're going to head straight up to the master.'

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-I love this.

-Wow! Oh, it's wonderful.

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This is character. This is real character again.

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-It's a really good size, isn't it?

-It's a great size.

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-You don't expect it at the top of these old properties.

-No.

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Usually they're tiny little servants' quarters.

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But they've made a great job of incorporating all the old beams

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and giving yourself a really lovely master suite.

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-Sally, is this the sort of master bedroom you were looking for?

-Oh, most definitely, yes.

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And it's got the nooks and crannies and little sort of places you can put things, and it's lovely.

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You do get the feeling of space of above your head as well as around you as well.

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-Which is very unusual in the top of a building like this.

-Indeed.

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-I know one of the big issues for you is the garden.

-Mm-hm.

-Let's have a look.

-OK.

-Mind your head.

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After you, darling.

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It is surprising how much room there is in this house,

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but we are in the heart of Burford, and that means a compromise with the outside space.

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Let's talk gardens.

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-I know it's a big part of your move...

-A very big part of our move, actually.

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-This is not a big part of anybody's garden dream.

-No.

-No.

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It's a courtyard, and a small one at that.

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-It's a nice courtyard, but I have to say...

-It's a little bit too compact, I feel.

-Yeah.

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I'm not pretending that this is an enormous garden and you just can't see it.

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-No, quite.

-It is the nature of partly the location, being in the middle of the town,

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and also, I hate to say it, but also budgetary. In this location to get this sort of house and a big garden

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-would be a bit out of your budget.

-Right. OK.

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-How much do you think this property is worth?

-Ooh...

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Difficult one, I would say. Probably top end of our budget - 395.

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I think I'd like to go in a bit less at something like 360.

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I know the location it's in, but I'm thinking sort of 360.

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-Well, you might be surprised and alarmed to know this is on at 435.

-You're joking!

-Wow.

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-Good grief.

-Whoa!

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-That's location for you, I guess.

-It's location, and the Cotswolds are not cheap.

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-Indeed, yeah.

-But don't despair.

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Plenty of properties out there and this is just the first one, a taster.

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-Why don't you walk around and I'll see you out the front?

-OK.

-Sure.

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I think they were totally, totally floored by the price of this house.

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It's cos it is very small, but it's charming and beautiful and in a very desirable area.

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But it's a bit of a wake-up call, which is no bad thing.

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This lovely townhouse is on the market for £435,000.

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It is £35,000 over budget,

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but in the current climate, it may be worth putting in an offer

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which makes it within Andy and Sally's £400,000 limit.

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It's got some very nice period features.

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It's got the character that we wanted. Some of the space is slightly smaller than we'd imagined.

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It's a courtyard garden. It is perhaps a little bit too compact.

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The main downside was the garden - no room for Andy's veg patch

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and certainly no room to keep a goat in, which is something else he'd quite like.

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Upstairs, the master bedroom was fantastic, just what I'd want. Absolutely perfect.

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-This is what I was thinking of with the master bedroom.

-It's an extremely good size.

-It's perfect.

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We're happy to compromise on quite a few things now we know what the prices are looking like.

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But I think one thing we really can't compromise on is the garden.

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-Hello, guys.

-Hiya.

-Hi.

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-I'm sunning myself. The sun has come out on our search. Shall we continue?

-Indeed.

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Andy and Sally have enjoyed a few weekend breaks in the Cotswolds,

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but they aren't too familiar with Stow-on-the-Wold.

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So they're taking some time to explore what could be their new home.

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The attractive market town grew up around the wool trade in the Middle Ages.

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Today, with its range of antique shops and galleries,

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it's one of the most well known of the Cotswold towns.

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Oh, I like this street. This is nice.

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Just a few miles south is a miniature replica of the famous Cotswold town Bourton-on-the-Water.

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It was built by local craftsmen in the 1930s from locally quarried stone,

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just like the original.

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-It's lovely, isn't it?

-It is. And here we have the lovely village church.

-Absolutely.

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The clock's showing the right time as well.

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-Look at this cottage.

-Isn't that idyllic?

-Maybe a little bit small even for me.

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-Do you think it might be a bit cramped inside?

-A tiny bit.

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Another local attraction is Birdland, home to some 500 feathered friends.

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The site, built up around the River Windrush, provides a natural habitat for the many exotic birds.

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One of the most popular attractions is the family of king penguins,

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who, at three feet tall, are the second tallest penguins in the world.

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Visitors can arrange to hand-feed them, and Andy and Sally have arrived just in time

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to fill some hungry mouths.

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-Hello!

-ANDY LAUGHS

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Do you want one?

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There's just one daily feed of mackerel for these penguins

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and they're all determined to get their fair share.

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Having fun?

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SALLY GIGGLES

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It's time to move on.

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Our next house is in Bledington, close to the Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire border.

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It's an attractive village,

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the houses built in the warm, honey tones of Cotswold stone.

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Much of the housing stock, including our house, is centred around the green,

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but the big bonus for Andy and Sally is that this property

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sits on the doorstep of the Oxfordshire Way walk.

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Away from the village green. This is the property I want to show you.

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-Oh, wow.

-Oh, wow.

-It's beautiful.

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-Do you like it?

-I love it. I love it. Really nice.

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It is. A nice little cottage. It looks like it's full of character.

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-It's what we are looking for.

-It used to be the stables.

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You can see underneath that sill, that was a door.

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You can see they've turned it into a window.

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This area is called Little Bledington.

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You are in Bledington, but this complex is called Little Bledington,

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so it will be Little Bledington, Bledington, Cotswolds.

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-Sounds good.

-Shall we look inside?

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Please.

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You mentioned wanting a proper hallway.

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This is a proper hallway. And the coat hooks and everything.

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Lovely oak flooring throughout.

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This is nice, this is nice. The beams.

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The beams throughout.

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You will see that more in here.

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Plenty of features in here.

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Oh, wow, yes.

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-It is a nice lounge, isn't it?

-Very nice.

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It'll certainly be nice and cosy in here, comfortable as well.

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Is it your sort of style?

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It is nicely finished, yeah, absolutely.

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I do like the beams going across, up and down and across.

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-You can see the original hangings for the horses.

-Indeed.

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Great Portland stone surround fireplace.

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That's perfectly working.

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The present owner doesn't use it because you have central heating

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and you have these very nice steel-framed windows.

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I think they are a real feature.

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They are certainly sizable enough. They let the light in well.

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Which is what we like, we don't like it too dark.

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It is lovely and you have space, again.

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-Big smiles?

-Absolutely.

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What about the kitchen? I know that's very important for you.

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I'm looking forward to it.

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So this is the kitchen, oh, wow.

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-Oh, this is...

-Yeah, yeah, we like!

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You have all the original depth of the wall and a lot of the beams are here, obviously.

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You have this great sunken window again through the deep walls.

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And this is fantastic, you actually have space.

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You have a clearly delineated dining space.

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Is this kind of answering your cooking needs?

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-Yeah.

-It is a nice, light and bright kitchen which is good.

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Yeah and certainly the whole house so far is

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-light and bright.

-Big smiles. Sally, are you...

-Yes, I like.

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There is also an extra room on the ground floor, which is currently

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a study, but could easily be an additional bedroom. But we're heading upstairs.

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This is the guest bedroom.

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But a great size, I think.

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You've only got two bedrooms upstairs but they are substantial,

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high ceilings and nice dual aspect.

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-A lot of head space.

-Yeah, a lot.

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And nice, deep window sills.

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Nice view out the front.

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There is easily space for a double bed and storage.

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Yeah, a good-size guest room, I would say.

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Next door is the family bathroom,

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which is undeniably small, but you can't have everything.

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However the next room is something quite special.

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Wow.

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That's nice and big, isn't it?

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-This would be the master.

-This is very nice, yeah.

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Views from both windows, which is brilliant.

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You can wake up and look over and see what's happening

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on the village green.

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There is a little bit of storage under the eves, not masses,

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-and sadly no en suite.

-That's OK.

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What are your thoughts, then?

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Very nice. It does feel spacious, which is good.

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It is light and bright and airy, which is what we want.

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Is the indoor space adequate to your needs, do you think?

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I think it's pretty close.

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Obviously more is better, but I think with our budget, we're beginning to

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realise maybe we can't get as much as we thought for our money.

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The clincher is going to be the garden.

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Let's take a look at that.

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'They seem to really like the house

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'and I do have a bit of a garden for them, but massive it isn't.'

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Clearly, we've done a little better this time because you've got some lawn.

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-We've got some lawn, yeah. This is better.

-It is.

-It's better.

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What do you think of the dimensions of it?

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It's slightly smaller than you'd like, but it is nice actually, it is nice.

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-It's nice and private - enclosed.

-The thing about this garden is that it's very overgrown,

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it's not really been looked after in the same way that the house has. You see this arch -

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behind that, there is another good three or four metres of garden.

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-Oh, wow.

-There is quite a big shed with electricity.

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It is completely overgrown, swamped up by this big leylandii.

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I think if you cleared all that,

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you could have a little archway through to a veggie patch.

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That's got huge potential, hasn't it?

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It's not a farm. But you're not going to get a farm in the Cotswolds

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with all the house things that you want for your budget, sorry.

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Talking of budget. The moment you've been waiting for.

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Can you afford this lovely property?

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-What do you think it is on at?

-I think you should go first cos I was so wrong before.

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I'm sort of thinking, my guesstimate is going to be the same as I had before - high 300s.

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I'm thinking probably around about £380.

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I'm going to guess £390, I think.

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-Well, the two of you are getting a lot better because this property is on at £385.

-Oh!

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Slap bang in the middle of those two guesstimates.

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That's pretty good for the spec.

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That leaves £15,000 to do something.

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It's been on the market for about seven weeks.

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It's always worth putting in an offer.

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I can see you are itching to have a look at the back.

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I'm dying to see that!

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Why don't you two have a look around there, and then a look

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around the house, and then we can take a look at what happens next.

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Thank you.

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Ah, you see, it's all about the garden.

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Everyone loves a garden, particularly in the Cotswolds.

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And this one is a good garden -

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it is not a goat's pen, but it'll do, won't it?

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'At £385,000, this house is comfortably under budget.

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'It has a kitchen/breakfast room,

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'a study, which was on their wish list, two bedrooms

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'and a reasonably sized garden -

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'but I think they'd struggle to fit in a goat.'

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Oh, my word ,that is a big space.

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Overgrown. We can knock out the tree and the shed.

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It's the perfect size for a veg patch. This is growing on me. This is growing on me.

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I really like the downstairs, it is pretty much perfect.

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The kitchen-dining area is just what we wanted.

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Upstairs, the two bedrooms are a fairly good size.

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My only issue is possibly the size of the bathroom.

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It is a wee bit small. You could perhaps put in a shower by the bath.

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It has potential. As far as the house is concerned, I'm feeling quite comfortable with it.

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Overall, I think it's a good buy.

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As well as the country pursuits that Andy and Sally hope to take up when

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they move to the Cotswolds, they'll also have time to dabble with a few

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new ideas, and as Andy is a keen cook,

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we thought a quick lesson in fudge making might go down a treat.

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So we're visiting local fudge maker Eileen Anderton at her shop.

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-You must be Eileen. This is Sally and Andy.

-Pleased to meet you.

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I can smell the fudge.

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'There are 25 varieties on sale, and today Eileen is showing us

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'how to make two different types. They both start off with the same chocolaty base.

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'First into the vat is the butter, water and cream powder,

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'and then the chocolate powder and icing sugar.

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'Next up is the all important vanilla flavouring,

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'and then it all needs a good old mix.

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'When it's a lovely smooth consistency, it's ready to

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'be spooned into the trays.'

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Phwoar! Looks delicious!

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So, are we going to do a special chocolate recipe?

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Yes, we are going to do a chocolate cherry and a rocky road,

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which is chocolate with marshmallows and walnuts in.

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OK, so you pop in the marshmallows and press them down,

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press them quite hard because they tend to bounce up again,

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and mix the colours a little bit.

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How long would this take to set?

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About 24 hours, a little bit longer in the warm weather.

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But at room temperature it is about 24 hours.

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'Well we can't wait that long to taste it,

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'so fortunately Eileen has some she made yesterday.'

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-Help yourselves.

-OK, dig in.

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-That's good.

-Just a little bite.

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You like it? Could you stay here all day eating? You can't.

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-Eileen, thank you so much.

-You are welcome, it's been a pleasure. Thank you for helping me.

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I hope this is a big seller, I'm sure it will be.

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With day one of the house-hunt over,

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Andy and Sally retreat to their hotel for a sum-up of their thoughts so far.

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So what did you think of the three-storey cottage in Burford?

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It certainly had all the character we were after.

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But I really think the garden for me, it was just not big enough. There wasn't enough space there.

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-But the bathroom was just what I'd like.

-Good size bathroom, had a separate shower room as well.

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The kitchen, for my liking, was possibly a little bit on the small side.

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OK, we also saw the cottage overlooking the green at Bledington.

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-What did you think of that?

-It was just beautiful. It's just how you imagine a cottage should look like.

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And its location was wonderful - right opposite the village green,

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with greenery everywhere you looked. It was picture perfect.

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-What did you think?

-It's a very charming cottage.

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It's made of the archetypal Cotswold stone, which is what we're looking for.

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-The kitchen is pretty much spot on, I felt.

-I think absolutely spot on.

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-What did you think of the bathroom?

-I would really like a bigger bathroom.

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-One of your main things is a bathroom, so...

-It would be such a bonus, yeah.

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A garden - it's unkempt at the moment, but it's got huge potential.

0:31:510:31:55

-We could really put our own stamp on it.

-Very much so.

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Looking forward to tomorrow. I must admit, I'm very intrigued about this mystery house.

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'Andy and Sally, from Letchworth in Hertfordshire,

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'are looking for a new home in the Cotswolds.

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'They have a budget of £400,000 and want a three bedroom house with a large garden,

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'possibly for keeping chickens or goats.

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'So far, they've viewed two houses, which have been a mixed bag

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and highlighted the sort of space they'll get for their money.

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Coming up, there's a treat in store.

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This is more like it, this is a nice kitchen.

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'And have we hit the nail on the head?'

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I think I'm falling in love with it already, actually.

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Yesterday turned into a bit of a quest for that elusive garden for Sally and Andy,

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but today I'm feeling more horticulturally hopeful.

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'Our first house this morning is in Avening,

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'which sits further south of the Cotswolds.

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'The village became prosperous during the Cotswold wool trade

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'in the 14th and 15th centuries.

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'It is a picturesque place with a stream running through its heart.

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'I'm very excited about the house we're viewing, as I think

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'it has the indoor and possibly the outdoor space they're looking for.

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'and it's steeped in history, too.'

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Come take a look. Obviously we've come a bit further south.

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Not for any particular reason, other than we wanted a garden,

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and they are thin on the ground.

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This is the house I wanted to show you. It used to be a coach house

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from the 1700s, but it's been completely rebuilt in 1990.

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It has all the mod cons, but within the shell of an older building.

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-What do you think of it from the outside?

-Lovely.

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I'm very impressed with it so far. Absolutely. Nice old stone work.

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-Shall we look inside?

-Please.

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Come on in.

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Nice quarry tiles.

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Gosh.

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Really unusual, isn't it?

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-Nice and open.

-It's very open plan.

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This is the dining room hall, as halls should be.

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Indeed, a proper hall.

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Let's take a look at the living room.

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So you can see, actually,

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even though it was rebuilt, they've kept the same plan.

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These big windows would have been where the coaches came in,

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that's why they're so big.

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It certainly gives it that nice light, airy feel.

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This is east facing so you get the morning sun in here.

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Very nice, light, bright, airy character again, so very impressed,

0:34:370:34:42

yeah, a really nice feel to it.

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-I do like the alcoves either side of the fireplace.

-It's a nice touch.

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This bath stone which you see is a little bit lighter than the golden

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Cotswolds stones further north.

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-What do you think, Andy?

-I'm liking it so far, that's for sure.

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'Great, that's what I wanted to hear.

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'Back off the dining hall is a room for our chef, Andy.'

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Here's your kitchen.

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Oh, this is more like it.

0:35:090:35:11

This is a nice kitchen.

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What do you like about it?

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It's spacious. It's got loads of worktops.

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The stove there blows your mind, really, I think.

0:35:190:35:23

Well, this is the country kitchen I thought you were looking for.

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It's very big and square as well. It's not like narrow.

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Lots of windows, lots of light coming in from different directions.

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-Anything you like about it, Sally?

-I think simple is nice.

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We like the simple style - a real farm house kitchen.

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I can see us sitting at that table and having breakfast.

0:35:400:35:44

You have a range cooker, have you ever cooked with those before?

0:35:440:35:49

I haven't, but I look forward to using it.

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It's good for stews and casseroles.

0:35:510:35:54

-How about curries?

-And for curries. Shall we take a peek upstairs?

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Yes.

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'Well, that seems to have satisfied them both.

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'Upstairs there are three bedrooms, the first is set up with a raised

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'single bed, but it could take a double.

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'Next for us is the second bedroom.'

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Straight ahead.

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It's a fair size, isn't it?

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-Oh, a little alcove.

-It goes around the corner.

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What do you think of the size?

0:36:210:36:24

Excellent, the whole place is... Yeah.

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Absolutely, and it has fairly tall ceilings as well.

0:36:270:36:31

-You could easily get a double bed in here.

-I should think so.

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-It's a very good size.

-'All positive stuff.

0:36:350:36:38

'But next we head to the bathroom, which I can't pretend is huge.'

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-Have a look in.

-It's not tiny, it's not tiny.

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It's...fine.

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Actually, it has a lovely outlook there.

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Certainly fully functional by the looks of it.

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You will have to put the shower in.

0:36:530:36:55

It has the plumbing there, so that's OK.

0:36:550:36:58

'Well, it doesn't look like that was a deal breaker.

0:36:580:37:01

'Lastly on our tour inside is the master bedroom.'

0:37:010:37:04

-There you go.

-Wow.

-This is good.

0:37:040:37:08

Pretty simple. They haven't done an awful lot with it,

0:37:080:37:11

but you could put your mark on it quite easily.

0:37:110:37:14

It's a very good size, isn't it?

0:37:140:37:16

It's not a square room which is good, there's lots of potential there.

0:37:160:37:20

What do you think of the inside space altogether?

0:37:200:37:22

I'm really impressed by it.

0:37:220:37:24

I'm dreading to know how much it is going to actually cost.

0:37:240:37:27

But the space is brilliant.

0:37:270:37:29

As far as the overall interior is concerned, all the rooms are tall,

0:37:290:37:34

which, you know helps enormously. OK it means you have to use a bit more

0:37:340:37:38

paint but hey, that's not a problem!

0:37:380:37:40

'There's also the added bonus of a loft room, which isn't a bad size.

0:37:400:37:44

'But we're heading for the garden which I'm hoping delivers more of

0:37:440:37:48

'what they're looking for.'

0:37:480:37:50

So you can see the garden is very steeply banked, or was.

0:37:500:37:53

Actually when they first rebuilt the house it came in a bank

0:37:530:37:56

straight down into the kitchen.

0:37:560:37:58

So they dug all this out,

0:37:580:37:59

put in this retaining wall and these rather attractive steps up.

0:37:590:38:02

Wow, I do like those steps.

0:38:020:38:06

So this would be your outside space, for eating and dining.

0:38:060:38:09

-You are protected.

-That's brilliant.

0:38:090:38:11

I do like this, actually.

0:38:110:38:14

-Would you use it?

-Oh, yeah, a lot.

0:38:140:38:17

-We like eating outside.

-We do.

0:38:170:38:19

-Shall we go up?

-Please.

0:38:190:38:21

Mind the steps.

0:38:210:38:23

-Outside toilet, original.

-Wow.

0:38:270:38:30

-Now a potting shed.

-My word.

0:38:300:38:33

Your garden is really this brick wall, this retaining wall is the

0:38:330:38:37

-edge of your garden right up to the end there.

-Oh, wow.

0:38:370:38:39

And then down to the road.

0:38:390:38:42

What are your thoughts about the garden?

0:38:420:38:44

-It's fantastic.

-I love it.

-It's fantastic.

0:38:440:38:47

Good, I was worried it wasn't going to be quite big enough for you still.

0:38:470:38:51

I think size-wise, absolutely, there's loads of space

0:38:510:38:55

for a veg plot down there

0:38:550:38:56

and it looks like there are a few fruit trees already established.

0:38:560:39:00

That was something on our list we didn't think we'd get.

0:39:000:39:03

It's a real added bonus having those down there, that's for sure.

0:39:030:39:07

It is an unusual shape, so it feels like there's lot of bits to it,

0:39:070:39:11

it's not a square garden again.

0:39:110:39:14

The question mark still hangs over your goats.

0:39:140:39:18

That's the big question mark.

0:39:180:39:20

But I was thinking, you know, if you can't find the land,

0:39:200:39:24

you might be able to rent a patch nearby.

0:39:240:39:26

Well, what are your thoughts about the price?

0:39:260:39:30

The garden, the property?

0:39:320:39:33

Very difficult question. Because it is quite an unusual style.

0:39:330:39:38

It's got a lot more ground than the previous ones we've seen. I'm going to pitch in at £425.

0:39:380:39:43

I'm going to go for £417.

0:39:430:39:45

An unusual figure.

0:39:470:39:49

Well, then you may be pleasingly surprised to know that the house

0:39:490:39:53

-is on the market for £395,000.

-Wow.

0:39:530:39:56

-Just under your budget.

-Yeah.

0:39:560:39:58

That's amazing.

0:39:580:40:00

Pleasingly surprising, I would say.

0:40:000:40:02

Why don't you have a look around

0:40:020:40:04

some more and then, as usual, we'll reconvene at the front.

0:40:040:40:08

Excellent. Will do.

0:40:080:40:10

Well, that's very satisfying.

0:40:100:40:12

I thought for a moment they weren't going to like it so much, because of

0:40:120:40:16

its location being further south

0:40:160:40:18

and maybe because it's near the road, but, it seems to be fine.

0:40:180:40:22

Good.

0:40:220:40:24

'At £395,000, this house scrapes in just under budget.

0:40:260:40:31

'There's a kitchen diner that they both loved, three bedrooms,

0:40:310:40:35

'a loft room which they could use as a study and a large garden.

0:40:350:40:39

'Sadly, I don't think with their budget there will ever be room for that goat.'

0:40:390:40:44

We walked through the entrance hall - fantastic,

0:40:440:40:46

a proper entrance hall, which is just what we wanted.

0:40:460:40:49

The bathroom wasn't enormous but it was certainly bigger than the

0:40:490:40:53

others we have seen and I think it'll be fine.

0:40:530:40:55

The kitchen is very nice, pretty much a perfect kitchen.

0:40:550:40:59

What are you thinking?

0:40:590:41:01

-I'm really quite liking it.

-I like it very much.

0:41:010:41:03

Nice high ceilings, it gives it that nice spacious feel to it.

0:41:030:41:09

It's got a homely feel. The best bit was the garden.

0:41:090:41:11

A nice patio area. Oh, our own personal river!

0:41:110:41:15

Oh, wow, like it.

0:41:150:41:17

To my mind, the garden is pretty much perfect.

0:41:170:41:19

I don't know how you managed to find a property for that price with that

0:41:190:41:23

sort of garden and this sort of space.

0:41:230:41:25

Well, it wouldn't be England without a bit of rain, would it?

0:41:250:41:28

Absolutely.

0:41:280:41:29

'If Andy and Sally do buy a goat,

0:41:360:41:39

'they're going to need to know how to care for it.

0:41:390:41:41

'So they're dropping in to see local expert, Andy Cole, at the Cotswolds

0:41:410:41:45

'Farm Park, to learn a little more about keeping these animals.'

0:41:450:41:49

Hi, I'm Andy.

0:41:490:41:51

I'm Andy. Two of us!

0:41:510:41:53

Firstly I think we'll do some bottle feeding, we'll start with some young

0:41:530:41:56

goat kids and then go on to goat husbandry.

0:41:560:41:59

-Sounds good.

-And take it from there. Right, let's make a start.

0:41:590:42:03

'Andy's been rearing goats since leaving agricultural college and

0:42:030:42:06

-'has a soft spot for the animals.'

-They are very friendly creatures.

0:42:060:42:10

They sure are. They have a lot of interaction with the public

0:42:100:42:13

on a daily basis - hundreds of people come see them.

0:42:130:42:16

'These baby kids have a twice-daily bottle feed of formula milk, packed

0:42:160:42:20

'with all the essential vitamins they require.'

0:42:200:42:23

You are hungry this morning, aren't you?

0:42:230:42:25

So if you make sure you hold it upright so they can get the milk,

0:42:250:42:28

-we don't want them sucking air.

-You've nearly finished there.

0:42:280:42:31

He's got most of it on his head!

0:42:330:42:35

Now the bottle feed with the kids is over, there's just time to see

0:42:370:42:40

the older goats in another field.

0:42:400:42:42

Fortunately for Andy and Sally they're for sale, each one for £100.

0:42:420:42:48

Home goat keeping has become incredibly popular, especially

0:42:480:42:51

for people who are intolerant of dairy milk.

0:42:510:42:54

Fresh milk every morning, if you can get your nanny in kid.

0:42:540:42:57

There is a big demand in the UK. They are hardy animals.

0:42:570:43:00

They are very intelligent and relatively easy to look after.

0:43:000:43:04

It's a myth that they'll eat anything,

0:43:040:43:06

in fact, they are particularly fussy eaters.

0:43:060:43:08

'Andy and Sally seem at home with the goats,

0:43:080:43:11

'but I think they'll have to find

0:43:110:43:13

'a patch of land to rent if they go ahead and buy one.'

0:43:130:43:16

'With three houses down it's now time for the mystery house.'

0:43:180:43:22

They wanted the Cotswolds, so I'm going to give them the Cotswolds!

0:43:220:43:25

Ah, the mystery house. What do you think the mystery might be?

0:43:290:43:33

No idea.

0:43:330:43:35

I don't dare say anything.

0:43:350:43:38

I have a certain hunch it's going to tick quite a few of the boxes.

0:43:380:43:41

I think it might not tick any boxes but it's going to be something completely different.

0:43:410:43:46

A difference of opinion.

0:43:460:43:48

That's good. It heightens the mystery.

0:43:480:43:51

'The mystery house I've been keeping under wraps until now is in

0:43:550:43:58

'Southrop, on the Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire border.

0:43:580:44:01

'This village really does conjure up that true chocolate box image of the Cotswolds.

0:44:010:44:06

'The house we've lined up is no exception and is believed

0:44:060:44:09

'to have once been a Victorian pub that pulled in the locals,

0:44:090:44:13

'but now, will it appeal to Andy and Sally?'

0:44:130:44:16

Come along, come along.

0:44:160:44:18

Southrop, what do you think to Southrop?

0:44:190:44:22

A lovely little village.

0:44:220:44:24

Quintessential Cotswolds.

0:44:240:44:26

Very charming. The house I want to show you is this one.

0:44:260:44:30

-Oh, wow.

-Good grief, that's completely different to the previous ones.

0:44:300:44:34

Lovely, absolutely lovely.

0:44:340:44:37

I think I'm falling in love with it already, actually.

0:44:370:44:41

Very grand, isn't it?

0:44:410:44:43

It looks fabulous from the outside.

0:44:430:44:45

The present owner is Danish, hence the Danish flag.

0:44:450:44:48

I did wonder about that.

0:44:480:44:49

Come on in, a lovely little hall, I know you like a hall.

0:44:530:44:57

Come into the sitting room here.

0:44:570:45:01

Oh, my word.

0:45:010:45:04

This is some living room, isn't it?

0:45:040:45:06

You've gone back to the full country, country, country cottage.

0:45:060:45:10

The fire is absolutely a dream. It's really, really lovely.

0:45:100:45:16

-And again, the high ceilings.

-Yeah, we have the high ceilings.

0:45:160:45:20

-I like it!

-Me too.

0:45:200:45:22

This is definitely the biggest living room I've showed you.

0:45:220:45:26

Sally, what do you think?

0:45:260:45:27

Oh, I don't really know what to say, it's wonderful.

0:45:270:45:30

You don't need a TV - you can sit there and look at the fire place.

0:45:300:45:34

-I'm loving it so far.

-Unfortunately in your budget,

0:45:340:45:39

not a massive house, so the downstairs is not huge,

0:45:390:45:44

but we can look at the kitchen.

0:45:440:45:46

-Oh, my word!

-Good grief.

0:45:580:46:00

-You weren't expecting that, were you?

-Certainly not.

0:46:000:46:04

-Isn't it great?

-Work surfaces galore, it's got a range as well.

0:46:040:46:08

It's quite similar in size to the last property I've shown you,

0:46:080:46:11

but you can see it's been much more lived in, and it has more authentic

0:46:110:46:16

features - the beams going across, lovely cabinets throughout.

0:46:160:46:20

-What do you think?

-This is almost too perfect.

0:46:200:46:23

It is almost.

0:46:230:46:25

It is just fantastic.

0:46:250:46:28

Andy, you're the cook.

0:46:280:46:30

Indeed and I'm thinking I can work in here quite easily.

0:46:300:46:35

One area that's quite clear and almost new actually,

0:46:350:46:38

because they did it five years ago, it is the conservatory...

0:46:380:46:41

-and then you have all this out here.

-Wow. Good grief.

0:46:440:46:48

It is a great contrast. The other side is quite cluttered.

0:46:480:46:52

This is all clean.

0:46:520:46:53

This is only five years' old.

0:46:530:46:56

This is a fantastic space.

0:46:560:46:58

This would be a very useful room, wouldn't it?

0:46:580:47:00

Light and airy and spacious.

0:47:000:47:03

A door that takes you back to the driveway,

0:47:030:47:06

and look, a well, with a pump.

0:47:060:47:08

Water.

0:47:080:47:11

-So does it actually work?

-Yeah.

0:47:110:47:13

It takes a bit of effort. I'm too delicate to pump.

0:47:130:47:18

Would you use this space?

0:47:180:47:20

Oh, we would definitely use this space, definitely, yeah.

0:47:200:47:24

'I'm so pleased the mystery house has impressed them.

0:47:240:47:27

'On the first floor there are two bedrooms and I'm sure they're going to be wowed by the first.'

0:47:270:47:33

Oh, my word.

0:47:330:47:36

Good grief.

0:47:360:47:38

-It is the mystery house.

-I'm thinking, budget, budget!

0:47:380:47:42

-Look at that ceiling.

-I know, fantastic.

0:47:420:47:45

-Gosh.

-It is very extravagant in many ways.

0:47:450:47:48

Extravagant is good.

0:47:480:47:51

You can see how big it is - you can see how tiny the double bed

0:47:510:47:54

looks in this huge space, and then you have all this storage up here.

0:47:540:47:59

-Gosh, yeah.

-And, behind you,

0:47:590:48:02

your en suite.

0:48:020:48:04

'This shower room is small but it is clean and bright and does the trick.

0:48:060:48:12

'So there's lots of space for grandeur here.'

0:48:120:48:14

You wanted a big bedroom.

0:48:140:48:17

-Indeed we did.

-You certainly got us that.

0:48:170:48:20

I can't speak again.

0:48:200:48:22

Gosh, I've torn your tongue out.

0:48:220:48:24

That's quite something, actually.

0:48:240:48:26

So you've got, essentially,

0:48:260:48:29

two bedrooms on this floor and then another surprise.

0:48:290:48:33

Oh. We are full of surprises.

0:48:330:48:36

-The second bedroom.

-Wow.

0:48:490:48:52

-This is nice.

-What's interesting about this

0:48:520:48:55

house upstairs is rather than having bedroom, en suite, family bathroom,

0:48:550:49:00

bedroom, because of the space being at a premium, they have

0:49:000:49:05

bedroom en suite, bedroom en suite,

0:49:050:49:07

this time with a bathtub.

0:49:070:49:09

So when your guests are here they have their own place,

0:49:120:49:15

but when they are not, you can have a bath.

0:49:150:49:17

This room is a good size, but the reason I'm bringing you in here is

0:49:170:49:20

not just to show you this room but to show you up these stairs.

0:49:200:49:24

Why don't you have a little explore up there on your own.

0:49:240:49:29

A mystery.

0:49:290:49:32

Oh, wow.

0:49:320:49:33

-Here we have the office.

-Perfect.

0:49:360:49:38

It's quite spacious, isn't it?

0:49:400:49:42

-Again, remove all the stuff.

-Yeah.

0:49:420:49:46

That's enough.

0:49:460:49:47

What about the garden?

0:49:470:49:50

'Well I bet they weren't bargaining for that.

0:49:500:49:53

'This property certainly has the indoor space they are looking for,

0:49:530:49:56

'but as ever, it always comes at the expense of something else.'

0:49:560:50:01

-Here's the rub.

-I thought there might be one, yeah.

0:50:010:50:05

-A nice courtyard.

-A lovely courtyard.

0:50:050:50:08

Well-appointed. Lots of trees around. Not your trees,

0:50:080:50:12

but there are trees. This is officially a garage,

0:50:120:50:17

a store cupboard and there is a little shed behind it as well.

0:50:170:50:21

And you could, if you were interested, take this down.

0:50:210:50:23

You don't really need it, certainly not to park your car.

0:50:230:50:26

And just clear this and it's probably another...3m of garden

0:50:260:50:30

back there, which you could make into a little veggie bed.

0:50:300:50:36

-Absolutely.

-'So it isn't the largest garden, but there is potential.

0:50:360:50:39

'At the side of house there is a large driveway,

0:50:390:50:42

'and if they decide to knock down the garage and the shed behind,

0:50:420:50:45

'then they could turn the log storage area into a carport.'

0:50:450:50:49

A driveway of this size is quite a luxury.

0:50:490:50:53

But it is, I think, one of the nicest properties I have shown

0:50:530:50:56

you on paper, inside.

0:50:560:50:57

It really does answer all of the Cotswold dreams.

0:50:570:51:02

-Indeed, yes.

-How much do you think it is worth?

0:51:020:51:05

It's got to be over budget. £435.

0:51:050:51:08

I think £435 is probably around about my mark.

0:51:080:51:14

It is priced at £450,000,

0:51:140:51:21

but because it's only

0:51:210:51:23

just gone on the market, it could be that that is not a realistic price.

0:51:230:51:27

'So the mystery house is over their budget at £450,000,

0:51:270:51:31

'but it is always worth putting in an offer.

0:51:310:51:34

'There is a large lounge,

0:51:340:51:36

'a conservatory I'm sure they'd make lots of use of,

0:51:360:51:39

'three bedrooms and a courtyard garden and driveway.'

0:51:390:51:43

There was quite a wow factor to the house. I think we both felt that.

0:51:430:51:47

It was perfect. A lovely sized lounge.

0:51:470:51:49

Lots of space, nice windows, high ceiling,

0:51:490:51:52

and the fire was just gorgeous, absolutely brilliant.

0:51:520:51:56

Downstairs it has a very large kitchen, which is one of our main requirements.

0:51:560:52:01

It's a very, very good size. The storage space is massive.

0:52:010:52:05

It has an en suite. It's the first en suite which I think we've seen.

0:52:050:52:10

It's a lovely, lovely cottage.

0:52:100:52:12

I felt that internally I could actually live here quite happily.

0:52:120:52:16

The real downside, I have to say, is probably the garden.

0:52:160:52:19

I really think we're going to need something

0:52:190:52:22

that's a bit bigger for a garden, which is a shame,

0:52:220:52:24

because the rest of the house was absolutely beautiful.

0:52:240:52:28

Ah, coming out of the conservatory door.

0:52:280:52:30

Well it has been a long couple of days,

0:52:300:52:33

-time now to regroup, discuss and decide.

-OK.

0:52:330:52:37

'Andy and Sally's trip around the south Cotswolds is now over.

0:52:510:52:55

'Their lack of knowledge of area shocked them when it came to prices,

0:52:550:52:58

'so some compromises are going to have to be made.'

0:52:580:53:02

We've tried very hard to find the house that Andy and Sally want to

0:53:030:53:06

match the garden that they want, and we haven't always succeeded,

0:53:060:53:10

but a couple of them have been quite close. How close? I'm about to find out.

0:53:100:53:15

We've had two Cotswolds-stuffed days.

0:53:220:53:25

-Do you think you're settled on coming here?

-I think so.

0:53:250:53:28

It is just the sort of place we want.

0:53:280:53:30

First of all we took you to that three-storey cottage right in the centre of Burford.

0:53:300:53:34

Great location, great town.

0:53:340:53:36

What did you think of that three-storey cottage?

0:53:360:53:38

It was a lovely little cottage, but it didn't have the garden.

0:53:380:53:42

But the cottage itself was lovely, and the bathroom... I really liked the bathroom.

0:53:420:53:46

-And you liked the shower room, didn't you?

-Absolutely, yes.

0:53:460:53:50

The other big plus that it had

0:53:500:53:52

was the absolutely massive master bedroom

0:53:520:53:55

right at the top of the house.

0:53:550:53:57

What did you think of the location? Because it was slap bang in the middle of Burford.

0:53:570:54:02

It was good, actually, because you could walk into town.

0:54:020:54:06

I think I still would prefer to be further out in the countryside so you can walk out your front door

0:54:060:54:11

and see greenery.

0:54:110:54:12

Later on, we went to see another property which had lots of character

0:54:120:54:15

and was in perhaps an even more Cotswold-y location in the sense it was right on the village green.

0:54:150:54:21

in Bledington. What are your memories of that property?

0:54:210:54:23

It was in a perfect spot. From every room, you could see green.

0:54:230:54:27

It was wonderful. I really liked that.

0:54:270:54:30

I can't really add too much to that.

0:54:300:54:32

The location was pretty much spot on.

0:54:320:54:34

The inside of the house was very good.

0:54:340:54:36

The downstairs was pretty much perfect.

0:54:360:54:39

The kitchen itself - very, functional, loads of workspace

0:54:390:54:43

but I think possibly the bathroom

0:54:430:54:45

was perhaps a bit small for your needs, in particular.

0:54:450:54:49

-What about the garden, Sally? Because it did have a garden.

-It did have a garden,

0:54:490:54:54

and first thought was the garden was slightly small. The garden was not a bad size.

0:54:540:54:58

Not bad at all. We both quite liked the property and the garden.

0:54:580:55:02

This morning we went to see the house in Avening.

0:55:020:55:04

This did have a garden, so let's talk about that first. What did you think of that garden?

0:55:040:55:09

I thought the garden was superb, actually.

0:55:090:55:12

It's got huge potential, I feel, for a veggie patch where

0:55:120:55:16

the patio is, if not where the fruit trees are.

0:55:160:55:19

It was an interesting house inside

0:55:190:55:21

as well, it was very different to anything I think we've ever seen.

0:55:210:55:24

We liked it a lot, yeah.

0:55:240:55:26

What about the mystery house? Now, that was an interesting property.

0:55:260:55:31

From the outside - wow. When we went downstairs it looked

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wow, the kitchen was fantastic, the lounge was beautiful, but

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overall it was the garden. No matter how beautiful the house is,

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I think without the garden, that's going to be the selling point for us.

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Overall what have you learnt, do you think, about your budget

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and buying in the Cotswolds?

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We didn't really know what you'd expect for the money.

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We're going to have to compromise on some things to get what we want.

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But we've both learned we couldn't compromise on the garden.

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But we could compromise on being on a road, or possibly the size of the

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-main bedrooms.

-What happens next?

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I think we're quite taken with two of the properties,

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in particular the one in Avening,

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and also the one in Bledington. What we're planning to do, is we're going

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to go around and have a drive around both the surrounding area and villages and

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take a look at the local atmosphere, if you like, and take it from there.

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I wish you all the best. I hope you find what you are looking for, with

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-a big garden for plenty of goats!

-Thank you very much.

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It looks like the old Cotswold magic has done its job again

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and persuaded Sally and Andy to stay here and move for good.

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And if you love the countryside

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and want to see more of it, make sure you join us again next time

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for another edition of Escape To The Country.

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Alistair Appleton is in the Cotswolds with a couple searching for a dream house with a garden large enough to keep a goat. They view some stunning properties, but in such a popular and expensive part of the country, outside space comes at a premium. Will they find anything that suits, or will compromises have to be made?


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