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Good morning, house-hunters. Today, you find Jonny and I
the proud passengers in Britain's first ever alpine-style cable car.
We are skimming the tree tops of the Derwent Valley like a pebble across a leafy pond.
Yes. As unlikely as it may seem, we're only 20 miles north of Derby
in a town famed in Victorian times for spas and hydrotherapy.
Yes, that's right, today, we're in Matlock.
Of all the Matlocks in all the world, including the two in America,
the one in Australia, the one in Canada, the US legal crime show
and the lesser known Australian cop show,
this has to be my favourite Matlock with the greatest views ever.
I completely agree. But local people take these views for granted
which happens when you see them every day.
And that's the problem. If you want to move house, you want to move
the views with you. The views become top of your wish-list.
The same can be said of today's buyers.
They want these views but for less money.
And today's buyers are Maria and Bob Hepburn
and their children, Sam, 10, and Marisa, 13.
The Hepburns are hoping to sell their house and become mortgage-free.
Bob was recently made redundant and Maria's a teaching assistant.
They had found their dream property but, unfortunately, that dream
became a nightmare when the house sold just a few months ago.
Maria and Bob were devastated, but the search for the perfect house must go on.
So they've turned to us for help, naturally.
Where better to meet them than atop the views they hope to be buying into.
Bob and Maria, we are in Matlock, a lovely area and I believe you've lived here a long time
-and have never been up here before, have you?
-Why have you never been up here before?
-I'm not a lover of heights.
And we forced you to come in a cable car this morning.
-Are you a fan of heights now?
-Was it as traumatic as you thought it would be?
-Not quite as bad.
Until we stopped and the wind caught us.
-Well, at least it's here. Look at the views you've got.
What perfect a place to start today's programme than up here?
Now, I believe we have a tale of woe about the house you did want to buy.
Yes, very much so. We only put our house on the market
because we saw this bungalow that I fell in love with.
And, unfortunately, it has now gone.
Well, it's the only time I've really wished for something
-to go wrong for someone because I'm not like that.
-At least you're honest about it.
Any other properties that have come close to this?
-So a whole emotional journey.
-Normally we say, describe your ideal house. But, your ideal house is somewhere down there.
So, what did it look like, this property?
Well, you're pointing behind you.
You can probably see in the distance some houses.
-It was one of those, on the top.
It looked over the meadows with nothing in front of us
because we were that high up.
So, unspoiled views.
And the views seem to be one of the big things you're looking for.
-Yes, very much so.
-Everyone's got a list of must-haves and also-wants. Let's work through the must-haves.
What has this property got to have excluding the dream home you can't currently have?
Very much views, because that is important to us.
But, at the moment, in the property we actually live in,
we live on a main road and the garage and parking
is at the back of the house.
So, I'd very much like to have parking at the side of the house,
-to have a drive.
-More traditional approach to the property.
And a larger bedroom for our son.
So, three bedrooms is a must, is it?
-That's on the must-haves.
House or bungalow, you're not too fussed about the style?
We would prefer a bungalow, but if the house is right,
she'll go for a house.
-Are you DIYers yourself or are you going to be...
-I can turn my hand to most things.
Really? Anything you're not prepared to tackle?
I wouldn't want something that's falling down and have to rebuild.
We decorated a room once and he'd just finished it.
I said, I hate it. And he had to do it again.
Here's a point. Couldn't you midway through say, "I'm not so sure about that." Why wait till the end?
Because she was at her mother's.
All right. So, we are prepared to do stuff.
We need to work that out before you do the stuff otherwise you might have to do it twice.
And no-one wants to do it twice. The area you want to be around here.
Any other things you need to be near to?
We don't want to go too far beyond Cromford southward
because of my daughter's school.
It's got to be either Cromford, this way, towards Chesterfield.
-What about outside? Is a garden important to you?
-We like to entertain. We love our barbecues.
The Italian in me, we love eating outside if the weather's nice.
The question is, the all-important one, how much money?
What have you got to spend the dream?
-Go on, it's down to you, Maria.
Will you go any higher?
-Only a little bit.
-We can go with a little bit of flexibility.
-A little bit, but not a lot.
-Well, we are going to get out there. Will you wish us luck?
-I think you need it.
-How long have you been looking for?
-I suppose about six months.
All right, Jonny and I have a day.
We'll see you later on. See you.
They'll never do it.
So, this will be a bit of a challenge today.
They are not looking to upsize, they don't want to downsize.
They just want a slightly different version of what they've got.
Crab-style sideways, almost.
Also, the other big problem, they've already found the house of their dreams.
They just can't move into it because someone else is going to.
Exactly. So, not making it easy on us. We've one day. I'll speak to the estate agents.
See if they can throw any hope our way for our one-day opportunity.
-See you in a bit.
-So, the spa town of Matlock.
Situated on the River Derwent at the eastern edge of the Derbyshire Peak District
and the southern end of the Peak National Park.
It has magnificent panoramic views, as we discovered.
Many of which can be enjoyed from the Heights of Abraham at Matlock Bath.
A Mr John Smedley who established hydrotherapy here in Matlock is also responsible
for the building of Riber Castle on a hillside above the town.
Matlock is a compact market town and a vibrant centre for shopping and tourism.
It's also well placed with good transport links for travel north and south.
I can certainly see why Bob and Maria don't want to move from here.
Where else would they find a house for £220,000
with such fantastic views elsewhere in the country?
Well, if they headed north of Matlock to the village of Trimingham, near Halifax, they'd find
this three-bedroomed house with a conservatory, a cellar and, of course, those all-important views.
And, pushing even further north to the Isle of Arran,
there's this traditional stone crofter's cottage,
commanding stunning views,
all for a fixed price of £245,000.
But a few hundred miles south in Ilfracombe, Devon,
this two-bedroomed apartment set in a period building with sensational sea views is available for 225 grand.
But, it's Matlock on the map for us today.
Matlock in bloom.
My favourite Matlock of all the many Matlocks across the globe.
The question is, do the people of Matlock know that much about the Matlocks?
There's only one way to find out. Let's go to Matlock.
Tom, you're going to be an absolute expert when it comes to Maria and Bob
-because you're the agent selling their property, aren't you?
-Do you know Matlock?
-But how well do you know Matlock? I've got Matlock the Quiz here.
It seems a bit strange and being an estate agent yourself, you would know this, it's a horizontal move.
They're not upsizing, they're not downsizing.
They want a slight variation of what they've got.
Absolutely. We've obviously got Bob and Maria on the books.
Know exactly what they are looking for as they viewed a property
with us last summer that they fell in love with.
-This is the property we're up against.
In the US legal drama, Matlock, what was the name of its protagonist?
Kevin Matlock, Craig Matlock, Ben Matlock or Monty Matlock?
Come on, Sarah.
What are you doing? You don't cheat.
-You've done it right.
-Did you cheat?
-No. I guessed.
All right, well done.
-Have you got a few details we can have a look at?
These match what they're looking for, really.
There's a bungalow in the village of Tansley.
That's a two bedroom. I understand they are looking for three
but this, with the correct planning permission, you could squeeze a third bedroom in there.
-And Tansley is highly sought after from what I know.
-Just a few miles down the road from Matlock.
And very sought after indeed.
In the US legal drama, Matlock,
what was the name of its protagonist?
Kevin Matlock, Craig Matlock, Ben Matlock or Monty Matlock?
-I'm going Ben Matlock.
-You're right. It is Ben Matlock.
-There you go.
-Did you know the answer?
-No, just a shot in the dark.
-Are you reading off my sheet?
-No, if I lean forward, I should.
This is part exchange. Is that becoming more frequent as things get tighter?
Yes. On our books, we're looking for properties all the time
that would maybe do a bit of a swap with some other clients.
-And vendors to vendors within your own office?
Which Matlock has the lowest population? Matlock, Iowa.
Matlock, Washington. Matlock, Canada. Or Matlock, Australia?
Matlock, Iowa. Population seven.
-Matlock, Iowa is correct. Population 83. I like it, though.
-Matlock used to have the steepest what in the world?
-We know that one.
-Is it really?
This two-bedroom with scope for development could be a real contender.
-I'll drop you a line if we want a viewing.
-Fine. No problem.
-Thank you very much.
So, how did the whole Matlock questions go down?
I think it went well. No-one completed a whole quiz entirely and one woman cheated.
-But I think we had fun.
-That's not a reflection of all the people of Matlock?
-No, they're a lovely bunch.
Property-wise, though, the mystery property hunting team have had their work cut out
because we know they've fallen in love with a house already and it was a bungalow.
And what they thought is I'm going to show them another bungalow.
It's in Matlock. It's beautiful.
It's lovely. It's got nearly the views that her house has got.
Nearly. We can see a castle from it.
It's lovely. It's got a very impressive front lawn. Inside, it's three bedrooms.
Maybe there's some work for Bobby to do.
-But I think Bob's up to it.
Tom, at the estate agents, did a wonderful job and identified a property that is quite interesting.
It's in the gorgeous village of Tansley.
It does want some work, but property-wise, absolutely superb.
You can see those views of the Riber Castle fantastically well from the front.
As I say, it's not perfect for them, but location wise...
-How not perfect?
-You'll find out soon enough. But, nonetheless, let's crack on with the wildcard.
That's intriguing. The wildcard. We've gone for a house.
It's lovely. It has got four bedrooms, it is a cracker.
It's stone built. It's immaculate, needs no work.
They can move straight into it.
And it's in Matlock, where they want to be. Those are the houses.
45 minutes of housing entertainment. Are you ready?
-Where should we go for the start?
I'm first off the blocks with a detached bungalow
in a quiet cul-de-sac on the outskirts of Matlock.
It's been rented on and off for the last year or so. And it's currently vacant.
But, believe me, even with no furniture, you can't help but see its potential.
Just look over there. A plethora of views.
It's impressive, Ed, no denying it.
But is it better than the half bungalow, half house that sold and broke Maria and Bob's hearts?
No, not when you put it like that. But I'm still confident they will be very pleased.
We are in Matlock. We are in a lovely part of Matlock.
Look over here. I've not got you the back-garden views but I've got you front-garden views.
Look at that over there.
That's fantastic. It's actually a really nice area. I do like it here.
This is the one we've plumped for. A bungalow.
So, we've gone for the bungalow feel.
It's everything you found in the property of your dreams.
-Is this anything like the one you fell in love with?
-You've got the views.
You've got the property. Are you willing to go in?
-Are you ready?
Are you ready to fall in love again with another house in Matlock but this one you could potentially buy?
-Let's go in and see.
-Good luck. Get in that bungalow and enjoy yourselves.
-I hope they'll be very good tourers.
-I think they will be. Shall we find out?
-Let's do it.
-Let's do it.
That's a good sized hall.
-It's bigger than you think on the outside.
It's a lot bigger.
-Nice and light.
-Go round to the right.
-Presumably, this is the living room.
Oh, it's a good size.
I like this.
This is brilliant news. Maria is instantly in there.
-You can tell by the tone in which she is saying it.
-She is excited.
So, is this just a living room or dining room-come-living room?
At a guess, at some stage, this has been two rooms.
It's more of a lounge-diner. We couldn't get the kitchen-diner.
Well, I have got Bob in my mind to create the kitchen-diner. He is unaware of that yet.
He is not aware of just how much work he will have to do. He is going to have to use bricks.
He is going to maybe have to do an architecture degree. But...
-Once that is all done.
They will have the perfect kitchen.
-Conservatory that side.
It's more of a lean-to than a conservatory.
But, cleaned up, it'd be OK.
-It's a good size and a conservatory suite will fit in here quite nice, won't it?
-Yes, probably would.
They've done a good job so far. They've not moved for a long time.
-There's no furniture in there but they've visualised everything pretty well.
Garage that way by the looks of it.
Leads to the garage.
-We are about to walk into a tandem garage and I've never been in one of those before.
And I went in there, I enjoyed it. Hopefully, they will too.
Narrow, I would say. Wouldn't you?
It's all right. You could get yours in here.
-Yes, it would be OK, then.
You could get yours in here after I've got all my junk in here.
-You're not having any more junk.
Bob is storing all his junk inside that trunk.
But, Bob, I have another plan.
And again it involves you and a huge amount of building work.
Oh, this is disappointing.
-These are broken. I'm picking up someone else's programme.
-It is disappointing in there.
-Well, not if Bob does the building degree I'd like him to do.
Or hires a builder because they could create a kitchen diner here
within budget, ladies and gentlemen. Within budget.
It's got the cooker.
It's got a fridge. I suppose the washing machine fits there. But...
-I wanted a bigger kitchen.
What people don't realise is, when you upsize you get bigger things, downsize, you get smaller things.
When you get sideways things, you normally get exactly the same
but sometimes the kitchen shrinks when you go sideways. I don't know why that is.
Right, so, this must be the bathroom.
-This is quite deceiving.
-Why, does it go round the corner?
-I didn't expect to see that.
It's nice. Just a little bit of upgrading and this would be OK, to be honest. It's a good size.
Brilliant. Positive back again.
-But the bathroom's been re-fitted.
-But they're saying it needs upgrading.
-Only a bit.
-That's just their standards.
-Just a bit.
Oh, this a good size. Yes.
-I am pleasantly surprised with this, but which bedroom is it?
-Is it the main bedroom?
-Hard to tell, isn't it?
Yes, but it's a good size.
-It's big enough for a double, easy.
So whether it was ours or Marisa's or even Sam, we need to see what the others are like to find out.
Maria has stated a very good point. She needs to look at all the rooms first.
-I think they're going to sleep in that room.
-Yes, it's the biggest.
This is a good size one as well.
Again you can fit a double bed in here. Which, you know...
This is square as opposed to the other one that's on a window, isn't it?
-I would think this would sort out the kids' rooms, wouldn't it?
-Do you think so?
-Maybe for Marisa.
-Depending on what the other one's like.
-Right, now, I knew this might be an issue because Sam, little Sam has been given the short straw.
-He turned up last in the family. He's been given the smallest bedroom.
-That's the price you pay.
Get there first, get the biggest bedroom.
But it's still bigger than the room that Sam has already got, isn't it?
Yes. It's bigger, it's a lot bigger than what he's got.
Yes. It's a decent size.
I don't think he'd be disappointed.
-This would be Sam's, Marisa's. So...
-We'd have that one, then.
-It would have to be ours?
-And beautiful and light. I do like it.
There we go. Three good-sized bedrooms, all of them bigger than what Sam's currently got.
-Only disappointing bit was the kitchen.
-But I've got a solution.
-Do you want to...
Now, Bob and Maria, I think you quite like the property.
-There was one area of the property that you were a little bit, you know, not sold on. Which was?
I think that lets the property down.
But I think there are ways around it.
Normally this is where I'd give you a way around it.
-But what have you thought? Because obviously Bob is our DIY expert.
-Under your expert tuition.
What do you think you could do? I think overall you like the property.
What you reckon you could do to it?
You could do something here, because it seems to be a dead space just here when you come out the door.
The lean-to conservatory, whatever you want to call it.
-I think that's where you've got to look at changing something.
Yes, I think that. Because, you know, it doesn't look too expensive, put it that way.
-So, if you did get rid of it, you wouldn't be losing much money.
The other thought...what about this?
With your tandem garage. Two garages, basically.
You could convert the garage as well.
You could have that as a utility room, get rid of some clutter.
You could still park your car in the garage and then have a whole annexe out there as well.
That's right. Certainly the location's brilliant.
Because my son's school is just down the road and my daughter would catch the bus across the road
to her secondary school, so you couldn't have picked a better location.
-Couldn't have picked a better location.
-I was just enjoying the views out the front there.
-The property's lovely, but what a disappointing kitchen that is.
-Well, well, well...
Bob would take great insult at that if you turned up in a year's time
-and saw what he had built.
-Oh, you did the architect thing.
-There we go.
That's all going to cost money, though.
Is that going to be within your budget of £220,000? Who's going to go first?
-I'll go first.
-Very brave. Good, Maria.
I think it's smack on. 220.
-220 grand. OK. Bob?
I think it's over.
Because of where we are.
-Do you know what we've got?
We've got a tie on our hands.
The actual price is £225,000 on the knocker, so we've got a tie,
which throws Guess The Price into a different conundrum.
So...it's slightly over your budget, but I think it will be worth it and it is a lovely plot.
-The question is, do we want to go to Jonny's one?
-Of course you do.
-Now you don't mind doing a bit of building work?
-Excellent. Great. Come with me, this way.
OK, yes, I'll admit it, there may be a bit of work needs doing at property two.
-I would say so. How you feeling, Jonny? Nervous?
-No, no, not at all.
I love my choice - detached bungalow that's light and airy, immaculately presented.
-It's got a conservatory, two driveways.
-How many bedrooms?
-A sitting room.
-How many bedrooms?
And just check out those views.
-Yes, all right, just the two.
Bob and Maria, here we are at my choice - property number two in the gorgeous of village of Tansley.
-an area that you are very familiar with.
-Yes, that's right.
It's fantastic. It's all about location with this house.
We've got Tansley Heath, just yonder, over there. We've got views of the Riber Castle behind us.
The property is pretty special.
-What do you think? First impressions?
-It looks good.
-Yes, it does.
-Yes. Very nice.
-A driveway you can pull straight on to.
-Yes. That's the one box ticked, isn't it?
-Only two miles from Matlock.
Do you like it more than the first one or less than the first one?
-Hard to say from the outside.
-It's very impressive with the conservatory.
-There you go.
This feature at the front. I like that.
-So you like the conservatory a lot?
-Yes, I do.
OK. I've got a hint and tip at the end of this, which you might smack in the face of the conservatory.
-Get yourselves inside, enjoy the view and I'll speak to you in a bit, OK?
OK, here we are. Property two. Great house, great location, just not big enough.
-Mini utility room straight in the door.
Yes. Now you do have to walk straight into a utility room to get into this property,
which isn't ideal, but it gets better.
-Oh, this is a nice kitchen.
It's compact. It's nice.
It's actually the units that I like. Because it's more modern, it looks better.
-A bit more modern is this. More jazzy.
-It's not big enough
-to be a kitchen diner, which they'd ideally like.
Oh, it's the bathroom.
-It's only small, though.
-Just small, yes. But it's got a shower.
It's got a glass, what they called?
-Partition thing, isn't it?
-It's only a three-piece.
-I think I had a four-piece, didn't I?
-You did have a four-piece, yes.
This is nice.
-This is quite nice and airy, isn't it?
People read into the word nice and think there's something that they're not wanting to say.
But I think when Maria says "nice", she means it.
-She genuinely thinks it is nice.
-This is quite a nice room.
I do like this. Oh look, the fireplace is nice.
-What you got out there?
-The views are nice.
-I can see the Riber up there.
-From this one.
-Yes. Yes, you can.
-In that lounge, lovely wooden flooring,
you've got the fireplace and the vendors themselves actually
put in this bay window to maximise the views of the Riber Castle up on the hill there. A gorgeous vista.
Why wouldn't you?
Oh, wow. This is nice and light.
It's big, isn't it?
What a beautiful conservatory.
I do like this. This is nice.
-The flooring's nice.
-I'll sit on here.
And I'll join you.
OK, so kitchen good, bathroom good, lounge good, conservatory... They really like this from the outside.
You could use this as a conservatory or a dining room as well.
It's nice. I like this one.
Unfortunately not going to be there for much longer.
You've hinted at this. What have you got against the conservatory?
I love the conservatory, but to satisfy their needs...
-You have to knock the conservatory down.
-Kind of. Only kind of. Stick with me.
It will all make perfect sense.
Oh, this is a nice bedroom.
-I didn't expect that.
This floor's all the way through.
They really liked the first bedroom. Lovely big size, once again, solid wood flooring.
Not a brilliant view but a great size.
They're on the hunt for bedroom two and three.
-They'll hunt for bedroom three for some time.
-Prepare for disappointment.
-Another good-sized bedroom.
But it's only the second one.
So where's Jonny hiding the third one?
We've got two children, a girl and a boy.
-We've got to have three bedrooms.
Jonny, by the tone of their voice,
I'm not sure if they're angry or not, but you'd better have a very good suggestion.
-Well, the thing is...
-Zip it! Do you want to go and deliver it to them? Good luck. I'll see you later.
-No, really good luck.
-Jonny? I don't think...
-You're going to pick on me straight away, aren't you?
-You like his place.
I could hear it in your voices.
We've got two children, a girl and a boy.
-There's no dining room, the kitchen...
-That's four people!
-I've thought this through. Stick with me. OK. So here's the situation.
-You need three bedrooms.
Turn your existing lounge into your bedroom. OK? So you've got three good bedrooms.
-Use that as your master bedroom to make the most of the gorgeous views.
Then you've got two lovely doubles at the back.
Because the existing footprint for conservatory is already in place,
you don't actually need planning permission to convert that.
What I would do is bring it out just in line with the front of the existing building,
you convert your conservatory into your lounge, make that your new lounge.
Then your conservatory comes off the back of that, either in front of it, or to the side.
Therefore you get your master bedroom, your lounge and your conservatory all at the front
enjoying these uninterrupted views of the Riber Castle.
-But you take half the garden then.
Look at all this lovely stuff here.
You've got plenty of it up there as well.
I'm just trying to get you to think more about the potential options.
Come and save me. Come save me!
-Is it going well?
-I thought that was a good idea.
-Now, all right, here we go.
-Just let me...
-What do you think of that?
-Do you want to give a recap of it, Bob?
Put it all on there, that's going to cost. The cost of the house which you're is going to ask me...
-This is Tansley.
-We're going up.
The question is, how much money does it cost?
We've got neck-and-neck already after only one round of Guess The Price.
-You went first last time, didn't you, Maria?
Bob, I'm going to force you to go first this time.
For my potentially three-bedroom detached bungalow.
All right. Maximum budget of £220,000.
Presumably Jonny has factored in the renovation costs...
Even if he has, I still think you're going to be talking 215.
215, OK. So you think he's left you with £5,000 to do the lot?
Which I don't think this is enough.
No, I think this is more. I think this is Tansley and it's quite a good area.
So I think this is about...245.
What the...? Has the world gone mad?
You'll be pleased to know that this property is on the market for offers over £200,000.
That is all I'm saying. All right?
-Please let's go to the wild card.
I'm not going to tell you again!
You've embarrassed yourself, Jonny.
Thank goodness we can redeem matters with a wild card with four, yes, four bedrooms.
-It's already got twice as many bedrooms as yours!
-Don't rub it in!
Yes, I was slightly short on bedrooms, but our joint choice more than makes up for it.
Three storeys high, and with each floor the views just get better.
It's also newly refurbished, which means absolutely no work for Bob.
So he should be pleased. But will Maria love today's wild card?
To be honest, I'm not sure I'm the best person to ask.
Bob and Maria, Maria and Bob. The wild card.
Everyone does love the wild card.
Whose favourite part of the show is the wild card? Is it yours?
-We both like the wild card, yes.
-Here it is. This is today's wild card.
-We've got four bedrooms in here, three toilets, it's also a different style of property, isn't it?
-It's a house.
-It's a house. Excellent work, yes.
-Not a bungalow.
-So what do we think?
A mix of old and new and I didn't really want a new one, but we'll wait and see.
-That's why it's the wild card. It's about mixing things up a bit.
We do appreciate it's on a main road as well, but you live on a main road at the moment.
-You've lived on one before.
-You're kind of used to it.
That's the angle that we're trying to work on, but it is lovely inside.
This is going to give you space without losing those views,
-because the Riber Castle is straight across the valley.
-Maria, what do you think?
It's not what I expected.
Inside, we would not let you down.
It's a lovely place.
-If you don't agree, just compare it against Jonny's one.
-And you'll be fine again.
There is one downside, though.
-Oh, go on.
-We've not got the keys.
-Well, we've not got the keys to the front door.
There's been a mix up with the builder. We have got the keys to the back door, though.
-So what are we doing, breaking in?
-No, we're not breaking in at the BBC!
We're going to enter through the tradesman's entrance.
I know it's undignified, but only for once and once only. Shall we go?
-Yes, why not?
OK. And there we go. That is the rear entrance.
-We've got a key for it. You can get in there.
No negative thoughts, please Maria, if you don't mind. Give me a chance.
-A Zen-like state. Are you ready?
-Go in. We'll see you later.
-Right, we're off.
-I tell you what, you can go off people.
-She's just trouble, that Maria.
-We should've mentioned they haven't got a back garden or a front garden.
-But apart from that, it's perfect.
-It is lovely.
Well, this is quite a nice entrance.
-Yes, the rear vestibule. Perfect entrance point.
-That's the positivity
-that we didn't get from Maria outside.
-Oh, downstairs toilet. This is big. It's nice.
-Very big for downstairs.
Ideal for downstairs, for Sam when he comes in with his muddy boots.
-They've gone through the back and liked it more.
Although the front entrance....
..is nice, but this, they've seen a positive for Sam and his muddy boots.
Wow, this is a big room.
-And the castle!
You can see the castle from the window!
-So Jonny wasn't lying then.
See, Maria was moaning about the main road outside,
but you've got fantastic views of the castle.
Wow, I like this kitchen.
Now this is the kind of kitchen that I like, that I want.
-Did you hear that? Did you hear that?
-"This is the kind of kitchen that I want."
I do like this.
It's finished beautifully.
And Bob's just said something like "finished beautifully".
Yeah, right, Bob - "I don't want modern" - suddenly does.
Maria, "oooeerr," suddenly loves it.
This must be where the front door, where we can't get in.
So that we'd just come into the kitchen.
-Makes sense, doesn't it? And these are the stairs.
-The stairs to go up.
I like the light coming through.
If you go in the main front entrance vestibule that they have added on to the existing building,
you've got a skylight which brings in all the natural light,
and then you've got the original entrance to the front door
so you've got this gorgeous stone surround, essentially where you go up the stairs.
This is quite a nice wide stairs.
-Steep, but it's wide.
Thankfully, before the steepness of the stairs was pointed out, the width was pointed out as a positive.
-Oh, this isn't...
Mind that step.
This is a very nice room. Very nice and light.
A big one again.
It's a double room, I think.
-It's got to be a double.
-There's no wardrobe, though, is there?
Because it's... Oh, it's an empty house. I've lost it with Maria now.
Brilliant downstairs, and now all of a sudden there's a problem.
-No fitted wardrobes.
-The problem is, Maria is on new territory.
The entire episode today we've only shown her ground-floor houses
so she's only positive downstairs. We don't know what she's like upstairs.
-What's she going to be like by the time she gets to the loft extension?
-Oh, this is a nice bathroom. Wow.
And it's one of the bathrooms, yeah?
One of the bathrooms of the house.
-This is light.
-Another big one.
It's another double.
But this is smaller than the other one.
Yeah, but it's still a double room. Again, no wardrobes.
You've got wardrobes at your house.
That's what removal men are for.
So this must be the third bedroom.
This is the smallest, by the looks of it, but having said that, for small it's still a decent size.
So how would you put his bed?
-If it was Sam's.
-It would have to go that way.
-Sam is finally getting a mention.
-I'm hoping that's the biggest room.
I've lost track of where they are. I'm presuming...
-They're in the bedroom just before they go up to the attic.
-That's the smallest one!
-What are they doing? Sam, this is it. That's the smallest room.
-Good grief, these are steep.
-This is like Aladdin's cave.
Careful up these steps now.
I don't think we'd get a stairlift in this.
Right, they're ascending the stairs into the attic room
-and they're pretty steep.
-Steeper than the first set.
Wow, it's absolutely superb up here when you get here.
We did ask for the views.
Oh, yeah, they're all right. I'll concede, Jonny, you've got the views on this one.
I think this would be bedroom cum games room cum...
Yeah, but there's another room there.
They're like children in a sweet shop up there. They're having the best time of their lives.
-It's an amazing bedroom, isn't it?
This is something.
That's strange, isn't it?
What do you do with this bit?
-That's the shower.
-Oh, is it?
-The water comes out of that one.
Maria is like a Martian landing from the moon or Mars and looking at the bath, "It's like space. What's this?"
It's the shower. "What's this?" It's where the water comes out, Maria.
I don't know what these two comedians are thinking, taking me.
I'll never get up these stairs.
-Let's go and find out.
OK, that started off pretty well down here.
-But it seemed to go a bit awry the further up you got.
-Just a bit. The stairs were a little steep.
-It was almost like climbing a mountain.
-What a bedroom that is at the top.
That master suite is phenomenal.
-If it wasn't for the stairs it would tick the boxes.
-It's a beautiful house.
-It's a combination of a refurbished property and a new-build.
Obviously, with a new-build you get a 10-year NHBC guarantee that goes with it.
But because this is a combination, you're not guaranteed
that you're going to get those certificates and those support points with it,
so it would be worth investigating further if you look at any other similar properties.
-But it's time to play Guess The Price.
-And never has it been more interesting.
We've had our first tie today, really, of this series, and as long back as I can remember.
-So who's in the lead at the moment?
But we could finish on a tie.
We never, ever get that point.
-Right, well, maximum budget, what is it? 220?
But I think it's over, well over.
Because of the size, 249,950.
I would say...230.
Go on, give us the bad news.
Someone has won, and that means it can only be Bob.
The actual price is £235,000. You've seen them all now, all three.
-I think you need to get out of here, Maria, before you...
Go and make the biggest decision of your adult lives, about which one you'll choose.
Do you think they'll go for this house that they don't like,
or your one that was impractical and they didn't like?
-Or my one that they loved? I wonder what they'll go for.
Here is a reminder of all three properties for you at home.
Clearly it's not a tough decision. Bob and Maria asked for views,
and I gave them views a go-go in property one.
And not just views but stunning views from a bungalow, as requested, in a quiet corner plot
with three good bedrooms, as requested,
a huge lounge stroke dining area, for £225,000.
And from my bungalow I too gave them views.
I also gave them gardens, not just to the front and the rear but to the sides as well.
With a nice kitchen, sitting room, bathroom, it had everything Bob and Maria might wish for.
-Except not enough bedrooms.
-True, but with my estate agent roots,
all I have to say is that that's truly reflected
in the price.
And finally there was our wild card that wasn't a bungalow but a house,
and not just any old house but a semi-detached, stone-built, three-storey,
-four-bedroom, beautifully renovated and extended house.
-With great views
and a price tag of 235 grand.
I wonder how you came to such a conclusion to pick my one.
-Was it a long process?
-No. All of 30 seconds.
-All of 30 seconds.
Well, thank you very much. I think you've picked a cracker here.
Now you have the mysterious To Buy Or Not To Buy surveyor come round,
look at the house. It's not legally binding but it's a good heads-up
were you to proceed with the purchase of this beauty.
So you can't go into the loft. It's not big enough. But I think you kind of knew that anyway.
Normally there's permitted development expansion, which is 70 cubic metres of property,
which you're allowed to do without planning permission, but because
your property is next to a road at the front and the rear,
you have to apply for planning permission.
That doesn't mean that it's going to be hard to get but you have to do it.
Other than that, because the property was rented out,
it means it's been through a gas safety certificate testing and also electricity,
it's had the PAT test so the appliances,
the boiler, the electrics are all in full working order because they've got to conform with the regulations
-as far as a rented agreement is concerned.
-Brand-new boiler. Brand-new boiler as well.
That's reassuring, isn't it?
Generally, the property is in fantastic condition.
The only negative was that some of the fascias are starting to peel away
cos they're wooden, but to replace them with UPVC, 300 or 400 quid, he said. So there you go.
-Okey cokey. Are you ready to start the test drive?
-Yes, I'm ready.
The nation is looking forward to seeing you hopefully fall in love with this.
Now today I think we've experienced a little of Maria's Italian spirit, shall we say,
and we know that, like her fellow countrymen,
good food, friends and family are of the utmost importance to her.
And of course, Bobby.
So bring on friend Robin and children Marisa and Sam.
You know, Bob, I like this.
I think it's a good size,
-but my idea is that we're going to knock this down.
-Where are you going to put your kitchen?
The kitchen is going there. I'm going to have a big kitchen diner.
And what about your conservatory?
Well, we'll have the planners in and we'll look at it and do it so that
it looks like a part conservatory, part kitchen. I know what I want!
Yeah, but if you knock that out,
-where are you going to put your kitchen?
-You're not listening. I just told you.
We're having the kitchen there. We're not having it there. I'm going to knock this wall
clean out and have it so that it's like a great big massive oblong.
And I'm having a fireplace there and then we can have the settees here,
that will be just a wall, we'll have a nice unit there.
-I know exactly what I want.
-And I'm having it.
-Yeah, if you say so. We'll see.
I usually win, I'm the boss. You just wear the trousers.
-I'll let you think you're the boss.
-No, no, no.
-Crikey, she's a formidable force, our Maria, isn't she?
-What are you doing?
-I'm measuring it.
-This, to knock it down to see how wide we can go this way.
No, we're going that way.
-Not this way. That way.
-Yeah. So what are you measuring that for?
Because you still need to know how wide it's going to be that way
-if you want to incorporate the kitchen there.
-I just hope you know what you're doing.
-I hope Bob knows what he's doing, too, otherwise he'll never hear the end of it.
The others aren't going to get much of a look-in, either.
I know. I thought Bob and Maria brought them along to see what they made of the potential new home.
Seems they're too busy with Kitchengate to remember they're even there.
Where are you? Bob.
You're never anywhere, are you, when I'm looking for you? Santa Maria!
Maria and Bob, we're in what could be a knocked-down
and revamped thingummyjig that's yet to be decided.
You've had a look around it. You're back in the house.
Could this be like the house of your dreams when we started the journey?
Because that's the point. You found the house of your dreams and you're emotionally attached to that.
Has this maybe managed to sing a song that says, Maria, come to me?
It has, actually, yes. I like this property.
I like where it is, and it's got great potential.
Are you thinking, knock this down, have an extension come off the back of the kitchen and straight across?
It's something to go towards the end of the garage so it gives us another 12 feet there.
This would be the kitchen.
-And like a conservatory bit there.
Knock through there to make it a really big lounge.
Bob, are you daunted, potentially, by what you may be letting yourself into?
-Should you buy this? Do you think you're up to it?
-With a bit of assistance, yes.
It's the big moment.
To buy or not to buy?
Bob and Maria, that's the question.
If we can sell ours it'll be a buy.
-It is a buy?
-Providing we can sell ours.
-That's all right, that's all right.
Now you've got something to focus at, haven't you?
Go speak to Tom at your estate agents, see if you can work out some agreement.
If you can get a good deal on this place, obviously you can
offset that against your own asking price, try and make yours seem a bit more attractive.
-Have you had a lovely time?
-We've had a great time with you.
And please let us know if you do buy, it'll be great to come back here
and maybe watch Bob do the work while we sit out the back garden and drink.
-And I'll drink the wine.
Well, thank you very much, see you soon.
-Well, that was a surprise.
-He can bring the wine
-if he's coming back.
-Yeah, and I don't want cheap wine, either.
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