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North Cheltenham

Living space is high on the agenda, but can Simon O'Brien and Jonny Benarr deliver a property that meets the requirements of some self-confessed fussy house hunters?


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Hello and welcome to an extended version of To Buy Or Not To Buy.

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They extend everything these days.

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-They do. Nails.

-Shop opening hours.

-Hair.

-Films.

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-Hopefully, contracts.

-And houses.

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-Yes, houses, which is what we're interested in.

-Welcome to To Buy Or Not To Buy. About the contract...

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-We'll talk about the contract later.

-OK, fine.

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What does an extended show comprise of? We still look at three houses?

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-Yeah.

-We still do a test-drive?

-You can't have To Buy without trying and buying.

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-We'd better look at some big houses, none of this compact living nonsense.

-I agree.

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-Shall we meet today's buyers?

-Yes, let's.

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This property used to be a three-bed detached house.

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But thankfully and wisely, today's buyers Jeff and Cath Smith chose to extend it.

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-It's now a five-bed.

-With a lovely kitchen.

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-A glorious lounge.

-And a conservatory.

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-All backing on to playing fields.

-With a good local school.

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Which all sounds fine and dandy when you factor their three kids into the equation.

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-It makes you wonder why they want to move.

-But move they must.

-Let's find out why.

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I'm confused. I often am. You have a perfectly good house, lovely place,

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school just round the corner and you want to move. Come on. Why?

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We've actually grown out of it with the children and the dog.

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-It's big enough.

-No, not for our mad family.

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You're in a five-bedroom house. You have three children and a dog.

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What are you hoping to gain in a new house that you've not currently got?

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We could do with a larger living space downstairs, a larger garden.

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And also a guest room.

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One of the bedrooms upstairs we use as a study or an office.

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Occasionally, I work from home, so having a study downstairs would be good.

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Once the office is downstairs, you're much closer to the kitchen, coffee, TV's just round the corner.

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-Might not be such a good idea.

-That's not a bad thing.

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Any other business requirements within the house at all?

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I would like some outside space for my aromatherapy business when I get it up and running.

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-Hopefully, not too much...

-What, you do aromatherapy outdoors?

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-No, I do it inside.

-I see, another building.

-Yeah.

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I actually use the old dining room at the moment, but it's not very...

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No wonder there's no room when you've got your guests round!

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Are you prepared to do a bit of work, maybe convert an outbuilding or a garage?

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-A BIT of work, yeah.

-Yeah, not too much work.

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-They both looked scared when you said that. I'm assuming "no" on that.

-Yeah.

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I'm getting the picture of why you want to move. What style? We're in Cheltenham. Is it Georgian grandeur?

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That would be nice, but I think it's out of our price range.

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We quite like modern, but we like the old quirky features, really - fireplace, you know...

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If we could find some ancient building which had been converted into a modern house?

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-Sounds perfect.

-That's the dream, yeah.

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What about your current situation? Are you selling your property?

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Are you renting it out? What thoughts have you got?

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-No, we're going to be selling ours.

-Yeah.

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I take it you must have viewed a few properties?

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We've viewed some new ones, some old ones and a few things in between.

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-I get you. So you're fussy buyers, are you?

-Yeah, well, we're open, aren't we?

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We've got all the information we need.

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-Just one question left which is rather vulgar, so I'll leave that to Jonny.

-Thanks. What's your budget?

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-Up to 440,000.

-OK, that's a pretty healthy budget.

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Houses in Cheltenham are more expensive than the average. Is that reasonable for what you're after?

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Yeah, from what we've seen, there are properties of that value and the rest is over to you guys.

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-Great.

-You have confidence in us.

-We do.

-I don't. Let's get going. See you later.

-Bye!

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Jonny, I am not normally a gambling man, but as we're in Cheltenham, home of the Gold Cup,

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I will wager that my property on this gorgeous budget will be better than yours.

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The odds of that happening will be 3/1.

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While he's figuring that out, let's find out why Cheltenham is furlongs ahead of its competitors.

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We've done a fair few shows from the famous and very lovely spa town of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire.

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Yes, it is a very popular place to live with To Buyers.

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If it's not the beauty of the Cotswold countryside and quintessentially English villages

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-that people flock here to see...

-..it's the unique Regency architecture of the town itself.

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The area also has some famous and sought-after schools, both state and private.

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-Which boast some notable alumni.

-Amongst them, the composer Gustav Holst.

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And there's the racecourse just down the road.

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Yes, Cheltenham has a lot to offer and it's this desirability that makes it a little bit pricey.

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But not as pricey as Ascot in Berkshire.

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Royal connections aside, this five-bedroomed equivalent of what Cath and Jeff are after

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would tip the scales at a princely £599,000.

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Warwick also has a racecourse and a castle

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and should you wish to bask within sight of its walls in similar five-bed opulence,

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get prepared to part with up to £395,000.

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Simon, I'm not a betting man, but if I was,

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this delightful property in Newmarket would be an odds-on favourite for a test-drive.

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As they say in the trade, £465,000 on the nose.

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The mystery property hunting team have been working very hard. We've got it down to three properties -

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his one, my one and the wild card.

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It may be a small field, but there is quality galore and my property, I think, is a real thoroughbred.

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This beautiful beast of a house is set in a fabulous location.

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I have one slight reservation - its proximity to Cheltenham, but that, I think, is a real goer.

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I'm backing property two today. It's all about price and location.

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It's not as sweet-looking a filly as Simon's, but if they want downstairs living space, this has it in spades.

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Now, what shall we tell you about the wild card?

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-Well, it's from a very fine stable.

-It's got some excellent heritage.

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-It looks a bit like a stable as well.

-It's got that look about it.

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-Do you know what my problem is?

-What?

-I just can't pick a dead-cert winner from any of them.

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-You know who can help? The race-goers of Cheltenham.

-Let's go.

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Three properties - I want you to pick your favourite, your outsider and your also-ran.

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I'm thinking probably it's more likely to be this one.

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My favourite would probably be...

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-That one.

-I'd go for that.

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Favourite, second, third.

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If I was favouring location, I'd go for Greet.

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I'm thinking this one, but which one do you think? This one?

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-That one.

-But not this one?

-No.

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I would definitely back that one.

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-Excuse me, young man.

-Not that I'm trying to influence you, but that one looks great.

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So far, I'm doing brilliantly well, although I'm in fact losing.

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But somebody in this town must like my house. I'll find that person.

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-The first one.

-That one.

-Favourite? We're agreed on the favourite here.

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-OK...

-Second.

-Yeah, I would say the second one, that one, and the third one, that one.

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They're going with the bookies.

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-Which one would you go for?

-That one.

-Or there's my one?

-Or there's that one.

-Ah.

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-I'm going to put my money on this one.

-Curses!

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Beautiful. That's the one you want. Absolutely beautiful.

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That's the favourite. That's the winner. Carry on.

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A lot of strange folk in Cheltenham today!

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The good people of Cheltenham seem to agree there is a clear favourite, a rank outsider and an also-ran.

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Now let's find that loser Jonny Benarr.

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-That one?

-That's the one, yeah.

-But that's Simon's one.

-That's life, mate.

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-Can't say fairer than that.

-Is that enough?

-Yeah. Cheers, brother.

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-And bringing up the rear of the field, it's Jonny Benarr. I think he's gone lame.

-I've gone lame?

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-How did you get on?

-It's gone really... It's gone terribly.

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Has it now? I guess that the good people of Cheltenham that you met agree there is a clear favourite.

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-Unfortunately, yes. I'm starting to question my own judgment.

-Hmm.

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As I am the favourite and I like to lead from the front, we'll start with my choice, property one.

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As front-runners go, Mr Benarr, this property is likely to canter home furlongs ahead.

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-Like old Devon Loch.

-Devon who?

-Devon Loch, a horse?

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It was leading the Grand National by several lengths, then, for no reason, it tripped up and lost.

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But this house is on much firmer ground.

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Cath and Jeff, property one today is my choice and I'm feeling rather confident about this.

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We have brought you to this gorgeous property here, but before we talk about it,

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let's put us on the map. We have the Cotswolds over there.

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If you wander the other way, down a gorgeous footpath off the road,

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you come to the beautiful Anglo-Saxon village of Winchcombe,

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just outside of which Liz Hurley got married not long ago.

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What do you think of the place?

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It's very attractive. I like the Cotswold stone.

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It's modern, but it has been clad in that Cotswold stone to fit in with the area. Jeff?

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It looks a great size and a nice location.

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Not too much garden, so nice and easy to keep.

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Oh, you're a fussy one, aren't you?

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-Just a bit lazy.

-Hopefully, there'll be a smaller garden at the back.

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-You won't have to mow anything then! No, I'm joking, I'm joking.

-OK.

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-Anything else to add?

-I've got some good facts for you.

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The local pub, always an essential. This is a community-orientated area.

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Just a couple of minutes down the road. It's a family-friendly one.

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Fantastic food, lovely local ales. That's the research you need!

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OK, one last piece of research -

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as well as the local pub, there are also some excellent Ofsted-rated schools in this area.

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-Fantastic.

-That's where we are, but will the inside suit your requirements? Shall we find out?

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-Yes, please.

-Get in there and enjoy!

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-Oh, very impressive. It's very airy.

-That's really big, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-Nice place to put the dog under there.

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-Straight in with a compliment.

-Impressive.

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-I like the wooden floor. It's very nice.

-That's a good size.

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-We'd get our dining room table in here, wouldn't we?

-Yeah, it'd fit nicely.

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This is what I enjoy about the first tour. They're always a bit nervous.

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Jeff and Cath walked into the dining room, saw a dining room table

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-and said, "You could get a dining room table in here!"

-You could.

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-OK, I do like that room very much.

-That's good. Lounge.

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-That's a nice size.

-That's really good and straight out into the garden as well.

-Nice fireplace.

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-You do have the focal point of that fireplace.

-Lovely stone surround.

-I like its simplicity.

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Wow, look at the garden!

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Lots of grass and not many plants.

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-It's nice and wide. It's not overlooked at all.

-No, not at all.

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Nice.

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What have you got the brolly for? It won't rain.

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-I know as much about the weather as I do about property hunting.

-OK.

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Oh, more rooms.

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-Oh, wow, that's useful.

-That's great.

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-Could be a study.

-Or for the kids. That would be really useful.

-They'd fill this.

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-They're now in the playroom, but you've got plans for this.

-It's the aromatherapy room.

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Yeah, I like it. It's nice. Shall we see what's through there?

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-You'll like this. It's nice and big.

-I like it, yeah. Plenty of room for the table.

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-I like the cooker. That's nice.

-And a newish kitchen.

-Five rings as well.

-Loads of space.

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Plenty of living space here.

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This is exactly the kind of kitchen that Cath was after.

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She wanted a kitchen-diner where everyone could be together while someone was doing the cooking.

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-I listen.

-And you have provided.

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-This is a great bit.

-A great bit extra on to it.

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-Yes.

-And a utility at the back.

-Oh, a utility. That's very useful.

-That's a good size as well.

-It is.

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I like it. Very nice. And we've got a back door to the garden which is fabulous.

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It is useful, otherwise you'd never get into the garden. The fence is too high.

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Oh, which way do we go?

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-It's nice and big up here.

-Oh, wow, this must be the office.

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-That's good. That means downstairs you could keep that as a kids' room or you could flip it around.

-Yeah.

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That's really useful. And when you're working,

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you get to see the view as well. It even looks good in the rain.

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-Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to British summer time!

-It's the glamour of it all!

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Oh, this is a nice size, Cath.

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-It's bigger than what we've got.

-That's interesting. I like it. It's nice.

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It's nice that the carpet runs through the whole of the upstairs.

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-En-suite?

-I didn't notice that. That's a surprise.

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-That en-suite is so big, there's an echo.

-Wow, what a lovely size!

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-That is really big.

-Yeah.

-Nice shower as well.

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-Good size.

-And tiles all over. Really easy to clean, isn't it?

-Fantastic.

-And spotlights.

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-I wonder if this is the master en-suite, master bedroom?

-Looks like it.

-Yeah.

-Shall we have a look?

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OK, let's go and see.

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This is a nice, big size as well.

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-That's big again.

-Yeah.

-That's probably bigger than the last one.

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-Double wardrobes.

-You'd get all your clothes in.

-One each as well.

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-A little set of drawers for mine.

-Yeah, I like it.

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Jeff knows his place. He gets a little set of drawers. The rest of the fitted wardrobes...

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-What a lovely size! Oh, wow, another en-suite!

-That's bigger than the last one.

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-There's a double shower.

-Would you keep this one as your master or have the other one?

-This one, definitely.

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-I've given them a choice of master bedrooms.

-It's nice to be spoilt.

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-Aw, this is really pretty!

-The girls will be fighting over it.

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This one is definitely a Megan one. And a double wardrobe. And a single one. I like this room very much.

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It's good.

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-Bathroom or bedroom?

-Bathroom.

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-It's all done the same again. It's nice.

-Yeah. It's quite a good size.

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-Split between the two rooms.

-The kids would have this room.

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-I've provided a five-bedroomed house and the kids are all shoved in one room.

-I like their thinking.

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-Last room then. That's five rooms.

-Yeah.

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Three toilets upstairs, one downstairs. Somebody's left out.

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I like this room. Got another built-in wardrobe which is so useful.

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What do you think then?

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-Yeah, I like it.

-It's a good size.

-It ticks all the boxes.

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-Nice and big downstairs.

-Yeah. There's not much work to do at all.

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-I suppose we'll have to find out how much it is.

-Let's go and see.

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I'm feeling very positive for two reasons. First of all, I'm now dry.

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-That's a positive, isn't it?

-Mm-hm.

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But also we got good vibes through the headphones. You seemed to like this place.

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Yeah, it ticked all the boxes, Simon, I think.

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Very nice, airy, large downstairs, two en-suites.

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And plenty of bedrooms.

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Jeff, I know the study was something quite key for you. Again it's been doubled up in the fifth bedroom.

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But you have got the addition of the downstairs playroom.

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Would you make that the study and have a playroom upstairs or keep it the way it is?

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-Probably keep it as it is. Less decorating.

-And the downstairs room is the aromatherapy room.

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-Yes.

-We've got an argument about this.

-I know.

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You should put the aromatherapy room in one of the garages.

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You're better off having it accessed from the outside

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-and the kids have a playroom inside.

-Could convert it.

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The other benefit of this property is it's only two years old, so the certificates are in place.

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If you did encounter problems, you do have an avenue for recourse. That's something to bear in mind.

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Right, price?

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-Would you like to go first?

-Your budget is £440,000.

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How much for this gorgeous place in Greet?

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I reckon we're close to budget, probably around 430?

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I'll say just a little bit higher - 435,950.

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I've been a bit naughty.

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This place is actually on the market for £485,000.

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-Really? Wow!

-Before you kill me, there's a good reason for that.

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The property team and I happen to know that an offer was accepted on this property very recently,

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which in the end fell through because the chain fell through,

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but much, much closer to your budget than the asking price.

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I can't give you figures, I can't say too much, but that's the reality of the situation.

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-So they are very keen to move.

-OK.

-But it's massively over your budget. Let's look at property number two.

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Jonny, if I said Best Mate, Royal Frolic and Looks Like Trouble, what would you think of?

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-That's easy. Me.

-No, they are all ex-Gold Cup winning racehorses which have sadly passed away.

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-That's relevant because...?

-You need to flog your own dead horse now.

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Let's show them your property.

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Jeff, Cath, here we are at my choice, property two.

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Simon kicked things off in the beautiful village of Greet.

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I've brought us a lot closer to Cheltenham, about ten minutes away.

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It's an area known as The Reddings, just on the outskirts of Cheltenham.

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Simon's property was this beautiful, Cotswold stone-clad house, and hats off to him on that,

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whereas this is a bit more of an unusual property, it's fair to say.

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-First impressions of the property?

-It's smaller than the last one.

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But obviously, we'll see what it's got inside. Yeah, it looks OK.

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I think it's quite deceiving. It might go back a long way, hopefully.

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-Yes.

-I like the way it's different from all the other houses along the street.

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-I'm not sure about the busy road.

-There's a couple of things to discuss with that.

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The phrase "deceptively spacious" was coined for properties such as this.

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And all of the properties along this road are individually designed,

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so you've got a real air of uniqueness about the property, which a lot of people are looking for.

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You don't want to buy a house which is the same as next door and so on.

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-Get inside. See you in a bit.

-It won't take you long to get there. Watch out, you'll hit the house!

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-That's not a bad-sized hall.

-No.

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OK, we'll make our way there.

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OK, a good-sized lounge. I like this.

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-It's lighter in here, isn't it?

-Yeah, I like the bay windows.

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And the radiator covers are a nice attraction.

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I worry about what people think about a property when they talk about the radiator covers.

0:19:440:19:50

This must be the study. That's nice.

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It's a study now. What do you think Jeff and Cath would use it for?

0:19:520:19:56

-I'll go with a study.

-Brilliant.

0:19:560:19:59

I'm not sure about this bit here, how it would fit in,

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if it flows from there into this, if it just hadn't been a dead space?

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-We could use it as a little bit of a play area for the children.

-Mm-hm.

-It would be good. Yeah.

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-Kitchen?

-Yeah, let's go through then.

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Oh, wow, this is great!

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-Nice and big, isn't it?

-Jonny's done a really good job here.

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The vendors did a fabulous job. I really like the flow of the place and the feel of the place.

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It's got an island in the middle, so the kids could race round after each other.

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Look at the windows.

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-Very nice. They're really nice.

-It's nice and light.

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-Gives it a bit of a quirky feel, doesn't it?

-Mm-hm.

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Every credit to the vendor-builder of this place

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because the extension, the kitchen, with those roof lights is a fantastic bright space

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and you get daylight back into the lounge which would otherwise have become a cave.

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The thing is, it's not much different from what we've got.

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-The landing space is a very similar layout.

-Yes.

0:21:020:21:05

-The bathroom looks neat.

-I like the corner bath.

-Quite small though.

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-And there's no shower.

-Yeah, that's a point. But I like the tiles and the natural...

0:21:090:21:15

-Very natural shell-look toilet seat.

-Yes, it is very nice.

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-If there was one part of this property to update, what would it be?

-The bathroom, definitely.

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-It's the only area.

-Yeah.

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Nice wooden floor.

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-That's nice.

-Yeah, it's nice and light in here, isn't it?

0:21:290:21:33

I like the double wardrobes, the spotlights.

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-That's a good idea. You could get a big bed in here as well.

-En-suite?

0:21:360:21:41

-Oh, that's a nice size. Lovely light.

-That's better, isn't it?

0:21:410:21:45

Yeah, I like that.

0:21:450:21:47

-It's white, so you can just do whatever you like to it.

-It's good.

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Normally, I have no time for you,

0:21:520:21:54

but on this occasion, I'm going to stand up for you. This is a lovely house.

0:21:540:21:59

Oh, next room up.

0:21:590:22:02

That's a good size. That's got the same bed as Chloe.

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Her bed would be fine in here.

0:22:070:22:09

You've got three kids, five bedrooms there. It's a cracking property.

0:22:090:22:13

-Another bed. Same again.

-Another bed the same.

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-But a bit of a smaller room.

-It's dark, isn't it?

0:22:160:22:20

-Yeah.

-It's dark and small and it's probably smaller than the third room we've got.

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Space and light seem to be their two biggest concerns here. They were spoilt with your property.

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But it's amazing how big a house is when it's £45,000 over budget!

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Oh, there's a surprise!

0:22:360:22:39

-What, a surprise how small it is or...?

-How light it is, to be quite honest.

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Yes, at last, we've got a positive comment upstairs!

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Following on the theme with the kitchen, they've put two skylights in, both front and rear...

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Dual-aspect, if you will! Even on a murky day, it's lovely and light.

0:22:540:22:58

-They're quite a good idea.

-There's a good view over the back there, over the fields. Shall we go?

-Yes.

0:22:580:23:05

Thank you.

0:23:050:23:07

-That's a nice, square room.

-Nice and light again.

0:23:110:23:14

-You'd get a double bed in here.

-And a view out the window again. That's a big plus.

0:23:140:23:19

I was expecting another en-suite, to be quite honest, upstairs.

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-But obviously, Jonny couldn't find one.

-It's too much like what we've got at the minute.

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It's like everything's trying to be crammed in.

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You've got good space downstairs, but it's not used very well and upstairs all the rooms are small.

0:23:330:23:39

This has gone pretty badly for me.

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But it's near the train station. I'm out of here!

0:23:410:23:44

No, stay. I'm with you. I'm going to have a word.

0:23:440:23:48

-Leave it, Jonny.

-No.

-Leave it. I'll deal with this.

0:23:520:23:55

In all fairness, it's not very often we agree on something.

0:23:550:23:59

-You asked for a property that had more living space being the most important thing.

-Yeah.

0:23:590:24:06

How very dare you! I've been holding off too long.

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You live in a five-bedroom house, but it was the downstairs living space that was really the concern.

0:24:100:24:16

-Yeah.

-So, with this place, you've got this massive reception room, in excess of 25 feet,

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this big kitchen-dining room, a utility room, a downstairs study, and you're still not happy.

0:24:220:24:28

I got the feeling that the bedroom dimensions were more of a worry.

0:24:280:24:32

The downstairs living space was fine. The kitchen's great, it's nice to have a study downstairs.

0:24:320:24:39

-But upstairs is too near to what we have at home.

-I know we were spoilt with Simon's over-budget house

0:24:390:24:45

with its big bedrooms!

0:24:450:24:47

But you feel that you'd not be gaining enough with this property?

0:24:470:24:51

-Yeah.

-The guest bedroom is great, but we know lots of couples, not just single people.

0:24:510:24:57

It's not particularly big.

0:24:570:24:59

Guess the price. Your budget is £440,000.

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At the moment, it's one-nil to Cath, Jeff, so I tell you what - you're going first.

0:25:030:25:08

I think probably a bit lower than Simon's because of the space and everything.

0:25:080:25:13

Probably less than 400. 380 to 390?

0:25:130:25:15

-Well, come on.

-You can't give us a range.

0:25:150:25:19

OK. 380.

0:25:190:25:22

I reckon...395?

0:25:220:25:24

You're both in a similar ballpark, but Jeff, you're going to just pinch this one.

0:25:240:25:30

It's on the market for 379,950, so just under the 380 mark.

0:25:300:25:34

It's 100,000 less than Simon's place, still 60,000 beneath your budget,

0:25:340:25:39

-so it's interesting to see what kind of property you can get without stretching yourselves right up.

-Yes.

0:25:390:25:46

What do you think, now you know the price?

0:25:460:25:49

I think from where we are now to come to here, the price differential wouldn't give us much advantage.

0:25:490:25:55

So you would see this as a move sideways, rather than upwards?

0:25:550:26:00

-Yeah, definitely.

-In that case, shall we go onwards and upwards?

-The wild card?

-It's this way.

0:26:000:26:06

A history lesson for you now.

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When the front of today's wild card was built in the 1600s, England was on the brink of civil war.

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I did not know that, but I bet you knew this because of your age.

0:26:180:26:22

-When the back of the house was built in the 1970s, The Good Life was on the telly.

-You're right.

-I told you.

0:26:220:26:28

Right, Cath and Jeff, the wild card. Everyone loves the wild card. Let's see if you do.

0:26:280:26:34

First question. Here it is. Guess how old it is. Date it for me.

0:26:340:26:38

Gosh!

0:26:380:26:40

-Hmm. 1800s?

-Yeah, definitely more Simon than Jonny, isn't it?

0:26:400:26:45

-I beg your pardon? Give us a date!

-I like that a lot.

0:26:450:26:49

-Oh, I don't know. 1800s?

-Yeah.

-1979.

0:26:490:26:53

-Explain, Jonny.

-There's a large extension to the rear that's been tastefully added to the property,

0:26:530:26:59

but as you see it, this dates back to the early 17th century, 1620, to be precise.

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It's got loads of history about it.

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It was very different. Originally, it wasn't rendered and it was a thatched property.

0:27:070:27:13

It was converted in the early 1930s and it was two separate cottages -

0:27:130:27:17

a one up, one down on the end and a two up, two down just here.

0:27:170:27:22

It's absolutely gorgeous inside and it's got so much character.

0:27:220:27:26

-Yeah. The 1979 bit is the bit you can't quite see on the back.

-OK.

0:27:260:27:32

-What do you think?

-I think it's very attractive, very quaint.

0:27:320:27:37

-But it's got quite a modern look to it as well.

-Jeff?

0:27:370:27:41

It looks really nice, an attractive old place.

0:27:410:27:44

-The downside is a bit of painting, but hey-ho...

-I know what you're thinking!

0:27:440:27:50

"It's old, there's going to be work!" There might be a bit of work.

0:27:500:27:54

This is a place you can really put your own stamp on.

0:27:540:27:57

-At least it's got the tiled roof, not a thatched that needs replacing every 30 years.

-That can be expensive.

0:27:570:28:04

-We love this place. Will you? Let's find out, shall we?

-Thank you.

-Get in there.

0:28:040:28:09

A nice, solid door.

0:28:100:28:12

-That's nice. It's really roomy, isn't it?

-I really love the space.

0:28:140:28:19

-Let's have a look through here. Oh, wow, it's so open!

-This is obviously the new side.

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-They've gone straight for the 1970s part of the house.

-Yeah, no choice. That's where the front door is.

0:28:250:28:31

-Then that's the old part going through there.

-Yeah.

0:28:310:28:34

-I bet it's really cosy here in the winter.

-Nice light coming through.

0:28:340:28:39

I'd like to learn to play the piano.

0:28:390:28:41

Oh, Cath wants to play the piano. I play the trombone. Do you just play the fool?

0:28:410:28:46

-Go through to the kitchen...

-It's a nice size. It could do with a bit of updating.

0:28:460:28:52

-You could live in that.

-Easily.

0:28:520:28:55

It needs updating, but it's the size that matters.

0:28:550:28:58

Look, there's a utility as well. That's really handy.

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OK, you could probably knock that through all into one.

0:29:020:29:06

-That would be a good idea.

-And give you a bigger space for the table.

0:29:060:29:11

Yes, you could have it in the kitchen then.

0:29:110:29:14

-OK, so this must be the old half then.

-Oh, yeah.

0:29:150:29:19

-Plenty of space under there, so we could have the desk and computer there.

-Good idea.

-Or the dog.

0:29:190:29:25

He has to fit somewhere.

0:29:250:29:29

Wow, look at the exposed beams!

0:29:290:29:31

-Wow!

-That's brilliant.

-That's really nice and big.

-Nice, square room. How cosy is this?

0:29:310:29:37

It would be lovely in the winter. Look at the fire!

0:29:370:29:40

-Wow, a real fire!

-That would be excellent in the winter.

0:29:400:29:45

It must be really cosy and warm. I really like it. Such a change going from the new to the old.

0:29:450:29:51

I love the juxtaposition of the old and the new in buildings.

0:29:510:29:55

It's a great contrast and in that lounge those period features come to life.

0:29:550:30:00

-Shall we look down here?

-Oh, there's more, is there? Oh, fantastic.

0:30:000:30:05

-It goes back quite a long way.

-Loads of space for the kids' toys.

0:30:050:30:10

Hidden away. You can shut the door and put them all in here at night, so you don't have to see them.

0:30:100:30:16

It's a relative TARDIS, isn't it?

0:30:160:30:19

Wow! This could be like either a playroom...

0:30:190:30:23

-Or a little snug.

-Or a study.

-Or a TV room.

-They could have their own space here.

0:30:230:30:28

-That's excellent.

-Yeah.

0:30:280:30:31

-What's the most interesting feature in that office?

-You tell them.

0:30:310:30:35

In the corner there, the odd shelves are the original staircase from the 1620s.

0:30:350:30:40

-Shall we go and see what's upstairs?

-Yeah, sounds good.

0:30:400:30:44

Downstairs has gone extraordinarily well.

0:30:440:30:46

-This is useful, look.

-That's really massive, isn't it?

0:30:460:30:50

-Oh, what a surprise! Wow, what a big landing!

-Proper landing, not just a narrow corridor.

0:30:500:30:56

You come up those stairs and you've got this fantastic shaped landing.

0:30:560:31:00

It's quirky, exposed beams everywhere, slanted roofs.

0:31:000:31:04

To the right is the 17th century and to the left is the 20th century.

0:31:040:31:08

-Shall we try this room first?

-Yeah.

0:31:080:31:11

Is it a double or a single? It's a big double!

0:31:110:31:14

-That is fantastic.

-Brilliant.

-I really like it.

0:31:140:31:17

You fall in love with this place as soon as you see those bedrooms with the oak cruck frame and the pegs.

0:31:170:31:23

You are walking back in time.

0:31:230:31:25

I like the shape of the roof and everything.

0:31:250:31:29

-With the beams, that's really...

-It's really quirky, isn't it?

0:31:290:31:32

Shall we see how many bedrooms there are? Let's check the rest out. I love the wooden doors.

0:31:320:31:38

I love those wooden doors too because they are individually made.

0:31:380:31:42

Elm doors that were made from two elm trees by the current vendor.

0:31:420:31:46

Wild and exposed, the end, isn't it?

0:31:460:31:48

It's a single room, but it's really nice.

0:31:480:31:52

-It's got real character to it.

-You could use it as a bedroom or as a study.

-Yeah.

0:31:520:31:57

-It doesn't need much painting.

-There's another one over here.

0:31:570:32:01

-There's a little step up here.

-It's another big one, Cath.

-Oh, wow!

0:32:010:32:07

-That's great.

-It's bigger than the other one.

-That's a little dressing area in the corner.

0:32:070:32:12

I like that. You could put your wardrobes there.

0:32:120:32:16

It's all painted on the beams this side. On the other side, it's a bit more exposed.

0:32:160:32:21

-Is this the new bit?

-No, it's still the old bit.

-You can't tell the difference. It's such a good job.

0:32:210:32:27

-Watch the step down.

-That's a door fit for you.

-Perfect height. Don't even have to bend.

0:32:270:32:33

This must be... Oh, the bathroom.

0:32:330:32:35

-Ooh!

-Interesting.

0:32:350:32:37

Yeah. Very '70s.

0:32:370:32:40

-Those 1970s avocado suites will be collectors' items.

-It'll be back in fashion in a matter of years.

0:32:400:32:46

-It's got a walk-in shower plus a bath. It just needs updating.

-Bidet.

0:32:460:32:51

-Oh, yeah.

-Clean your toes!

0:32:510:32:54

-Let's get out of here quick.

-It just needs updating.

0:32:540:32:57

This must be the master bedroom. It's very spacious.

0:33:000:33:04

-Built-in wardrobes.

-Yeah.

-Shall we have a look in the garden?

0:33:040:33:09

-Oh, yeah...

-All the rooms have got nice, big windows. Nice and light.

0:33:090:33:14

-Makes it light.

-Even though some of it is a bit low down, you tend to get light into the rooms.

0:33:140:33:20

Often in these older properties, they do feel very dark cos the windows are very small. Not here.

0:33:200:33:26

And carrying on the bathroom theme!

0:33:260:33:28

Yeah. The plumbing's there for it, so you could easily change it.

0:33:280:33:33

-It'll match some of my old shirts, so I can get those back out again.

-Yeah.

-Shall we see how much it is?

0:33:330:33:39

This property reminds me of you and I. I'm like the older part...

0:33:390:33:43

-Traditional, steeped in history?

-Yes, but in perfect condition.

0:33:430:33:48

Whereas you are much younger, but still in need of modernisation.

0:33:480:33:52

You said it would be perfect if we could find a place that was really old-looking, but then modern.

0:33:550:34:02

-We did.

-You did.

-What do you think of that place?

0:34:020:34:05

Very different. I like it. I like the old, I like the new. It's a nice combination of the two.

0:34:050:34:11

-It's just unique.

-Very quaint, yeah.

-Jeff?

0:34:110:34:15

It's good. It's got a bit of quirkiness with the old side, nice bit of space in the new side.

0:34:150:34:21

It gives you the option to do something. It's the new side that needs more doing than the old side.

0:34:210:34:27

It is a lovely property. Despite the fact that it is 300 years-plus when the original property was built,

0:34:270:34:33

it flows quite effortlessly and it works nicely, and you've got this fantastic garden for the kids.

0:34:330:34:39

-So the wild card has gone very well.

-Yes, indeed.

-I'm very pleased with it.

-But how well?

0:34:390:34:44

We will find out by how much it costs. It's "guess the price" time.

0:34:440:34:49

Your budget is £440,000. It's one-all. I love this.

0:34:490:34:54

-Who's going to go first this time? I think ladies first.

-Thank you.

0:34:540:34:58

Taking into account the size of it, the garden, the old and new,

0:34:580:35:02

it obviously needs updating here and there,

0:35:020:35:05

I would say it was over budget, to be quite honest.

0:35:050:35:09

Probably, oh, 459.

0:35:110:35:15

OK. Jeff, where are you coming from?

0:35:150:35:17

I don't know.

0:35:170:35:19

I think probably... I think you've probably been quite kind to us.

0:35:200:35:26

-You've probably left us something in the bag.

-Could be wishful thinking.

0:35:260:35:30

So I'm hoping, I don't know, 410?

0:35:300:35:33

OK, two years ago, you would have been closest, Cath.

0:35:330:35:37

-But today, bragging rights go to you, Jeff. Well done.

-Thank you.

-It's two-one.

0:35:370:35:42

Two years ago, when the property first came on to the market, it was on for £495,000.

0:35:420:35:48

It was taken off for a considerable time, then they put it back on at £395,000.

0:35:480:35:53

-Wow!

-So well under your budget, leaving plenty of room to do the work you need to do.

0:35:530:35:59

-Or get someone else to do it.

-Yeah.

0:35:590:36:01

It just shows how much the market has changed over the last couple of years - a 20% reduction.

0:36:010:36:07

That can only benefit you guys.

0:36:070:36:09

We've shown you three very different properties.

0:36:090:36:13

Time for you to decide which one you'd like to spend more time in.

0:36:130:36:17

-Take yourselves off and do that.

-Thank you.

-See you in a while.

-Bye.

0:36:170:36:21

Here's a reminder for you at home.

0:36:210:36:24

My property number one went down very well with the residents of Cheltenham and with Jeff and Cath,

0:36:240:36:30

so I'm prepared to put my house on this property.

0:36:300:36:33

My choice, property two. I really liked this place, but it was always going to be a long shot.

0:36:360:36:42

They loved the downstairs, but upstairs was too familiar. 100/1 outsider, I'm afraid.

0:36:420:36:47

The wild card - we feared that the style clash of the 1970s with the 1600s would be a turn-off.

0:36:500:36:56

But like the polarised combination of Simon and myself, it seems to have somehow worked.

0:36:560:37:01

It's been a good day for the bookmakers in Cheltenham

0:37:080:37:12

-because the favourite, my choice, fell at the last and you've gone for the outsider.

-Mine was a contender.

0:37:120:37:18

-No, it wasn't. You've gone for the outsider, the wild card. Why this place?

-Bit of old, bit of new.

0:37:180:37:24

Lots of space. Just about enough upstairs.

0:37:240:37:27

Downstairs, loads of space. Nice outside area.

0:37:270:37:30

-It's a good-looking property.

-Cath?

0:37:300:37:33

We'd like to try a village location. It's very quiet, nice views.

0:37:330:37:38

Lots of outside space and plenty downstairs living space.

0:37:380:37:42

You weren't too concerned that there's not the fifth bedroom or the en-suite?

0:37:420:37:47

Well, I thought we could perhaps jiggle around the bottom floor a bit

0:37:470:37:52

and see how things go really.

0:37:520:37:54

It's nice for Jeff to have something to spend money on and get stuck into in his spare time.

0:37:540:38:00

That's what really excited him about this place(!)

0:38:000:38:03

-My lazy move's out the window!

-Yeah.

0:38:030:38:06

-Our eagle-eyed mystery To Buy Or Not To Buy surveyor has been ferreting around this place.

-OK.

0:38:060:38:12

It's not a legally binding survey and we recommend that if you proceed with this property or any other,

0:38:120:38:18

you get all the proper surveys and searches done.

0:38:180:38:21

You might notice behind me we've got this new fence panel running down the side.

0:38:210:38:26

On the other side is the original part of this property's garden that was sold as a business plot.

0:38:260:38:32

Planning permission has been granted and a property is going to be built on there.

0:38:320:38:37

Do ensure for your own satisfaction that you find out what is going to be going there,

0:38:370:38:42

so it doesn't impose too much on to this property.

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The other thing he came up with... I'm a geek about this kind of stuff.

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One of the interesting points about this place was the multi-fuel burner.

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It burns oil, it burns gas, wood, coal, anything.

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It was put in when the '70s place was built.

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The room it's in, the utility room, does not have adequate ventilation,

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so that would need to be looked into.

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They're running it off oil fed from a tank which is corroding.

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-It's potentially not only a hazard in itself, but a massive environmental hazard as well.

-OK.

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That really needs some attention.

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Apart from that, it's an old property. Even the '70s part needs some TLC. You know that.

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-So get yourselves in there and see which part of the house Jeff wants to start on first.

-Let's get my bag.

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-Bag?

-I don't know. Cup of tea?

-Yeah.

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-What was Cath on about with that bag?

-I don't know. I suspect it will be bags of trouble for Jeff.

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I'm sure it will pay off for him in the long run.

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This is going to make the ideal aromatherapy room for me.

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-No, it's an office.

-Aromatherapy. Look, a shelf for oils!

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-Office, computer, internet.

-No, do that somewhere else.

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OK, maybe not then. Poor old Jeff!

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Best look for your office elsewhere.

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-The wife's aromatherapy suite is rapidly taking shape.

-She's not one to stand on ceremony.

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Girls have a habit of making their mark on a property and Cath's itching to get going.

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-She might need to hang around for a patient.

-My back's killing me!

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That's your age! Jeff had to get something out of this arrangement.

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Yes, well, it is nice to see him relaxing into the property.

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That looks good. Come on, I've got to be next!

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OK. If Cath is to make a go of her business, she needs all the practice she can get.

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-You know what practice makes?

-Perfect.

-Indeed, but is this the perfect property for them?

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I've got a bone to pick with you, Jeff. The instructions were clear.

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Go in there, look at the work, figure out what you'll be doing.

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Not go in there, slip your top off and get a massage off the missus. You let us down!

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-You spent more time in there. How did it feel?

-Nice place, really relaxing and plenty of space.

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Can you work out how to use that space to your advantage?

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Yeah, we could use the downstairs room as an aromatherapy room

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or a playroom or not a study.

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-Brilliant. I like that.

-Yeah, we'll just see.

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What about the cider press room? It's a great addition to the house.

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Have you thought about how that could benefit your property?

0:41:260:41:30

It's interesting. It gives you a lot of space you could convert.

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-Maybe that could be the massage room.

-Maybe. Or your office.

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Or it could just be a boys' room.

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-Or a playroom.

-Suddenly, the games room gets mentioned.

-I like it.

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Right, then, we are into the final furlong.

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-The finish post is just ahead of us.

-OK.

-Jonny, ask the question.

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-OK, guys, To Buy Or Not To Buy?

-I'll leave it up to you.

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We've had a good look round and we're definitely interested.

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We'll come back and have another view and bring the kids round,

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get the dog, see if he can escape the garden, and probably go for it.

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-A "To Buy"?

-Yeah.

-Good lad!

-Nice one.

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Excellent. That's great. It's fantastically under budget as well. That's the great thing.

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There's work to be done to the place to really make it your own.

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-That's fab.

-Yeah, brilliant.

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If you two guys take yourselves off, I'm a bit tense around here, Cath...

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-I'm sure we can do something...

-Yeah, absolutely... What? We'd better go.

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