Simon O'Brien and Jonnie Irwin visit Rutland, England's smallest county, on a property quest for a young mum.
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-Welcome to Rutland, the smallest county in England.
-Today, the UK's biggest property show is in town.
Get ready to ride in on the crest of a wave.
Whilst we impart an entire reservoir of property know-how.
-Is big best, Jonnie?
-Well, yeah, but equally, small can be beautiful.
Happily, we have the best of both worlds today -
-small county, big show.
And the tried and tested formula of three properties.
One of which you try before you buy.
Now we just need to find someone that's looking to buy a house.
-'Will this pair do?
-I don't see why not. This is Kate and Rory. This couple are love's young dream.
'They have been seeing each other for just six months.
'Kate lives in Oakham with her two children, James and Lenny, from a previous relationship.
'She works from home as an auditor, is studying for an MA
'and she also practises reiki, likes pottery and painting.
'Rory has just enjoyed 12 months of leisure time.
'After taking redundancy from the IT game, he has plans to buy his very own shop.
'And we're going to be shopping around for their next home together. Shall we go and meet them?'
Kate, I understand that today, Simon and I are after providing you with a fresh start.
-Is that right?
-Are we moving far afield?
-No, fairly locally.
My children go to the local school. I'd like to stay that way.
-Rory, you're along for moral support?
-I am, yes.
Ah! You've given something away there.
Is Kate an indecisive kind of person or can't she make her mind up about that?
-It's just a case of not seeing anything that's perfect yet.
-So you have been looking?
I have been. I'm probably not looking at the right thing.
I'm looking at houses I like that aren't suitable family houses.
What have been the houses that you like, but aren't suitable?
I really like older properties and they tend to have very small courtyard gardens
and quite small bedrooms.
If, say, we found a property which we thought was good for the family,
but not the lovely, chocolate-box, period property you're after,
-are you becoming more open-minded because you've not found what you wanted?
-I think so.
Right, I think we should just go home now, mate.
Rory, I'll put you on the spot as Kate won't make her mind up.
Location - where would she like to be, do you think?
Certainly still in Oakham. She wants everything sort of on her doorstep,
not far to the children's school, not far to the childminder.
-It's a lovely town.
-It is. I really like it here.
What might you compromise on and what are your must-haves?
I would say two-bedroom. I think we differ on this one.
As long as they're big enough to take bunk beds. But you think I'm better off sticking with three.
-It's got to be three.
-I am with Rory on this one.
And I work from home, so I need some office space.
Any other rooms that spring to mind?
No. Part of my problem is I don't have a fixed idea about what I want.
If I did, searching would be easier. I just don't really know.
-I take it a garden is essential for the boys?
-It is, yeah.
Right. And how far away from the schools are you prepared to go? What's the radius?
I've been thinking about six miles.
In the morning when it's rush hour, I'd be able to get the kids to school without too much problem.
You seem fairly open-minded and fairly easy to please. You don't have lots of criteria, do you?
I just get a feel for somewhere when I look round it. That's the frustrating bit.
Maybe we're looking for the X-factor that we can't predict. You walk through the door and get this feel.
-That's going to be difficult to find.
-It is. It depends how much money we've got.
Let's talk turkey. How much?
-This is where you come in, Simon.
-This is where I go, "Could we push you any more than that?"
-I don't want to go more than that.
-For someone who's indecisive...
-I'm very decisive about that.
-I'm going to make a decision right now.
-That's going outside?
-It is. See you later.
-See you later.
Now, I can see that Kate is a fairly indecisive person.
-I'm not so sure now.
-But I think we can help her. They definitely want three bedrooms.
-Maybe. Maybe not.
We also know that they like modern facilities of a property, but also maybe a touch of traditional.
-Do you think so? I'm not so sure.
-You're not getting indecisive now?
-I don't know.
-Give me strength!
'OK, so, Oakham, the county town of Rutland.
'Rutland is small, but it hasn't stopped it having a momentous past.
'Like when it lost its county status and became part of Leicestershire?
'Yes, but happier days were ahead when, in 1997, Rutland's county status was restored.
'It's small, but perfectly formed.
'Rutland Water is the largest man-made reservoir in Europe.
'Tim Appleton has worked here since its creation in the '70s.'
Tim, first question, do you remember this landscape before the water was here?
Yeah, absolutely, it was green. It was full of beautiful old houses.
Wonderful valleys - two valleys linked together.
And now it's transformed to this massive great area of water.
-How many households were here?
-It wasn't as bad as everyone seems to think.
-You think of lovely old villages submerged, bells ringing...
-People running to the high ground!
That wasn't the case. It was about 14, 15 houses.
What sort of activities can you get up to around the area now?
It's brilliant. It's transformed the whole environment.
There's obvious things like sailing and fishing that go on on most reservoirs.
There's fantastic cycling. It's one of the greenest counties I know.
You can cycle round the whole 27 miles. And, of course, bird-watching.
The Wildlife Trust here has built up a fantastic nature reserve of international importance.
-I guess Rutland Water now makes this a very desirable area to live?
-Yes, the price of houses has just soared.
Anything that overlooks the water is an arm and a leg job for a start.
But generally speaking, it has had a massive impact on the local economy.
Over 1,000 people around the area are connected in some way to tourism.
-'So Rutland could cost a pretty penny, Simon.
-That it might, Jonnie.
-'I wonder though?
-What can you get for £240,000 in the rest of the country?
-Let's find out.
'If living in the Border Country is your thing, this place might also be your thing.
'Lower Westwood is a chunk of Westwood House.
'This chunk has three beds, two receptions,
'all on the ground floor of this high-spec conversion.
'Just a matter of 445 miles to get yourself from the Borders to Plympton near Plymouth
'to find this four-bed, detached family home.
'What about glorious views of Herefordshire?
'They can be found in this three-bed period house in Malvern,
'close to local shops and all the glory of the Malvern Hills.'
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The To Buy Or Not To Buy office has been on the hunt with Jonnie and I for the perfect property for Kate.
-How have we got on?
This is modern, but I reckon it's got all the bedrooms they wanted,
it's got the outside space, close to the school.
It's just a stone's throw away from where they live.
-You're thinking practically.
-I have gone pure romance. How about that for a period property?
16th century, no less. It is right on the edge of Kate's search area, but I still think she will love it.
-That's property two. Now, the wild card.
-Look at that - she's wild!
-This may look a bit small from the front, but this property just keeps on giving.
-That's the wild card.
-Shall we make another decision?
-I'm not sure.
-Shall we start the property tours?
-Yeah, your choice.
'Near Oakham town centre is this beauty.
'There's a quiet cul-de-sac for the kids and a play park over the road.
'It also has everything Kate wants from a property - four beds, detached, en-suite and a garage.'
So, Kate and Rory, property one. I hope you're very excited.
-What do you think?
-I like it.
-Do you know this area?
-Yeah. We walk up this way to school every week.
-Jonnie's given you a modern property.
-How do you feel with that, Kate?
-I'm not sure at the moment.
I agree with you. I'm not sure about this at all.
Listen, ignore this indecision.
You've got loads of bedrooms in here, you've got nice spaces for the boys.
I think this is a very practical option and practicality should be at the heart of your property search.
-So keep this practical thought in mind and have a look.
-In you go.
-Help her out.
-I'm being positive now. How are you feeling?
-I don't know. What shall we do now?
-We'll listen to them like this house.
-So far, so good.
-Yeah, I like the hallway.
-Yeah, nice, big hallway.
And I do like the way this door opens into the hall,
-so when you're in the dining room...
-It doesn't seem too small.
-..you don't feel claustrophobic.
-Even though it's smallish, it's opened up, isn't it?
I think my only slight concern would be the distance from the kitchen with the kids.
It would be useful if we could put a table in the kitchen, then this room could be a playroom or an office.
-They don't necessarily need a playroom.
-Yes, they do cos it all comes downstairs.
You need a room where you can say to the kids, "That's your room, this is our room.
"We're not having toys all over the living area."
-This is a good-sized room.
And it opens out to the garden as well.
-That's nice for the kids, isn't it? I like that.
-A bit too much gardening for me.
-I'm not sure I could do that justice.
-It is a lovely garden.
-The boys would "manicure" that garden. They'd turn it into a massive play area.
-They have got a table in here.
In that case, I wouldn't have that room as a dining room. I think I'd change it.
I'm not a big fan of fitted kitchens,
although everywhere that I look has a fitted kitchen. I might be inclined to change the sink.
-Have my butler sink back in.
This kitchen is a fantastic dining kitchen for a young family.
You have the boys at the table doing their homework while you cook their evening meal.
-You're right, this is the living space. This is where you spend 90% of your time.
I like the stairs at the top here, the way they come into the middle of the landing.
-Yeah. And everything shoots off from the centre, doesn't it?
-Yeah, it's quite light.
It gives presence to the upstairs, rather than shooting straight into a bedroom.
-Oh, good, it's got a shower as well.
And a positive aspect of this is it's the bathroom that's over the garage.
When you have the bedrooms over the garage, they tend to be quite cold.
-Above the empty space.
A lot of old barns kept the cows on the ground floor and the living accommodation on the first floor,
so the heat from the cows would heat the first floor. It still happens in the Tyrol region of Austria.
-OK, this is a good size...
-Yeah, they've got a double in, haven't they?
They've got a double in. It's hopefully not the master bedroom or main bedroom.
-Built-in cupboards. It'd be a good child's bedroom.
-There'd be a fight amongst the boys.
-Will there be a fight, Jonnie?
-Not necessarily. It depends how they configure the first floor.
This has got four bedrooms, so, actually, I could keep this as the office,
-which means the downstairs dining room could be a playroom.
-And a view of the rolling hills. It would be a lovely place to do some work.
Is this the main bedroom?
No, I don't think so. Another good-sized room, though.
-The boys wouldn't be fighting over who gets the bigger bedroom.
-No, cos they're quite similar sizes.
-In both rooms, if you got a single along the side here, it leaves quite a lot of play space.
-Yeah, good size.
Let's have a look at the last room then.
This is nice, the master bedroom.
-I think I like the master bedroom at the back of the house, if I had a choice.
It's a bit more private, but yeah, a nice view.
The master bedroom I'm hoping goes from being practical to being a real positive.
-Big shower, brilliant.
-Oh, yes, I do like this.
They were certainly correct in saying this is a very practical house.
-I think this is exactly what you're looking for, practicality-wise.
I'm surprised, a big four-bedroom down here, overlooking the park.
I don't think it can be in my price range.
So, for the first property, how did I do?
-It was OK.
Sounds like my school report. "Could do better", was it?
-It was quite practical.
-As you said.
-That is my middle name!
-It just didn't excite me particularly.
I was hoping the en-suite upstairs might have turned your head a bit?
No, obviously not!
-Jonnie, I'm going to jump to your defence here.
-Thank you, Simon.
-This is everything you need. This is a detached property.
-On your budget, that's a find.
The boys get their own double bedroom. Office upstairs...
-Have I succeeded?
-You have done that, yes, and I'm surprised
that my budget would allow for a new build, quite a big house, four-bedroom,
but I don't know, I can't explain why.
-Rory, what did you think about this place?
-It is very, very practical.
It ticks all the boxes, everything that she asked for, except there's no soul to the property.
There's no character. When you walk in, there's just no... You don't feel anything.
We're giving you a hard time about being indecisive, but maybe you just haven't got that right feel.
I tell you what might win you over. We've got to be very decisive now.
It's "guess the price" time. Who's going to go first?
Your budget is £240,000 maximum. You were very specific about that.
-Are you going to jump in at the deep end, Kate?
-I think it's going to be more.
I'm going to go for 259,950.
That sounds like you were both impressed with the property and what it gave you.
-You are spot-on, right on the money.
-249,950. Well done.
-That's amazing. Fantastic.
So what are your feelings now?
-Well, you're smiling.
-That's because I got the answer right!
I tell you what - you're not the only person that likes it.
It's come to the market just below the stamp-duty threshold.
A four-bedroomed house below the stamp threshold is attractive to a lot of families.
There's already someone else quite interested in it, so you've not got much time, which leads us on to...
I haven't made up my mind about anything today, but now it's time for my property, which is this way.
No, it's this way. Come on.
In Greetham, a few miles from Oakham, is this stone-built cottage.
Kate mentioned character and this place has it in abundance, along with all the other essentials -
four beds, en-suite, two receptions. Kate will be bowled over when she has a gander in here.
OK, folks, property two today is my choice.
I've been at sixes and sevens today, except when it came to picking this one. First impressions, please?
-I think it's a really attractive house.
-Lots of character.
-You did say perhaps the problem with Jonnie's you had was it lacked a bit of soul.
I guarantee this place is full of it. 16th century, this dates back from.
-On the downside of that,
we did struggle on your budget, we'll be quite frank, to find the detached, characterful property.
-This one's terraced. What do you think of that?
-I don't know yet.
-Speak your mind.
-It depends how nice it is on the inside.
-I'll also point out one other thing.
If you're worried about noise from the neighbours, the walls in this place are built from the local stone
and they are 30 centimetres, that's 12 inches in old money, thick.
-The current vendors say they don't hear each other.
-What do you think about the location?
You're prepared to go out six or so miles. We're still within that radius. It's quite a nice village.
-Do you know Greetham at all?
-Vaguely. I drive through it and I really like it.
-really like it. I don't know how suitable it is for the kids.
It's got a real community spirit.
It's got its own post office, shop, three pubs. There's lots going on.
It's not one of those dormitory villages where people come home and close the curtains.
-So I think there'll be plenty for the kids to do here.
-You clearly like the look of this.
-Go inside. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so eat up.
I'm impressed, mate. You've become very decisive with this one.
-Do you know what we're going to do now?
-Listen to the headphones. Come on!
-This is more like it.
-Wow, I like this!
Yeah, I like the feel of it.
-Nice, wide hallway.
-It is, yeah. I like the beam.
-Oh, that's lovely!
This is the best room in the house. It's a real "wow" room, isn't it?
-It's a bit different, not just a square room. Working fireplace?
It's a bit '80s maybe?
-I might be inclined to change the surround.
I like these little nooks and crannies in here.
A couple of other things to point out -
at the back, there are two little alcoves, one on the rear wall.
That's the old rear window because when this place was built, that was the back wall.
-Like two up, two down?
-Tiny little cottage. And there's an alcove next to the fireplace - bread oven.
Oh, good job I'm not too tall.
-Again there's similar sort of little built-in...
-Quirky little alcoves.
-Oh, right, is that...?
-That is lovely.
-It is, isn't it?
I like the flooring.
Again I like the little shelf in the wall.
-And a great fireplace.
-We could probably put a fireplace back in there, couldn't we?
I like these little shelves, but I think you might be able to take this middle section out
-and have little shelves that go all the way through.
This is all stud wall, so you could take the whole of that wall out
-and have an open kitchen-diner...
-..which would be a lot better and brighter.
I would normally have concerns about people coming to a period property and knocking walls down,
but this is the one part that anyone could knock through. It's only a stud partition.
-The utility bit. They've got everything in here.
-Shall we move on?
Aha! Box room.
It's quite a small room. It's got quite a big window, but...
-It's ideal for an office.
-Exactly what it's being used for.
-As an office, it's fine, but I think it's a third bedroom.
Oh, do you think that, Kate?
-That's much better in size.
-High ceilings, aren't they, in these old houses?
-High ceilings for a cottage of this age. You don't normally see this.
-We're up into the roof space.
-It's got a nice feel to it.
-It has. I like it.
-..Another double bedroom.
-A quite similar size to the other one.
This is good, though. Those two rooms are practically identical.
-For the two boys...
-So they won't argue.
-Who gets what.
I think Kate's been pretty lucky so far. She's getting houses that give her boys separate rooms.
That's pretty good in her budget.
-Oh, there's secrets.
-What? Oh, gosh.
-Oh, wow. Gosh.
-So is this the master bedroom?
-Well, I'm not sure.
-It is very handy.
-Unless it's the only bathroom.
-You never know.
-Imagine being a young boy and having your own en suite. Luxury.
-It's not going to happen.
-No way, Jose.
-Another secret room now?
-Just an airing cupboard.
-Ah, so this is the bathroom.
-This is the...
-So it has got a proper main bathroom.
It's really nice. Doesn't have a mounted shower.
-But there is a shower cubicle in the other bedroom.
I would use the space from the airing cupboard, bring it into the bathroom, free-standing shower.
-That would be very nice.
-Oh, yes, I like this.
-I like this, too.
-Nice big room.
Bright, airy, back of the house.
-I like the master bedroom at the back.
-No road noise or anything.
And two windows keeps it really light.
That's a beautiful view out the window. I really like that.
-You get a lot of space.
-You do get a lot.
It's quite a big bedroom and there's four bedrooms.
-I could have my office up here. And the lounge is quite big.
-Good size. Straight out to the back garden.
-I like this one.
-I like the layout.
I'm feeling quite pleased with myself. That seemed to go very well.
-It did. I really like it.
-There's just a really nice feeling to it.
-There is. It's calm and peaceful and has got a really nice feel.
-Rory, would you agree?
You've hit it spot on. Practical, has character, space. Perfect.
I was explaining to Jonnie that his mistake was listening to what you wanted and needed.
-I just picked a house I liked.
-Similar taste in houses and coats!
Exactly. There you go.
But from the front door you were making all the right noises.
-Everything you said positive about the house was everything you could see.
Right. That's the inside. And out back here, one of your requirements was a nice garden.
-We've got this lovely garden here. What do we think?
-There's a gate. What's it for?
That is to give you access across next door's garden to the rear of your property.
It's a one-way thing. They don't have access into your garden.
OK, it's price time. You guessed very well for the modern property, mine, that we showed you.
-Who would like to guess the price first?
Just under budget. Maybe £50 under budget.
-What's 45 quid among friends?
-OK, so £239,950 for Rory. Kate?
-I think it's going to be more.
I think it's going to be more like £255,950.
Mm, you do? I've got to make a decision with my maths.
You are very good at this, you two. And it's one-all.
-Because you were £50 out.
-It's actually bang on the money, nice round numbers, £240,000.
-There you go.
-That surprises me.
-Good. We're glad about that, too.
-It's a good surprise.
-Do you want another good surprise?
-Yeah, go on.
-Is it time for the Wild Card?
-It is! Let's this way!
-Now then, it's Wild Card time and it's a belter.
-The house is in the rural village of Wing.
-I've got a feeling Kate will really like it.
-I think she will.
-It ticks all Kate's boxes, but with a twist.
-I wouldn't expect anything else from a Wild Card.
So, in precis, two beds, two receptions, charm a-plenty and an amazing garden set-up.
So everybody's favourite part of the show is the Wild Card.
Now, is it wild? Is it good?
It doesn't look very wild. It's not detached, but that's OK.
I love the road. I love it up here.
-Explain. We're in the village of Wing.
-One of my favourite villages. We spent last weekend up here.
Oh, right. We're very close to Rutland Water. Is that good?
Really good. We go to the sailing club.
-Rory, what are you thinking?
-I'm thinking it looks quite small.
-Practical. That's why you're here.
OK, you will discover whether it is or not as you wander round. It's the Wild Card - it has surprises.
The term that Jonnie and I came up with, separately, was that this place is sweet. It really is.
It's got the character you asked for. This is built somewhere around 1860, 1865.
So you've got the period features. Let's hope you've got some bigger dimensions.
Off you go. See you in a bit.
-Well, this is quirky.
Yeah, it is. The kitchen feels like a sort of outdoor area.
-It's like a conservatory.
-We used the word sweet. They said quirky. Quirky's probably more apt.
Yeah, it is quirky.
You wouldn't get another table in. It's where the sink is.
I like the flooring. Oh, a little office area here.
That's handy. Not sure I'd get all my work things in there.
-It's nice and light. I like it.
-Different. It's not a standard fitted kitchen.
I guess this would have been the dining room. That's nice.
I like the woodburner.
-I don't know. I think it's a bit small.
-It is quite small. And just really unusual.
-It has character, though.
-And it's just really different.
-The set-up is really unusual.
-This house doesn't have that newly-refurbished feel to it.
It has the earthy, stylish, dare I say it, shabby chic feel.
-Bohemian would have been a better term.
-Oh, that's really sweet. I really like that chimney.
-Front door comes straight into the lounge.
-They don't use it.
-Is that front door an issue?
-I don't know. It doesn't bother me in terms of the kids going round the back.
But it might bother me when people come to the house and knock on it. If I'm sitting here...
-I think with the two young boys in here, it could get a bit...
Nice to not be overlooked at all, though. I like the view.
I think you can hear that they both appreciate the style of this place,
but I'm not hearing that brightness.
-That is very nice.
-I really like that.
-Well, they've got a bunk in here, so it's...
You're not impressed.
What's in this cupboard?
-Right. Toy cupboard. that's quite useful.
-Again, I like the flooring.
-Yeah, I do. I like the floor.
You could easily get, as they have done, the same arrangement.
From this point, my powers of deduction say this is only two-bed.
Now this is a nice room. I like this.
The master bedroom is lovely, but Rory's gone very, very quiet.
Beautiful view out of the window.
-Not overlooked at all. Isn't that nice?
-It is very nice.
Ah, now, this will be the bathroom off this main bedroom.
-So if the boys need the toilet in the night, they'd come through...
-If there is one downside,
-whoever's in the other bedroom has to come through there.
-I totally agree. First thing I thought of.
Actually, nice bathroom. I like the separate shower.
It bothers me that it's off the main bedroom.
-It's quirky. It's...
-I like where it is. Really, really nice outside.
And I like the village, but it's just too small.
Shall we see what the boys say?
-OK, Jonnie, here they come.
-This is a strange set-up.
This must be next door's garden. And this is next door, isn't it?
-So you have to come into next door's garden to come into your own.
-It's just shared access.
-Keep coming down the path.
Hopefully, it will get better. Keep walking.
-They're using this as an office.
It'd be very peaceful. Free from distraction.
Also got power in here. I'd get my desk and everything in.
-Oh, well. Extra space, isn't it?
-There's more yet.
Oh, wow. This is a big space.
-This is bigger than the lounge!
-It is, isn't it?
I might be inclined to make this the office. There's more space. I could have my books in here.
-It feels warm in here, so it's obviously...
-Shall we move on? I spotted some slides and things at the side here.
-A bit more garden? Let's look.
Oh, my God! Another shed!
What's in there? It looks like a house! Oh, wow! And goats!
-It's like a house in itself!
A little kitchen.
-Oh, my goodness. It's got a cooker and everything. And a sink.
-Once again, not a fitted kitchen.
-I wasn't expecting this at all.
-A really nice room. And stairs! Oh, my goodness, me.
Is that safe? I'm not going up there!
-Yeah, go on.
-What's up there?
-Well, there is a bed.
-A little bedroom.
-And a toilet. A little bathroom.
Now the property itself, you were spot on when you said it looked a bit small.
-But once you get outside, it did give you a bit more.
-A lot more.
-Don't ask them that yet!
-Don't spoil it!
-When you think of it, that is almost another living space.
It's lovely, but I don't know how I would use the space.
-With the boys being so young, I wouldn't leave them on their own.
-Plenty to think about?
And now it's guess the price.
-It's one-all, at the moment.
-This is really hard. I really just don't know.
Kate, you were spot-on with the first property. Rory, you were spot-on with the second.
-Third property - who goes first? Ladies first.
-I'm going to go with what I thought first. That's 215.
-I think this is considerably lower than that.
-Just based on the house itself without thinking of everything else, I'm going to say 185.
-So you're both on the button, but we have to go with the 185.
-185 is closer by £50!
It's 50 quid closer! I'm sorry.
-Two-one to Rory. What's your reaction to that?
I'm quite surprised it's as low.
-It's a beautiful location.
-And so close to Rutland Water. It really adds a premium.
And there's so few other properties around. It's so quiet.
-Anyway, we've now shown you three very different properties. Which one will you test drive?
-I don't know.
-Well, you've got to go and decide. Put your heads together. She needs practical help, Rory.
And whilst they're off doing that...
Here's a reminder for you folks back at home of today's indecisive/decisive house tour.
Is Property One in the hot seat? Well, if she wants plenty of living space and a great place for kids,
it should be a safe bet on my pick.
All this modern living for...
Or if her love of character properties sways her, there's this stone-built cottage.
Only a madman would turn it down.
Plus a nifty 240 grand price tag makes it a sane choice.
But you would have to be bonkers not to fall for the Wild Card.
It has quirk, charm, that lived-in feeling and three timber cabins.
All that for...
So here we are, Property Number Two. Not so much, "Well done, Simon,"
-but you've chosen his favourite property.
-What was it about this?
It had a really nice feel to it. I really liked all the room sizes.
I thought it was going to be quite small, but there's living space.
There's equal size for the young boys in the bedrooms. Fantastic.
-There you go.
-Well, is it good news?
Our eagle-eyed surveyor has given this place the once over.
Bear in mind that it's four centuries old. He came up with a few interesting points.
It's not a legally binding survey, so get all your surveys and searches done. You know that.
This window has been widened, but at the time or at some time afterwards,
there's been some movement. The top two windows look as if they're dipping slightly.
Our surveyor's recommendation is to get a structural surveyor in, but while he's here...
Get him to go inside as well and look at the beam in the lounge.
A beautiful old beam, but it's been spliced.
It's got that supporting bar, the iron supporting bar.
What would actually support the weight much better is to have two fishplates either side.
That way, you support the structure above much better than having something underneath the bow.
So just something for him to check out and give recommendations.
But it's been here 400 years.
-Go on! Get in and enjoy it.
-What shall we do?
-Perhaps just enjoy this beautiful area
and maybe go for a romantic stroll. Or just a walk. Come on.
As they've wisely chosen my place, I'll start. What have these two got planned for this property?
-Well, as we previously discussed, this wall's got to go.
-Got to go.
-It has got to go.
-And it's going to open this all up completely. Lots lighter.
-You could put a big table in here.
-And have comfy seats round the edge.
-A couple of armchairs.
No messing about there, then! When Kate's made up her mind, she really knows what she wants.
There might be some disagreements between the boys about the bedrooms with one having an en suite.
I'm just wondering if we could close the door off to the en suite
and put a door in this corridor. Then the boys have that bathroom.
Then I could put a little door at the top of these stairs and have that as my space up there.
-It IS a fantastic idea and one that even I didn't think of!
Good to see it's not all work. A bit of R and R never hurt anyone.
Looks like hard work to me!
-Roar! You're a tiger, Rory!
-Tiger?! I'm getting out of here.
The test drive is a rare privilege, really.
It is. We've had time to have a look at the walls and try to work out what we would change.
I'm dying to find out, but I think Simon should ask the big question.
Oh, can I? Go on, then. To buy or not to buy?
Fantastic news! Brilliant!
-It's been a pleasure showing you round...
-Hold on a minute. Was that actually a decision?
-YOU look surprised.
-I'm very surprised.
-"I'm not sure... No, got it!"
We hope by showing you three very different houses it did help you come to a very decisive decision.
It was a really good way of doing it. It separated out what I've been mixing up.
I don't like modern properties and I've realised that today.
-I much prefer this age of property. To find one with this much space is unusual.
-With Rory's help.
-The practicality that you've brought to the table has been absolutely flawless.
-You've helped a decision to be made. Thank you.
-Shall I make a decision now?
-I think you're up to it.
-We're going. See you later and good luck.
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