North Lincolnshire To Buy or Not to Buy


North Lincolnshire

Jonny Benarr and Ed Hall head to North Lincolnshire to find a property big enough for one couple, two dogs and a bison.


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Hello, house hunters, and welcome to yet another soggy episode of To Buy Or Not To Buy.

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Yes, today, we are going to be digging around Lincolnshire.

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Pathetic. We are going to be looking for a space kind of like this

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for a couple that want to grow their own.

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Literally, Johnny, everyone's at it these days.

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-What, digging round Lincolnshire?

-No, or maybe yes,

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what I mean is growing their own veg.

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The Queen has got an allotment in Buckingham Palace.

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Michelle Obama, gorilla gardened the White House lawn allotment.

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-That is a fact.

-That's incredible.

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-So our house hunters aren't alone, then.

-No, they're not.

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15.5 million Brits actually grow some of the food they eat.

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Look at the size of those Brussels sprouts.

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Today's buyers are Richard Barnet and Colin Brotherston.

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Richard is a data manager and Colin is a staff counsellor at Barnsley Hospital.

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They have lived together for ten years, and outgrown their house.

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-That's not quite true.

-Well, OK, they've outgrown their garden.

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That's better. They want a property with loads of land

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-so they can have a massive veggie patch.

-Looks like they won't be alone, though.

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They've also got some furry friends to think about.

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Welcome to the show. First, let's get the formalities out of the way.

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-Can you introduce us to your dogs, please.

-This is Will.

-Very lovely.

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-And this is Jack.

-What breed of dogs are these?

-They are Bichon Frise.

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A Bichon Frise? Are they kind of poodle-esque? Ish?

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-Yeah. Yuppie poodle.

-Yuppie poodle! Very nice.

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Put the dogs down because I don't want to get you dirty, I know they've been out in the rain

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You're going for the rural world? You're going to grow your own veg.

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Is this true? Are you committed to this?

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-Yes, we are. We're obsessional about it.

-Really?

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Yeah, we got into growing it this year, and we even blocked up one of our driveways in our house.

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Good for you, so many people lose their front lawns and front gardens

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to put a driveway in and it's good to see people going the other way and getting them out.

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-I like it.

-So, what are we stopping at?

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You've got veg, are you considering animals, things like that?

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We are looking for half an acre upwards of land.

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OK, so you're not just limited to chickens. You can have some much more substantial beasts.

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-Yeah.

-What are you thinking, Colin?

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-You've got a smile on your face that says there's something you'd like.

-Well, I quite fancy bison.

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Why a... Why a bison?

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Well, I just think they're cute...

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I mean, they're cute!

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Your dogs down there, they are lovely. Keeping a bison!

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Richard, are you having a bison in the house?

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This is where I kind of struggle with this a bit,

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so I am still waiting to be swayed by this one.

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What kind of property do you see yourselves in?

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I like big properties. I like big rooms, lots of space, big kitchen, big bedroom.

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We thought a minimum of three bedrooms.

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We like the modern kind of design of houses, like large rooms, clean lines...

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OK, so would that be modern interior or modern exterior? Or are you not fussed?

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Preferably modern interior, at least.

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Modern exterior's pretty good, too.

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Barn conversions are quite good for that, because you have got the old...

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-You say conversion. Are you prepared to do any work ourselves?

-No.

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-That's a very definite no.

-Definitely!

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Is there a reason for this very definite no?

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Yeah, cos we had our property done up and it just goes on and on and on.

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Downstairs space. There's one very large item that is yours, Colin.

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-A grand piano or a baby grand piano?

-Baby grand piano.

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-It's ginormous, isn't it? Is that coming?

-No, that's getting sold.

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Richard, what's your smile about? Does he play it much?

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Not as often as I perhaps would like him to play.

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-So...I...

-Get it out right now. Let's clear the air.

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You have just had your first domestic on telly!

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I would like him to be able to take the piano.

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-Oh, OK.

-I'll move on the piano if Rich moves on the bison.

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-OK, right, this is it!

-I'll tell you what, there is a stand-off. Piano versus bison.

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But this is quite a good jeopardy for the episode.

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I believe if you find the right property, you were considering

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making the back garden the venue for a wedding.

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-Yes.

-Possibly, yes.

-Now, I heard, Colin, that you are waiting for Richard to ask you to marry him.

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Yeah, I am. I suppose now would be a great time.

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Talk about putting him on the spot!

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Budget. Right, you have got a lot you want, and it sounds great,

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but it sound like it will cost a lot of money.

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How much money have you got?

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We're looking at a maximum of about 400.

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And if we find the property of your dreams that has everything,

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would you nudge any higher than 400?

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-The absolute we might go to is about 420.

-Keep pushing him!

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-420. OK. Wish us luck.

-Good luck.

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-Good luck.

-See you later.

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OK, let's concentrate on the positives.

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Richard and Colin have only looked at two houses in the area, found one they liked.

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We're showing them three. We cannot fail.

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The odds are in our favour. What a lovely episode it will be.

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We have got the potential of a baby grand piano, a bison

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and the potential of a wedding. Lovely, isn't it?

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-Not forgetting the vegetables.

-I'm excited. Shall we make it?

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Known as the country's larder, thanks to its fertile farmland,

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Lincolnshire produces a fifth of Britain's food. That's more than any other county.

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And it's the largest potato producer in the UK.

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Look at that lot. There's a tonne of mash in there.

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Indeed. While the remains of 136 windmills are reminders of the county's agricultural history,

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only a handful continue in full working order.

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Aside from windmills, the Lincolnshire countryside is also home to numerous pretty villages,

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with a mix of character and modern properties.

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That sounds great, although some market towns have seen

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a controversial phenomenon called doughnutting, with new estates being built around historical centres.

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However, North Lincolnshire is the most affordable rural local authority in England,

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with an average house price of just over £136,000.

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Colin and Richard chose this area for its country setting and also for its good road links.

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If they commute to Barnsley, they'll be in good company, as one in ten people who live in Lincolnshire

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do just that, or work in cities such as Sheffield, Leeds and Hull.

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We are looking for a house with two acres, so let's see

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what properties with that amount of land will cost you around the UK.

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First up is this spacious modern family house near Burton-on-Trent.

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It has five bedrooms, a sitting room and a music room.

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The property comes with 1.9 acres,

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and it's on the market for £895,000.

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This historic country residence with three acres of land is near Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders.

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Inside, you'll find attractive, traditional features.

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Offers are being accepted in excess of £425,000.

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In Banbury, Oxfordshire, just over two acres will set you back substantially more.

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This converted tithe barn is fully modernised to a high standard,

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and could be yours for £885,000.

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Dig. Put your back into it.

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These cabbages aren't going to grow themselves. Good work.

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For the first time in generations, as revealed by a government survey,

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more people are moving to the country than are leaving it.

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So, our buyers aren't on their own.

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That's why land prices have been increasing over the years,

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as more farmers sell off relatively small chunks of land

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for people chasing the rural dream to live off their land, or escaping the hustle of the cities.

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This trend has thrown up a term even more annoying than staycation or Tweeting.

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That term is green shifting.

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Now, much is made about the psychological and physical benefits of gardening, but,

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and you'll like this, did you know that digging for an hour burns

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almost the same amount of calories as going for a four mile jog?

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If you're looking to set up a smallholding in Scotland, Wales or the East Coast of England,

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where we are at the moment, it's relatively affordable.

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But head down to Devon and it gets much more expensive.

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The average house price in rural areas is £8,000 more expensive than in urban areas.

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-Can I stop this now?

-Realistically, you've barely started.

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Shall we go and talk to the mystery property hunting team?

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-Yes.

-All right. Come on, then.

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The mysterious property hunting team have delivered our details.

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-I'd say we are both pretty happy, aren't we?

-Absolutely.

-My one is a cracker.

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It is near the village of Holton-le-Moor.

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The English translation, Holton the Moor. It's lovely.

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It has got enough land for the bison, which is fantastic news.

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The property is massive, so it's got room for the grand piano and, if you look at the garden,

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it's just big enough for a marquee which means they can get married there. Perfect.

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-It's a box ticker.

-It really is.

-Property two is a contender as well.

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Two-and-a-half acres.

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-That's two bison.

-According to the details, it's an American style design.

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It is a big, modern property.

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It's modern on the outside and the inside, which they seemed keen on.

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They really don't want to do any work.

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And the wild card, I think, is quite a cracker. We can't show them.

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You know how the wild card goes. It gives everything they want with a bit of jeopardy.

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This is following the same formula. It's exciting.

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Those are the houses. Where shall we start the journey?

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-Yours.

-My one. The lovely one.

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Near Holton-le-Moor. Or Holton the Moor, if you're English.

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My choice is a wonderful detached property that's situated on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

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That's a bit of an understatement. The nearest neighbours are sheep.

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Oh, ye of little faith. Colin and Richard said they wanted to expand their veggie patch.

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But inside this gem, I'm also giving them even more of what they want.

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Behind those doors, there's a surprise, which I think they will simply love.

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Colin and Richard, walk towards your future.

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I think, I do genuinely believe this is the one.

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We are a very short programme today because this is a cracker.

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Everything inside is what you've asked for. Everything. Everything.

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-Outside, how much land do you think we have got?

-About an acre?

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Nearly two acres, so we've got the bison, and potentially,

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with the lake, water buffalo as well, which I think is good news.

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It's quite windy here because there's nothing to block the wind.

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You have got no houses, you're kind of in the middle of nowhere, but what you think?

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-I like it.

-It looks good.

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I'm liking this.

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It's a good-looking place. I mean, you are incredibly detached.

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This property was two farmer's cottages knocked into one.

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You get this wonderful symmetry. As you look at it, it's perfectly balanced.

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-It is a wonderful property. Ed has done brilliantly.

-Are you ready?

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-Yes.

-Are you positive?

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-Yes.

-This is your future.

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Enter it.

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It is a little bit windy, but that's the only problem, isn't it?

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Who doesn't like a little bit of wind every once in a while?

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-It's, um, nice entrance. Spacious.

-Yeah, I like this.

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It's nice and light.

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It is a spacious entrance hall.

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Nice and bright. But I was expecting an awful lot more, from the way

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I sold it to them outside, I was expecting at least, you know, a wow.

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But not a very considered description of it.

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This is nice.

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Wow. Yes.

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It's a good-sized kitchen.

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That's good that you have got an eating area within the kitchen as well.

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Seen these views?

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-Wow.

-They're great.

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That looks fantastic.

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The views are everywhere.

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-It's panoramic.

-There are. I mean, let's be honest, that's a fact.

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Oh, this is the dining room.

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Oh, this is lovely.

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That's nice.

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With the dual aspect windows. Wow.

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Is that an open fireplace?

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-Yeah. Oh, wow.

-That's fantastic.

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Imagine if you've got a log fire on a night, and you've got your guests having dinner.

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This is the main lounge. Wow.

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Oh, I like this.

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There's no greater phrase to be heard than, "Wow, I like this!"

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From a Scottish man called Colin. He does love it.

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I will have a seat and pretend...

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Ah, yeah, that's really nice.

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What a fantastic view.

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That is amazing.

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Another view of the hills.

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-This is a bedroom.

-Oh, wow.

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This is quite a nice size, a good size bedroom.

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Fantastic.

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Yep, I like this. I like the carpet, too.

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-Great.

-It's bouncy.

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Another bedroom.

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It's a nice, really nice guest bedroom.

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-Fantastic.

-That's nice to have a seating area here.

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If you sit out here, you can just kind of look out.

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I like this corridor.

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You just feel like

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it's going to open up into something, some kind of surprise...

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Wow!

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Now that, I like.

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That's it. Where do we sign?

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Oh, yeah, I can just see me sitting back in the bath with a wee glass of wine and candles burning.

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Tina Turner playing in the background.

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These are the things you want to hear.

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These are the kind of enthusiastic comments you want.

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-Not listening to Tina Turner. No way!

-Not that bit,

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-but the candles and the wine.

-Maybe Steamy Windows, though, with it being in the bathroom!

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Ah, this as a guest bedroom too.

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How many bedrooms is that?

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That's three.

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I like the way they've done the chaise longue,

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or maybe it's a chaise short, I don't know.

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But that old sort of style.

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Well, there we go, a fantastic joke delivered perfectly by Colin there.

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The chaise short.

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Oh, yes.

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This must be the master bedroom.

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Yes.

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This actually feels better with the height of the window,

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because with the others you are having to kind of crouch down to see out, but it actually feels...

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Yeah.

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Wow. How far can you see on that?

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There's something through here.

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Ah, right. This is the en suite.

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So, what do you think of the house, then?

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I like it. It's got nice, it's got a real nice feel to it,

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-real kind of clean, modern, yet that contrast between new and old, good-sized rooms.

-I like it.

-Yeah.

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Now, Colin and Richard, how do feel about the whole house?

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I think, initially it, as we were walking round, we thought,

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yeah, this is a real good feel, the decor of it, the style of it, I think they have done

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a fantastic job, and it is kind of really our style.

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One of my reservations is, with being an old property and the cottage style,

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the windows in some of the rooms are quite below my eye level,

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so I am finding myself kind of dropping down to look out.

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Now, extensions, right, to the veg patch down here, I think could be made,

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because, looking at it, it's a little bit tiny.

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What we are after with the self-sufficiency, Colin, what d'you think?

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How much of this land that you've got - near two acres - would you give over?

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It's difficult to say, really, because this year,

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we have crammed an awful lot of vegetables in a tiny, small place,

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but when we came to harvesting it, we kind of forgot that vegetables grow

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quite wide and quite tall, and so therefore...

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-It was your first year, though.

-Yeah, and we have learned a lot.

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I think we will probably use quite a bit of it,

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-but it would be well spaced out.

-It all works here, I guess price could be a factor, maybe.

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-Could make you fall in love with it, possibly.

-Colin, what do you reckon?

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I reckon Richard should go first.

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OK. Richard, over to you, my friend.

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375.

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So I'll go...350.

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350? The actual price of this is £395,000.

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So Richard, you are closest, but not that close, but certainly nearer than Colin was.

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But this is the price for this area.

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You get a lot of land, a lot of house, immaculate house. I sense you might want to look at property two.

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-Yes.

-It's well worth checking out, I think.

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Follow me. This way.

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-My property today is an absolute peach.

-I will give you that, Johnny.

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Yes, indeed, and only 10 years old, it's also immaculate on the inside.

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But where, dear Johnny, is the space for the veggie patch and the magnificent bison?

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Wait till you see what's out back.

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Here we are, at my choice, property number two now.

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I am slightly out of breath, and it's not just because I am slightly unfit for a man of my age.

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It's because I have just run to the bottom of the garden.

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It's massive! It is absolutely huge, it is a bison-friendly garden.

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It is like an oasis.

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You're up for the idea of having modern on the outside and inside. Ed's was that on the inside.

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This is the whole modern house package.

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-What you think? First impressions.

-Quite impressed.

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Front, looks good, quite imposing.

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I mean, there are some features that I can see that I like straightaway,

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like larger windows, but let's see what's on the inside.

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-Okey-cokey. Are you ready?

-Let's go.

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-Are you excited?

-We are.

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OK, remember, you have got the baby grand piano that could be moving in there and the bison.

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And these aren't things to be trifled with.

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Three, two, one, enter the bison house.

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Oh, this is nice! Oh, wow!

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Very grand.

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That was always going to be the bit that grabs them.

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They do say these large entrance halls can be a waste of space, but that one is magnificent.

0:18:430:18:47

Shall I have a go?

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HE PLAYS

0:18:550:18:57

Oh, hello, here we go, a burst from Colin.

0:18:570:19:01

Fantastic.

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Won't get the baby grand in here, though.

0:19:110:19:15

-Well...

-..you can play pool.

-Exactly.

0:19:150:19:18

-It is a pool table, isn't it?

-Yeah, yeah, it's pool.

0:19:180:19:21

Oh, this is nice. Yeah.

0:19:250:19:28

That'd be nice for the computers.

0:19:280:19:30

This is a nice office space.

0:19:300:19:32

I can just see you paying my bills in here.

0:19:320:19:34

Do you know, I've always wanted double doors.

0:19:370:19:40

I just think it gives you a sort of feeling of grandeur

0:19:400:19:44

when you open them up, dinner is served. I have always fancied that.

0:19:440:19:48

I can imagine the theatrical side of Colin coming in today

0:19:480:19:50

with the double doors, you know, entering with the canapes.

0:19:500:19:55

Richard would serve out while he tinkled on the ivories and then, "Here they come.

0:19:550:19:59

Chicken Kiev, anyone?"

0:19:590:20:00

It's nice.

0:20:000:20:02

The fire, as well.

0:20:020:20:04

-That will be really nice.

-I bet that's lovely in the wintertime.

0:20:040:20:07

I think that's what I miss, actually, is not having a coal fire or log fire.

0:20:070:20:13

It would be nice to have an open fire.

0:20:130:20:16

I suppose it's very like

0:20:160:20:19

the type of house you'd see on the Mississippi, isn't it?

0:20:190:20:22

Yeah, in the Deep South.

0:20:220:20:24

Wow! This is a nice kitchen.

0:20:260:20:28

Very nice.

0:20:300:20:31

That's, like,

0:20:310:20:33

quick breakfast room or something. I assume they have another dining room.

0:20:330:20:40

-You've got a nice little utility room.

-Oh, yes.

0:20:400:20:43

A Belfast sink.

0:20:430:20:45

-There you go.

-Once again, though, very nice kitchen, nicely laid out, it's got a big larder as well.

0:20:450:20:50

Ah, yeah, it's the dining room.

0:20:500:20:54

-Again, it's a bit fussy.

-I would probably make it more our style.

0:20:540:21:00

It is very grand.

0:21:000:21:02

A good-sized dining room.

0:21:020:21:06

-We just need to get some friends so we can invite them.

-That'll be it.

0:21:060:21:11

Nice room.

0:21:110:21:13

Now, this is what you'd call a staircase.

0:21:170:21:21

Yeah. Shall I do my Scarlett O'Hara impression?

0:21:210:21:24

-It's just like that Gone With The Wind style, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:21:240:21:27

You can imagine the plantations.

0:21:270:21:28

All the house just leading off from the staircase.

0:21:280:21:32

-Wow!

-Oh, this is nice.

0:21:320:21:35

Oh yes,

0:21:350:21:37

I like this.

0:21:370:21:39

And you've got a dressing area with built-in cupboards.

0:21:390:21:43

Oh, right. Wow! What a good idea.

0:21:430:21:47

And it is quite a nice-sized room.

0:21:470:21:49

Another little area here.

0:21:490:21:53

You could put your make-up one in here.

0:21:530:21:57

What size is the en suite?

0:21:570:21:59

Oh, right, OK.

0:22:040:22:06

Very nice. Big enough bath.

0:22:060:22:10

Oh, yes!

0:22:120:22:14

Yes, this is my room.

0:22:140:22:17

I'm not going anywhere. I'm staying here.

0:22:170:22:21

You shall we start running the taps?

0:22:210:22:23

It'll take you about two weeks.

0:22:230:22:26

Wow! That's fantastic.

0:22:260:22:28

I'm just trying to think through my dictionary of the 450 houses I would have looked at.

0:22:280:22:34

I'd still say that the best bathroom I've seen.

0:22:340:22:36

It's got to be up there, hasn't it?

0:22:360:22:38

This is another fab room as well, isn't it?

0:22:420:22:45

It's actually quite a surprise how big this is.

0:22:450:22:48

Cos this must be en suite as well.

0:22:480:22:52

-I assume so.

-A door into... I presume that's into...

0:22:520:22:54

Go for it.

0:22:540:22:56

Yep, yep. Another bath in here.

0:22:570:23:01

-That's good, then. Your guests could have an en suite as well.

-Yeah.

0:23:010:23:05

-This is quite a nice part as well, isn't it?

-It is, yeah.

0:23:050:23:10

It's quite an unusual thing to find.

0:23:100:23:12

This is really the American sort of design, isn't it?

0:23:120:23:15

Yeah. Absolutely.

0:23:150:23:17

But it's still a nice kind of seating area to have.

0:23:170:23:20

-You could sit here and watch the neighbours go past, couldn't you?

-Yeah.

0:23:200:23:24

Give them a wave.

0:23:250:23:28

I'm getting a bit exhausted looking in all these rooms.

0:23:310:23:34

This is a really nice bedroom.

0:23:340:23:36

-Again, this could equally be doubles, king, super king.

-Yeah, easy.

0:23:360:23:44

I'm dying to see that garden.

0:23:440:23:46

Well, shall we head down there?

0:23:460:23:48

-Shall we go and see it?

-Let's.

0:23:480:23:51

I've been saving myself.

0:23:510:23:53

Well, we've seen the house now, which I think went pretty well.

0:23:560:23:59

But I'll get your feedback from that in a second.

0:23:590:24:02

You can now see why I was out of breath when I ran down this garden.

0:24:020:24:05

This thing is absolutely enormous!

0:24:050:24:07

It's huge. It's absolutely fantastic.

0:24:070:24:10

I've never seen such a big garden.

0:24:100:24:12

No. It is incredible.

0:24:120:24:13

You can see the house down there on the horizon about 400 or 500 metres away.

0:24:130:24:17

Probably as much through there. You've got your own mini orchard!

0:24:170:24:21

There's a meadow then a nature reserve that's got either a very small lake or a large pond in it.

0:24:210:24:26

So it is an incredibly large plot.

0:24:260:24:28

Is this the kind of garden you had in mind?

0:24:280:24:31

I like it. I like the garden.

0:24:310:24:33

You can do absolutely anything with this. Because this is sectioned off as well,

0:24:330:24:37

you could have one bit for entertaining and relaxing,

0:24:370:24:40

another bit for the whole gardening stuff.

0:24:400:24:42

This was the theory that we had.

0:24:420:24:43

Obviously there's the divide of whether you will get the bison.

0:24:430:24:47

Colin, you could buy a bison, have it in the garden. He'd be none the wiser, it's that big!

0:24:470:24:51

The property's lovely. The question is, how much does it cost?

0:24:510:24:56

The maximum of £420,000. You don't want to spend over that.

0:24:560:24:59

What do you think this is worth?

0:24:590:25:01

I would say it's on for £419,995.

0:25:010:25:04

Right up to the top. OK, Richard?

0:25:040:25:07

-I'm going to go slightly lower at 410.

-Do you know what?

0:25:070:25:13

I think, with these guesses, you like this one a little bit more than my one, which I'm annoyed at.

0:25:130:25:17

-But anyway...

-OK, the reveal on the price is you're both very, very close.

0:25:170:25:21

1-1, though, Colin. You were closest.

0:25:210:25:24

It's actually on the market for 435.

0:25:240:25:26

I know that is over budget, however, a couple of things.

0:25:260:25:29

The vendor is aware he has to knock his price down a bit to secure a buy.

0:25:290:25:33

He has already reduced it once, but he's open to negotiation.

0:25:330:25:37

Secondly, this garden is vast. It could be as much of a hindrance as an attraction to any buyer,

0:25:370:25:41

so he's also prepared to consider selling it with a slightly smaller garden

0:25:410:25:46

and splitting the plot up if necessary.

0:25:460:25:48

-So that's also something to bear in mind, and that would, of course, be reflected in the price.

-OK.

0:25:480:25:53

-Not too bad.

-There we go.

0:25:530:25:55

Neck and neck in guessing the price as we go towards the wild card. Do you want to get the wild card?

0:25:550:26:00

-Yes.

-Everyone's favourite part of the show. It's this way.

0:26:000:26:03

Our wild card today is a detached farmhouse with a big surprise in store.

0:26:050:26:10

Yes, it mixes new with old in a very interesting way.

0:26:100:26:13

In fact, you could say that the decor looks like two separate houses.

0:26:130:26:16

A-ha! You've hit the nail on the proverbial head.

0:26:160:26:20

Now, how wild is that?

0:26:200:26:22

Colin and Richard, walk toward the wild card. Now, it's lovely.

0:26:220:26:25

Again, it's incredibly windy out here, isn't it?

0:26:250:26:28

Lincolnshire, a very windy county.

0:26:280:26:30

Also windy cos there's nothing around to stop the wind, as we were at property one.

0:26:300:26:34

We're in Atterby Cliff, which sounds like an ageing American jazzman,

0:26:340:26:38

but it's the name of this part of the world - Atterby Cliff.

0:26:380:26:42

One-and-a-bit acres of land, so maybe we are thinking not really the bison.

0:26:420:26:47

-I don't think we were ever... I mean, Colin likes the bison, but maybe the goat.

-Possibly the goat.

0:26:470:26:52

Richard, first impressions, what do you reckon?

0:26:520:26:55

It's a nice, intriguing mix of old and new.

0:26:550:26:58

Lots of different styles going on.

0:26:580:27:00

-Colin?

-I think it looks really cute, actually.

0:27:000:27:03

I'm looking forward to seeing inside it. It looks your typical farmhouse.

0:27:030:27:07

-It is the wild card.

-There is always a reason why it is the wild card.

0:27:070:27:10

Sometimes it's not immediately obvious, and I don't think today it is...until you find it.

0:27:100:27:15

It's the wild card for one reason. Go in there and find out that reason. We'll see you later.

0:27:150:27:20

Shall we...? We should let the viewers know, shouldn't we?

0:27:200:27:24

-Let them know why it's the wild card?

-No, no.

-You sure?

0:27:240:27:26

-Yeah, come on, let's do the...

-All right.

0:27:260:27:29

Let's see what house number three has to offer.

0:27:290:27:33

This is cosy.

0:27:340:27:36

Right, I don't want to give away why it's the wild card.

0:27:380:27:41

I don't want to spoil it for you.

0:27:410:27:43

But THIS is part of the reason why it's the wild card.

0:27:430:27:46

Oh, wow!

0:27:460:27:48

This is nice. This must be the master bedroom.

0:27:480:27:51

Yeah. That is a real good space.

0:27:510:27:55

And this is great.

0:27:550:27:57

-En suite.

-Marvellous.

0:27:570:27:59

Very nice.

0:27:590:28:01

Nice big bath.

0:28:010:28:03

-These are nice.

-His-and-hers sinks.

0:28:030:28:08

What one would yours be? His-and-his sinks.

0:28:080:28:10

-Walk-in shower.

-Wow!

0:28:100:28:13

The en suite with that nice master-bedroom suite is a wet room, a complete wet room.

0:28:160:28:20

-They are very much in vogue.

-They certainly are.

0:28:200:28:23

Let's see what upstairs has to offer.

0:28:230:28:26

-Upstairs has to offer...

-Randomly shaped rooms.

0:28:260:28:29

Yeah, slightly smaller rooms.

0:28:290:28:30

-Randomly shaped rooms.

-All right, OK.

0:28:300:28:33

This is a guest bedroom. Quite cosy, but...

0:28:330:28:38

-You could only have single beds in here.

-Possibly.

0:28:380:28:41

Maybe if you have guests who don't speak.

0:28:410:28:43

What's behind here?

0:28:430:28:44

It's a bathroom.

0:28:440:28:47

The good old avocado suite.

0:28:490:28:53

A few years, that baby's going to be back in fashion.

0:28:560:28:59

I doubt that. I strongly doubt that.

0:28:590:29:01

I can't believe there are so many doors in this hallway.

0:29:010:29:04

Oh, it's another bedroom. Yeah.

0:29:040:29:07

And again, another single bedroom, really, isn't it?

0:29:070:29:10

-Right.

-It's got a nice view outside.

0:29:100:29:12

Yeah, a great view of the back garden.

0:29:120:29:16

-Oh, right.

-This is a nice big bedroom.

0:29:170:29:20

This actually surprised me because I thought I was expecting another small room.

0:29:200:29:24

I think that must be an en suite.

0:29:240:29:27

I've come to a conclusion about our two folk.

0:29:270:29:29

They don't want half the land they think they want.

0:29:290:29:32

I genuinely don't think they do.

0:29:320:29:33

Not an en suite, it's a dressing...area.

0:29:330:29:37

That'll do for all your frocks.

0:29:380:29:40

The bison's not as high on their list of priorities as we thought.

0:29:400:29:43

No, I would like them to get a bison, but I think that's me.

0:29:430:29:46

This is the actual en suite.

0:29:460:29:49

Shall we have a look downstairs?

0:29:490:29:51

We've still got that...cupboard or...

0:29:510:29:54

-The other door?

-Yeah.

0:29:540:29:55

-Shall we go?

-OK.

0:29:550:29:57

I thought this was going to be a cupboard, but it's a kitchen-cum-dining-room.

0:29:590:30:04

That's good to have. Yeah.

0:30:040:30:07

Quite a nice-sized kitchen.

0:30:070:30:08

I was just going to say, you just wonder how many rooms there are.

0:30:100:30:15

-It's a right rabbit warren.

-It is.

0:30:150:30:17

-Will and Jack would have a great time playing hide and seek.

-We'd never find them!

0:30:170:30:21

Wow! How much more is there to this place?

0:30:260:30:30

You'd never guess what I've spotted.

0:30:300:30:32

It's a Will-and-Jack-sized piano! THEY LAUGH

0:30:340:30:36

It's tiny!

0:30:360:30:39

Look at it!

0:30:390:30:40

Go for it.

0:30:460:30:49

Oh, hello. Any opportunity for Colin, there.

0:30:500:30:54

Maybe a slight tuning... Either that or it's my playing.

0:30:560:30:59

I'm not very sure.

0:30:590:31:01

Can you play the piano as good as that?

0:31:010:31:03

-No, I cant.

-I can't.

0:31:030:31:04

This is classy. I like this. This is where you'd have guests, isn't it?

0:31:040:31:12

You would dine here rather than in the kitchen.

0:31:120:31:15

I mean, look at the contrast now,

0:31:150:31:18

with all the clean lines, the downlighters, the modern...

0:31:180:31:23

It's just like a different house, really.

0:31:230:31:27

This would be nice. I'll have a seat here.

0:31:270:31:30

It's great to be sat out there and looking out onto that garden.

0:31:300:31:35

OK, pretty much as expected.

0:31:350:31:38

They've not fallen in love. We didn't expect them to.

0:31:380:31:40

-But they thought about redeveloping more than we thought.

-Indeed.

0:31:400:31:44

But they've still only seen half of this place.

0:31:440:31:46

-Shall we show them the mysterious wild-card part?

-Yes.

0:31:460:31:49

-Hello.

-Hi.

0:31:520:31:54

Come into the special room.

0:31:540:31:56

So, gentlemen, what did you think of the property?

0:31:560:32:00

It's really quaint, cute, lots of little rooms.

0:32:000:32:03

I think Will and Jack would have a great time playing hide and seek there.

0:32:030:32:07

Have you figured out why this is the wild card?

0:32:070:32:10

I mean, it just seems a property that's never-ending.

0:32:100:32:13

Just when you think you're coming to the last room,

0:32:130:32:16

there seems to be another room.

0:32:160:32:18

So it's just...

0:32:180:32:20

It's funny you say that, Richard,

0:32:200:32:22

because it is a property that's never-ending.

0:32:220:32:25

-Do you think you've seen it all yet?

-I thought we'd have something to see outside,

0:32:250:32:29

maybe a 50-foot greenhouse or something.

0:32:290:32:32

Have a look out that window, Colin.

0:32:320:32:34

-What's there?

-It kind of looks like a barn conversion.

-It does.

0:32:340:32:37

-Would you like to look at your add-on barn conversion?

-Absolutely.

-Right, come this way.

0:32:370:32:43

-Right, are you ready, lads? Come through.

-Get yourselves in.

0:32:510:32:54

Get ready to gasp.

0:32:540:32:56

Oh, wow!

0:32:560:32:58

No!

0:32:580:32:59

-THEY LAUGH

-See?

-This is...

0:33:010:33:03

This is the real house, isn't it?

0:33:030:33:05

-I can't believe this.

-You see? And this, this is just an added bonus.

0:33:050:33:10

This comes with that house.

0:33:100:33:14

Shall we do a mini-tour of the property?

0:33:140:33:17

-Would you like to have a look round it? I think you would.

-Yes.

0:33:170:33:20

-Richard, you come upstairs to see the bedrooms.

-OK.

0:33:200:33:22

Colin, let's look round downstairs.

0:33:220:33:24

Speechless is what Richard is! OK, you head up there.

0:33:240:33:27

Colin, shall we...? Let's have a look at the view over here.

0:33:270:33:31

Fantastic.

0:33:310:33:32

It's got elements of the other properties that you liked.

0:33:320:33:35

There's a nice big spacious landing like we had in property two.

0:33:350:33:38

Somewhere to sit, read, relax.

0:33:380:33:41

-We've got a double bedroom in there, which is nice.

-Great. Fantastic.

0:33:410:33:45

And this is the master suite.

0:33:450:33:49

-Nice.

-It's lovely, isn't it?

0:33:500:33:52

This is... This is just so exactly what our style...

0:33:520:33:59

-Oh, wow!

-HE MOUTHS

0:33:590:34:01

This... Again, it's just absolutely...

0:34:010:34:05

That's fantastic. That is brilliant. A brilliant room.

0:34:050:34:08

-Happy with this?

-100%.

0:34:080:34:11

-Right, Colin, as views go, that's not bad, is it?

-Yes, it's brilliant. You can see for miles.

0:34:110:34:16

I can imagine Richard, yourself here, dogs either side, looking out there.

0:34:160:34:21

That, you could stare at that forever.

0:34:210:34:24

Let's have a look at the rest of the house.

0:34:240:34:26

This, as a lounge, I'd say is the biggest, most imposing room.

0:34:260:34:29

-Do you think this is the best in terms of style and everything, that we've seen?

-Yes. I love it.

0:34:290:34:35

Yeah, definitely. This is our style.

0:34:350:34:37

Right then. Colin, is this it? Is this enough?

0:34:390:34:42

It's a bit small, but...

0:34:420:34:45

it's OK, though.

0:34:450:34:47

Okey-cokey, Colin. I think you'll be excited by this bathroom.

0:34:480:34:52

Yeah, I like this.

0:34:520:34:53

-I really like wet rooms.

-You've got a barn, so you got the best of the old world

0:34:530:34:57

and you've got a fantastic, flashy, modern wet room as well.

0:34:570:35:00

You've got two bedrooms upstairs.

0:35:000:35:02

If you come in here, this is your third bedroom.

0:35:020:35:05

It's a three-bedroom barn attached to...

0:35:050:35:07

I can't remember how many bedrooms are in the other house.

0:35:070:35:10

We've now got the tricky part - guess the price.

0:35:100:35:13

It's not guess the price of one house,

0:35:130:35:15

it's guess the price of both houses.

0:35:150:35:17

-Right.

-It's all in the same price.

0:35:170:35:19

-Hello.

-Hello.

0:35:230:35:26

Right, Richard, what did you think of the upstairs?

0:35:260:35:28

I loved it. Absolutely.

0:35:280:35:31

-And Colin, you loved the downstairs, didn't you?

-Yes, I did.

0:35:310:35:34

It's a cracker, isn't it? Two houses! Two houses!

0:35:340:35:37

You said at the top of the show, a barn conversion was what you were really looking for

0:35:370:35:41

and this is a splendid example of just that.

0:35:410:35:44

It is worth noting at this stage that when the conversion was done, it was done for a holiday let only.

0:35:440:35:50

So if you were to pursue this property as a purchase,

0:35:500:35:52

you would have to ensure you could convert it to full residential usage.

0:35:520:35:56

Just to keep that in mind.

0:35:560:35:58

We are neck and neck in guess the price.

0:35:580:36:00

After your dreadful first guess, Colin, you somehow managed to pull it back.

0:36:000:36:05

Maximum price £420,000.

0:36:050:36:06

That's what you want to spend, at a push, for everything, all-singing, all-dancing.

0:36:060:36:10

-This is a tough one.

-It is, because it's two properties.

0:36:100:36:13

We are looking for a price for everything. Who would like to go first?

0:36:130:36:17

-Do you want to go first?

-I'll go.

0:36:170:36:19

I can't believe you have brought this in. I'm going to say 440.

0:36:190:36:25

OK, you think we've been a little bit cheeky and hoping to haggle back?

0:36:250:36:30

-Yes.

-Right.

0:36:300:36:31

Well, I've seen the glint you've had in your eye all day.

0:36:320:36:35

So I think probably about 445.

0:36:350:36:38

Wily. I like it.

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OK, well, Johnny, do you want to put one of them out of their misery?

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Absolutely. The person out of their misery is...

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you. You're closest, because this property,

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staggeringly, is on the market for £425,000.

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-HE LAUGHS

-Speechless again.

-Speechless.

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For the same price as Johnny's house, you get two houses.

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It's a lot to think about to decide which one you want to test-drive.

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We can't help you with that. I wouldn't even know how to help you with that today! Good luck.

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Head off into windy Lincolnshire and make your decision. We'll see you later.

0:37:100:37:14

Good luck. We will see later.

0:37:140:37:16

-See you.

-Well, there we go, three real contenders today.

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-They really are.

-While they're making their decision, here's a recap for you.

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Will Colin and Richard return to traditional property one,

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set amid the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside?

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The converted farm cottages with the stylish urban interior

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had them "Wowing" all over the place.

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Plus it's bang-on budget.

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They were "Wowing" at yours, but they were "Oh yes-ing" over mine.

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The American-style property number two had a sweeping staircase,

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magnificent master bedroom and a garden that went on and on and on.

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Slightly over budget, but with room to manoeuvre.

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With our wild card today, we exceeded ourselves by giving them two for one

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in the shape of the traditional farmhouse and the attached barn conversion.

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It rendered Colin and Richard completely speechless.

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-Well, you've decided to test-drive the wild card.

-Unbelievable.

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Excellent news. It's charming and challenging in equal measures, this place.

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The benefit to you guys is you get to utilise the skills of To Buy Or Not To Buy's surveyor.

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He's given this place the once over.

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Structurally, it's all sound, which is great.

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But he's investigated the whole holiday-let situation with the barn conversion.

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No conditions put in place when that conversion was done. The lady just went for a holiday let.

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She's actually looking to get that revoked and going for full residential usage.

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So pretty soon this could go from a holiday let to the kind of home that you wanted it to be.

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That is a really fantastic point.

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Coupled with the fact that it will have an NHBC guarantee with it.

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Got to check how long is with that,

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but this isn't a legally-binding survey.

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If you had your own, they'd find out the architect's planning, those bits and pieces.

0:39:040:39:09

But very positive news about the barn conversion.

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-All in all, the property is solid.

-Spot-on, isn't it?

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Can I ask, why did you pick this one? It's the bravest of the lot.

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There's just something about it.

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-It's never-ending. And lots of possibilities.

-That's right.

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Good luck. You test-drive it, explore those possibilities?

0:39:250:39:28

-We'll see you later on. OK. Good luck.

-Bye.

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-Right, do you want to go milk a bison, ride a goat, something like that?

-We could try it.

0:39:310:39:36

-No-one'll stop us. Well, maybe the farmer will.

-Oh, yeah.

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Let's ask him and then think about it.

0:39:390:39:41

Here come the family. Will and Jack are looking cute as ever.

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They've got more space here than they can raise a back leg at.

0:39:480:39:54

Just pretend you're at Crufts.

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Did you know, Johnny, those little fellas had a shampoo and set before they came on the show?

0:39:570:40:02

-Colin and Richard?

-Yes, and the dogs.

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Now, not only have we given Colin and Richard two homes,

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but a greenhouse for their horticultural hobby.

0:40:070:40:09

That looks like perpetual spinach, if I'm not mistaken.

0:40:090:40:13

I'd be impressed if you didn't have it written down in front of you.

0:40:130:40:17

We can do our own gardening programme on the web, can't we, from here?

0:40:170:40:22

Hey, they're after our job, Ed!

0:40:220:40:25

Looks like the dogs have moved in already.

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THEY WHISTLE

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THEY LAUGH

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But will Colin and Richard be joining them?

0:40:340:40:37

Now, Colin and Richard, normally the test-drive is the point where

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the children of the family will come round and have a look at the house.

0:40:410:40:44

Your children have had a look round the house.

0:40:440:40:47

Jack and, of course, Will.

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What do they think of the property?

0:40:490:40:50

-They love it.

-They were straight inside there.

0:40:500:40:53

-We couldn't stop them.

-No messing about.

0:40:530:40:56

How have the other parts...? You've had a look around.

0:40:560:40:59

The potential for the veg patch,

0:40:590:41:01

is that achievable here, do we think?

0:41:010:41:04

There's enough space to play with, I think.

0:41:040:41:07

And, yeah, it's a good feel for it.

0:41:070:41:10

When we spoke about what you wanted to get out of the property,

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does this now seem to sort of tick those boxes?

0:41:130:41:16

Can you live out everything you wanted?

0:41:160:41:18

I think there would be enough room here to have the odd chicken and the odd goat.

0:41:180:41:22

I forgot to mention the chickens.

0:41:220:41:24

THEY LAUGH There might be enough room.

0:41:240:41:26

You've had a look round, you've test-driven it. Will and Jack love it.

0:41:260:41:30

To buy or not to buy?

0:41:300:41:32

That's the question.

0:41:320:41:34

At this time,

0:41:340:41:36

we think it's not to buy.

0:41:360:41:38

You've done an absolutely fantastic job.

0:41:380:41:40

We just think that it may be, at this time,

0:41:400:41:44

too big of a project, taking on the rest of the house

0:41:440:41:47

and doing the conversion work that's needed.

0:41:470:41:50

I suppose we did brilliantly. You said you wanted a barn conversion, which we gave you.

0:41:500:41:55

You said you didn't want to do any work, but we gave you that as well.

0:41:550:41:59

You did say that if you had to change a light bulb,

0:41:590:42:01

you would check into a hotel and let someone else do it,

0:42:010:42:04

so obviously it was tense.

0:42:040:42:06

But at least you got a chance to have a look round it.

0:42:060:42:08

Maybe, when you go away, you might think about it.

0:42:080:42:11

If so, if it's still on the market...

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I'm sure there will be lots of thoughts about it.

0:42:130:42:16

Is it fair to say, having looked at three properties,

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it's helped you define clearly what you do want in a house and what you don't want?

0:42:190:42:23

Definitely. Every property we've seen, they've all had really good points about them.

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And it's really helped us...to decide on that perfect dream home.

0:42:280:42:32

-We've had a pleasure spending time with you.

-Great.

-See you soon.

-All the best.

-Thanks very much.

-Cheers.

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