Henley-on-Thames To Buy or Not to Buy


Henley-on-Thames

Series that gives buyers the chance to test-drive a property before they buy it. Simon O'Brien and Rani Price tackle a big budget in Henley-on-Thames.


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Rani, there's nothing like a stroll along the Thames.

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This part in particular, I find it rather spectacular, Simon.

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-With this being Henley-on-Thames, the pearl of the Thames?

-Mmm-hmm.

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But today we are here for To Buy Or Not To Buy, the pearl of the property shows.

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Today we're in South Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

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It's very well-to-do round here, don't you know?

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And with Henley being in the centre,

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which is a haven for the rich and famous...

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Are we doing a celebrity To Buy Or Not To Buy?

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No, Simon, but the folks we're showing a property to today, let's hope they really have a bob or two.

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-We'll show them a house or three, one of which they get to try before they buy?

-Perfect.

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So give a warm welcome to Karen and Jeremy Hampton.

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According to them, he is laid-back, opinionated and decisive.

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And she is fun, outgoing and feisty.

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They've been renting for two years since selling their home, and are ready to settle down again.

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Their daughter Jessica is currently living with them but works in London

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and has very set views on where her parents should live.

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The perfect home would be somewhere...

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in the countryside,

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but close to a town.

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I reckon about four beds,

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definitely a huge room for myself when I come and stay.

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Well, that's what Jessica wants, but what about her parents?

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-OK, you two, are you ready for the responsibility that is owning your own house?

-Just about.

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It's taken about two years now, but we just about thinking we should go back into the market now

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and maybe go into DIY a little bit and all that sort of stuff.

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You are saying DIY, are we looking for a project today?

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I think it would be good to get a project, it would

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be nice to add some value to our house, that would be really good.

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Is that just Jeremy's thoughts, Karen, or would you like a project?

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Actually, I'd really like a project.

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I'd like something that basically just had four walls

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and then we could just knock it out and make it exactly as we want it.

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Are you also, then, averse to moving into a place

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where you can just move straight in and settle down, if we find something that ticks every box?

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I think we are pretty open-minded about that.

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The bit about the project is exciting, but if something came in

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and we saw it and it was fantastic, then who knows, who knows?

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So give us some kind of idea what we are looking for today, really, then?

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Big kitchen, big living kitchen,

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three bedrooms minimum, a couple of en suites.

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I'd quite like to be in a town

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-so I can walk to the pub and to restaurants and that type of stuff.

-Any town in particular?

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Henley-on-Thames would be particularly nice.

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-Right.

-That would be particularly nice.

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-That's what you want - Karen, what would you like?

-I have this vision

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of being in the country with some land and chickens and pigs and things like that.

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We need a garden because of Betty the tortoise.

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Oh, lovely.

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-How old is Betty?

-About 80.

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-80? How long do tortoises live for?

-We haven't had her since new.

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-LAUGHTER

-"I had her since I was a child."

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-"You look so young!"

-I'm guessing that your daughter's commute is...

-She's commuting.

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And that's quite important with regards to location?

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Yeah, it would be good to be near a station, preferably one that gets her to Paddington.

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-What about style?

-I would like...

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if we're going to live in the town, just something, I think...

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Well, Henley, Victorian is what you will generally find.

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For our budget, I doubt we'd find anything detached.

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Am I guessing, it's period properties,

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places with character, or, again, you seem to be open-minded, you two?

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No, no, we definitely are. We've looked...

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In fact, over two years, we haven't looked at that many houses,

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and we've only liked two, both of which have gone to sealed bids.

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If we don't find somewhere in Henley, are there any other areas that you've been through

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and sort of thought, "We could see ourselves settling down here"?

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Well, Karen's parents live in Woking and my mum lives in Twyford,

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so it would be quite useful to be near them.

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Not too close, but near them would be good.

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That's my idea of Wales out!

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So round about the sort of South Oxfordshire, Berkshire sort of areas would be good.

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What's our budget? What have we got to play with?

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I think up to sort of 700, 750

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would be sort of the top end,

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and that would include the project money as well.

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-So that's the total spend?

-I think so, yeah.

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Could maybe stretch a little bit if need be,

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but that would be a figure we would like to achieve.

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OK. That's put pressure on. I'm ready to go. Are you?

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I'm ready to find Betty a new home.

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-We'll see you later, guys.

-Bye.

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Right, Rani, a fabulous budget, £750,000, but I'm a little bit perturbed.

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These two are so laissez-faire, we don't know what they want.

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Where they want to be, what period of house...

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Simon, Simon, I'm just concentrating on finding Betty a garden.

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We have three-quarters of a million pounds of

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someone else's money to spend, and you're worried about the tortoise?

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Betty is 80! You've got to learn to respect your elders.

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So Henley-on-Thames, the good points.

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It's a picturesque market town on the edge of the Chilterns.

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Famous for its annual Royal Regatta,

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attracting the upper classes of English society since 1839.

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The town was founded in the 12th century as a river crossing

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and port for the supply of timber and grain to London.

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And it's developed into a thriving and incredibly beautiful town,

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with fantastic and very popular commuter links to the capital.

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The bad points - all this does make it an expensive place to live.

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In fact, in 2008 it was the 11th most expensive place to live in the UK.

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With an average home costing around 560 grand.

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So it's a good job we've got a good budget to play with,

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but if you don't have quite as much money to spend, then how about these little beauties?

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In more affordable towns across the country you could buy

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this five-bedroom detached house in Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, for...

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Or in Ushaw Moor in Durham

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this beautiful three-bedroom barn conversion would set you back...

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In Pontypridd, South Wales, a three-bedroom detached bungalow like this one would cost you...

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But for now, let's work out just how much we can get for a budget of 750 grand around Henley-on-Thames.

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Three quarters of a million - now I've been having a look around

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and it seems that Henley-on-Thames hasn't noticed there's been a downturn in the market?

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I think that's probably a good observation.

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12 months ago I wouldn't have agreed with you, but it's come back

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very, very quickly and, yes, you will struggle to find much to choose from.

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-Do you live in the local area?

-I do.

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OK, do you know anything about how much properties cost round here?

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-Yes, too much!

-Too much? That's not a good sign.

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In the town itself, it's going to get you perhaps a Georgian town house

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or maybe a very large apartment.

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If you start going up the hill and beyond a comfortable walk out of the town

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there's a wide range of Victorian and 1960s and 1980s stock

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where you can get a house that's ready to move into

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or something that needs updating, that's not been touched for 20 years.

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I'm trying to help someone find a house here.

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Now they've got a lot of money, I think it's a lot of money, £750,000.

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It's a lot of money but it is Henley-on-Thames.

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This is the problem! I didn't want you to say that!

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I wanted you to say, "I happen to be selling a three-bedroom house with a huge garden."

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I am selling a house that's got a huge garden... No, I'm not!

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As we've been looking around, we've noticed that

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-we've seen places that we go, "That's ideal, there's a project," and it's gone.

-Yes. It will do.

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Almost the more work it needs doing, the more quickly it's going to go,

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and there's an almost inverse premium to be paid for that, because there aren't many of them left.

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Henley's really expensive.

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Yes. But there are places round about that you can get slightly cheaper.

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Tell me of these places, please.

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Well, we moved out!

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You don't live on this boat, do you? I don't think it's that spacious.

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-No. Villages round about are much cheaper.

-Like where?

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Give me some names, I've gotta look at these places.

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-Peppard and Sonning Common.

-Right.

-Well, Sonning's quite expensive.

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Are they as nice? Are they going to have a nice community feel?

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-Yes.

-I think Sonning has.

-Yeah? And how far away is that?

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Oh, about maybe five miles up the river.

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It's just not peaceful at all round here, is it? It's so noisy on this river!

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-Anything else?

-That's our limited stock.

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By saying that, you kind of hit the nail on the head, don't you?

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They are few and far between.

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-That's right.

-I shall take these, and thank you for your time, sir.

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-It's my pleasure.

-Cheers.

-Nice to see you, thanks for coming in.

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-Isn't this a gorgeous place, Rani? It is.

-It really is.

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I've been having a chat to folks round here and I think we're going to struggle with price.

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Ah, well, you see, I think I've overcome that.

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Jeremy and Karen said they wanted a big place.

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For their budget, even though it's a three quarters of a million pounds, that's not that easy.

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So I have decided to take them slightly further afield, away from Henley-on-Thames.

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And they also said they didn't mind a project.

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I'm going to take them at their word. That's my choice, property one.

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Well, you've given them a project,

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whereas I have given them the perfect home in a very beautiful location.

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It doesn't get much better than this. Take a look at this, Simon.

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There is a perfect place for Betty to walk around. I think they're going to love it.

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OK. You think they're going to love that.

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Well, listen, wait till you see the wild card - it is absolutely beautiful.

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-Take a look at that, that is the per...

-No, we're going with this one.

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No, this is the perfect wild card.

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-This is the problem...

-This has got all the charm they want, Simon.

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This is the problem when people don't tell us what they want.

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-Look at this!

-That is perfect.

-This is perfect.

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-I know Karen and Jeremy, this is perfect.

-We'll leave it for now.

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-Let's leave that, shall we get on with things?

-Yeah, OK.

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-My choice, property one.

-My choice.

-I got property one.

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As we found out, a project doesn't linger on the market for long around here, but I always aim to deliver.

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So I've moved away from the Thames and found them a lovely house

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with P for potential in a very desirable village.

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Right, then, Jeremy and Karen.

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Property one today is my choice.

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The mystery property hunting team and my good self have brought us

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to Woodcote - this was Village of the Year 2008 in Oxfordshire.

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It's got a really lovely community feel about it, there are local pubs, there are local shops.

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Property, what's your first thoughts?

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It looks very nice.

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Karen, you're being reticent.

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You're a bit quiet.

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No, it's nice. It's nice.

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Give us more than nice, Karen. What are you thinking?

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Style-wise, anything?

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Honestly, be frank with me.

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-No, I'd like to look inside.

-Do you think...

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does it look a bit small, do you think, perhaps?

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It's probably a TARDIS.

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But it's got a great driveway, super, lots of parking.

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-Very green area.

-But not too far from Reading, as well, for Jessica.

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-Jeremy, what are you thinking?

-I think along the same lines. I think it's going to be...

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I think it's going to extend back, is my thought.

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I will tell you this much, it almost feels like a bungalow, doesn't it?

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-It does.

-And it started life as a bungalow.

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But you guessed right, it is not a small bungalow any more.

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This place could be absolutely gorgeous, and I think you two

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have the imagination to a kind of rework this place and throw yourself into it. So do that right now.

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Fantastic, thank you very much.

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Let's go into the study. Is that the study? Looks like a study.

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Wow, that's nice.

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They work from home, obviously. And a gym.

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Good size.

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Fantastic. Nice views.

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-That could be an office, library, anything you want, really.

-Anything you want.

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This is nice and bright.

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It is nice and bright, yes.

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Is that a real fireplace over there? Let's go and have a look.

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That's the first thing I know they definitely like, a fireplace.

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-The windows aren't great, but that could...

-They are not beautiful, are they?

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-That could be changed.

-But it does let a lot of light in.

-Absolutely.

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-There's so many doors!

-Ah, it's another sitting room.

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-A snug.

-Another living room. That's very quiet.

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-But that's great, same floor...

-Music room.

-Oh, no, this would be great.

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-Huge garden out there.

-Oh, my goodness, that's fantastic.

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Nice pond and all sorts of things growing.

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-I really like it.

-Got green fingers, the people who own this.

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They'd be right to think the person who lives here has green fingers -

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won best beetroot in the local flower show.

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Really? I didn't know that.

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OK.

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I don't like the stairs in the dining room.

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But then I don't really want a dining room anyway, but what else would you do with this room?

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Well, I guess what we're talking about is that beyond there is that room that we've just been in,

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-so open this up, it would be a huge room.

-It would.

-Lots of light.

-Yeah.

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-But you'd still have the stairs.

-I guess you could block that off.

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That's the first sign that this could be a project for them. That wall's going.

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Do you know, that's not a bad idea, there are kind of...

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-How would you call them, almost spare rooms in this house.

-Yeah.

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OK.

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Small.

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But you could knock it.

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-I'm getting into knocking through.

-Into knocking all the way through.

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-Nice range.

-Yeah.

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But just not an entertaining kitchen.

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-That would be a great room, wouldn't it? All the way through.

-Yeah, it would be one great kitchen.

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All the way through, lots of light coming in. And a conservatory...

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-Like the back door, that's so sweet.

-Stable door.

-And then the conservatory, which is...

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I don't like conservatories very much.

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Flower beds, raised vegetable beds.

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-Just the job.

-Fab.

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-For my new country lifestyle.

-We could become self-sufficient.

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I could be Richard Briers and you could be... What's her name, she always used to win Bum of the Year?

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-What was her name?

-Felicity Kendal.

-Felicity Kendal!

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Perfect.

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-You look a bit like Felicity Kendal.

-WOLF WHISTLE

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I guess this would have been the eaves?

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The roof, yeah. Built into this.

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Because it was... I think it was a bungalow, wasn't it?

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They built into the roof, made it a chalet.

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Wow, that's a big bed.

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-Nice and light.

-That's a great room.

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-It is a nice room.

-Super view of the garden.

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-Urgh...

-Oh that's...

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I was going to say that's fabulous, and then I spotted that corner bit.

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But it's mostly fabulous. Good shower. Power shower - look.

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Oh, is it? I don't know.

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-It doesn't work for me, the bathroom, but...

-Why?

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It's just a bit dated.

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But it wouldn't take much to change it.

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Oh, it's fab.

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The dormer works really well.

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I like it, it makes it really light.

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With the right money spent on it,

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it's in a fabulous location, it could be a brilliant house.

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-Oh. Wow.

-Oh, dear.

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That's small.

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That is very small, isn't it?

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I suppose it's not ideal to have a bed with your head on the radiator.

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That doesn't work. And you couldn't have it in any other configuration.

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Simon, they could probably move the radiator.

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-Oh, what's this?

-Blimey.

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It's a corridor.

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I've never been on one, but it must be like being on a submarine.

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I'll have to walk down here sideways, I think.

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You have to press your nose against the wall and slide along.

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My goodness. Yeah, this is not for claustrophobic people.

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That's just the strangest thing I've ever seen.

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-Nice bedroom.

-It's a proper bedroom.

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It's a guest bedroom, isn't it?

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-I can't get my head round that corridor area.

-No.

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I think you've got to move the ridge of the roof

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and bring the whole thing towards the front of the house and create a much bigger area there.

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Upstairs bathroom.

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Good bathroom, it's a bathroom.

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You couldn't get a shower in here. There's nowhere to get a shower.

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A separate one, no. But then there's a shower in the...

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There's a shower head, but a shower cubicle you couldn't get here.

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What's wrong, Simon? You look all down.

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I was feeling up about the downstairs, but I'm feeling down about the upstairs.

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Come on.

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Right, Jeremy and Karen,

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I kind of got confused this morning when we were chatting,

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because you two are so relaxed about what you want,

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I'm not sure I've got it right.

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I hope, though, I did get it right with this space.

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Garden's great, absolutely brilliant. I think, just what we wanted.

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Space for Betty?

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-Betty could be a problem. So much vegetation.

-Swimming pool for her.

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-Can she swim?

-I think she could, yeah.

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We'll never find her, though, that's the thing.

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-It's a great garden, really pretty.

-What are your impressions of the house?

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The location may be a little bit too far out,

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but as far as the house goes it's a bit of a mish-mash.

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There's lots of good things about it but they are outweighed by the bad, particularly the upstairs.

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If this was a project,

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I think it would cost too much money to get it in the condition we want it in

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and the pain wouldn't be worth the gain, I don't think.

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-OK. Karen, would you agree?

-Absolutely.

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Which brings us on to... guess the price.

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OK, so you said your maximum budget was £750,000

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-including the work that needed to be done.

-Yeah.

0:17:560:17:59

OK. So who's good at this game, who would like to go first?

0:17:590:18:02

He'll be good at it.

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Do you know what, I haven't got a clue. I'll have a guess...

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525.

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-525,000, OK.

-Karen?

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I think it's a bit more than Jeremy said,

0:18:140:18:17

I think it's probably about 560.

0:18:170:18:19

560? OK, so around the same area.

0:18:190:18:22

Well, you're both not bad at it at all.

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However, you were wrong to say that he was better,

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because you are very close indeed.

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-It's on the market for £550,000.

-Is it?

0:18:310:18:34

Well, lucky for you there are two more properties,

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and the next one is my one.

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-Are you ready to see it?

-Absolutely.

-That way.

-Fantastic.

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Who really wants to spend months living in a pile of rubble?

0:18:450:18:48

Well, Jeremy and Karen, apparently.

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Although I don't think it would be too hard to sway them

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with this delightful cottage on the outskirts of Henley.

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Right, then, welcome to property number two.

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Now, I've brought you to Lower Assendon,

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just a mile or so outside of Henley.

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Now, I know you did say you wanted to be in Henley

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-but realistically, you said as well, it's quite expensive there.

-It is.

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Yeah. And so that's why we've brought you just outside.

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This place, has got a great cottagey feel,

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so what is your first impression?

0:19:150:19:17

-Even though we've got a hedge in the way you can see most of it.

-Really pretty, very nice.

-Love it.

0:19:170:19:22

Do you know this area at all?

0:19:220:19:23

A friend of mine lives down the road in Middle Assendon,

0:19:230:19:26

but I don't know this area up here, this is lovely.

0:19:260:19:29

Well, as you can see on the floor, there's lots of horsey poo.

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You get a lot of horsies up here, not so many cars.

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The other good news is five minutes down the road, apparently,

0:19:350:19:38

-there's a brilliant gastropub.

-Oh, great.

0:19:380:19:40

-Karen, you've brightened here.

-I really like it.

0:19:400:19:43

I hope the location is perfect and you go in and it melts your hearts.

0:19:430:19:47

-It does look very pretty.

-It looks fab.

-Do you want to go in?

0:19:470:19:50

Go on, see how you get on.

0:19:500:19:51

Oh, wow.

0:19:530:19:56

Oh, what a great kitchen.

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Wow, it's like a TARDIS.

0:19:580:20:00

-Oh, fab.

-That's lovely.

0:20:000:20:03

-I don't know where to look first.

-It's so nice, yeah.

0:20:030:20:05

How cosy is that? Nice Sunday lunches round here.

0:20:050:20:09

Fire going through the winter.

0:20:090:20:11

This looks like a very posh kitchen.

0:20:110:20:13

-It's fab.

-It's great, isn't it?

0:20:130:20:15

I'm overwhelmed. It's just gorgeous.

0:20:150:20:17

Yeah, really just fabulous.

0:20:170:20:21

I'd like to say, this is MY property.

0:20:210:20:23

Well, if you can dissuade Jeremy and Karen from buying it,

0:20:230:20:26

maybe you can put an offer in.

0:20:260:20:28

Oh, I can just imagine myself sitting on a chair with a cup of coffee.

0:20:280:20:31

That's a proper log burner.

0:20:310:20:34

-It's super.

-You don't often have books... Maybe.

0:20:340:20:39

And into the living room.

0:20:390:20:41

Very pretty. A little bit small, maybe?

0:20:410:20:44

Yeah, it is small.

0:20:440:20:46

-But really cosy.

-Lovely floor.

0:20:460:20:48

Really nice floor.

0:20:480:20:51

-And the doors are fair.

-Leading out to the patio.

0:20:510:20:54

-I don't see there's anything to do here.

-Well, there isn't.

0:20:540:20:57

It's all done. It's move in.

0:20:570:20:58

-I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

-Go on?

0:20:580:21:01

Well, they can just move in, but do they want that?

0:21:010:21:05

You want to, obviously.

0:21:050:21:06

I think I want to as well. Who wouldn't want to just move in here?

0:21:060:21:09

Very small garden.

0:21:090:21:11

There might be some more.

0:21:110:21:14

No, what you see is what you get.

0:21:140:21:16

I love it.

0:21:160:21:18

-But it's dinky, it's really dinky.

-It is very small.

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It's made for smaller people than us.

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They're not that big, these folk!

0:21:230:21:25

You're going to think Karen and Jeremy are giants walking through my house, but they're not.

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They're just normal-sized people.

0:21:310:21:33

-Ah!

-Another room.

-Another room.

0:21:350:21:38

-This is fabulous.

-Cosy.

0:21:380:21:41

-Another log burner.

-Again, it's small, but it's...

0:21:410:21:45

-Yeah.

-It's so cute and sweet.

0:21:450:21:49

She's made best use of the space here as well.

0:21:490:21:52

-Definitely, yeah.

-It's very nice.

0:21:520:21:54

Even though it's a cottage, it has those nice high ceilings.

0:21:540:21:57

-So Jeremy can walk on his tiptoes.

-So it doesn't feel claustrophobic.

0:21:570:22:01

-I guess this is the master bedroom.

-Look at that view.

0:22:050:22:09

-Oh, that's really pretty. My goodness, that's lovely.

-It's a lovely view.

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Look at that valley, stunning.

0:22:130:22:15

Oh! This is great.

0:22:160:22:18

That's the world's biggest key hole.

0:22:180:22:20

Through the keyhole...

0:22:200:22:21

Now I don't know which is the master.

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I guess the other one is, because this hasn't got the big wardrobes.

0:22:240:22:28

It's beautifully done.

0:22:280:22:29

-It is, it's lovely.

-Would you want to live here?

0:22:290:22:32

-I love the wall. Look at the wall, Jeremy.

-Yeah.

0:22:320:22:35

Very, very nice.

0:22:350:22:37

Oh, that's a surprise.

0:22:390:22:41

Cool.

0:22:420:22:43

Small...

0:22:450:22:47

-but beautifully...

-Perfectly-formed.

-..Yes.

0:22:470:22:50

It couldn't be a bedroom, could it?

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It has to be a study.

0:22:520:22:54

I could work in here quite happily, and stare out at that.

0:22:540:22:58

Whilst Jessica is still living here,

0:22:580:23:00

-I'm guessing that's the guest room, isn't it?

-Mm-hm.

0:23:000:23:03

Then when Jessica finally moves out,

0:23:030:23:05

her bedroom becomes the guest room and that goes back to being an office.

0:23:050:23:09

Oh!

0:23:100:23:12

-Cute bathroom. I thought it was a bedroom.

-Look at the toilet cistern.

0:23:120:23:16

-Oh that's lovely.

-My goodness.

0:23:160:23:18

-This is...

-There's only two bedrooms.

0:23:180:23:20

It's only two bedrooms, yeah.

0:23:200:23:22

Jeremy can't count. There are three bedrooms.

0:23:220:23:25

This property is sold as a three-bedroom cottage.

0:23:250:23:28

It is very beautiful.

0:23:280:23:29

It's like one of those Cape Cod houses,

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with all the boards and the wood and everything.

0:23:310:23:33

Simon, I thought I had them.

0:23:330:23:35

But do you know what? I still the think you'll have to big up your small house.

0:23:350:23:39

Now, you two, when you first walked in it was,

0:23:420:23:45

"Wow, this is beautiful, it's amazing."

0:23:450:23:47

Then suddenly, it all turned.

0:23:470:23:50

"It's so small!"

0:23:500:23:51

How big are you, please?

0:23:510:23:53

Well, he's quite big.

0:23:530:23:55

No, the house - absolutely beautiful.

0:23:550:23:58

I mean, just exquisite. Beautifully refurbished.

0:23:580:24:03

-Couldn't fault anything.

-No.

0:24:030:24:05

Apart from the fact, maybe half the size again would have been perfect.

0:24:050:24:10

The kitchen is absolutely perfect.

0:24:100:24:12

It is absolutely beautiful, the area is lovely as well.

0:24:120:24:15

The other thing I've discovered is you can't get your mobile phone here!

0:24:150:24:20

Is that a bad thing?

0:24:200:24:21

She wouldn't move here!

0:24:210:24:23

It would save you a fortune though, in the long run.

0:24:230:24:26

-We've just mentioned money there.

-But it is beautiful.

0:24:260:24:29

It is, it's absolutely gorgeous. It's guess the price time again.

0:24:290:24:32

-It's 1-0 to you.

-Yes.

0:24:320:24:34

The maximum budget is £750,000.

0:24:340:24:37

Who's going to go first this time?

0:24:370:24:39

Karen, you've got to go first.

0:24:390:24:41

-You've GOT to!

-I haven't got a clue.

0:24:410:24:44

-I think it's 725.

-OK.

0:24:440:24:49

Erm...

0:24:490:24:51

675.

0:24:510:24:52

-675?

-Yes.

0:24:520:24:54

725. All right then.

0:24:540:24:56

Karen, congratulations. You've won guess the price.

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You are the closest.

0:25:000:25:01

It's not just 2-0, you've actually won, because it's only out of three.

0:25:010:25:05

It's two out of three, Jeremy, sorry!

0:25:050:25:07

The price of this property is £745,000.

0:25:070:25:11

Wow. Yeah, it's beautiful.

0:25:110:25:14

It is a beautiful property. It's the location, you know. It's great.

0:25:140:25:19

We've shown you two properties.

0:25:190:25:20

-Now, then.

-OK, this is a problem.

0:25:200:25:22

-Here's a tricky one.

-We just can't agree.

0:25:220:25:24

So, I've picked a wild card that I think is ideal for you guys... and Simon's picked another one.

0:25:240:25:29

THEY LAUGH

0:25:290:25:31

So, what we thought is, would you guys like to pick the wild card?

0:25:310:25:37

-I'd like that.

-Bet we don't agree!

-Let's see.

-We'd like to do that.

0:25:370:25:41

We won't tell you where they are, but they are in a very similar location.

0:25:410:25:45

Here's my choice.

0:25:450:25:46

-Quite a modern, but absolutely fabulous place, I believe.

-Yeah.

-OK?

0:25:460:25:51

-Mine is very different.

-That again is beautiful.

0:25:510:25:53

Big deep breath in...

0:25:530:25:54

Which one's up for this one?

0:25:540:25:57

-Go on.

-I think...

-Oh!

-Oh, no!

0:25:570:26:01

Just because that looks a lot bigger.

0:26:010:26:05

Who wears the trousers in this family? Hands up for my one.

0:26:050:26:09

So, which one's it going to be?

0:26:090:26:11

-We'll have to have a decision off you guys, cos we can't decide.

-Jeremy can choose.

0:26:110:26:16

Oh, that's a tough one.

0:26:160:26:17

-As long as he chooses that one!

-Jeremy?

0:26:170:26:21

Is that going to be the wild card?

0:26:210:26:23

That's far more interesting.

0:26:230:26:25

-OK, we'll go and see that one.

-Oooh!

0:26:250:26:29

-You had no choice, did you?

-My wild card is this way, come along!

0:26:290:26:33

I knew they'd go for my wild card. It's got Jeremy and Karen written all over it - well, not literally.

0:26:360:26:41

I reckon I've built up a pretty good picture

0:26:410:26:44

of what I think they want

0:26:440:26:45

and it's all here in this big house in Twyford.

0:26:450:26:48

You decided to choose the wild card of my choice, and here it is.

0:26:480:26:54

We've brought you to Twyford,

0:26:540:26:55

just along the river from Henley-on-Thames.

0:26:550:26:58

Do you know this area?

0:26:580:26:59

Very well. I was brought up here.

0:26:590:27:01

Oh, bringing you back to the family manor.

0:27:010:27:03

But what about the house, what are you thinking?

0:27:030:27:07

It looks great. It looks fab.

0:27:070:27:09

Nice clean lines.

0:27:090:27:11

-I like the symmetry, with the two ends matching.

-OK.

0:27:110:27:15

And that's extraordinary really,

0:27:150:27:17

because if you look along the house from that end to that end,

0:27:170:27:20

this end is 100 years old, and that end is two years old.

0:27:200:27:24

-I'd never have known.

-It's very, very well done.

-Really well.

0:27:240:27:29

Jeremy, when we showed you the wild cards, you liked the look of my one,

0:27:290:27:32

-so what do you think of this place?

-It looks nice, it does look nice.

0:27:320:27:36

They've done a lot of work to it

0:27:360:27:37

and I'll be interested to look around it. It looks good.

0:27:370:27:40

I bet you'll be interested to look around.

0:27:400:27:43

-You spotted something when you were just looking at the pictures, didn't you?

-Yeah.

0:27:430:27:47

When you showed me the brochure, it had a wild red kitchen.

0:27:470:27:52

You think you're going to find something very contemporary?

0:27:520:27:55

-Why don't you go and find out? Get in there.

-Thank you.

0:27:550:27:58

Thank you.

0:27:580:28:00

-Wow.

-Wow. Very modern.

0:28:000:28:02

-This is really funky.

-Yep.

0:28:020:28:04

Oh, great.

0:28:040:28:06

-Wow.

-The kitchen.

0:28:060:28:08

Fabulous.

0:28:080:28:10

Oh, I like this.

0:28:100:28:12

This is so cool.

0:28:120:28:14

-You wouldn't need to change this at all.

-That's our fridge.

0:28:140:28:18

-Look, a beer fridge.

-That's OUR fridge.

0:28:180:28:20

-Oh, this is super. I love it.

-Great kitchen.

0:28:200:28:24

I think I've finally worked them out.

0:28:240:28:26

-You have?

-I hope so.

0:28:260:28:28

I think you have, actually.

0:28:280:28:29

This is so cool.

0:28:290:28:32

It's a radiator...

0:28:340:28:36

This is fab.

0:28:380:28:40

I'm not sure I like that, though.

0:28:400:28:43

That would have to come down.

0:28:430:28:44

And out to the garden.

0:28:440:28:47

Which is small.

0:28:470:28:49

Is this a small garden, Rani? Am I sitting in the same place?

0:28:490:28:53

-Oh! I like this.

-How about that?

0:28:530:28:58

This is so cool.

0:28:580:28:59

Of course, they'd have to leave all the furniture.

0:28:590:29:02

And all these funky things that they have.

0:29:020:29:04

Oh, this is lovely.

0:29:040:29:06

It's very light, isn't it?

0:29:060:29:08

Oh, look at that. Oh, that's fab.

0:29:100:29:14

-It's really minimalist and lovely.

-Lie there and stare up through to the sky.

0:29:140:29:19

-Do you know what they've done well here, Rani?

-What, Simon?

0:29:190:29:22

They've extended out from this living room, the original living room from the 1907 house,

0:29:220:29:28

but they've put on a fantastic lantern glass roof,

0:29:280:29:32

therefore they haven't created the cave, which people often do, at the back of the living room.

0:29:320:29:37

-And another door.

-OK.

0:29:370:29:39

-Fab. I keep saying that.

-Very nice.

-There's this thing about this house that I keep saying fab.

0:29:390:29:43

Good size for an office.

0:29:430:29:45

Fab. I've said it again.

0:29:450:29:48

-Another great radiator. I really like this.

-There's glass blocks behind there.

0:29:480:29:53

-I don't know what they do.

-Is there a light there?

0:29:530:29:55

-The radiators are a statement, aren't they?

-Yeah.

0:29:550:29:58

They're trying to almost make it look like art.

0:29:580:30:02

Oh, this is so nice.

0:30:020:30:03

This has very recently been done.

0:30:050:30:07

-Do you like this gallery-type landing?

-It is really nice.

-Very nice.

0:30:070:30:12

-A little bedroom.

-This is where you see the old part of the house again. Beams coming through.

0:30:120:30:17

Good idea. There's no red wine up here!

0:30:170:30:20

It's not huge but it's really nicely done.

0:30:200:30:24

-It's a decent sized room.

-I like the doors.

0:30:240:30:26

-So the first bedroom you come to...

-Mm-hm?

0:30:260:30:29

..decent size, just about a double bedroom.

0:30:290:30:31

But we've only just started.

0:30:310:30:33

So this would be... Is that an en suite in there?

0:30:350:30:38

-Yeah.

-So this would be the master maybe, or a guest?

0:30:380:30:41

Maybe there are two en suites?

0:30:410:30:44

Great. Lovely and light.

0:30:440:30:46

Oh, I've never seen...

0:30:460:30:48

-Is that wooden?

-A wooden sink.

0:30:480:30:50

That is fantastic.

0:30:500:30:53

They asked for en suites. You give them how many in the first property?

0:30:530:30:56

-One.

-I gave them?

-None.

0:30:560:30:59

-So far in this property we've had one.

-Yeah.

-Will there be any more?

0:30:590:31:03

Oh!

0:31:030:31:05

I thought it was a bedroom.

0:31:050:31:08

It's not, but it's a very nice bathroom.

0:31:080:31:11

The usual suspects.

0:31:110:31:13

-That's a Jacuzzi.

-Oh, is it?

-Yeah.

0:31:130:31:16

Great sink.

0:31:160:31:17

-Nice granite.

-Granite surfaces.

-Good floor.

-Again, everything is done nicely, isn't it?

0:31:170:31:22

With a house like this, you've got to have the Jacuzzi bath, haven't you?

0:31:220:31:26

When we were kids we didn't have a Jacuzzi. If we wanted bubbles...

0:31:260:31:30

OK.

0:31:310:31:32

Again, that's quite small.

0:31:330:31:36

But it's got a double bed.

0:31:360:31:38

I think you'd struggle to get a wardrobe in here.

0:31:380:31:42

-Could you not have one built in to make that shape?

-It's not very deep. It's very shallow there.

-OK.

-But...

0:31:420:31:49

But, yeah, it's a small bedroom.

0:31:490:31:52

-I would have thought they would have a cupboard in here, actually.

-Where?

0:31:520:31:56

Behind here?

0:31:560:31:58

-Is it?

-There we go.

-How clever is that?

-There we go.

0:31:590:32:04

-They found it.

-The mirror's a wardrobe?

-Isn't that clever?

-I would never have guessed it.

0:32:040:32:09

Oh, oh, oh.

0:32:090:32:11

This is lovely.

0:32:120:32:14

-Now, there's a wardrobe.

-That is a heck of a wardrobe.

0:32:140:32:19

It's even big enough for you, I think.

0:32:190:32:22

Oh, that's lovely.

0:32:240:32:26

Great shape off the roof... ceiling there. It's certainly got the wow factor.

0:32:260:32:31

The master bedroom is a statement, isn't it?

0:32:310:32:36

Floor-to-ceiling wardrobe space, massive double bed. Just around the corner...

0:32:360:32:41

-This is a super bathroom.

-Oh, yeah.

0:32:410:32:44

A wet room, it's a wet room.

0:32:440:32:46

-I really don't like wet rooms.

-No?

0:32:460:32:48

If you had a wet room, surely you would have to be wiping down the loo all the time?

0:32:480:32:53

Cos it would be wet!

0:32:530:32:54

-Are they sprays?

-Looks like a cheese grater.

0:32:560:32:59

I'm sure it's not.

0:32:590:33:01

Right, Simon, this place, it's definitely got the wow factor.

0:33:010:33:04

Can they afford it?

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What, you mean the designer element of this place?

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The quality of finish? The space? The brightness?

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-Can they afford it?

-Come on - I'll tell you.

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Not really what you expected from a house built in 1907, was it?

0:33:170:33:21

No. Very contemporary, really nicely done.

0:33:210:33:24

A real surprise. Beautifully finished.

0:33:240:33:27

-Great attention to detail.

-It is.

0:33:270:33:29

Real good quality stuff in there as well, all the fixtures and fittings

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were hand-picked by the owners.

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Yeah, particularly the kitchen and the hallway. They were real wow factors.

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You had a lot of wows when you were going round.

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Sorry about that!

0:33:420:33:43

This is fab. You were loving it.

0:33:430:33:47

I think it's sort of 80, 90%.

0:33:470:33:50

It's, um... The finish, as we said, is great. I'm not sure about the location.

0:33:500:33:55

It's neither here nor there. It's neither in a town or in the country.

0:33:550:33:59

It's just on the outskirts of Twyford,

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-so it's not really walking distance to the station, for example.

-Right.

0:34:010:34:05

A bit worried about that, and the garage is not really a garage.

0:34:050:34:09

It's very small. So, little things like that.

0:34:090:34:12

OK, all right, then. Well, why don't we find out how much this place costs?

0:34:120:34:18

-That might change your mind on it.

-Right.

0:34:180:34:20

-Jeremy, you've lost Guess The Price.

-I have.

0:34:200:34:23

You could redeem yourself, if you like.

0:34:230:34:26

OK. I'll be scratching my head.

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I'm going to go for...

0:34:270:34:30

-725.

-725.

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-Your maximum budget is £750,000.

-Yes.

0:34:340:34:37

Karen, what do you think this place is? You're so good at this.

0:34:370:34:40

-Why don't you tell Jeremy the right price.

-I don't think I'm going to guess this one. I think 735.

0:34:400:34:46

735. A little bit higher than Jeremy's there.

0:34:460:34:49

-All right, then.

-It's a whitewash.

0:34:490:34:51

-3-0!

-Did I?!

-3-0!

0:34:510:34:55

I'm afraid so. This place is actually on the market, you know,

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bearing in mind the quality of the finish and the living space in there, at £750,000 exactly.

0:34:580:35:04

Yeah, they've spent a lot of money on it. I can see that.

0:35:040:35:07

Anyway, we've now shown you three very different houses.

0:35:070:35:11

-Very different today.

-Yeah, I think they are.

0:35:110:35:14

-So which one do you like most...

-We'll find out.

-..and want to test-drive?

0:35:140:35:18

Why don't you go and take yourselves off, make that decision? Off you go.

0:35:180:35:22

-We'll see you in a moment.

-Yeah.

-And while they're off...

-A recap for you at home.

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This picky pair are very hard to please,

0:35:260:35:28

and as quirky as it is,

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I don't think we will be heading back to my property,

0:35:300:35:33

despite the fantastic garden,

0:35:330:35:35

in a village location.

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It was way under budget at...

0:35:360:35:38

I thought I was on to a winner.

0:35:400:35:42

My property had wows from the minute they walked through the door,

0:35:420:35:45

but unfortunately they found the negatives

0:35:450:35:48

and I'm not sure they'll even want to head back there.

0:35:480:35:51

It was under budget at...

0:35:510:35:52

..which only leaves my wild card.

0:35:540:35:56

Yes, that's MY wild card.

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Huge amounts of space, the desired number of en suites,

0:35:580:36:01

and despite what they said, a very good sized garden.

0:36:010:36:04

They've got to go for this one. Bang on the money too at...

0:36:040:36:07

This is a turn-up for the books.

0:36:150:36:17

They didn't want to test-drive yours or mine, or the wild card.

0:36:170:36:21

They asked to see the fourth property, wild card number two.

0:36:210:36:24

Right then, you two. Normally now I should be saying to you,

0:36:240:36:27

"Oh, you've decided to test-drive this property." But you haven't even seen this one!

0:36:270:36:32

This is what I offered as a wild card, and Karen, you were adamant

0:36:320:36:36

-that you wanted Simon's. Jeremy, you did quite like this one.

-I did.

0:36:360:36:40

So we finally got you here and you decided to test-drive this one?

0:36:400:36:43

-Yeah.

-You have completely thrown us...

0:36:430:36:46

We've shown you three fantastic properties, very different, and none of them were good enough.

0:36:460:36:51

So now you want to test drive this one. I'm nervous.

0:36:510:36:56

-They were all lovely properties, none of them I don't think was exactly perfect.

-Right.

0:36:560:37:02

They all had great features, and there were things about each of them

0:37:020:37:06

that were fabulous, but we thought this one was so cute that we'd just have to come and see this one too.

0:37:060:37:11

Well, actually we're quite glad you're seeing a fourth property

0:37:110:37:15

because we don't know what you want. We really don't. Hopefully we'll get a clue from this place.

0:37:150:37:20

We've already pre-empted you a little bit

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because we had our mystery To Buy Or Not To Buy Surveyor on hand,

0:37:220:37:25

as we always do, and he's given this place the quick once-over.

0:37:250:37:29

-OK.

-He's come up with some pretty interesting stuff.

0:37:290:37:32

He really has. Got to say first, it's not legally binding so if you love this property and buy,

0:37:320:37:37

you will have to get your own survey done.

0:37:370:37:39

OK. You haven't even been in there yet and I'm going to tell you the bad points. The windows.

0:37:390:37:45

An old property, they've rotted away,

0:37:450:37:47

so if you were going to buy this property, you would have to get them replaced -

0:37:470:37:51

they're not double glazed, you could swap them for double glazed but keep it within the old style.

0:37:510:37:57

So, it's maybe not the biggest problem, but it is something you're going to have to consider.

0:37:570:38:02

-The other thing to bear in mind, if you look up, little bits of greenery growing out of the gutter.

-Yeah.

0:38:020:38:07

In this corner there's a problem, with ivy intruding into the gutter,

0:38:070:38:11

and that has caused a bit of damp problem.

0:38:110:38:14

You'd need to get your gutters cleared out.

0:38:140:38:16

Whilst you're up there, get the valleys checked and this flat roof.

0:38:170:38:20

-Better safe than sorry.

-Yeah. Have we completely put you off? No. Have we?

-It looks really pretty.

0:38:200:38:27

-Beautiful. Amazing.

-Well, tell you what, then.

-Didn't know it was here.

0:38:270:38:31

You wouldn't. It's tucked away beautifully. Get in there

0:38:310:38:34

and enjoy it, and maybe we'll get some idea about what they like.

0:38:340:38:38

-So off you go.

-OK.

0:38:380:38:40

Oh, my... This is... Look at the floor.

0:38:440:38:47

-I wonder if that fire is...

-That's a real one.

0:38:500:38:53

It is?

0:38:530:38:55

Oh, that's lovely.

0:38:550:38:56

Oh, cute kitchen.

0:38:580:38:59

Oh, a study. HE LAUGHS

0:39:040:39:07

-Oh.

-Oh, that's lovely.

0:39:090:39:12

Isn't it?

0:39:120:39:13

Now I've just gone past a staircase, so this is another staircase upstairs.

0:39:130:39:18

-Sit here and warm your hands.

-We could sit here and toast marshmallows.

0:39:220:39:27

Oh, this is huge.

0:39:270:39:29

A huge, huge bathroom.

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Huge!

0:39:340:39:35

-Absolutely lovely.

-Isn't it nice to feel the bare essence?

0:39:380:39:41

Sit up here.

0:39:450:39:46

It's great.

0:39:470:39:48

-Wow!

-Oh, this bathroom's super.

0:39:510:39:55

-It's another enormous room in here.

-I love this.

0:39:550:39:58

Oh, back into the hallway.

0:39:580:40:00

Oh, and a cute room here.

0:40:000:40:02

Time for daughter Jess to give her verdict.

0:40:020:40:04

- Hello, you. - Hi.

0:40:040:40:07

Hello. Come on in.

0:40:070:40:10

-It's huge.

-It's huge, isn't it?

0:40:120:40:14

Absolutely massive.

0:40:140:40:16

-Lots of cupboard space.

-Loads.

0:40:160:40:18

We finally test drove wild card number two.

0:40:210:40:25

Now I'm going to ask Jess, Jess, how was it?

0:40:250:40:28

-I really liked it.

-Yeah?

-Yeah, I did.

0:40:280:40:31

-Any idea what your folks want in a home? We haven't got a clue!

-We've given up.

0:40:310:40:35

I think the hard thing is they both want different things.

0:40:350:40:40

Thank you for saying that!

0:40:400:40:42

I think Dad would be looking for something

0:40:420:40:46

that would be in a town, perhaps, and Mum maybe more countryside.

0:40:460:40:53

But this has got elements, you know, of period property as well.

0:40:530:40:58

I don't know. This might be one they liked.

0:40:580:41:00

One piece of information they might not have given you or your dad won't have given you,

0:41:000:41:06

it was 3-0 on Guess The Price to your mum.

0:41:060:41:11

He was no good at all. We're going to give you one last chance here, mate, to redeem yourself.

0:41:110:41:16

A late consolation goal, it's definitely 750.

0:41:160:41:20

Definitely 750. Very confident.

0:41:200:41:23

-745.

-745.

0:41:230:41:26

-Jess, go on, how much do you think this property's on the market for?

-I think 760.

0:41:260:41:33

I love this game so much!

0:41:330:41:35

Did I win?

0:41:350:41:37

Jess won.

0:41:370:41:39

-After all that, she came in and stole your thunder.

-At least I beat Karen.

0:41:410:41:46

You get nothing for second, mate.

0:41:460:41:49

This property's on the market at £775,000.

0:41:490:41:53

Now, it is over your budget, but we wanted to show you something with the charm we thought you'd like.

0:41:530:41:59

Did it do it for you?

0:41:590:42:01

It's definitely got the charm. It's a beautiful property.

0:42:010:42:05

It's quirky. It's got character, I know the area very well.

0:42:050:42:08

It's very close to the station, good supermarkets and stuff like that.

0:42:080:42:13

-I can hear a but coming.

-I know.

0:42:130:42:15

So should we ask the question then? Should we ask the question?

0:42:150:42:19

We've done a lot of spying, but we want to know about buying. To buy or not to buy?

0:42:190:42:23

I'm sorry, you've worked so hard, and it's been great,

0:42:230:42:27

and I'm so sorry for you, but, no, we didn't see anything.

0:42:270:42:31

We even threw an extra property in!

0:42:310:42:34

I know, but... yes, we didn't see anything that we just loved.

0:42:340:42:39

Are you any closer? Have you thought, "I definitely do not want that

0:42:390:42:43

"and I know what I do want now?" Have we helped in any way?

0:42:430:42:48

-You have. You've been absolutely...

-Without a doubt.

-We have. We've ticked four houses off the list.

0:42:480:42:53

And listen, whilst you were in here test-driving the place,

0:42:550:42:59

we decided to put more leg work in,

0:42:590:43:01

we still don't know what you want, but any way we got you them, you may as well go to them.

0:43:010:43:05

Jess, find something you like.

0:43:050:43:07

-It's been an pleasure to meet you all.

-Thank you very much.

0:43:070:43:10

-Good luck, I really do hope you find your perfect property.

-Cheers, guys.

-Come on then, take care. Bye.

-Bye.

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