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Derbyshire Dales

Property series. Simon O'Brien and Jonny Benarr savour the delights of the Derbyshire Dales whilst trying to find a new home for a couple with tricky requirements.


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Good morning, and welcome to To Buy Or Not To Buy.

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The programme that unites searching souls with the home of their dreams.

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-Today, we're...

-Whoa, excuse me!

-What's going on here, lads?

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-I thought you'd been told.

-Told what?

-You've been sacked.

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Something about "infantile antics".

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Now, if you don't mind, we've got work to do!

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Today we're in the delightful Derbyshire Dales.

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On the Crich Tramway to be precise.

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-Digging deep in our property pockets to show our house hunters three properties...

-One of which...

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-They can try before they buy! Hello!

-Indeed.

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And we may be in for a bumpy ride.

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And not just because of this tram!

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So sit tight and enjoy the ride.

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So local lads Jacob and Evan reckon this presenting lark is child's play, do they?

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Yeah, well, it's not anyway, so there!

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Anyway, I want to tell you about A&E nurse Phil,

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his childhood sweetheart Sarah and their family,

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who are struggling to overcome a little-documented affliction.

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-Yes, it's known as "newhouseitis", Simon.

-Correct.

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Their new build's location and lack of character is beginning to get on top of them.

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-Also as Sarah works from home, she'd like to be able to do without waking up young daughter Lily.

-Aw!

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And with son Josh starting school soon, the pressure's on for us to find a property remedy

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for the Sedden family that will cure all their ailments.

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Phil, Sarah, you've got a perfectly lovely house. Why are we moving?

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I want some features. I'm sick of square rooms

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and small bedrooms, small kitchen...

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so I want something a bit more traditional or something...or wood.

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Location-wise... where would you prefer to be?

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Josh starts school in six months in Ashover.

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-We'd love to afford to live in Ashover, wouldn't we?

-You keep mentioning Ashover, yes!

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But we think past Ashover and perhaps the Matlock area,

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-cos it's rural round the outside, but then it's a little town centre.

-OK.

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So Ashover's the dream but you're prepared to compromise a little bit on location

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-to get the right kind of house.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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It's not just Josh, though, is it? You've got...

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-Lily.

-Little Lily as well.

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So that means therefore minimum three bedrooms.

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Yeah, three decent bedrooms. At the minute we've got four, but two are quite small,

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so we'd like three decent ones instead.

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-Which is always a bit of a challenge because...

-And somewhere for Sarah to work.

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-Cos Sarah works from home as well.

-Ah!

-OK.

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-Now the plot thickens!

-It does indeed. There's rooms spouting up everywhere, isn't there?

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So come on, anything else? What springs to mind?

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A bigger kitchen, a dining-kitchen... a bigger garden.

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-As long as... This sounds really picky!

-No, no, no! We'd already worked out you're picky!

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-Come on!

-So long as it's not above the height of the roof.

-Yeah, cos we seen one house

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-and the garden is higher than the house.

-Yeah.

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-What's the budget?

-The budget was originally £250,000,

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and then when we've been looking ourselves, we realised that that's completely unrealistic

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-for what we want in the area, so it's...

-Gone down!

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No, it hasn't! Oh, no, it hasn't! You're not moving if it's gone down!

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So we're looking for round about 300.

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So we're looking for a fabulous property, character property,

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-here in Derbyshire, lots of bedrooms, big, flat garden...

-Going down.

-Going down...

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-And the moon on a stick! We better get going!

-Or I've got a star in my pocket!

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-We'll see you later.

-See you.

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I get the feeling, Jonny, this is going to be a tricky one.

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Absolutely. £300,000 is not going to go very far in the Derbyshire Dales, that is a fact!

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I'm going to go and speak to my local estate agents and see if we can help them find their dream home.

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-Hey, talking of dreams! I'd a dream last night, you were in it.

-Really? What was I wearing?

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-Don't answer that!

-The Dales.

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The Derbyshire Dales are just south of Chesterfield and north of Derby.

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The area around Matlock is all steep-sided valleys, rolling hills and meandering rivers.

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It makes for chocolate-box countryside. Speaking of which,

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it gets chock-a-block with tourists over the holidays. Oh, yes...

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-and pretty places come at a price.

-Indeed they do.

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On that note, how far would the Seddens' £300k budget

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stretch in other hilly spots around the UK?

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-SCOTTISH ACCENT:

-Well, you come hame to Killen in the Highlands!

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This stone-built three-bedder has an open fire which will take the wee chill off your bones!

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-YORKSHIRE ACCENT:

-How about this cottage in the Yorkshire Dales? Three bedrooms, country kitchen,

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and roll-top bath in the bathroom on the market for...

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I'm not even going to try the Welsh accent!

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You could skedaddle to Snowdonia and relax in this refurbished residence.

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One lovely view, two summer houses, and three bedrooms.

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Our couple are after three bedrooms. They want a nice-size kitchen,

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and ideally want to be in Ashover. Now, is that realistic when they've got a budget of £300,000?

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Ashover is quite an expensive place to live.

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If you could tell me your dream home... Picture it for me, come on. Picture your dream home.

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We all hanker after something.

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Very roomy, lots of glass.

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-Very...minimal inside.

-Oh, right?

-Mmm.

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I would recommend to your family that they actually start somewhere like Darley Dale or Matlock,

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and then work their way towards Ashover, because property in Ashover is very expensive.

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-Florida.

-Florida? And what does the place look like?

-Have you never been?

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No, not Florida!

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Once you get in Ashover, you don't leave it. It's a kind of family network...

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16th century stone farmhouse in either Derbyshire Dales or the Yorkshire Dales.

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Matlock, you get more value for money, a bigger house, more garden, a lot more to offer.

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-You're kind of living the dream already.

-Yeah, I suppose so.

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Well, I'm married, so it's not a total dream!

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Is that being recorded?

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Oh, this is it, isn't it, Jonny?

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I've been up dale, down dale... Isn't this beautiful? Beautiful!

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-I've nothing better to do than stand around here waiting.

-How have you got on?

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All right, actually. Property-wise, very well.

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Property number 1 is an absolute dream. It is a detached three-bedroom stone cottage,

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-brimming with character features, all the space they want internally, just not sure on the garden.

-Ah!

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I'm not sure on the garden of property 2 either. But it will trump property 1 for one simple reason.

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Location is all, Jonny! Listen and learn. It is a perfect spot, character features

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and the view is even better than that. That's property 2.

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-No compromises with that property?

-Maybe.

-I thought so.

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Right, property 3 today, the wild card, is a winner. There we go!

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It's gorgeous. It's everything they wanted. It's fair to say it's beyond their wildest dreams...

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-and possibly beyond their budget.

-That's why it's the wild card.

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-Talking about dreams, you know that dream I had last night?

-Stop! Start the tour of property 1.

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Welcome to my choice, property number 1.

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A divine detached cottage in Bolehill just north of Wirksworth.

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-It's pretty as a picture, has three bedrooms...

-Is there a study for Sarah?

-There's options.

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Don't you worry about that. Pray silence to enjoy that heavenly view!

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Right, then, Sarah, Phil, here we are at my choice, property 1.

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We are in the lovely village of Bolehill, just outside of Wirksworth.

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So before I get your reactions on the property, I want to get your reaction on location. How is this?

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-It's a great location.

-It's good, yeah.

-Yeah?

-The view's stunning out there.

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It's a little bit far for Josh's school, but it is a nice area.

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Do you know what I was thinking, though, with this place? Home-schooling!

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That's the answer. You'll be fine with that. Don't you worry about it.

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You'd have to go through Matlock to get to Ashover from here. About six miles?

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-Yeah.

-Yeah, roughly.

-Yeah.

-So it's doable.

-Yeah.

-Yeah, yeah.

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What are your first impressions just on the property?

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-The property I really like.

-Double-glazed windows.

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But I love the cottage. I like the size and how big the property is.

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You were talking about character features. This place has got them in abundance.

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It does have an Achilles heel which I'm very conscious of.

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However I think there's enough going on inside the property

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to cancel that out, I hope, fingers crossed.

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-Get inside and have a look around.

-Yes.

-Go on. Go on, then. Enjoy.

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Look! I like the floor.

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That's nice.

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-Good start there, Jonny! They love the floor.

-Quarry-tile flooring, happy days!

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I do like the beams but it's really low, the kitchen, compared to that bit there.

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You bring them to a lovely period cottage and the ceilings are a bit low!

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It's a cottage! It's a cottage!

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Yeah, it's really narrow. I'm not liking the kitchen at all.

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Did I...? I told you they were going to be tricky, didn't I?

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I presume this isn't the lounge.

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-This is a dining room, I think.

-Look at these...

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-above the windows.

-They're nice. I like those.

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It's definitely got character, I'll give him that!

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-Oh, she's giving you something!

-What's that?

-It's got character!

-Of course! It's hundreds of years old!

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-Oh, an open fire!

-Oh, Sarah, how warm that feels. That's what we wanted, a nice open fire.

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But I think it's a little bit too small.

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-It's our main living area.

-We wouldn't fit the sofa in here, would we?

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-It's all right, though. Honestly, it's more than adequate for what they need.

-It's too small!

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I don't even think we'd fit our TV in this room!

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Do not buy a house around the size of your television. How about that one?

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Oh, this is an interesting room.

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-Sort of...

-It's like a little den, more than a bedroom.

-Yeah, a den for Josh.

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-Look at this big open space at the top of the stairs.

-I wasn't expecting that.

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Josh would be wanting this.

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-Yeah, I'm not sure, though, cos we've got to walk through it, haven't we?

-Yeah.

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-So I'm not quite sure what we would use it for.

-The other space it could be is your work.

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Oh, it's a bathroom.

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-It's a bit small.

-Not sure about the colour either.

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Nobody wants too much space, do they? Then you've got to fill that space with clutter

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and materials things. We're transient, we don't need belongings.

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-That's a little bit bigger, the bedroom.

-That's a better size.

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-The kids will certainly be fighting over whose bedroom this is.

-Who's going to get this bedroom.

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-Now you see! They're starting to brighten, mate.

-Yes!

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This is the main bedroom. This is a decent size.

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-I like the little window.

-If you can bend down!

-Yeah.

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-Window there.

-What's through this door?

-Aha!

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-Nice en suite.

-I'm happy with the en suite.

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That a nice little feature which you don't normally get in a cottage.

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I'm disappointed if I'm honest. I thought they were going to walk into this place,

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into a detached property, nonetheless, and be really blown away by it.

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We're providing extra rooms that they didn't ask for. The landing would be a perfect office for Sarah.

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-And yet they're not feeling the love at all for this.

-No.

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Come on, Phil and Sarah. Come and join us! Don't be afraid. There's nothing to worry about up here.

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Oh, really? Oh, really? I'll tell you what, right? I thought the only killers here was this garden

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being multi-tiered which isn't that child-friendly.

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-I got the feeling you just didn't find the space you wanted.

-No.

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-It's very quirky.

-That is what you asked for.

-Yeah, I love the steps,

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but inside it's just not doing it for me.

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I guess the point is that we're starting to get an idea why you have had difficulty finding a place...

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it's to find that space with the budget may prove a bit tricky. Yeah? Anyway...

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your budget is £300,000, that's what we've got to play with. It's now guess-the-price time.

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How much for Jonny's property, detached, beautiful period cottage. Who's going to go first?

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Go on, then, I'll go.

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-I'll say 295.

-OK.

-289.

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-Do you know what? £245,000.

-Oh!

-On the nose!

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That might need a rethink!

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-Ah?

-We've got the money then to do the stuff we've got, if it's under budget, so that's an option.

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So what do you think of that price, then, on reflection?

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It's under stamp duty which is saving you money.

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I'm warming to the property!

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OK, but don't warm too much because we've still got two more to see.

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First of all we've got property 2, my choice, which is back down those steps there. Go on. After you.

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If I was to take the temperature of property number 2, I would say it was pretty hot!

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It's in Ashover, exactly where they want to live. Oh, and what can that be?

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-It's Josh's future school, a mere 322 METRES away.

-Looks a bit small for a family of four, though, Simon.

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And can you please stop overemphasising words? It's a bit OLD HAT!

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OK, you lovely couple. Now I thought Jonny's choice, property 1, was a lovely house.

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-So did I!

-Oh, you deconstructed that place!

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Reading between the lines, I think the problem really was location. Fair?

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-Yeah.

-OK, yeah.

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So for my choice, property 2, I've brought you to a village that was mentioned...Ashover. Do we know it?

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-Yeah.

-Sarah wants to go.

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Look at the smiles now!

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Location, how am I doing?

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Yeah.

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-Two thumbs up?

-Yeah, it's delightful, a brilliant location. Just what we wanted.

-OK...

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-Watch and learn. The property...

-I will! I will watch, my friend, I will watch.

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-The property...what about this place?

-It's a nice traditional, cottagey feel from the outside,

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-which is what we're looking for.

-Mm-hm.

-I love it!

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-You're just smiling! Sarah's just smiling! This is a good-looking smile, you see!

-Yeah.

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So perfect location, beautiful-looking house, gorgeous views.

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-There has to be a compromise, doesn't there?

-And there is! Tell them!

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No, I won't tell them. You'll find out as you look round this place.

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Get in and enjoy it before the rain starts!

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Straight into the kitchen.

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-A little bit small, but...

-A small kitchen.

-It's a kitchen-diner, you could say,

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cos the dining room would just be in there.

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-I like the floor.

-Yeah. It's actually a nice kitchen.

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The kitchen's nice as well.

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It's amazing how forgiving people are when they're in the place they want to be. It's a small kitchen!

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Hopefully this is the dining room and not the living room.

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-Which has got a log burner which is really nice, isn't it, for the dining room?

-Yeah.

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Look at that cracking view if you're having something to eat,

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-straight out through that window.

-Beautiful view.

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-Leads straight into the living room.

-Ah, so this is the living room?

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-Nice big square, isn't it?

-It's a lot bigger than the last one.

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-A lot bigger! You can hear the echo!

-It'll look bigger because there's no furniture in it! That's why!

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Look at that feature above the doorway.

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Very nice.

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-This is a big room.

-Bedroom.

-Yeah.

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And a fantastic view.

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Yeah, look at that. Waking up every morning to that!

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-Good-sized double bedroom, that.

-Yeah, lovely. Nice and bright. Great views of the valley.

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Oh! Another big bedroom.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-That's nearly the same size, isn't it, as the...?

-Yeah, so that's two good bedrooms.

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-Aha! The bathroom! This is nice. This is a lot bigger...

-Bigger and brighter than the last one.

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Not quite sure about the crazy ceiling, but...

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-Quite nice.

-I suppose we could put that right.

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What other treats has Simon got up his sleeve? Cos it's going brilliantly so far.

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He wouldn't let them down at the last minute, would he?

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This looks like it may have been the compromise Simon was talking about.

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I don't really think this is a third bedroom! I definitely don't think we'd be able to fit a bed in here!

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Let's go and see Simon, so I can strangle him!

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Lovely place, isn't it? Cor, it would be perfect if you had one child!

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-Oh...

-But, fortunately, it's got a child-friendly garden...

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-Oh...

-LAUGHTER

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-Any garden...

-The location is in the right place, though.

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That's all right, then. Just get rid of one of your kids!

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-We can't do that!

-No, you can't, no.

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What do you think, though? Lovely house. Great location-wise, of course. Smaller downstairs,

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but that didn't faze you because you're in the location you want.

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-This third bedroom is the issue, isn't it? Let's talk some practical problems.

-OK.

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First of all, there's one very easy solution. The kids sleep in the same room.

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-OK.

-OK, you're not warming to that one.

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Second, there is a possibility of putting in a stud wall and separating the second bedroom,

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to make two smaller single bedrooms, as a short-term solution.

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Because, eventually, there are architect's drawings to extend this house.

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-Oh?

-You're talking about money there, mate!

-We are talking about money! So shall we talk about money?

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Yes, big money, indeed. Right, then, the maximum budget is £300,000.

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You won the last round. I didn't give you the reward you deserved, so congratulations.

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-Phil, you went first last time.

-Yeah.

-Sarah, what do you think for this lovely two-bedroomed property?

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I think it's over budget because of where it is, even though it's only got two bedrooms...

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-so I think it's £325,000.

-325, right.

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-And I'll go for 300 on the dot.

-300 on the dot?

-Yeah.

-OK.

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-You are absolutely spot on.

-Ooh!

-This place is on the market for £325,000!

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However, before you go for me... we do know that the vendors are open to offers.

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-Yeah, I still love it.

-Yeah.

-I know you still love it.

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But we have a practical person with us!

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We both liked the house. And the house downstairs is absolutely fabulous,

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so if we can sort that third bedroom out, it would be ideal.

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I've got rose-tinted spectacles!

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You have... and quite right too. Because you know location's all, isn't it?

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-Particularly when you're talking about the kids' school.

-Yeah.

-Being able to walk to school.

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-Let's not turn it into a bun fight!

-25 minutes' drive!

-I'm going to the wild card. I'll see you later.

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Shall we join him? Quick, he'll start sulking if we don't.

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Now for the property equivalent of an intravenous drip,

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today's wild card. It's a shot in the arm for Sarah and Phil.

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They want three bedrooms? We're giving them four.

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They want Ashover? They're getting...Matlock.

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OK, then, Sarah and Phil. Having loved property 1, not so sure about property 2...

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we've brought you to the wild card. You loved Ashover, we know that.

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The thing that staggered me is that you loved it, even though it's a smaller house!

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-I know.

-That makes no sense. For a family property, you were prepared to sacrifice the space,

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force your kids into one room, or a partitioned room, whatever that was...

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just to be in the location.

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It had the potential, though.

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First impressions?

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It looks a really big house, great location, right in the middle of Matlock.

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Plastic windows again, but...

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Man alive!

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Just see past those windows! Look at this house, how handsome it is.

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-Look at the rubblework, it's beautiful!

-It's a big stone house.

-Yes, and in really lovely condition.

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-But why is it the wild card?

-Well...

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OK...

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Well, basically, with the wild card today,

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maybe trying to demonstrate that we think this is the kind of house you are aspiring to right now...

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cos when you look round this place, you will see, like we saw, it is beautiful inside.

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-Absolute fabulous quality.

-It's not in Ashover! It's not in Ashover!

-It's not in Ashover! We know that!

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But the way in is over there, so take yourselves in. We will be listening. See you in a minute.

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-That's a nice kitchen. An island like you've always wanted.

-Good, tall ceilings.

-Yeah.

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A lot lighter.

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-"A nice kitchen"? This is a really lovely kitchen!

-A beautiful kitchen! You know what we're hearing?

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-"It's a nice kitchen...

-But...

-It's not in Ashover!"

-Yeah.

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-That's a nice little sitting room.

-Where's the fireplace?

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I don't like lounges that haven't got fireplaces!

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You didn't even ask for a fireplace!

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-Although we have spoiled them with two properties with lovely fireplaces.

-Keep looking!

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Aha!

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So this is the lounge!

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-Yea, it's nice and big, isn't it?

-And it's got a fireplace.

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It's got two fireplaces! That makes up for the last room!

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-Whoa!

-There you go!

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Oh, the wallpaper's very floral.

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-Oh, this is...

-A nice big room, isn't it?

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-Look at that view out there, straight up to Riber Castle.

-Oh, yeah, fantastic!

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-They're getting more positive.

-Yeah.

-You can't fail to.

-No.

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-Oh, this is a nice girly room.

-I wonder whose room this would be!

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A lot bigger than what she's got at the moment, isn't it?

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The views are great over there to Riber Castle.

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Not quite sure about the views sort of to the houses in front of us.

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If you're worried about looking into someone else's house, then move to the Australian Outback!

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They've got a shower cubicle and a toilet in here. That's nice and bright, isn't it?

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-I hope there's another one, then, for a bath.

-Yeah.

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Worry not, Sarah! Yes, there is a bathroom with an actual bath in it. That is, of course, the shower room.

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Well done! You can tell you used to be an estate agent!

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Oh! That's really cute, this room.

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A parents' room, out the way.

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I do like this room. I'm not quite sure. You're going to hate me. There's not enough wardrobe space,

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even though there is lots of hanging area over there.

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What is wrong? This is perfect!

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-Aha! Another bathroom, with a bath this time.

-Yeah.

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There we go! Look at the joy in Sarah's face of discovering a bathroom with an actual bath in it!

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-Look at this room!

-This seems a bigger bedroom, isn't it?

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-You're away from the kids, aren't you?

-It's got four nice bedrooms, hasn't it?

-Yeah.

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OK, it's a nice big family home!

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So one house became two with three floors and four bedrooms...

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how much is it all going to cost? Let's go and find out!

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Come on, you two! Come and join us on this lovely level front garden!

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-There's also a lovely level rear garden, I'm sure you noted.

-Yes. Very good.

-One of the requirements.

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-Yes.

-You wanted a lovely property, yeah?

-Yep.

-You mentioned Matlock as a possible location.

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-Gorgeous house.

-Yeah, it is.

-All the bedrooms you wanted.

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-Character features!

-Character features!

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-Yeah, yeah.

-Yes.

-Yes?

-Yes.

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Ticking the boxes, it's a very nice house.

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Er...really enjoyed it inside... looking inside.

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Well, you wouldn't know it! Look at you! What is it with you?

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Seriously, this is lovely! This is a fantastic family home!

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-It's a lovely family home.

-What's the problem?

-And we wouldn't have to do anything with it.

-No, no!

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And...I just feel... that you've just confused me now.

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Good! That's what we like to do. That's what the wild card is for! That is a good thing.

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In reality, to get a perfect property, with all the bits and pieces you wanted,

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within a location that you wanted... how much would it be? It's guess-the-price time.

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It's 2-0 to Sarah,

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although I do suspect that the last property in Ashover someone had a very good idea!

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Is she keen on that area? Is that why?

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-You picked up on that?

-So I'm going to disregard that one. It's 1-0 at the moment.

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Phil, go first this time.

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Well, I think this one's going to be over budget, but it depends how much.

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I'll go for 335.

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-Sarah?

-I think it's more.

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I'll go 340.

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340.

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-Well, didn't matter that you got rid of that one, did it?

-No, it didn't, no.

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-Cos you've won again!

-Have I?

-Look at that! Brilliant!

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-I didn't mean to win!

-"I didn't mean to win! I was trying to do Phil a favour!"

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She told me it was 350!

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It's just shy of 350. It's on for 349,950.

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See? I didn't know what price it was. I'm just really confused about it all now.

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I'd got the Ashover property in my head...

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-So you're in a state of confusion?

-Yes.

-You know what you're going to do now?

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You're going to go and try and clear up that confusion, cos you've now got to decide between you

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which property you'd like to spend more time in. Put your heads together over there.

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We will see you in a moment.

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Apparently mine is no longer in contention. So I've got no interest in this bit. So do you want to...?

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Well, I have. Whilst they go and make that decision, here's a quick recap for you at home.

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If they can stomach a short daily drive for Josh's school, then property number 1 in Bolehill

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may be just what the doctor ordered.

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Far more likely though is that they'll take up residence

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in my choice, property number 2.

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It's in the place they want to be, Ashover, and it's at an asking price of...

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Or, finally, will today's wild card prove to be a miracle cure? It's over budget...

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-It's not in Ashover...

-But the four bedrooms could mean

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it's worth the stretch at...

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Ah, they're teasing us. This could be anywhere.

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The suspense is killing me!

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They've chosen...

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the wild card!

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While Sarah and Phil take time to relax...

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..Josh practises for Cirque du Soleil.

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Meanwhile, little Lily looks like she's loving the princess room.

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Hang about, I though Sarah and Phil only had two kids.

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They have! Sarah's best mate and her little ones have dropped by

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as this could be the place where they get to hang out in a few month's time.

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I see!

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-Would you like to live here?

-Yeah.

-Yeah? Which bedroom did you like?

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-Lily's room.

-You like Lily's room?

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Come and join us. Take a seat, take a seat.

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Now, I am shocked. I must admit, I genuinely thought that Ashover was going to win out, but...

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you've gone for the wild card, a property with more sort of substance than perhaps location.

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It's a really large property, and it's sort of opened my eyes to what we can get in Matlock,

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compared to Ashover.

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-It's got what we need.

-But in the end...

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this property won because of the size. We can move straight into it

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and it's got four bedrooms instead of two!

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Yeah, there was that compromise in Ashover, absolutely.

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-Yeah, this is so child-friendly as well, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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The gardens don't look that big, but they're fairly substantial, aren't they?

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This is kid heaven, round and round and round!

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Which leads to the question my colleague here is about to ask...

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Indeed! THE question... to buy or not to buy?

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We had a talk and it's...

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-To buy!

-To buy.

-What?

-Fantastic!

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That is absolutely brilliant news! And this is a family home.

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Who knows? Maybe next move is Ashover.

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But maybe not. This is a house for life. We'll probably not need the Ashover property.

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-What a lovely thing to say.

-And what a lovely note to finish.

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-Shall we go for a run round this house?

-We can go once round, can't we?

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-See you later, guys!

-Bye.

-Bye.

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