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Climbing the metaphorical property ladder can be fraught with dangers.

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And if you've been away from said property ladder for a while,

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it's best to take your time, make sure you make the right move.

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Sometimes you've got to cast off your shroud of doubt... and take the plunge!

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Aieee!

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Seven!

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Not bad at all, Ed, though I am completely soaked! Thank you.

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I'm sorry, but you did get to see some absolutely fantastic bombing!

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-Athletic prowess, you mean?

-Yeah, it was lovely.

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-Why exactly are we here?

-Well, Nikki, today's house-hunter volunteers here,

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and I figured, as it was so sunny, why not come down here and get a chance to swim whilst working?

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-What are you doing?

-It's finished, it's empty.

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Have you not heard of the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle"?

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Nikki, recycling one aluminium can can save enough energy to run a television for three hours.

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-Three hours?

-Three hours.

-Well, that's all this week's To Buy Or Not To Buy and some! That's amazing!

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-It is an amazing fact.

-Why do I feel a green theme coming up for this show?

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It's not all green today as our buyer's name is Rachel Brown.

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Tired of living in rented accommodation in Portishead near Bristol,

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she's decided to make the plunge back into the property market.

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At work, Rachel's an environmental manager, but in her spare time volunteers at her local lido.

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-Along for the ride is sister Lorna.

-Ed, have you noticed how tall both our house-hunters are?

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I'd say both ladies are a gorgeous 6 foot 3.

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Luckily, I'm wearing my heels so I don't think it'll be a problem for me.

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-You, on the other hand...

-Charming!

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Now, Rachel, are you a stereotypical eco warrior?

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Absolutely! Can't you tell that I am a tree-hugger?

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You look lovely, gorgeous, and your sister... you both look beautiful.

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So what sort of areas do you first of all like? This is gorgeous.

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Kind of Knowsley, Backwell area, cos there's a train station there.

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-Long Ashton.

-Long Ashton cos that's easy to get into again with the buses.

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-OK.

-What sort of property are you looking for?

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Do you want something that's period? Are you happy to go modern?

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-Do you want detached? Give us some clues.

-Do you know what I want?

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I want a decent-sized garden, and the house that's in the decent-sized garden...

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-I don't mind about almost...

-You don't mind about? You really are into this eco world!

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-Tell me that you want to live off your own land and grow veg and stuff...

-I would, yeah!

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Three bedrooms, but two is fine as long as there's a decent garden.

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-This really is quite flexible, then, isn't it?

-Ridiculously so! This is why I can't find a house!

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What about being overlooked? Have you got issues about that?

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-Yeah, I don't want to be overlooked.

-OK.

-I'm not fussy at all.

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-Is that because of what you'll be doing in the garden?

-Absolutely!

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-Are you a naked gardener?

-No, I'm not!

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-Presumably with your height, well, both of you, actually, a cottage would be out of the question.

-Yes.

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I'm not raising ceilings or lowering floors so I can get through the door.

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I'd like to be able to stand up in my own house!

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So, Lorna, you seem like you're very close as sisters.

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Yeah, we're pretty close, yeah. We've lived together for a while so we know what we've liked

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in houses that we shared and not liked and so on.

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How will you be able to help on this day of house-hunting?

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I'm going to nudge her past that stubborn streak when it's got most of the things that...

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-With that hand movement?

-Yes!

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-That's right.

-It's more like a shove rather than a nudge!

-I'm not looking forward to this!

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No, but I'm interested! Budget, what is your budget?

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I've been looking up to 400,000, but I can't afford that much. So really it's 375.

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Should we be able to achieve it for 375 today?

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I think you should, yeah, I think you should.

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-In the given area, I think it's a challenge you could rise to.

-All right, thank you.

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-We are going to leave you now. Wish us luck.

-Good luck!

-Yes.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you very much. We'll see you later.

-Can't wait! See you later.

-Bye!

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-I find them quite inspiring.

-Very inspiring, I would say.

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And for the first time since I've been doing this show,

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I actually think that the garden may be more important to them than the house.

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It is true. They are women after Alan Titchmarsh's heart,

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metaphorically speaking, of course, not literally!

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Now, remember the recycling thing that we were talking about,

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-and I said about the aluminium can, if you recycle that...

-Taken it onboard!

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..Three hours' worth of energy... We could do some recycling today right now on television.

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We're going to. Here's some recycled footage for you!

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Bristol's most famous landmark has to be Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge.

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It's seen here in 1970 with one of his renowned ships, the SS Great Britain,

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which has since been beautifully restored within the city.

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Other notable engineering feats from Bristol include the maiden flight of the British Concorde in 1969,

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and, of course, hot-air balloons.

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Today, Bristol is a hustling, bustling city, full of culture,

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and almost half-a-million environmentally clued-up inhabitants.

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From stylish city-centre apartments

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to the iconic coloured terraced houses of Clifton, there's something here for everyone.

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And if being green is right up your street, how much will eco-living cost you around the UK?

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This beautiful eco-friendly four-bed barn conversion is near Newick.

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The heating for this place comes from a ground-source recovery system

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and the used water goes into a biodigestor. All of this

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and lots more for...

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This unique two-bed detached cottage is situated

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within the Amesbury conservation area.

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The rainwater-harvesting system supplies water to flush the loos and to water the garden.

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And solar panels power the first-floor radiators.

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Sustainable living for...

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This eco townhouse also has a rainwater-harvesting system.

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Situated in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, this futuristic house

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benefits from a solar-heated hot-water system. Hot stuff!

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In 2009, Bristol was shortlisted as a finalist in the European Green Capital Awards,

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acknowledging it as one of the greenest cities in the United Kingdom.

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Since 2004, the local council has managed to achieve a 10% reduction in household energy

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and a 20% reduction in the energy used by the lovely local businesses.

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Did you know that the average person in the UK gets through 38 kilos of newspaper per year?

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But the good news is that 80% of the raw materials that go into making this come from recycled paper.

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Bristol residents have attempted to reduce a growth in transport emissions

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and they're doing pretty good. A recent survey has shown a 40% rise in cycle use in the city centre.

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TING!

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Not exactly the most glamorous location I've ever been on for To Buy Or Not To Buy,

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but did you know there are 50,000 bottle banks like this across the UK

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and by recycling just one bottle like this, you could save almost enough energy

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to power a 100-watt light bulb for almost an hour?

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CRASH!

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Less waste and more recycling. Bristolians now produce 20% less waste per person

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and recycling rates have doubled.

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Do you feel a little bit greener and a little bit more ecologically attuned?

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I would say thoroughly so, inside and out.

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Now property number one in the property game is a former animal storage unit...

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or barn, to give it its proper name. I am very confident about this -

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the picture does not do it justice at all.

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It just looks like a barn, if you will, from the outside,

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but there's so much more on the inside. It's in a lovely-named village

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-and the back garden has a little treat to it. That's it!

-Ah! Well...

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I have a three-bedroom 1950s property which has been thoroughly modernised.

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It has a little water feature in the back garden, and it's in the village of Backwell.

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Okey-dokey! Now the wild card, the wild card, most people love the wild card...

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and why wouldn't you love the wild card in a place called Kenn?

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That is where the wild card is. It is a former schoolhouse, it is very lovely

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and, again, it is in a place called Kenn. So, Nikki, where should we start the property journey?

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-Mine!

-No, mine, the barn.

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Hold your horses, Nikki, my turn first!

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Here's hoping Rachel could make herself at home in this former animal house.

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A spot of rural living will surely inspire her to live the good life.

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Rachel and Lorna, Lorna and Rachel, walk toward property number one

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which is a barn in Barrow Gurney which is a brilliantly named place!

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If you have any American relatives they would really like to see that on a Christmas card.

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-Yeah.

-Using your recycling, reusing, whatever...

-Yes!

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-..We are... See?

-What a tenuous link!

-Listen!

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Right...nothing has been damaged. Now we are reusing it in a different way for human stock!

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So what do you think?

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We're a little bit out of Bristol but we're going to be using the park-and-ride if we live here.

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So, what are your thoughts?

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It looks lovely. Not the kind of thing I'd thought about at all,

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but it looks really nice. I like the kind of trees and everything around it as well, it's very scenic.

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-Lorna, is this good enough for your sister?

-Yeah, I think an ex-stable is perfect!

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-Not a pigsty?

-OK, are you coiled and ready and excited?

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-Yes!

-Three, two, one, explore the house!

-Enjoy it.

-Let's go! Thank you.

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Oh! Oh, now, this is nice.

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Oh, that is nice. Lovely and spacious.

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Oh, wow!

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Nice, big room!

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-No fireplace.

-There's no fireplace.

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-You could put one in.

-Yeah.

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It's a barn! The cows did not warm themselves by a fireplace!

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Pigs never toasted marshmallows over a fireplace!

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-Oh, this is nice out here.

-It's lovely.

-Not overlooked.

-No, no, not at all.

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You'd think you'd clear that away so you've got the water feature properly.

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You can hear it tinkling!

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It's lovely.

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-You could feel closed in with the hills on either side, but actually it feels kind of cosy.

-Yeah.

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-I have normally heard a boxroom described as cosy...

-Yeah.

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But I have never heard a garden described as cosy before.

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Oh, nice kitchen!

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-That is nice.

-That's a good size, actually.

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Cos I don't like them too big cos I just make them really messy.

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-So nice! You've got this area for your table...

-And that's where you could fit all the children's toys

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-when they come out to play.

-Yes, because you can then just shut them away,

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-but keep an eye on them through the glass door.

-Yeah.

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She's imagining the children being there...cruelly saying that she'll lock them away, but really that's...

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-I think the mother agreed with that too!

-Yeah, that's true. Well, let's say in a lovely way.

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-Nice room.

-Yeah.

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-This is the children's staying-over room.

-Well, it is, actually. It would have to be. Because for us,

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-there's actually quite a small useful space in here, isn't there?

-Yeah.

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Yeah, another... This one's bigger, isn't it? That's what I was just comparing.

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-Got beams again.

-Out on to the garden.

-Oh, look in here!

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Oh, wow, cool! It's really nicely done as well.

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-That's nice. Clear and light and all that.

-Yeah.

-Right, one more to go.

-Yeah.

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-So I'd say this is your master.

-That's lovely.

-This is nice.

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Is that another en-suite in there?

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-It is!

-Oh!

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-Oh, that's nice!

-That's a huge shower.

-That's really nice.

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-That's like a holiday shower to me!

-I know.

-It's like the kind of thing you get when you're away.

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"Oh, Rachel, what are you doing today? Are you going to work?"

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-"No, I'm on holiday...

-In my shower.

-Then I'm going to work!"

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So, yeah, this is a good-sized room.

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It's a really nice aspect, it's a lovely location.

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-Yeah.

-I wonder how much it is!

-Let's go and find out.

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So, Rachel and Lorna, what is it like to hypothetically live as a 21st-century animal

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in a lovely barn like that?

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It is lovely. It's a good choice, Ed.

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-Well done! It is a good choice.

-And the water feature in the back garden...

-It's fantastic, yeah.

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-Do you notice we're all speaking a little bit loud because there are cars going by?

-Yeah, well...

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Let's deal with the cars. Is it an issue?

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-Not until you start talking about it.

-Yeah.

-Not until you start talking!

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-I can't change that.

-And you love the water feature.

-Yeah. We need to make more of it.

-Yes.

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-So...shall we do it?

-Yes.

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-Guess the price. Who wants to go first?

-Lorna does.

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-Lorna, you're going to go first.

-I'll go first and I'd say...365.

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I think I'd go less than that, actually. I think there's some inconveniences.

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-365, Lorna.

-I'm going to say 350.

-OK.

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Someone is bang on the nose. Your maximum budget was £375,000.

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-and, Lorna, you haven't won. It's you, Rachel!

-Oh!

-And what a victory for £350,000!

-Yeah.

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It's a good price, and at that price, and thinking about the things...

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Obviously, as you say, there are kind of inconveniences...

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-for £350,000 I think that's kind of factored into the price in a way as well.

-Yeah, I think you're right.

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I can envisage you using all those nettles for nettle soup or nettle tea!

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-Nettle soup's lovely!

-See? People do eat nettles.

-I'm sure it's lovely. I'm sure people are salivating.

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Go to property two! Oh, nettle soup! Mmm!

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My property may not be as rural but it has everything Rachel needs. Great rail links into Bristol

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and a great-sized garden for her to sink her trowel into.

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Well, Rachel, Lorna... property number two.

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This is my property. Do you know the village that we're in?

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-We're in Backwell.

-Yes.

-But I don't know it well. But it's got a train station. We like that about it.

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-There you go. And is this an area that you'd considered, then?

-Yeah.

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As you can see, there is a huge amount of frontage in the garden. Wait till you see the back!

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-And I've got a water feature too!

-Oh!

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So...are we interested?

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It looks good, it looks big. I'm slightly concerned about how it can have a decent-sized garden.

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-Are you?

-From the outside.

-I think that's a good concern.

-It looks like it must have a small garden.

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-Would you say it's a small garden or a decent-sized garden?

-Small side of decent.

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-Yes! Yes, I would say this is the indecent side of small.

-Oh?

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-Shall we send them in?

-Aye! In you go.

-Erupt through that door.

-Excellent.

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Enjoy it.

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-A nice, bright hall again. Lots of doors...

-Yes.

-..To have a look at.

-Nice floor.

-Yeah.

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Oh, nice room.

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-That's a lovely fireplace, isn't it?

-Fantastic.

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Oh, lovely garden! Oh, the water feature!

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-That's a nice little area down there as well.

-Yeah.

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With your gin and tonic of an evening.

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Is the sun going to be in the right place for that? No...

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Gin and tonic in the morning.

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Would you be relaxing and drinking a gin and tonic at this sort of time in the morning?

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-At 11 o'clock in the morning?

-Yeah.

-If I was, I'm not going to admit it now! All right?

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I wouldn't...I wouldn't.

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Wow!

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-That's a lovely room again.

-Yeah. I mean they're big rooms and decent-sized ceilings.

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-I know.

-Height of the ceilings again. I can jump up and get through the door.

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-Oh, nice kitchen! I do like these freestanding units.

-Oh, and look around!

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Oh, wow!

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A lot of money in this one, I'd say, in the kitchen.

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-This is big for a utility room, isn't it?

-Wow! Look, you could have all your seedlings on here.

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-It's like it's a greenhouse.

-Right.

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Women excited about a cleaning area! Really...really, gentlemen, need I go further?

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Oh, look at this bath, Lorna!

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Oh, wow!

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How long is it as well? Is that longer than normal or is it just prettier than normal?

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-You could lie back in your bath there with your magazine...

-Fantastic!

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They've imagined themselves in an advert in the 1980s where a chocolate bar is consumed

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and water is gently lapping over the thing, because they haven't got a care in the world as they're...

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stuffing a chocolate bar into their beak in a bath!

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So is maybe this one your children's room, then, Lorna? You're not sleeping then ever, obviously?

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-No, it's just when I'm on the razz.

-When you're on the razz! You're too old.

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Isn't this lovely? She's just, like, Auntie Rachel, but she's really factoring in Lorna's kids.

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Visits from the children, yes. Babysitting.

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That's a good-sized room, isn't it?

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Do you think they'd leave the wardrobe as well? I like it!

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Maybe they can't get it out the door and they've got to leave it!

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-So this is the master, presumably?

-Presumably.

-Nice.

-Let's see.

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-Oh, blimey! I think this might the master, actually.

-Oh, wow!

-With its little balcony.

-Yeah.

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-And this isn't overlooked, is it?

-No.

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-Oh, this is lovely up here.

-Yeah, it's a really nice feature.

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-I think it's going to be too much, though...

-Do you?

-..With all the big rooms and stuff,

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-and so close to the railway station.

-It's a big house, isn't it?

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-Shall we go and find out?

-Yes, let's go and see.

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Well, my water feature, the lily pond!

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-It's lovely.

-And we loved it.

-We did, yes.

-But what did we think of the house?

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-The house is fantastic.

-Yeah, really deceptive as well. You just don't realise what you're going to get

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-as you come in. It's huge inside.

-It's a lot of...lot of... lot of house!

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-Nice features, as well. It's lovely.

-We liked the fireplaces.

-We liked the fireplaces and the bath!

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-I mean, you were like two giggling girls.

-Right, how much does it cost?

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Because I felt there was a quiver of "Is this too expensive?" coursing through both of you. Now...

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we're playing with £375,000 as our maximum maximum. What is this on the market for?

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-Well, I'd say the maximum, 375.

-375, with confidence. Lorna?

-I think a little less.

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-I'm going to go 365 again.

-OK. Well, it's going to be lucky at some point maybe...

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You've just evened the score!

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-Lorna, you were spot on!

-How about that?

-That's super!

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-365,000, well done.

-Exactly the price. You were both very good.

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Exactly right last time, exactly right this time.

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Knowing the price, what do you think?

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-That's good.

-OK.

-Do you know, I'm sounding hesitant because there's something,

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but I can't put my finger on what that something is, do you know what I mean?

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That's good. If you decided to buy this now, the viewers would be livid

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-because they didn't get a chance to see the wild card!

-We want to see the wild card!

-Yes!

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-Shall we go? It's this way.

-Let's! Come on.

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-I just love this wild card!

-Me too. What else can we say? It's full of charm and character...

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-A bit like me!

-Mmm...yes. But have we found Rachel a big enough garden

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or will we both be heading for detention later?

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Now, Lorna and Rachel, it has often been said, and mainly by me,

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the wild card, the wild card, everyone loves the wild card. The wild card is over there.

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-It is a beauty, and its former use was...

-It looks a bit schooly, doesn't it?

-Yes.

-A schoolhouse?

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-Yes.

-A schoolhouse.

-It was a schoolhouse, built in 1841.

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There we go. So we have recycled a schoolhouse for you, continuing with the green theme.

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-Do you know this village?

-Not at all.

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-OK, so we're in the village of Kenn.

-Which is twinned with the French village of Barbie!

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-Wow!

-Oh?

-Look at you!

-Of course it's not true!

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It's not Kenn and Barbie!

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Unbelievable!

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I delivered that so convincingly! All right, it isn't twinned with the French village of Barbie!

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-I thought you'd done loads of homework!

-Well, I have!

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-You are five minutes away from the train station.

-Which is in Yatton.

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The quickest one is 19 minutes, the slowest one is 22 minutes.

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-So that's good, I'd say.

-That's a doable commute for you, isn't it?

-Definitely.

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-First impressions are pretty good, then?

-Fantastic.

-It's lovely.

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Lorna, do you think this is the kind of property you could see your sister in?

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Yes, she's very strict and schoolmarmy!

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-So I could just see her in there.

-You are going to fall out by the end of the day!

-I'll tell Mum!

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All right, then, you can work that out on your way round the house.

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-Enjoy and be good.

-Enjoy.

-Otherwise it'll be the cane for both of you!

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Go on!

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-It's lovely!

-Look at this!

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-These lovely doors!

-Yes. And a really handy space straightaway as well.

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-Oh...

-Yeah.

-The doors are so nice!

-Mmm!

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-The children would have looked at those doors, "I don't want to go to school!"

-Through these huge doors.

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Now those doors are welcoming and friendly.

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Look at this! Oh, wow! It's got a fireplace. And it's a really nice size.

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And nobody is building there.

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-No.

-Because so often when you see these houses and they've got lovely views,

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-it's also prime building land.

-Lovely quiet neighbours.

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Lovely quiet neighbours, yes!

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-Nice.

-That's a decent size.

-Oh, it is actually.

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-Cos when you come in, I thought it was going to be really pokey.

-Yeah.

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-You have got to do the hatch!

-The hatch!

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I can't open it... I want to see... Oh, there we are! Dinner is served!

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Think of all the personal energy you'd be using up walking round to deliver the meal

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when you can actually efficiently use your energy, saving at least 10% of your own effort,

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-by having a serving hatch! I think that's what Al Gore was talking about, wasn't he?

-No!

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Oh, look at this!

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-Oh, look at this! It's so nice!

-Wow!

-I can really imagine being in here.

-I can imagine you in here.

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You know, it's very your style, isn't it?

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-This is nice.

-Good area.

-It's lovely.

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-I mean, I think I would want to take these up. I don't know how much of a big job that's going to be.

-Yeah.

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If they're just plonked on top of the soil...

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and you might get quite a lot of money for recycling them.

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Well, slap my hand with a cane! They love the garden!

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It's getting low, Lorna!

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-Oh!

-Oh!

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-Hard hats required!

-Yes.

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So...bathroom.

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-That's a nice size, isn't it?

-It's a nice size, yeah.

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It's not gorgeous, but it's absolutely fine.

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-Oh, yeah, and surprisingly high!

-Yeah.

-It is a good office space, isn't it?

-Yeah, it is.

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Award us a gold star and say, "Well done, Nikki and Ed." This house has gone "incroyably" well!

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-That's good, "incroyably".

-That's what they say in the French town of Barbie!

-No, they don't!

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-Oh, gosh! Look at the size of this room.

-And you could get a double in there as well.

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Two singles is a nice way of doing it too.

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Mind your head!

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-Oh, look at this!

-Oh, wow! That is unexpected!

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-That's a nice big room.

-Really.

-There's something through here as well.

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That's really handy, isn't it? I mean, it is like a dressing room.

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And look!

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-Oh, an en-suite!

-It is nice, but it's very hairy.

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-I do like it, though.

-I'm a bit worried about the price.

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So, Rachel, Lorna... the old schoolhouse, the wild card!

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-Reactions?

-It's gorgeous! It's lovely, especially downstairs!

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-We got so excited, actually.

-Yes...we've been cooing.

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Our nerves outside were about the area we're in. What do you think?

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To be honest, it's smaller than I'd like, but I think that's made up for by the house and location.

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Having said, "No, it's the garden that's the only important thing..."

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-Yeah.

-This is interesting. That's the interesting thing about the wild card, it's gets into your head.

-Yes.

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-Well, do you want to guess the price? What are we, 1-1?

-We're neck and neck, this is it!

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-Do you want to go first this time cos I went first last time?

-Ah!

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I think 385.

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Mother of pearl!

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I think it's over budget but not that much, so I'm going to say 380.

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380? OK, neck and neck. The actual price of this beautiful old schoolhouse is...

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£339,950.

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-No?

-Yes!

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Which is the cheapest of the lot, and it means you've won, Rachel!

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And also you've won with this.

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Because for all the things you would want to do, refreshing-wise to the property

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and the garden, it's kind of catered for within your budget!

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-Not so bad.

-It's lovely. You're at the point where you have to go and make the biggest decision

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of your adult lives, about which one you wish to test-drive.

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-Are you prepared to do that?

-Yeah.

-Good luck. Wander into the house and do whatever you've got to do...

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-We'll see you later.

-Thank you.

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-Here we go.

-I'm just delighted that they love it.

-I am delighted.

-But will they choose it?

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For all of you at home, here's a recap of what we've seen so far.

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Will Rachel choose my blank canvas, waiting for her green-fingered touch?

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Complete with tinkling stream and a three-bed barn conversion.

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Or will she choose my mature and versatile dual-aspect plot?

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Will the lily pond and three-bed detached property swing it for...

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Call me crazy, but will the wild card property be a lesson for us all?

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Everyone loves the wild card, but will it be top of the class for Rachel?

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At the gorgeous price of...

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Well, heavens to Betsy, it's back to the schoolhouse for our eco-friendly sisters!

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And with both of them working for the Environment Agency,

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they're going to be all over the eco-friendly potential of this place.

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-That's a shame, but it is a double thing.

-Yeah.

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-One good thing, I think it's all double-glazed.

-Yes.

-So that'll cut down on heat loss.

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How about the fireplace? Do you think if this works it would take wood?

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-Because if it does take wood, that's the best fuel carbon dioxide-wise.

-Mm-hm.

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-Now I can feel a spin-off programme coming on here!

-Yes!

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Rachel and Lorna present How Green Is Your House?

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A quarter of the carbon-dioxide production in the UK is from heating and lighting and powering houses.

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-Houses? Is it that much?

-Yeah, it's more than transport.

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See? Lorna knows her stuff, doesn't she?

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-I think you could put solar panels on here.

-I was thinking that!

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Well, I think overall it's probably fairly positive.

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-Cheers!

-Cheers!

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You picked the wild card. Why did you pick the wild card?

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Because you were interested, I felt, in all three of the properties today. What was it about this?

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I think it's just the character of it. It's just there is something about it,

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and it's the feel when you walk through the door.

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-It's special.

-Even though it doesn't meet your original criteria, it still does in another way?

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-Yes.

-Almost?

-Yes.

-Shall we do it, then, Nikki?

-It's OK.

-Say it.

-Are you sure?

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-I'm going to be crossing the fingers.

-All right...to buy or not to buy?

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-To buy!

-Whoo!

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I'm delighted, I really am.

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And I think we both... even though we had our properties, we both really loved this one.

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Everyone loves the wild card! Lorna, is this right for your sister?

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I can really imagine Rachel here. I think it's a good house for Rachel, definitely.

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