Three Counties To Buy or Not to Buy


Three Counties

There's a feeling of deja-vu as Simon O'Brien and Jonnie Irwin look for three houses with loads of living space for a couple with a large extended family.


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-Oh, like Groundhog Day?

-Yeah.

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Hello, and welcome to To Buy Or Not To Buy.

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Jonnie, do you ever have deja vu?

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Normally, I have a full English. But what are YOU talking about?

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You know when you get the feeling something's happened to you before?

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-Oh, like Groundhog Day?

-Yeah.

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Hello, and welcome to To Buy Or Not To Buy.

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Jonnie, do you ever have deja vu?

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Normally, I have a full English. But what are YOU talking about?

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You know when you get the feeling something's happened to you before?

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-Oh, like Groundhog Day?

-Yeah.

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Jonnie, I'm sure I've been here before.

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What, in a past life?

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Oh, I bet you were Cleopatra, weren't you? Everyone is.

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No, I mean here, Leicestershire.

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Funny you should say that, Simon,

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because I think I've been here before.

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Derbyshire seems very familiar to me.

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And I'm almost sure I've been here to Staffordshire before.

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Staffordshire? Anything's possible on this show.

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It certainly is, and today, we're straddling three counties

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to find our buyers three properties,

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one of which they get to try before they buy.

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I wish I'd brought my comfy shoes!

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Let's get going. Warwickshire's only down the road.

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No, Simon, these are expensive suede loafers.

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You've got to get the maps out.

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This is the story of a lovely couple called John and Barbara Clinton.

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Any relation to Bill and Hillary from the good old US of A?

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Er, no. Anyway, they were childhood sweethearts, have been married 38 years, and have seven children.

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Don't forget the 12 grandchildren, too.

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They retired two years ago to Swadlincote,

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but don't feel settled there and want to move back closer to the family...

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Who all congregate on a regular basis at their house.

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I heard Barbara has to cook for 17 at Christmas dinner.

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So that's the Clinton family.

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Looks like the Waltons to me.

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Oh, yes, John-Boy.

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-This is a family move, isn't it?

-Yes!

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We did a bit of running away, or what.

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Explain.

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Not running away, really. We moved from a big house,

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we downsized and we did the wrong thing.

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We did it the week before we retired,

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swanned off to America, came back, moved in here... Oh.

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-Then found out they were going to build some houses at the back of us.

-These houses here?

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-Yeah.

-You don't like being overlooked, do you?

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-That's it.

-No.

-We prefer to have open aspects.

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-I'm guessing, then, that the house is what you want?

-The house is fine.

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The house is fine.

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-There's a couple of things that I'd like, a bigger en suite.

-Ah!

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Hear that? Have we just witnessed the bane of your life?

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Am I guessing that whatever we find today...

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-Won't be good enough.

-That's not nice!

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I can guarantee you. It'll have to be altered.

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Barbara, you want to downsize, but when you do...

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You don't really want to lose anything, yeah.

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What's the ideal house for you guys?

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You don't want loads of bedrooms?

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We want lots of living space.

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What we're looking for is something that's been extended

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-on the ground floor, or maybe another bungalow?

-Yes.

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Let's talk about the location of your new home.

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You're spanning a few counties, aren't you?

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You've got the West Midlands, Staffordshire, maybe a bit of Leicestershire...

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-Derbyshire.

-There's some lovely villages in Leicestershire.

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I think that's it,

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sort of a circle round the three.

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We both saw something on the way in,

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and that's a camper van, and you're into camper vans.

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-Look at these, these are amazing. And yours is a biggie, isn't it?

-It is, that's what we use to escape!

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-I bet it doesn't go anywhere! You go out there when they're all in here!

-We did that last Christmas!

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Christmas, it'll be full!

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-Obviously you need somewhere to park that, and it's not a small vehicle, is it?

-No.

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So we'll need a bit of outside space in off-street car parking?

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What have we got to get that?

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I don't know.

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About 400,000.

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About?

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He's saying we can't go above 400,000

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because we've got so much we want to do still.

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Come on, what's the boss saying?

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I'll keep quiet, then!

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Diplomatically done, John!

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All right, that's where we're looking, our ballpark figure, £400,000.

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Let's see what we can get you for that. I think we can do that, can't we?

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If you drive, I'll read this motor home magazine.

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-See you later.

-See you in a bit.

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There's some belters in here! I can feel a purchase coming on.

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Jonnie, never mind that. Come on, concentrate.

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My head is swimming with figures here.

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We have a budget of £400,000, we have seven children to consider,

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we have 12 grandchildren in the frame, we've got three counties to cover,

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not to mention a nine-metre motor home to house.

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Yeah, and there's one a bit like that here, look.

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Just right for me and you.

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Long wheelbase, 2.5-litre diesel, 24,000 miles, and...

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bike rack on the back. How's that?

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Well I, at least, am going to motor on and try and find John and Barbara a home.

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We could use one of these! It saves hotel bills, heating bills.

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Get around everywhere.

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Even though I've been to Leicestershire, Derbyshire, and Staffordshire before,

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I'm quite happy to visit them all again.

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Most of the border areas are blissfully rural,

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with lots of little villages nestling amongst the backdrop of the National Forest,

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which covers 520 square kilometres.

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Get you, Mr Tourist Board! There's an industrial heritage too, with Burton-on-Trent, Derby and Leicester

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all within hailing distance, and many of the smaller towns being former mining communities.

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Even though the attractiveness of the area is high, the prices are not, so the likelihood of us

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finding a Southfork-style property for John and Barbara's family

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for their budget of £400,000 is still quite high.

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What would you find around the UK for that amount of money?

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Well, moored at the prestigious Chain Walk address

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on the River Thames is this as-yet-unnamed houseboat.

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It's 62ft long, brand-spanking new, and on the market for...

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You could pick up this stunning sixth-floor apartment

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with views over Liverpool city centre and the docks.

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It's got a roof garden and comes fully furnished,

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including the grand piano, all for...

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Or you could live like a Scottish laird in this fabulous

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arts-and-crafts conversion apartment outside Glasgow.

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It got amazing space, a wealth of period features,

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and is on the market for...

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Time to find out more about our three-counties house hunt.

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Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire.

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Come on, which one's the poshest?

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There isn't really an answer to that.

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Oh, yes, there is! You're being diplomatic.

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Now, Twelfth Day, as in Twelfth Night, in Staffordshire, used to

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be celebrated with a dance called The Hays. You're going to love this.

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Is there a difference overall

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in property value around the three counties?

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Generally on the border, prices would be pretty equal, really.

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However, if you went into the south of Leicestershire,

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prices may be a little higher.

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Traditionally, a man would enter a village

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with a mock horse strapped to him.

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He would then take off said horse and dance with it,

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whilst making a snapping noise with a bow that he carried.

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They have a budget of £400,000.

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That seems like a fairly decent budget. Would I be right in guessing that?

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You would, yes. You would expect to find a substantial family home.

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He was attended by six fellow villagers

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who each wore a deer's head.

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I think we've done very well.

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-I

-have certainly done very well, I'll tell you that.

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-Property one today is big.

-It's massive!

-Yeah!

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And, by the way, the garden is in equal proportions.

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It is beautiful, the rear garden.

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That's property one. It's a winner, it's in Derbyshire, beat that.

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Well, I can't compete with size.

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I've gone over the county border to Staffordshire.

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I've gone with the theme of bungalow, yet with an upstairs.

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For the wild card, we didn't know whether to show them a barn conversion or an old farmhouse.

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-We couldn't decide.

-So, we're going to show them both.

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This property is really unique.

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It's quirky, it is truly, truly "wild card" in every respect.

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It's beautiful, though. We love it, don't we?

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We do, and we're sticking with the theme because it's massive.

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So much for the downsize!

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-I'm getting another weird feeling.

-Is it deja vu?

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-It is.

-Would it freak you out if we did property number one first?

-My choice.

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And it is my choice, and we're starting off in Derbyshire.

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It's only 15 years old, but this place is full of character,

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and was designed by the current vendor.

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Pure class, Jonnie.

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-Well, I'll give you the class, but does it have the room?

-It's a half-acre plot.

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I rest my case.

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Right, John and Barbara,

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property one today is my choice, and for my choice we're Outwood-bound...

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to the village of Outwood, just on the edge of Burton-on-Trent.

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Well within your search area.

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-Yes.

-Enough of the location for now, let's look straight at the property. What are you thinking?

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-It's big.

-Looks quite good.

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-It's big, isn't it?

-Yeah. It looks big from here.

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You see, what I got from you two before was you had downsized, but weren't happy downsizing.

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-So I'm now upsizing your downsize, so to speak.

-We can't make our minds up!

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-Exactly, so I'm going to try and do that for you.

-Big can always be best, can't it?

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-Oh, yeah.

-It was built by the current owners.

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-Oh!

-So, it was built to their specific requirements.

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-They've made the space what they needed.

-Yes.

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You've got a big space to deal with here.

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Get in there, and make what you need of it.

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-That's what I'm going to say, all right?

-Yes.

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So, without further ado, you've got a lot of rooms to see, go see them. In you go, we'll see you in a bit!

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That's a nice size.

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You can see straight through.

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That's a nice size. Simon's done well.

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Thanks, Barbara. I have done well. I normally do.

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-Who's done well?

-I have.

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Nothing to do with the mystery property hunting team?

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Could be a little bit.

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Dining room here.

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Can we get 17 round here?

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At a push!

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You can extend into the hall, though.

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We could have a table in the hall for the kids and we could have this.

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They joke about it, but this does lend itself to having lots of people visiting.

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It's a conservatory, look.

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-Brilliant.

-You're not overlooked, Barb.

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No houses! Great! And the garden's big enough.

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All the grandchildren could get in there and we could shut them up the top.

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That's a good point. You could have the children up top, it's big enough for a five-a-side pitch.

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That's a sizable kitchen.

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Yes, and it's got... I like that.

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-You see this quirky lighting underneath?

-You'd see the fluff on the floor.

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It's workable, this is, isn't it?

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That's a nice landing.

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Nice big, bright stairwell,

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nice bright landing. I like that in a house.

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-Is this the master, do you think?

-I don't know. It's not large enough for our bed, though.

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-Uh-oh.

-It looks like an en suite through there.

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There'd better be an en suite!

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Else Simon could be in trouble.

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Is it big enough? Is it big enough?

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-Big enough, isn't it?

-It's bigger than ours.

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There's enough room in there.

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She's not committing.

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I don't know, I'm left hanging now.

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Well, that's a surprise. I thought that was going to be a little tiny room. Yes, it is nice.

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-You've got a bath, haven't you? That's what you like. And the shower above it.

-Yes.

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I was trying to count the rooms. Oh, my goodness.

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It's a gymnasium.

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Forget it!

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Look, there's an en suite.

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Oh, you've got another room, it's connected to another room.

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Got a shower.

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Yes, but you've got another doorway into another room.

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Technically, both bedrooms are en suite, aren't they?

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But you've saved all the cost and the space of putting in the extra en suite. I like it.

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In fact, this is a lovely-sized room.

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This is a good size, this one.

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It might be better to do this as a master.

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We could leave the one up the other end for when your mum comes.

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And you could have that one bedroom there as your en suite!

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THEY LAUGH

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Barbara and John, I think the layout of that property has, I don't know, not challenged you,

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but certainly fired up your imagination. Is it fair to say that?

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That's a good assumption, I think.

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-Yes, I've got a few things I could do with it.

-Right.

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What would you do inside?

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LAUGHTER

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I think we'd probably have the opposite bedroom at the front as the master bedroom.

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-And make a larger en suite?

-And make a larger en suite with two sinks.

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It's "guess the price" time. Who's going first?

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Go on, you can go first.

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Right, then, Barbara.

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I always spend all the money, you see.

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I would think it's possibly close to the 400.

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How close?

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390, 395?

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Come on.

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-Well, 390, then.

-OK.

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I would say it'd be a bit lower than that.

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370.

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Well... Barbara is closest.

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But it's more or less in the middle there,

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cos it's actually on the market for 385. So, under budget.

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-Well done.

-1-0 to Barbara.

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-That's got to be a first!

-I'm always looking for bargains!

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-Of course!

-We're off to a flying start. We've done well here,

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-we've got something to compare everything else to. Let's go to my choice, property number two.

-OK.

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I've gone for versatile living accommodation with my choice.

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Two sitting rooms, a downstairs bedroom which doesn't have to be a bedroom, a conservatory,

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and all sorts of jewels in the crown.

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And this particular crown is in the lovely Staffordshire village.

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-OK, where are the gorgeous views, then?

-Just up the road, honest.

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So, then, Barbara and John, we've moved over the border now to

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perhaps more familiar territory of Staffordshire.

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-This is on the grounds of Hawthornden Manor.

-Ooh.

-Ooh!

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The old manor house is behind there and they built a load of these buildings, a load of these houses,

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the owner reckons, maybe just before the war.

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-I think this might've been built after the war.

-After the war.

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But what you've got here is quite substantial detached residences

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with decent-sized gardens, as we have here.

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And, I'm thinking, for child safety, shut the gates, and everything within is safe.

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-Yes.

-Keep 'em out, you mean!

-LAUGHTER

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Yeah, keep your kids in away from the neighbours!

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Enough waffling about the grounds and where it is

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and the old manor and all that. What do you think of the property?

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-It looks good from here.

-It's interesting, yes, it is.

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Also, before you go inside, is this going to be all right for

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your travelling house?

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Alongside the garage, yeah.

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It's cold, you go in there and we'll put some headphones on.

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-OK.

-See you in a bit.

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-It's warmer in here.

-Oh, that's better.

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This looks quite homely, doesn't it?

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This is nice, I like this.

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-I do like that.

-I thought you might!

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This living room is a much better space for three generations

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of family to gather in.

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Oh, I like this.

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Garden's nice. Look at that. They've done well.

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-WE have done well...

-Barbara just said, "They've done well."

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Oh, another room. Oh.

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It's a sitting room.

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What would you do with it? Study?

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Or a dining room.

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When you give someone a second reception room,

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people don't instantly know what to do with it. They're getting more than they bargained for.

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What's this? Kitchen. Oh, that's a nice size.

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It's a good size, isn't it?

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It is. You can put the kids in there for mealtimes.

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It is a good size, isn't it? Good family kitchen.

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Oh, now, that's better.

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That's a decent size, isn't it?

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That would get all of ours in. It's a beautiful size.

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That would be great, especially for Christmas time.

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This is an older house, yet it seems to work more for the

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modern open-plan style they like.

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I completely accept that. When you walk into this house, the flow works.

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Oh, your mother's bedroom!

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Why mother's?

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-It's downstairs here.

-Got an escape route as well, straight into the garden.

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I thought this was about kids and grandkids?! We're going up a generation now!

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We need to start thinking about buying them a hotel.

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It's like a rabbit warren.

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Crikey, look at this.

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-Pretty, isn't it?

-Oh, look!

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Very feminine. Is that the en suite?

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Yes. It is nice, and I like that window there.

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-Small.

-I can't get my two sinks there.

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-Oh, deja-vu!

-Deja-vu again.

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The en suite's not big enough. Barbara, this time it's got a bath,

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a shower and a loo and it's still not big enough.

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Single bedroom.

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-Yes, it's a single bedroom.

-Could do as your study.

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-You'd probably get a double bed in here.

-You would.

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Oh, it's only done as a single, and yet this would be a double

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-quite easily, wouldn't it?

-Yeah.

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A bit more my sort of house, this is.

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So many times with dormer bungalows,

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you get quite small rooms when you go upstairs, don't you?

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The roof's really cramped in on you. But here...

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This is not a dormer bungalow, it's a house.

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Bathroom. Oh, I like this.

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And I could get two sinks in there, so Jonnie's listened to me.

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Well, that seemed to go pretty well.

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I think we've even found an en suite that might be big enough.

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-It is! It's got to have something done to it.

-Bit of work.

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-Oh, naturally.

-But the space itself is big enough. Any other thoughts, John?

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It feels quite cosy in the lounge.

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-Don't say "cosy", that means small. Welcoming.

-Well, it's not large.

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It's obviously next door to the nice big dining kitchen

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or breakfast kitchen. It works as an entertainment house.

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-A family house.

-Yeah, it does.

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Right, so, this time, John, I'm putting you on the spot.

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How much for this place of Jonnie's?

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I think it's going to be similar to the last one. I should say 375.

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OK, Barbara?

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About 360.

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Oh.

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Oh, dear, I don't like the look of that.

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Well, John, you're the winner.

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-Yeah, but...?

-It's one-all.

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The price of this house as it stands, currently,

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on the market, is 399,950. A lot more than you thought.

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So nearly 400,000.

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Two very different houses we've shown you so far.

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-Yeah.

-And you know what we're going to show you now, don't you?

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The biggest en suite in the whole world! That's all we're going to give you for the wild card!

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It's this way, come on.

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We are out in the wilds for the wild card, a barn conversion on top of a hill.

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Its location might be wild, but the space inside

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is exactly what they're looking for.

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I can't wait to see their faces, Jonnie.

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Right, John and Barbara, last property of the day.

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Everyone's favourite, the wild card.

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Now, why is this place the wild card?

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Well, we look at many properties, and there are very few that we find

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that have such an unconventional

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layout as this place. That's why it's the wild card.

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Jonnie will explain more in a moment. But, first impressions, please?

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-It's a barn.

-You say that, but is it?

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-Barbara?

-I hope not!

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Well, then, we've delivered!

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It's a hayloft.

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See that, see that building there?

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It's that as well. That's part of the old farmhouse.

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This barn part is a mere cherry on top of the whole wild-card cake.

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-Now what do we think?

-It's huge!

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-Think of all those stairs.

-Who's coming to do the cleaning?

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-I'll do the hoovering for you.

-You've got a family to do that.

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And you've got John to do that, and all.

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So, now you know that, what are we thinking

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-about this property and its location and everything?

-Beautiful.

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It looks good from here. Good views.

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-Make sure you use your imagination in this place, because it is unfurnished.

-Right, OK.

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-We will do, yes.

-Get in there and enjoy, go on.

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Oh, crikey, they're right. Isn't it big?

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Oh, well. This is different, isn't it?

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Oh, wow!

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Does that suit you?

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Oh! Oh, that's fabulous.

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I tell you what, this is going very well.

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It is absolutely beautiful. Oh, my goodness, look at all this equipment.

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-Got a new range, as well.

-Yeah, a range.

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We've had more gasps and groans in

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this first room than in the other two properties put together.

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Oh, look at this.

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That's nice.

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Oh, yes. You can imagine all of them in here, can't you?

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-This would be just right.

-Nice lounge, isn't it?

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Yes, it is.

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It'd take all our furniture in here for the lounge area.

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You say it's the lounge area, Barbara.

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I think there's an even better room for the lounge, don't you?

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That'll do you, wouldn't it? It's a television room.

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That's an idea.

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-Yes, cos then we could take the children...

-Projector.

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Oh, yeah.

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The children could come in here and we could have the lounge

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to ourselves. Oh, this is beautiful.

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The inglenook fireplace is still there behind the board. You've got to open that up.

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-You'd rip that out.

-You've got to.

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It's huge, isn't it?

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Yes, it is, it's massive.

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Who picked this, Jonnie or Simon?

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Barbara is overwhelmed and John sounds like the cat's got the cream

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because there's nothing to do here, is there?

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Oh, this is just too much. This has got to be the master, hasn't it?

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We've got a Jack and Jill en suite coming up now, Jonnie. Will it be big enough?

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Oh, look! Come, look!

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Fingers crossed, everyone.

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Oh, wow!

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Sold. Go and put in the offer, whatever.

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-It's beautiful!

-It's big enough! They might need another sink, obviously.

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It's another bedroom, that is.

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No, it can't be? Oh, I suppose it can be a bedroom.

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No, no, no. I could have my sewing room and everything in here.

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I can understand why Barbara and John would want the first floor,

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just for ease of access, but I don't know, I like the top floor.

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-Oh, look at the brickwork there.

-That's lovely, isn't it?

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John, look at this.

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Wow.

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Right, you can have this bedroom.

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I'll have the one downstairs and you can have this one.

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It's a bigger shower in here, as well.

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It's so well done, isn't it?

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What do you think?

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It's beautiful. Let's just go and

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tell Jonnie and Simon to ring the estate agent.

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-Excuse me, Jonnie.

-You make the call.

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Call to make.

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Well, that seemed to go well.

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Very well, yes.

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Yes, it did. Too well, really.

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-Come on, Barbara, what are you thinking?

-Oh, it's...

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She wants to know when she can move in!

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It is, it's beautiful. It's just exactly what we want.

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When you approach many barn conversions from the other side,

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it's all shared areas and that kind of stuff,

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-but this place...

-Yes, I was a bit dubious about that.

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..does have its own garden. Do you know, you also get this

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kind of extension to your garden back here as well?

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You can dig that, then, can't you?

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Gorgeous big property, and a gorgeous big garden.

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But how much is it?

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-Who went first last time?

-It was John first last time, yes.

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-What's the score?

-One-all.

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Your budget is £400,000.

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-Is it freehold?

-It is freehold.

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-Oh, I don't know.

-Any maintenance charge, at all?

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There is a maintenance charge of £170 a year.

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Every resident pays that for the communal areas.

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-Go on.

-About 460.

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OK, Barbara.

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No, I wouldn't say quite that.

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I'd say 435.

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-435.

-Put them out of their misery, mate, go on.

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OK.

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Yeah, I'm sorry about this, Barbara.

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You're way off.

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It's two-one to John.

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We wouldn't go over budget!

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399,950.

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Really?

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Go phone the estate agent!

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That's a surprise. I thought you'd be over with that one.

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It's absolutely fabulous. Please!

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"Please can I have this house!"

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Hang on! Don't say too much more, Barbara, or you could ruin the rest of our show!

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Because we've now shown you

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three very different properties, and you have to decide which one you'd

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like to spend a bit more time in.

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-Why don't you go and put your heads together and we'll see you in a while.

-OK.

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I wonder which one they'll choose, Simon(!)

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It's going to be very difficult, this one, isn't it?

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In that case, why don't we remind everybody at home of the three

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huge properties today?

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Might they be drawn back towards the

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gorgeous garden and master bedroom potential of property number one?

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It's today's bargain, with plenty to spare at 385 grand.

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Or will the flowing downstairs space and two sinks en suite

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of property number two give Barbara more cause for thought?

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Just under their limit at 399,950.

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Or can we string the suspense out any longer

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by pretending that the wild card isn't at the top of their list?

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This beautiful barn conversion is on for 399,950.

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Well, would you credit it?

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John's brought his motorhome to be parked at...the wild card.

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That's why they're smiling.

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It's a beast, isn't it?

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Hang on, let me go and get my motorhome magazine out.

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If you're going to do that, I'll get my home crafts magazine out.

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I reckon Barbara's running up the curtains already.

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John really loves that motorhome.

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Didn't I see him in a 1970s advert for car wax?

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Here comes the family.

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Well, two of them, at least.

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-I think little Josh makes up for most of them.

-What do you think?

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-I like it.

-Big table here.

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-Yeah, yeah.

-Huge table here?

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Now, that's how you test-drive a room.

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So, an action-packed test drive.

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Did you manage to park that massive wagon of yours?

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Yeah, no problem here at all.

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-No problem?

-Plenty of space.

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Barbara, you seem to be raising your eyebrows there.

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It'll be a first!

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Well, OK, let's leave John alone. What about this wonderful house?

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-Fantastic.

-Very, yeah. I think it's just what you want, isn't it?

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-Yes.

-Whoa, just what YOU want?

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All he wants is what's best for you. Isn't that lovely?

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-I have to please her.

-I don't know, he always blames me!

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Do you want to buy, or not to buy?

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I think that's a definite yes, isn't it? We would want to buy this.

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-Really?!

-Absolutely brilliant. Well, we're so pleased, because

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it was quite a tricky search today to find the living space

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without eight bedrooms.

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Yes, exactly.

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Did we tick all the boxes?

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I think so.

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No, they went down on one.

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What? What do you mean?

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Conservatory.

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The conservatory. Well, we'll leave you to sort that out. Shall we...?

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There's big windows over there. See you later!

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Jonnie, you know what's odd?

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I'm starting to get that feeling of deja vu again.

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I just thought it was the wild card winning again.

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No, another "to buy".

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We are a winning combination.

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True, but I just thought it was cos we were good at our jobs.

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Hey, Jonnie, I'm starting to get that odd feeling of deja vu again.

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I just thought... This is just getting weird now.

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If you'd like to have the pleasantly disconcerting feeling

0:27:060:27:09

of Jonnie and I finding you your next perfect property,

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don't hesitate and get in touch again.

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-Otherwise, it's... Hello, and welcome to...

-No, it's not!

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