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On To Buy Or Not To Buy, we try to help people achieve their dreams.

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Whatever the substance - brick, wood or concrete - we've aimed to please.

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However, one of our homebuyers today has a dream involving a different substance.

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And that substance is a large amount of goose fat!

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-Concerned?

-Intrigued?

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So are we.

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If you hadn't already guessed,

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one of today's house-hunters harbours a dream to swim across the Channel.

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-Hence the goose fat.

-Indeed.

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If you came to any other goose-fat-based conclusions,

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shame on you! Shame on you.

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Actually, swimming isn't the bravest thing they're trying.

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No. That's where we come in with one of our toughest challenges.

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Minus, of course, the goose fat.

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Coming up on To Buy Or Not To Buy, the perfect house for the nation's walkers.

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-The ergonomics of ramblers.

-The side access.

-In. Toilet. Go!

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Ramble. Done. Isn't it?

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Jonny faces disappointment in the bedroom department.

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Oh, it's small again.

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It's a nice little room.

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But both bedrooms are on the front.

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So you get the noisy road for both bedrooms.

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And today's wild card has lofty connections.

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It is believed - emphasis on believed -

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-that King Charles II once stayed here.

-Right.

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-So there you go.

-OK.

-It's royal!

-Exactly. By royal appointment.

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Meet today's house-hunting couple, Bunny and Anna.

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After renting for the past ten years in various parts of the UK and New Zealand,

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they've decided now's the time to get on the property ladder and put roots down.

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They're both into the great outdoors,

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walking, swimming and kayaking.

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So what better place to set up home than by the Jurassic Coast?

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Why have you taken so long? Are you terrible at decisions,

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do you want perfection? What's the problem?

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We've been waiting to get to the sea, pretty much.

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Where are you coming from, and why be near the sea?

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We just love being at the sea. We love being in the water, kayaking,

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walking on coastal paths, and we want to be here now.

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We don't want to go, "When I retire, I'll live at the sea." We want it now.

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-Do you have your own kayaks?

-I will have, once we move to the sea.

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-So storage will be optimum.

-Yep.

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-And you're coming here to do something as well.

-Yeah.

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I'm going to be running a guided nature walk business as well.

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It would be nice to bring clients back afterwards and give them a cup of tea and stuff.

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And for Anna's work it would be nice to have a space where she can work with clients.

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-What do you do?

-It's therapeutic. Workshops for women around body image and food-related issues.

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Like a Scottish Gok Wan!

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-If you'd like me to trivialise your job!

-Thank you!

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No.

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-So you'll need space in the house for that.

-Yes.

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Ideally a separate lounge or conservatory or something

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that we could allocate to either walking clients or therapy clients.

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So you've got a clear idea in your mind.

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Talk us through the house. In the front door. How's it going to look?

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Hopefully two reception areas, our own lounge and a client lounge.

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-A downstairs cloakroom.

-A downstairs loo.

-Essential.

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Everyone loves one of them. With your own business, it's good to have one.

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Not people traipsing up there seeing what perfumes you got.

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-We want to open the curtains and go, "Oh!"

-A brand new vista.

-Yes.

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-So if you're living here, you want to be able to see where you are.

-Exactly.

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-Ideally seeing this?

-That would be a huge bonus but we know that's unrealistic on our price range!

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-But you want something that reflects the area you're living in.

-Exactly.

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There are lots of lovely views and the countryside is beautiful.

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-OK.

-And a nice kitchen.

-Yes.

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Ideally that it's big enough to eat in as well.

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I like a nice kitchen where I can do baking. I like cooking and baking.

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A garden, not particularly big, necessarily, just a nice space.

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Ideally a shed, and upstairs three bedrooms would be great.

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I think we've got the idea in our heads.

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Areas. What areas can we look at for houses?

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Really from Sidmouth here, going west towards Exmouth.

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We've narrowed it down quite a bit. We've been looking further west but we like it at this end.

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Anna, a little birdie told me that you have a hobby that you wish to do

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-that involves goose fat and that out there.

-Yes.

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I'm going to swim the Channel before I'm 40.

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Will you goose-fat-up on the beach? How are you going to do it?

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When you swim the Channel, you can't wear a wetsuit, only a swimsuit.

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-You have to be tough.

-How come?

-It's just the rules.

-Rules, right.

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-You have to be...

-She's very tough.

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-OK. Wow.

-You have to be acclimatised to the cold water.

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So you will come down here of a morning, tub of goose fat...

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-Will you be sat in the boat going, "That's it! Paddle. Stroke."

-In the kayak, "Keep going!"

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-"Good luck! Watch out for that nappy!"

-I'm not going. It's too cold.

-OK.

-Right.

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We're at that point. It's the rudest question in daytime TV. We ask it daily.

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-How much money have you got for the dream?

-We have a maximum of 250,000.

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OK. You've been looking, you've been planning. £250,000.

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Will compromises have to be made or can it be achieved?

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-We think it's achievable.

-OK.

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-Probably not the sea view. Maybe not the sea view. Maybe a sea glimpse from an attic room!

-That works.

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I've seen estate agents' details, "..a glimpse of the sea."

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We're after a sea glimpse, or a linger on the sea.

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Is there anything you categorically do not want?

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We don't want to be in a really noisy street,

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brightly-lit, lots of night life.

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-Good. We needed an idea for the wild card! See you later!

-Bye!

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Here is today's fear. Here is today's jeopardy.

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These ladies have spent ten years planning their move down here

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and a budget of £250,000 isn't going to stretch that far.

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Not that far, Jonny. But it will, I confidently believe,

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-get them a glimpse of the sea.

-That'll do.

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A small glimpse, but a glimpse.

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I'm going to meet the folk of Sidmouth, to see if they're into the idea of kayaking and walking

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-and therapy and....

-All that.

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-See you later.

-See you. I'm going to ask an estate agent if we can make the dream come true.

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Sidmouth, as its name suggests, lies at the mouth of the River Sid.

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It's edged by the majestic red Jurassic coastlines.

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Formerly a small fishing village, Sidmouth grew into a fashionable coastal resort

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to both live and visit in the Georgian and Victorian periods.

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Numerous Regency villas and mansions were built along the coastline,

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which are today used as hotels housing the thousands of tourists who visit Sidmouth each year.

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With Britain's longest trail walk on its doorstep, the South West Coast Path,

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you get a taste of the rolling countryside and the beautiful sea views.

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But before we continue our search in Sidmouth,

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here's what else we've got to show you that's available beside the seaside beside the sea.

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In Blackpool, this gorgeous period five-bed property.

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It has a beautiful Victorian entrance hall and a stunning kitchen/diner.

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Or maybe you'd prefer to be in Yarmouth,

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where this three-bed bungalow resides.

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The two immaculate bathrooms show how the rest of the property could be with a little TLC.

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Finally, how about this four-bed detached house in Skegness?

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A large kitchen, two bathrooms and plenty of outside space.

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Right. I've found the agents. I wonder how Ed's getting on with the locals?

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-Mandy. Thank you so much for agreeing to see me. How are you?

-Well, thank you.

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-Where are good walks around here?

-Oh, my giddy aunt!

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-I just almost bought a book that said...

-What?

-I didn't, in the end!

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About the walk all around the coast.

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-We have actually walked up the top of that hill.

-Do you know the name of it?

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-I think that's Peak Hill.

-If you say it with confidence, it's Peak Hill.

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-We have a budget of £250,000.

-Right.

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Our buyers today, ideally, like many if you move to Sidmouth,

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you want to see the sea.

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With 250 grand, wanting three bedrooms,

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is that possible?

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Chances are they might see sea glimpses.

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The majority of the sea front is hotel accommodation.

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It's a Regency town and that's why people love it because it is very traditional.

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-Can I ask your name?

-Tiffany.

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What a lovely name, Tiffany!

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Tiffany in the ice cream shop,

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what is the most popular ice cream for the people of Sidmouth?

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Probably Whippy ice cream and rum and raisin.

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-People like a Whippy?

-Yep.

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Sidmouth and Exmouth are the areas of consideration.

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How far back am I going, and what kind of property can I expect?

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Exmouth, you get a lot more for your money, but it isn't, in my opinion, as sought-after.

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-I'd like you to give me a lolly...

-RUMBLING

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I don't know what's going on in that machine!

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Give me a lolly that you think I should have for that pound.

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-OK.

-I want you to mind-read me with a lolly.

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OK.

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With a lolly, I reckon you're a Chunky man!

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You think I'm a Chunky? I'll take that as a positive, Tiffany!

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-Thank you.

-You're welcome.

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-Lovely, Mandy, cheers.

-Nice to meet you.

-Nice to meet you.

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Most people come to the promenade, sit in deck chairs and eat ice creams.

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Ed and I, though, like to look at laminated property details!

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We're working very hard. And I believe we've done quite well.

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-Go on.

-Property One, my choice.

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Bunny and Anna have lived in bungalows, flats, terraces.

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How about a detached house?

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-Ooh!

-A dream style home. It has the two receptions they want,

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a conservatory, a downstairs toilet that Anna has always wanted,

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although the third bedroom is a bit controversial,

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but we'll discuss that later.

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One question. Glimpse of the sea or not?

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-That's a negative.

-I could talk about this beautiful three-storey property with four bedrooms,

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a lovely back garden, and that it's half a mile from Sidmouth.

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I'm not going to mention those things. But I will mention that it has a glimpse of the sea!

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Thank you very much. They are glimpsing the sea.

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-That means that will win.

-OK.

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The wild card, sadly, does not have a glimpse of the sea. But it's lovely. It's Grade II listed

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-with three to four bedrooms. Have a look.

-It looks great. If it had a glimpse of the sea, it could win.

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But let's face it. Do they really want a glimpse of the sea?

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That is the key to the show today.

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-But it has two useful timber sheds, which, if you're a kayaker...

-Manna from heaven.

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-Those are the houses. Where shall we start?

-My choice, Property One.

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The girls asked for detached. I'm giving them detached.

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They asked for separate downstairs living space, I'm giving them it.

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But ideally, they want to be in Sidmouth.

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You're not giving them that, are you?

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Ladies, here we are, Property One, in Exmouth.

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-That was on the list, right?

-Yep.

-This is fine.

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Wonderful commuter links and accessibility here. The road is there. A positive.

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-I'm here. I'm not now.

-Exactly. So this is working for us.

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A detached house.

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Before I tell you about the inside, what do you think from outside?

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-It's lovely.

-Yep. Very sweet.

-Pretty.

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-It looks really nice.

-That's a relief because it's a pressure journey for Ed and I.

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Ten years you've been planning this move. We've only got a day.

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Let's deal with the elephant in the room - the road. Is it an elephant?

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-It depends. I'm paranoid about noisy roads.

-A sign

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for your new business, planted here.

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-The busier the road, the better!

-Jolly good.

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-Let's talk inside. There's a downstairs toilet.

-Fantastic.

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A box ticked.

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This property really is more about the business side of things.

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It's very practically laid out

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as far as getting in and making it work straightaway.

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It's not technically a three-bedroomed house, though.

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There's two double bedrooms, then a study in the loft.

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It's not technically a bedroom, but can be used as one.

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-You've escaped yourself out of that. Are you excited and intrigued about going in?

-Yeah.

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-Definitely.

-This is the beginning of your new life and business. Three, two, one. Go in!

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So this is where Anna and Bunny have their business. Any potential ideas?

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-I've got some great names which I'll reveal later. One will knock their socks off.

-Yeah?

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Wow.

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Oh, I like the staircase.

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It's nice, isn't it?

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-And it's much quieter when you come in off the road.

-Yep.

-Which is good.

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I will echo their quiet comment.

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Earlier, I thought the road would be the elephant in the room. It isn't. It's a positive.

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So there's this sort of lounge bit, with a fire.

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Fire.

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OK.

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And then... This comes through here. That's really nice.

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-That's really light, isn't it?

-It's a good size.

-It's fab.

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-Wow.

-Wow, look at that.

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That's fantastic.

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I am saying that is the therapy room.

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I've come up with a name for the therapy thing earlier on.

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So Anna's doing the therapy thing. I said she was a bit like Gok Wan.

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Anna's from Scotland.

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"Jock Ann Therapy."

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-It's exactly the kind of thing we talked about.

-Yes.

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A space for the workshop.

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-It's brilliant.

-You can picture a circle of people in here.

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And look at the garden! That's fab.

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-And really manageable, as well.

-Yeah.

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I don't think they expected much of a garden, but this is.

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I can imagine a kayak lying down here.

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-Or over there.

-Three bicycles scattered across there.

-Easily achievable.

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-What they lack in sea glimpses, they gain in plot sizes.

-Bicycle zones.

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And this I like.

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I like having the separate dining area. That's really good.

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Yeah. And they're using that little bit as a study area,

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which is quite nice.

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Plenty of room, more than we've ever had before in terms of a kitchen.

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-And the kitchen.

-Ooh, nice cooker!

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Hooray, look. A nice cooker for baking. It's gas.

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-There's plenty of space.

-You can sit and chat if people come round.

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-And a utility room.

-Wow.

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-Amazing.

-Brilliant.

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-That's really nice. It feels grown-up, like a proper house!

-It is, isn't it?

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This is the moment that Anna has been waiting for.

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The other rooms will pale into insignificance when she sees the downstairs toilet.

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There's something else which I've been looking for. The downstairs loo!

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There, are you happy now?

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I am. And it's really nice and modern

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and functional. Everything you need just there.

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And people can come straight in from the back door here

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-or from the conservatory without coming through the house.

-The back of the house could be client space.

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Yes, Anna, that's exactly what it's all about.

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Working out the ergonomics of ramblers. In. Toilet. Go.

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Ramble. Done. Isn't it?

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Man alive! Would they have rambling rights over the side access cos ramblers are a legal nightmare.

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-I wouldn't like to speculate.

-You'd want to check that out.

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-Oh, that's quite sweet.

-Yeah.

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-Do you think it's the main one?

-Well, it's a double bedroom.

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It's definitely a double room and there's built-in storage, which is good.

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It's nice. It's a bit small.

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A tiny bit small, but yeah.

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In the bedroom department, it would seem you've let these ladies down.

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Thus far, that's what is suggests.

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But if they just hold their horses, another bedroom will reveal itself.

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Will it be bigger like they want it to be?

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Let's see what we've got here.

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So...bathroom.

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That's a nice big size bathroom.

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It's a better size than the bedroom.

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-And to have the separate bath and shower is really nice.

-It's good, that.

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I guess it's just a functional room, really, but I like the fact there's more space in it.

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Which is good. So I wonder if the other bedroom is the biggest room.

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-We'll see.

-I'm a bit underwhelmed by size of bedroom.

-See what the other one's like.

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If they've seen the bigger bedroom and they say "We hope there's a bigger bedroom",

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this journey will end in disappointment.

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-But...

-If it's the other way round...

-It's happy.

-Happy ending.

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-Ooh, it's small.

-Small again.

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-It's a nice little room.

-But both bedrooms are at the front.

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-You're going to get the noisy road for both bedrooms.

-Exactly. It is quieter,

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but you and I would like to have that really quiet sanctuary bedroom thing going on.

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-It's like being in a tower!

-I know!

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Mind your head!

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Oh, this is very sweet, but again, it's just small.

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-It's tiny.

-It's small.

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It's a shame cos I really like the downstairs space.

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I can see us having groups there, using the dining area, the conservatory,

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-the downstairs loo.

-The garden. It's beautiful. But it gets so tiny up here.

-Yeah.

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Jonny, I'd say you've gone from an entrance of "Wow!"

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to an exit of a "Hmm".

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Yeah. Brilliant.

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So, you loved the downstairs,

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you wanted two double bedrooms and a single room/study.

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That's exactly what you got. Therefore this place is perfect, yes?

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-Almost.

-Almost.

-Almost. Come on in!

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We do really love the downstairs.

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It's fantastic and we can see how we would use it.

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We could put in a nice curtain or screen to section off the conservatory from the lounge.

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It really works. But it just felt as we went upstairs, it got smaller and smaller.

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What can we learn from it? This downstairs area, you were sold on.

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This is what we're after, yes?

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Yes. And the garden's brilliant and the space is more than we needed.

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-And parking.

-Parking is great.

-It's light. Really lovely downstairs.

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Are you prepared to make a compromise to get the business side of things going?

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-You see, I would say the home has to come first.

-OK.

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-Right.

-Which is good. It helps us to understand ourselves better what is of paramount importance

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and what we could give up and couldn't give up.

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Shall we play guess the price?

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If not for fun. Maybe the price might help us. Maybe it won't.

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Who'd like to go first? £250,000 to play with.

0:19:000:19:03

-Who wants to play first?

-I'll go first.

-OK. Very brave.

0:19:030:19:08

Right, then.

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-242.

-242 from Anna.

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Bunny, are you going to hop over or under?

0:19:130:19:18

-I was thinking 240.

-So you're going under.

-Slightly under.

-240 versus 242.

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You've gone lower, well, you've gone the wrong way.

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You've steamed into the lead. It's a tickle over your maximum budget.

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-It's on for 254,950.

-OK.

-What do you think of that price versus the location,

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the size of the house, the plot?

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-Do you think that's fair?

-I think so, given it's a detached house,

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which is one of our desirables, so yeah, it's fair.

0:19:420:19:46

-OK.

-Can we do better?

0:19:460:19:48

-Yes, of course you can! Of course!

-Go out that door

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and we'll go to Property Two.

0:19:510:19:53

Open her up and we'll leave. It's lovely, a good choice, but move on.

0:19:530:19:58

Back in Sidmouth is this Victorian end-of-terrace.

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I know the girls would love a sea view, but their budget won't stretch to that.

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So instead of a view of the sea, they've got a glimpse.

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Bunny and Anna, we're back, by the magic of TV, in Sidmouth.

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Now, this is a beauty. And I'm only going to say one thing.

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I'll say others, but this is the main thing,

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if you stick your head out of the top window, which I have done,

0:20:230:20:28

-there is a glimpse of the sea.

-Wow!

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-For that alone, it's fitting.

-That's fine. We don't need to see anything!

0:20:300:20:35

So, we are end terrace. Have you lived in a property like this before?

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-Similar.

-Yes.

-I wanted something different, and it's got a glimmer of the sea.

-That's different.

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Now, Jonny's one looked big from the outside but was small on the inside.

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This one, what do you think?

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Well, knowing that terraces are often quite deceptive and they get bigger as they go back.

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-I'm optimistic.

-I can't avoid the road. It's here. But down that road, ten minutes' walk,

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-you are by the sea.

-Wonderful.

-You're at the beach. Ten minutes.

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A question for each of you. Bunny, is the ten-minute drag OK for the kayak?

0:21:060:21:10

Anna, first impressions. What do you think?

0:21:100:21:13

-Kayak, OK. Maybe I could find somewhere to put it at the beach.

-OK.

0:21:130:21:16

-First impressions of the outside, it looks really sweet.

-They're lovely these period properties.

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The property is arranged intriguingly.

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It's not as immediately open for business prospects as Jonny's was.

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But as a house for people it works well. But you could marry the two.

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If you can't do it, it's your fault. It is achievable.

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I have a brilliant plan, but I won't tell you it now. I'll see what you think.

0:21:380:21:42

-Are you prepared for that?

-Oh, yes.

-Absolutely.

-See you later.

0:21:420:21:47

How far out of the window do you have to lean to see the sea?

0:21:520:21:56

-About a foot.

-A foot.

-But it's safe. It is safe. But about a foot.

-That counts.

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This way.

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Oh, I like that, cos it's got the two-room idea again.

0:22:050:22:08

Yeah. That's nice and light.

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It's a huge space. It's very brown, isn't it?

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Solution one. If they don't like the brownness of the house, go to the paint shop!

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Tick!

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They've got that as a dining room, but we could do what we want.

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-You could have one big lounge.

-That doesn't have to be separate.

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It could be a bigger lounge.

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Here's the kitchen.

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-Oh, that's nice. Got nice new modern units in it.

-Yep.

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-And nice and plain.

-And it's a nice size for us.

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-It's a nice big utility room.

-That makes a big difference.

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-When you've got the utility room, you don't need the washing machine in the kitchen.

-Exactly.

0:22:480:22:53

You can't really see the garden at the moment, but it looks a low-maintenance garden.

0:22:530:22:58

-Not a lot of lawn.

-It's quite exciting, the different levels and the sheds up there. I like that.

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-That's going to be a bigger outdoor therapy room.

-To the sound of running water.

-Yes.

0:23:050:23:09

-There's a pond just there.

-And a toilet there.

0:23:090:23:12

-It's outside, the industry.

-That would also be the sound of running water!

0:23:120:23:17

-Can I go in this one?

-Yeah.

0:23:170:23:20

-Oh, that's much bigger.

-That's better, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:23:210:23:25

-And lighter.

-Yeah.

0:23:250:23:27

-This is a good-sized bedroom. And there's a balcony!

-So there is! Wow!

0:23:270:23:33

-Look at that! That's a bit special!

-That's inspired, isn't it?

0:23:330:23:37

-That's extremely inspired.

-A little sun trap. Bliss!

0:23:370:23:41

That wasn't even on our list, a sun trap. It's fantastic.

0:23:410:23:46

This has really made them drink the house in.

0:23:460:23:50

I didn't like the whole, "Look how bright it is. This is more like it. It's much bigger."

0:23:500:23:55

Don't see that as negative to you. That's positive for all of us.

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They like the decor, they like the lifestyle. This is good.

0:23:580:24:02

The bathroom. Again,

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really nice and modern.

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Not what you would have expected on the face of it downstairs.

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A lovely corner shower. That looks new.

0:24:120:24:14

-And a nice bath.

-They've obviously spent all their time doing up the top.

0:24:140:24:20

Yeah. It's lovely.

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Do you go for the contemporary bathroom suite or classic?

0:24:220:24:25

-We mix the twain.

-Do you?

-We do. We mix between the two.

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Another good-sized room.

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-It's amazing. This period of house has much better sizes.

-Yeah.

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I know it's on the front, but it's got a really nice view to the hill.

0:24:370:24:41

That's lovely, actually.

0:24:410:24:42

It's a much better space. Look at the big bay.

0:24:420:24:45

They've got a big chest there, but you don't have to have something big.

0:24:450:24:49

Loads of room.

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-So the 1930s house they felt offered them smaller rooms.

-Uh-huh.

0:24:510:24:55

But the Victorian/Edwardian style period, perfect.

0:24:550:24:58

All the dimensions they're after.

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-This is a much better size.

-It's more of a dormer, isn't it?

0:25:000:25:05

I don't think I could have this as a bedroom. It would be too small

0:25:050:25:09

-and too oppressive with the ceiling.

-Yeah. But with that view,

0:25:090:25:14

-if you had your desk looking out, it would be great.

-Yes.

0:25:140:25:17

If you stick your head out about a foot

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from one of the windows, you can see the sea. I promised the sea, I found the sea.

0:25:190:25:24

So this is the last little room.

0:25:240:25:27

That's onto the front.

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Gosh, you're high up here, aren't you?

0:25:290:25:32

Again, it's perfectly adequate as an office or a study.

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We could have one each and shout to each other through the wall! Have a knocking code.

0:25:350:25:41

Man alive! People of Sidmouth, get yourself excited.

0:25:410:25:45

You're getting a new therapy den and a walking business.

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Happening. Exmouth has just lost that!

0:25:490:25:52

We all realised it had lost it when we were outside.

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So it's close to town, it's got a lot of space, you can see the sea.

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I don't know if we can afford it.

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-I'm going to go and find out.

-Let's find out. OK.

0:26:020:26:05

Bunny and Anna. What do you think of the whole thing?

0:26:090:26:12

Really mixed, actually, cos the downstairs didn't grab me at all

0:26:120:26:16

then we came up here and I really like this and the attic conversion as well. It has potential.

0:26:160:26:22

And a glimpse of the sea, which you've all seen now.

0:26:220:26:25

-Let's not forget that!

-And a good glimpse, it wasn't too awkward.

0:26:250:26:29

Two glimpses. One on this level from the front and upstairs, what a glimpse you get!

0:26:290:26:34

-You get a good glimpse.

-So how much would you have to pay to get a glimpse of the sea in Sidmouth?

0:26:340:26:39

Your budget is around £250,000.

0:26:390:26:41

Anna, you scraped through with a win on Property One.

0:26:410:26:45

Bunny, how much do you think on this place?

0:26:450:26:47

I think it's over budget because of the space, and it's pretty central and you can see the sea.

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So I'm going to say 260.

0:26:520:26:55

I think it's going to be even more

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because of the location, primarily.

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We're so close to the town centre and so close to the sea.

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I'm going to say 270.

0:27:030:27:06

It's Bunny. You're closest. You have levelled it. And you're not that close!

0:27:060:27:10

This is cheaper than the first one.

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£245,000.

0:27:120:27:14

-Wow!

-Wow!

0:27:140:27:16

-It certainly throws up more ideas.

-We would need a budget to do stuff.

0:27:160:27:20

We couldn't just buy it. We'd have to have some spare cash.

0:27:200:27:25

My wagging finger is out. That's pre-haggling as well.

0:27:250:27:28

-Exactly.

-So imagine all of these thoughts, and more.

0:27:280:27:32

-It's possible, achievable, for your budget, you could do it.

-Yeah.

0:27:320:27:36

It could happen here.

0:27:360:27:38

-Do you want to go to the wild card, though?

-Oh, yes!

0:27:380:27:41

-Everyone always does.

-We still do.

-Fine.

-You never know.

-That's true.

0:27:410:27:46

You have to look at at least three and then buy one of them.

0:27:460:27:49

-That's how the show works!

-This way.

0:27:490:27:51

Moving to Sidford, we've taken a short drive inland to the wild card.

0:27:550:28:00

We've taken the girls further away from what's most important to them, the sea.

0:28:000:28:04

But what they're sacrificing in distance, they're gaining in size.

0:28:040:28:08

Anna,

0:28:080:28:10

Bunny, welcome to your wild card.

0:28:100:28:12

We've come to Sidford, a couple of miles away from Sidmouth,

0:28:120:28:16

to demonstrate just how much more for your money you can get if you pull yourself away from the coast.

0:28:160:28:22

-What do you think? A gorgeous thatched cottage.

-It's very sweet. Yeah, it looks lovely.

-It does.

0:28:220:28:28

15th century. To be honest, builders in the 15th century

0:28:280:28:31

had a real lack of foresight because there's no off-road parking!

0:28:310:28:35

-Yes.

-That is a shortcoming of theirs.

0:28:350:28:38

But as far as property goes, we can use some of our favourite words including TARDIS-like

0:28:380:28:43

and deceptively spacious.

0:28:430:28:44

-Wonderful.

-It certainly is. Now, Anna,

0:28:440:28:47

the thatch, I believe, is relatively new. That's thousands of pounds saved.

0:28:470:28:51

It lasts quite a while, so good news. And there's some history to this.

0:28:510:28:56

Kind of. It is believed, emphasis on believed,

0:28:560:28:59

that King Charles II once stayed here.

0:28:590:29:03

-So there you go.

-OK.

-It's royal!

-Exactly. By royal appointment!

0:29:030:29:08

I'm really keen to get in and see what it's like.

0:29:080:29:10

Yes, it's different.

0:29:100:29:12

-They don't build them like this any more!

-No.

0:29:120:29:14

I'm not sure they built them like this in those days!

0:29:140:29:17

Watch out for the elephant in the room, this massive road.

0:29:170:29:21

We cannot avoid the roads today. OK. Are you excited?

0:29:210:29:24

-Yes.

-In three, two, one, obey the Green Cross Code and go into the wild card. Go!

0:29:240:29:30

Here we are. Back garden. I have a question.

0:29:350:29:38

Can you hear the elephant in the room from here?

0:29:380:29:41

-Can't hear nothing.

-No. We're set well back, here.

0:29:410:29:44

-Wow!

-Gosh!

0:29:460:29:48

How much bigger is that in size.

0:29:480:29:50

-Beams. Very nice.

-Nice beams.

0:29:500:29:51

-Oh, look!

-I'm surprised... What have you seen?

0:29:510:29:54

-It's a hutch.

-A hutch! It's got a bunny in it!

0:29:540:29:57

Look!

0:29:580:29:59

-It's a little house rabbit.

-Fantastic.

-Think it comes with the house?

-Probably not.

0:29:590:30:04

-Hello!

-We have to look at the house.

0:30:040:30:06

-Yay! It's a house bunny!

-It's a house bunny for Bunny!

0:30:070:30:11

-Here we go.

-If we were being even more daring we could put Bunny in it!

0:30:110:30:15

-I can see that.

-That is the test drive we'd want to see!

0:30:150:30:18

We don't want to see that. But it would be exciting.

0:30:180:30:21

-We could put her in that one as well.

-Trying to get her in the hutch!

-It's two-fold.

0:30:210:30:25

-It's got a lovely little fireplace.

-That is lovely.

0:30:250:30:28

-Really nice.

-Nice old wooden floor.

0:30:280:30:32

Yep. And surprisingly light.

0:30:320:30:35

Yeah, cos I thought small, dark, but it's sweet.

0:30:350:30:39

Oh, wow!

0:30:400:30:41

-This is a proper country cottage kitchen, isn't it?

-Nice.

0:30:410:30:45

It's so nice. Look at that.

0:30:450:30:47

That's great. I really like having space for a table in the kitchen.

0:30:470:30:51

That's quite a big one. You wouldn't need to have such a big one.

0:30:510:30:55

And it's got a nice little... Again, it's still quite light.

0:30:550:31:00

It's another great start.

0:31:000:31:02

But based on previous experiences of these two,

0:31:020:31:05

-they start very well...

-Then tail off.

-Yeah.

-They tail off.

0:31:050:31:08

Keep it together.

0:31:080:31:09

Oh, this is good. A nice sort of cloakroom space.

0:31:090:31:13

-It's actually quite a big space.

-Let's have a look.

-Look.

-Ah!

0:31:130:31:18

I wonder if this could be the downstairs loo.

0:31:180:31:21

Absolutely.

0:31:210:31:22

Again, then you've got all the downstairs area for workshops and clients.

0:31:220:31:27

That comes in off the front, doesn't it?

0:31:270:31:29

What's in here?

0:31:290:31:31

Oh! There's a downstairs loo!

0:31:310:31:34

Marvellous!

0:31:340:31:35

-There you go.

-Brilliant.

-Brilliant.

0:31:350:31:38

Wow, it just goes on and on.

0:31:380:31:40

Oh, this is great.

0:31:400:31:43

-There's a stable door.

-That's a nice entrance/exit point.

0:31:430:31:46

Oh, wow, a double bedroom.

0:31:460:31:50

Oh, fantastic.

0:31:500:31:52

-It would be lovely as a guest room.

-It could be a nice guest bedroom.

0:31:520:31:57

-Or study, depending.

-A little library space.

0:31:570:31:59

-Or a therapy room.

-Fantastic.

0:31:590:32:02

There's a certain cosiness with properties that are this old.

0:32:020:32:06

They just resonate something.

0:32:060:32:08

King Charles II could have stayed anywhere in the country.

0:32:080:32:12

-He's got how many castles?

-Dozens.

-Loads.

0:32:120:32:14

But he stayed here. Right here.

0:32:140:32:17

Oh, wow, look.

0:32:170:32:20

-It's all open plan.

-Wow.

0:32:200:32:22

I didn't expect that at all.

0:32:220:32:24

That's really, really nice.

0:32:240:32:26

Though I automatically think workshop.

0:32:260:32:30

A lovely place for us, but a brilliant light.

0:32:300:32:35

-And look at the view!

-A view of the hills.

-The hill.

-Lovely.

0:32:350:32:39

It's really great.

0:32:390:32:40

'I really like that room,'

0:32:400:32:42

but I'm not sure I'd want to use it for the treatment. I'd want that for myself.

0:32:420:32:47

It's not happening 24/7, so I think that would be great,

0:32:470:32:50

cos you'd want it to have a wow factor for people because it's your income.

0:32:500:32:54

Do that, then once they've been healed and cleansed...

0:32:540:32:57

-I suppose the room, in its layout, is therapeutic.

-It is.

0:32:570:33:01

-So where are we now? Is this the front?

-At the front,

0:33:010:33:04

so over the entrance, I guess.

0:33:040:33:06

And this is a bigger bedroom, cos this is a king size bed.

0:33:060:33:09

-It's nice.

-It's a nice room. I wouldn't want it as our main bedroom cos of...

-Road noise.

-Yes.

0:33:110:33:17

-But it's a really nice sized room again.

-Yep.

0:33:170:33:20

So as a guest room or study room, it's fine. A really good size.

0:33:200:33:25

Amazingly.

0:33:250:33:27

Another nice bedroom.

0:33:270:33:28

-Oh, wow!

-Big wardrobes.

-Big wardrobes.

0:33:280:33:31

Again a nice high ceiling.

0:33:310:33:33

They're huge, so it's easily a double. It's a good double.

0:33:330:33:37

You could get a double in, and furniture.

0:33:370:33:39

-Yep.

-Or, again, study.

0:33:390:33:41

Those wardrobes are gigantic, right? That room, without them, is even bigger.

0:33:410:33:46

Not technically, it doesn't make it bigger, but there would be more space.

0:33:460:33:50

So they're all big, aren't they?

0:33:500:33:52

You can't remove wardrobes and it becomes a bigger room,

0:33:520:33:55

it will feel bigger but the room remains the same size.

0:33:550:33:58

And into the bathroom,

0:33:580:34:00

which is interesting.

0:34:000:34:03

We might want a redo in here.

0:34:030:34:05

I think we might want to refit.

0:34:050:34:08

Definitely.

0:34:080:34:09

It's OK, but I'd definitely want to redo it.

0:34:090:34:12

Oh, tiny!

0:34:120:34:13

-But...

-It's on the back. It's like the one downstairs.

0:34:130:34:19

-It is, but it's lighter and quieter.

-Yeah.

0:34:190:34:23

It may be a small room, but with four to choose from, that's the least of your concerns.

0:34:230:34:28

They only asked for three,

0:34:280:34:30

so this one, no matter what size it is, is a bonus. Deal with it!

0:34:300:34:34

It's really quite... I'm really taken with this.

0:34:340:34:37

-It has the feel and the look and the useful space that we could live with.

-Definitely.

0:34:370:34:43

-I'm just amazed at the amount of space, actually.

-I know!

0:34:430:34:46

-Hello.

-Hello!

0:34:490:34:50

This is one of the joys of that living room,

0:34:500:34:53

-coming down the stairs into your gorgeous garden.

-Lovely.

0:34:530:34:56

We think you like this place.

0:34:560:34:59

-Yes.

-We do.

0:34:590:35:01

There wasn't a room in there that you didn't describe as lovely, cute, homely, gorgeous, fantastic

0:35:010:35:06

and brilliant. Which is a relief, cos this was a gamble.

0:35:060:35:09

It has a wow factor. There's something about it. It's homely, the kind of place we could live

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-and have our home.

-Thing is,

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-how much does it cost?

-This is it.

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-£250,000 to spend.

-Yep.

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It would be impossible to guess the price of this, but we'll force you to.

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Who's going first? We're neck and neck. It's the decider.

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-I'm going to play it safe and say 249 pounds, 950.

-Thousand.

-I think you mean thousand pounds!

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-So 50 quid off the top price.

-50 quid off top price. OK.

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Come on, then, Bunny.

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I was going to say not very different. I would say 250.

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-You can say 250.

-Yes, I am.

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OK.

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-OK, OK.

-Shall I do the reveal?

-Go on.

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You are both wrong, but you are the winner.

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-Ooh!

-It's 242,500.

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-242,500?!

-Wow!

-Bloomin' heck!

-This is a stunned face.

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We don't need to say you're happy with that price.

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Can you see the benefits of moving a couple of miles away from Sidmouth?

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Just how much property you can get within your budget, under your budget.

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-Absolutely.

-It's opened your eyes to...

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It does. It's that whole thing about... It's the nicest big road we've seen, anyway!

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It's there, but that allows you to get a property of this size, that road.

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And is that enough - is that an OK compromise or is it too much?

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You're at the point where you have to make the biggest decision of your adult lives.

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Which one to test drive. So thrash around all those thoughts.

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-We'll see you later. Good luck.

-Thank you.

-I don't know which one you'll pick. My money's there,

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but it probably is mine as well. Maybe not yours. They're off.

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-Why do you always rule mine out?

-I don't know. It's a common theme.

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-It's never failed me.

-While they decide not to choose my property, here's a recap of all three.

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Viewed first was my choice, the three-bed detached 1930s house in Exmouth.

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I think it's perfect for Bunny and Anna to work from,

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but I'm not sure they feel the same.

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Up second was my Victorian end-of-terrace.

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Loads of space across three floors and a bedroom with its own balcony.

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But will it be tranquil enough for Bunny? Five grand under budget.

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Finally, we took Bunny and Anna a few miles inland

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to Sidford, to show them the wild card,

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the gorgeous thatched mid-terrace.

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Good enough for King Charles II, but is it good enough for the girls,

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the largest and cheapest of today's properties.

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-Ladies, you've surprised us all by going for the wild card!

-Unbelievable!

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Before we start talking about your reactions and reasons,

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-you are armed with some interesting material.

-Definitely.

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There's something edible in there. And something non-edible.

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-That's the plan, anyway.

-You're going to do it later on.

-Yep.

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-Goodness me. We're not going to do it.

-No, we're not.

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If you want to know what Anna is going to do, stay tuned.

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-It's worth watching!

-It is!

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And Bunny, you're going for the bake-off?

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I am. I'm going to make some nice scones to take down to the beach

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-to sample later.

-Lovely.

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We've had our surveyor come round and give it a once-over.

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It's not legally binding, so you should get your own survey.

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But it's good for haggling and information before committing to a purchase.

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-Do you want to know what he said?

-Yes.

-It's some good stuff. As we alluded to earlier,

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this is the elephant in the room. The road noise is a problem.

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Because of the original sash windows to the front of the property,

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it does resonate a bit more than it would if you had double glazing.

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Because it's a Grade II listed property, you're restricted to what you can do about that.

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Secondary glazing is an option, but it can look unsightly.

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If you went for like-for-like replacements of the sash windows,

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the surveyor reckons you're looking at about £1,000 a pop to get them done.

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But this house is so far under your budget you can afford to get loads of windows!

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The thatch. I earlier said it looked like it was newly thatched. I wasn't necessarily correct!

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-The surveyor believes it is maybe a bit old.

-OK.

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He's not a thatching expert,

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so you should have an expert look at it.

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-But the owner has said around 20 years left in the thatch.

-Yep.

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So 20 years isn't that bad, really. The thing is,

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when it does run out, it's around 20 to £30,000.

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-OK.

-So there's a lot to think about. Go in there,

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test drive it, see how that feels and see if you're prepared to commit to it

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-and we'll see you on the beach later.

-Great.

-Good luck, and mind the road!

-Thanks.

-Happy baking!

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Right, shall we goose fat up and give it a go before they turn up?

0:39:520:39:55

-Oh, for the swimming! I thought you meant...

-No! Never for that.

-Sorry.

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Right. In we come.

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-Wonderful!

-Let's get baking!

0:40:050:40:08

I, for one, can't wait to taste these scones, Jonny.

0:40:090:40:13

-Are you always thinking about your stomach?

-I don't know what you mean!

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That said, I'm quite peckish.

0:40:170:40:19

Anna's got the right idea. Sit back and let Bunny do all the work!

0:40:200:40:25

She's very good, isn't she? Look at the way she rolls that.

0:40:250:40:28

-That's one for me...

-And nine for me! Brilliant.

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Look at that - perfect! The magic of television.

0:40:410:40:44

Mmmm!

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What's she putting on top of them now?

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Goose fat?!

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Ah, that'll be what the goose fat is for!

0:40:520:40:55

It's Channel swim time.

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But where's the beautiful blue sky gone?

0:40:560:40:59

I don't think it's going to happen now.

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Well, it's not quite what I'd anticipated.

0:41:030:41:05

If this was a Channel swim day, they wouldn't let me go, either.

0:41:050:41:09

I've decided not to do it today.

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-Well, here we are!

-Lovely, isn't it?

0:41:110:41:14

Isn't it? Balmy. British summer time!

0:41:140:41:16

We came down here hoping to see you swimming. Covered in goose fat!

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But the weather's taken a turn against us.

0:41:200:41:23

You've spent some time in the house. You've not gone in the sea.

0:41:230:41:26

Do you think we'll push the limits to 41, 42, crossing the Channel?

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Or is it going to be 40?

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No, it's going to be 40. I'll just start earlier in the summer, next time!

0:41:330:41:38

I recommend a month beginning with J, but not January!

0:41:380:41:42

-Yep.

-That would be good.

-Tell us about the house. Does it work? Is the kitchen nice?

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-The kitchen's great. Good for making scones.

-A lot to think about.

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Ten years in the making, we've looked at a range of properties.

0:41:500:41:53

Older ones, newer ones, some needing more work than others.

0:41:530:41:57

Has it helped you to make your decision more final as to what to go for and what not?

0:41:570:42:02

Definitely.

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It's been a great experience in terms of just seeing the variety

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not just in location, but the type of house as well.

0:42:070:42:10

Really helpful.

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The wild card was Sidford, not Sidmouth, a bit further away.

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Is that a consideration because of how much you get for your money?

0:42:160:42:19

Yes. It was lovely. The scenery was beautiful, you could see the hills and the countryside around us.

0:42:190:42:26

We felt very much at home there.

0:42:260:42:27

We could imagine ourselves living there, which was lovely.

0:42:270:42:31

We have to ask you the big question. Are you prepared?

0:42:310:42:34

To buy or not to buy? Ten years in the making. That is the question.

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On this occasion, not to buy.

0:42:380:42:42

Not to buy?! Can I... Is it to do with the thatching?

0:42:420:42:46

It's partly the thatch.

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And the road.

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It was a trick we played three times.

0:42:500:42:53

But the thing we've learned is you can get what you want for your money.

0:42:530:42:57

You just have to look around.

0:42:570:42:59

Softening the blow of it not being a "to buy", we've got scones!

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We should say goodbye from here and stuff our faces!

0:43:020:43:05

We've had a lovely day. And we'll have a lovely day tomorrow.

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-We'll find a house for someone. We promise to.

-We will win.

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Until then, we'll stuff our faces. Shall we say goodbye? Bye!

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