Goa, India Get Away for Winter


Goa, India

Couples and friends search for perfect rental properties abroad. Phoebe, her son Dunstan and his girlfriend Abbie hope to rent in Goa, India.


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-Paradise!

-Absolutely.

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What if you could live abroad in winter

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for the same cost as living in the UK...

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-This is priced at 595 per month.

-Is that all?

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..by renting a piece of paradise?

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Unbelievable! Wow, this is amazing.

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You could swap sleet and snow for sun and sand.

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-Right, let's go and have a look at some properties.

-Well, absolutely.

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Get Away For Winter teams up sun-seekers

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with a local property expert...

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-Can you see yourself in here?

-I can, yeah.

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..to find their perfect rental retreat.

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It's like you're on holiday all the time!

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Together, they'll leave no stone unturned...

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This is unbelievable, isn't it?

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..in order to find and fund their dream winter getaway.

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This is what I was dreaming of and didn't even think existed.

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On the south coast of England is the seaside resort of Brighton.

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A popular tourist destination in summer,

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the UK's winter weather makes it

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a less attractive option out of season...

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..which is why Phoebe, her son Dunstan,

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and his girlfriend Abbie want to get away for winter.

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Phoebe is a practitioner of t'ai chi and a yoga instructor.

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Three years ago, she was diagnosed with arthritis.

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She's recently undergone a hip replacement,

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which has given her a new lease of life.

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It's a new phase in my life

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and one I want to be really positive about.

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You know, they say 50 is the new 21!

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SHE LAUGHS

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But I've reached the time in my life for me

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where I have to make the very best of myself now,

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yeah, with a positive attitude and in a wonderful environment.

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-HE SNEEZES

-Bless you.

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THEY LAUGH

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Dunstan and Abbie have travelled extensively

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across Europe and Indonesia.

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Through social media, they have established an online following

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and would like to be professional travel bloggers.

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I like photography, I've always liked photography,

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so I kind of take care of taking pictures of us both.

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Abbie did journalism at university in America, so...

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That's probably what you should be saying, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-You can talk, yeah.

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-You just do your bit.

-I'll talk for you, you talk for me.

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I've always wanted to go into writing

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and it works quite well because I wanted to do a blog.

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And so Dunstan's good at taking pictures,

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so, together, it kind of combines.

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And we both love travelling.

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Their plan to live abroad for three months

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should help further the couple's long-held ambitions.

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For Phoebe, a warmer climate will hopefully ease her arthritic pain.

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Warmth is really important for arthritic conditions

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and it gets much worse in the damp and the cold.

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So, being in a warm climate's really going to help me to mobilise again

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and get more healthy, definitely.

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To finance their trip away, Dunstan, an events manager,

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and Abbie, who's a receptionist, have been saving.

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Every time there's extra work available,

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we both say yes straightaway.

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So, it's really those added extra hours

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that are giving us the increased funds.

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Dunstan has also saved money on rent,

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as he moved back in with his mum to care for her

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after her hip operation.

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He's also selling his beloved car.

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I've got a beautiful car, but I think

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now is the right time to pass it on.

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Phoebe has been renting out rooms to exchange students

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in her five-bedroomed house for the last two years.

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Now, she may rent out her whole house during the winter away,

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but if she doesn't, she estimates she will still save

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up to £300 a month on utilities.

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We don't need marble bathrooms or gold taps.

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-I wouldn't mind them.

-THEY LAUGH

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Their careful savings give them a winter sunshine budget

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of £1,500 per month.

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A maximum of 1,000 of this will be allocated to renting

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their perfect winter getaway.

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So, where do they want to go?

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My mother lives in Spain,

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and I've lived in Italy myself,

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so I love Europe and I know Europe quite well,

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but I wanted something completely different, so Goa...

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-Peaceful and relaxing.

-Peaceful and relaxing.

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The family are hoping to say farewell

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to windswept piers and pavilions...

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..and hello to sun-soaked palm trees

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and colourful temples.

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Goa, with its state capital Panaji,

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is located on India's western coast.

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With a population of 1.5 million people,

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it's around the same size of Devon, and it's India's smallest state.

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It's full of big possibilities for travellers

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wishing to steep themselves in India's traditions and culture.

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Goa is one of India's most popular tourist destinations,

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due in part to direct flights to Europe,

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80 miles of golden coast

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and the warm waters of the Arabian Sea.

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The state has seen huge changes

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since it was liberated from Portuguese rule back in 1961,

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and it's currently the only state in India

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where all of its rural communities are hooked up to electricity.

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The small market towns and villages are a hive of activity,

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with exotic foods and aromatic spices.

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The colourful painted Hindu temples brighten the landscape,

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but also be on the lookout for the sacred cows

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that freely roam the streets.

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Unlike the UK, in Goa,

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the temperature remains consistent throughout the year

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at around 30 degrees.

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India's rainy season falls during our summer months,

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so October to May is actually Goa's prime period for tourism.

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During our winter, availability is low and prices high.

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And a woman who knows the property market in Goa well

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is Yshana Pereira,

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who lives with her husband and their young family.

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I'm Yshana. I'm born and brought up in Goa.

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I live with my husband, my two kids -

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a ten-year-old and a one-year-old.

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Goa's absolutely wonderful.

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It's one of the best places to live in the world

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and it's fantastic for all kinds of budgets.

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We've got beach huts.

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You like farm stays, you've got luxury huts.

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We've got five-stars.

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The best thing about being a letting agent

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is finding the right home for the right guest

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and at the end of the search, see a smile on their face.

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Back in the UK, Phoebe, Abbie and Dunstan are on tenterhooks,

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waiting for a video call with Yshana

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to let her know what they're looking for in Goa.

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RINGING

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Hello, Yshana. How are you? Nice to meet you.

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Hi, Phoebe.

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So, it's the three of us who are looking forward very much

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to coming to Goa.

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What are the family hoping to find in a winter rental?

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We're not coming for a party or for a long holiday.

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It's much more to do our own thing,

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Dunstan and Abbie doing their social media

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and me just practising my meditation

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and t'ai chi, yoga and that sort of thing.

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I'm a keen photographer,

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so anything that I can take lots of beautiful pictures of...

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So, it's really getting in amongst the real Goan culture

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and the people and really living there

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as if I lived there full-time kind of thing.

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Do you have any likes or dislikes,

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strong likes or dislikes, Phoebe, Dunstan, Abbie?

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I'm not really looking for a luxury villa

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or anything like that at all.

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A place to stay with two bedrooms.

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My only concern is that the months of tourism

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is between November and February.

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Bookings have been at least a year ahead.

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So, whether you really find a place,

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I think it will be quite a search.

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We are hoping that you will be able to find something.

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-We will try.

-Thank you.

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So, who's heading to Goa for the search?

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I'm sure they'd each love to come and leave me at home,

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but they're going to carry on working and saving up,

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so I'm the lucky one coming out to do the research.

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All right. So, I think

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that pretty much sums up what you are looking for in Goa.

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-Thank you so much.

-Ciao, ciao.

-ABBIE:

-Bye!

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-Thank you.

-Bye.

-Bye-bye.

-Goodbye.

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It's brilliant to have a local expert there to help us

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find our way round. It's wonderful.

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And she seemed a very genuine person.

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Really lovely to have met her.

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Ideally, the group would like their rental budget

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to be around £800 per month,

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but as it's the expensive high season,

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they are willing to go up to 1,000 for the right property.

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They require two beds, tranquillity for Phoebe,

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and beautiful surroundings for Dunstan's photographs.

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Wi-Fi would be good

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for Abbie and Dunstan

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to do their online travel blogs.

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Lucky Phoebe has made the nearly 5,000-mile trip

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from Brighton to India and is experiencing

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the colourful Indian culture for the first time.

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Waking up here, it's a different world to Brighton,

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which is a lovely place, but cold and rainy at the moment.

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Here, it's very warm, and there's a sense of harmony

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and peace here, which is just wonderful.

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Property agent Yshana is making her way to meet Phoebe in person

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for the first time.

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The property search has been a little difficult.

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It's the high season in Goa.

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Difficult to find places at a good deal.

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That being said, we've shortlisted a couple of places for her

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and I'm hoping she's going to like one of them.

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-Hello!

-Hey, Phoebe.

-Hello, Yshana.

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-Hi.

-Wonderful to meet you. Lovely to be here.

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-How great to meet you.

-Absolute pleasure.

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-Thank you so much for coming to get me.

-Absolutely.

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-Let's go see some houses.

-OK, sure.

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-So, how are you finding Goa so far, Phoebe?

-It's so exciting.

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Just enjoying peace

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and the balminess and the friendly people.

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You're number one. You're tops.

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Although it's Phoebe who's travelled to Goa,

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she won't be making the decisions alone.

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She'll be video calling Abbie and Dunstan from each property

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to make sure it meets all of their needs.

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Lovely lake. Oh, beautiful.

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Some of our waters are dangerous because we've got crocodiles.

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-Oh, my goodness.

-But, of course, it is...

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Thank you for letting me know! I won't jump off, then!

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Phoebe's property search is focused in the north of Goa.

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The beach resorts of Baga and Calangute,

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which are 30 minutes from the capital,

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are popular with large tour operators.

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But Yshana's kicking off the search 14 miles inland

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in the village of Nadora.

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Once a thriving farming community,

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it now has a population of around 1,300 people.

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This will not only provide tranquillity for the family,

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but also give them the chance to immerse themselves

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into the authentic Goan way of life.

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The property itself was once the home of a timber trader

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and sleeps up to six people.

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Is this a typical Goanese property?

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It is. It's a village home.

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-So, I can't wait to see inside.

-Yes, please. Let's go, then.

-OK.

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This two-storey building is full of rustic charm,

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with the main living space and kitchen on the ground floor.

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I think Dunstan would love this place.

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The bathroom features a bath and wet-room shower,

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but it's upstairs where this property comes into its own,

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with a master bedroom being a fabulous open-to-the-elements space.

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-And you just wake up and you just look out.

-Oh, heaven, heaven!

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The bedroom has a balcony lounge area with open views

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right across the village.

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I wouldn't actually ever leave.

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I might even ask them to bring me meals up here!

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The property does have a further two sleeping areas.

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Either one would be ideal for Abbie and Dunstan.

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So far, this property has ticked the majority of Phoebe's boxes,

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but she does have a concern.

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I'm just thinking, is it too far away from anywhere else, really?

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That's my main concern at the moment.

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And also, how much is it?

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-So, it is £700 per month.

-Is it really?

-Yes.

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It includes all the bills.

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It is a fascinating place.

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Phoebe's taken by the quirkiness of this property

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and it's well within her budget,

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but she does have reservations about its remote location.

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Back home in Brighton, Abbie and Dunstan are excited

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to see the first property.

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-RINGING

-There's Mumsy!

-Answer, answer!

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-Hey!

-Hi!

-Hey, guys. How are you?

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-Good. You?

-Great to be here. Lovely to see you.

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How is it? What's the weather like?

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It's beautiful. Very sultry and balmy. Very warm.

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Anyway, I can't wait to show you this property.

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Yeah, let's get inside.

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-Take me on a tour.

-Give you the tour?

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All right, here we go.

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This is the kitchen.

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-My gosh, is it completely open?

-It's completely open.

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Oh!

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And this is one of the bedrooms up here.

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I've never seen anything like that. It's kind of completely open, is it?

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I would call that your bedroom.

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I'll show you what I'll call my bedroom.

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You would probably disagree with me!

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That's actually beautiful.

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You'd be waking up literally like you were sleeping outside,

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which I know you quite like, as well.

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Yes, it's really the best part. It's like a treehouse.

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So, this house is really great.

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It's great for Phoebe, I'm sure,

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but would Dunstan like something that's that remote?

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What's in this village? Have you been around the village?

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I don't think there's anything in the village except cows, dogs,

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children and people who just live here.

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It's incredibly quiet and remote.

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-How much is it?

-So, the price for this house is £700 per month.

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So, you know, that gives us an idea of what the prices are like here.

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It's different completely to what I thought it would be like,

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but I do like it.

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So, it looks like we're on the same wavelength.

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Yeah, it'll be interesting to see some more properties.

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Absolutely. Anyway, it's been great talking to you.

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Can't wait till the next time.

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-Love you. Bye.

-Love you. Enjoy the rest of your day. Bye!

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Hey, Phoebe. How did it go with Dunstan?

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Dunstan and Abbie love the house

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and they thought it was really unexpectedly exciting

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and interesting and different.

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-We've got lots of other places to see.

-Great.

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-Looking forward to that. Thank you.

-Let's go.

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Available to rent for £700 a month, including bills,

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this unique and very much open-plan property

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ticks many of Phoebe, Abbie and Dunstan's boxes.

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It is ample space and is beautifully tranquil.

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Even though Phoebe thinks she wants seclusion,

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the reality is that this property

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may just be too remote

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for all three of them.

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By choosing to rent a property in Goa,

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Phoebe, Dunstan and Abbie will be able to experience

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an extended stay in India without any large financial commitments.

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In order to help fund any future winters abroad,

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Phoebe would like help to explore the possibility

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of renting out the family home.

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So, while Phoebe heads up the property search in Goa,

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Dunstan has been given detailed instructions

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to look after the house in Brighton...

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-Hi there. I'm Jay.

-All right, mate? You all right?

-Yeah, good, thank you.

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..and with the help from local agent Jay,

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find out how much they can generate if they went down the rental route.

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If we have a walk around the property,

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-any questions that you've got at the end, we can take it from there.

-Yeah, definitely. Sounds good.

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This is the games room, dining room, could be a living room.

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Fantastic. Great size.

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With the family out of the country sunning themselves during winter...

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-This is the kitchen.

-Lovely. Nice space for a table there.

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..they would require a full management service

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to take care of the house in the UK.

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So, our family bathroom upstairs.

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That's been done really well, hasn't it?

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For a fee of around 10% to 15% of the rental income,

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agents can take care of everything,

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from finding tenants to collecting rent,

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and dealing with any problems that might arise.

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This is bedroom two or three maybe.

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-Good, good.

-Nice space.

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Phoebe would have the responsibility of making sure the property met

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with all the health and safety regulations,

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including installing smoke alarms

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and having gas appliances tested by a qualified engineer.

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I think, price-wise, I'd look to value this

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-around £1,850 to £2,000 per calendar month.

-Wow.

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If they did decide to rent out the house,

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an income of around £2,000

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could effectively make their winter away cost-neutral.

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Back on the search in Goa,

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the remote location of the first property caused Phoebe some concern,

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so property number two is on the outskirts of a town.

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We are heading to a little village up north called Vengurla.

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So, the very northern point of Goa.

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We have crossed the northern point of Goa

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and we are at the southern tip of Maharashtra.

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-Oh. So, we've left Goa?

-Yes.

-Ah.

-Yes.

-I see.

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Yshana is taking Phoebe

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to the coastal town of Vengurla,

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a small seaside town 40 miles north of the Goan capital of Panaji

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and just over the border in the state of Maharashtra.

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A bustling market town, you could just fill your days

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sampling the many local delicacies from street-side stalls and cafes.

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And only a minute walk from the hustle and bustle of town,

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a secluded palm tree-lined beach

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offers the peace and tranquillity that Phoebe was looking for.

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And that's exactly where the next property is located.

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-It's very serene.

-Yes, it is.

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-And I can see a big smile.

-Yes. Well, it does look lovely.

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-Can I go in?

-You would need to leave your slippers outside.

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So, here we are - your beachfront private villa.

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There's a large open-plan living space, consisting of kitchen,

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dining area and living room.

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There are two bedrooms

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and the master comes with a supersized en suite.

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-Sleeping on a bed and looking out at the beach at the same time.

-Absolutely.

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The view from the bedroom through the patio doors

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looks out onto your very own coconut plantation

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and onto the sea beyond.

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I think I've gone to heaven already!

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There's also a second bedroom and, outside,

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a large wrap-around terrace.

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I think Dunstan and Abbie would think it was paradise,

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-because it is paradise.

-Yes.

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Perhaps this property's best feature

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is what lies on the other side of the garden gate -

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a beautiful, deserted sandy beach.

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Oh, my goodness. Can we run into the sea now?

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Shall we hold hands and run? Come on. Let's go!

0:20:100:20:15

Game girls. Phoebe clearly loves this property,

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but now it's time to find out

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how much it will cost to actually live here.

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So, you get your beachfront private villa for just

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£524 a month.

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-You're joking?

-That's it.

-I can't believe that.

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-That's incredible.

-Absolutely, yes.

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By leaving the popular state of Goa,

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travelling only a few miles over the border,

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prices drop substantially,

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giving you a bigger bang for your buck.

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And at £524 a month,

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this property is well under Phoebe's £1,000 budget.

0:20:500:20:54

Back home in Brighton, the cold snap is hitting hard,

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so Dunstan and Abbie are keeping well wrapped up indoors.

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They're waiting to hear from Phoebe.

0:21:030:21:05

However, property two is so peaceful, serene and tranquil,

0:21:050:21:09

there's limited internet signal, making a video call impossible.

0:21:090:21:14

Just got that video in from Mum.

0:21:140:21:16

-Shall we have a look at it?

-Yeah, definitely.

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So, Phoebe has recorded the tour

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and managed to e-mail it back home to Brighton.

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So, I'm just coming into the house now.

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You can see it's bright and spacious.

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Cor, it does look good. Look at that!

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Oh, my gosh.

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And then we're moving into the dining area.

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-I like that it's open.

-Very, yeah.

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Very light.

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And here is the sitting room.

0:21:390:21:41

-It's lovely, isn't it?

-Yeah, really lovely.

0:21:410:21:43

This house is tranquil,

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it's on the beachfront,

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two bedrooms,

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absolutely no immediate neighbours.

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Perfect for being with yourself,

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meditation, yoga.

0:21:520:21:53

It ticks all of those boxes.

0:21:530:21:55

This is the main bedroom.

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Even though there is no mother on earth who loves her child

0:21:570:22:01

as much as I do, I still wouldn't give you this bedroom, Dunstan.

0:22:010:22:05

Unfortunately, Phoebe has been looking for a place

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at the highest peak season in Goa,

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so we've had to look a little beyond our border

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in the north, in Maharashtra, for a place for her.

0:22:120:22:15

-And here we are!

-It's empty.

0:22:150:22:19

You'd have a whole beach to yourself as your garden.

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Wow, is it beautiful. It's like a private paradise.

0:22:230:22:27

It's incredible.

0:22:270:22:29

It's really, really beautiful,

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and I could imagine living here very, very happily.

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Walking from a house straight out to the beach through your garden

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full of coconut trees sounds like a dream.

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At £524 per month, including bills,

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property number two is well within budget.

0:22:470:22:50

The property does have the living space they require,

0:22:520:22:55

and having a secluded golden-sand beach

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at the end of your very own coconut grove

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is a real plus point.

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But all three of our intrepid travellers

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were keen to experience Goa,

0:23:050:23:07

and this property isn't there.

0:23:070:23:09

Phoebe, Dunstan and Abbie are finding out what compromises

0:23:160:23:18

they may have to make in order to secure

0:23:180:23:21

their dream rental property in Goa's high season.

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But if you book early enough,

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Goa has something to suit all budgets.

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Even in the state's busiest season

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it's possible to find a room in a mid-range hotel

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for around £250 a month,

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or if your budget allows,

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you could explore the luxury properties available to rent.

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Take this six-bedroom beachfront villa.

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This property has been very thoughtfully redeveloped

0:23:470:23:49

to provide modern, five-star accommodation,

0:23:490:23:52

while still retaining its colonial Portuguese architecture.

0:23:520:23:56

But I'm afraid luxury comes at a price,

0:23:560:23:59

as it's available to rent for £16,000 a month.

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With demand and prices high,

0:24:030:24:05

the key to enjoying winter sun in this part of India is to book early.

0:24:050:24:09

As well as cheaper costs of living and endless sunshine,

0:24:170:24:21

spending longer breaks away from the British winter

0:24:210:24:25

provides opportunities to experience a place

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not just as a holiday-maker but more as a local.

0:24:280:24:31

-Hi, Phoebe!

-Hello, Nancy! How lovely to meet you.

0:24:320:24:37

-Welcome to Goa.

-Thank you so much.

0:24:370:24:39

-We meet at last.

-It's a privilege to be here with you.

0:24:390:24:42

-Thank you.

-Thank you for coming.

-I'm so happy to be here.

-Come.

0:24:420:24:46

Phoebe has come to visit yoga instructor Nancy

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at her tented studio deep in the forest.

0:24:480:24:51

I am Goan and this is my village - my ancestral village -

0:24:530:24:57

but I was born and raised in Mumbai,

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and now I'm back in the last eight years.

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Having been diagnosed with arthritis,

0:25:060:25:08

Phoebe was recently one of approximately 80,000 people

0:25:080:25:12

who underwent a hip replacement last year.

0:25:120:25:14

Her operation has improved her mobility,

0:25:160:25:18

but she's still very much in the recovery phase of her treatment,

0:25:180:25:22

and being here in Goa is all part of the plan to get back to full health.

0:25:220:25:27

Although I'm really healthy generally,

0:25:290:25:31

and I've done t'ai chi and yoga most of my life,

0:25:310:25:35

I have got a little arthritic as my age has progressed.

0:25:350:25:39

I've come here for the warmth and, of course,

0:25:390:25:42

it's the heartland of where yoga originated.

0:25:420:25:46

Yoga is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago.

0:25:460:25:52

It's a programme of practice and physical postures

0:25:520:25:55

designed to provide strength and improve your flexibility.

0:25:550:25:58

My love of yoga and the philosophy behind it, as well,

0:26:000:26:04

is understood here 100%, I think, probably by everybody.

0:26:040:26:07

Probably more than I understand it myself.

0:26:070:26:10

So, it's just wonderful to be here.

0:26:100:26:12

-It was lovely having you, Phoebe.

-Thank you.

-Thank you for coming.

-Thank you, thank you.

0:26:120:26:15

-Thank you for coming.

-Been so wonderful.

-Thank you.

-Let's go.

0:26:150:26:19

Phoebe is tapping into the yoga community in Goa,

0:26:190:26:22

and with classes running right through the winter,

0:26:220:26:25

she could enjoy Nancy's teachings on a regular basis.

0:26:250:26:28

Phoebe has now seen two very different properties

0:26:380:26:41

and loved them both,

0:26:410:26:42

but with question marks over their locations,

0:26:420:26:44

Yshana's heading to an area inside Goa

0:26:440:26:47

and with a lot more going on.

0:26:470:26:49

So, we're in this little beach town called Morjim.

0:26:530:26:56

It's quite popular, it's more touristy,

0:26:560:26:58

there's a lot happening, restaurants of your choice.

0:26:580:27:01

There are little parts which are very tranquil, as well.

0:27:010:27:04

Look at all these coconut stalls and juice bars. It's fantastic.

0:27:040:27:09

Situated on the northern bank of the Chapora River estuary,

0:27:120:27:15

Morjim has all the hustle and bustle,

0:27:150:27:18

energy and vitality you would expect from a Goan tourist town.

0:27:180:27:21

But it is off the beaten track enough

0:27:210:27:24

to not feel overwhelming.

0:27:240:27:25

Well, it looks like there are great things to do around here.

0:27:290:27:32

-I love it.

-Yeah.

0:27:320:27:33

The River Chapora flows through the outskirts of the town,

0:27:370:27:40

opening out onto a vast sandy bay

0:27:400:27:42

and the warm waters of the Arabian Sea.

0:27:420:27:44

Morjim Beach is a paradise for nature-lovers and sun-seekers.

0:27:480:27:53

The golden sands welcome a wide variety of people.

0:27:530:27:56

Families, young lovers, and groups of friends

0:27:560:27:59

come here to bliss out on beach life.

0:27:590:28:02

And when evening approaches, the sunset is spectacular.

0:28:030:28:07

Yshana has brought Phoebe to see a two-bedroomed house.

0:28:110:28:14

It's a seven-minute walk to the beach

0:28:140:28:15

and only a one-minute stroll to Morjim's high street,

0:28:150:28:19

but it has the peace and tranquillity

0:28:190:28:20

that Phoebe is looking for.

0:28:200:28:22

-Are you feeling positive?

-I'm feeling hopeful, yes.

-Come.

0:28:230:28:27

You enter the property directly into the main living area.

0:28:290:28:32

There's room for three on that L-shaped sofa,

0:28:320:28:35

and the two bedrooms that the group require

0:28:350:28:38

lead off this main hub.

0:28:380:28:40

The bedrooms are both a good size and air-conditioned.

0:28:410:28:44

That's a major plus point, as in winter

0:28:440:28:47

the temperature can still hit 30-plus degrees.

0:28:470:28:49

The kitchen has a fridge-freezer

0:28:520:28:54

while cooking is done with a portable gas hob.

0:28:540:28:57

It doesn't have the beauty or the quirkiness

0:28:590:29:02

of some of the other places we've seen,

0:29:020:29:04

but, certainly, I think the location is...

0:29:040:29:06

-Makes up for that.

-Makes up for that.

0:29:060:29:08

The beauty and quirkiness of this property

0:29:080:29:10

lies in its outside space.

0:29:100:29:12

-So, here we are.

-Oh, my goodness. That's a nice little space, isn't it?

0:29:140:29:17

It's a place for you to eat,

0:29:170:29:19

it's a place for you to have your own masseur come over,

0:29:190:29:22

-give you a nice Ayurvedic massage.

-Yes.

0:29:220:29:25

The garden wraps around the exterior of the building,

0:29:250:29:28

giving Phoebe, Dunstan and Abbie plenty of space and privacy.

0:29:280:29:32

And there's more - a rooftop terrace.

0:29:330:29:36

If Phoebe took this property,

0:29:390:29:41

the owner would transform this area with sun shades and furniture.

0:29:410:29:45

It could be the perfect place

0:29:450:29:47

for Phoebe to do her own yoga sun salutations.

0:29:470:29:50

It's pretty great.

0:29:510:29:53

It's a great halfway house, Yshana.

0:29:530:29:55

It's private and, you know, surrounded by greenery,

0:29:550:29:59

-but one is also connected to the world.

-Yes.

0:29:590:30:02

-Just at the bottom of the lane.

-Right.

-So, it feels a good balance.

0:30:020:30:07

It is very tranquil out here.

0:30:070:30:09

This property ticks some big boxes

0:30:090:30:11

and is well within their budget at £800 per month.

0:30:110:30:15

The house isn't spectacular

0:30:170:30:19

in comparison to some things we've seen,

0:30:190:30:21

but the location has become increasingly

0:30:210:30:24

a more important factor because

0:30:240:30:27

to be able to go out of one's own front door and to walk somewhere,

0:30:270:30:31

you know, to talk to people, go to the beach, have a juice...

0:30:310:30:35

Yeah, it's very interesting. It's great.

0:30:350:30:39

With the internet connection experiencing

0:30:390:30:41

what is technically known as "not blooming working properly",

0:30:410:30:45

Phoebe is sending pictures back to Dunstan and Abbie for their perusal.

0:30:450:30:49

-It's a nice living room.

-Yeah.

0:30:510:30:52

Could even double up as another bedroom

0:30:520:30:54

-if you had people to stay, couldn't it?

-Yeah, definitely.

0:30:540:30:57

First impressions - it looks really good.

0:30:570:30:59

It is quite a big, open space, like, the inside.

0:30:590:31:02

It's a lot more modern than anything we've seen so far.

0:31:020:31:06

-Bedrooms look clean.

-I like the way it's really light.

0:31:060:31:10

The house looks nice, it's very open and the rooms look quite big.

0:31:100:31:14

They're fans of the inside, but what about the outside?

0:31:140:31:18

Got a big garden next to the house, hasn't it?

0:31:190:31:21

-Yeah.

-Nice outdoor patio.

0:31:210:31:23

-I like it.

-Garden's cool.

0:31:230:31:26

I can see us all sitting out there kind of thing.

0:31:260:31:29

-Mm, definitely. Yeah, it's cool, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:31:290:31:33

-YSHANA:

-This house is perfect in a lot of ways.

0:31:330:31:36

It's very close to the beach, restaurants.

0:31:360:31:38

Night life is very good here in this area.

0:31:380:31:41

It's very basic, but it has a lot of positives.

0:31:410:31:45

Shall we see what Mum says about it, then?

0:31:450:31:47

Yeah, let's give her a call.

0:31:470:31:49

With the internet now what is technically known as

0:31:490:31:52

"working properly", Dunstan is able to give his mum a video call.

0:31:520:31:55

-Hey!

-Hey, guys. How are you?

0:31:570:32:00

-How are you?

-Hi!

0:32:000:32:01

Oh, it's so lovely to see you.

0:32:010:32:03

Phoebe's description of the vibrant town

0:32:050:32:07

and surrounding countryside on the property's doorstep

0:32:070:32:11

certainly appeals to Dunstan and Abbie,

0:32:110:32:14

as does the price.

0:32:140:32:16

-The price is good. It's definitely in our price bracket.

-Yeah.

0:32:160:32:20

-The location's obviously good.

-Yeah.

0:32:200:32:23

So, I'm glad you're fairly positive about it

0:32:230:32:25

because it is a contender.

0:32:250:32:27

-How did it go?

-Oh, it went really well.

0:32:270:32:29

-Yes?

-Yes, the connection wasn't any good in the house,

0:32:290:32:32

but up on the roof I was able to talk to them.

0:32:320:32:34

-All right.

-And they really liked the place.

-Oh!

0:32:340:32:36

-So, I'm really pleased.

-Superb. Superb.

-Yeah.

0:32:360:32:39

This property has a rental price of £800 a month -

0:32:390:32:43

well within the group's budget.

0:32:430:32:45

The inside is basic but caters for all their needs.

0:32:450:32:48

The private garden and roof terrace combined with a great location

0:32:480:32:52

means that this property

0:32:520:32:53

could be their winter pad.

0:32:530:32:55

Morjim has Phoebe excited

0:32:570:32:59

about the possibilities that Goa has to offer -

0:32:590:33:01

a life spent soaking up the sun

0:33:010:33:04

rather than being soaked by the rain back in Britain.

0:33:040:33:07

With the help and guidance of Yshana,

0:33:110:33:13

Phoebe is finding out what she can get for her budget

0:33:130:33:16

in Goa's highest season,

0:33:160:33:18

experiencing a taste of winter in India.

0:33:180:33:22

Mm! That is so good!

0:33:220:33:25

Although rental prices are high, Phoebe, Dunstan and Abbie will enjoy

0:33:250:33:29

a lower cost of living while they're here.

0:33:290:33:32

Eating out in Goa at a mid-range restaurant

0:33:330:33:36

costs an average of £5 per head,

0:33:360:33:39

and a taxi home afterwards would be 85% cheaper than in Brighton.

0:33:390:33:44

Although Dunstan and Abbie may have to rely on mobile data

0:33:440:33:47

to stay connected throughout their stay,

0:33:470:33:50

it will cost around 60% less than the UK's equivalent.

0:33:500:33:54

This all contributes to making their winter sunshine budget go further,

0:33:540:33:58

but they do need to find a property to call home.

0:33:580:34:02

We are in a little village called Arambol.

0:34:020:34:06

It's a beach village. It's a very vibrant community.

0:34:060:34:09

Arambol is less than 30 minutes up the coast from Morjim.

0:34:120:34:15

Just from the look of the street, Dunstan and Abbie -

0:34:170:34:19

do you think this is something they'd be excited about?

0:34:190:34:22

It's probably the most colourful place we've been to, Yshana.

0:34:220:34:25

It's really lively and lots going on.

0:34:250:34:27

I think they'd love it.

0:34:270:34:29

Originally made popular as a destination for hippies

0:34:290:34:31

and backpackers 20 years ago, Arambol remains a mellow paradise,

0:34:310:34:36

attracting tourists of all nationalities

0:34:360:34:39

to the almost ten miles of golden sandy beaches

0:34:390:34:42

along this stretch of coastline.

0:34:420:34:44

That looks like an amazing place.

0:34:450:34:47

Do you think we should go in and ask them if it's for hire?

0:34:470:34:50

-You're teasing me!

-No.

0:34:500:34:51

It can't be this one. It's so beautiful!

0:34:510:34:54

-This is...

-A nice, big, broad smile.

-This is beautiful!

0:34:570:34:59

My gosh, it's lovely.

0:34:590:35:03

This property is a 136-year-old heritage village.

0:35:030:35:07

I think it's the most beautiful Goanese home imaginable.

0:35:070:35:11

Fantastic.

0:35:110:35:12

It sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms,

0:35:130:35:16

two with en suite bathrooms.

0:35:160:35:19

The first two were gorgeous,

0:35:200:35:22

but each one progressively seems to get better.

0:35:220:35:26

All of the bathrooms are simple yet elegantly decorated.

0:35:260:35:29

It couldn't be improved upon. In no way.

0:35:300:35:33

-I will let them know that.

-Except if I were living here.

0:35:330:35:36

The kitchen has recently been refurbished.

0:35:360:35:39

-Oh, I love it.

-So, we're going to have Dunstan here, Abbie here?

0:35:390:35:42

-Full-time Dunstan in the kitchen...

-Yeah.

0:35:420:35:44

..preparing meals for Mama

0:35:440:35:46

-and any guests that Mama might have come.

-Me?

-Yes!

0:35:460:35:51

The dining space is at the back of the property

0:35:510:35:54

outside on a covered veranda.

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I can certainly see Dunstan, Abbie and I sitting here.

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I don't think they'll believe this place, it's just so gorgeous.

0:36:000:36:04

Phoebe has clearly fallen in love with this historic,

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beautifully furnished villa.

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There is, however, one potential drawback,

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and that's the close proximity to the busy main road.

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This property might not provide the tranquillity

0:36:150:36:18

that Phoebe is in search of.

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The beauty of the house is a buffer to any external little negativity.

0:36:200:36:27

The real question is, how much does this villa cost?

0:36:270:36:30

We've come to the crux of the matter, Yshana.

0:36:320:36:35

Are you going to tell me how much it costs to stay in this beautiful place?

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It is £990 per month. That's it.

0:36:400:36:45

-This is the sort of maximum for me.

-Yeah.

0:36:450:36:48

But it's worth every Indian rupee.

0:36:480:36:50

I think Dunstan and Abbie are absolutely going to love this place

0:36:500:36:53

and I can't wait to show them.

0:36:530:36:55

Is there the internet?

0:36:550:36:57

Of course, of course, of course.

0:36:570:36:59

-You've got absolute coverage here.

-Oh, fantastic.

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Back home in Brighton,

0:37:040:37:05

Abbie and Dunstan are eagerly awaiting Phoebe's call.

0:37:050:37:08

-Get ready for that call from Mum, then?

-Yay!

-Yeah, let's go.

0:37:080:37:12

RINGING

0:37:120:37:15

-Hello.

-Hello, Dunstan and Abbie. How are you?

0:37:150:37:18

-Look at you!

-Yeah, I'm so happy.

0:37:180:37:20

I can't wait to show you the place I'm in at the moment.

0:37:200:37:23

-You like it?

-Yeah, I do.

0:37:230:37:26

THEY LAUGH

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This is the hallway or the chamber you come into

0:37:280:37:31

when you enter the house.

0:37:310:37:33

It looks really pretty. I like all the flowers and everything.

0:37:330:37:36

-Is there anything you don't like?

-BOTH:

-Not so far.

0:37:360:37:38

It's got the most beautiful antique bed.

0:37:380:37:41

-Oh, wow, that is lovely.

-Looks amazing.

0:37:410:37:43

And a little en suite bathroom.

0:37:430:37:47

Whose bedroom is that going to be, then?

0:37:470:37:48

If you play your cards right it might be yours!

0:37:480:37:51

It is beautiful. It's a 136-year-old ancestral home.

0:37:520:37:57

Lots of tranquillity, real beauty, and it looks gorgeous.

0:37:570:38:02

Can you see yourselves in there cooking me a beautiful dinner?

0:38:020:38:05

-I can.

-SHE LAUGHS

0:38:050:38:08

And there is the dining area, all beautifully laid already.

0:38:090:38:13

I can definitely see myself there. It looks lovely.

0:38:130:38:16

It's really, really nice.

0:38:160:38:18

Where is the location of the house?

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It's in a beach village called Arambol,

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so it's got a fabulous mixture of life

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and tranquillity at the same time.

0:38:260:38:28

The location sounds perfect and the house does look perfect, too.

0:38:280:38:32

-I'm excited.

-Could manage six to eight weeks here?

0:38:320:38:36

I think so. Just about.

0:38:360:38:38

So, what's the price of the property?

0:38:380:38:40

It's £990 a month.

0:38:400:38:43

I think you can tell the jump in price

0:38:430:38:46

really reflects what you get for your money.

0:38:460:38:49

I think you can tell by my reaction that I really do love it,

0:38:490:38:52

but it is right at the top end of the budget,

0:38:520:38:55

so we have to, you know, think about it very seriously.

0:38:550:38:58

-That's true.

-Love you guys.

-Miss you, too.

-Bye!

0:38:580:39:01

-Ah, there you are.

-Hi.

-How did it go?

0:39:020:39:05

-Oh, they like it a lot.

-Oh, super!

-Yeah.

-Super.

0:39:050:39:09

It's just that it's at the top end of the budget,

0:39:090:39:11

-so we need to consider this, but...

-Yes, absolutely.

0:39:110:39:14

-All right.

-Let's sleep on it.

-Excellent. Let's have a bite.

-OK.

0:39:140:39:17

Available to rent for £990 a month,

0:39:190:39:22

property four is a really serious contender.

0:39:220:39:26

With four bedrooms, it has plenty of space,

0:39:260:39:28

its location in a popular coastal village

0:39:280:39:31

is perfect for Dunstan and Abbie to explore.

0:39:310:39:34

However, it is close

0:39:340:39:35

to a busy main road.

0:39:350:39:37

Although just within

0:39:380:39:39

Phoebe's maximum budget,

0:39:390:39:41

it's the most expensive property

0:39:410:39:42

they've seen.

0:39:420:39:45

Question is, will they decide

0:39:450:39:46

it's worth the extra money?

0:39:460:39:48

Yshana has shown Phoebe four very different properties.

0:39:510:39:54

It's been an amazing experience.

0:39:540:39:56

-Yeah.

-And, obviously, I couldn't have done it without you.

0:39:560:39:59

Phoebe, Dunstan and Abbie have a lot to talk about

0:39:590:40:02

before making a big decision.

0:40:020:40:04

Hi!

0:40:050:40:07

-Hey!

-Hi, Dunstan and Abbie.

-Hey!

0:40:070:40:09

-How are you?

-Dunstan and Abbie, I have driven this beautiful woman

0:40:090:40:13

almost into a nervous breakdown.

0:40:130:40:15

I'm sure you've looked after Mum well.

0:40:150:40:17

She's a tricky customer,

0:40:170:40:19

but I've spoke to her and she's happy with the places, so...

0:40:190:40:22

And she's a mother who's really looking out for the two of you.

0:40:220:40:26

There are some places that she liked, but she kept thinking,

0:40:260:40:28

"Oh, I'm not sure whether Dunstan and Abbie would think about it."

0:40:280:40:32

Never lose that mummy instinct, do you?

0:40:320:40:34

I think we've got some ideas in mind.

0:40:350:40:38

I think we can go away

0:40:380:40:41

and have a good chat, think about lots of things,

0:40:410:40:43

but I think there will be a positive outcome.

0:40:430:40:46

-And thank you for lending your mum for four days.

-I know.

0:40:460:40:50

I'll get her back soon.

0:40:500:40:52

-Bye-bye, guys.

-Lots of love to you both.

0:40:520:40:54

-Bye!

-Bye!

0:40:540:40:56

Wanting to experience the healing warmth of the sun during winter,

0:41:010:41:05

Phoebe, Dunstan and Abbie decided to get away.

0:41:050:41:08

I've reached the time in my life for me

0:41:100:41:13

where I have to make the very best of myself now

0:41:130:41:16

and in a wonderful environment.

0:41:160:41:18

Property one provided a rustic Goan experience...

0:41:180:41:22

I think Dunstan would love this place.

0:41:230:41:25

..but felt just too remote.

0:41:250:41:27

I don't think there's anything in the village except cows.

0:41:280:41:31

Property two took them over the state border

0:41:320:41:34

to a house on a secluded beach...

0:41:340:41:37

I think I've gone to heaven already!

0:41:370:41:39

..but it wasn't in Goa.

0:41:390:41:41

Feeling as if they wanted to be in the heart of a busier place,

0:41:440:41:47

property three in Morjim delivered on location

0:41:470:41:50

but lacked interior comfort.

0:41:500:41:52

It's a great halfway house, Yshana, but one is also connected

0:41:520:41:55

to the world just at the bottom of the lane.

0:41:550:41:59

In Arambol, there was a lot going on

0:41:590:42:01

and the property certainly had the wow factor...

0:42:010:42:04

The location sounds perfect and the house does look perfect, too.

0:42:040:42:08

..but all that luxury came at a price.

0:42:080:42:11

I think you can tell the jump in price

0:42:110:42:14

really reflects what you get for your money.

0:42:140:42:17

Phoebe has experienced the beauty and splendour of India,

0:42:200:42:24

but did any of the properties impress the family enough

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to make Goa their new home away from home?

0:42:270:42:29

-Hey!

-Hi!

0:42:330:42:35

Hi from sunny Goa!

0:42:350:42:37

I've been here for a whole month and I'm feeling really at home now.

0:42:370:42:42

I'm glad to say that Phoebe took the plunge

0:42:420:42:45

and rented out the last property she saw -

0:42:450:42:47

the stunning Arambol villa.

0:42:470:42:50

Unfortunately, Dunstan and Abbie had to postpone their trip

0:42:500:42:53

as Abbie was taken ill shortly before they were due to leave.

0:42:530:42:57

I got here two days ago.

0:42:570:42:58

She's just recovering and getting back to full strength

0:42:580:43:01

and she is going to be joining us. She's got her flights booked

0:43:010:43:04

and she'll be out here in about ten days.

0:43:040:43:05

But I get to spend some time with my mum in Goa, which is great.

0:43:050:43:09

I've been doing huge amounts of meditation and yoga,

0:43:100:43:13

which is exactly what I wanted to do.

0:43:130:43:15

I've been going for long walks on the beach.

0:43:150:43:17

It's been absolute heaven.

0:43:170:43:19

I could do this months on end no problem.

0:43:190:43:21

-Goodbye from us here.

-Goodbye from us here in Goa.

0:43:230:43:27

-BOTH:

-Namaste!

-Yeah!

0:43:270:43:29

Phoebe, her son Dunstan and his girlfriend Abbie hope to escape the winter in Brighton and rent a piece of paradise in Goa, India. Local property expert Yshana is on hand to help, but will they be able to find the property of their dreams that they can afford during the high season in Goa? Gloria Hunniford narrates.


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