Ibiza Get Away for Winter


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Couples and friends search for perfect rental properties abroad. Friends Tanya and Luisa seek to swap the cold of Tyne and Wear for sunshine on Ibiza.


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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, so, 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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Sitting opposite one of the coldest cities in England,

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even the flour mills of Gateshead feel the chill.

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But hoping to swap the fog on the Tyne

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for a bit more sunshine are best friends Tanya and Luisa.

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We're very different in a lot of ways, but very similar.

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Luisa and I are both very people...people,

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if that makes sense.

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This pair of good pals both live on their own

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and come together for daily dog walks

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with Tanya's pooch Hendrix.

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But with every Geordie's thermometer starting to plummet,

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they've decided they've just had enough of wrapping up,

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so they're going to get away.

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I have been looking into moving away,

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definitely for the winter.

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I have a sister that lives in New Zealand

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and I would normally go there just to experience a warmer climate

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because I can't stand the winters here.

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It's not just the cold that Tanya and Luisa want to escape.

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Aw, thank you.

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..because it's not shaping up to be a very merry Christmas.

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I've got no kids, and I'm single, and my sister lives in New Zealand,

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so, this year, my parents are going away for Christmas.

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My daughter's 20 now,

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so she's off doing her own thing at university.

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I lost my mum in an accident a few years ago,

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and if she was alive now,

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she would encourage me to do this, to go after my dreams.

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Rather than spend the festive season together in the cold,

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they've made it their mission to rent a property abroad

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and enjoy the winter sun.

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I'm actually really looking forward to this.

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Like, when I think about it, I get excited.

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Having Christmas on the beach, maybe,

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it'll be just a different experience.

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Tanya and Luisa think that they can make their winter dream

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financially viable because they'll both be working

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throughout their three to four months away in the sun.

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With our work, we can both pretty much work.

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-I mean, Luisa will be having to come home for work...

-Yeah.

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..but with my work, I can work from wherever in the world.

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Tanya is a professional tarot card reader.

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Almost all of her readings are now done over the phone or online.

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It doesn't matter where I am in the world,

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so my work is not going to change.

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It's basically I'm just going to be doing it in a nicer place.

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Sounds good to me. Luisa runs her own cosmetic skin clinic business.

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She's worked nonstop over the years to make it a success

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and is finally ready to take her foot off the gas...a bit!

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I've had my business for a few years,

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so I've got a good client base now

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where a lot of them will already have been booked in advance.

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So, then I'll just schedule it for when I'm back in the UK.

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On top of working part-time in the UK,

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she'll also be subletting her room in a shared house

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to make the trip as cost-neutral as possible.

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Tanya has no accommodation costs in the UK

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because she lives in the house that her mother left her.

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Her daughter will be staying there while she's away,

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covering all the costs and looking after gorgeous Hendrix.

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Tanya and Luisa estimate that they will collectively save

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£400 a month on heating, electricity and petrol costs...

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..which, together with their respective incomes,

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means they have set their total winter sunshine budget

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at £2,800 a month.

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£1,200 of this will be allocated to renting

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their winter home in the sun.

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So, they've got their finances sorted

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and they know where they want to go.

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We were literally, the day after we came back from our holiday in Ibiza,

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we had the holiday blues and we were just discussing moving away,

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and I said, "I really want to move to Ibiza."

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-So, we just decided, right, we're going to go and do it.

-Yeah.

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Now, if it's winter sun, sea and sand they're after,

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Tanya and Luisa couldn't have picked a better destination.

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Positioned off the east coast of mainland Spain,

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Ibiza is best known for its summer influx of party people,

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ready to dance until they drop.

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But with temperatures rarely dipping below 12 degrees in the off season,

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it can be a winter wonderland.

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Rental properties range from authentic Spanish villas

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in the north of the island

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to purpose-built complexes on the busy south coast.

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After all those clubbers have cleared out,

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rental prices can drop as much as 50%,

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and looking to get the best deal for Tanya and Luisa is Julia Charlton.

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I moved to Ibiza in 2001 with my husband Paul.

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And we have a daughter, Macy, who was born here, and she's nine.

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I love Ibiza. I love the fact that we live outside

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nearly every single day.

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Julia runs her own property management company

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with her husband Paul, and wants the world to know

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that there's something for everyone on Ibiza.

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There is a vast range of properties on this island.

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You've got ultramodern,

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you've got the traditional finca style.

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In the winter, yeah, there's apartments and houses

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that you are able to rent at a really good price.

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I love my job. I get to meet great people

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and I get to make people's dreams come true with their holidays.

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Tanya and Luisa are eagerly standing by

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to touch base with Julia.

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Only one of them will be joining her on the search on Ibiza,

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so this is their opportunity to let Julia know

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what they both want in a winter rental.

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-Hello!

-Hi!

-Good morning, ladies. I'm Julia.

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Hi, Julia. Nice to meet you. My name's Luisa.

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-And I'm Tanya.

-We're looking to move to Ibiza.

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-Have you been to Ibiza before? Do you know the island?

-I do.

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-I come quite a lot for holidays.

-And I've been once.

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Luisa knows the island well,

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but there's one aspect of Ibizan life

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that they're both desperate to find out about.

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-Julia, what's Christmas like there?

-Christmas is buzzing.

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Now the dream is sounding more like a reality.

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-I guess, there's two of you, so two bedrooms?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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But for the perfect winter away, they'll need the perfect property.

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Ideally, where would you like to be?

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I think we said we wanted to be by the sea.

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If we can do by the sea, then great.

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They're looking for a two-bedroom property

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with a sea view and a very lively area.

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Well, I wouldn't want to be somewhere right out of the way,

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like in the north and really remote.

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They would also prefer a property with a bit of character.

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Like a Bohemian-type feel, do you know what I mean?

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So, quirky is good.

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Julia has got good information to go on,

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but her biggest challenge will be finding one perfect property

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that will please two very different people.

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I'm more on a spiritual vibe, and I like sort of quieter places,

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whereas Luisa likes the party vibe of Ibiza.

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All right. What's your budget? How much do you have to spend?

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-About 1,200 a month.

-Yeah.

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-Are you both going to come over?

-I'm coming.

-I'm staying here.

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-Yeah, it's me you're going to be meeting.

-THEY LAUGH

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All right, it's been really lovely to speak to you,

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and I'll see you soon.

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-Yeah, see you soon.

-OK.

-Thank you. Bye-bye.

-Nice to meet you. Bye.

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I feel really confident that she'll be able to find us something.

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I think she got a good idea of what we were wanting.

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Tanya and Louisa are putting aside £1,200

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of their winter sunshine budget for accommodation.

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Tanya's keen on traditional properties,

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while Luisa wants to be somewhere where she won't feel too isolated.

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They both agree that a sea view

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would be the perfect way

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to experience Ibiza.

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While Luisa stays behind for work,

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and to get her room ready to rent,

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it'll be up to Tanya to find them

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a property that they'll both

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be happy with.

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1,500 miles away from Britain,

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lucky Tanya is soaking up the sun in Ibiza.

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She left Gateshead in the rain last night

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and has woken up in utter paradise.

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Just waking up this morning and the first thing I heard was the sea.

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Coming out, seeing the sunrise - it was just absolutely beautiful.

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Julia is on her way to show Tanya just what Ibiza has to offer.

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I'm really looking forward to meeting Tanya.

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We've got an eclectic mix, shall we say?

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Obviously, they've got different tastes

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and they want different things,

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but, hopefully, they will be surprised

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and, you know, one of them will be the right choice.

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-Hello, Julia.

-Hi. How are you?

-I'm good.

-Lovely to meet you.

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-Yeah, you as well. You as well.

-How are you doing?

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-I'm really excited for today.

-You look very Ibiza.

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-Very Ibiza, you think?

-THEY LAUGH

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-Thank you.

-You look great.

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-Off we go.

-Yeah.

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While she's here, Julia will show Tanya four properties

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based on her and Luisa's brief.

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So, Tanya, what do you think of Ibiza so far?

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I love it. The more I'm here, the more I'm liking it!

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At each property, Tanya will video call Luisa

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to show her round and find out if they are on the same page.

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Obviously, there's two people that want quite different things,

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but, hopefully, with the four that we've got,

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one of them, you'll really like it.

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So, the property I'm about to show you is in Ibiza Town.

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You're literally a minute from the main town square.

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Ibiza can be a destination of culture and tranquillity,

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thanks in part to its elegant south-coast capital Ibiza Town.

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The first settlers arrived here around 650 BC

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and crafted a stunning hilltop citadel.

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-You have everything on your doorstep.

-Yeah?

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Almost 3,000 years later,

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and it's awash with history, foods and art.

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And there's some really cool bars and amazing restaurants.

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Properties here range from the traditional

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to the very traditional,

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all nestled in a maze of cobbled streets.

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-So, it's still quite near the beach.

-Oh, yeah.

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It's a perfect introduction to Ibiza,

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but will it be what Tanya is looking for?

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So, we're now in the Vara De Rey, which is the old part of Ibiza Town.

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This is the main square.

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-And the property I'm going to show you is just around the corner.

-Right here, yeah?

-Yeah.

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Julia is hoping that the traditional properties of the old town

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will appeal to Tanya.

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There is a downside with traditional properties, though.

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Anything above the ground floor, and I'm afraid you're walking.

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-I do have to tell you, there are a few stirs.

-Right.

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-The old properties do not have lifts.

-Yeah, right.

-OK?

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But once you get to the apartment,

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I think you're going to be quite surprised.

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But come and have a look.

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This quirky, top-floor, two-bedroom apartment

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is slap bang in the middle of Ibiza Town.

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But this is one of the original old buildings of Ibiza,

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so you've got your original floors.

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Over 200 years old, it's been lovingly updated

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while still retaining its age and character.

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It's lovely. It's a lovely, lovely space.

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The bedrooms offer ample storage and additional space for guests...

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It's quirky.

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..while the retro, cottage-style kitchen

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has everything they would need.

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-I've got another part of the house that you haven't seen yet...

-Yeah.

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..that I'm going to show you now.

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Now, what Julia has to show Tanya might just seal the deal.

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OK, so, here is your own private roof terrace.

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Yeah, this is a lovely space, isn't it?

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So, it's the whole length of the property.

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You've got outdoor shower. You've got your own bathroom.

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-Bathroom up here?

-Yeah.

-Yeah? Right.

-Yeah.

-So, how much is this?

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OK, so, this apartment is really well priced, actually,

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-for winter rental.

-Right.

-This is £1,000 a month.

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At £1,000 a month,

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the apartment comes under Tanya and Louisa's £1,200 budget.

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It's definitely got the bohemian feel that Tanya's after,

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but will that be as important to Luisa?

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And back in the UK - aww - Hendrix has been missing his mum,

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while Luisa has been waiting to hear if Tanya is any closer

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to finding them the perfect property in the perfect location.

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I'm really excited about seeing the property.

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Tanya's been to Ibiza once before,

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so, this time, I hope she's getting to explore the island a bit more

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and have a really good look around.

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-PHONE RINGS

-Hi!

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-Hello!

-So, yeah, this property that we're in now, Luisa,

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is in Ibiza Old Town.

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-This is a roof terrace.

-Cool.

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As they'll both be working throughout their stay,

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a roof terrace like this means they can enjoy working alfresco.

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-And inside...

-This is the bedroom.

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They've said that they will put a double bed in this, as well.

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At the moment, it's been a child's bedroom.

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-And there's bunk beds...

-All right, cool.

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..if you wanted bunk beds.

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So, I don't know whether you bagsie the top bunk or the bottom one?

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THEY LAUGH

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I think it's a really good viewing.

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It's a great apartment and the roof terrace is incredible.

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You're so close to the old town.

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-Well, it's quite big.

-Yeah.

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It kind of ticks a lot of boxes,

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but I'm not sure it ticks all the boxes.

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Can you show me out the window?

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This is the window from...

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I'm scared of heights, but, yeah, you can see that there.

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So, what are your thoughts so far on this one?

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-No, I don't really like it.

-No? You don't like it?

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I don't want a view of other buildings. I want to see, like...

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I don't want to feel like I'm in a built-up city.

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I want to feel like I'm in Ibiza.

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Yeah, this isn't what we were sort of picturing it.

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I can't imagine us sitting Christmas Day here.

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I noticed that, if it's on a terrace,

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there doesn't seem to be a lift either.

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Yeah, there's no lift.

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I knew, from the beginning, that the stairs was going to be an issue.

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However, walking up and down stairs is pretty good exercise,

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so, you know, let's see.

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-Right, thanks for showing me round. Speak to you soon.

-Bye!

-Yeah, bye!

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-Hey.

-Hi!

-How are you?

-I'm good, I'm good, I'm good.

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-So, how did it go with Luisa?

-Very interesting.

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-Yeah?

-It was, yeah.

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She didn't like all the buildings that was overlooked.

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She didn't want the city during the day.

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She wants, you know, the natural, the beach life,

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the more chilled, you know?

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-Yeah.

-I think that's what we're coming over here for.

-OK.

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Though it was a really nice apartment,

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and for somebody that wanted to live in the middle of the town,

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it's ideal, really, but it's just not the type of place

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that I imagined I would live in.

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Despite offering them a lot of what they want,

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Tanya and Luisa have all but ruled out this property.

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Available to rent for £1,000 a month,

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the property certainly ticked all of Tanya's bohemian boxes,

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but the bustling city life isn't exactly how Luisa imagined

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her chilled-out time on Ibiza.

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Julia now has a better idea of what Tanya and Luisa are looking for

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and she knows exactly where to take them next.

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Tanya and Luisa are able to make this winter break a reality

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as they can both continue to work while being based outside the UK.

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The growing trend of remote working that Tanya plans to exploit

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has been made possible by high-speed internet connections.

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The increase in low-cost airlines

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means Luisa can go to and from Ibiza with relative ease.

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UK citizens do not need special visas to work in Spain,

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and income earned abroad will be treated in the same way

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by the UK tax office as if it was earned at home.

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As long as your permanent residence remains in the UK,

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you won't pay any additional taxes in Spain.

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Back in Gateshead, Luisa's house is owned by her sister,

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and she's got permission to sublet her room

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to help cover her rent in the UK while she's away.

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She's taking pictures to advertise online.

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The house is currently shared at the moment, so...

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And it's quite a nice house, quite a big house,

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it's close to the city centre, so I shouldn't have too much problems renting my room out, to be honest.

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In this part of Gateshead, long-term lets are the norm,

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and Luisa's three-bedroomed house, if rented as a whole,

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could fetch upwards of £810 a month.

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She's keeping costs down by marketing

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and managing the rental herself online,

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and hopes to get £300 a month for her room

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to help her fund the dream winter abroad.

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Back on Ibiza, Julia has taken Tanya out of the hustle and bustle

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of the old town and brought her somewhere with a view.

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So, you wanted a sea view.

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Yeah. So, the property is on the beach, yeah?

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-I've got you a sea view, yeah.

-Oh, wow.

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This property I'm going to show you now

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is in Playa d'en Bossa.

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-OK? So, you're right on the beach.

-Yeah.

-Here's the beach.

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Only a short walk from Ibiza Town,

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Playa d'en Bossa is the most popular resort on Ibiza.

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Stretching almost two miles along the coast,

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it's the island's longest beach,

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lined with resorts and high-end apartments.

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Luisa likes this place.

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-Yeah.

-I know Luisa's mentioned this place before.

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It may be home to Ibiza's busiest super clubs,

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but in winter, it completely changes.

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You know, you're going to get a sunrise.

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And after the partygoers have gone, things get a lot more relaxed,

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with bars and restaurants staying open offering cut-price deals.

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There's restaurants open on the beach all winter.

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It's chilled-out, central and stunning,

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but in an area filled with modern complexes,

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will it offer Tanya the traditional experience she would like?

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-So, look how close we are to the sea.

-Yeah!

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And the property is just here.

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It's gorgeous and Julia's got very high hopes

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for this oceanfront apartment.

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Again, it's up a few floors,

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but at least, this time, you do not have to take the stairs.

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This modern, two-bedroom apartment is custom-built for comfort...

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-You've got really good, high-speed Wi-Fi here.

-Right.

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..featuring an American-style kitchen

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and two bright double bedrooms.

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If you're lying here in the morning, you're going to get the sunrise,

0:20:400:20:43

all the light filtering through.

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The piece de resistance is a large, south-facing balcony

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with a sea view.

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That view is amazing. Absolutely amazing.

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This luxury development offers a communal swimming pool,

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and, nearby, there are landscaped gardens

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filled with tropical plants.

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So, you could sit here and meditate.

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Let's face it, it's an oasis of calm in one of Ibiza's busiest areas.

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-So, let's talk about the price.

-Right.

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So, the winter price for this apartment is £1,200,

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but that includes all the bills.

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Utility bills for an apartment of this type in winter

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can average out to around £200 a month,

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so taking that off, the property will come under

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Tanya and Louisa's £1,200 budget.

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-Hi!

-Hello!

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-You look lovely with all your hair down there.

-Aw, thanks.

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So, can you see how close we are to the sea?

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Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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So, the location is absolutely perfect.

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-And see what you think of this.

-It's lovely.

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Happy days. The location gets top marks,

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and Luisa is taken with the modern apartment.

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The kitchen is very small, but it has everything that we need.

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But, unlike the traditional properties of the old town,

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oceanfront complexes don't really scream bohemian.

0:22:040:22:08

Tanya's just talking to Luisa now

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and I'm waiting to see what she thinks about the apartment.

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It's a good-size apartment.

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It's all, yeah, nice and modern. Yeah.

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I'm not sure it's right for Tanya.

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However, Luisa's tastes are different.

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The location's perfect. It's the beach. So, let's see.

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-So, do you like this?

-I do.

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I know that it's probably not your type of place.

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It's a bit too modern and not as quirky, it's not as individual.

0:22:350:22:38

-I'm not vibing off it. As soon...

-Yeah.

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Before I even came into the apartment...

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-It's an apartment that's all right for, like, a week's holiday.

-Yeah.

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But to live there, it doesn't feel like home.

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I'm not saying it's a definite no,

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but we'll see what else they come up with, I think.

0:22:500:22:53

Yeah, I'm pleased you said that!

0:22:530:22:55

-OK, yeah.

-Bye-bye!

-Bye!

0:22:550:22:58

-Hi!

-Hey.

-So, how did it go with Luisa?

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She agrees that if it was for a week or a fortnight - absolutely great,

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but for us to stay for three months and be away from home in that time,

0:23:060:23:11

-she agrees that this isn't the place.

-OK.

0:23:110:23:14

So, the ladies are still on the same page, more or less.

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Available to rent for £1,200 a month, including bills,

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it's giving Tanya and Luisa a reality check

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of how much it costs to enjoy beach-front living,

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and that traditional properties are not very common on the coast.

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So, if it's traditional they really want,

0:23:320:23:35

they'll have to give up their dream of being next to the sea

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and consider moving inland.

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Luckily, Julia is on the case.

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In winter, the average monthly cost of accommodation

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can be £1,500 a month.

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In summer, that figure can easily double.

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Across all budgets, there are great deals to be had,

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from self-catering apartments in the centre of San Antonio

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on the market for £800 a month

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to properties on the higher end of the scale.

0:24:090:24:11

This seven-bedroom, ultramodern villa

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features a substantial private pool

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with stunning views over the surrounding countryside.

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It's available to rent for £6,000 a month in winter,

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rising to £16,000 a week

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in the peak months of July and August.

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Or this majestic five-bedroom villa...

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..with stunning sea views, pool and a games room.

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It's available for just under £10,000 a week in summer,

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dropping by around 2,000 in the winter.

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One of the benefits of living abroad in the off season

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is that most of the tourist activities close down,

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giving you the opportunity to live like a local.

0:25:020:25:05

Before she moved into tarot card reading full-time,

0:25:070:25:11

Tanya was an artist and photographer,

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and is hoping the vibrant colours of Ibiza will reignite her arty side.

0:25:130:25:18

Tanya's back in Ibiza Old Town,

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where she's meeting up with local artist Patricia

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to brush up on her watercolours and learn more about the island.

0:25:240:25:28

-Hi, Patricia!

-Hello, Tanya!

0:25:300:25:33

-Nice to meet you.

-Lovely to meet you.

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-You paint, no?

-I used to.

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I haven't painted for about eight years now,

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but my degree was in fine art.

0:25:410:25:43

Well, if you want, I can show you some techniques.

0:25:430:25:46

Your art seems to have quite a spiritual theme,

0:25:460:25:49

so that really ties in with the island.

0:25:490:25:51

We have the clubs and the music,

0:25:510:25:53

but we have another part, another side here,

0:25:530:25:56

-that is spiritual, magic things.

-Yeah.

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Maybe because, in the '60s, we had the hippie people.

0:26:010:26:05

Yeah, it was part of the hippie trail, wasn't it?

0:26:050:26:07

That's the side that I really want to see.

0:26:070:26:10

-Well, I'll show you.

-Yeah.

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The hippie trail is the name given to the overland journey

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taken by members of the hippie subculture

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in the mid-'50s to the late '70s.

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The hippies used to sell their art in the coffee shops to get food.

0:26:240:26:27

-Exactly.

-Didn't they? Yeah, yeah.

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The huge influx of Westerners stopping over in Ibiza

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on their way to India left a profound cultural impact

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on the island's artistic identity.

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More water on, yeah.

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The town of San Carlos in the north of the island became a hippie hub,

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and to this day, the bohemian culture

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is still very much part of everyday life.

0:26:490:26:51

Tanya's hoping to tap into this part of Ibizan life during her stay.

0:26:540:26:58

Will you be doing art classes during the winter?

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-Yes.

-Yeah? Because if we move over here,

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it would be great to take one of your classes, as well.

0:27:050:27:08

That would be really fun.

0:27:080:27:09

So, thank you so, so much, Patricia. It's been such a pleasure,

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and I can't wait to see you again in the winter.

0:27:150:27:17

-I do hope so.

-OK?

-It's nice to meet you, Tanya.

-You too.

0:27:170:27:21

She's absolutely amazing. We just clicked straightaway.

0:27:230:27:26

She's made me really, really excited about moving to the island now.

0:27:260:27:30

I think, before I even move here, I've met a lovely friend already.

0:27:300:27:34

Tanya's taking the first steps to a new life in the sun.

0:27:350:27:39

She just needs to find the right property to call home.

0:27:390:27:42

Back on the hunt, with the last two apartments

0:27:510:27:54

not quite hitting the mark,

0:27:540:27:55

Julia's taking Tanya to see another side of the island,

0:27:550:27:58

and it's somewhere Tanya has already heard a lot about.

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OK, so, the area we're going to now is San Carlos,

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which is in the north of the island.

0:28:090:28:10

Ah, right. OK.

0:28:100:28:12

Tucked away in the north-east of the island,

0:28:130:28:16

San Carlos is the hippie hang-out that Tanya has been dreaming of.

0:28:160:28:20

It's chilled-out, it's quiet,

0:28:210:28:23

you've got easy access to everywhere.

0:28:230:28:26

During the time of the hippie trail in the '60s and '70s,

0:28:270:28:30

everything centred around the beatnik bar of Anita's,

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made famous at one point because it had the only phone on the island.

0:28:330:28:37

San Carlos is also famous for Las Dalias, the hippie market.

0:28:400:28:44

A secluded, traditional farming village

0:28:450:28:48

with flower-power appeal.

0:28:480:28:49

Well, Tanya should feel right at home.

0:28:490:28:52

-This seems right up my street.

-Yeah.

0:28:520:28:55

But will it be too far removed for Luisa?

0:28:550:28:58

Nestled in the hills above San Carlos...

0:29:010:29:03

-Wow!

-SHE LAUGHS

0:29:030:29:06

I've got to actually stop a second. Hold on.

0:29:060:29:09

..Tanya is getting her first look at the property.

0:29:090:29:13

I'm getting quite actually emotional there. I'm honestly...

0:29:130:29:16

Wow.

0:29:160:29:18

-Yeah, this is...

-SHE LAUGHS

0:29:180:29:20

This is sort of hitting everything, this.

0:29:200:29:23

OK, let's go and have a look.

0:29:230:29:25

This stunning, two-bedroom, renovated farmhouse

0:29:270:29:30

features its own private pool area,

0:29:300:29:32

looking out over breathtaking scenery.

0:29:320:29:35

Oh, a pool, as well! Look at that view!

0:29:360:29:40

I think she's happy.

0:29:400:29:41

Inside, the cottage has retained most of its original features,

0:29:410:29:44

with a wood-burning stove in the living area

0:29:440:29:47

that Tanya and Luisa could cosy up to.

0:29:470:29:50

I'm literally getting goose pimples.

0:29:500:29:53

The property offers two large double bedrooms

0:29:540:29:56

and two spacious bathrooms.

0:29:560:29:59

I love this. I really, really love this.

0:29:590:30:02

Let's be honest, it would be hard not to relax here.

0:30:020:30:06

It's Tanya right down to the ground, but Luisa might feel differently.

0:30:060:30:10

So, Tanya, what do you think?

0:30:120:30:15

I'm in love with it. I'm absolutely in love with this property.

0:30:150:30:18

I love it. It ticks every single box.

0:30:180:30:21

Yes, it's not near the sea, but you have the pool.

0:30:210:30:24

My only concern is the location for Luisa.

0:30:240:30:27

I think that will put her off.

0:30:270:30:29

I've actually negotiated a good price on this.

0:30:290:30:33

-Right.

-However, it is slightly over your budget.

0:30:330:30:36

-Right, OK.

-It's 1,500 a month.

0:30:360:30:39

I'm worried about Luisa, with the location, already.

0:30:390:30:43

And then if I tell Luisa that it's over budget,

0:30:430:30:46

I'm worried there will be a straight no.

0:30:460:30:49

I'm going to try and see what I can do,

0:30:490:30:51

to see if I can maybe improve a little bit.

0:30:510:30:54

-So, leave it with me.

-Yeah.

-Go and have a good look round,

0:30:540:30:57

and I'm really going to try and see what I can do.

0:30:570:31:00

-OK. Thank you.

-OK.

0:31:000:31:02

£1,500 is stretching Tanya and Luisa's £1,200 budget.

0:31:020:31:07

Julia is going to try her very best to get a better deal,

0:31:070:31:10

but with question marks already surrounding the location,

0:31:100:31:14

will the property be enough to sway Luisa?

0:31:140:31:17

-Hola!

-Hola!

-I'm starting outside of the property here

0:31:190:31:22

because I just really need you to see this. So, this is...

0:31:220:31:26

-Wow!

-Look at all this amazing greenery.

0:31:260:31:29

And I'm not going to go in that door.

0:31:290:31:30

I'm going to take you for a little stroll around here first.

0:31:300:31:33

-Wow! It's got a pool?

-Yeah.

0:31:330:31:35

I'm nearly crying!

0:31:350:31:37

It's one of the best viewings I've ever done.

0:31:380:31:41

This property is perfect for Tanya.

0:31:410:31:45

I mean, she absolutely has fallen in love with it.

0:31:450:31:48

Look at the view from the kitchen.

0:31:480:31:50

Really, really hope Luisa will feel the same way.

0:31:510:31:54

Right, I'm trying to guess where you are,

0:31:550:31:57

so you're going to have to tell me cos I can't wait any longer. Whereabouts is it?

0:31:570:32:00

So, it's in San Carlos.

0:32:000:32:02

Right. So, it's in San Carlos, but it looks like

0:32:020:32:04

there's no neighbours, there's nobody else around,

0:32:040:32:06

so I'd feel a bit scared being by myself there.

0:32:060:32:09

There's neighbours around, just not on top of you.

0:32:090:32:13

-So, what do you think of this?

-I think it's absolutely amazing.

0:32:130:32:17

I'm worried about how much it's going to cost.

0:32:170:32:19

Well, they're wanting £1,500 a month for this,

0:32:190:32:23

but I have the agent on our case.

0:32:230:32:26

So, she is trying to negotiate a better price for us.

0:32:260:32:30

Well, have a think about it and I'll talk to you later.

0:32:300:32:32

-See you later. Bye-bye.

-Bye! Bye!

0:32:320:32:35

Hi. So, I'm dying to know, what was the reaction?

0:32:350:32:39

-She really, really loved the property.

-Really?

-Yeah.

0:32:390:32:42

At one point, she said she was going to cry,

0:32:420:32:44

which I thought, "That is a good thing."

0:32:440:32:45

The location is still an issue, but she absolutely adored the house.

0:32:450:32:50

-I really want you to have this place.

-Yeah.

0:32:500:32:53

I think I really want us to have this place!

0:32:530:32:55

-Because I also see myself coming up for the odd lunch and stuff.

-Yeah, of course!

0:32:550:32:59

Property three has exceeded all expectations.

0:33:010:33:04

Well, at least for Tanya.

0:33:040:33:05

Julia's going to try her hardest

0:33:070:33:09

to get the £1,500 a month rent reduced,

0:33:090:33:12

because she feels the traditional layout

0:33:120:33:14

with private pool is perfect for Tanya.

0:33:140:33:17

It might all be for nothing, though,

0:33:190:33:20

if Luisa won't compromise

0:33:200:33:22

on the location.

0:33:220:33:23

But there's still one more property

0:33:240:33:26

to visit, and Julia's hoping that,

0:33:260:33:28

this time, the friends

0:33:280:33:29

will see eye to eye.

0:33:290:33:30

Renting on Ibiza has become a popular

0:33:360:33:38

and more cost-effective way to live on the island.

0:33:380:33:42

For Tanya and Luisa, they would find that buying a property

0:33:420:33:45

would cost more than it would back home in Gateshead,

0:33:450:33:48

and it's not just the properties that have a higher price tag.

0:33:480:33:51

A bottle of wine, for example, is almost double on Ibiza,

0:33:510:33:55

and eating out can cost around £15 more.

0:33:550:33:59

There are, however, some significant savings to be made here.

0:33:590:34:03

They'll shell out almost 20% less for doing their grocery shopping,

0:34:030:34:07

and they can expect to save a whopping £65 a month on utilities.

0:34:070:34:13

And back on the search...

0:34:130:34:14

So, the property I'm about to show you is in Can Tomas,

0:34:140:34:19

which is on the outskirts of San Antonio.

0:34:190:34:23

Only an eight-minute drive from the main town of San Antonio,

0:34:250:34:28

Can Thomas is a quiet,

0:34:280:34:30

rural farming community.

0:34:300:34:32

There's a vineyard just down the road, Can Rich.

0:34:330:34:37

Situated on the popular west coast, this attracts thousands of visitors

0:34:370:34:41

flocking to see the famous Ibizan sunsets.

0:34:410:34:44

This is the side that has the sunsets, as well, yeah?

0:34:440:34:47

This is the side that has the sunset, yeah.

0:34:470:34:49

With a handful of local bars and restaurants,

0:34:490:34:52

the area is popular with those looking for,

0:34:520:34:54

you know, peace and quiet,

0:34:540:34:56

while still having the buzzing nightlife

0:34:560:34:58

of San Antonio on their doorstep.

0:34:580:35:00

Just up there is a small house,

0:35:000:35:04

which was originally owned by the Bee Gees.

0:35:040:35:06

It's a perfect mix of tranquillity and excitement,

0:35:070:35:11

which might just give Tanya and Luisa exactly what they want.

0:35:110:35:16

-So, here we go.

-It feels really nice here.

0:35:160:35:19

-This...

-So, we're very much in the countryside.

-Yeah.

0:35:190:35:23

This is the property just here.

0:35:230:35:25

This traditional converted Spanish house

0:35:280:35:31

features an extensive outdoor dining terrace.

0:35:310:35:33

-So, you will get the sunset.

-This is amazing.

0:35:350:35:40

The large, modern kitchen-diner is perfect for working from home,

0:35:400:35:44

and has an adjoining living space,

0:35:440:35:46

complete with the all-important built-in wine rack.

0:35:460:35:48

Honestly, I think I'm shaking a little bit here.

0:35:480:35:51

It's just... It feels so nice, this.

0:35:510:35:54

The large bedrooms come with a selection

0:35:540:35:56

of wall-mounted hats, because, well, why not?

0:35:560:36:00

I'm getting really, really good vibes with this.

0:36:020:36:04

I can't wait to show Luisa.

0:36:040:36:08

Tanya is impressed, and she's not even seen the best part yet.

0:36:080:36:12

And...I think you ought to have a look at this.

0:36:130:36:16

SHE LAUGHS

0:36:160:36:19

Oh, wow, a pool!

0:36:190:36:21

Your own private oasis pool.

0:36:220:36:25

Oh, it's like an infinity pool, as well. I'm almost in tears here!

0:36:250:36:29

-I should have got you to bring your cossie!

-Oh!

0:36:290:36:32

-Well, let's talk about the money.

-Right, OK. Yeah.

-OK?

0:36:320:36:36

The price for this property is £980 per month.

0:36:360:36:40

-I'm pleasantly surprised with that.

-Good.

-I really, really am.

0:36:400:36:44

Speak to Luisa, see what she thinks, and I'll catch up with you later.

0:36:440:36:48

-OK, thank you so much, Julia.

-All right? Bye.

-Thank you.

0:36:480:36:51

Countryside living definitely gives you

0:36:510:36:53

a lot more for your money on Ibiza.

0:36:530:36:55

At £980 a month,

0:36:550:36:58

it comes in well under Tanya and Louisa's £1,200 budget.

0:36:580:37:02

But will that be enough for Louisa?

0:37:020:37:04

-Hiya!

-Hiya!

-So, I'm going to show you straightaway.

0:37:050:37:08

This was the first thing I saw.

0:37:080:37:10

-Can you see that?

-That's amazing, yeah.

0:37:100:37:12

-So, this is the outside.

-Wow.

0:37:120:37:14

If you see out there, there's a lemon and lime tree,

0:37:140:37:18

so we can actually pick our own limes for the gin and tonics!

0:37:180:37:21

THEY LAUGH

0:37:210:37:23

The property is impressing Luisa, but not only that...

0:37:230:37:26

-And it's, like, five minutes from San Antonio.

-Is it?

0:37:260:37:30

..Luisa has friends who actually stay in nearby San Antonio.

0:37:300:37:34

I can't believe it. I was panicking, thinking that it was going to be,

0:37:340:37:37

-like, miles away.

-No, no, there's no catch. That's the thing.

0:37:370:37:40

It's five minutes from San Antonio.

0:37:400:37:42

I think that went really well.

0:37:430:37:45

I've never seen anyone quite so excited.

0:37:450:37:49

This one, Luisa, I really, really can't believe it.

0:37:490:37:51

You know when you're so excited? I was wanting you here,

0:37:510:37:53

-because I was just jumping about.

-It looks amazing.

0:37:530:37:56

It's the right location, it's got a beautiful view,

0:37:570:38:00

and I think Luisa will really like it, as well.

0:38:000:38:04

So, what do you think of this? Are you loving it as much as I am?

0:38:040:38:07

-Are you excited?

-Yes, I'm totally excited.

0:38:070:38:10

It's giving us, like... I'm getting shivers.

0:38:100:38:12

This could be our winter home, Luisa.

0:38:120:38:15

I can't believe it.

0:38:150:38:16

So, I'm away off to enjoy a little bit more of the sun.

0:38:160:38:19

Right, bye. Bye, darling.

0:38:190:38:21

OK, bye!

0:38:210:38:23

-So, Tanya, how did that go?

-Absolutely amazing. She loved it.

0:38:230:38:27

I knew she would. I could just...

0:38:270:38:29

It's got Luisa written all over it.

0:38:290:38:32

It's amazing. It's, like, wow factor. Everything.

0:38:320:38:34

It's got the pool. It's just everything that we've asked for,

0:38:340:38:37

and it's so close to where I wanted to be, as well.

0:38:370:38:40

So, it just ticks all the boxes.

0:38:400:38:42

Property four has delivered a bonanza of box-ticking.

0:38:450:38:48

It's available to rent for £980 a month,

0:38:490:38:53

and it has a really relaxed vibe

0:38:530:38:54

while still being near to a major town,

0:38:540:38:57

and it's bursting

0:38:570:38:58

with quirky character.

0:38:580:39:00

Luisa's over the moon with the property,

0:39:000:39:02

but is it enough to make Tanya give up

0:39:020:39:05

on her hippie dream in San Carlos?

0:39:050:39:07

The friends have a lot to talk about.

0:39:080:39:11

With Julia's help, Tanya and Luisa have had a glimpse

0:39:170:39:20

of what their dream winter on Ibiza could look like.

0:39:200:39:23

Tomorrow, Tanya will once again be feeling

0:39:230:39:26

the cold, cold breeze of Britain,

0:39:260:39:28

where she and Luisa will have to decide between them

0:39:280:39:31

which of the properties they'll be taking.

0:39:310:39:33

-Hi!

-Hi!

-Hello. Hi, Julia.

0:39:360:39:39

-Hi!

-Well, that's it - we've seen all of the properties.

0:39:390:39:43

This pair of pals may want slightly different things,

0:39:440:39:47

but they're singing from the same hymn sheet.

0:39:470:39:49

I think there's two properties that we've discounted,

0:39:490:39:52

and there's two properties which are massive contenders.

0:39:520:39:57

Since they viewed the hilltop property

0:39:570:39:59

in the hippie haven of San Carlos, there's been a development.

0:39:590:40:02

Julia has now heard back from the owner,

0:40:020:40:04

and as they're keen to secure a long-term rental in winter,

0:40:040:40:07

they've offered Tanya and Luisa the house for £1,350 a month,

0:40:070:40:13

which puts it much closer to their budget.

0:40:130:40:15

I've now changed my tune completely.

0:40:180:40:21

-There's one that I like.

-I'm still a bit undecided.

0:40:210:40:24

-But you trust Tanya's judgment?

-Oh, yeah, totally.

0:40:240:40:28

There's a big decision ahead, and what they can agree on is that

0:40:280:40:32

Ibiza will be their winter home away from home.

0:40:320:40:35

It's amazing, thinking that, within a matter of weeks,

0:40:350:40:39

we will be here and one of these properties will be our home.

0:40:390:40:43

Faced with spending Christmas alone in the cold,

0:40:530:40:55

Tanya and Luisa decided to do something about it.

0:40:550:40:59

Having Christmas on the beach, maybe?

0:40:590:41:01

It'll be just a different experience.

0:41:010:41:04

With Luisa staying behind,

0:41:040:41:05

it was up to Tanya to find a rental property

0:41:050:41:08

that would suit both of them.

0:41:080:41:10

Obviously, there's two people who want quite different things.

0:41:100:41:14

Julia was hoping that the traditional apartment

0:41:140:41:16

in the busy old town would win them over

0:41:160:41:19

with its private roof terrace...

0:41:190:41:21

Yeah, this is a lovely space, isn't it?

0:41:210:41:24

..but discovered that city-centre living

0:41:240:41:26

wasn't what they had in mind.

0:41:260:41:28

I don't want to feel like I'm in a built-up city.

0:41:280:41:30

I want to feel like I'm in Ibiza.

0:41:300:41:32

The Playa d'en Bossa apartment gave them a sea view...

0:41:320:41:35

..but that meant living in a modern complex,

0:41:370:41:39

and Tanya just wasn't willing to compromise.

0:41:390:41:42

For a week, or a fortnight - absolutely great,

0:41:420:41:45

-but for us to stay, this isn't the place.

-OK.

0:41:450:41:48

Julia took a chance with a San Carlos cottage,

0:41:480:41:51

and it paid off big time with Tanya.

0:41:510:41:54

I'm literally getting goose pimples.

0:41:540:41:56

But even at a reduced price, Luisa wasn't so sure.

0:41:560:42:00

It looks like there's no neighbours, there's nobody else around.

0:42:000:42:04

But in the Can Tomas house,

0:42:040:42:06

Julia finally found something they both could agree on.

0:42:060:42:10

This could be our winter home, Luisa.

0:42:100:42:12

Tanya and Luisa have seen it all on Ibiza.

0:42:150:42:18

But were any of the properties good enough

0:42:200:42:22

to make them pack their bags, leave Gateshead,

0:42:220:42:24

and spend the winter in the sun?

0:42:240:42:26

-Hello!

-Hi!

-Hola. We're in Ibiza.

0:42:290:42:32

Every day, we're just looking at each other,

0:42:340:42:36

and just start laughing because we can't believe

0:42:360:42:39

that this is actually happening, and this is our life...

0:42:390:42:42

-It's a dream.

-..at the moment. Yeah.

-It's a dream home.

0:42:420:42:45

Having negotiated a cheaper price,

0:42:450:42:47

Tanya and Luisa took out a four-month lease

0:42:470:42:50

on the stunning San Carlos farmhouse,

0:42:500:42:53

and it's been everything they hoped for, and indeed more.

0:42:530:42:56

We've loved spending Christmas in the sunshine,

0:42:570:43:00

and we both had our Christmas jumpers on.

0:43:000:43:02

We went for a walk along the beach.

0:43:020:43:04

Julia who was, you know, the estate agent

0:43:040:43:07

that found this place,

0:43:070:43:08

you know, we've become really, really good friends with her.

0:43:080:43:11

-This is the best thing that we've ever done, I think.

-Yeah.

0:43:130:43:16

Both of us are now trying to manifest how we can stay.

0:43:160:43:20

-I don't want to go.

-We don't want to go!

0:43:200:43:22

-BOTH:

-Bye.

0:43:240:43:25

Friends Tanya and Luisa want to swap the cold of Tyne and Wear for sunshine on Ibiza. They are shown four rental properties on the Spanish island by local property expert Julia, but will they find their perfect winter bolt hole in the sun? Gloria Hunniford narrates.