Escape to the Country: Alistair Appleton admits to error as he ignores couple’s criteria

Escape to the Country host admits house is in 'wrong place'

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During the latest episode of BBC programme Escape to the Country, presenter Alistair Appleton travelled to Warwickshire to help a couple find a home for themselves and their two young daughters. Shimell and Jonathan had a budget of £600,000 and were hoping to find their forever home, which came with a nice garden to grow their own vegetables and so their daughters had plenty of room to play in.

The couple were moving from Leicester to Warwickshire to be closer with their family.

They told Alistair that they were looking for a three-bedroom house with space for an office as they both work from home.

They also wanted a nice sized kitchen and a nice “entertaining space” as Shimell explained she loved to cook.

“Ideally close to a market town so close to amenities,” she explained to Alistair.

The first property Alistair took the couple to was a four-bedroom thatched-roof cottage, despite Shimell admitting that she was scared of buying a home with a thatched roof.

Forgetting her initial worries, Shimell fell in love with the house and described it as “Idyllic”.

“It has a nice feel about it,” she said. “I can see myself here.”

Alistair explained to the house hunters that the property was on the market for £585,000, which was below their budget.

As Alistair let the couple explore the home further, he expressed his disappointment as he said: “This a great first house. I thought they’d be more excited, but it is the first one.”

The second property Alistair took the couple to was “completely different” from the first.

Shimell and Jonathan loved the size of the kitchen, although Jonathan felt that the garden didn’t match the house.

“It may not be us in terms of how it looks now,” Jonathan admitted. “It would be a slight disappointment.”

The property was on the market for £620,000, which was over their budget.

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as the episode came to a close, Alistair took the pair to the mystery house, which did not fit Shimell and Jonathan’s criteria at all.

Admitting his error of judgement, the property expert admitted: “It’s completely the wrong place, far too rural. But, it is a beautiful spot and it’s so peaceful.

Despite it not fitting what they were looking for, Jonathan and Shimell seemed to love the house.

They particularly loved the views from the property and the size of the garden.

The property was on the market for £610,000, which was slightly over their budget.

When it came to picking their dream home, Shimell and Jonathan decided not to put an offer in for any of the houses.

“It’s been great, I have really enjoyed it,” Shimell said about the property search.

Jonathan continued: “We certainly couldn’t fault any of the three houses, we thought they were beautifully presented.

“As much as we loved the mystery house today, the further we get into Worcester, the further we get away from this ideal geographical position we get between our families.”

Shimell went on to conclude that if they weren’t driven by being close to a good school for their children, then they may have considered putting an offer in on one of the properties.

Escape to the Country airs daily at 3pm on BBC One

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