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    Posted by Penn (U10777282) on Thursday, 23rd May 2013

    Why do they always have to include a little segment where the couple are questioning somebody they have been taken to meet? Today's episode was so incredibly corny. The chap had an interest in buses so Aled Jones took them to meet a guy who restores and looks after all buses in Devon. As soon as they arrived the guy had the woman painting the wheel on the chap sanding down a panel on the bus whilst they asked mundane questions which they had obviously been prompted to ask. Absolutely awful television.

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    Posted by Chance Gardener (U8032897) on Thursday, 23rd May 2013

    I can't see the point of these programmes. Whenever I watch them, the prospective buyers are shown around several houses, and at the end of the programme we're invariably told they decided not to buy any of them. smiley - steam

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    Posted by victoria (U3941046) on Thursday, 23rd May 2013

    I can't see the point of these programmes. Whenever I watch them, the prospective buyers are shown around several houses, and at the end of the programme we're invariably told they decided not to buy any of them. smiley - steam  they want to be seen on tv .. and show off how well off the y are ....I cant see why they haven't the gumption to go and buy a house without having to be helped..

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    Posted by Nan you are too old to go on Facebook said Tom 20 (U11041817) on Thursday, 23rd May 2013

    At the end of the day the only reason people watch is to have a look at the homes so the rest of the programme is irrelevant. i usually make a cup of coffee or use the loo whilst the boring bits are on.

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    Posted by Drsdaughter (U12521046) on Thursday, 23rd May 2013

    I have given up watching this programme but I know that one of the homes featured on "Escape to the Country" from Byfield, Northants in 2011 still has not sold and that it has been through a number of estate agents' books. The concept is a bore, not fun now.

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    Posted by Pax (U9699410) on Thursday, 23rd May 2013

    Why do they always have to include a little segment where the couple are questioning somebody they have been taken to meet? Today's episode was so incredibly corny. The chap had an interest in buses so Aled Jones took them to meet a guy who restores and looks after all buses in Devon. As soon as they arrived the guy had the woman painting the wheel on the chap sanding down a panel on the bus whilst they asked mundane questions which they had obviously been prompted to ask. Absolutely awful television.  I hate that bit too, it detracts from the rest of the programme, which I like.
    They could show the clients another house in that time, or even show them round the neighbourhood. of each house- much more interesting, and useful

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    Posted by zen cat (U14877400) on Friday, 24th May 2013

    One of the reasons I don't watch very often is because the presenters are so embarrassing - and embarrassed! Their manner is usually stiff and stultifying.

    Also, the novelty of seeing people clearly dissatisfied with what I would regard as a palace soon wears off.

    I think the turning point for me was when a woman dissed an incredibly beautiful house just because the tap on the kitchen sink was different to what she was used to.

    Another dreadful edition was when the prospective buyers stressed in the strongest possible terms their dislike of beams - and yep, two out of the three houses had beams everywhere you looked. smiley - doh

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    Posted by brian spooner (U14259156) on Friday, 24th May 2013

    This would be a great programme if they got rid of the house buying bit. Like a TV. 'Down your Way.''

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    Posted by looksalot (U14606492) on Friday, 24th May 2013

    I thought it was much better when they showed four houses, rather than three. The choice and variety of houses is what interests me in a property buting programme.
    All the stuff about the couples trying out new sports and hobbies is really boring...

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    Posted by Hampton Owl (U12068729) on Friday, 24th May 2013

    I was wondering how do you get on this show,do you haveto have proof of funds or do you just pretend to have £8000,000 in the bank for a house.
    Anyhow I have just been down the back of my sofa and come up with 53p and a couple of peanuts and some fluff,If I put this together with my savings I should be able to manage to stretch to a large country des.res.
    I have in total £17.53p some bottle tops(assorted) two peanuts and a ball of fluff.I am looking for at least ten acres,with some woodlands,a stable block and a menage,outbuildings to convert and a treble garage.The house must have at least 6 bedrooms,all en-suite,4 reception rooms, a very large kitchen(for my entertaining) with a massive island,utility room,boot room, music room,sewing room,downstairs cloakroom(must have somewhere to hang my cloaks),underfloor heating throughout,a study,and fantastic views over an estuary or overlooking the sea.
    Some of the people on Escape to the Country really get on my nerves though,especially when they come out with the large dining room and kitchen for entertaining,I often think I wouldn't want to be entertained by them. Then the classic line 'the kitchen is the heart of the home,we could spend all day in here'.NO NO NO, why go to the bother of buying a large house with all those rooms if you spend all day in the kitchen.The kitchen is for cooking and making a brew,sit in the comfortable chair/sofa in your lounge/siiting room and shout for the wife to bring you a brew making sure she also supplies you with a couple of chocolate digestives but tell her not to spill it on your head as my wife accidently did.

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    Posted by Lou_25 (U15519963) on Friday, 24th May 2013

    I don't think this programme is really about people buying houses or wanting to move to the country. I think it's for nosy blighters like me who really enjoy looking inside other' people's houses and gardens and stealing ideas that appeal. Property porn I think they call it!

    Agree about the hobbies and interests interlude though, I'd rather they showed us round another house instead.

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    Posted by victoria (U3941046) on Friday, 24th May 2013

    I was wondering how do you get on this show,do you haveto have proof of funds or do you just pretend to have £8000,000 in the bank for a house.
    Anyhow I have just been down the back of my sofa and come up with 53p and a couple of peanuts and some fluff,If I put this together with my savings I should be able to manage to stretch to a large country des.res.
    I have in total £17.53p some bottle tops(assorted) two peanuts and a ball of fluff.I am looking for at least ten acres,with some woodlands,a stable block and a menage,outbuildings to convert and a treble garage.The house must have at least 6 bedrooms,all en-suite,4 reception rooms, a very large kitchen(for my entertaining) with a massive island,utility room,boot room, music room,sewing room,downstairs cloakroom(must have somewhere to hang my cloaks),underfloor heating throughout,a study,and fantastic views over an estuary or overlooking the sea.
    Some of the people on Escape to the Country really get on my nerves though,especially when they come out with the large dining room and kitchen for entertaining,I often think I wouldn't want to be entertained by them. Then the classic line 'the kitchen is the heart of the home,we could spend all day in here'.NO NO NO, why go to the bother of buying a large house with all those rooms if you spend all day in the kitchen.The kitchen is for cooking and making a brew,sit in the comfortable chair/sofa in your lounge/siiting room and shout for the wife to bring you a brew making sure she also supplies you with a couple of chocolate digestives but tell her not to spill it on your head as my wife accidently did. 
    you forgot the swimming pool !

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    Posted by dave (U2043922) on Friday, 24th May 2013

    I thought it was much better when they showed four houses, rather than three. The choice and variety of houses is what interests me in a property buting programme.
    All the stuff about the couples trying out new sports and hobbies is really boring... 
    I agree.

    Sometimes they only have the 3, and ones the mystery house, and then chose some in the first 2 that don't appear to meet the requirements so there are too few.

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    Posted by BooBoo2 (U1168789) on Friday, 24th May 2013

    As story I have told before.....

    I remember a while back on “House in the Country” (or whatever it is called) they was a couple with two children looking to buy a property. What made them different is that they looked like hobos, dressed in tatty and stylefree clothes, children looked dishevelled and all in all you might have thought a Glaswegian flat was perhaps their aim. But lo and behold they had nearly a million pounds to spend! They viewed some wonderful properties (I can’t remember where) and it looked like they were set on getting a beach-front house with bar and two (yes two) snooker tables! And then surprise surprise they chose not to buy anything and stayed where they were. Now in those days of (let us call it) artistic manipulation I wondered (a) had they told a porky to the producers and just wanted to nose around a dream lifestyle, (b) the producers just grabbed anyone off the street and told them to pretend, or (c) they thought they had won the lottery but upon re-checking the numbers realised that they may have jumped the gun a little. Whatever the case it was a predictable outcome given the wooden enthusiasm displayed by all!

    And yes the "hobby fillers" are a waste of time - simply another example of change for cahnge sake and keeping someone in job.

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    Posted by jannemieke (U9267858) on Friday, 24th May 2013

    Hampton,

    you make me smiley - laugh LOL

    I like the program as I like looking into houses I can never afford to buy. Some I like but others although high in price are definitely ugly and ugly-old. I do wonder however, how people,especially if they are older and have never lived in the country, will cope being so far away from everything. But then I guess the alpacas could run the errands.smiley - biggrin

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    Posted by Bouillaguet (U14312340) on Friday, 24th May 2013

    I was wondering how do you get on this show,do you haveto have proof of funds or do you just pretend to have £8000,000 in the bank for a house.
    Anyhow I have just been down the back of my sofa and come up with 53p and a couple of peanuts and some fluff,If I put this together with my savings I should be able to manage to stretch to a large country des.res.
    I have in total £17.53p some bottle tops(assorted) two peanuts and a ball of fluff.I am looking for at least ten acres,with some woodlands,a stable block and a menage,outbuildings to convert and a treble garage.The house must have at least 6 bedrooms,all en-suite,4 reception rooms, a very large kitchen(for my entertaining) with a massive island,utility room,boot room, music room,sewing room,downstairs cloakroom(must have somewhere to hang my cloaks),underfloor heating throughout,a study,and fantastic views over an estuary or overlooking the sea.
    Some of the people on Escape to the Country really get on my nerves though,especially when they come out with the large dining room and kitchen for entertaining,I often think I wouldn't want to be entertained by them. Then the classic line 'the kitchen is the heart of the home,we could spend all day in here'.NO NO NO, why go to the bother of buying a large house with all those rooms if you spend all day in the kitchen.The kitchen is for cooking and making a brew,sit in the comfortable chair/sofa in your lounge/siiting room and shout for the wife to bring you a brew making sure she also supplies you with a couple of chocolate digestives but tell her not to spill it on your head as my wife accidently did. 
    Hampton, I think you win the prize for most entertaining post of the month! I read it out to Mr B. and he really laughed - that's quite a feat smiley - winkeye

    I love the programme as I like seeing beautiful houses I could never afford, but have to agree with some of the posts here; it does make you wonder where some of these people have found so much for a house purchase although inheritance, insurance payouts, lottery wins etc. could account for some.

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    Posted by Hampton Owl (U12068729) on Saturday, 25th May 2013

    I was wondering how do you get on this show,do you haveto have proof of funds or do you just pretend to have £8000,000 in the bank for a house.
    Anyhow I have just been down the back of my sofa and come up with 53p and a couple of peanuts and some fluff,If I put this together with my savings I should be able to manage to stretch to a large country des.res.
    I have in total £17.53p some bottle tops(assorted) two peanuts and a ball of fluff.I am looking for at least ten acres,with some woodlands,a stable block and a menage,outbuildings to convert and a treble garage.The house must have at least 6 bedrooms,all en-suite,4 reception rooms, a very large kitchen(for my entertaining) with a massive island,utility room,boot room, music room,sewing room,downstairs cloakroom(must have somewhere to hang my cloaks),underfloor heating throughout,a study,and fantastic views over an estuary or overlooking the sea.
    Some of the people on Escape to the Country really get on my nerves though,especially when they come out with the large dining room and kitchen for entertaining,I often think I wouldn't want to be entertained by them. Then the classic line 'the kitchen is the heart of the home,we could spend all day in here'.NO NO NO, why go to the bother of buying a large house with all those rooms if you spend all day in the kitchen.The kitchen is for cooking and making a brew,sit in the comfortable chair/sofa in your lounge/siiting room and shout for the wife to bring you a brew making sure she also supplies you with a couple of chocolate digestives but tell her not to spill it on your head as my wife accidently did. 
    Hampton, I think you win the prize for most entertaining post of the month! I read it out to Mr B. and he really laughed - that's quite a feat smiley - winkeye

    I love the programme as I like seeing beautiful houses I could never afford, but have to agree with some of the posts here; it does make you wonder where some of these people have found so much for a house purchase although inheritance, insurance payouts, lottery wins etc. could account for some. 
    Do you know,I think in hindsight that the unfortunate incident with the aforementioned cup of tea may not have been an accident as my wife said she tripped over the cat.After giving it some thought I have come to the conclusion she was telling fibs,we haven't got a cat.I can not for the life of me think what upset her,I know she'd just got in from picking up my foot powder from the chemist and brought me the newspaper from the letter box, but was it my fault there was cloud burst and she was drenched,NO it was not.It was only a cup of tea and as she couldn't mow the lawn because of the rain,I assumed she wasn't too busy,after all the she'd already took the rubbish out and pumped the car tyres up.It could do with an oil change but she can put that off for a couple of days,I'm not pushing her to do it.
    Anyway must dash, just off to find a property in the country.

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    Posted by minnie3 (U7451737) on Saturday, 25th May 2013

    quite like the educational bit if it is somewhere I have been or a historical aspect of the programme e.g. The Coracle museum in Canaarth. We had been there so it brought back positive memories.

    some of the people really get on my nerves particularly the large kitchen brigade when they probably don't do any cooking and go to M&S dine in for 2 most of the time smiley - smiley

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    Posted by angelictennisfan (U8898769) on Tuesday, 28th May 2013

    As story I have told before.....

    I remember a while back on “House in the Country” (or whatever it is called) they was a couple with two children looking to buy a property. What made them different is that they looked like hobos, dressed in tatty and stylefree clothes, children looked dishevelled and all in all you might have thought a Glaswegian flat was perhaps their aim. But lo and behold they had nearly a million pounds to spend! They viewed some wonderful properties (I can’t remember where) and it looked like they were set on getting a beach-front house with bar and two (yes two) snooker tables! And then surprise surprise they chose not to buy anything and stayed where they were. Now in those days of (let us call it) artistic manipulation I wondered (a) had they told a porky to the producers and just wanted to nose around a dream lifestyle, (b) the producers just grabbed anyone off the street and told them to pretend, or (c) they thought they had won the lottery but upon re-checking the numbers realised that they may have jumped the gun a little. Whatever the case it was a predictable outcome given the wooden enthusiasm displayed by all!

    And yes the "hobby fillers" are a waste of time - simply another example of change for cahnge sake and keeping someone in job. 
    The funniest "Escape" has to be the one where the family concerned wanted to replace real grass with astroturf. I wish they'd repeat that one it had to be seen to be believed!

    I can remember when the families stayed at home while the presenter showed them prospective houses on a laptop PC. They then chose which ones they wanted to look at.

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    Posted by Bouillaguet (U14312340) on Tuesday, 28th May 2013

    I was wondering how do you get on this show,do you haveto have proof of funds or do you just pretend to have £8000,000 in the bank for a house.
    Anyhow I have just been down the back of my sofa and come up with 53p and a couple of peanuts and some fluff,If I put this together with my savings I should be able to manage to stretch to a large country des.res.
    I have in total £17.53p some bottle tops(assorted) two peanuts and a ball of fluff.I am looking for at least ten acres,with some woodlands,a stable block and a menage,outbuildings to convert and a treble garage.The house must have at least 6 bedrooms,all en-suite,4 reception rooms, a very large kitchen(for my entertaining) with a massive island,utility room,boot room, music room,sewing room,downstairs cloakroom(must have somewhere to hang my cloaks),underfloor heating throughout,a study,and fantastic views over an estuary or overlooking the sea.
    Some of the people on Escape to the Country really get on my nerves though,especially when they come out with the large dining room and kitchen for entertaining,I often think I wouldn't want to be entertained by them. Then the classic line 'the kitchen is the heart of the home,we could spend all day in here'.NO NO NO, why go to the bother of buying a large house with all those rooms if you spend all day in the kitchen.The kitchen is for cooking and making a brew,sit in the comfortable chair/sofa in your lounge/siiting room and shout for the wife to bring you a brew making sure she also supplies you with a couple of chocolate digestives but tell her not to spill it on your head as my wife accidently did. 
    Hampton, I think you win the prize for most entertaining post of the month! I read it out to Mr B. and he really laughed - that's quite a feat smiley - winkeye

    I love the programme as I like seeing beautiful houses I could never afford, but have to agree with some of the posts here; it does make you wonder where some of these people have found so much for a house purchase although inheritance, insurance payouts, lottery wins etc. could account for some. 
    Do you know,I think in hindsight that the unfortunate incident with the aforementioned cup of tea may not have been an accident as my wife said she tripped over the cat.After giving it some thought I have come to the conclusion she was telling fibs,we haven't got a cat.I can not for the life of me think what upset her,I know she'd just got in from picking up my foot powder from the chemist and brought me the newspaper from the letter box, but was it my fault there was cloud burst and she was drenched,NO it was not.It was only a cup of tea and as she couldn't mow the lawn because of the rain,I assumed she wasn't too busy,after all the she'd already took the rubbish out and pumped the car tyres up.It could do with an oil change but she can put that off for a couple of days,I'm not pushing her to do it.
    Anyway must dash, just off to find a property in the country. 
    smiley - smiley smiley - smiley smiley - smiley

    When (not 'if') she sharpens up the kitchen knives you had better watch your back! smiley - winkeye

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