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|House number one
|Description: Eight Bedroom villa - converted church
|Location: Gosport, Hampshire
|Owners: Phil a property developer, Jill runs
a ladies' health club
|Price: Just over £1 million
|Interesting features: A pulpit transformed into
If you've ever dreamed of living
like a millionaire and you're not above a good old fashioned snoop
then join Inside Out's Chris Packham and domestic goddess Rita Konig
as they find out how the other half lives.
Inside Out has selected three properties for our snooping
duo to inspect and with nearly half of the UK's millionaire's living in
the South, we had plenty to choose from.
House number one
This property looks like it's been airlifted straight
out of the Algarve or as Rita would describe 'Eldorado'.
It has eight bedrooms, and an indoor pool where
many parties end up.
"Whenever we have friends around we always
end up in the jacuzzi or the pool," explains Rita.
"Some of the parties are pretty risqué,"
"It's an extremely original property," says Rita.
If the converted pulpit bar serving 'holy spirits' didn't
grab you, then take a look at the next property on the list.
|House number two
|Description: Regency terraced house
|Location: Seafront, Brighton
|Owners: Charles Style a property developer
|Price: £3.5 million
House number two
This property is one of the finest townhouses
outside of London and is described by Rita as "Architecturally
Some of the owner's choice in décor didn't quite
grab her though.
"The dining room is slightly muddled," warns Rita.
I think sometimes people think they have to go for a mad colour and
everything will be fine. You have to be quite careful."
So if you just couldn't live with the grape dining room
walls then fear not, there is still one more property left to view.
House number three
"The house was built in the early 60s and was
designed to take maximum advantage of the views," explains
|House number three
|Description: Unique waterside residence
|Location: Beaulieu, New Forest
|Owners: Lee Webb
|Price: £5 million
|Interesting features: Stunning views of the 12 acres of landscaped
The rooms are huge and decorated in a style not
unlike that of a Bond film as Rita explains.
"There are some parts that are amazing and
some which don't seem to fit with the original idea. It feels quite
James Bond actually."
It's such a strong flavour this house
that I think it's probably quite a hard house to live in," remarks Rita.
an extraordinary property."
Make your home look a million dollars
If your budget doesn't quite stretch to that of our featured
properties, why not make the best of what you've got? Inside Out has some
top tips to turn your home into a palace.
Make your house look a million dollars
Forget MDF, staple guns and lime green paint, the least
drastic and most inexpensive way to revamp your home is to de-clutter.
To de-clutter, dispose of
- Anything in the house that has been broken for 12 months
- Anything that has exceeded its use-by date. Use suitable
disposal methods for anything that is combustible or poisonous
- All wonky furniture that is surplus to your needs
- Any boxes that have not been opened since your last
- Lots of junk, such as paper, glass, plastics and cans
that have collected throughout your house, can be recycled and should
be among the first to go
Taken from The Life Laundry: How To De-Junk
Your Life by Dawna Walter and Mark Franks, published by BBC Worldwide
Limited. © Talkback Productions 2002.
And who knows, a good de-clutter might unearth some hidden
treasure and then you really can live like a millionaire.