Next Episode of I Escaped to the Country is
Season 2 / Episode 1 and airs on 02 January 2018 15:00
Series celebrating the house-buying success stories of people who went on to purchase a rural property they were introduced to on their original Escape to the Country journey.
Jules Hudson catches up with house hunters who left behind their hectic working lives in Brighton and relocated to Herefordshire. On their £300,000 budget, they successfully bought one of the homes they saw after a big rethink on their original property wishlist. Jules sees how their new home and the village location has had such a positive impact on their wellbeing and feeling part of local life.
Jules also drops in on some of his former house hunters who had a £365,000 budget and are now happily living in one of the houses he first showed them. He finds out why they are delighted to have made the lifestyle leap to rural Monmouthshire.
Jonnie Irwin heads to North Yorkshire to be reunited with his former house hunters who, with their £850,000 pound budget, wanted to escape London to be closer to family and raise their own young children in the country. They acted decisively and bought one of the country properties Jonnie first showed them. Despite being in the early months of settling in, Jonnie finds them all in great spirits.
Their children love the great outdoors and are happy in their new school, and the parents are keen to get to grips with making home grown produce. With that in mind, Jonnie takes them to Beningbrough Hall's community orchard, where they get a workout from squeezing freshly pressed apple juice.
Jonnie Irwin revisits a couple he helped on their initial property search in Sussex. Jonnie returns to the house he showed them that they ultimately bought for under their £600,000 budget. The couple each had very strong ideas on what they wanted from their move to the country, with one of them determined to run a bed and breakfast from their new home. Building work is in progress, so Jonnie sees how their vision will provide accommodation for the business without intruding on their personal living space.
As well walking their new dog in the surrounding countryside, Jonnie and his house buyers visit one of the award-winning vineyards Sussex is home to. After harvesting grapes and eating more than a few, they sample the array of wines produced there.
Alistair Appleton catches up with two couples whose property searches helped them make a successful leap to the Norfolk countryside. First he revisits some house buyers who had a Â£400,000 budget and are now loving life in the home they bought. Over a cup of tea in their kitchen, Alistair finds out what creative changes they have made to the interior and how much pleasure they have had discovering new country walks from their doorstep.
Alistair then meets up with a married couple of musicians who, on their initial house hunt, had quickly cast aside their property criteria when they fell in love with one particular Norfolk village. Alistair tracks them down at that village's community shop, where they now volunteer, to find out what happened next.
Jonnie Irwin revisits house buyers who haven't looked back since relocating to the countryside. His first stop is Suffolk, where he finds his the buyers happily immersed in keeping chickens and bees and taking their new dogs to the local dog agility club. Later, Jonnie heads to Kent and marvels at the new design and decor the escapees have added to their property, before heading to the beach close by where they enjoy regular moments together as a family.
Sonali Shah revisits the maritime county of Dorset to be reunited with her house hunters who had a £500,000 budget to retire to a property with coastal views and have set up home in one of the houses Sonali originally showed them. She discovers how they have put their own personal stamp on it and how it provides the writer's retreat one of them dreamed of. Sonali's house buyers also take her to Abbotsbury Swannery, one of their favourite Dorset beauty spots, as well as Bridport, where she drops in on a thriving local knitting group, a port of call for friendly chat over the clacking of needles.
Nicki Chapman is in the west country revisiting house buyers who have successfully made the leap to a new life in the country. First she catches up with an entrepreneurial couple who moved into their property in the Devon countryside. She discovers how they are managing to balance running a holiday-let business alongside their newly renovated family home. Later she heads to rural Somerset, where a couple has made some impressive architectural changes to their country property and are enjoying a busy retirement immersing themselves in village life.
Alistair Appleton revisits house buyers who made their escapes to the country and radically changed their new properties and lifestyles in the process. First he heads to Norfolk, where he discovers his buyers are now committed owners of a cattery. He sees how, while business is booming, they are in the throes of completely supersizing the country home Alistair first showed them. Later he catches up with a house buyer in the Cumbrian countryside who has made her interior design mark in the property they first viewed together. Alistair is happy to learn how her escape from the city of Edinburgh sparked a career change, a flourishing new relationship and a passion for new country pursuits.
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