Escape to the Country: Ginny on importance of 'compromise'
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Escape to the Country explored Essex in a recent episode, as host Ginny Buckey tried to find a dream home for Craig and Ye Soe. The couple wanted to make a move away from their East London home to somewhere a little quieter. With a budget of £1million, the couple were looking for a property with a minimum of four bedrooms that was near to water. They also made it clear they needed to have good links into London where both work. Host Ginny showed the couple around three countryside properties, but despite liking them all Craig and Ye Soe revealed none ticked all of their boxes and Ginny was left urging the picky pair to “compromise”.
The first property Ginny took Craig and Ye Soe to was a home in Tiptree, one of the largest villages in England.
The tour of the house seemed to get off to a great start as they entered the large living room.
Marvelling at the amount of space, Ye Soe remarked: “I can’t believe my eyes.”
The vast property boasted four double bedrooms, an annexe and one acre of land.
Craig seemed particularly impressed when he spotted a walk-in wardrobe attached to the master bedroom, exclaiming: “I can buy more clothes!”
The sizeable modern kitchen also seemed to be a big selling point as Ye Soe said: “The kitchen is incredible. I love it.”
On the market for offers over a million pounds, the property appeared to be a great fit for the couple.
However, Craig noted it could be a struggle for them to commute back into London for work.
The second property was a Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse in Tillingham.
Included with the house was around seven acres of land, which surrounded the property.
Craig and Ye Soe loved the exterior of the property, but their impressions quickly changed when they took a look inside.
They soon spotted the kitchen was too small for their liking and they would need to do renovations to enlarge the space.
After looking around more of the house Craig pointed out it might need a bit too much updating.
He explained that for them, it might be “a bit more of a challenge”.
The five-bedroom property was bang on budget as it was on the market for £1million but Craig concluded: “The house was a little too mature.”
The final property Ginny showed the pair was the mystery house in Thorpe-le-Soken.
Ginny seemingly thought the house would be a perfect fit for Craig and Ye Soe, as it had a total of six bedrooms and the village station had direct trains into London.
It came under budget as it was on the market for £950,000, however, the old-fashioned interior of the house seemed to let it down.
After viewing the property Ye Soe admitted: “To be honest this traditional style is not my cup of tea.”
When Ginny eventually sat down with Craig and Ye Soe to discuss their thoughts on the three properties they had seen, it became clear that none were a perfect fit.
Craig began, explaining: “I think there was something within each of the properties that appealed.
“So I think the first one was the modern element, the second one was the mature grounds and the third one was the location and it’s just – how do you pull all of that together in one house?” Craig said.
Ginny pointed out that sometimes you can’t have it all: “There’s a word I come back to time and time again when I’m house hunting and it’s compromise.”
Craig looked to Ye Soe, saying: “You want to go for the more modern twist. Whilst I like modern I could compromise on that.
“We’ve probably got a greater understanding ourselves of what we would like as well and what is negotiable and what’s not up for compromise,” he revealed.
Craig admitted that although they didn’t find their dream home, they had “a great time.”
Escape to the Country airs weekdays at 3pm on BBC One.
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