Escape to the Country host NOT impressed as 'fussy' couple snub every single property

ESCAPE to the Country's Sonali Shah was left unimpressed as a 'fussy' couple snubbed each and every single property presented to them.

The BBC One show featured recently retired Sarah and David as they searched for a home in Somerset.

Currently living in Wokingham, Berkshire, the pair had a budget of £700,000 and a wish list which included a property with three to four bedrooms and a big garden.

Kicking off the search for the couple's dream house, it was obvious Sonali would have her work cut out for her as Sarah confessed she was feeling "a little bit nervous" about the move from Wokingham.

She added: "We’ve had an allotment here for 16 years in Wokingham. We managed to grow loads of fruit and veg – it’s fantastic."

Keeping Sarah's desire for a large garden space in mind, Sonali's first offering was an early 19th century detached cottage in Clayhidon.


On the market for £675,000 the rustic featic immediately appealed to Sarah who commented: "That’s a fireplace and a half! I like the beams, I feel they give the room character. It's a big fire though."

Unfortunately things went downhill on viewing the kitchen which they deemed too small.

Next up was a trip to Somerton to look at a detached 18th century Georgian manor house.

Sarah gushed: "Wow, there's a lot of it! I'm a bit lost for words really."

And David added: "That's gorgeous."

Sonali warned: "Properties like this do not come on the market very often, so when they do, you have to go and see them".

But as they ventured through the Grade II listed building's six reception rooms, David admitted that the space was just too big and wasn't quite right for the couple.

Not yet deterred, the property expert had the Mystery House to show to Sarah and David which was a little different from their wish list.

Detailing the home in Long Sutton, Sonali explained: "This is a collection of 11 dwellings that all were former farm buildings, they share a courtyard inside, but you all have your private garden and spaces."

To which David responded: "I’m not 100 percent sure of sharing with other people."

"They wouldn’t share your house!” exclaimed Sonali.

Featuring three bedrooms with en-suites and a kitchen Sarah said "would suit us", the property was also within their budget.

Sitting down to discuss the viewings, Sonali listened to the couple's overall thoughts.

David reflected: "We think we're a lot further forward than we were.

"We're in a very, very good position now to continue our search and to find the house for our escape."

Sarah added: "We came to this process and we hadn't seen any houses and you can have a wish list, but actually the reality is very different."

To which Sonali enquired: "Where will you compromise from that initial wish list?

David explained: "The detached bit I think we could readdress."

"The mystery house proved that to us," added Sarah.

Asking pointedly, the presenter asked: "Just to be clear, you're not going to pursue any of the houses we've seen together?"

To which the pair both replied: "No."

Sarah explained: "We will take stock of what we've learnt this week and take it all in, then the next step is to see what else is out there."

Escape to the Country airs weekdays 3pm on BBC One.

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