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TV show helps family find £500,000 dream home in Cumbria

The rolling hills, unique heritage and stunning vistas of north Cumbria will be showcased to the nation when a property programme airs its trip to the county.

The popular daytime show Escape to the Country travelled north in October and November to help one enthusiastic couple find their rural idyll.

The programme aims to help individuals or families find their perfect home in the countryside, while meeting all their requirements – from accessibility to space.

Tomorrow’s episode, being shown at 3pm, is set entirely in Cumbria.

Presenter Jonnie Irwin is helping a couple find a property where they can expand their business while still surrounding themselves and their family with nature. And all on a budget of £500,000.

Each episode sees the house hunters examine three properties – two which meet almost all of their criteria, and a third “mystery house” which aims to open the buyers up to new possibilities.

One of the homes shown to the couple is understood to be in Penrith, while the other was in the hamlet of Parton, near Wigton.

Owners Barry and Linda Stewart were not allowed to be in the house during the viewing and filming, but did get to meet Mr Irwin briefly.

“He was really nice,” Linda said. “We got a photo with him and our youngest son – our eldest was at work so missed out.

“We know the other house was in Penrith, but we have no idea where the mystery home was.

“The couple obviously didn’t buy our house – because it is still for sale – but we don’t know why. We actually don’t know what they thought of it at all... so we’ll find out when we see it on television. It is a bit nerve-wracking.”

Away from the house hunt, Mr Irwin also took on one of the highest and steepest mountain passes in the county and paid a special visit to Honister Slate Mine.

As well as filming the stunning scenery and finding out more about the working history of the 2,162ft high Fleetwith Pike, he used the Via Ferrata – which traces the original miners’ route up the mountainside – as a backdrop for the programme.

Barry Surtees, from the mine, said: “Honister really is becoming the ultimate filming location. In the past 18 months, we’ve welcomed TV crews from the One Show, Channel 5’s Gadget Show and CBBC’s Wild programme.

“It’s fantastic to see interest in this iconic Lake District landscape is continuing to grow and grow.”

Escape to the Country is on BBC2 at 3pm tomorrow.

Honister also recently welcomed Channel 4 for a new, as yet untitled, motoring series fronted by Philip Glenister. It is part of a sequence with a classic 1948 Land Rover. The episode will be aired later this spring.


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