Will anybody ever choose a suburban semi in England over a stone-built character house in warmer climes? Channel 4’s A Place in the Sun: Home or Away is back in France this week and the chances of a British win any time soon aren’t looking good.
The 2015 series is a few episodes into its run, but this week Britain was pitted against France. Retirees Graham Hartridge and his partner, Maggie Rogers, were torn between Devon and Tarn-et-Garonne.
The couple’s modest budget of £140,000 for a home in Britain and £130,000 for one in France made the searches especially challenging.
A visibly pregnant Jasmine Harman was on home turf this time. She found three properties in Devon within budget – one of which had some potential.
It wasn’t long, however, before it was little more than a distant memory.
Over in France, Jonnie Irwin had three great homes for the couple to view. The first was a 1960s house with four acres of land and an old barn. However, it lacked the character the couple were looking for.
The second house they saw was in a different league. Located in the centre of a village, the old stone house boasted three bedrooms, a courtyard garden and a two-bedroom guest annex. With original stone floors, wooden beams and painted shutters, it was the stuff of every Francophile’s dreams.
To say that Graham and Maggie were smitten was an understatement.
The third house Jonnie showed them – complete with its own vineyard – came too late the win the pair over.
“With original stone floors, wooden beams and painted shutters, it was the stuff of every Francophile’s dreams”
They put in an offer of €132,500 (£106,000) on the second house – and were delighted when the owners promptly accepted it.
As any house buyer in Britain can tell you, you won’t get much for that kind of money in Blighty. No wonder, then, that this was, once again, a win for the away team.