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jamoncrumpets Thu 28-Mar-19 16:05:38

Yes, yes, I know I am watching tv in the day and should be out working or volunteering or something, but both kids are ill so we're all having a down day today.

Anyway, I'm fuming because the couple (male, female) are viewing houses and every single time they walk into a kitchen the presenter says 'Well, will this do for you Sharon?' and then when they get to the outside space, garage etc, he turns to the man and says 'What do you think then, Nigel?'

The woman has already said that she isn't much of a cook. He's not letting her off the hook, he is absolutely DESPERATE to sell her a big old kitchen so she fit more neatly into her gender role.

I've never seen this show before, is it always like this? AIBU to want to take the presenter to a female boxing club and have him pummelled for a few bouts?

BottleOfJameson Thu 28-Mar-19 16:08:35

I know what you mean I've noticed that too on that show, lots of assumptions that the man and woman will be at odds (man will want to be near the pub, woman will want a big kitchen).

jamoncrumpets Thu 28-Mar-19 16:10:19

I don't like this presenter either. He gives me strong estate agent vibes.

AngeloMysterioso Thu 28-Mar-19 16:18:24

What channel is that on?

jamoncrumpets Thu 28-Mar-19 16:20:22


DoneLikeAKipper Thu 28-Mar-19 16:21:44

They’re not all like that on ETTC to be fair. Usually they’re trying to sell outside space to both parties due to them having unrealistic dreams of starting a small holding or holiday business after 40 years of being an IT manager in London city.

AngeloMysterioso Thu 28-Mar-19 16:22:28

Not showing in London or I’d join you in your rage-fest!

Samcro Thu 28-Mar-19 16:22:42

i do like ETC But
I hate the "man cave" stuff. why does a grown man need that.

jamoncrumpets Thu 28-Mar-19 16:28:04

I want a woman cave. It's the same as a man cave but everything is covered in glitter.

flapjackfairy Thu 28-Mar-19 16:29:04

I am always wound up by the couples who are downsizing but need a 6 bed house with numerous bathrooms and 10 acres .
They bleat about every property being a bit too small when there are only 2 of them.
But they simply must have room to entertain and for family to stay which requires them to live in a small mansion.
I just wonder where on earth they find all these people .

SeventhWave Thu 28-Mar-19 16:32:29

I just wonder where on earth they find all these people

Apparently you can apply to be on it confused

jacquesjacques Thu 28-Mar-19 16:33:15

Yes to all of this! And every time I see an average couple in their early thirties I think 'ooh good, somebody I can relate to' and then realise their budget is just shy of a billion bloody pounds, even though they have entirely average jobs. Pah.

Hazeintheclouds Thu 28-Mar-19 16:34:38

Isn’t the programme in full repeat mode from 2006??

HeritageCarrot Thu 28-Mar-19 16:36:06

Totally agree. It also makes me a bit ragey when they’re shown one beautiful place after another and turn them down for some reason or other when I’m living in a delapidated one bed HA flat and would be grateful for just about anything that was less crumbly and Arctic than this.

flapjackfairy Thu 28-Mar-19 16:37:24

I don't think they would be interested in me. I could just about afford a garden shed somewhere beautiful and rural!
I do rather think the programme sends out the message that it is easy to buy a big house and have a picture perfect life which most of us know is v far from the truth .
I guess it has to be viewed as escapist television and taken with a pinch of salt because I notice that v few people ever buy any of the houses viewed.

krustykittens Thu 28-Mar-19 16:37:28

I always wonder about people who want to 'retire' to a small holding. We have one, it makes us self sufficient in small ways, makes us no money, doesn't pay for itself most of the time and is an awful lot of work after we have finished our day jobs. We do it for the lifestyle it gives us (out in the country , far from others, letting us keep our animals at home). But I am beginning to get arthritis in my hands and I wonder how long I will be able to do the work for. I waitressed for years and I always heard people saying that when they retire they were going to open a restaurant. Like running an restaurant is all about sitting at the bar with your mates all night while keeping an eye on staff and then totting up the money when everyone goes home. It's hard work and an expensive business to stay afloat in.

jamoncrumpets Thu 28-Mar-19 16:37:59

This couple wanted to live in a traditional village in the Cotswolds but hated houses with beams. Errrrr...

CaptainMyCaptain Thu 28-Mar-19 16:38:33

They want all the benefits of living near a village but get a fit of the vapours if they can hear a car a mile away because it's too near the road.

They almost never buy anything anyway. I think they just apply to have a nice day out - the middle class alternative to being on Jeremy Kyle.

HazelBite Thu 28-Mar-19 16:38:51

I get cross with the retired or close to retirement couples who are moving to the middle of nowhere, nowhere near any major towns, and expect to live happily ever after.
No thought to possible illness, too far for friends and family visiting, no near neighbours etc, in short all the things that are important as you get older.

MrsMoastyToasty Thu 28-Mar-19 16:39:22

They're always looking to set up a glamping site, irrespective of the fact that the area is saturated with the bloody places.

CaptainMyCaptain Thu 28-Mar-19 16:39:26

I haven't seen today's but I'm thinking generally (re the roads).

flapjackfairy Thu 28-Mar-19 16:40:50

Oh captain that is it. Middle class Jeremy Kyle!
Brilliant !

HomoHeinekenensis Thu 28-Mar-19 16:41:01

I always shout "BINGO!" when they say they want to be able to keep chickens grin

The80sweregreat Thu 28-Mar-19 16:41:15

A lot of these shows are repeats and i often wonder if the people did move to their ' dream home, ticked all the boxes' place and then regretted it? I agree its also sexist but the couples seem to take it on the chin , when they are not running it down as the huge kitchen that has an aga and a settee in it, is ' too small',. or only has 4 beds instead of 5 or whatever.
i hate all these type of shows.

Alsohuman Thu 28-Mar-19 16:41:26

We’re recently retired and mine wants to keep fucking chickens - chickens, I ask you - so apparently we’re moving to a house with a paddock to facilitate this. Pure madness.

Loving the woman cave idea.

dontcallmelen Thu 28-Mar-19 16:42:59

I just watched this as well, gave me the rage too. Mind you they were both incredibly annoying & clearly didn’t have a clue what they wanted.

Angelo I’m in London & watched it.

floribunda18 Thu 28-Mar-19 16:43:34

YABU to be "fuming" about it, I would find it amusing.

I watch the programme for the beautiful houses, but also sometimes the unreasonable demands of couple or the "false challenge" element.

Ben and Lucy live in London and want to move to Wiltshire. Their budget is £950,000...

Oh, how ever will they manage, the poor dears?

Lllot5 Thu 28-Mar-19 16:44:17

I’d like to know where they all get the money from. Selling up in London I guess. Downsizing to six bedrooms and a paddock.

Disfordarkchocolate Thu 28-Mar-19 16:45:57

I always laugh at the ones where they want to run a clamping business or have a smallholding as part of their retirement. Probably more work than they already do and you'll be very tied to the place.

thetemptationofchocolate Thu 28-Mar-19 16:47:29

I have a woman cave. It's lovely, I can get away from it all and hunker down in my shed smile

The80sweregreat Thu 28-Mar-19 16:47:54

The budgets are always huge - the worst shows are the abroad ones though. i have had some experience of living abroad and thats not all rosy either - everyone thinks life will be wonderful/ different, because its not the UK. Plus they want a big place/ pool/ man cave for around 100,000 as well. not happening these days!

RevokeRemainRebuild Thu 28-Mar-19 16:48:12

As they exit each room, the man indicates for the wife to go first. Then puts his hand on the small of her back to guide her. Every time,
I tell you!

katseyes7 Thu 28-Mar-19 16:48:29

Llot5 l like this programme (sometimes) but it sometimes it astounds me where these people get the money from. l watched on the other day, and the house hunters were a young newlywed couple, first time buyers (!) who had "£1.2m" to spend.
We bought our first house in the late 1980s. Admittedly it was in the North East, but it was a very nice Victorian town house. We paid £23500 for it. And that was a stretch!

IHateUncleJamie Thu 28-Mar-19 16:49:52

Escape to the Country is basically posh people showing off how wealthy they are. If they were actually serious about relocating and buying an actual house, they’d go on Location Location Location.

There’s a reason why the presenter never updates the viewers at the end. Annoys me intensely. Never mind the “Oh, that’s a smaller kitchen than I hoped for” while standing in a kitchen diner larger than my whole house.

Magicpaintbrush Thu 28-Mar-19 16:50:38

I get a bit puckered up when there is a really young couple with a huge budget - I always wonder how they can afford it and what they do for a living.

I also find it irritating when a couple are picking flaws in a beautiful house I could never dream of affording because it makes me think they just don't get how fortunate they actually are.

Yes - I am jealous envy

The80sweregreat Thu 28-Mar-19 16:50:48

I guess a few are ringers on these shows, or had big inheritance from Gran or Grandad/ trust funds etc etc.
There is money floating around - just not near me.,

HolyForkingShirt Thu 28-Mar-19 16:53:54

I always get pissed off when magazines go on about "mum's cooking" and "mum's Sunday roast" - my mum has never done a Sunday roast as my dad does the cooking in our family and always has done!

Stereotypes alive and well I see

katseyes7 Thu 28-Mar-19 16:54:32

lt's funny how you can tell almost straight away whether you're going to like the people or not. Sometimes they're lovely, sometimes they're insufferable. l watched one the other day, it was a middle aged couple who had been doing B & B and they wanted to move to North Yorkshire. They had a Downs Syndrome son and they wanted something with a business in a village with a good community so there'd be things for him to get involved with. They were absolutely lovely people. So appreciative and grateful of everything they were shown. They fell in love with a lovely tearoom in a beautiful village, where their son could work in the tearoom with them. l was quite disappointed at the end not to find out whether or not they were successful.

iklboo Thu 28-Mar-19 16:54:31

I like the 'Oh, I don't like the wallpaper'. Well fecking decorate then.

Or 'oh that table isn't our style'. They're not leaving it you tools!

katseyes7 Thu 28-Mar-19 16:56:59

l must admit to thinking that some of these people go on this programme either to a) get on tv, b) boast how much money they (allegedly) have, c) have a few days jolly in the country at someone else's expense. l'd love to know exactly how many of them actually buy something they've been shown on the programme.

Motoko Thu 28-Mar-19 16:58:25

Chickens are lovely! We had a large flock after starting off with just 3. They're great fun, and just like cats and dogs, have different personalities.
Unfortunately, I became ill, to ill to look after them, and DH's health also went downhill, so as they died off (and we had a couple of predator attacks) we didn't replace them. Now we're just down to one old girl, and a couple of ducks. I really miss them.

My mum had neighbours who went on ETTC. They didn't buy any of the houses, but according to Mum, they enjoyed the experience, and did find it helpful. They ended up finding a place in a different area to the one they were looking in on the show.

But although it's nice, seeing all these beautiful houses, the tropes are annoying, they don't know the meaning of the word "downsizing", and they're all so fucking fussy.

katseyes7 Thu 28-Mar-19 16:59:01

thetemptationofchocolate l have a she-shed. lt's a lovely summerhouse. Or it will be once l get round to finishing painting it and tarting it up a bit.
lt's going to be my art studio. l'm in a rented house and we have cream carpets. l daren't paint in here.

53rdWay Thu 28-Mar-19 17:00:46

I would like to know how many of them move out again in a few years once they've realised that moving to the country isn't actually like stepping into the pages of the Darling Buds of May.

nometal Thu 28-Mar-19 17:00:51

The woman has already said that she isn't much of a cook. He's not letting her off the hook, he is absolutely DESPERATE to sell her a big old kitchen so she fit more neatly into her gender role.

I want a woman cave. It's the same as a man cave but everything is covered in glitter.

Ha ha! My wife has a woman cave. A cellar. She uses it as an extension of the kitchen. No glitter though, just whitewashed stone walls and pots, pans, preserves, all sorts of small appliances she uses once in a blue moon etc.

She absolutely loves it. It's like a giant pantry. Keeps her fit too, running up and down the steps all day.

MindatWork Thu 28-Mar-19 17:02:06

@IHateUncleJamie LLL is just as bad, with Kitty frigging Allsop haranguing every single couple about having kids. I once saw an episode where a single woman was buying a flat in London (on her own no less) and KA tried to convince her to get a 2 bed as 'you never know what little additions you might have in the future' 😒.

Needless to say, the two male friends who bought a flat together in the same episode weren't given the same treatment!

MindatWork Thu 28-Mar-19 17:03:25

BAH that should say Kirsty Allsop (fat fingers)

BettyBooJustDoinTheDoo Thu 28-Mar-19 17:04:12

Yes Revoke the hand in the small of the woman’s back guiding (pushing) her from room to room like she is a gormless puppet really irritates me, I always feel the man is doing it for the camera to show to the world (his neighbors) what a thoughtful man he is, so fake.

stofi Thu 28-Mar-19 17:06:27

Coast or Country is being reshown at 8.55am channel 14 Freeview. We watched one yesterday and the couple had 90k. It's much more entertaining and down to earth.

The80sweregreat Thu 28-Mar-19 17:06:31

Kirsty and Phil, more irritating than Holly and Phi!

tillytrotter1 Thu 28-Mar-19 17:06:39

You're all easily outraged!! I doubt that either party was 'furious' at their partner, for many people that's how they choose to live their lives. Is the suggestion that everyone has to toe the MN party line? How democratic!

800msprint Thu 28-Mar-19 17:07:10

I'd totally get the rage too. Not quite on the same lines but similar, when we were looking at houses to buy the estate agent would generally turn to DH and say 'so do you work up in London then?'
Not a jot to me. No I'm just little old wifey in the Home Counties. No way could I be having my own career as well surely!

limitedperiodonly Thu 28-Mar-19 17:08:10

The thing that gets me about Escape To The Country is that they get a couple in their 50s or 60s from the suburbs who have taken early retirement and show them four bedroom houses with two living rooms, a conservatory and an inglenook and an acre of garden that looks like a big mowing headache.

I know they might have children and grandchildren and friends to come to stay but for most of the year, they are going to be living there on their own. They are just going to go slowly mad and descend into alcoholic rows like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

And what's with the en-suites that the women rave over? I don't want to hear and smell my husband having a shit in a macerator toilet.

Vintagegoth Thu 28-Mar-19 17:08:43

I assume that programmes like this, Location(x3) and Grand Designs have been developed to work as the nation's daily Two Minute Hate. Normal people shout at otherwise blameless people about their insistance on trivial items in a house instead of getting angry at the government.

53rdWay Thu 28-Mar-19 17:09:28

Did you see the LLL where it was a couple expecting DC1 looking for a house and the bloke was insisting on being no more than a few streets away from his mother? Kirsty practically staged an intervention, it was brilliant.

The80sweregreat Thu 28-Mar-19 17:12:30

I would like an en suite myself as we all fight over our tiny bathroom, but i would also want an extractor fan fitted in the ceiling..

You should all have watched ' bad move' with Jack Dee - summed up country living perfectly - they both hated it!
i bet half of the relatives dont travel miles and miles to see them all either - too much money to get there and its probably dead boring for kids once they are past the ' oh, lets go blackberrying ' age groups.

BettyBooJustDoinTheDoo Thu 28-Mar-19 17:15:58

Years ago when the programme first started the properties they showed were from all budgets including modest ones, they showed cute little cottages that were the average price for the area, I think as the years have rolled by it has become more elitist and just a place for people to show of their money or their pretend money, and why do the couples always pretty much currently live in a really dull 3 bed semi in the middle of dullsville, generally on the slip road of a motorway and under the main flight path and then have a budget of £950,000 and then moan about how small the houses are? Err your house is grim love you should be jumping for joy hmm

Frenchmom Thu 28-Mar-19 17:18:56

‘They all want to set up a glamping site...’
or a llama farm!

AllInADay Thu 28-Mar-19 17:24:44

We were contacted by Escape From The Country when we were attempting to sell ours. A so-called researcher asked me a load of questions which she should have researched herself. They then sent us a sort of third party liability form which made us liable if, say, a stupidly high-heeled, tight skirted presenter tripped on our steep garden steps. I refused to sign this and that was the end of that. I must admit, I didn't know anything about the programme before they contacted us. p.s. We'd still like to sell if anyone is interested in a move to the country. I'm glad we didn't bring children up here. The local primary and secondary schools are coming under tremendous criticism for their poor results. (Like many rural coastal towns).

SelkieRinnNaMara Thu 28-Mar-19 17:26:03

My mum loves these shows but everytime i watch it is so frustrating, it ends with "roger and penny decided not to buy anyof the houses they were shown". It feels l8ke my time was even more wasted!

Ellenborough Thu 28-Mar-19 17:26:10

Hmm. I’m on the fence. If he’s genuinely assuming that Sharon cares about big kitchens purely becuase she’s a woman then YANBU. Although even people who hate cooking still need to do it sometimes and no one actually wants a dreadful poky kitchen.

But I watch this show all the time and it’s usually th man going on about wanting his man cave/space for his motorbikes/car renovation project and the woman drooling over the kitchen. Although sometimes they want a hobby space too.

And they usually ask who does the cooking in the family and direct all kitchen related questions to them.

ChickensForTheHound Thu 28-Mar-19 17:29:01

I watched 8 episodes in a row of that Love it or List it with the ever-present Kirstie and Phil and noticed that every time they went out in the car, the man sat in the front and the woman in the back. Then wondered if I was being ridiculous to even think it was a thing and maybe it wasn't at all.

Frenchmom Thu 28-Mar-19 17:29:29

I agree with older people should think about being nearer to facilities, but young families should also think about the future. It’s great to move there with a couple of toddlers and a baby. Just think about when you have three teenagers who want to be out late and you have to pick them up.

Boysey45 Thu 28-Mar-19 17:30:23

Its always really wealthy people, not people with 100-200K to spend. the man will be something like a surgeon or a recently retired admiral from the Royal Navy.
Its an absolute joke and doesn't reflect the majority of people in this country.

greenpop21 Thu 28-Mar-19 17:30:45

Makes me laugh when they walk into a kitchen bigger than my whole downstairs area and they say it's bit small!!! Really weird idea for a programme imo; watching loaded people spend their money on a naice country pile! Snobby lot!

greenpop21 Thu 28-Mar-19 17:32:09

Chickens Maybe because the man's legs are longer. my DH is a foot taller than me so would be silly for him to scrunch up in the back.

Dutchoma Thu 28-Mar-19 17:32:10

I very rarely watch the whole programme as I invariably fall asleep. Sometimes there is a week in which they revisit peple who have bought. And sometimes they do say whether people have bought or not.
I agree that the programme with the Downs boy was lovely, but again, I didn’t see the whole of the programme.
Remainrevokerebuild I love your username

LailaByron Thu 28-Mar-19 17:33:14

I’ve always thought the should do ‘Escape to the ghetto’ rich snobby couple who lost everything at the races have to downsize to a bedsit in a crime ridden area! We need a bit of balance in our lives. Not everyone has 1.1 mil to spend on a new house in the country (obviously could stretch to 2 mil if it had an annexe for granny 🙄)

greenpop21 Thu 28-Mar-19 17:33:35

linited grin

The80sweregreat Thu 28-Mar-19 17:35:14

City living does have its advantages, they should do a ' escape FROM the country' ! for balance purposes.

BritWifeinUSA Thu 28-Mar-19 17:35:41

I used to watch it occasionally in the U.K. what used to get me was when they would turn down house after house because they could hear a car in very far distance if they tried very very hard but then it would show them moving in with a Land Rover and two cars. So it’s ok for them to disturb others with their cars but woe betide anyone who dares to drive their car within 10 miles of their piece of paradise.

mastertomsmum Thu 28-Mar-19 17:38:10

It’s quite annoying show, I can only bear about 10 mins of it whilst waiting for my DC to return from school. A couple of the male presenters are very snooty.

Mind you, they sometimes have some awkward folk to work with. There was one show I watched most of cos it was set locally. The couple were loaded and disliked a lovely house in favour of a sad over modernised space

The80sweregreat Thu 28-Mar-19 17:40:39

brit wife - agreed, They fail to realise that you need cars in these places as public transport is a non starter and everyone needs to buy food and other stuff they cant grow themselves! i suppose they could have it delivered, but you still need to get away from the country pile for other things. hospitals for starters if they are getting on a bit.

StormTreader Thu 28-Mar-19 17:45:06

" l have a she-shed."

Would that be a she-ed? :D

Meercat2 Thu 28-Mar-19 17:50:29

I just love the way that they have to mention the wood burner. Like that would be the deciding factor in a house choice. Just so easy to put one in yourself for comparatively little money when your budget is £1m

nancyclancy123 Thu 28-Mar-19 17:54:18

I do love property shows but I don’t understand this.....
Presenter: “So Steve and Jane, you have an absolute maximum budget of £500,000, can you guess the price of this property?”
Steve: “It’s got to be close to the top end of our budget, I’m going to say £495,000.”
Jane: “I’m going to say a bit less, I think £485,000.”
Presenter: “Steve your guess is the closest. It’s actually on the market for £580,000. How do you feel about that?”

Why do they show over the budget houses?????????? A budget is a budget!!!

The80sweregreat Thu 28-Mar-19 18:06:21

The 'mystery house' makes me laugh as they are all a mystery to them at first as they haven't seen them before.
yes, the budget thing is a joke ' oh, you can barter them down' they say smugly, then discover that they cant/ oh dear.

iklboo Thu 28-Mar-19 18:09:04

DH knows if he guided with with a hand at the small of my back he'd lose it at the elbow 😊

francienolan Thu 28-Mar-19 18:13:45

I always find this programme frustrating because I have never ever seen one where they end up offering on a house! I'd rather watch Location, at least those people are serious buyers and it feels like there is a point to it all.

IHateUncleJamie Thu 28-Mar-19 18:13:55

@Mindatwork Gah 😬 That’s so insensitive, isn’t it!

RevokeRemainRebuild Thu 28-Mar-19 18:15:26

@Dutchoma - smile I'm not giving up hope!

BrexitBingoGenerator Thu 28-Mar-19 18:27:37

I fucking hate this show. I am at home with Pleurisy at the moment and was too ill to reach for the zapper, so found myself committed.

Can’t stand these wanky people who are shown into a room and bleat ‘it’s nice Marjory. Lovely period features Bernard.’


I also wonder about it they have the first idea what it’s like to actually live in the country. And where do they get all that money?!?? Gives me the rage.

Cushellekoala Thu 28-Mar-19 19:08:20

I love property shows because i am jusy nosey about houses!!me and DH always agree over what we think is the best/nicest house on there. Whenever we have been tempted to move we never agree on any house IRL!! He wants acres of land and in the middle of nowhere. I don't want to be a taxi for my children who can currently walk/train to most places they need (with or without eye-rolling!😉) and we already have a couple of chivkens in a fairly small garden.

Bunnylady53 Thu 28-Mar-19 19:12:58

I do enjoy ETTC but more for the stunning countryside. We really do live in a beautiful country. Makes me want to go to The Dales, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Somerset........

bordellosboheme Thu 28-Mar-19 19:13:26

I hate it for different reasons. They show them massive places where they find faults... The other half of the country would be in heaven in some of those places.

Ellenborough Thu 28-Mar-19 19:19:24

Its always really wealthy people, not people with 100-200K to spend. the man will be something like a surgeon or a recently retired admiral from the Royal Navy.
Its an absolute joke and doesn't reflect the majority of people in this country.

As opposed to A Place In The Sun where a dustman and a dinner lady pitch up in a popular area of France or Spain wanting five bedrooms, three bathrooms, an in ground pool, a minimum of 2 acres, stables so they can keep donkeys, not too much work to do, a sea view and walking distance into a town with nice restaurants.

They say their budget is 130k and then when, by some miracle, they are shown something ticks all the boxes for 150k, they whine that it's too near a busy road and the kitchen is a bit dated. hmm

limitedperiodonly Thu 28-Mar-19 19:23:26

City living does have its advantages, they should do a ' escape FROM the country' ! for balance purposes.

That is exactly what I think every time I watch it The80sweregreat.

Why would you want to move to the middle of nowhere with no public transport and ambulances that arrive 40 minutes after you are brain dead from oxygen starvation after a heart attack?

But it's okay because you have a big garden where you can indulge your fantasy of keeping goats and llamas and listening and smelling your husband having a shit in a shit-munching macerator loo just on the other side of the bedroom door that will get backed up and plumbers quite rightly don't want to deal with greenpop21.

Living the dream.

CaptainMyCaptain Thu 28-Mar-19 19:57:53

‘Escape to the ghetto’
grin I'd watch it!

thetemptationofchocolate Thu 28-Mar-19 20:12:00

That's what I use mine for. And sometimes I even do some painting in it smile Should never have put the comfy chair in there...

JuniorAsparagus Thu 28-Mar-19 20:19:17

I love it. I like the houses and the countryside. It's wallpaper TV.
To be fair they occasionally say 'Jeffrey, I understand you do the cooking. Can you see yourself in here cooking, glass of wine in hand' etc etc.
Today they did mention Christmas trees a lot, which is bizarre as most people only have a Christmas tree for about a month or less. I think they run out of ideas for conversation.
They did make a follow up 'I escaped to the country' which featured two couples per programme.

Boysey45 Thu 28-Mar-19 20:25:47

Its always the Cotswolds as well and its almost always straight couples.I've only seen 2 episodes which featured gay men. I've not seen one with gay women only 1 with a single woman and a "friend" who came with her to view. God knows how a single woman had £750K to spend on a house in her mid 40s.

katseyes7 Thu 28-Mar-19 20:30:20

thetemptationofchocolate Oh dear. l've got a lovely comfy chair to put in mine....

JuniorAsparagus Thu 28-Mar-19 20:30:47

I think they had a female couple recently. They were holding hands.

limitedperiodonly Thu 28-Mar-19 20:39:51

There was a lesbian couple searching in Norfolk this week Boysey45. Though they did conform to the ETTC stereotype of a woman who wanted a big kitchen, herb garden and got all emotional, and her other half who was much more sensible and had a snap-back metal tape measure.

Thesnobbymiddleclassone Thu 28-Mar-19 20:41:30

I hate it as its jusy old couples buying houses that are too big for them.

Why people in their 60s with no children living at him need more than 2 bedrooms I'll never know.

DerelictWreck Thu 28-Mar-19 20:46:11

I get annoyed at Location Location when they make loads of passive aggressive jokes about it not mattering what house the man wants, because she's clearly in charge hmm so it's not really even his decision.

Oh hardy har har, bossy women oppressing men and hurting their masculinity.

expat101 Thu 28-Mar-19 20:47:38

I have only watched it a few times but the episode a few years back that annoyed me the most was where the Hubby had to keep bending to fit through doorways and low ceilings in the downstairs lounge. Why take him there in the first place?

Brownpigeon Thu 28-Mar-19 20:48:53

60s is still young! My dad retired.... and then went back to work!
They are out all the time. They sold their home that was my mum's nan's, then my mum and dad's. My mum said if she was going to move, it wouldn't be to somewhere that was smaller / less nice just because they "should be downsizing".

They moved to somewhere bigger. And now I have to plan visits because they always have friends/ my brother and his family/ me and my children staying over!

Toddlerteaplease Thu 28-Mar-19 20:50:12

*I am always wound up by the couples who are downsizing but need a 6 bed house with numerous bathrooms and 10 acres .
They bleat about every property being a bit too small when there are only 2 of them.
But they simply must have room to entertain and for family to stay which requires them to live in a small mansion.
I just wonder where on earth they find all these people .*

This with bells on!

GCAcademic Thu 28-Mar-19 20:54:03

Why people in their 60s with no children living at him need more than 2 bedrooms I'll never know.

My parents “escaped” to the Cotswolds, to a four-bed house. They actually upsized, and are in a street of retired people who are all households of one or two people in four and five bedroom homes, none of them with visiting grandchildren even, and most of them also having upsized. Then they all kicked up a huge stink when a housing development was being planned next to their street, which would include “affordable” (i.e. £400k) houses. Apparently the planned houses looked cheap and pokey and would attract the wrong kind of people (i.e. working families, God forbid). The Cotswolds are boring and full of insufferable snobs.

gokartdillydilly Thu 28-Mar-19 21:00:02

It's all a con! I know a couple who applied to move to Dorset, but by the time the producers found them enough suitable properties and arranged all the viewings, my friends had already sold their London home and bought their dream home in the countryside. Show still got filmed though, as if they were still looking hmm, although they didn't 'view' their actual house.

Some other friends did it, and they viewed the house they'd already bought; the 'sold' and 'for sale' signs and all the pot plants out front were being chopped and changed while they were filming to make it look like it was still for sale! And then it was 'Oh look! We found them their dream home, look at them with their front door keys (can't film indoors though or the viewers will see the furniture is exactly the same)'

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