A couple looking to escape London on a prime time TV property show rejected a Bourne End home during an episode that was broadcast last night.
The pair were scouring the rural areas of Herts and Bucks to find a place to live within commutable distance of their jobs in the capital.
The couple – introduced as James and Ali – sought the help of Kirstie Allsopp, who took them to properties in Bourne End, Wingrave and Mentmore.
Talking about Herts and Bucks, Kirstie said: “Between them, these two huge counties occupy over 1,300 square miles. And it’s stunning.”
But she warned that prices are rising sharply due to ‘those pesky London commuters, also wanting a slice of the countryside’.
Her job on Kirstie’s Best of Both Worlds was to help the pair escape their Victorian terraced house in London for a more comfortable home nearby.
But when she lined up a £395,000 three-bedroom detached Bourne End house for them to look at, they were not impressed.
Kirstie had said: “Here, there’s bags of heritage with the 200-year-old Grand Union Canal practically on the doorstep – and a 16th century pub just a short drive away in nearby Winkwell.”
She praised Bourne End for being close to the A41 and for having good links to London via nearby train stations.
She said: “The market town of Berkhamsted and its train station are a short drive through one of the most picturesque parts of Britain.”
The couple had nice things to say about the home, but Kirsty said she was ‘damned by their faint praise’.
In the end, the couple chose none of the properties – instead leafleting homes in Wingrave in search of another property to buy in the Bucks village.