Escape to the Country buyer details heartbreaking reason for move

Carol and William were looking for somewhere a bit smaller than their current home
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In the latest episode of BBC's Escape to the Country, viewers were introduced to Carol and William from Hertfordshire. The pair decided it was time to look for a smaller home as their children had flown the nest, leaving their 5-bedroom house feeling too large.

Carol had an additional, personal reason for seeking a new environment; she explained: "I am registered blind, partially sighted and I would really like to be able to have a bit more freedom to get to the shops by myself."

During a stroll in their current area, the couple expressed their desire to become part of a close-knit community and to embrace a cosier living space. William commented: "Something more rural with some countryside and a gentler pace of life."

The show's presenter, Jules Hudson, was charged with the mission to find William and Carol's ideal home. They had a generous budget of up to £900,000 and were looking for a property with an open-plan layout, a secure garden for their pet, and proximity to local amenities.

Carol and William were looking for somewhere a bit smaller than their current home
Carol and William were looking for somewhere a bit smaller than their current home -Credit:BBC

They also preferred a bright interior and at least three bedrooms. Prior to meeting them, Jules acknowledged the importance of finding a location that catered to Carol's accessibility needs, reports the Express.

He said: "Fundamentally, understanding how she sees the world is going to be crucial to finding properties that will absolutely deliver."

Jules then met with the couple to gain deeper insight into Carol's vision before commencing their property hunt. Carol, who has limited vision, explained to Jules: "I can see, but everything is a bit dark."

She added: "I will lose the details so you're standing a little bit too far away from me right now so I'm not seeing if you're smiling or what you're doing, I can hear you though!" The group shared a laugh as Jules reassured her that he was indeed smiling, and Carol mentioned she relies more on auditory cues than those with full sight.

Jules then took Carol and William to view several properties that matched their needs, but it was a charming thatched cottage priced at £775,000 that truly captivated them. They told Jules they wanted to take another look before making an offer, to ensure it was the right fit.

They were blown away by one house
They were blown away by one house -Credit:BBC

"It was a lovely house, but not quite as I'd have it if I wanted to live in it," Carol remarked. William chimed in, saying: "We'd like to go back and think about how we could adapt it to let a little more light in and a few simple things we'd like to do to make it suitable for us."

In the episode's conclusion, it was revealed that Carol and William returned to the cottage with their children and decided to put forward an offer, which was subsequently accepted.

Escape to the Country continues weekdays on BBC One from 3pm