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“How to improve from a viewers view”

Written on: 23/07/2020 by 310Ogden (1 review written)

Love Johnny Irwin and Alistair Appleton presenting as they have a natural ease and humour which is entertaining and good viewing. My only criticism is that some of the same kind of programs view 6 properties,this one only views 3!! We don't watch for what's happening around the area or see local businesses or millionaire property. The total time of an hour program is no more than 20minutes actually viewing houses. … Read Full Review

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“Forever Home Concerns”

Written on: 23/06/2020 by Mooney313 (1 review written)

The writers/producers need to research the architectural features needed in homes as homeowners age - ground floor bedroom and full handicapped bath (these can really look great with sloped shower floors, teak benches, hand showers, no edging), no steps for the aging, better yet no thresholds, accommodate scooters not wheelchairs, wide hallways and doorways, pocket doos. The properties selected for viewing for aging or forever homes show serious ignorance of the design features needed as… Read Full Review

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“why most of bed rooms are upstairs”

Written on: 21/02/2020 by downhome2020 (1 review written)

Really like the programs .since the likely hood of ever visiting Great Brit. we do like the scene shots and a little history of that area. Most of the people who want to escape seem tobe retired or almost as such. In most of the shows no one seems to want bed rooms down.It would appear as yo grow older this would be a BIG factor, climbing stairs… Read Full Review

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“Property price”

Written on: 05/02/2020

I applied to be on the show on 17 July 2019. I have never heard from them since that date. I suspect the reason for this is the property price. Obviously, from a television point of view, the nicer and more attractive properties are those that are more expensive. I mentioned the maximum budget was in the region of about £260,000. For this reason, I suspect I've never heard back from Boundless TV. In which case, why do they not mention this at the application stage. I tried to phone them… Read Full Review

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“No more music”

Written on: 05/02/2020 by McGinnisto12 (1 review written)

I have had to stop watching this programme as the background music is louder than the talking it completely ruins the show… Read Full Review

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Smudger129's Comment

Written on: 03/07/2020

I certainly share your concern. I really like the idea portrayed by the programme but the music is very annoying. It often drowns out speech and I felt so relieved when we get the odd silent music break

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“Customers First”

Written on: 04/10/2019 by Hobbledehoye (1 review written)

The presenters should be reminded that their patronising criticisms of the clients can verge on the impertinent, even insolent, and that it isn't their money being spent! I have just watched an episode hosted by Aled Jones helping a wealthy Asian couple; his comments behind their backs were most inappropriate & disrespectful… Read Full Review

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“Intrusive background music”

Written on: 26/05/2019 by Timboooo (1 review written)

This once enjoyable programme has been ruined by the intrusive, so- called background music. It is too loud, repetitive and even overides the conversation at times. Do the producers ever listen to the programme prior to transmission? If they did they would surely realise that the music spoils the enjoyment of the programme… Read Full Review

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“Ridiculous background music”

Written on: 24/01/2018

Why do these good programmes keep playing music when people are talking is it really nessesary.. Unfortunately i turned the program off.. What is the point of it all. Disappointed viewer… Read Full Review

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“Sick of the word character,”

Written on: 27/09/2017 by 489Kelleher (1 review written)

I like the idea of this show but..... I have several problems which reduce my enjoyment and at times makes me want to throw things at the TV. Firstly, why are participants often shown property that demonstrates many things they didn't ask for or definitely didnt want. Why only three houses in one hour. Too much time wasted showing contestants gardens or woodworking etc etc. very boring. But the one thing driving me to distraction is the constant word character. To me this means old… Read Full Review

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Jenny1Hockey1's Comment

Written on: 19/01/2018

I so agree with these comments as we live in the year 2018 so show modern homes. I find it strange that people think a country home is old, low beams, dark wood and a country kitchen which would not be much different to a city kitchen. Why would anyone want to buy a so called character home that needs so much maintenance.i am sure the real esters have a say what homes need to be viewed as well. I do like the show but as the above person said show about five homes and get rid of all the other stuff and stop repeating things. We have already seen the house and what is in it so why show us again how many rooms etc.

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Chattiapattia's Comment

Written on: 04/01/2019

Totally disagree, not every person moving to the country wants a newly built house with no character. What a boring show it would be if only new builds were shown. The whole point of it is to show the prospective buyers a range of properties available in the locations they choose and they can only show what's available at the time. Lots of buyers love quirky, dark, cosy rooms with sloping ceilings, I'm one of them.
As for the comments on Jonnie Irwin, I like him, lots of the prospective buyers want more than their budget allows and the presenters have to make them aware of what is available within their budget. Trying to persuade buyers to be realistic is hardly rude. Compromise always comes into house buying, the only way anyone can buy exactly what they want is to build it themselves and that's not what the show is about.
Keep up the good work Escape to the Country, the show is wonderful.

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Pjdenton's Comment

Written on: 27/07/2020

Actually we can see why so many British want to move to Australia or America, the general standard of these homes is deplorable. Old, ugly, poorly presented, el cheapo fittings, kitchens and bathrooms usually a disgrace by world standards, even in the more expensive houses. Shocker.

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“Great show but they are all a mystery now”

Written on: 23/08/2017 by KentCouple56 (1 review written)

When this show started many moons ago the couple's used to look at a selection of properties on a lap top choose their favourites that they would like to see and if only say three properties caught their fancy then they had the choice of the mystery house, a house they could not see at this point on the laptop and would only be revealed to them once out viewing if they chose to see it. The format now is that they are shown properties they haven't chosen including a mystery house well surely… Read Full Review

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“Great show but....”

Written on: 23/07/2017 by Lambertma (1 review written)

Love escape to the country, all presenters are great except for Denise nurse. If she's presenting I switch channels. Her manner and irritating laugh just grates… Read Full Review

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“Repeats, Repeats”

Written on: 10/04/2017 by piplong (1 review written)

Not a week that goes by you turn on the T.V here in Tasmania and you will find that's ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY is a repeat. I'm sure the producers just throw any episode on even if its been on the week before… Read Full Review

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“WHINGING POMS”

Written on: 19/03/2017 by joyceboccabella (1 review written)

I love this show as do many of my Australian friends. However, it makes me mad when you get some of the English returning 'home' and knocking what you get in Australia such as the homes. I was really disgusted with one couple recently who said the food, fruit and vegetables, were not fresh or something to that effect. With regard to homes, Australia is a 'new' country and can't be expected to be like England, and as far as the food goes our produce is some of the best in the world. I'm glad… Read Full Review

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“Disappointing ”

Written on: 13/02/2017 by LeroyForsyth305 (1 review written)

Love the idea of this show but are so frustrated and disappointed by the quality of homes offered. Why do the presenters show them homes which mostly bear no resemblance To what is requested. Find Jonnie rude and insulting if the clients don't like his houses and he is always seeking a compromise. Does he or the show not realise that the clients know what they want and rarely want a compromise. And why so many dreary dark old "character" homes, and dreary low ceiling barn conversions. Are there… Read Full Review

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Beansbaked's Comment

Written on: 02/03/2017

You are right about Jonnie, he is so rude ! The other day i was watching an episode with him in it, and he said he did'nt care about the buyers guests ! I would have told him where to shove it ! Rude little man !

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Joyceboccabella's Comment

Written on: 20/03/2017

I agree with you. He is so rude and when people don't like what he shows them, and it's generally nothing like what they ask for, he gets a little nasty.

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Grandpamal's Comment

Written on: 20/03/2017

I increasingly suspect that this show is becoming a vehicle for portraying difficult to sell real estate for frustrated agents
Look up hoses for sale online and there are many more ideal properties on the market than those offered on ETTC .

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Grandpamal's Comment

Written on: 20/03/2017

I increasingly suspect that this show is becoming a vehicle for portraying difficult to sell real estate for frustrated agents
Look up hoses for sale online and there are many more ideal properties on the market than those offered on ETTC .

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★★★★★

“I escaped to the country”

Written on: 09/02/2017 by SheMcC (1 review written)

I do love this show but am frusted that they have decided to go back to families that have only been in their property a few week/months to 2 years surely it would best that they are in longerthan this to see how they are enjoying life in the country. The 2 visits to families that Escape also found homes via the programme should be shown fully. Maybe show 3 in espisode of how they are getting on rather than 2 complete revisit + 2 quick repeat overviews… Read Full Review

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“Choice”

Written on: 26/01/2017 by Jackson453 (1 review written)

I live in Canada and I love watching this show. That being sad I am always disappointed when the clients give ther wish list and the agent shows them something entirely different. This means at the end the client doesn't like anything that they have seen… Read Full Review

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“I love this show!”

Written on: 02/12/2016

I always watch this show like nearly everyday and I record it when I am busy or out and about. I think that Escape to the country should make brand new episodes rather than always watching repeated ones or change it abit by if there is old episodes, they should include how families have brought the property's or if they ever did or see where they ended to living and tell viewers what is it like to live in the countryside. Myself I never considered living in the countryside but when watching… Read Full Review

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“Show too much at the beginning”

Written on: 28/11/2016 by Dip8934 (2 reviews written)

I really enjoy this programme but I find that the suspense of seeing the properties as the people are shown around is ruined by the fact that the programme makers show too much of the properties at the beginning of the show - even the mystery house!! Its called a mystery house for a reason - even to the viewer. I find myself trying to time looking away at certain moments so as not to spoil the excitement of seeing each property. Its like reading the end of a book before you've read the… Read Full Review

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“shoes”

Written on: 03/08/2016 by Ashbyfb137 (1 review written)

Please can you let me no why noone ever takes there shoes or boots off when viewing property all weathers what this most days I get so angry most property have very light caroets and you allow everyone just to walk in no one ever wipies there feet dreadful no respect for people's prooerty… Read Full Review

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Dip8934's Comment

Written on: 28/11/2016

Yes I though that too!

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Anrol24's Comment

Written on: 17/05/2019

I agree I think it is very rude not to take shoes off . Also one house had beautiful wooden floors and the woman was wearing stilettos, these people don't seem to care about any damage this would cause .

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Beansbaked's Comment

Written on: 14/02/2017

I always think the same ! Although sometimes they do take them off !

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“The presenters”

Written on: 07/06/2016 by 75Ewing (1 review written)

I love the programme BUT why does Alistair say 'nothink' etc. He is articulate generally and this is a thorn in my side. Jules says eg 'off of the kitchen' the of is not god grammar neither is his qualification of unique. Unique is unique and not nearly or quite - it stands alone. Nicki is great but my teeth grind when she can never 'go' anywhere. She heads up, down in and out and also steps inside and out. They are all guilty of this but Nicki is the worst. Please tell Denise to stop standing… Read Full Review

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