TV's 'Location, Location, Location' in Lancashire
PUBLISHED: 13:05 28 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:29 20 February 2013
When a Bolton couple wanted to come home to Lancashire, Channel 4's Phil and Kirsty lent a hand.
SIMPLY good entertainment or a real opportunity for those participating to benefit from the help of genuine experts - what's your take on TV shows that help people find a new home?
Ask Ady and Andrea Guthrie and they will tell you it is definitely the latter. After all, presenters Kirsty Allsopp and Phil Spencer, together with their team of researchers on Channel 4's popular 'Relocation, Relocation' show, found them their new home in the West Lancashire village of Dalton.
The property - a four bedroom, three bathroom barn conversion with a double garage that was on the market for 475,000 - was one of six to make it to the shortlist on which the Guthries' episode is built, but according to Andrea, over 30 'potentials' were considered by director Andrew Walmsley. When you look at it like that, the whittling down saved the Guthries a lot of time and leg work!
So the couple, who both grew up in Bolton, applied for the show, a spin-off of the original 'Location, Location, Location', which specifically helps those wanting longer distance moves.
Andrea said: 'We both had a strong desire to come back to Lancashire so we could be closer to our families and also to get a better quality of life and work-life balance. Last year, I started my own Internet and mail order based business, Little Dreamers. I sell children's bedroom furniture, bed linens and gifts, which I import from Europe. I could work from home but Ady had to be on the road by 7 a.m. to make the 13-mile journey to his office in an hour. If he left any later, it could take him up to two hours.
'It wears you down after a while and starts to have a negative effect. We had started looking at properties in Lancashire and had also accepted an offer on our house in Thames Ditton when we watched 'Relocation, Relocation' on TV one evening. The next day, I decided on a whim to send an e-mail entitled 'Please Help' and was amazed when half an hour later I received an e-mail back telling me Channel 4 were keen to meet us.'
Phil went to Dalton, just north of Skelmerdale, to show Andrea nearby vacant shop premises as part of the couple's criteria was also to find a suitable outlet for Little Dreamers to enable Andrea to display and sell her range of goods on the high street. - - and the rest is history