Period Homes (6/6)

Concluding on Five this week is the series that provides a rundown of the finest places to live in Britain. Using up-to-the-minute industry knowledge, each show pinpoints the ten locations that best meet a certain requirement, be it value for money, village life or proximity to the sea. The series is co-presented by lifestyle and property expert Melissa Porter (‘I Own Britain’s Best Home’) and home-renovation specialist Ian Blandford. The last programme focuses on the ten best locations to buy period property.

Each instalment of the Property List presents a countdown of the best places to either buy or build a home in Britain. A different theme is covered in each programme, from sunny coastal idylls to cosy village communities.

Every location featured in the countdown has been thoroughly researched against certain criteria, including property prices and employment rates, as well as the state of the local economy and the quality of life in the area. Properties in all price brackets and regions will be highlighted in the top ten – so there is something for every budget. While property on the continent is perceived to be better value for money, this series encourages buyers to look closer to home, and demonstrates that the dream may well be within arm’s reach.

In the final instalment of the series, Melissa and Ian travel the length and breadth of the country in search of ten places to buy a perfect period property – whether it is a Georgian terrace, a Tudor mansion or an Elizabethan cottage. From the Regency splendour of Brighton to the medieval homes of York, Melissa and Ian leave no stone unturned in their hunt for property with real history and character.

Their journey takes in the famous Georgian crescents of Bath; the charming Surrey town of Godalming; and the market town of Ludlow in the Welsh Marches, which boasts over 500 listed properties. Other destinations include the exquisite spa town of Cheltenham, blessed with sweeping Regency terraces, elegant villas and tree-lined streets; and Chester, a town notable for the unusual two-tiered shopping streets of its medieval centre.

Melissa and Ian explain just what it is about these locations that make them superb places to buy in 2008 – whether it is low crime rates, excellent schools, good transport links, decent employment prospects or great views. The Property List has done all the hard, timeconsuming background work so the viewers do not have to.

This week’s show has something for everyone, no matter where they live in Britain. But, after a whistle-stop tour of the country and a thorough examination of all the relevant facts and figures, which location will come out on top of the Property List?

About the author

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1