Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago
In this travelogue series, seven famous faces are stripped of their everyday comforts to live as modern day pilgrims as they set out on the famous medieval pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago.
With their kids grown up and years of hard work in the NHS behind them, Brighton couple Gary and Susie Gilhooly want to start a new adventure in Florida’s beautiful Sarasota Keys. For their budget of £220,000 they’re after a place to escape the British winters, as close to the amazing beaches of the Gulf of Mexico as possible. Jonnie Irwin is on hand to show them just how far their budget will stretch in this highly desirable corner of the US.
Ever since her daughter moved to Florida 7 years ago, Sandra Dodsworth has dreamt of following her across the Atlantic to make the full time move with husband Peter. With retirement now approaching, they are determined to find their perfect property in South Orlando. Armed with a budget of £110,000, Jonnie Irwin battles a fast moving market to find them the best homes on the market.
Barbados holds a special place in the hearts of Bristol couple Carol and Stephen Howell. They’ve been going there on holiday for years and now, with retirement fast approaching, they’ve decided it’s the time to buy a holiday home in their dream location. With a budget of £275,000 Jasmine Harman helps them to find their perfect property, but will it be a stunning hillside development or beach-front apartment that wins them over?
Cliff and Angela from Nottingham fell in love with St Lucia during a Caribbean cruise and now, after discovering their pensions aren’t performing as well as they’d like, they’ve decided to invest in a property there. Jasmine Harman has the challenge of finding a property that will not only be only be a sound investment, but that will give them and their family an idyllic holiday home for years to come, all for their budget of £120,000.
Fay Lewis has had a long-time love affair with Spain and has dreamt of moving there for the past 20 years. Now, with her house in the UK sold and her bags packed, she is ready to take the plunge. With her Spanish friend Leonor along to help, Jasmine Harman shows Fay five properties around the Axarquia region of the Costa del Sol for her budget of £95,000, but will any of them be her perfect place?
Tina Watkins has long struggled to get on the housing ladder in the UK. Now, she has decided to make the most of the incredibly good value property in Spain’s Granada Province and buy her first ever home. With her best friend Jamie along to help, Jasmine Harman shows Tina just how far her £19,000 budget will stretch.
Jon and Lynne Scopes from Stockport have thought about buying a property abroad for years. They’ve viewed over 40 apartments without success but have at least decided upon their ideal area – Mijas Costa on Spain’s Costa del Sol. Jasmine Harman has the daunting task of finding the perfect property for their £100,000 budget, but will anything meet their exacting standards?
Mike and Amanda Gadd have always holidayed with their 2 children on the Algarve, a place that holds a special place in their hearts. Mike often works away with his job as a salesman so they’ve decided to buy a holiday home there to give them a place to spend quality time together. Ben Hillman shows them five properties around their favourite town of Vilamoura for their £127,000 budget.
Childhood sweethearts Debbie and Tony Parkes have been married for 40 years, but now is their chance for a new chapter. With retirement around the corner they’ve set their hearts on a holiday home in Albufeira on Portugal’s Algarve. Ben Hillman shows them five options for their budget of £80,000, but will any of the properties be up to scratch?
Ever since Ted and Diane Brewer first met on holiday over 20 years ago, they’ve dreamt about having a place of their own in the sun. With retirement approaching and Ted’s kids fending for themselves, they now feel the time is right to take the plunge. Laura Hamilton shows them five properties for their £110,000 budget around the Mojacar area on Spain’s Costa de Almeria, but will any of them match up to Diane’s vision?
South Costa Blanca
Angie and Sandy Stanford-Barclay from Nottingham are approaching retirement and looking for a place that they can spend quality time together in the sun. They’ve decided the guaranteed sunshine of the Southern Costa Blanca is the perfect place to do just that, and Ben Hillman shows them five properties for their £75,000 budget.
La Marina Alta
After spending a very happy year living and working in Spain, newly retired Alan and Jackie Patrick from Hampshire are chomping at the bit to get back out there. They’re keen to buy a property on the north of Spain’s Costa Blanca in the Marina Alta region close to where Jackie’s brothers live. Ben Hillman show them a range of properties for their £85,000 budget, but will any of the character townhouses they see have them reaching for their chequebook?
Having raising her two children single-handedly, Farzana Kausar from Stockport is approaching retirement and looking for a better quality of life in the Spanish sun. Her daughter Aisha, who is in a wheelchair and lives at home with her, is making the full time move too. With a budget of £120,000 for the property and any alterations they’ll need to make for Aisha, Laura Hamilton shows them five homes around Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca.
Duncan and Teresa Murray from Bedfordshire fell in love with the Mijas area of Spain’s Costa del Sol 10 years ago when Duncan’s father had a holiday home there. Now, they’re determined to follow in his footsteps and buy one for themselves. They’re looking for a place that they can also let out to holidaymakers when they’re not using it, and Jonnie Irwin shows them five stunning properties for their £120,000 budget.
Manjit and Cathy Jandu have recently retired from their medical practice and are ready for their next big adventure. Inspired by their son who lived in Madrid for a year, they’ve decided Spain is for them and are determined to buy a villa around Estepona on the Costa del Sol. With £300,000 to find the perfect property, Jonnie Irwin shows them five homes, but will any have them packing their bags for a new life in the sun?
After 40 years as a vet, Bruce Marsden has recently retired and is now looking for a holiday home for his whole family. After holidaying all over Europe, he’s decided Crete is the perfect place for their dream property, and has enlisted daughter Amy to help with the decision. Laura Hamilton shows them what their £250,000 budget will buy them around the Chania area of the island, but will it be a gleaming modern villa or a rustic Greek village house that wins them over?
Angela and Bernie Ward have been getting used to retirement for 6 years and have now decided a sunny life in Cyprus would suit them down to the ground. They’ve already downsized in the UK to fund the move, all they need to do now is to find the perfect property. Laura Hamilton shows them five villas for their budget of £185,000, but is she up to the task?
After years of working hard to make ends meet and putting up with the British weather, Jamie and Jayne Pace have decided to make a better life for themselves. After they fell in love with Cyprus on their honeymoon, there was only ever going to be one place they considered making that new start. Laura Hamilton shows them five potential homes for their budget of £55,000.
Robert and Sue Booth have fallen in love with Spain on holiday over the years and have now decided to take the plunge and buy a place of their own around the Mar Menor area of the Costa Calida. For their budget of £60,000 they are determined to get a sea view and place for Robert to barbeque to his hearts content, but will any of the properties that Jasmine Harman shows them fit the bill?
Sharon Taylor and John Healey both have busy teaching jobs in London and long to spend a bit more quality time together. After several trips to Spain they have decided they want to buy a holiday home on Spain’s Costa Almeria. With a budget of £75,000 Jasmine Harman shows them five properties, from a townhouse with stunning sea views to a brand new beach apartment, but will any them hit the mark?
Shoba and Rayhan Aziz lead busy working lives and now with their first baby on the way, life is about to get a whole lot more manic. They’ve decided a holiday home close to glitzy Marbella in Spain would be the perfect place for them and their whole family to unwind. Jonnie Irwin guides them through the local market, showing them five properties for their £170,000 budget.
A few years ago Kieran Alexander was involved in a serious motorbike accident that has given her and partner Dave Dwyer a new outlook on life, namely life is living and there is no time like the present. They’ve decided to leave their stressful lives in the UK behind and start again in the stunning Azores in the Atlantic. With a budget of £100,000 to find their new home, Ben Hillman shows them five properties on the main island of Sao Miguel.
Errol and Theresa Chandiram have been running a beauty salon in Wiltshire for the past 14 years. Now, with their kids grown up they’ve decided to start a new chapter by retiring to the glorious sunshine of the Costa Blanca. For their budget of £72,000 Ben Hillman shows them five properties around the town of Ciudad Quesada, but will any of them be the home of their dreams?
Aimee Parker is moving across the Atlantic to marry her American fiancé Andy in a matter of months. Her parents Lynn and Dave have decided to buy a place in Orlando and kill two birds with one stone; the property will not only be Aimee and her new husband’s first house, it will also double-up as a holiday home for her mum and dad. Laura Hamilton shows Lynn and Aimee five properties for their £97,000 budget.
After many enjoyable holidays to Florida over the years, Sylvester and Anthonia Swanston from West Sussex have decided now is the time for them to buy their very own holiday home. Laura Hamilton is on hand to show them five properties for their budget of £300,000 in the Davenport area of Orlando, but will any of them meet their exacting standards?
Andy and Caroline Carter run a busy fish and chip shop, but when they’re not serving customers there’s one place they always return to. They love Florida so much they’ve visited around 20 times between them and even spent their honeymoon there. After recently inheriting some money, now their dream of buying a holiday home close to Orlando has become a reality. Ben Hillman shows them five properties for their £130,000 budget.
Peter and Glynnis Tabberer have recently retired, sold their home to buy a camper van and now have their sights firmly set on the next stage of their lives. They want to spend 6 months each year in their favourite corner of Florida close to Sarasota on the Gulf Coast. Ben Hillman is on hand to show them how far their £100,000 budget will stretch.
Dee and Maurice Evans have a serious love affair with Florida. After many family holidays over the years with their now grown up boys, they’ve decided the time is right to buy their very own holiday home close to the theme parks in South Orlando. Laura Hamilton guides them through the booming local market by showing them five properties for their £200,000 budget, but will any of them be the home of their dreams?
With retirement on the horizon, Eve and Vinden Grace are looking for a place that they can use for holidays for now but that they will eventually spend up to half the year in and have identified the Gulf Coast of Florida as having the perfect blend of lifestyle, culture and climate. Laura Hamilton shows them five homes for their £100,000 budget in and around Clearwater.
Alex and Jacqui MacPherson from Eastbourne are planning on heading to warmer climes to enjoy their retirement and are looking for a home in the Tampa area of Florida to escape the winter months. Armed with their budget of £80,000, Ben Hillman shows them five properties, but will any of them have them reaching for their chequebooks.
Having inherited some money, Phil and Bernie Smith from Hampshire are in a position they’ve never dreamed of – that of being able to afford a holiday home. They’ve decided that South Tenerife is the place for them, its warm winter climate perfect for when Phil’s work as a gardener in the UK slows down. Scarlette Douglas shows them five apartments for their £100,000 budget.
For Chris Wood and Eleanor Clements retirement is fast approaching. Having led busy work lives for the past 40 years, they are keen to be both more active and spend more quality time together, and are looking for a holiday home on the coast of North Tenerife to spend their winter months. Scarlette Douglas is on hand to show them five properties including some stunning cliff top apartments for their £120,000 budget, but will any of them fit the bill?
Ever since Terry Windle and Julia Lenart got together 15 years ago, they’ve dreamt of having their own place in sunnier climes. Now, with retirement on the cards, they’re looking to escape the British winters for half the year and live a more active life. After extensive research they’ve decided Gran Canaria is the perfect place for them. Scarlette Douglas shows them five properties for their £100,000 budget, but will any of them meet Terry’s exacting standards?
Years ago Marie Ash had a holiday romance on Fuerteventura. It didn’t last, but her love for the island did. Now Marie has decided the island would be the perfect place for her and her 8-year-old son to spend quality time together in the school holidays, and has enlisted best friend Helen to help her with the decision. Scarlette Douglas shows her how far her £90,000 will go.
Ian Snowley and Kay Marriot first visited Lanzarote on a last minute package deal, but having now been four further times they’ve never looked back. They’ve fallen in love with volcanic landscapes and coasts in the laid-back north of the island, and are now determined to buy a place that they can use to explore the island further. Scarlette Douglas shows them five properties for their maximum £150,000 budget.
Kendal and Andy Strong first visited Lanzarote 10 years ago. A recent trip back and a particularly beautiful sunset re-ignited their love for the island and now they’re determined to buy their very own holiday home. Armed with a budget of £75,000 Jonnie Irwin shows them five properties, but will anything be able to tempt them away from their favourite spot of Playa Blanca?
The Caribbean island of Nevis is very close to Steven and Murila Fifer’s hearts. Not only was Murila born there, they’ve been back together many times over the years and now they’re now looking for their dream holiday home on the island. Scarlette Douglas shows them five stunning properties for their £330,000 budget, but will a country villa or beach side townhouse be the one they fall for?
Linda Turner and Mike Sylvan from Surrey run a B&B in the UK and are looking for a holiday home to use as a winter retreat whilst their business is closed. Linda fell in love with Antigua 20 years ago and is taking Mike along for the first time on a property-finding mission. Scarlette Douglas is on hand to help them, showing them five properties for their £260,000 budget.
Childhood sweethearts Colin and Alison Jenkins have always lived in the same West Yorkshire village, but they’re keen travellers and fell in love with Barbados when they first visited 13 years ago. Now they want the island to be part of their early retirement plans and are looking for a home to eventually spend 6 months a year in. Scarlette Douglas shows them five fantastic properties for their £275,000 budget on the island’s lively south coast.
Su and Reg Roberts from South Wales first fell in love with Tobago almost 20 years ago and have been back every other year since. Now with their kids growing up and retirement approaching, they’re ready to turn their dream of a holiday home on the island into a reality. Scarlette Douglas is on hand to show them five stunning properties for their £310,000 budget.
Cape Coral, Florida
With their children now leading independent lives, Kevin and Monique Dixon from West Yorkshire want to buy a holiday home on Florida’s Gulf Coast where they can come to enjoy the sailing and outdoor life when the UK winters kick in back home. With £285,000 to spend on their dream property, Ben Hillman shows them five waterside homes, but will any convince them to drop anchor?
Geoff and Sally Taylor from Preston have worked hard over the years to build up their construction business in the UK, but now, with their two daughters ready to leave home this adventurous couple are looking to wind down and spend more quality time together. They fell in love with Costa Rica when they visited it on holiday and now have decided to by a holiday home on its stunning Pacific Coast. Ben Hillman shows them five jaw-dropping properties for their £300,000 budget.
Ever since Jacqueline Priddin’s parents moved to the Costa del Sol a few years ago she and husband Anthony have dreamt of also buying a place there for them and their daughter Izzy. Now they’ve decided to make that happen and can’t wait for all 3 generations of the family to spend more time together. With the help of Ben Hillman, they see five homes in the inland area west of Malaga for their £50,000 budget. But will it be a townhouse or a rustic finca that wins them over?
Jean and Stuart Knight met later in life and having recently married, want to mark the next chapter of their lives by buying a holiday apartment together in Fuerteventura. They’re planning to spend several weeks there every year both on their own but also with family and friends. For their budget of £60,000 Ben Hillman shows them five fantastic options.
South Costa Blanca
Having retired last year, Carlene Barnard wants to buy a holiday home on the Costa Blanca so that all of her family, that’s 2 kids, 6 grandchildren and one great grandchild, can spend quality time together in the Spanish sunshine. Scarlette Douglas shows her and daughter Kerrie five properties for £90,000 in and around the seaside town of Torrevieja.
With their kids grown up and retirement on the horizon, Tim and Irene Foster are looking for a place to escape the cold British winters. Irene is originally from Cape Town and has long dreamt of owning a property there so she can see her family more often. With a budget of £240,000, Laura Hamilton shows them five properties on the stunning Cape Peninsula.
Swansea couple Jerry and Christine Steele love of South Africa began when Jerry first took a university sports team there over 20 years ago. Several trips together later, they’ve decided to spend part of their retirement in a second home here, among the stunning beaches and national parks of its world-famous Garden Route. For their budget of £60,000 Laura Hamilton show them five incredible value properties, but will any of them be the one they’ve been dreaming of?
Nurses Philip Vaux & Alec Billen from Somerset have been dreaming about owning a place in Spain for the last 10 years. Having inherited some money when Alec’s dad passed away, they’ve decided to put it to the best use possible and buy a holiday home in the beautiful province of Almeria in southeast Spain. Laura Hamilton shows them everything from a townhouse to a country pad, but will any of them be their perfect place?
Amanda and Adam Cropper have been coming to Phuket on holiday for years and love it so much they decided to get married on the island a year ago. Now they’re looking for their very own property there, initially to use as a holiday home before they move out full time in next few years. Jonnie Irwin guides them through the local market, showing them five fantastic properties for their £160,000 budget along the way.
TV’s ‘Queen of Clean’, Kim Woodburn and her husband Pete, had lived and worked all over the world before Kim found fame presenting ‘How Clean Is Your House?’ Now this globetrotting couple have decided to wind things down and think a holiday home on the glamorous Costa del Sol would be the perfect place to spend the winter months. Jonnie Irwin shows them five stunning penthouse apartments for their £320,000 budget.
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