THE stunning Wye Valley in Herefordshire was the star of a BBC programme this week as Escape to the Country headed to the county. 

Joined by presenter Jules Hudson, who lives in Herefordshire, were househunters Karen and Steve.

The couple had sold up their home in West Sussex to move to their holiday home Portugal's Silver Coast.

But, having decided a full-time life abroad was not them, they were travelling around the UK in their campervan, Dave, and were keen to settle in the Wye Valley.

With a budget of £650,000 to play with, the programme, aired on October 10, saw the couple first visit a home in Linton, near Ross-on-Wye, where presenter Jules showed them around the first home on the list.

Boasting four bedrooms, one with its own garden terrace, unspoilt countryside views, and a multi-level garden, the home initially appeared to impress, with both Karen and Steve overestimating its £499,950 (March 2023) asking price by more than £100,000.

Next up was a trip to Llangarron, where the couple were shown around a four-bed barn conversion with a large garden and a price tag of £600,000.


But despite its light and airy living space and pretty location, the couple weren't sold on the home, which is now listed for sale at a guide price of £595,000.

A hop over the border saw them visit a house in Gloucestershire before returning to Herefordshire for the mystery house.

Set in Bishopswood, near Ross, the £595,000 three-bed home (now priced at £575,000) came with three-quarters of an acre of garden, a big draw for the couple who wanted to live a more sustainable lifestyle, and impressed so much that, Jules revealed, they went back for a second viewing. 

But Herefordshire was not to be for the couple, who eventually decided on a home in Devon.

The full episode is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.