Escape to the Country

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  • TV-G
  • 2012
  • 23 Seasons
  • 7.4  (864)

Escape to the Country is a popular British TV show that first aired in 2002 on BBC One. The show is now available to watch on BritBox and has gained a large audience in the UK and abroad. The series, which stars Jules Hudson, Alistair Appleton, and Melissa Porter, is a mix of property hunting, scenic tours, and lifestyle features.

Escape to the Country's premise is to help busy city dwellers who are seeking a slower pace of life in the rural parts of the country. The hosts, along with the viewers, get to experience some of the most stunning landscapes in the UK, including rolling hills, valleys, and quaint villages. The show is a perfect escape for those looking for a quieter lifestyle or even those who are curious about what the countryside has to offer.

Each episode follows a similar format, with a couple or single person looking to move out of the city, seeking the help of the show’s presenter in finding the perfect dream home in the countryside. The properties that the presenters choose are always stunning, whether it be a quaint cottage, a sprawling farmhouse, or a grand estate. The presenters also take their clients on tours of the surrounding areas, highlighting nearby attractions such as local markets, restaurants, and historical landmarks.

One of the significant strengths of the show is the host's ability to convey their passion for rural living while providing invaluable advice and insights. Jules, Alistair, and Melissa are all experts in the field, and their extensive knowledge of the property market and countryside living shines through. They offer practical and insightful tips on how to make the most of life in rural areas, from growing vegetables to tending chickens.

Another crucial aspect of the show is the relationships that the presenters build with their clients. Throughout the episode, viewers get to follow the journey of the home hunter, watching as they explore each property and learn more about the area. The clients' reactions to each property and their enthusiasm for the lifestyle is endearing, and it's hard not to root for them to find their perfect home.

Escape to the Country is a family-friendly show suitable for all ages, with its stunning scenery and informative content. The three hosts have a great chemistry, and their differing presenting styles complement each other well. Jules Hudson, for example, is a former Royal Marines Commando and archaeologist, and his enthusiasm and passion for the countryside shine through. Alistair Appleton is a seasoned broadcaster and actor, who brings a depth of knowledge and charisma to the show, while Melissa Porter has a wealth of experience in property presenting, offering a fresh perspective and valuable insights.

The show is shot in high-definition, showcasing the natural beauty of the country's landscapes. Each episode features a different location, from the Cotswolds to the Scottish Highlands, highlighting the country's unique culture and cuisine. The cinematography is top-notch, and the aerial shots of the surrounding countryside are breathtaking.

In conclusion, Escape to the Country is an exciting and informative show that appeals to a wide audience. Its appeal lies in its simplicity, with its focus on showcasing the best of rural living, stunning properties, and breathtaking landscapes. The hosts' charisma, and the relationships they build with the clients, ensure that the audience is engaged with each episode. It's a heartwarming show that instills a sense of adventure and has the power to inspire those seeking a slower pace of life.

Escape to the Country is a series that is currently running and has 23 seasons (156 episodes). The series first aired on April 18, 2012.

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55. Yorkshire
June 19, 2023
Jules Hudson helps a couple from West Sussex find their dream home in Yorkshire, which ideally will have a workshop where they can turn a hobby into a profession.
Somerset and Devon
54. Somerset and Devon
June 13, 2023
Alistair Appleton helps a couple escape their land-locked life in Leicestershire with a move to Somerset or Devon.
53. Fife
June 12, 2023
A couple of Brighton seek a complete change of scenery with a move to the beautiful countryside of Fife.
51. Lancashire
June 5, 2023
Jules Hudson helps a couple return to England after 16 years in Australia. He also visits a nature reserve that was created at a quarry used to build the UK's first motorway.
Devon and Dorset
40. Devon and Dorset
April 11, 2023
Now that her sons have fledged the nest, today’s buyer wants a new lease of life in a rural home that has business potential. She’s set her sights on either Devon or Dorset, where Briony May Williams has some wonderful property options to show her. Briony also meets another entrepreneurial couple who’ve converted an old railway carriage into a fine dining destination.
35. Cheshire
March 21, 2023
Cheshire may be a world away from Miami, where today
Isle of Wight
34. Isle of Wight
March 20, 2023
Steve Brown meets a couple who are looking to retire from the Buckinghamshire commuter belt to a new home on the majestic Isle of Wight.
South West Wales
32. South West Wales
March 6, 2023
With the help of her mother and Jules Hudson, a buyer from suburban Surrey is looking for a new family home with enough land to start a dog-training school in south west Wales.
24. Cumbria
May 30, 2023
Steve Brown is on hand to help a couple of newlyweds who are looking to escape south London and set down roots in the stunning countryside of Cumbria.
West Sussex
22. West Sussex
May 23, 2023
Alistair Appleton guides one family, spread over four generations, to find two houses in one village. His mystery house promises to bring them closer together than they ever imagined.
Oxfordshire and Wiltshire
19. Oxfordshire and Wiltshire
November 15, 2022
Briony May Williams meets a couple from London who are in the market for a new home in the countryside of Oxfordshire or Wiltshire, as long as it has enough space for them and their two young sons.
13. Ayrshire
October 11, 2022
In Ayrshire, Jonnie Irwin helps a retired couple who want to reconnect with their Scottish roots. They have a budget of £500,000 and a view over water is a property priority. Whilst in the region, Jonnie also learns about an ancient technique used to produce salt using sea water and an impressive tower of blackthorn branches.
12. Guernsey
October 10, 2022
It’s a first for Nicki Chapman and the Escape to the Country team today as they head to glorious Guernsey in the Channel Islands. They’re there to help find a fabulous family home for a young couple and their three children. Nicki also meets some of the island’s most famous four-legged inhabitants, a herd of Guernsey cows.
11. Anglesey
October 4, 2022
Feeling an affinity for Wales and in particular the island of Anglesey, a Canadian couple ask Briony May Williams to find them the stone cottage they’ve always dreamed of owning for their budget of £450,000. Briony also visits the island’s sea zoo to learn about their work conserving endangered marine life, including the sedentary seahorse.
6. Powys
October 5, 2022
Jules Hudson is in the Welsh county of Powys with a couple whose property wish list includes an annexe for their parents, along with at least half an acre of land for their budget of £650,000. Jules also meets a man who scours space with his telescopes, looking for large, undiscovered objects that could be on a collision course with Earth. Fortunately, he hasn’t found any... yet!
Herefordshire Borders
1. Herefordshire Borders
August 22, 2022
Alistair Appleton border-hops between Herefordshire and its neighbouring counties today as he helps a buyer from Guernsey to find her perfect party property in the countryside for a budget of £500,000.
Where to Watch Escape to the Country
Escape to the Country is available for streaming on the BritBox website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Escape to the Country on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel Free and Hoopla.
  • Premiere Date
    April 18, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (864)