Escape to the County Collection

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  • TV-G
  • 2016
  • 22 Seasons
  • 7.4  (881)

Escape to the County Collection is a British television series that follows families and individuals as they make the choice to leave the city and move to the countryside in search of a better quality of life. The show premiered on BBC Two in 2002 and starred Alistair Appleton, an experienced property expert who guides the participants through the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes stressful, experience of finding and purchasing their dream country homes.

Each episode of the series focuses on a new group of people who are hoping to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and start a new chapter in the countryside. The participants are diverse, ranging from young couples looking to start a family to retirees who are seeking peace and quiet in their golden years. Appleton offers his expertise on the various properties they visit, providing advice on the pros and cons of each one, as well as potential pitfalls to be aware of.

Throughout the show, viewers are given a glimpse into the often idyllic settings of the British countryside, as well as the challenges and rewards that come with relocating. From remote cottages on the edge of a national park to sprawling estates surrounded by rolling hills, each property represents a unique opportunity for the participants to create a new life for themselves.

One of the standout features of Escape to the County Collection is Appleton's ability to understand and connect with the participants on a personal level. He takes the time to listen to their hopes and dreams, as well as their concerns and fears regarding their move. This empathy helps the participants feel more comfortable and confident as they navigate the often overwhelming process of relocating.

Another notable aspect of the show is the emphasis on the practical elements of moving to the countryside. In addition to finding the right property, participants must also consider factors such as transportation options, access to healthcare, and employment opportunities. By highlighting these aspects of rural living, Escape to the County Collection provides a realistic and informative portrayal of what it truly means to make the move from city to country.

Overall, Escape to the County Collection is a captivating and informative series that provides a unique window into the world of rural living. With its stunning locations, relatable participants, and insightful commentary from Appleton, this show is a must-watch for anyone who has ever dreamed of escaping the city and embracing a simpler way of life.

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North Yorkshire 2
25. North Yorkshire 2
May 5, 2015
Jules Hudson helps a couple to find a home with business potential. They have a budget of ?450,000 to spend on a rural Yorkshire property. While in the county, Jules learns about the art of ploughing from a six nations champion.
Shropshire 2
24. Shropshire 2
March 6, 2017
Jonnie Irwin provides his expert advice to a couple who met as airline employees and now want a home in the Shropshire countryside.
Cornwall 3
23. Cornwall 3
March 6, 2017
Jonnie Irwin has his work cut out for him as he tries to locate the perfect property in Cornwall for a couple with a long wish list.
Hertfordshire 2
22. Hertfordshire 2
March 6, 2017
Newlyweds, one of whom is an avid orchid grower, look for a home with more space than their current London environs with help from Jules Hudson.
North Wales 2
21. North Wales 2
November 8, 2016
Nicki Chapman helps a rural property shopper who has ?250,000 to buy her ideal country home in north Wales and has drafted in her best friend for moral support. Along the way, Nicki takes an historic train ride along the beautiful coastline and meets the volunteer train driver who is helping keep Wales' railway heritage on track.
20. Herefordshire
November 12, 2014
Sonali Shah is house hunting with an airline pilot who is looking for a new home in the Herefordshire countryside with a budget of ?450,000 to spend. Will his fianc?e approve of his choice? While in the county, Sonali is shown an extraordinary ancient manuscript at Hereford Cathedral.
Cambridgeshire 2
19. Cambridgeshire 2
February 24, 2015
Jonnie Irwin helps a couple of music lovers who are planning a rural relocation. They are looking to ditch their urban lifestyles to live in harmony in the Cambridgeshire countryside with a budget of ?500,000. While there, Jonnie pays a visit to one of the largest Bronze Age sites in Britain.
North Wales 2
18. North Wales 2
May 31, 2016
Jules Hudson is house-hunting in north Wales with a couple who have a budget of ?600,000 to find their perfect property. Jules also makes the climb up to a 13th-century Welsh castle to find out why the ruins of this former stronghold are worth preserving.
17. Somerset
September 13, 2016
Property series. Ginny Buckley travels to the Somerset countryside to help a couple with a ?450,000 budget find their very own patch of greenery, after 18 years without a garden. Whilst in the county, Ginny visits the Rural Life Museum to join the medieval multimillion-pound refurbishment project.
Cornwall 2
16. Cornwall 2
November 2, 2016
Margherita Taylor is in Cornwall to help a couple from London with a budget of ?750,000 make their first joint property purchase. Margherita also makes time to help out the head gardener at Trebah, one of the Great Gardens of Cornwall.
15. Cornwall
November 29, 2016
Property series. Nicki Chapman heads to Cornwall on a property search with a couple who have ?750,000 to realise their dream of starting their married life together near the Cornish coast. While there, Nicki visits Looe Harbour to learn about the importance of sustainable fishing methods, which are championed by the local fishmongers she meets.
North Yorkshire 2
14. North Yorkshire 2
March 6, 2017
A mother-daughter duo looks for a new home in North Yorkshire with assistance from Jules Hudson, who also visits nearby Richmond Castle.
13. Northumberland
September 14, 2016
Property series. Jules Hudson is tasked with helping a retired lecturer find some peace, tranquillity and creative inspiration in the countryside of Northumberland for a ?200,000 budget. Jules also visits a centuries-old castle to find about the rare historic treasures within the castle walls, as well as the prehistoric ones found roaming the grounds.
Dorset 2
12. Dorset 2
November 30, 2016
Property series. Nicki Chapman helps a married house-hunting couple who have a ?500,000 budget to buy a slice of romance for their retirement years in the Dorset countryside. While in the county, Nicki finds out more about the historic signs known a finger posts and meets some committed residents who are refurbishing them so they continue to survive as distinctive local landmarks on Dorset's country lanes.
11. Gloucestershire
December 13, 2016
Property series. Jules Hudson is helping a self-confessed city-lover to break free from the big smoke and find some countryside calm where she can raise her young son. With a budget of ?850,000, Gloucestershire is the chosen location, and her little sister is coming along for support. While in the county, Jules also tries his hand at some 19th-century building skills within the walls of an abandoned gothic mansion.
Wiltshire 2
10. Wiltshire 2
March 24, 2015
Nicki Chapman helps a couple to kick off their retirement in the Wiltshire countryside with a healthy budget of ?600,000 to spend on their rural relocation. While in the county, Nicki visits a Wiltshire British factory with a sporting pedigree.
North Dorset
9. North Dorset
May 12, 2015
Jules Hudson helps a couple of retirees find a cosy and characterful property in the Dorset countryside. They have a healthy budget of ?700,000 to fund their rural dream. While in the county, Jules learns the country art of thatching.
East Midlands
8. East Midlands
September 6, 2010
Alistair Appleton helps a Dublin family find an English country home in the East Midlands.
West Wales
7. West Wales
January 22, 2015
Jonnie Irwin is in Wales property shopping with a couple looking for a home and business in the Carmarthenshire countryside. They have a generous budget of ?600,000 to spend on their rural dream. Away from the house hunt, Jonnie visits a community-run business making the country's national instrument.
Scottish Highlands
6. Scottish Highlands
January 6, 2015
Jules Hudson is property shopping with a couple of nature lovers who yearn for great views and open spaces, and they're willing to move 500 miles to the Scottish Highlands to find them. With a budget of ?325,000, can Jules find them their dream home? Away from the house hunt, Jules samples a Scottish brew of a rather different kind.
5. Shropshire
June 7, 2016
Nicki Chapman is property shopping with a buyer looking to swap the hustle and bustle of London for the tranquillity of the Shropshire countryside on a budget of ?350,000. Nicki also delves deep into the county's mining heritage when she descends underground at the end of a rope.
4. Dorset
September 6, 2016
Property series. Sonali Shah is down on the Dorset coast with a couple who are hoping to find literary inspiration and some seaside serenity for their ?500,000 budget. Whilst in the region, Sonali meets a pair of printmakers already taking influence from the county's rural splendour for their beautiful handcrafted designs.
3. Devon
October 26, 2016
Nicki Chapman finds herself in the beautiful east Devon countryside with a couple who have ?750,000 to find a more pastoral life and business. Whilst in the county, Nicki goes deep into the woods to meet an artist who transforms fallen timber into beautiful bespoke winged sculptures.
North Yorkshire
2. North Yorkshire
January 24, 2017
Jonnie Irwin helps a house-hunting couple with a ?750,000 budget break away from their London suburb and find a rural family home in North Yorkshire.
1. Wiltshire
April 28, 2016
Jules Hudson goes property hunting in rural Wiltshire with a couple who have ?950,000 to buy a family home with land, where they and their young children can enjoy a self-sufficient lifestyle. Jules also takes time out to find out about the county's glove-making heritage and sees some famous examples made for famous figures.
  • Premiere Date
    April 28, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (881)