Jane and Roger Pangbourne have been visiting Tenerife, Spain for nine years and recently decided to purchase their dream property in July 2017. Since then, they've been learning the lingo, meeting the locals and thoroughly enjoying the hot tub on their terrace!
Click play on the video below to take a personal tour of their brand new property in Spain, listen to their top tips and find out more about the buying process.
Rodger: Hi, welcome to our property. I am Rodger and this is my wife Jane.
Rodger: It’s a 3 bed townhouse so lets show you around.
Jane: Hi, come in, take a look at the kitchen. As you go in and turn left you can see that our front terrace is a bit bare and there will be a garden out there eventually but that’s our view of the front of the house. If you turn around a little bit further you can see our fully fitted kitchen which came with our house. What we didn’t tell you was that it is a brand new house so there was nothing in there expect our kitchen so we haven’t had to do an awful lot in here.
Lets take a look at one of the next rooms. We are lucky enough to have a downstairs toilet which has a lovely shower behind the door which is super useful when you have people dragging dust in from outside with their feet so they can give their feet a wash before coming into the rest of the house.
Lets go through to the lounge. As you go through you will see we have a nice space for a dining table, you could fit a larger table in here but we don’t particularly need it, we can fit 6-8 people no problem at all. As you pan to the end of the lounge you will see some tools as its work in process at the moment.
This is the lounge area, we do like to spend a lot of time relaxing here, we are considering putting a TV in the corner, but we are enjoying having no TV at the moment. As you can see we have air conditioning fitted on the back wall. We decided that was a must to make sure the lounge was comfortable for family when they come and visit. This is a family holiday home and it gets pretty hot here.
Lets go upstairs, we will show you the outside later. Here we have the family bathroom which has a shower and sink and toilet. If you bear left you are through to the master bedroom. We have managed to squeeze in a King Side bed after dragging it up the balcony so be mindful of the size of things you buy. There is so much wardrobe space which is great which as I will be filling with clothes. If you come round to the other side of the room you will see the ensuite and its been really useful with a bath aswell and double sinks which we didn’t expect to get.
We have our lovely view which is so much more than we expected to get, when we were seeing the place being built we certainly didn’t expect the view to be this lovely and we do feel very lucky to have this. It’s the best part of the house as far as we are concerned.
The last couple of rooms on this landing are what we affectionally call bedroom 2 and 3. They are pretty identical, we could take you in there but they are pretty much identical. The only difference Is one has a tiny balcony and the other is just patio windows. They both have a large wardrobe as well. Obviously ill be filling those with clothes too. Lets go upstairs to the next floor.
On the top floor of our house which is essentially a utility room, I really wanted to show you the views from our roof terraces. So this is on the street side of our house and as you can see there is a lovely view of the mountains on the left and on the right you start to head towards Los Cristianos harbour and a 10-minute walk from the sea.
Now we are on the other side of the property where the terrace enjoys sun in the afternoon and we are very lucky to have a hot tub, which the builders fitted in all the properties which is nice to enjoy in the evening. We also have a fantastic view of the mountains which lead on to Mount Tilde in the background.
Rodger: And is there where Jane and I love to unwind at the beginning and end of the day. Whether its having breakfast first thing in the morning or evening just before going out, looking over onto the pool which is my favourite place.
Jane: So, we are finishing our day in the hot tub and we wanted to share a few of our thoughts on A Place in the Sun.
Rodger: So, like most people we became fans of the TV show, we must have watched every episode at least once and last year we went to one of the Live exhibitions which helped answer a lot of our questions. We also used the A Place in the Sun website in the early stages of our research.
Jane: So, just a few tips we have loads but picked our top 3.
Rodger: Use experts, we used some fantastic people but top of the list would be first of all our estate agent from Tenerife Property Group and he went the extra mile. We also used a local solicitor which was invaluable they couldn’t have done more for us there were fantastic.
Jane: Tip number 2, if you are planning on buying abroad just do it, do not waste any time, time is too precious if you can afford to do it, just do it.
Rodger: Tip number 3, learn a bit of the language, we are still finding a few words go along way and put a few smiles on people’s faces. So in summary, we certainly say its like a rollercoaster, its going to be fast, exciting and a little bit scary but in the end well worth it so cheers!