A Place in the Sun: Home or Away? Lancashire or Spain


A Place in the Sun

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Jonnie Irwin and Jasmine Harman help Spencer and Paul decide between moving to Sitges in Spain, or staying in Lancashire and keeping an eye on Spencer's decorating business.

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Spencer Mosley and Paul Bradburne have a real dilemma on their hands. Disillusioned with England, Paul is desperate to up sticks and relocate to Sitges where as a self-confessed party animal, he can have a final taste of the wild life on the north-east coast of Spain.

Sensible Spencer on the other hand is concerned about leaving behind his successful decorating business. He isn’t so sure about taking the risk and would feel safer finding a new property in their current home - Lancashire. Will Paul be able to convince him to take a leap of faith or will our life and soul of the party have to hang up his dancing shoes?



Home properties - Lancashire


The Rossendale Valley, where the couple currently live, is a popular area with commuters into Manchester and suits Paul and Spencer down to the ground with its mix of beautiful rural scenery and easy access to the city's temptations. The birthplace of the industrial revolution, Lancashire is still a hub of industry and production, and has plenty to offer the downsizing couple in terms of small but perfectly formed stone clad millers and miners cottages.


But there is also a modern buzz engulfing the county. Things are looking very rosy for the area's future with a much needed £1.6 billion economic boost into the local infrastructure which will create more than 50,000 jobs in the county in the next ten years and will bring greater stability to the job market.  That's good news for Spencer's decoarting business, but will Lancashire's increasing fortunes be enough to stop Paul dreaming of a life in Sitges?


Property 1  
  The first property the couple view is this one - a terraced house in Edenfield which is being sold by Pearson Ferrier for £179,950. 
Property 2  
  The second property is a £185,000 cottage in Helmshore which is also being sold by Pearson Ferrier.
Property 3  
  The third and final Lancashire property costs £169,000. A renovation project, it is located in Oswaldtwistle and is being sold by Buy The House 



Away properties - Sitges, Spain


Sitges is a town in the Province of Barcelona, wedged between the coast of Garraf on the mediterranean sea and the mountains of Garraf, in the northeast corner of Spain. A mix of avant garde cultural centre, old fashioned architecture trail and party town, it has something to offer even the most jaded visitor and is often referred to as "The Jewel in The Mediterranean Crown" and a "Mediterranean Paradise". 


It has been a popular area since the 1890's attracting writers, painters, intellectuals and artists as a home and inspiration for their work. It has also been one of Spain’s most anti-conventional, anything-goes resorts since the 1960s and was one of the first Spanish areas to embrace gay tourism. The province has therefore been a gay mecca since the 1970s when scores of European tourists first discovered the town. It is now best described as a gay Ibiza, although on a much smaller scale. In fact, the Ibizan superclub Pacha originated in Sitges. Party boy Paul is already sold, but will a couple of sangrias be enough to sway Spencer?




Property 1  
  The first property in Sitges is an attic flat priced at £243,000. This is being sold by Easy Sitges
Property 2  
  The second property is a house in Olivella which is priced at £245,000. This is being marketed by Fincas Parés Ribes SL
Property 3  
  The final Spanish property is being sold by Fincas Armengol. It is a new build in Coma-Ruga which costs £242,000. 


Will our couple be partying in Sitges or painting in Lancashire? 

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