A Place in the Sun: Home or Away? Yorkshire Dales or Tuscany


A Place in the Sun

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Property experts Jonnie Irwin and Jasmine Harman help Mary and Iain find the perfect holiday home, but will they plump for the Yorkshire dales or northern Tuscany, Italy?

More about Mary and Iain and their property search

Mary and Iain Farquar live in a beautiful house in an idyllic setting on the Clyde Coast with perfect panoramic views.  But as beautiful as the West of Scotland may be, the harsh weather and buckets of rain are getting them down. With their retirement approaching, the couple have decided to buy their own home, a suntrap, which they can escape to when the weather gets them down.


While the Yorkshire Dales may not be as sunny as Italy, it is within driving distance from their home, which means they can bring along their golden Labrador, Max. But in Italy not only do they get plenty of sunshine but also a lot more for their money. Will they choose home or away?


Home properties - The Dales


Yorkshire is a historic county of Northern England and the largest in Great Britain. Known in Britain as "God's own country", the county boasts some of the finest British countryside, with the Dales a designated area of natural beauty and one of England's few national parks. Because of the high tourist footfall the area is expensive for property hunters, with prices above the national average. 


Property 1  
  The couple's first property is a cottage which is being marketed by Neil Wright Associates. It is priced at £154,950. 
Property 2   
  Next is a cottage located in Mill Pond which is priced at £160,000. This is being sold by Graveson Estate Agency
Property 3   
  The final property in England is a £139,950 cottage on sale with Dacre, Son and Hartley 


Away properties - Massa-Carrara


Famously described as an ‘open air museum’, Italy tops the tables for UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 44 at the last count, and is the destination of choice for lovers of Renaissance art, Roman ruins and of course romance. The Province of Massa Carrera is situated in the northernmost part of Tuscany, in the centre of beautiful places such as the Golfo dei Poeti, the “Cinque Terre” and Tuscan art cities. The excellent geographical position and the exceptional variety of the territory make this part of Tuscany as a paradise, the right destination for any type of tourism, and also provide a wealth of different property options which vary greatly in price.


Property 1   
  The first property the couple see in Italy is being sold for £128,000 and is being sold by L’Architrave Immobiliare
Property 2   
  The second property is set amongst stunning hills. Priced at £120,000, it is on with Lunigiana 2000.
Property 3   
  The third and final property is an apartment in Monzone which is priced at £120,000. This is being sold with Immobiliare Immobilnova 


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