White Settlers



We there?

No, sorry. Would you give her

a call? We're gonna be late.

Got a bit lost to be honest.

- There's no signal.

- No signal at all?

Welcome to Scotland.

You not excited about this?

No, this is great.

If this place

can be ours at this price...

...it'd be amazing.

- It's a lovely view.

- It's gorgeous.

Aye, it's gorgeous.

It's gorgeous.

Och, I cannae believe it.

It's beautiful.

Scotland, here we come.

- Mrs. Chapman.

- Yes, hello.

Hello. I'm Flo. Flo Douglas

from Armstrong and Graham.

So lovely to meet you.

I'm Sarah.

This is my husband, Ed.

- Hello.

- Hello. Welcome to Castle Farm.

Thank you, I'm sorry we're late,

I think we took a wrong turn


If you're not familiar

with the lay of the land

it's easy to run into trouble

around here

and your mobile phones

will be of no use.

They're still a thing

of the future.

You won't be able

to survive out here.

I can do without my phone.

I don't think so.

It's glued to her hand.


- Shall we look at the property?

- Yes, please.

So, the main house

and the outbuildings

date back to the 19th century

but parish records show

that there's been a settlement

of one kind or another

on this spot since the 1300s

so it comes with

a lot of history.

Was there really a castle here?

It was Peel House.

Not really a castle,

more a fortification.

It was the site

of a ferocious battle

between the Scots and

the English at one point.

Who won?

That depends on who you talk to.

So. There's two reception

rooms off the hallway here,

a kitchen to the rear

plus a cold store.

Upstairs, there's three

double bedrooms, one en suite,

one single and a bathroom.

And there's 1.5 acres,

I believe.

Ed, look at this.

Could have some cozy

dinner parties in here.

Do you know many people

in the area?

Not a soul.

Not to worry,

you'll soon meet folk.

Scotland's a very

friendly country.

- Sweet, aren't they?

- Yeah.

Has there been a structural

survey on this place recently?

Not that I know of, but I'm sure

everything's tickety boo.

These old houses

were built to last.

God, look at these views.

So what happened

with the previous owner?

Mr. Nixon.

He, um... He ran into bother

some years ago now.

He borrowed money from the bank

to keep the farm going,

couldn't pay it back.

Now it's owned by some

finance company in the south.

All that's left is the house,

the outbuildings

- and the field out back.

- Did they have to evict him?

No, he was here until the end.

Put up quite a fight, too.

Been in his family

for three generations.

He didn't have any family

to pass it on to?

Yes, he had a number of sons...

Some are still in the valley,

one's off fighting in the war,

but when old Willy died,

the house became

the property of the bank.

So did he die in the house?

- He did, yes.

- That's a shame.

Yes, it was...

It was very emotional actually.

Has there been much interest?

Well, there's a shortage

of property in the area

so there's always a lot of

interest from the locals.

And have there been any offers?

Yes, yes,

there have been offers,

but nothing realistic,

shall we say.

I guess a lot of people are put

off by the state of the place.

There's a lot of work that needs

doing before it's livable.

It's at a state of disarray,

that's true.

But for the local people

it's more the price

that's the problem.

For what there is it's amazing,

I mean it's quite reasonable.

By city standards perhaps,

but for the local market

it's, um, too much.

So it's ours

for the taking then.

It's exactly the kind of project

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