Table of Contents
- The place did you purchase your first dwelling?
- Did you get what you needed?
- You probably did what?!
- What was the property like?
- Any epic DIY moments?
- What did you study from shopping for the property?
- The place do you reside now?
- Is connecting with nature exhausting for metropolis dwellers?
- The place is your favorite place within the UK?
Wildlife presenter Nick has at all times needed to make room for his animals
The 48-year-old hosts BBC Autumnwatch Unsprung and Springwatch Unsprung and has appeared on reveals like Free Ladies, and Harry Hill’s TV Burp.
He not too long ago collaborated with Wightlink, giving his high ideas for visiting the Isle of Wight.
The place did you purchase your first dwelling?
It was a bit of terraced home in Chagford on the sting of Dartmoor, Devon, round about 1996.
I simply needed someplace to name my very own, a backyard of some form, alternative to precise myself and to not hold throwing cash away on lease. It additionally needed to have house for my small menagerie.
Did you get what you needed?
I wasn’t too fussy, it simply occurred to be the primary home I checked out and the one one in my value vary.
It didn’t have any off-road parking, which, while you reside in a Dartmoor city is the norm, so it did make loading up heavy luggage and filming, learning gear a little bit of a job generally.
But it surely was excellent for me. I transformed the spare bed room into an unique animal home, and at one level it had an enormous tank over half the ground after I transformed it right into a facsimile of the Orinoco Delta.
You probably did what?!
I bolstered the ground and put a big shallow tank into place. On this ‘upstairs pond’ planted with lilies, I saved a big rescued Mata mata turtle known as Les, after Les Dawson.
He was an odd wanting animal with purple lips wanting a bit like badly utilized lipstick paying homage to Dawson’s feminine cleansing woman character.
I had all kinds of fish in there with him in addition to a vivarium containing many unique snakes and spiders all from South America.
I had a centrally positioned sunlamp so all the pieces felt tropical and even planted the place up with unique vegetation. I’ve at all times wanted nature. Out of doors house for me is as important as a kitchen.
What was the property like?
It was an 300-year-old plus, granite terraced home in a slender single observe avenue. The earlier proprietor was an previous woman, and it was filled with dangerous lino and carpet tiles.
It had an enormous granite inglenook fire that you may climb up inside, a threshold manufactured from the iron tread of a wagon wheel and a lintel from an previous cider press.
Any epic DIY moments?
I just about gutted it, eliminated all of the previous plaster and wall coverings to show some wonderful authentic options – beautiful granite quoins within the partitions and previous wormy oak beams.
I then proceeded to put oak flooring, home windows, and add extra beams. Then in time, I coated and joined the previous piggery within the again to the primary home, added a subterranean rest room and iron spiral staircases in addition to excavated again into the hillside.
It was the proper bachelor pad. As for epic DIY fails – the primary nail I put within the wall to hold an image on went by a cable, fused the home, plunged me into darkness after which a fantastic chunk of plaster fell off one other wall – secure to say the home put up a struggle.
Nick moved to his new home after his daughter was born, and loves the views of the moors (Image: Juliette Mills 2018)
What did you study from shopping for the property?
It was the very best factor I might have performed and invested in – as quickly as you manage to pay for for a deposit, put it down.
I used to be so reluctant initially and it was solely after some badgering and straight speaking good recommendation from my accountant that I made the bounce.
The place do you reside now?
I’m solely on my second home – it’s 9 doorways down from my first one. It’s greater and has a much bigger backyard however isn’t as nicely constructed.
I used to be compelled to maneuver when my daughter was born and whereas the brand new home, in-built 1904, has had just a few huge challenges it has a a lot better view out over the moors and I find it irresistible for that alone.
Is connecting with nature exhausting for metropolis dwellers?
Discovering nature shouldn’t be troublesome. Realizing the place and tips on how to look is the problem. This yr has taught us how a lot all of us want that inexperienced house to train, replicate and suppose in.
Its inventory worth has modified for all of us and I’m hoping we’ll study and cherish these locations greater than earlier than. Perhaps then inexperienced infrastructure, nature reserves, parks and conservation points will begin transferring larger within the agendas of our flesh pressers? We are able to hope.
The place is your favorite place within the UK?
One in all my favorite locations to flee to is the Isle of Wight. I’ve been visiting the island since I used to be a younger baby. From the second you step on board the ferry to cross the Solent, metropolis life is lengthy forgotten.
I’m an enormous advocate for eco-friendly holidays and an enormous fan of Wightlink’s flagship vessel, Victoria of Wight, England’s first hybrid vitality ferry.
Having final yr been awarded UNESCO Biosphere Reserve standing, the Isle of Wight and its surrounding waters are a shining instance of how individuals and the pure setting are coexisting harmoniously to the best stage.
I don’t personal a property there, however the Isle of Wight is sort of a second dwelling to me.