The BEST Episodes of Escape to the Country
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 30, 2021
Network: BBC One
A series which helps prospective buyers find their dream home in the country. The current presenting team is Alistair Appleton, Nicki Chapman, Jules Hudson, Sonali Shah, Jonnie Irwin, Margherita Taylor, Ginny Buckley, and Steve Brown. Former presenters include Catherine Gee, Aled Jones, Denise Nurse, Nick Page, and Melissa Porter.
#1 - Monmouthshire
Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 20, 2009
Jules Hudson is in Wales helping a mother and daughter find a house where they can start a new life and a new business. With £555,000 to spend, Mum loves character features but the daughter is keen on clean, modern interiors. Will she be won over by Wales's rustic charms? And will an outdoor pool seal the deal?
#2 - Cornwall
Season 15 - Episode 74 - Aired Sep 1, 2015
Sonali Shah travels to Cornwall to help in the house hunt of a couple of retirees who are seeking a new life in the country. They have a substantial budget of £500,000 to fund their proposed rural move. Sonali also visits a Falmouth enterprise which is working to keep Cornwall's boat-building heritage alive.
#3 - Cornwall
Season 16 - Episode 62 - Aired May 25, 2016
Jules Hudson is house-hunting in Cornwall with a married couple from Berkshire who have a budget of £450,000 to find a rural Cornish idyll, complete with a five-bar gate. From country cottages to a medieval manor, Jules also makes time to explore the Grade I-listed Cotehele House.
#4 - Buckinghamshire
Season 10 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 14, 2009
Alistair Appleton gallops through the Buckinghamshire property market in search of the perfect equestrian home for a young couple. They want to spend a whopping £800,000 to get a house with wow factor - but will they splash all their cash or listen to Alistair's sound financial advice and settle for something more reasonable?
#5 - Wiltshire
Season 10 - Episode 17 - Aired Oct 19, 2009
She's found her forever man, he's found his forever woman but will this couple from Bristol find their first forever house together? Denise Nurse is in Wiltshire with buyers who are looking for a party pad with a big kitchen, plenty of bedrooms for friends to stay in and land for a horse too!
#6 - East Sussex
Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 18, 2009
Aled Jones is helping a couple from Wimbledon escape the suburbs for countryside living in East Sussex. Good rail and road links into London are crucial, and for their top budget of £580,000 they are looking for three to four bedrooms, a big kitchen diner for entertaining, a couple of reception rooms and a big garden. They have been looking for eight months already and have not found anything they like. Can Aled deliver their country house dream in just two days?
#7 - The Cotswolds
Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 20, 2009
Nicki Chapman helps a couple looking to relocate their business and start afresh in the Cotswolds. However, they designed their London maisonette from scratch, so finding the right property will not be easy. Armed with a generous budget of £800,000, they are looking for a property with plenty of period character - but not a typical Cotswold cottage. They want a big living room and a minimum of three bedrooms, as well as an outbuilding to house their growing business.
#8 - Somerset
Season 12 - Episode 45 - Aired Feb 17, 2012
The pressure is on for Jonnie Irwin as he attempts to find a country home for a family of returning ex-pats. They have a budget of £650,000 and want to return to their Somerset roots, but will he be able to meet their exacting standards? Jonnie also meets a couple from a previous series who bought one of the houses featured on the show and successfully escaped to Somerset.
#9 - Cotswolds
Season 13 - Episode 43 - Aired Jan 23, 2013
Denise Nurse tackles a house-hunt in the Cotswolds on a budget of £1.5million. Away from the search she meets a local alpaca farmer to find out about the area s wool heritage and learns how to weave their exotic fibre by hand.
#10 - Cumbria
Season 13 - Episode 65 - Aired May 3, 2013
Jonnie Irwin comes to the aid of two retired healthcare professionals who have £475,000 to find a country home with their field of dreams in Cumbria. While in the county, Jonnie heads to the Lyth Valley and learns about the area's damson-growing heritage.
#11 - Highland
Season 14 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 22, 2013
Jules Hudson helps a husband and wife with a budget of £375,000 look for a home in the Scottish Highlands, where they hope to enter semi-retirement and pursue new ventures. During the journey, the presenter comes face to face with the country's native wild cat.
#12 - Perth and Kinross
Season 14 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 9, 2013
Alistair Appleton meets a couple who are keen to move their family from Glasgow to the charms of rural Perthshire to give their toddler twins a slice of country life. They have £500,000 to spend on their dream home. Whilst there, Alistair visits a favourite retreat of Queen Victoria.
#13 - Leicester
Season 14 - Episode 17 - Aired Sep 16, 2013
Alistair Appleton goes back to nature in Leicestershire, property hunting with a couple who plan to give their young family a more rural lifestyle. They have budgeted £380,000 for their country escape. Away from the house search, Alistair discovers how Melton Mowbray's residents are protecting their food-producing legacy.
#14 - Suffolk
Season 14 - Episode 21 - Aired Dec 9, 2013
Nicki Chapman is in Suffolk, property shopping with a couple who have £425,000 to spend. But with one liking new builds and the other wanting character, can Nicki find a home that will suit them both? Away from the house hunt, Nicki learns about the county's silk-weaving tradition.
#15 - Gloucestershire
Season 14 - Episode 27 - Aired Jan 15, 2014
Jules Hudson travels through Gloucestershire on a house hunt with two sisters who are hoping to set up home together. On a budget of £750,000, they have a very specific wish list. While in the county, Jonnie takes a ride on the restored Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.
#16 - Herefordshire
Season 14 - Episode 53 - Aired Mar 13, 2014
Jules Hudson is hoping to find a couple the peace and quiet they crave in rural Herefordshire with a budget of £750,000. Away from the property hunt, Jules finds out what it means to own a piece of English history.
#17 - Somerset
Season 14 - Episode 71 - Aired Jun 16, 2014
Nicki Chapman is on an emotional property shop in Somerset with a couple who have £400,000 to spend. While in the county, Nicki investigates some unusual excavations.
#18 - West Sussex
Season 15 - Episode 17 - Aired Oct 17, 2014
Alistair Appleton goes property hunting with a couple of returning expats. With a generous budget of £950,000 to spend, our buyers want to rediscover rural life in West Sussex. Away from the house hunt, Alistair explores the largest conservation project of its kind deep underground in the South Downs.
#19 - Somerset
Season 15 - Episode 67 - Aired Jul 31, 2015
Jules Hudson helps a couple from the commuter belt realise their dream of moving to rural Somerset, with a budget of £450,000 to spend. Away from the house hunt, Jules witnesses the destruction caused by recent flooding.
#20 - Dorset
Season 16 - Episode 50 - Aired Apr 15, 2016
Alistair Appleton goes property shopping in Dorset with a buyer looking for a fresh start in the country. She has a budget of £380,000 to purchase a new 'forever' home. Alistair also goes fishing for seafood off the coast of Lyme Regis and samples some local whelks.
#21 - West Dorset
Season 19 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 15, 2018
Margherita Taylor is on a house-hunting mission in the Dorset countryside, helping a couple with £500,000 find a character property with space for entertaining and a baby grand piano, as well as an outdoor setting to keep a keen gardener busy. Along the way, Margherita heads out to the oyster beds of Poole harbour to discover more about how they are farmed and harvested sustainably to meet popular demand.
#22 - Shropshire
Season 18 - Episode 49 - Aired May 1, 2018
Alistair Appleton is in rural Shropshire with a couple who hope their £500,000 budget will buy them a shorter commute to work and more quality time together to enjoy the outdoors. Alistair meets Sam Gray, a passionate smallholder, who rears her rare breed pigs ethically and balances the business of farming with raising her young family.
#23 - North Yorkshire
Season 18 - Episode 59 - Aired Sep 3, 2018
Jonnie Irwin helps a couple from County Durham who want to border-hop to the North Yorkshire countryside with their £600,000 budget and buy a spacious country home with land to accommodate rescue donkeys. While in the area, Jonnie gets a masterclass in building dry stone walls, a distinctive feature of this county's farming landscape.
#24 - North Cornwall
Season 18 - Episode 60 - Aired Sep 4, 2018
Sonali Shah is in Cornwall to help a couple with a lust for life and a love of the coast find a home in the Cornish countryside on a £350,000 budget. Away from her very positive property hunters, Sonali heads to Tintagel Island, where exciting archaeological evidence suggests that this peninsula is not just a site of Arthurian legend but was also one of the largest trading posts in Europe.
#25 - Devon
Season 19 - Episode 62 - Aired Nov 26, 2019
Today's house hunt takes Nicki Chapman to the Devon countryside with a £450,000 budget, as she helps a buyer moving on to a new, happier life chapter with her young son. Away from important property decisions, Nicki heads to the seaside town of Dawlish, where she joins in the local fun at the carnival that the community works hard to organise every year.