Viewers have slammed a young couple for being ‘spoiled’ after they unveiled that they had a whopping £850,000 to spend on their first home.
This week, Escape to the Countryside followed engaged couple Anna and Jack who shared their desire to own a joint four bedroom in Buckinghamshire.
Fans of the show BBC show were shocked to learn that they nearly £1 million to do it, saying they wanted ‘plenty of outdoor space, four bedrooms, a utility room, and a large kitchen.’.
The couple already own individual flats in St Albans, but were now ready to trade their lives in for the countryside for their first home together.
However, Anna, a civil servant, and Jack, a consultant, have since been dubbed ‘privileged’ and ‘spoiled’ by viewers, prompting them to reveal just how they came into the truckload of cash.
Escape to the Countryside followed engaged couple Anna and Jack who shared their desire to own a joint four bedroom in Buckinghamshire
Speaking to The Mirror, they said: ‘While I consider this to be largely a private matter, to quell the “mummy and daddy” nonsense, I will say that we inherited in circumstances nobody would choose, and recognise that we are very fortunate to earn salaries that we can leverage.’
Jack also condemned property prices in the UK, insisting that it’s merely impossible for first-time buyers to purchase a home without a huge budget.
He added: ‘Our budget buys a small apartment in most of London, where 9 million people live. This is just plain wrong.’
Jack urged people to redirect their anger to politicians who have ignored the housing crisis for far too long.
‘We are in election year, and yet neither Sunak nor Starmer have even a hint of a housing plan’, Jack added.
Shocked viewers took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share their thoughts.
The couple were branded ‘spoiled’ by viewers of the show
One person wrote: ‘Mums got escape to the country on and a couple younger than me have just rocked up with a budget of £850,000 for their first home and let me tell you, the deep guttural ‘oh f** right off’ I just let out could be heard from space.’
Another fumed: ‘Don’t you hate it when 20 somethings have 850k at their disposal? Where’s the life suffering before success? 800,000 average price in Buckinghamshire.
‘UK housing prices are obscene. Half a mil for a terraced property. They need a 30 per cent haircut. #escapetothecountry.’
‘A young couple probably in their 30s on escape to the country today have a budget of 800k. F*** off,’ someone else ranted.
‘OMG I literally have £8 in my bank account and these children have that much money. Honestly HOW? How do people have money like that in this day and age,’ another questioned.
‘Where on earth do two young kids get a budget of £850,000 in this day and age half of them can’t afford an ad free Netflix subscription,’ said another.
The couple already own individual flats in St Albans, but were now ready to trade their lives in for the countryside for their first home together
Average house prices in the UK have slumped by £3,000 over the past 12 months, and the rate of decline is increasing, new figures released by the Office for National Statistics have shown.
In the 12 months to October 2023, house prices in Britain have fallen by 1.2 per cent. The equivalent figure for the 12 months to September 2023 showed a fall of 0.6 per cent.
At the same time, private sector rents have rocketed by more than 6 per cent.
According to the figures collated by the ONS and the Land Registry, the average price of a house in the UK is now £288,000, compared with £291,000 a year ago.
However, there are some significant regional variations, with prices in England falling by 1.4 per cent to £306,000, and Wales decreasing by 3 per cent to an average of £214,000.
But in Scotland, the market showed a slight 0.2 per cent increase to an average of £191,000.