A Place in the Sun TV presenter Amanda Lamb talks to Tracy Harvey about seeing the world, working abroad and finding time to switch off and relax
I don’t think that I would ever live anywhere else but the UK. I know the weather is dreadful most of the time but I do love it here – I think we have one of the most beautiful countries in the world
You’ve been working on A Place in the Sun for a long while now. Do you still enjoy it?
I still love it! I still get a real kick out of doing the show and, when you get someone who actually buys a property, it’s such a great feeling. The crew that I work with on the programme are all brilliant and we always have a really, really good time, so I’m looking forward to working on it again soon.
Have you ever fallen in love with a property yourself when showing someone else around?
Yes I have! In fact, that’s how I ended up getting my place in southern Italy, in a little medieval town in Puglia. It was the third apartment that we were showing the house hunters on A Place in the Sunand it was just gorgeous. They bought the apartment we showed them, but I asked the developer to let me know if any others became available. He did and so it went from there. It could get to be an expensive habit, but I don’t think that I’ll ever do it again!
What tips do you have for those who might be thinking about moving abroad, and would you consider it yourself?
I think there are still places where you can get good value for money, as long you’re not greedy or desperately trying to make a huge amount of money fast, but if anything sounds like it’s too good to be true, it probably is. What we’re seeing now is the more sensible Brits, people who have thought the whole thing through and aren’t looking to move abroad on a whim, or to make money. I don’t think that I would ever live anywhere else but the UK. I know the weather is dreadful most of the time but I do love it here – I think we have one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Where’s your favourite place to visit?
I’m a huge fan of France, I love the French countryside, and Italy too. But if I had to pick one place, it would have to be Australia. Margaret River, which is about two hours south of Perth, is my favourite place in the world. I just think that it’s unbelievable. Australia offers so much diversity – the people are great, the scenery is beautiful… it’s just a fantastic country. In fact, if it wasn’t so far away, I’d definitely buy a property out there.
Is there anywhere left you’d still like to see?
I’ve never been to South America, so that’s somewhere I’d like to visit. And Canada – we went to Canada a few years ago to do a programme and I thought it was beautiful, so I’d really like to explore that a bit more. We get to see so many places when we’re out filming, which is brilliant, and we get to see a lot of the areas that you wouldn’t necessarily see if you went on holiday. But sometimes you do wish you could see more. We went to Corsica recently for the programme. It was absolutely stunning and we all wanted to stay there for a little bit longer.
You travel a great deal for work, but what is your idea of the perfect holiday?
I think it would have to be somewhere like the Maldives, somewhere I could just relax. I find that if I’m somewhere with lots of things to see and do, I always feel guilty and think ‘I must get out and go and look at that…’ But if you’re somewhere like the Maldives, you can just lay by a beach all day and do nothing at all. I have been there once but I would love to go back again because I thought that it was absolutely gorgeous.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Well I’ve got a really nice balance of programmes I’m working on right now, but I would love to do a home makeover show – I think that they’ll be making a comeback soon. People are so scared about selling their homes at the moment that it would be nice to do a show where people celebrate the place they’re living in for a change.
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