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In the first episode of this new series, Ben meets an estate agent who gives him a guided tour of one of the most expensive properties in Dorset.
He also meets the man who gave up his city life to set up a polo club, plus he pulls on his sou’westers and heads out to sea with a ninth generation fisherman.
Ben starts his journey at Sandbanks, dubbed Britain’s answer to Monte Carlo. He meets up with estate agent Adrian Dunford who reveals that his company sold £50m worth of property last year.
Ben gets given a guided tour of one of the properties for sale for £5m, complete with a chef’s kitchen, an indoor garden and hidden televisions.
Harbour Lives also sees the £40m apartment development, which is not yet completed, but is due to open in just four weeks time.
Also in the programme, Ben meets Joe Miller, a fisherman whose family have been fishing in the area for nine generations. Joe takes Ben out on his trawler as he explains that he fishes the water and his wife sells the fish in their local shop.
Ben helps Joe bring in the catch of the day as Joe says: “Fishing is in my blood. You’ve got to keep the family traditions going.”
And Ben meets Rob Brockett, the man who worked as a project manager on the London Underground, but gave it all up to start a polo club in Dorset. Rob shows Ben around the club, and he meets the horses, including one that Rob has been trying to train to play the game.
Dorset is home to one of Britain’s most dramatic coastlines with its craggy cliffs, miles of stunning sandy beaches and four million visitors every year.
Now, in this brand new series for ITV, presenter Ben Fogle sets out to explore the county, taking in everything from the millionaires’ playground of Sandbanks, to the trawlers in the harbour, to find out what makes the area unique.