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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Psychic’s home to feature in TV show

IT was lights, camera, action for a group of Lake District residents as they opened their homes to television crews.

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GOOD VIBES: Amanda Tooke will take part in a competition called May the Best House Win

Programme-makers for ITV’s May the Best House Win descended on the Windermere area in the summer to film four strangers snooping around each other’s homes.

The show sees the owners of some of south Cumbria’s most interesting and unusual homes compete against each other in a bid to win a cash prize.

In each episode, four people open their doors to each other and let them cast a critical gaze on their property.

The episode, which will be broadcast on December 16, features Windermere-based psychic Amanda Tooke, a Windermere man, a woman living in Newby Bridge and a man from the village of Dent.

Ms Tooke, whose 16th-century Windermere farmhouse will feature in the programme, said: “The programme-makers contacted me because they wanted someone with an unusual career.

“My house is rented. I don’t own it, but the reason I got it is that the angels guided me here. I do automatic drawings and I had drawn a mirror image of it before I saw it.

“I had a bit of a tidy up and my children were under strict instructions to keep their rooms clean.

“A taxi came and picked us up early in the morning each day to take us to the contestant’s houses.

“Mine was the last house to be toured, so for a day-and-a-half, I couldn’t tell the others what I did or where I lived.”

Each contestant judges the house in terms of its style and interior design, comfort and homeliness, the hospitality on offer and the overall viewing experience, secretly scoring each other out of 10. The winning homeowner gets £1,000. Ms Tooke, who has appeared on Channel 4 show The Hotel conducting one of her readings, is unable to reveal whether she scooped the prize, but she said the farmhouse’s traditional features, including a log fire, won her fellow house-snoopers over.

She also did psychic readings for some of the crew members while they filmed footage at her house.

The mother-of-two, who runs Mystic Moon shop in Windermere, said: “The fellow contestants were the same as everyone is when they walk in my house. They loved it. It’s a very special house, it just gives you a great big hug.”

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