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A Place in the Sun’s Ben Hillman closed for ‘claustrophobic’ property ‘smaller than a caravan’

A PLACE In The Sun star Ben Hillman was spotted being shut down for showing a couple a ‘claustrophobic’ property.

Guests described the house as “slammer than a caravan” as they were unimpressed with the property surveyor’s choice.


Ben took John and Liz to an apartment in Mar Paraiso in Gran CanariasCredit: CHANNEL 4
The couple weren't a fan of the tiny apartment


The couple weren’t a fan of the tiny apartmentCredit: CHANNEL 4

Ben was joined by guests John and Liz in Gran Canaria for the latest episode of the popular Channel 4 programme.

The couple had visited the Spanish island as a vacation destination five years ago – where they found the city of Puerto Rico.

John and Liz wanted to move into a new home in the area and traveled there with a budget of £140,000 to find their dream property.

Despite the modest budget, Ben did his best to accommodate the couple’s needs, including a short walk to the beach.

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Property number one was a one bedroom apartment in Mar Paraiso, five minutes from the beach and local amenities.

The £136,036 property had a communal swimming pool and terrace shared with the surrounding houses.

However, John and Liz were quickly impressed – and fell silent shortly after walking through the apartment door.

“Very small and closed off,” Liz said, while John replied dryly, “Yeah, it does seem slightly claustrophobic. It’s somewhere you’d come for a week.”

“It’s like a holiday rather than a permanent one. We want to have a kitchen, I couldn’t even do much with the paella. I would need an oven.”

Liz continued: “My two boys live in the house, we don’t live with them but they would come here, and there’s not enough room.”

“Do they live in the house?” Ben asked shockingly. “So what do you live in if they live in the house?”

“A trailer,” Liz replied. “But the caravan is bigger than that.”

The couple agreed they were happy to “get away a bit” from the seafront so they could get more bang for their buck.

Looking defeated, Ben asked, “So do you write this place purely based on size,” to which Liz replied, “Yeah, I’m afraid.”

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Luckily, the couple were impressed with the second property – a third-floor one-bedroom apartment in downtown Gran Canaria.

Worth £152,252, John and Liz were keen to make an offer but then changed their minds and decided to go home to do “more research”.

A Place in the Sun airs weekdays at 4 p.m. on Channel 4