A Place in the Sun's Jonnie Irwin forced to apologise to couple as property hunt derailed in show first

A PLACE in the Sun's Jonnie Irwin was forced to apologise to a couple looking for their dream home abroad after their search was derailed.

Things took an unexpected turn as the Channel 4 host attempted to help Steve and Janice find a property in the Spanish town of Chiclana de la Frontera on the Costa de la Luz.

In a show first, it was less 'A Place in the Sun' and more a case of 'how to avoid the rain', as the trio were forced to end a house viewing because of a torrential downpour.

When the couple first entered the three-bed villa, which was under their £160,000 budget, the reception was positive.

Janice commented: "My first impression is I think I like it."

But the heavens opened as they were about to examine the garden, leaving them to look at the pool from afar.

Jonnie said: "I apologise – but someone’s turned the taps on."

Despite the premature finish to the viewing, the pair listed the property as a "contender".

To which Jonnie exclaimed: "That’s a good start, innit!"

As Janice quipped: "I’m quite surprised actually."

"Thank you for the vote of confidence," Jonnie jokingly replied.

Continuing on with their viewings in dry weather, property number one soon fell off the shortlist.

Janice and Steve fell in love with the fourth house they viewed – a pretty garden villa with a pool on sale for £145,000.

There were tears as they viewed the property, before they put in an offer of £143,000.

After discussions with the owner this was upped to £143,500, which was accepted.

A Place in the Sun airs weekdays 3pm on Channel 4.

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