A Place in the Sun’s Laura Hamilton locked out of house in filming nightmare
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Laura Hamilton has admitted that the A Place in the Sun crew often have to clean houses “from top to bottom” while filming for the Channel 4 travel programme.
The TV presenter opened up to Daily Star about some of her most shocking moments while filming the show, and admitted that some of the properties open for viewing are so filthy they need a good scrub by the film crew before they can be shown on camera.
She said they’d sometimes have just half an hour to get the place up to standard ahead of a viewing.
"We got locked out of a house once," Laura said. "We were asked ‘who’s got the keys?’ and none of us did.
"All the filming equipment was locked inside."
She also shared a terrifying incident which happened while filming for the latest series of the hit relocation show.
"In September all our cars ended up in a mudslide," Laura explained.
Luckily, they were able to rescue the vehicles without any harm coming to the crew.
"Sometimes houses are bought off-camera by other buyers not associated with the show and when they put offers in properties are already sold. That can be devastating," Laura continued.
Filming has managed to go ahead despite COVID-19 restrictions, with social distancing measures in place.
"The guests would go inside the properties by themselves to look around while me and the crew waited outside," Laura explained.
Faced with the rumours that she could be leaving the programme to pursue another travel project with her Birds With Baggage podcast co-star La Voix, Laura was adamant that she is "definitely" not planning to abandon A Place in the Sun any time soon.
"It’s my dream. job. I am so lucky to do A Place in the Sun. It’s the best job in the world.
"I am interested in other projects too, so I would be up for something like that with La Voix. I do like to pitch my own TV ideas but it’s hard getting something commissioned. A Place in the Sun is honestly one of the best shows to be a part of."
Laura and La Voix have gotten up to some legendary antics while recording their joint podcast, with La Voix going as far as to dare Laura to use scrambled eggs as a hair treatment.
"I do tint my eyebrows and lashes. I’m lucky that my hair is naturally [blonde] and it goes lighter in the sun, but it can look like I’ve got no eyebrows or eyelashes," she explained.
"So I was lying there with the tint on my lashes and the beautician went away to take phone calls and do other treatments, and I could feel the tint stinging my eyes. They were watering.
"So I rubbed the tint away down my face and it stained the little hairs on my cheeks and I just had tear tracks of eyelash tint."
Laura laughed as she recalled another incident: "Once I did have them tinted too dark and tried to rub off [the tint] the car!"
And addressing her impressive weight loss after Laura shed a dramatic five stone last year, she explained: “I’m a very strong willed person so I do tend to stick to things.
"I like to follow a Keto diet. I’m a member of David Lloyd [gyms] and I work out a lot at home," she explained. "I use the Lifesum app for meal plans and for tracking what I eat."
She’s been notorious for the keep-fit vids, which have helped fans get active, during the last lockdown.
Laura regularly converts her living room into an exercise area, and posts joint clips with fitness instructor Harry Sellers.
But for people just starting out on their fitness journeys, Laura suggests: "Try and walk a mile a day. If you think ‘oh, I want to walk 30 miles this month’ it sounds like a lot, but if you think you’ll do a mile a day it’s more manageable.
"Half an hour a day is all you need to do. If you think ‘well, I’ve done this for one day, so I can do it for three, and then eventually five and so on."
Laura managed to drop five stone after having her two children – son Rocco, seven, and daughter Tahlia, five.
At her slimmest, the travel programme presenter was down to 7st 4lb, which she said wasn’t "particularly healthy" for her.
She told YourHealthyLiving.co.uk at the time that she wanted to be "healthy rather than skinny" after the weight loss.
But fitness hasn’t been Laura’s only lockdown project.
She’s also been busy running her very own coffee shop which she renovated in 2017.
The blonde bombshell’s first commercial project came after she rescued her local Post Office, when the branch was set to close when the couple who had run it for 19 years asked her advice on retiring abroad.
Laura trained as a postmistress and spent a whopping £500,000 on renovations, doubling the property up as an upmarket café. She also created a three-bedroom house to the side of the shop, with a two-bedroom flat above.
Laura dedicated herself to delivering food parcels to high risk local residents as COVID-19 raged on.
But despite its triumphs during the pandemic, Laura decided it was time to sell the business while its successes are at an all-time high.
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"That’s what I do," she explained. "I renovate properties and sell them on. This is just the first time I’ve done it for a commercial business.
"We were lucky – we did really well during the pandemic because we could sit people outside on the village green.
"We also did deliveries to the elderly people in the village to help them get groceries during COVID."
And Laura has reportedly already moved on to her next surprise entrepreneurial project.
The new series of A Place in the Sun airs on Channel 4 from April 26
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