After the BBC Interior Design Masters semi-final aired last week Cotswold properties saw a boom in online searches.

The show, presented by Alan Carr, sees interior designers complete challenges to win a "career-defining contract with a luxury hotel in Cornwall".

The latest episode saw the three finalists renovate luxury lakeside holiday cottages in the Cotswolds for the appraisal of interior design expert Michelle Ogundehin and guest judge Abigail Aherne.

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Analysis of Google search data revealed that online searches for ‘Cotswolds properties’ exploded by 714% in the UK just hours after the semi-final episode in the Cotswolds aired.

Google searches for ‘Cotswolds properties for sale’ also shot up by 1,130%, and ‘Cotswolds rent’ increased by 629% the day after BBC aired the episode.

DIY guide Evolving Home who shared this research said this also matches a post-pandemic trend they have seen.

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A spokesperson said: “We have seen big changes over the last few years, as the pandemic and surge in remote working has sparked a desire in people to leave big cities and escape to the country.

"The latest episode of Interior Design Masters has put the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, into the spotlight.

"Interior design lovers are always looking out for inspiration, and as we’ve seen from the latest online search trends, the latest episode of Interior Design Masters has inspired viewers to move to the local area to surround themselves with the same beautiful landscapes as shown on TV.”

The final of Interior Design Masters is airing tonight at 9pm.

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