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Giles Wood has shared he and his wife Mary Killen have “kept very very quiet” about their earnings enabling them to pay off their rural Wiltshire home.
The Channel 4 TV stars also admitted their surprise over how people “recognise them” away from screens as they live a “quiet life”.
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s The Afternoon Show podcast about their success after appearing on Gogglebox for eight years, Giles said: “I think we were able to pay off the mortgage.”
He added the pair “kept quiet, very quiet” about their earnings, saying: “I leave all the paperwork to Mary, because she’s more interested in the details of life.”
Their Wiltshire home is as zany as you might expect, the couple who met when they were 21, have lived there for 30 years now.
In a previous interview with The Telegraph, the couple confessed they have no central heating, paint was peeling from the ceilings, and they even resorted to creating their own double glazing using bubble wrap.
They went on to describe parts of the home as “worse than Benefits Street” due to the mould problem.
In their latest book, Country Life: A Story of Peaks and Troughs, Giles and Mary suggested they may even relocate back to London.
The armchair critics moved from Chelsea to Wiltshire 30 years ago as they could get more for their money in the West Country at the time.
“Were I a shrub, I would say I have only tentatively put down roots here in Wiltshire,” Giles wrote in the book, which was released last month.
“They are not yet thick or stubborn enough to prevent me from uprooting myself for the final chapter of my life.”
The artist added: “After 30 years, I am now ready to transplant myself again.”
“As a woman who can’t drive, I have been exiled these past three decades to a village without a bus service,” Mary shared.
“It means that, over the years, I’ve missed at least 600 London parties, gallery openings and book launches, to say nothing of memorial services and lectures and art exhibitions.
“I’m certain that a London dwelling would be the best choice for the final decade of life.
“It’s too much of a nuisance to visit someone who lives in the country, no matter how much you love them.”
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