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Returning from their honeymoon, newlyweds Dexter and Juliet Munro set up residence in the luxurious home of actor-manager Sir Beverly Grant, the irascible father of the bride. The couple is hopeful of obtaining their own home, and the gullible Dexter is conned by Roddy Chipfield, a real estate agent and amateur actor, into overbidding at auction for a ramshackle cottage in the country. Moving into their "desirable property," the couple is met by termites, cows in the garden, inept workmen, and the intruding Sir Beverly. Disheartened by the realization that the house needs a complete overhauling, Dexter shows Sir Beverly to the door, followed closely by the furious Juliet. Left alone in the cottage, Dexter accidentally starts a fire while trying to prepare a meal. The local fire brigade arrives too late, and the house is destroyed. Roddy Chipfield tells the distraught husband of plans to build a road through his property, thus permitting the couple to recoup their initial losses and build a new "dream house" nearby.