Martel, 40, took over from Lucy, 46, last summer following the announcement that the presenter would be leaving after 13 years on the show.
Homes Under the Hammer fans were divided over the changing of the guard, with many of the much-loved BBC favourite’s followers in uproar over the decision.
At the time, Lucy broke her silence on her departure from Homes Under the Hammer, tweeting: “It’s with a huge heavy heart I’m stepping down, it’s not the outcome I wanted but to pursue other work and a commercial deals I had to leave.”(sic)
The estimated average of 1.1 million Homes Under the Hammer viewers quickly warmed to Martel when she stepped into the role, and now the presenter has revealed what it was really like to have to fill the shoes of such a beloved show stalwart.
Telling Express.co.uk about when she first got the job, Martel admitted: “It was all excitement and then somebody said something to me like, ‘You know, Lucy’s been doing it for a long time so when you have your first airing on TV don’t be offended if Twitter or whatever’s not full of love.’
“I thought, ‘Oh yeah’,” she continued. “It hadn’t really crossed my mind, which is really a bit silly.”
Martel confessed that she was grateful for the warning about fans’ social media reaction to her stepping in.
She explained that she largely avoided going on Twitter to look at the comments, but had done “maybe three times” to peek at people’s responses.
“There were a couple of comments but it was more like I thought they were funny,” the Scottish star said.
“They were like, ‘Who the f*** is this girl’ and ‘Where’s Lucy?’”
“But generally it was like, ‘Does anyone expect this girl to show round Balamory?’” she laughed. “I thought that was really funny.
“Somebody else said: ‘This girl talks too much’ and it doesn’t offend me. I’m the presenter, I suppose I’m supposed to talk.”
Luckily, Martel has mostly experienced a positive reaction, adding: “Generally people were really nice.”
She also revealed that there were no hard feelings between her and her predecessor, and that Lucy had even wished her well with the new appointment.
“Lucy’s been really gracious to me,” she praised. “She tweeted,on the day I was on — maybe she’d had some tweets saying: ‘Where are you Lucy?’
“She tweeted and said: ‘The best job in the world, have a great time.’ I tweeted back: ‘Well, some very big shoes to fill.”
Homes Under the Hammer is on BBC One, weekdays at 10am.