Property expert Sarah Beeny takes on the biggest challenge of her career as she tries to save Rise Hall in East Yorkshire from ruin. She and husband Graham have lived in the stately home for the past 10 years and plan to transform it into a wedding and events venue in just nine months. On a shoe-string budget, they must tackle 97 rooms with rising damp, an acre of leaking roofs and a third of a mile of corridors.
It’s certainly a grand house set in beautiful countryside, but it’s clearly falling apart. Sarah and Graham give themselves six months and a limited budget to turn it around - to make it fit for weddings. They set about the task but it’s turning out to be much tougher and more costly than they ever imagined.
Sarah and Graham want to turn the 1970s gymnasium - an addition from when Rise Hall was a secondary school - into the venue for the wedding reception. But in its current state it is scarcely romantic and the roof is rotting and leaking. They also want to create master bedrooms in classic Regency, Victorian and Contemporary styles. Meanwhile Sarah and Graham are having problems getting the wedding venue license.
The race to the finish. They’ve got their first couple signed up to be married, but there are still big sections of Rise Hall to be structurally finished, and many rooms to be decorated. There’s a huge chandelier to source and hang and carpets to choose and lay. Can it really be ready on time?
Sarah Beeny continues the challenge of saving East Yorkshire stately home Rise Hall from ruin. The property expert and her husband tackle the restoration of an old dining room, originally one of the most lavish rooms in the house, but risk taking on too much when they decide to host a full-scale Regency dinner as a charity fundraiser.
Sarah Beeny and her husband Graham Swift tackle two of the grandest rooms in the property - the morning and drawing rooms. The task to restore the elaborate plasterwork and features on a tight schedule proves daunting, with the duo struggling to cope with their daily commitments and a dispute with the local council.
Sarah Beeny and husband Graham Swift take some time off from the renovation project to focus on a playroom for the whole family, and plan to celebrate the summer with a jamboree. However, celebrations are cut short when her dispute with the local council reaches breaking point.
Sarah Beeny and her husband set out to renovate three bathrooms, visiting the workshops of a manufacturer of period sanitary ware reproductions for inspiration. The couple also meet two members of the auxiliary territorial services who were stationed at the stately home during the Second World War, and agree to hold a classic car display at Rise Hall.
Sarah Beeny and her husband try to transform the old servants' quarters into a pub-themed room, but they are astonished when a conservationist reveals its panelling is Jacobean. The continuing conflict with the council means they cannot raise much-needed money from putting on events at the house.
Sarah and Graham go into overdrive preparing their dilapidated Georgian mansion for a wedding reception. There are nightmares aplenty, including a freak wasp infestation, and one last twist that could prove to be heart-breaking.