Country House Rescue

7:30pm Friday, February 17 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

This week’s episode sees Ruth tackling Garston Manor, a grade two listed Georgian House on the outskirts of Watford. Built in 1812, headmistress Sheila O’Neill bought the house as a wreck for $500,000 from the local council. Against the advice of friends and family Sheila had dreams to turn the decrepit building into a school. Thirteen years later and her Montessori school is just about breaking even, but the O’Neill family is desperate for a secondary business to pay their massive shortfalls on the house. Sheila and her children, four daughters in their 30s and 40s, all live in self-contained flats on the upper floors of the house with three of them even teaching in the school. But attempts at diversifying the manor into a wedding and conference venue have failed and so the ladies of the manor call on Ruth for help.

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