Country House Rescue Revisited

8:30pm Friday, October 12 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Ruth Watson revisits Abbey Dore Court to see how Charis Ward and her granddaughter Clare’s catering holiday business is faring. Charis Ward bought Abbey Dore Court in 1967 for $12,000. In 2000, Charis decided to leave Abbey Dore to live in a more manageable property and the house fell into disrepair. Charis’ 26-year-old granddaughter Clare is determined to bring her formerly happy home back to life. Clare asked Ruth Watson to help, but Ruth’s idea for a B&B was rejected by the family in favour of turning the house into a self-catering holiday business. Ruth cautioned them against the decision, but Charis was determined. Now Ruth revisits Abbey Dore Court to find the house completely transformed.

8:30pm Friday, October 5 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Ruth revisits Heath House to see how the owners are getting on with their plan to make money using the house as a venue for weddings and events. John Philip’s family have lived on the estate of Heath House since the 16th century, and the house has stood since 1840. John and wife Flavia took over the property on his mother’s death, but they were finding the property, along with over 480 acres of land, a financial and physical drain. The Philips believed the only way out was to sell Heath House, but eldest son Ben was desperate to keep it in the family. Ruth tried to persuade the Philips to give Ben a chance to run the house commercially, but with his dad looking over his shoulder, Ben had to prove his worth.

Ruth’s advice was to resurrect their ailing weddings business and soon enough Ben started to take bookings for weddings and corporate events. With Ruth’s help, Ben eventually persuaded his father to take the house off the market altogether. Since Ruth’s visit, Ben has left his job in London and moved to Heath House full time to concentrate on running the house as a business. But will John and Flavia be relieved to see Ben thrive in his new role at the helm?

8:30pm Friday, September 28 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Ruth revisits Heath House to see how the owners are getting on with their plan to make money using the house as a venue for weddings and events. John Philip’s family have lived on the estate of Heath House since the 16th century, and the house has stood since 1840. John and wife Flavia took over the property on his mother’s death, but they were finding the property, along with over 480 acres of land, a financial and physical drain. The Philips believed the only way out was to sell Heath House, but eldest son Ben was desperate to keep it in the family.

Ruth tried to persuade the Philips to give Ben a chance to run the house commercially, but with his dad looking over his shoulder, Ben had to prove his worth. Ruth’s advice was to resurrect their ailing weddings business and soon enough Ben started to take bookings for weddings and corporate events. With Ruth’s help, Ben eventually persuaded his father to take the house off the market altogether. Since Ruth’s visit, Ben has left his job in London and moved to Heath House full time to concentrate on running the house as a business. But will John and Flavia be relieved to see Ben thrive in his new role at the helm?

LIVING CHANNEL – Mondays from 10 September, 10.00pm

Ruth Watson revisits once-great country houses to see if the owners have followed her advice to return them to their former glory. Each of the houses and its owners needed to diversify or face the prospect of going into debt, selling or handing over the keys to investors. The series gives a glimpse into some truly rare and historical houses, as well as human drama and conflict when Ruth’s very straight talking advice goes against the family’s often romantic views of their home.