Beeny's Restoration Nightmare

Series 2 - Episode 1

Beeny's Restoration Nightmare
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Eleven years ago, Sarah Beeny and her husband Graham bought Rise Hall near Hull, a grand Georgian pile with extensive gardens and 97 rooms – each of which was riddled with dry rot, wet rot and mould – and began the laborious process of restoration.

Now Beeny’s a chirpy, likeable sort, but it’s hard to feel that much sympathy for a professional property expert who’s struggling to renovate the enormous stately home she acquired for the price of a suburban semi.

Glossing over that and the irritating fake jeopardy (who cares whether the carpet arrives in time for the charity dinner?), it’s interesting in this first episode to see wallpaper being printed by hand and to discover how an MDF fireplace can look almost as good as the original. Plus the sight of Beeny in Regency frock and posh hairdo rather than her usual dress-down attire is quite something.

About this programme

1/6. 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, but risk taking on too much when they decide to host a full-scale Regency dinner as a charity fundraiser.

Cast and crew


Sarah Beeny


Executive Producer
Sue Davidson
Series Director
Kim Maddever
Series Producer
Kurt Seywald