TV presenter relieved by restoration nomination

After facing a “restoration nightmare” TV presenter Sarah Beeny is finally celebrating a dream come true.

Her 97 room mansion, Rise Hall, is one of two Yorkshire properties that have been highly commended for the Historic Houses Association and Sotheby’s Restoration Award.

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The listed Georgian property, near Hornsea, was derelict when she and husband Graham Swift bought it 12 years ago. It soon became a money pit beset by planning wrangles but the drama made a successful TV series “Restoration Nightmare”.

The couple spent a small fortune on their crumbling country house and now offer it as a wedding venue.