I didn’t know Country House Rescue (series 1) is available on DVD. What a great gift for someone who really loves this program.
1. Cothay Manor – grade I listed medieval country house and gardens, -Stawley, Somerset.
Bought in 1993 by Mary-Anne and Alastair Robb bought
However, as a business, the manor is losing a serious amount of money, and a question mark remains over who will take over the estate in the future. With the situation at a breaking point, can Ruth Watson turn the estate’s fortunes round, and help secure Cothay’s long-term future?
2. Elmore Court – grade II listed mansion, – Elmore, Gloucestershire.
The house has been the family seat of the Guise Baronets for nearly 800 years.
The current owner, dance DJ Anselm Guise, inherited the estate in 2007 from his uncle (who had often disapproved of his nephew’s lifestyle), with the Baronetcy going to Anselm’s 77-year-old father. Now, Anselm’s laid-back approach has led to the property’s slow deterioration, so Ruth must inspire a sense of determination in the owner to save the mansion from falling even further into disrepair.
3. Chesters – grade I listed 17th century country house and estate, on banks of the River Teviot in the Scottish Borders.
The estate includes 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) and 14 estate cottages, as well as a mile of the River Teviot.
John and Ellie Henderson would like to leave their jobs in London and take up permanent residence at Chesters (John’s ancestral home), but they are unable to afford to. Can Ruth help the couple make the estate profitable enough to achieve their dream?
4. Albury Park – grade II listed country house with parkland, – Albury, Surrey.
Nigel and Jennifer Whalley bought the mansion in 2004, initially sharing the property with a number of elderly residents.
However, the other residents soon moved on, forcing the Whalleys to buy their shares in the property, and leaving the couple £4 million in debt. Ruth devises a plan for a show flat to entice new investors to the estate to save the couple from financial ruin.
5. Black Clauchrie House –
Arts and Crafts style former hunting lodge, set in 14 acres (57,000 m2) of grounds – Barhill in South Ayrshire.
Adrian and Caroline Goodall bought the property in 2004, but have yet to capitalise on their investment. Ruth tries to help the pair take advantage of their home’s heritage, but will other professional commitments help destroy the couple’s relationship, and put the future of Black Clauchrie House at risk?
6. Pentillie – 17th century castle and estate, close to St Mellion village in Cornwall.
Pentillie has been the Coryton family seat since 1698, but current owners Ted and Sarah Coryton (who inherited the estate in 2007) were determined to sell it after various family disputes. However, Ted and Sarah have fallen in love with the castle and its grounds, and seek Ruth’s professional advice to turn the estates fortunes around.