As fans of Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare will know, Sarah Beeny and her husband Graham have spent ten years trying to get their home, Rise Hall, renovated with a view to using it as a wedding – and other functions – venue.
And happily for them, their nightmare has now turned into their dream home with the completion of works on the gorgeous 33-bedroomed house in Yorkshire.
Throughout the show, which has aired on Channel 4, viewers have seen Sarah and Graham battling with the local council over pretty much everything, from plans for the building to licences to host marriages…
Sarah said, “Every time we agree things, they say they want more things; I think our frustration is that Rise Hall is a really important significant building and everything has been done to a really high standard.
“They don’t have a problem with what we have done, their problem is that we didn’t talk to them enough about it.”
But in 2010, East Riding Council originally granted the couple a wedding licence for the property, but after they hosted just one event, all further weddings were banned “over concerns for the health and safety of their registrars”.
However, the council have now overturned that ruling, much to Sarah’s delight.
She said, “Both Graham and I are so pleased that we are able to realise our dreams in bringing this beautiful house alive again and we look forward to sharing Rise Hall with future couples who are now able to get married here.”
A council spokesman said, “The council has now issued a building regulations certificate for the regularisation of buildings works.
“As a result, consent for the booking of civil ceremonies at Rise Hall has been approved and confirmed to the owners.”
Sarah and Graham bought the rundown former convent near Skirlaugh, East Yorks, for £441,000 in 2001.
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