Property broadcaster and presenter, Sarah Beeny, is back with her second series of her New Life in the Country series, which charts her family move to rural Somerset in a bid to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
But this isn’t your usual house move, filled overstuffed cardboard boxes and stress-inducing paperwork, as Sarah, her husband, Graham, and their four sons attempt to build a modern yet stately home on a local 220-acre part-derelict dairy farm.
In a build that’s taken over two years, the series charts the family’s process as they redesign room by room, creating a new-build that gives the illusion of a timeless country mansion.
As many choose to relocate to our county after the pandemic, and Somerset risks becoming a ‘Monopoly board for developers’, many are wondering whether those that chose to make the lockdown move are having second thoughts now the world has restarted.
And in Tuesday’s episode of Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country, the property expert and her partner, Graham Swift, admitted to concerns surrounding their rural relocation.
As the years tick by, and turning a field into a mansion is proving a little difficult, questions have rose over whether their dream home will ever finally be actualised.
This week’s episode charted their journey to finalising the first room in the mansion: their entryway and hallway.
What was supposed to be both a new life and a new home for Sarah Beeny has become a realisation that the family had ‘ideas above their station’.
Speaking to the camera, she said she’d realised that whilst “it’s nice to create something that’s beautiful in your mind – and this will be here for a lot longer than I will be […] we don’t need a house this big.”
Husband Graham echoed Sarah’s thoughts post-hindsight, raising concerns that it’s hard not to get “carried away” with a property as big as they’d planned, and that “keeping costs down” was proving difficult.
As viewers were swept up in the chaos that building a new life from scratch brings, the family realised that in order to get their first room renovated in time for a visit from family, they had “a lot of painting to do” and “not enough time to do it”.
Next week, the new episode of a New Life in the Country will feature Sarah Beeny and their family attempt to finish the grand staircase. Whether further regrets on life in rural Somerset will arise, that’s anyone’s guess.
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