Country House Rescue

Country House Rescue is a British documentary series that is narrated by Hugh Bonneville. In each episode, an expert visits a down on its luck country house and gives advice, help, and suggestions for improvement to the property owner. Ruth Watson and Simon Davis both filled that expert role in various episodes. The show has aired for four seasons so far and there have been 39 episodes that have been broadcast to date. The first episode of the series had its premiere On December, 9th 2008 and was set in Stawley Somerset. In that episode, Ruth Watson worked with the owners to help restore the historic Cothay Manor. The ideas that she presented to the owners, Mary-Anne and Alistair Robb, included planning a calendar of fun events for guests and upgrading the refreshment facilities.

Later in that first series, Ruth Watson helped Adrian and Caroline Goodall through more than a refinement of Black Clauchrie House. The property is a former hunting lodge with many acres of plush forest and fields in South Ayrshire. The stress of their investment of Black Clauchrie House not only was affecting their finances but was having a hand in damaging their marriage as well. Watson also played relationship counselor in helping the couple turn their home's heritage and beauty into a money making business.

The first season lasted nine episodes. After that first run, the series aired three episodes to follow up on properties a year after their first visit. They went back to Cothay Manor, Albury Park and Black Clauchrie House to see how the business has done since Country House Rescue had been there to offer upgrades and improvements.

Simon Davis made his first appearance as an expert in episode one of series four. He visited Colebrooke Park in Northern Ireland. Simon had a struggle his first time out, trying to persuade the owners to keep their home open by adding a spa and resort area in the home.

Channel 4
4 Seasons, 39 Episodes
December 9, 2008
Home & Garden
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Ruth Watson
Country House Rescue

Country House Rescue Full Episode Guide

  • Hidden in 600 acres in Ayrshire, Craufurdland has been the castle home of the Craufurd family since 1245, but constant maintenance of the fragile property has become a huge financial drain

  • Simon visits the Cookson family of Meldon Park, Northumberland, and tries to persuade them to make a go of running a money-making cafe in the estate's walled garden

  • Great Fulford is a listed manor house near Exeter that's crumbling away in parts. Can Simon get Francis and Kishanda Fulford to exploit their ancient home's money-making potential?

  • Simon visits County Cork, Ireland, where the Shelswell-White family need a business plan to clear the estate's debts as their daughter prepares to take over

  • Simon Davis attempts to help cash-strapped 63-year-old Jeannie Wilkins to go on living in her beloved grade II listed manor house in West Somerset. Will she agree to share it with others?

  • Having dedicated their lives to Colebrooke Park, a mansion built in 1820 in Northern Ireland, Viscount and Viscountess Brookeborough aren't keen on entrepreneur Simon Davis's spa plans

  • The show returns to Hill Place, a Grade II listed Georgian villa in Hampshire to see if her money making ideas have worked out for Will Dobson and family.

  • Ruth Watson revisits the Rogers family at Riverhill House in Kent to see if Ed and Sarah have made a success of their plans to make the estate pay for itself.

  • Ruth Watson revisits Cornelia Bayley at Plas Teg, a Grade I listed Jacobean mansion that has remained virtually unchanged since it was built in 1610.

  • Ruth revisits Heath House to see how the owners are getting on with their plan to make money using the house as a venue for weddings and events.

  • Ruth Watson revisits Abbey Dore Court to see how Charis Ward and her granddaughter Clare's catering holiday business is faring.

  • Ruth attempts to help Emma Holloway turn around the fortunes of Pen-y-Lan, her family's 17th-century Welsh mansion. The day to day running costs have left her struggling to cope with a huge amount of debt.

  • Ruth travels to Hill Place in Swanmore, Hampshire which is a Grade II listed Georgian villa. Will and Rebecca Dobson currently live there and the couple have given up their home and their jobs to put their all into making the house a success. Will's mother and her siblings are very critical of the changes the couple have planned. Ruth offers solutions to try and keep everyone happy.

  • Ruth travels to Garston Manor which is located just outside of Watford and was built in 1812.Sheila O'Neill purchased the house as a wreck for £500,000 from the local council 13 years ago and dreamed of turning it into a school. Today the Montessori school is just about breaking even and Ruth offers Sheila advise on turning things around.

  • Ruth attempts to help turn around the fortunes of Kentchurch Court in Herefordshire which has been home to the Scudamore family for over 1,000 years.

  • Ruth travels to Trereife House in Penzance, Cornwall where she meets Tim Le Grice and his family, who own it. Tim inherited the crumbling manor and its huge debts in 1986 and Ruth offers him advise on turning around the fortunes of the property.

  • Ruth attempts to help turn around the fortunes of Monreith House near Port William in south west Scotland. The property is owned by Sir Michael Maxwell who inherited it from his uncle during the 1980's.

  • Ruth travels to Tapeley Park, on the North Devon coast where eco-activist Hector Christie lives. She attempts to help turn around the fortunes of the property.

  • Ruth attempts to help turn around the fortunes of Wyresdale Hall in Lancashire where the Whewell family live.

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