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Simon Davis advises the owners of British stately homes on how to diversify and raise revenue, and so secure the future of their unique properties for generations to come

About the Show

Simon Davis advises the owners of British stately homes on how to diversify and raise revenue, and so secure the future of their unique properties for generations to come

Series 3 Summary

Stately homes in trouble! Trouble-shooting businesswoman Ruth Watson advises and cajoles owners of stately homes and shows them how to get revenue rolling in and save the manor for future generations.

  • Episode 1

    Episode 1

    Ruth visits Wyresdale Hall in Lancashire, home to the Whewell family. The Hall belongs to James Whewell senior and his wife Sally, who have spent decades restoring the estate back to its former glory.

  • Episode 2

    Episode 2

    Ruth Watson visits Tapeley Park, a sprawling stately pile in Devon, home to notorious eco-activist Hector Christie and one of the best collections of William Morris furniture in existence

  • Episode 3

    Episode 3

    Ruth Watson is at Monreith House, an imposing Georgian mansion in southern Scotland. Sir Michael Maxwell's attempts to rent out holiday homes haven't gone to plan. Does Monreith need a feminine touch?

  • Episode 4

    Episode 4

    Ruth visits Tim Le Grice and his family, owners of Trereife House in Penzance, Cornwall, whose crumbling manor is making a loss, with the bank close to forcing a sale

  • Episode 5

    Episode 5

    Kentchurch Court in Herefordshire has been home to the Scudamore family for over 1000 years. But the annual running costs are making it increasingly difficult to sustain. Can Ruth help?

  • Episode 6

    Episode 6

    Sheila O'Neill and her daughters plan new money-making schemes, including a UFO academy, at their Georgian home, Garston Manor, on the outskirts of Watford.

  • Episode 7

    Episode 7

    Can Ruth help Will and Rebecca Dobson turn around the fortunes of Hill Place in Hampshire, and help Will's mum and her siblings get over their misgivings about the planned changes?

  • Episode 8

    Episode 8

    Emma Holloway's family has lived in 17th-century Welsh mansion Pen-y-Lan since 1849, but it's in a shabby state and deep in debt. Can Ruth help the family turn it around?

  • Episode 11

    Episode 11

    Ruth revisits Abbey Dore Court, where she advised the family to open a B&B to save the house from disrepair, but they decided to start a self-catering holiday business instead

  • Episode 12

    Episode 12

    Ruth revisits Heath House, where John Phillip's family have lived since the 16th century, to see how John's son Ben is getting on with plans to make money for the house from weddings.

  • Episode 13

    Episode 13

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

  • Episode 14

    Episode 14

    Ruth Watson revisits the Rogers family at Riverhill House in Kent to see if Ed and Sarah have made a success of new visitor features like a maze, the Himalayan hideout, and souvenir shop.

  • Episode 15

    Episode 15

    Ruth Watson 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.