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Sarah Beeny's New Life In The Country | Series 2 Preview (Channel 4)

Property expert Sarah Beeny, her husband Graham Swift and their four boys have all quit their lives in London to start anew in the country.

They've bought a former dairy farm in Somerset where, with 220 acres of land, they're immersing themselves in everything rural life has to offer. They're halfway through building their dream energy-efficient classic English stately home, and with the shell complete, they're tackling the interior, one room at a time.

In this episode, Sarah and her family reflect on their first two and a half years living in Somerset, asking themselves whether they have become country folk yet. But they're a long way from moving into their new home. Before they can tackle any of the rooms, the house needs a floor.

Cement mixers roll in to pump screed throughout the property - a job the whole family get involved in - but it's not all plain sailing as rain threatens to derail the process. Once the floor's in, the fitting out of the interior can begin. The family have set themselves the target of getting the grand hallway ready for their first visitors in six months' time.

For inspiration, they head to Crowcombe Court, a local stately home that was completed in 1739 by landowner Thomas Carew. With its elaborate architecture and 10-tonne limestone and slate floor, the hallway alone is insured for £1.5 million.

Sarah and Graham have just a fraction of that to decorate their entire house and Graham is worried whether their budget will allow them to achieve the look they're hoping for. For Sarah, moving to Somerset was not only about building a dream home, but a new life in the country.

Their land is the perfect habitat for honeybees. They have one hive already, and now Sarah is hoping to populate a second. She turns to local beekeeping expert Lionel to catch a displaced swarm and relocate it to their farm.

Back in the hallway, tiler Alan is laying an impressive limestone floor throughout this large space, but joiner Dan alerts Graham to a problem with the plastering of the ceiling that could impact their ability to fit the decorative cornicing.

Sarah has arranged for a very modern, high-tech process to implement another classic feature - she and Graham are going to have busts of their heads 3D-printed and displayed in the hallway.

And the family dog Maple has a surprise in store as she gives birth to a litter of puppies. Sarah is no stranger to how tricky it can be to raise four offspring, so is on hand to help Maple and the tiny new additions to the family.

Sarah Beeny's New Life In The Country returns Tuesday 30th November at 8pm on Channel 4.


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