Property expert Sarah Beeny, her husband Graham and their four boys have quit their lives in London to start anew in the country. They’ve bought a semi-derelict former dairy farm in Somerset with 220 acres of land where they’re going to immerse themselves in everything rural life has to offer. They also plan to build the house of their dreams – a modern stately home – in one of the fields. In this episode, Sarah and Graham get to work on the foundations of their new dream house. But things don’t get off to the smoothest start, as a few weeks of relentless rain have made conditions extremely difficult and they learn that heavy machinery and wet ground don’t mix! Meanwhile, 11-year-old Raffey and 10-year-old Laurie try to bring some extra cash to the farm with a petting zoo for the public. With only Boog the hedgehog, a rabbit the cat brought in and Maple the dog available, they take centre stage for the petting zoo’s grand opening. But will it be a success? Sarah wants to one day plant a truffle wood on the farm and has high hopes that Maple the dog can be trained to sniff truffles out, so she meets truffle hunter Tom to find out more. But Graham has his own ideas about how to cultivate the farm and wants to relive his fond childhood memories of fishing. After buying some rainbow trout from a fish farm, he puts them in the big pond he’s recently dug and takes Charlie, Raffey and Laurie for their first taste of fishing. The family also visit a local bird sanctuary, where owner Alan shows them how to fly a Harris hawk. And back at the farm, the apples are ready to be picked. Sarah gets the boys to help and together they make toffee apples to have at their firework display by the pond.
Sarah Beeney’s New Life In The Country – Wednesday 8pm on Channel 4