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 immersing themselves in everything rural life has to offer. They’re also building the house of their dreams – a modern stately home – in one of the fields. In this episode, work on Sarah and Graham’s new house continues but there’s a problem… the ground floor is completely flooded due to downpours of rain. Can they pump all the water out in time to start building the walls? Sarah’s brother Diccon has been extolling the virtues of having bees for years, and with two hives in his garden, he’s continually telling his sister to follow suit. And now, having bought a farm with lots of land, Sarah decides it’s time to take her brother’s advice, so she heads off to Diccon’s house to learn how to keep bees. With 220 acres of land, there’s plenty of space to landscape the grounds on the farm, so the family visit one of the finest gardens in the area – Forde Abbey – a former monastery founded in the 12th century. The family are stunned by the beauty and simplicity of the 30 acres of gardens. Graham’s particularly impressed by a huge fountain and wonders if he can have one of his own in his pond… Back at the farm, Sarah and Graham decide they want to adopt some hens from a battery farm, to join the ones they bought from a poultry farm that live a happy, free-range life in their garden. Sarah’s also keen to know what she can and can’t eat on her own farm, so she takes the family to local country park Ham Hill, where they all learn about foraging. And just as their new house is starting to take shape, disaster strikes as the coronavirus pandemic reaches the UK. The children are sent home from school, businesses shut, and Sarah and Graham aren’t prepared to risk the safety of their workers or put pressure on the NHS, so they down tools and shut down the building site.
Sarah Beeny’s New Life In The Country (Ep6) – Wednesday 8pm on Channel 4