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 await news from the local council for permission to build their dream home, but things are never quick in the world of planning. Meanwhile, the family turn their attention to improving the biodiversity on the farm. They’ve bought 1000 young trees and spend the day planting them in a field by a stream. But Sarah soon discovers that tree planting is not the ideal pastime for an impatient person, when she finds out how long it will take for the trees to become a wood. But maximising the farm’s potential does have its perks, when Sarah and Graham head off to a nearby artisan cheese makers to see if they can utilise their grazing sheep. Keen to make their house as carbon neutral and energy efficient as possible, they also visit a house near London that’s being built using Insulated Concrete Form. And back at the farm it’s Raffey’s birthday, and Sarah’s brother Diccon, his wife Caroline and their children come over to celebrate. The children muck in to make a cake, but Sarah has other plans and gets the whole family to build a huge outdoor platform down by the stream for the children to play on. Diccon and Graham get busy clearing the site, while Sarah and the children make the platform. And after some very hard graft, the whole family celebrate with cups of tea and, of course, Raffey’s birthday cake.
Sarah Beeny’s New Life In The Country – Wednesday 8pm on Channel 4