But then Sarah Beeny, television’s ubiquitous property expert, came across the house in East Yorkshire — and it was love at first sight.
Among the viewers was Matthew Grove, the area’s Conservative ward councillor, who lives two miles away.
He watched with astonishment as Sarah showed off the sweeping staircase, the cornicing, delicate paintwork and bedroom panelling. She had hoped to use it as a wedding venue to help pay its keep and had obtained a wedding licence.
Rescued from the brink of dereliction by Channel 4 property expert, Sarah Beeny and her Husband Graham Swift.
The story of its loving, complex and painful restoration was followed by millions of people worldwide in the series “Sarah Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare”.
My House is Falling Down, Restoration Nightmare and Property Ladder.