Sandford House

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Restoration Home, Series 2 Episode 2 of 6

Duration: 1 hour

Historic houses, both humble and grand, have all played their part in the story of Britain. Today many are at risk and some in danger of being lost forever. Caroline Quentin returns to follow the fortunes of six more properties, all facing their own struggle for survival, all with committed new owners wanting to turn them into their dream homes.

Sandford House is one of only two houses north of the border designed by arts and crafts architect Baillie Scott. It's a rare survivor, but how did such a building representing an important moment in British architecture end up in the lowlands of Scotland? Built as a famiy home in 1902, it spent half of its life as a 3-star hotel. Now abandoned, it fell into serious disrepair. Classed as a Category B property, the second highest listing for buildings in Scotland, it was in desperate need of help.

Local couple Ralph and Evelyn had known the building for years. It used to be their local pub. As they watched it go downhill, their determination grew to save it. As the restoration starts to eat money, an intriguing tale of who built Sandford starts to emerge, linking it to Queen Victoria and an international business that operated across the world.


Caroline Quentin
Executive Producer
Annette Clarke
Joff Wilson
Series Producer
Joff Wilson


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