Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Sandford House and Abbey Lane

Restoration Home documented the stories of six historic buildings at risk of being lost forever. Six new owners made a commitment to transform them into their dream homes. But there was more to rescuing these buildings than anyone imagined.

Kieran Long revisits Sandford House and Abbey Lane for an update on their ongoing restoration and to reveal new stories that have come to light since the programmes were first broadcast. He meets the talented craftspeople who helped save them and explores the art of craft, how skills passed down from generation to generation make it possible for these properties to be authentically restored.

Ralph and Evelyn sunk every penny they had into trying to save Sandford House near Dundee, a rare arts and crafts home built in 1902. One of the key features of the house was the dramatic sunken hall and its enormous bay window containing more than seven hundred individual panes of glass, most of which needed repairing by expert glass restorer Liz Rowley. Kieran returns to witness first-hand the meticulous work that Liz and her fellow conservators have carried out. Meanwhile, Ralph and Evelyn receive a very special visitor, the granddaughter of Sandford House's original creator, but what will she make of the 21st-century restoration?

The successful completion of Abbey Lane in Southam, Warwickshire, owes as much to the determination of Sally and Stuart as it does to carpenter Brendan White. He managed to restore the shockingly frail 16th-century timber skeleton but hasn't returned since the house was complete. After the hundreds of hours he dedicated to saving it, how will Brendan react now that it's finally a home? And, after all they went through, is it everything Sally and Stuart dreamt it would be?

Release date:

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 19 Oct 2016 15:15


Role Contributor
Executive ProducerAnnette Clarke
Series EditorJoff Wilson
PresenterKieran Long
Executive ProducerColette Foster

Restoration Home

Kieran Long and Dr Kate Williams

Following owners of crumbling historic buildings as they save them from ruin.