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Sarah Beeny & Graham Swift, Rise Hall

East Yorkshire

Television property guru Sarah Beeny opened the doors of her Grade II listed Georgian mansion, Rise Hall, to host luxury events and weddings after an enormous restoration effort.

In her three-part Channel Four series, Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare, viewers got the chance to see the tables turned and Sarah taking her own advice when renovating the family home she bought ten years ago when it was near-derelict.

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Sarah was previously impressed by Ventrolla and the service they offer when working on other people’s homes on TV show Property Ladder, and so she wasted no time enlisting their help to restore her own sash windows this time around.

Sarah said: “Ventrolla were the first port of call when I needed to complete the huge task of restoring all the windows at Rise Hall. Having worked with them previously I knew they would work wonders on improving both the look and energy efficiency of the windows.”

Ventrolla started work on the restoration in January 2010 and completed the vast project in four phases, adhering to strict deadlines as the first wedding was booked for June.
The work involved the renovation of 147 sash windows, including 23 new sashes being made to install into existing window boxes.

Alan Bell, Ventrolla’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “It was great working with Sarah again and this was such a rewarding renovation to be a part of, but we were faced with some challenges as the house has some unique windows.

One large window spanning two floors across a staircase required a tower to be erected in order to renovate it.

In addition, some of the sashes were originally made to only open half way and so had half height pulleys and some of the windows were on hoppers - timber brackets that the window rests on when tilted open, with no sash weight mechanism. The building now looks fantastic and we were glad to hear the first wedding was a success!”

The unique Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System was applied to the gaps in all the sash windows which allows for smoother movement, eradicates draughts, reduces rattles and can help reduce noise.

Sarah added: “This project has been a mammoth task. The huge mansion had an acre of leaking roof, a third of a mile of corridors, 11 main reception rooms, 32 bedrooms and countless bathrooms, as well as a moss-filled former gymnasium and a grade II listed stable block and numerous out buildings.

Many people would have decided the cost and effort was not worth it but we are delighted to rescue this beautiful building for the enjoyment of generations to come.

We are delighted with the work done by Ventrolla. The windows are an important feature of the building and it is fantastic to have them all in complete working order. I’ll definitely be recommending them to the people I work with in the future.”