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

With a new three-part Channel Four series, Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare, starting in November, viewers will get 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.

Sarah had become aware of Ventrolla over the years and they did some work on other people’s houses on Property Ladder and so she wasted no time enlisting their help to restore the sash windows on this massive restoration.

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 efficiency of the windows.”

Ventrolla started work on the restoration in January 2010 dividing the project into four phases.

The work involved the renovation of over 100 windows and 23 new sashes being made to install into existing window boxes.

Alan Bell, Ventrolla’s marketing director, said: “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“In addition, some of the sashes were originally made to only open half way and so had half height pulleys and some of the windows were on hoppers - timber brackets that the window rests on when tilted open, with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.

“It was great working with Sarah again and the building now looks fantastic. 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.”

Ventrolla’s central office is based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, with offices throughout the UK and Ireland, and offers a bespoke renovation service for timber sliding sash and casement windows. Its unique Perimeter Sealing System significantly improves the window’s performance and energy efficiency.


For further information please contact Sarah Stevenson or Anna Fox at Seal on 0121 616 5800

Mire images available on request.

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