Saham Toney house on BBC2 programme Restoration Home
11:00 08 August 2012
Stories behind a Tudor home which is undergoing an extensive restoration will be revealed in a prime time television programme tonight.
The Old Manor, in Saham Toney, near Watton, is part of the Page’s Place estate, which appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086.
Bought by solicitor Polly Grieff two years ago for £400,000, the property will be the focus of Restoration Home which is due to be aired on BBC2 between 8pm and 9pm.
The show is presented by television actress Caroline Quentin and filming started in April last year and finished in November, when the six-bedroom home was stripped back to its timber skeleton.
During the programme, unknown history of the Grade II listed home will be revealed, including the discovery of stained glass windows which date back to Henry VIII’s Reformation.
Mrs Grieff, 57, said she “fell in love” with the house after seeing it on paper.
“I went round the outside and thought: ‘This is definitely the one’,” she said. “The Old Manor is my passion, I love old buildings. This house called out to me.
“Once I have finished the house it will be gorgeous. It has been a rockier road than I thought it would be but there is always a way.”
Problems facing the property included damp, woodworm and death watch beetle; there was no kitchen and bathroom and the bath was in a piggery.
All the work is being carried out by Clayland Architects, based in Watton, and lead architect Steven Swaby said the project has been a “labour of love”.
He said: “The building was very badly damaged. There was nothing holding up the building. It was in a sorry state.”
Mrs Grieff wants to create a four-bedroom home for her family to be handed down the generations. She has two sons and three grandchildren.
Plans have been approved for an extension to the old building and when it is complete the four-bedroom house will be covered in traditional lime render.
The whole project is expected to cost about £300,000.