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Dream Venue: Rise Hall – An interview with Sarah Beeny

30th November 2010 | Julia Braime

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Do I have a treat for you lot this freezing November morning!

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Rise Hall Sarah Beeny

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Ms. Sarah Beeny – of Property Ladder fame – has agreed to talk to Brides Up North about her latest venture, a beautiful stately home and dream wedding venue in Yorkshire, Rise Hall.  This idyllic setting for wedding receptions and civil ceremonies is the subject of Sarah’s latest TV show – Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare.

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I am also pleased to announce that Rise Hall has joined the celebrated ranks of Brides Up North’s Featured Supplier Directory.

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Lets hear from the lady herself…

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Sarah Beeny.

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How did you come across Rise Hall?

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Unfortunately Tepilo.com wasn’t around back then, otherwise we could have saved a fortune, but we had been looking around for some time at old ruins and other possibilities and eventually found Rise Hall through a local estate agent.
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Why Yorkshire?  I thought that you lived and worked in London?

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Quite random really! Yes, we have a house in London where I spend most of my time, mainly as it’s convenient for work and school etc, but we have been using Rise as a home from home and have spent our holidays there with the children for years now.

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What state was the house in when you bought it?
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The house was literally falling down, and was riddled with dry rot, wet rot and there was hardly a problem we didn’t have to start with. Great experience if you like coming up with solutions to these sorts of things…

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How long did the renovation project take?

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We’ve owned the property for some time now, so had already started to improve the property, but the bulk of the work happened while we filmed it for the show, over a period of about 8 months. The work is still ongoing though and it will take several more years to complete if we ever get that far.

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What needed to be done?

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Almost everything. We had to replace the roof, all the windows, heating systems, electrics, plumbing, decorate every room, get rid of the plants growing through the building – you name it, there was something that needed to be fixed.

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You have made a television show about the project – Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare.  Was it really a nightmare?  Why?

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The nightmare was really taking on the challenge in the first place and then the sudden realisation of what was involved. Getting the place ready for the first wedding was incredibly stressful, if we didn’t get it finished, they wouldn’t have been able to have their wedding!

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Was it all worth it?
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Ask me in a few years time, Julia! It’s wonderful watching the house come back to life. When we bought the property it really was in quite a state. It’s an ongoing project and one we will probably never finish – but it’s getting better all the time.
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When can Brides Up North readers watch the TV show?

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The TV show is currently being shown on Channel 4, Thursday’s at 8pm, but the last episode is this week, Thursday 2nd December. I believe you can catch up if you missed it on 4od.

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The photographs look beautiful, is the Hall available to hire for weddings?

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Yes, Rise Hall is the perfect venue for weddings, birthday parties, photo shoots, film shoots, larger or more intimate conferences etc.

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Are you licensed for civil ceremonies?

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Yes, we have a full wedding licence and can also perform a number of other ceremonies.

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How many can you cater for?

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We can accommodate celebrations from 10 to 200 people for a seated reception and 250 standing. There’s also 32 bedrooms to accommodate any guests who want to stay.

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What sort of price are we looking at?

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Charges currently range from around £2,000 to £7,000 for the exclusive use of our home, catering costs vary depending on your requirements. We are happy to accommodate most requests.

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Why should a bride choose Rise Hall?

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It’s a magical setting, with plenty of space and quite a unique chance to get married in a huge stately home The advantage is that it’s your own home for your wedding day – it is very much NOT a hotel – and it’s beautiful. The building itself is a 97 room, Grade II* listed Georgian stately home, it really is a great location and there’s 30 acres of beautiful land around you too. We will do everything we can to make your special day perfect.

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Where did you get married?  Tell us a little bit about your wedding day…

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We got married at Rise Hall too – that was one of the funny things! Graham, my husband said that he would only marry me if we bought a stately home, so I did, and he proposed to me on the roof. It came as a bit of a surprise, but I said yes, and everything went from there. It was only a small wedding, but a fantastic day.

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What is next for Sarah Beeny? What projects do you have lined up?

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The websites: Tepilo, mysinglefriend and Rise Hall are keeping me busy at the moment, but I’m also starting to film a new series to be aired next year. The series is called Village SOS and is focused on local enterprise.

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How can a bride who wants to book Rise Hall get in touch?

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You can get in touch with us via www.risehall.com or on twitter @risehall (or click the Featured Supplier tile on the right of this page) – it’s hard to predict availability at the moment as we’ve only just launched, but there have been thousands of enquiries already.

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All photographs courtesy of Sarah Beeny.

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comments

  • leah
    November 30, 2010 | Permalink | Reply

    What a beautiful venue for a wedding! Good work Beeny

  • Kate
    November 30, 2010 | Permalink | Reply

    What a fabulous venue – would be brilliant for an exclusive use wedding, great size, wonderful rooms and bedrooms, civil licence, fantastic grounds … very classy indeed!

  • Jane
    November 30, 2010 | Permalink | Reply

    Wow- this looks absolutley beautiful, what a fabulous wedding venue!

  • October 20, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    I watched the first series and was glued to it – I think they were amazing for achieving what they did with a family and other businesses . I just hope I get to do a wedding make-up there one day!!!! Paula Pace

  • October 20, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    The Wedding Affair was represented by me at the first wedding that took place at Rise Hall, the one you’ve photographed and that wedding car was one from our supplier, Superior Motor Cars… Sarah and Graham were absolutely lovely. Chris and I ate fish finger sandwiches with Sarah in her lovely kitchen and she showed us around!

    What a a wonderful job they have done, if only we could have a wedding fair there! Do please get in touch Sarah, we have suggested it before but were turned down by Dine… Good luck with the on-going restorations and well done Julia, great Blog!

    • October 21, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for your comment Lisa. Brides Up North are currently working with Dine Venues to provide some stunning Wedding Exclusives next Spring, across three magnificent venues: Allerton Castle, The Mansion and Nostell Priory. Once Rise Hall is ready we will be talking about how we can work with Sarah and the team there too. If you are an exhibitor interested in the Wedding Exclusives, please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for more details.

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