“The key is to buy something ugly and reface it, both inside and out,” she explains.
Buying a house in Ireland is something that remains on Beeny’s to-do list.
“The old way of selling houses was for the agent to decide and the client to obey,” she explains.
“In the UK 95 per cent of all property searches are now made online, so that’s where you need to be. If you no longer deliver you will go out of business.” Tepilo was named after a fantasy castle in a story her architect father used to tell her when she was a kid.
Buy something ugly Rise Hall, the Grade II listed property that Beeny bought in 2001 and has been her family home for years, was the subject of another TV show.
Thanks to the publicity she had no problem gathering a list of suppliers to help with the renovation.