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Bid to revive Plas Teg's fortunes
Plas Teg
Ruth Watson says it's time to put Plas Teg back in the spotlight

Cornelia Bayley, owner of historic Plas Teg, has turned to a TV expert to help try and safeguard the future of the 17th Century mansion.

Channel 4's Country House Rescue and no-nonsense presenter Ruth Watson visit the Grade I listed building to identify ways Cornelia can raise cash to pay for the building's £30,000 a year running costs.

Back in 1986 Cornelia fell in love with the building, buying it for £75,000, but as the 20th Century saw Plas Teg derelict, renovation hasn't been cheap.

Inside Plas Teg

Viewers will hear how, giving up her life in antiques and interior design in Notting Hill, Cornelia headed north to devote herself to restoring the property on the Mold-Wrexham border.

But that devotion has come at a cost. Cut off from her old life, she can go a week without the company of others, she tells the cameras.

With support from a friend from 20 years ago to help pay the bills, Cornelia struggles to keep the house afloat both physically and financially. And that's where Channel 4's Country House Rescue comes in.

To keep the house running Cornelia needs to find a way to bring in cash. Currently, it's open to the public for just three hours a week on Sundays, as well as a night time venue for ghost vigils.

In a bid to help Cornelia, presenter Ruth recommends she turn the grounds into a location manager's dream by offering it as a venue for film and photo shoots.

Plus, with a little help from some Plas Teg friends they also host the house's first ever reception - inviting 50 influential locals, politicians and civic leaders in a bid to attract new volunteers and raise the profile.

Country House Rescue, Channel 4, Thursday 8pm

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