7:30pm – Sunday, January 13 on ABC1
Sandford House is one of only two houses north of the UK-Scottish border designed by arts and crafts architect Baillie Scott. It’s a rare survivor and the mystery is how did such a building representing an important moment in British architecture end up in the lowlands of Scotland.
Built as a family home in 1902, it spent half of its life as a three-star hotel. Abandoned, it fell into serious disrepair. Classed as a category B property, the second highest listing for buildings in Scotland, it was in desperate need of help.
Local couple Ralph and Evelyn had known the building for years. It used to be their local pub. As they watched it go downhill, their determination grew to save it. As the restoration starts to ‘eat’ money, an intriguing tale of who built Sandford starts to emerge linking it to Queen Victoria and an international business that operated across the world.