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Channel 4’s hit show Country House Rescue is to revisit one of its biggest successes, Pentillie Castle in Cornwall, to find out how much of Ruth Watson’s (right) frank advice was taken on board — and what worked.

The special edition of Country House Rescue, will air tonight at 8pm.

Pentillie Castle became the star of the first series of Channel 4’s Country House Rescue as Watson handed out advice to new owners Ted and Sarah Coryton, before finally pronouncing it a ‘national treasure’.

The nation’s heart was captured by the story of the castle and the struggles of the family who had inherited it. The extraordinary house and gardens had been closed for 27 years.

Since the original programme was recorded, much has happened. The Corytons have served cream tea to 180 ‘war babies’ born in the Castle between 1941 and 1945, when it was requisitioned as a maternity hospital.

They have also developed a season of successful pop-up restaurant events, utilised the Castle as location for a Rosamunde Pilcher film and even played host to Christopher Biggins and Anne Widdecombe (though not together).

Lord Mandelson

Lord Mandelson could be on the move again — to a £8m house in one of London’s most exclusive areas.

The former Labour minister is said to have his sights set on an elegant four-storey Gothic Revival property which has a wine cellar and two-storey atrium.

It is believed he has viewed the Grade II listed building which was a former almshouse.

The property is described by estate agents as a ‘beautiful period house, which has been meticulously refurbished in classic and contemporary styles’ in an ‘enchanting location’.

Built in 1827, there are elegant reception rooms with views directly onto a park, conservatory and landscaped garden.

Michael Winner

Michael Winner will put his childhood home in London on the market for £60m.

The Holland Park mansion is going up for sale just weeks before Winner marries finance Geraldine Lynton-Edwards.

At one stage Winner wanted to retain the home as a museum, but personal debt and a £15m price tag on the freehold at the property seems to have spoiled his plans.

The palatial pad — which was built in Victorian times — has been visited by major movie stars such as Sophia Loren, Marlon Brando and Charles Bronson over the years.

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