Return to Pembrokeshire Farm
Having restored the main farmhouse in A Pembrokeshire Farm, Griff and the team embark upon the second phase of the project in Return to Pembrokeshire Farm. Standing today as weathered ruins, the water mill and the Miller’s cottage were built around 1820, at the same time as the farmhouse. Both structures will now be converted into useable, liveable spaces and the person Griff has appointed to design the renovations is none other than his son, George, who is training to be an architect.
The miller’s cottage was used in later years as a cattle shed and is now little more than a derelict ruin; but converting the water mill into a cottage will be much more complicated and will require planning permission.
Work on the derelict miller’s cottage is progressing well, but across the lane there is trouble at the mill, as Griff’s plans meet local objections. Meanwhile, Griff takes on another very unusual restoration project.
Restoration work on the miller’s cottage moves to the inside of the building. Across the lane, building work at the mill has ground to a halt as the planning authorities investigate local objections to Griff’s plans. As something of a welcome distraction, Griff makes plans for a music festival in Pembrokeshire.
Griff’s restoration on the cottage is almost complete, except now there is a problem with the roof on both the mill and the cottage. Meanwhile, George is off to visit one of the last working water mills in Wales to get ideas for the interior of the mill.
It is the day of the festival. The showman’s wagon is revealed in all its glory and festival-goers have a chance to see work in progress. With the cottage and the mill completed, Griff and George reflect on George’s first job as an architectural designer.
Produced and Directed: Clive Flowers
Executive Producers- Simon Mansfield, Judith Winnan and Nick Shearman
First transmitted 22nd September – 27th October 2009 on BBC TWO Wales and 19th November – 17th December 2009 on BBC FOUR