Charlotte Church is to renovate legendary designer Laura Ashley’s former home for a new series on Discovery’s Really channel.

Produced by Koska, the 8 x 60” series will follow Charlotte and her family as she embarks on the project in Charlotte Church: Building the Dream (w/t).

After falling in love with Welsh designer Laura Ashley’s former home – a sprawling £1.5 million, 49 acre mansion set in the stunning Elan Valley – Charlotte decided to buy and renovate the property into a dazzling holiday retreat, wellness centre and wedding venue.

“I feel so grateful to have been able to buy this house. I’m absolutely obsessed with the woodlands and the outside space,” Charlotte Church said. “It’s such a special place. I’m really curious about the process of developing the wellness retreat and all the upskilling I’ll be learning about building – I hope!”

On the commission, Clare Laycock, SVP, Head of Lifestyle and Entertainment Brands at Discovery UK and Ireland, said: “I am delighted to be working with Koska on this exciting, brave new project. Charlotte Church is one of the UK’s most talented, down to Earth, and recognisable television personalities, and I can’t wait to see the progress she makes in taking on this mammoth challenge. Charlotte’s warm and friendly personality will really strike a chord with Really’s passionate audience, who will no doubt be cheering her on every step of the way!”

Nick Emmerson, Koska CEO, said: “Charlotte and Jonny’s passion for this magical location is truly inspiring. They’re going all in on the adventure of a lifetime, and I can’t wait to follow every twist and turn.”

The series was ordered by Clare Laycock and Charlotte Reid is the Commissioner. Deirdre Dowling is Commissioning Executive for Really and Nick Emmerson is the Executive Producer for Koska.

Charlotte Church: Building the Dream (w/t) will premiere exclusively on Really and discovery+ later this year.

Jon Creamer