Jennifer Gorman, Spa Development Consultant to Channel 4 TV
Headhunted to offer her well-reputed Spa Development Expertise to Channel 4′s Country House Rescue, Viscount Brookeborough says:
“We were lucky that when Country House Rescue came up with the idea of a luxury Spa at our home Colebrooke Park, that they introduced us to leading Spa Development Consultant Jennifer Gorman of JG Associates Consultancy.”
“Being novices in this areea , we were naturally sceptical to begin with and it was Jennifer that showed us that a Spa was indeed feasible, giving us total confidence to go ahead. She also ensured our understanding that whatever we started had to be done correctly, a purposeful and definitely not lesser quality option. Basically we had to do the job properly”.
“Much of the programme focuses on the Spa and it is only thanks to Jennifer that we are where we are today. A result of her enormous expertise and Country House Rescue’s introduction to the most superb and able professional”.
30 years ago, Viscount and Viscountess Brookeborough took over the loving restoration of their ancestral home, Colebrooke Park. Built in 1820 and previously lived in for many of those years by their predecessors, it had stood empty for the previous 7 years. At the time they made the brave decision to take on Colebrooke Park, it was an empty shell with much of its structure and interiors, derelict.
By the time Channel 4 approached them with the Country House Rescue proposition, the heating bills alone were reaching £20,000 a year and they were pushed to find other means to make ends meet.
My journey with Country House Rescue started in December 2011. A challenging project for which they needed the highest level of specialist development and troubleshooting expertise – and patience!
By the time I came along, personalities and ideals were clashing. Presenter Simon Davis had his own thoughts of evicting Viscount and Viscountess Brookeborough from their ancestral home to enable it to develop into a residential Hotel and Spa offering – completely opposite thoughts to those of the Brookeborough’s!
During 3 hours of filming, my job was to calm the two strong and stubborn personalities and find a solution that could satisfy both ideals. Initially unidentified, I saw the on-site Stable House as the perfect introductory Spa offering, allowing the owners to stay in their home whilst providing a much required, stand-alone revenue opportunity. This then became the focus of our opportunity and work.
After many hours of on and off camera advice, the business model was outlined and the hard work began to start a 6-week refurbishment programme to enable a purposeful Spa treatment offering and home-from-home environment for the discerning Spa guest.
The programme outlines the challenging journey taken by all parties and the successful introduction of the first-stage Spa offering.
Away from the pressure of stringent filming deadlines and after their highly successful opening weekend (as seen on the programme), work has continued on the Spa, the business is gaining more and more clientele and the response from Spa guests has been phenomenal. Jennifer says: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Viscount and Viscountess Brookeborough to realise their potential for a Spa on-site. It is also positive to have worked with Channel 4 and Country House Rescue and to bring Spa Development to prime time TV. I look forward to seeing the Spa business continue to evolve to provide a successful and reputable addition to the Estate as a whole.