The OWNER of an historic wedding venue on the outskirts of Whitchurch has added another achievement to her impressive CV – published author.

Sarah Callander Beckett owns Combermere Abbey estate outside Whitchurch and has penned a chapter in every history lover’s latest coffee table must-have – The Country House: Past, Present, Future.

The collaboration between David Cannadine and Jeremy Musson explores the unique stories and histories, grand architecture, sumptuous interiors and stunning landscapes of treasured buildings across the country to bring a fresh look on these historic houses with inspiring photographs and essays about Britain’s heritage.

Sarah's chapter, called 'An Inheritance Restored – a private owner’s experience’, focuses on the challenged of the restoration of country houses today, after inheriting Combermere Abbey in 1992 and finding it in much need of repair.

During the 1990s work began to convert the formerly derelict stable block into luxury self-catering holiday cottages and restoring the grand Library’s roof.

Throughout the years the Edwardian Glasshouse and Walled Gardens were returned to their original glory and given a new lease of life as a wedding venue.

In 2014 the famed Gothic North Wing restorations began, transformed into a luxury Bed and Breakfast by 2016, bringing more tourism to the area, holding weddings and private charity functions.

The Country House: Past, Present and Future can be purchased from Amazon.