Family's renovated former coaching inn wins TV prize
AN EXTENSIVE overhaul of an old coaching inn has won a Bodmin family the top prize in a TV show.
Tony and Sue Gosling entered their Higher Bore Street home in ITV's daytime show May The Best House Win, and won £1,000 after beating three other householders in a Cornwall episode of the programme screened on Monday.
With a similar format to Come Dine With Me, they were pitted against people from Polperro, Callington and Launceston, who tour each other's homes and give them scores.
The Goslings won after the other competitors were impressed with the family's revamp of their home. Some of the features include a water bed in the main bedroom, a hot tub and sauna installed in their garden patio, and, in keeping with the building's origins, a cellar bar – complete with a pool table.
The property was built in 1640 as the Exeter Inn, and was a coaching stop on the road to the Devon city.
Mr Gosling, 47, a father of five, said that he and Sue moved into the house 15 years ago and had spent around £80,000 doing it up.