The story was picked up by the Channel 4 Grand Designs programme and the whole world (or so it seemed), watched with fascination at the unfolding story.
Predictably, timescales slipped, one of the harshest winters for years hit and the family were fast running out of money, leaving the viewers wondering how this would all end.
In 2011, an anonymous donor stepped in and loaned the money to fund the part completion of the house, and it seemed that this part of the story might have a happy ending. That donor was me.
After trying to make a go of things for a few years, the family sold the house to me in 2016 and I began the process of bringing it back to life.
Now begins the story of the second family.
The end result has been to retain the unique appearance of Dome House but to also improve the guest experience under the care of Phil and Joyce.
I wish them all the luck and success in the world in their new venture.
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