Property guru, TV star, wife, mum ... all rise for Ms Beeny
When women hit a milestone birthday, it is usually a touchy subject. Anyone who makes jokes about getting old are banished to another room and it is a good excuse to drown your sorrows with a large glass of wine.
For workaholic Sarah Beeny, turning 40 in January was a chance to reflect and make some changes in her life.
"I spend my life in meetings," says the property guru and entrepreneur, who owns Rise Hall in East Yorkshire.
"All my businesses are based in London, so I spend most of my time there. I live in the south of the city – the wrong side for when I want to come up to Rise."
Hull Aero Club is the place for you! For information, for bookings or to buy a flight as a special gift, phone us or see our website at www.hullaeroclub.co.uk
Terms: Trial flying lessons, 2-seat aircraft, half-hour £75, hour £130; 4-seat aircraft, half-hour £90, hour £160.
Contact: 01964 770415
Valid until: Saturday, June 01 2013
The 33-bedroom property is taking a back seat. After turning 40, she realised she needed to reduce the number of business ventures she had in order to concentrate on her most important role – being a mum.
And with four young boys, that is no easy task.
It is clear that finding a balance between her work and the needs of her sons Billy, 7, Charlie, 6, Rafferty, 3 and Laurie, 2, is a constant battle.
"It's the biggest struggle I have," said Sarah, who is also a columnist and author.
"I'm constantly juggling and I feel as though I'm slightly drowning all the time – only just keeping my head above water.
"Part of me wants to be a full-time mum but in the grand scheme of things, I'm very lucky to be able to work and spend a lot of time with my kids.
"They are my first priority – I'm no different to any other mum."
Easter will be the next time Sarah and her husband, artist Graham Swift, bring their family up to the East Riding.
As viewers of Beeny's Restoration Nightmare will have witnessed, what started out as an ambitious plan for a family home turned into a bad dream.
The couple bought the property for £441,101 in 2000 and part of the TV series showed a section of it being turned into a wedding venue.
They were granted a wedding licence by East Riding Council in 2010, although couples were not allowed to get married over concerns for the health and safety of their registrars – which caused the couple a great headache.
"We were really young when we bought Rise Hall in 2000," said Sarah, who tells me the property was legally listed as a wedding venue earlier this year following a stressful 12 months.
"The idea was to bring the children up there. We imagined this beautiful family home where we would be based. Graham is an artist, so he can work anywhere, and I would commute to London.
"I was brought up in the middle of nowhere and spent my childhood wandering round in a pair of wellies and pants, digging in the mud.
"The country life is what I pictured for my family, too."
The couple took on Rise Hall to save it – which is what they eventually did – but the slog made them realise that it needed to pay for itself.
"After we started a family, Graham and I realised we needed to address Rise Hall and make a decision whether we were going to be based there or in London," said Sarah, who handed over responsibility to wedding and events specialist Dine, which manages all weddings at Rise Hall.
"In the long-term, it needed to stand without us, without two potty people behind it.
"It has been an amazing journey and a privilege to see it come back to life."
Growing up, Sarah always wanted to be involved with property. Her dad was an architect and the family lived a self-sustained outdoor life.
She has worked on a lot of projects herself and also seen a lot of other developments.
"I've ended up with this broad knowledge and understanding," said Sarah.
"One minute I can be talking to the housing minister, the next to one of my tenants who wants a new mattress. I love it because it is so varied."
Sarah, who rose to fame on TV show Property Ladder, has seen success in what is usually viewed as a male-dominated industry.
"Women will be outraged when I say this but we hold different roles in life," said Sarah, who has recently guest-curated a new exhibition, A Place To Call Home, for the Royal Institute Of British Architects in central London.
"Women physically carry children and a lot of mums-to-be tend to opt out when starting a family. I don't blame them – I want to be there to see my children walk and pick them up when they fall.
"That's why I'm in a fortunate position."
Being self-employed means Sarah can divide her time between family life and work.
And anyone who has seen her on TV will know that she waddles around properties with a huge bump, determined to work as much as she can while pregnant.
"I have been known to make work phone calls from my hospital bed while I'm in labour," says Sarah.
"I think it's a good time to work when you're pregnant. I find it weird when women take lots of time off before they give birth – I like to do it after and spend more time with my baby.
"The only downside with my job is that I don't get maternity leave but the beauty of being my own boss means I can be there for school plays and help them practise piano when they get in from school."
It is a busy time for Sarah. She has just started filming a new Channel 4 property series, and continues to grow her two online businesses.
Tepilo.com, a property website, has just launched a new directory of all property- related services.
And Mysinglefriend, her dating website with a twist which has more than a million users in Britain, has just expanded into Ireland.
As Sarah switches her focus more to family life, I wondered if we would see her sporting a baby bump on her next Channel 4 series.
"No," she laughs. "Graham said I can have more children with my next husband!"