Spotlight on... Annie and Sherri-Leigh

Could they transform a terrace in the Welsh Valleys with just £8,000?

School friends Annie and Sherri-Leigh got a shock when they were randomly teamed up to renovate a stone-built terrace in the South Wales Valleys for the new Channel 4 series, The Great House Giveaway. Missed the show? Watch it now on ALL4.

Meet the contestants

Annie, 28, works in the water industry. She describes her young daughter as the most important thing in the world, and was motivated to apply for the show by the potential to make the cash that would help her buy a home with her partner.

Sherri-Leigh, 26, is from Aberdare and works as a mortgage adviser, so knows a little about the local property market. She’s moved back home with her family after flying the nest once before and loves living in a buzzing home, but says she’s in a position to buy her own place – except for the deposit…

Find out what the girls had to say about being reunited for the show.

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What did they do?


The house needed a comprehensive renovation, with new windows, a new kitchen and bathroom on the to-do list – alongside dealing with a major rising damp problem, and eradicating unfashionable textured plasterwork.


The renovated property is the perfect blank canvas for the buyers to put their own stamp on. New windows and clean, white walls give a real sense of space, with the addition of French windows and a modern glass balustrade adding to that.

Result: £10,626 profit

Watch highlights from Annie and Sherri-Leigh's episode

Our expert's view

Scott Hendry, Director of Auction Relationships:

“That the girls knew each other before the show demonstrates how valuable it can be having a great working relationship.

“Despite having no building experience, they really got stuck in and did a lot of the work themselves – this is a great way to keep your expenses down.

“Property prices in the Valleys have a ceiling, which makes turning a profit challenging. Their ‘saving, not scrimping’ approach to cost-conscious refurbishment is one that any team hoping to emulate their success would do well to learn. It’s almost unbelievable that the kitchen was free!”

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