Spotlight on... Dafydd and Mair

Would their Neath chapel conversion project overwhelm them?

Total strangers Dafydd and Mair were teamed up to renovate a 19th-century chapel in Neath, South Wales, for the new Channel 4 series, The Great House Giveaway. Missed the show? Watch it now on ALL4.

Meet the contestants

Dafydd, 32, is a lifeguard from Pontypridd, but dreams of running his own business. He applied for the show to help raise the deposit to buy a home for his young family, but also to ‘put himself to the test’ and see if he has the skills to redevelop property for a living.

Mair, 40, is from Llanelli and has never owned her home. She was previously a long-term renter, and she and her son are living back with her mum while she saves the deposit to buy a house. She says she applied for the show never imagining she would be chosen to take part.


What did they do?


This characterful (and huge) chapel wasn’t their first choice, but was in good external condition and had bags of potential. It had previously been partially converted, so half of their work was undoing the ‘improvements’ that had already been made.


The team ran out of time to get the project completely finished, but luckily found a buyer with a vision for the chapel. The light, bright top half of the chapel is being used for storage until a future use for it is found.

Result: £6,900 profit

Our expert's view

Scott Hendry, Director of Auction Relationships:

“We’re regulars in the auction room, and we often see unusual properties like this chapel. They’re difficult projects, as Dafydd and Mair discovered, and can be particularly difficult to secure finance against.

“A project like theirs isn’t for the feint-hearted.

“Their six-month timescale was perhaps over-ambitious for a first-time project on a property of this size, but an experienced developer would have the contacts, budget – and importantly time – to profitably divide the property into a number of flats.”

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