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DIY SOS host Nick Knowles is said to have considered buying the rundown castle for a small fee in the hope of renovating the property. Gwrych Castle is now set for the 2020 series of ITV show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.
The 58-year-old television presenter, who took part in the 2018 series of Ant and Dec’s show, is said to have hoped that fixing up the grade 1 listed building near Abergele, Conwy, would bring jobs to the local economy.
Unfortunately, the sale did not go through as the castle needed more work than expected, The Sun reports.
They estimated that despite the small initial fee, a cash injection of £1.5 million would be needed to restore the building.
A TV insider told the publication: “Nick wanted to use the ethos of the BBC1 show to help bring jobs to the area and put some money into the local economy.
“But the scale of the repairs needed, and the complications of Gwrych Castle being a Grade 1 listed building, simply made it impossible.”
The county house closed its doors to the public over three decades ago but in 2018 the estate was sold to Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust.
It now relies on volunteers to contribute their time and skills to repair and run the place.
In August, they announced the estate would be temporarily closing to the public until the new year.
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Rumours that the castle would be used as the new location for I’m A Celebrity… Get me Out Of Here! began to surface shortly after.
The ITV show was forced to relocate the long-running series, which is normally filmed in the Australian jungle, following the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent social-distancing and travel restrictions.
Nick took part in the reality programme when it was in its usual home of Springbrook National Park, New South Wales.
Express.co.uk has contacted a spokesperson for Nick Knowles for comment.
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