Charlotte Church shares how her past “trauma” is driving her major home transformation into a healing and wellness retreat

Welsh singer-songwriter Charlotte Church has shared what drives her to continue the stressful journey of renovating Laura Ashley’s former country home into a nature-based retreat for health and well-being.

In her new program Charlotte Church’s Dream Build on the Really Channel, viewers share Charlotte’s traumas and triumphs in transforming Rhydoldog House into Powys over eight episodes.

The 35-year-old singer is struggling to achieve her dream of renovating the country house by June 2022 and opening it as a wellness and health retreat and an occasional wedding venue. Find out more about previous episodes of Charlotte Church’s Dream Build here.

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There was a costly find in the garden left by the former owner – not the Ashley family, as Charlotte points out – which cost her £10,000 to repair.

There are complications when she tries to rush designs with her architects to get plans to the local council for consideration and get that elusive building permit in time for the builders to finish the renovation project in time.

The construction team has to dig up part of the garden to find the mysterious septic tank, with rods in drains and even cameras that fail to find the final destination of the waste from the main house.



Revival of the Rhydoldog House



Screenshots of Charlotte Church's Dream Build from Episode Three, Tuesday January 25, Discovery's Really Channel (launched Tuesday January 11, 2022, for eight weeks) - she is renovating the Rhydoldig House formerly owned by Laura Ashley - narrated in this episode her why she does it
Digging to find the cesspool – still undiscovered



Screenshots of Charlotte Church's Dream Build from Episode Three, Tuesday January 25, Discovery's Really Channel (launched Tuesday January 11, 2022, for eight weeks) - she is renovating the Rhydoldig House formerly owned by Laura Ashley - narrated in this episode her why she does it
Architect Andrew was blessed with the task of realizing Charlotte’s dream of a tree at the center of the new staircase; bless him

Only part of the original staircase survives, and since the building is not listed, Charlotte decided to remove the rest, against everyone else’s advice.

She wants a new staircase with a tree growing in the middle, a mess between a staircase and a forest; Good luck with that, Andrew the Architect.

She is also worried about her father’s health and finances are beginning to dwindle, making a second mortgage seem inevitable.



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So why, when life is busy enough with her family, her career, the Arwen Project school she runs with husband Johnny and her home near Cardiff, she plows through this experience that she, like her admits, can keep you up at night worrying?

Charlotte explains that her life experiences have led to this and that nature has been so important to her well-being.

She says, “Nature soothes us, it’s peaceful and it helps us deal with everything that’s going on in our lives.” And Charlotte believes that Rhydoldog and the land that surrounds it will help people to come to reflect and rebuild with nature.



Screenshots of Charlotte Church's Dream Build from Episode Three, Tuesday January 25, Discovery's Really Channel (launched Tuesday January 11, 2022, for eight weeks) - she is renovating the Rhydoldig House formerly owned by Laura Ashley - narrated in this episode her why she does it
Charlotte believes that nature is calming



Screenshots of Charlotte Church's Dream Build from Episode Three, Tuesday January 25, Discovery's Really Channel (launched Tuesday January 11, 2022, for eight weeks) - she is renovating the Rhydoldig House formerly owned by Laura Ashley - narrated in this episode her why she does it
The forest sleeping platform that Charlotte built with stepfather James

“I don’t think my interest in healing is necessarily related to the fact that I was a famous kid or anything, because I mean I had a ball most of the time – I’ve traveled the world and sung along Orchestra.

“And it was so hard and the press stuff was really hard when I was a teenager and early 20s and a new mom and it was all a lot.

“But I think it has more to do with trauma – everyone has it – it costs ten like a dime and for some people that trauma is really big – horrible abuse, horrible neglect – for other people it’s a lot smaller.



Screenshots of Charlotte Church's Dream Build from Episode Three, Tuesday January 25, Discovery's Really Channel (launched Tuesday January 11, 2022, for eight weeks) - she is renovating the Rhydoldig House formerly owned by Laura Ashley - narrated in this episode her why she does it
Finishing touches for the forest cabin



Screenshots of Charlotte Church's Dream Build from Episode Three, Tuesday January 25, Discovery's Really Channel (launched Tuesday January 11, 2022, for eight weeks) - she is renovating the Rhydoldig House formerly owned by Laura Ashley - narrated in this episode her why she does it
Charlotte spends the night in the woods to ‘bathe’ in nature – well, it’s raining heavily

“I think I’m on my own journey of unblocking myself, you know, trauma, childhood, processing everything — the same as everyone really does, but I just feel really lucky to have started this process because so many People who have done it haven’t even started the process.

“My neighbor said something – the only way out is through and the only way back, which means you have to go back to your past.”



Screenshots of Charlotte Church's Dream Build from Episode Three, Tuesday January 25, Discovery's Really Channel (launched Tuesday January 11, 2022, for eight weeks) - she is renovating the Rhydoldig House formerly owned by Laura Ashley - narrated in this episode her why she does it
Charlotte believes that the only way to deal with trauma is to live through it by visiting the past and she has started her process

The third episode of Charlotte Church’s Dream Build airs Tuesday, January 25 at 9 p.m. on Discovery’s Really channel. All episodes can be streamed on Discovery+.

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