Historic home’s owner takes on I’m a Celebrity...

Lady Colin Campbell is one of the contestants in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (Picture courtesy ITV Picture Desk)
Lady Colin Campbell is one of the contestants in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (Picture courtesy ITV Picture Desk)

After taking on her first Bushtucker Trial, I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! contestant Lady Colin Campbell is facing another challenge.

The writer, who owns historic Castle Goring, near Worthing, was chosen by viewers to face the ‘Panic Pit’, where she will be buried and covered in creepy-crawlies – as well as snakes.

Grade 1-listed Castle Goring

Grade 1-listed Castle Goring

The news came on last night’s I’m a Celebrity... after viewers had watched Lady Colin – or ‘Lady C’ as she has become known – tuck into various less-than-appetising culinary creations alongside soap star Jorgie Porter. They won all of the available ten stars, meaning they and their camp-mates were fully fed.

But viewers will have to wait until tomorrow night to see how Lady Colin gets on, with no I’m a Celeb... on ITV because of the England versus France international friendly football match.

Lady Colin, whose work includes biographies of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Queen Mother, is believed to have bought the Grade 1-listed country house, one of Worthing’s architechtural gems, for £700,000 in 2013.

The property had been marketed for offers in excess of £500,000 and, at the time, the Worthing Herald reported how the successful purchaser would need considerable finances to restore Castle Goring to its former glory after the ravages of more than 200 years – the sum was estimated to be in the region of £2million, with tens of thousands needing to be spent on the castle’s roof alone.

After facing criticism she had entered the ‘jungle’ for payment, Lady Colin made no bones about the money involved, telling The Mirror: “People are tiresome with their stupidities. I’m certainly doing it for the roof. very time I’ve ever done anything there is always some idiot in the background saying she’s only doing it for the money. I’ve got news for these idiots and jerks – people work for money. And that’s all there is to it. I’m working, I do it for the money. Get over it!”

As Castle Goring lies within the South Downs National Park, any renovation work has to be completed in line with a conservation plan developed by the national park authority in conjunction with English Heritage.

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