BBC Homes Under The Hammer's Martin Roberts' heartbreak over new project

Martin Roberts
Martin Roberts -Credit:BBC

Homes Under the Hammer presenter Martin Roberts has opened up on the "tiring and heartbreaking" aspect of his latest project in Wales. The television star has become the proud owner of the Hendrewen Inn and Hotel in the village of Blaencwm, at the top of the Rhondda Fawr valley.

Martin sees the building and the site as being a vital piece of the future regeneration of the area as a tourist destination. Filming for Homes Under The Hammer in Wales led Martin to fall in love with our country and that in turn led him to be invited to be the patron of Rhondda Tunnel Society.

He is now working with the group to progress the reopening of the tunnel, with the Hendrewen holding a core role as a hotel, restaurant and live event space, with bedrooms and a tourist information hub. Having originally hoped to open the doors by Christmas 2023, Martin is now working towards a new opening date of summer 2024.

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And while the 60-year-old is busy renovating the pub, which he told WalesOnline was the "most challenging project" he'd ever undertaken, one part of the work is taking its toll. Speaking to, Martin opened up about the emotional challenges of being away from his family.

The presenter, who is married to Kirsty Roberts and is father to two children, usually resides with his family in a quaint village near Bath. Martin told the publication: "The family are really supportive, but the kids are at school so we have to keep the family boat sailing.

"As anyone with a [young] family will know it's taking them to dinner or to do after-school stuff and then getting them to school on time, then being with their friends that they've got at school.

"I think there's a period when that has to take priority and it doesn't."

He continued: "Luckily, my wife does it. She keeps on top of all of that so it does enable me to go off and carry on with my madcap project, which actually isn't madcap. I'm doing it for all the right reasons. And I'm enjoying it.

"As tiring and heartbreaking at times as it is, you know, it's something I'm really, really enjoying and proud of, which is why we are filming it." You can keep up to date with the latest TV and showbiz news by signing up to the newsletter here.