The 10th Earl was daunted by the deteriorating condition of the house
He came back to England and enrolled to study for a MBA at the London Business School, ready to take on the management of the estate. He married in 2010 and, the following year, he and his new wife, Dinah, moved into the old south-west family apartment, installing a modern kitchen. From this foothold, they embarked on a four-year restoration of the whole building that has already been acclaimed and deservedly won the whole gamut of conservation prizes in 2015: the R.I.C.S. National Building Construction Award, the Hha/sothebys Award, the Georgian Group Award and the Historic England Angels Award. All these cited not just the heroic character of the programme and excellent craftsmanship expended, but also the sensitivity to the character of the place with which the work has been carried out.
Philip Hughes, a specialist conservation surveyor who had been a SPAB Scholar, has overseen the work and the principal contractor was Ellis & Co, a leading traditional West Country building firm. The development of the proposals was a joint effort between