The 10th Earl was daunted by the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tion of the house

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

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

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