Expert knowledge can save Ombersley
THE obvious solution for Ombersley Court in Worcestershire (Town & Country, February 1) is for the executors to vest the freehold of the property—including the house, the stables and the park—and its chattels in the Ombersley Conservation Trust. This was set up by the late Lord and Lady Sandys and already owns some houses in the village and the estate.
If the trust has concerns about presenting and preserving the building, then it could lease the property to a separate charitable trust for a minimum of 90 years. The trustees of this latter body could be appointed for their expertise in relevant fields.
Such an arrangement would honour the wishes of Lord Sandys and help secure the future of the house. John Martin Robinson, by email