Stately home rescue has created 200 jobs
meatanddairy created from a derelict farm building hosts wedding parties and events.
Charles ref lected on the project in an interview with Adam Henson for BBC One’s Countryf i le, which wi l l be screened tonight at 6.15pm.
He said: “I’d heard about the house and its uniqueness, because of the collection of the best of Chippendale furniture and two of the great Scottish 18th-century furniture makers.
“There are very few houses like that left which are as they were. When I discovered that it was actually about to be lost, and the whole lot sold off and go all around the world I thought, ‘We’ve got to do something about this.’
“I also knew that this area was in such a deprived part of the world and they’ve had a terrible time with the disappearance of the mining industry.
“I felt we could perhaps use the house, bring it back to life and use it as a centre to create more regeneration; raise aspirations, skills and all these things.”
Talking about the wal led garden, he added: “It was just an empty wilderness. It was a major engineering exercise but I was lucky to have kind donors and supporters who wanted to help.
“AndAnd of course, the local community got involved.”
PRESERVED The imposing facade of Dumfries House
VISIT Charles meets Adam Henson