Stately home res­cue has cre­ated 200 jobs

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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

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