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Launch of the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

Posted in on site by Editor on November 16, 2018

From the Wentworth Woodhouse press release, via Rotherham Business News:

The Yorkshire launch of the The Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust’s (WWPT) masterplan took place on Friday, 9 November 2018, with a host of civic dignitaries, local MPs, and representatives of heritage and arts experts from Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Worksop in attendence. A New Life, the 500-page masterplan, aims to create a world-class visitor attraction with local heritage and culture exhibitions and a focus firmly on the restoration task. Visitors will be able to view heritage and culture exhibitions, explore more of the house and take ‘hard hat and Hi Viz’ tours onto the rooftop to witness restoration work as it happens. . .

For the main house, the future uses will include the main visitor attraction, commercial units, catering and luxury holiday accommodation. A café in the North Wing could be joined by a fine dining restaurant for approx 118 covers towards the East Front with private dining space within Octagonal game larder. State Bedrooms could be home to two suites for exclusive overnight accommodation to support events. A 5–6 bedroom guesthouse for holiday let and self-contained apartments for holiday let, could be created in the North and South Pavilions.

Fourteen commercial units suitable for small businesses are earmarked for the South Wing, and events space and administrative space for the Trust are also in the plans for the house. The plans for the former stable block and riding school, once palatial surroundings, include a range of visitor facilities, events space suitable for weddings, further events space in the courtyard, retail units for artisan crafts and fifteen self-contained apartments. . .

Concluding the masterplan, Sarah McLeod, CEO of WWPT, said: “Through investment, innovative thinking and an audience-focused approach, Wentworth Woodhouse will be a testament to the grit and fortitude of a region that has changed radically over the last century. It will be a beacon for learning. For new approaches to integrating heritage and business. It will be an iconic reminder of the passion, pride and power of the people who pulled together to make this happen.”

The BBC’s coverage of the masterplan is available here»

East front of Wentworth Woodhouse, in South Yorkshire, May 2015 (Photo by Andrew Rabbott, Wikimedia Commons). With construction of the east front starting around 1735, it is the longest façade (606 feet) of any country house in England.