Uphill Manor restoration to be completed by June

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 January 2018

New roofs completed.

New roofs completed.

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The restoration of a historic building in Uphill which was devastated by a fire is due to be completed in June.

Gary Wilson project manager for the Austin Newport Group, at the top of the Manor's tower.Gary Wilson project manager for the Austin Newport Group, at the top of the Manor's tower.

Uphill Manor was destroyed by a fire in July 2016 and owners Craig and Tina Kennedy thought it could take three years to restore it to its former glory.

The couple, who live in the manor where they run their bed and breakfast business, are now looking forward to a summer completion date.

Mr Kennedy said: “We had carried out significant refurbishment works in the 1990s when we purchased the property and converted it to a small hotel, but nothing on the scale we faced after the fire.

“Three of the five bedrooms were completely destroyed, plus four attic rooms which had formerly been used as staff quarters. 
Most of the various roofs were also completely destroyed.

Painted ceiling in the games room.Painted ceiling in the games room.

“On the ground floor, those areas not totally burned were severely damaged by smoke and water, including most of the historically important parts of the building – the dining room, library, smoke room, drawing room and octagonal hall and entrance halls.

“Most of the domestic accommodation escaped the blaze, but all of it was very badly affected by smoke, heat and water.”

The domestic quarters of the property in Uphill Road South were restored first and the family moved back into their home in spring last year.

Significant work has been carried out on the bell tower, two chimneys have been rebuilt and roofs repaired.

Main entrance and stairwell.Main entrance and stairwell.

Before Christmas, specialists began restoring paintwork, stencilling, woodwork and stone, including some historically important ceilings.

Mr Kennedy said: “The project has always been scheduled to be completed by the end of June 2018, and is currently on course.

“There are currently three generations of the family living on the Uphill Manor estate and we hope it will become four.

“We will certainly have a wonderful, lovingly-restored manor as the centrepiece – a real historic gem, but with the most up-to-date services.

“We still require interesting books to help fill the shelves of our refurbished library, so if anybody is clearing out we would be happy to give your old books a new home.”

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