Aston Hall a big hit

By on 24/07/2009 in News

Aston Hall is proving to be a massive hit both locally and nationally.

The Jacobean mansion reopened last week following a £12.5million restoration and over 3,500 people visited in the first weekend.

Now Country Life has named Aston Hall as one of the ten outstanding places in the UK to visit this year. The Hall features alongside the likes of Hampton Court and Alnwick Castle.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sports and Culture, said: “This is fantastic news and extremely well deserved. Aston Hall is one of the country's finest remaining Jacobean mansions, and, most significantly, one of the least altered. We're extremely proud of the work that's been done to preserve the house, and to improve its facilities for generations to come.

“The extensive work done has turned up some fascinating insights into the history of this magnificent house, which we are proud to be able to share with the public.”

Aston Hall was closed for two years while Lottery-funded restoration and redevelopment work was carried out to improve visitor facilities.

Original features have been uncovered and restored, with many rooms reinstated to 17th and 18th century colour schemes and condition. The Orange Room, where Charles I slept, will be opened to the public for the first time.

And nearby stables have been redeveloped as a tea room, toilets and gallery for visitors.

For more information, see http://www.bmag.org.uk/aston-hall

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