Over the course of the past decade the present owners, John and Crescent Giffard, have implemented a long-term strategy of essential repairs and their most recent project has been the restoration of Sir John Soane’s Saloon, which includes a large central oval dome and elegant lantern (1786-1789).
The lantern was in particularly urgent need of repair, letting in water and posing a danger from falling glass. Its renovation saw the repair of all the damaged timber, lead and glass as well as the commission of a bespoke chandelier. The Saloon and adjoining Front Hall have been extensively redecorated in colours more suited to Soane’s design intentions and the chimneypiece has been restored and the cross ventilation in the dome reinstated.
Chillington Hall is open to the public every Sunday in July and every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday in August (from 2-5pm with last entry at 4pm). For more details visit www.chillingtonhall.co.uk or telephone 01902 850236
Commendations: The judges also commended restoration projects at
Boynton Hall, Yorkshire, Westonbirt, Gloucestershire and Wilton Castle, Herefordshire
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