Stately homes and country houses, it has been claimed, are Britain’s greatest contribution to Western civilisation. While this might be an inflated claim, British stately homes and country houses point to a period of great prosperity in British history. The architecture, art, furnishings and landscaped gardens are the embodiment of this prosperity.
However, since the late nineteenth century these homes and houses have faced an uncertain future, with many falling into disrepair. Between 1875 and 1975, life within the country changed dramatically and marked the end to nearly 1,800 stately homes and houses in England alone. While there has been much emphasis on saving these stately homes and country houses within the national consciousness, little has been done to address the history of their decline in the same manner.
Recently interest and tourism in stately homes and country houses has grown enormously, and the stately home and country house has become an established part of the British heritage industry. Tours and visits to stately homes and country houses have become a huge industry, produced and promoted by heritage organisations such as the National Trust and English Heritage. This has created a market for the restoration, conservation, modernisation and upkeep of these homes and houses.
CRL are well placed to assist our clients in the restoration, conservation, and modernisation of these homes and houses having carried out numerous such projects in the past.