After abandonment, institutional use, and a serious fire, there is finally some good news for Pell Well Hall. It’s reported that an offer has been accepted and finally the house can move to what will hopefully be the final stages of restoration. Originally with an asking price of £750,000 the offer accepted was £550,000 – but with estimated costs of between £2m – £5m to complete the restoration.
With such a huge project and the need for significant financing, the hope is that the new purchaser will complete the work sooner rather than later. However, after neglect and fire the original interior has been entirely lost meaning that in many senses this is a recreation rather than a strict restoration. Perhaps leaving some evidence of this sad state would be an honest approach – and heaven forbid that the interior ends up as just some identikit footballers Surrey mansion. This a special house and deserves a careful hand on the design and budget.
Full story: ‘New owner for historic hall as offer accepted‘ [Shropshire Star]
‘Beauty – but at what price?‘ [Daily Telegraph]