Vital maintenance work to rejuvenate historic Lydiard House has begun in earnest.
Swindon Borough Council is in the process of putting £850,000 into the Grade 1 listed building to carry out essential repairs.
So far, improvements have been made to the external stonework by specialist stonemasons, the conference centre and hotel has been spruced up – including the fitting of a brand new kitchen – and the whole house has been insulated.
Coun Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for Lydiard House and Park, said: “I am pleased to say that the repair work is underway and progressing well.
“This is a major part of the council’s commitment to ensuring this favourite heritage spot is preserved for future generations.
“There are exciting times ahead for Lydiard and I would urge people not to worry if they see scaffolding or workmen on site over the coming months.”
Earlier this year, it was announced that Lydiard Park would remain in council control.
The council has taken on the onsite accommodation, catering and entertainment venue from the previous operator. In the coming month, repairs are expected to be made to the windows, the electrics, the plumbing and the building’s exterior.
The house and annexe offers a tranquil environment for corporate events, training courses and meetings.