Plans for the future
After spending years as a tenanted property, the National Trust is now undertaking a £2 million project at Horton Court, to repair and conserve this important building as well as restore parts of the historic garden.
Horton Court is Grade I listed, of great significance and the National Trust want to ensure that it continues to have a long future.
This is an important house – part of it is the oldest roofed structure in the National Trust and the oldest elements date back to 1180. It has had various phases of development reflecting the changing tastes and styles of different periods of history.
The house will continue to deteriorate without intervention so although the National Trust has a large number of projects and limited resources to do this type of work, Horton Court was made a priority.
For over 50 years the house had been leased to tenants who opened the 12th Century Norman hall and gardens to visitors. Since they left the National Trust has tested opening the property to visitors and also considered other options including allowing it to be run as a B&B or large holiday cottage. It is felt that having the building fully repaired and leased to tenants will provide the most secure future.
Because the house is important and a complex project, the National Trust has approved a bid for project funding to fully repair and conserve it. Work is ongoing and expected to finish in spring 2018.
The intention is that new tenants may be able to move in by spring or summer 2018. It is intended that some limited public opening will be agreed with the new tenants, the idea being that the Norman hall, parts of the gardens and Tudor Loggia will be opened for a few afternoons per week during the summer months.