Plans for the future

Builders at work

After spending years as a tenanted property, we've undertaken 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 so we wanted to ensure that it continued 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 would've continued to deteriorate without intervention so although we had 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 we 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. After long deliberations we made the decision to fully repair the building and lease it to tenants. We felt that this would provide the most secure future.

Because of its importance, the National Trust approved a bid for project funding to fully repair and conserve the house. Work was finally finished in spring 2018.

Although new tenants will be moving in soon, visitors can now enjoy the Norman Hall, Tudor Ambulatory and parts of the gardens a few afternoons each week during the summer months.

An example of the repair work needed
The repair work needed at Horton Court
An example of the repair work needed