Thanks to you, we've been able to complete the major ten month conservation project to fix the leaky roof, protecting Killerton and its collections for years to come. We've hit our target to reopen for Christmas at Killerton! Thanks for continuing to support us. Every time you visit, donate, renew membership or volunteer, you help us care for Killerton. Thank you.
Our roof is not leaking - thank you
It has been a year since we saw scaffolding go up for major TLC to the roof and building. After astounding public support, the conservation project has finished.
Over ten months, the roof scape has been transformed. The worst affected roofs have been replaced, removing the temporary roof and old ventilation units. Urgent repairs and restoration to the stonework, parapets and roof lanterns is complete. A grant from Viridor Credits meant we could reintroduce seven historic chimneys, with wood burners using Killerton logs. The building has benefitted from a fresh lick of paint and is more sustainable with new ventilation methods, improved insulation and restored windows.
" We’re delighted to have a watertight house after a decade of leaks and we’ve waved goodbye to the buckets that used to catch the drips inside the house. Thanks to our many supporters, we were able to surpass our original £100k fundraising target, allowing us to invest additional funds directly into this urgent conservation project. It’s been a great team effort; I’d like to extend a big thank you to everybody for supporting us along the way."
The Acland family left the estate to the Trust in 1944 for everyone’s enjoyment. This year marks Killerton’s 40th anniversary of being open to the public. Caring for the estate, which includes 6,400 acres of land, 250 cottages and 18 farms, is an ongoing commitment.
Now the roof is watertight and the house has a much improved interior environment, we've launched a fundraising appeal to protect the treasures within.
23 Nov 17
Thank you for your support
13 Nov 17
Special visitor inspects the chimneys
The builders got a surprise when Father Christmas turned up to check that the new chimneys were ready to be used this Christmas.
06 Nov 17
Scaffolding coming down
Visitors to Killerton may have noticed that there are some changes going on up on the roof. Now that the lanterns are finished and the roof is sealed tight it means the scaffolding can start to come down. Over the next few weeks it will come down ready for our Christmas opening on 25 November. For the moment this also means to get through to the garden visitors will need to go up Front Park bank to the Dairy gate.