The progress of our restoration project was filmed over 3 years and aired to the public in association with UTV. The series spanned six episodes and was watched by thousands of people in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Restoring Mount Stewart house
Our project to save Mount Stewart included important repairs and improvements to the structure and services of this precious house.
As well as the construction work to the house, its treasures were carefully repaired and important research carried out to restore and bring back to life the family home of the Londonderry’s.
The total cost of the project was £8 million, the majority being invested directly by the National Trust. The project was delivered with local contractors H & J Martin. The project had benefits for the local economy, through new jobs, appointing local companies and the development of a major tourist attraction for Northern Ireland.
A large team of experts made this project happen including specialist engineers, conservation architects, quantity surveyors and joiners all overseen by our Project Manager, Dennis Wright.
22 Jun 15
'The Big House Reborn' airs on TV
22 May 15
Royal seal of approval
Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited one of Northern Ireland’s most famous houses and gardens today as they marked the official reopening of Mount Stewart. TRHs were invited to tour the reinvigorated house and see previously unopened rooms. TRHs took the opportunity to meet with a number of National Trust staff and volunteers who played a pivotal role in the three year restoration project. Speaking about the historic visit, Jon Kerr, manager at Mount Stewart said: 'It has been a huge privilege to welcome the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to Mount Stewart today and the perfect way to mark the reopening of this famous house which has been restored to its former glory.' Before departure, the Royal Couple received a gift of plants connected to the world famous gardens at Mount Stewart.
26 Apr 15
New areas are opened in the house
Rooms which have never previously been seen by the public are opened including the new silver store and several bedrooms. Further rooms will be opened to visitors in the coming year.