Maintaining the facade
Anyone taking a stroll along the terrace, or perhaps even passing by on a boat, will notice that something major is happening to Trelissick house.
The entire south-facing façade has been clad in scaffolding from ground to second floor level. This scaffolding structure is an engineering feat in itself, taking two skilled scaffolders five days to complete.
Now the scaffolding is in place the work begins on repairing and repainting all 27 of the windows and doors on this façade, as well as repainting the pillars and walls in their same cream colour. The south portico floor is going to receive some much needed care and attention too as some of the flagstones have deteriorated due to many years of footfall and weather. Every effort will be made to repair and reuse the original flagstones.
This is not going to be the only major work happening on the house in the coming months. Very soon the west portico (around the front door of the house) is going to receive the long-awaited specialist renovation work it so badly needs. Regular visitors to Trelissick will know that in 2015 the ceiling of the portico partly failed and this in turn revealed underlying problems with the main structure that needed to be corrected too. Two years of fundraising through our Special Places raffle has now provided much of the funding to have this corrected. This work will require yet more cleverly constructed scaffolding to be erected, which will still allow access through the front door for all our visitors.
It is hoped that the south façade will be completed in a couple of months and the west portico by September. So by this autumn we will all be able to enjoy the architecture of Trelissick House blemish free once again, from both land and sea.