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Markenfield’s Great Hall, built c.1280 has recently been converted from a grain store. Image copyright of Markenfield Hall.

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Some 40 entries around the UK were considered. The three runners-up were Harewood House in Yorkshire, Paxton House in Scotland and Wilton House in Wiltshire.

Ian and Lady Deirdre Curteis, owners of Markenfield, won the £5000 award for their restoration of the Great Hall, built c.1280, which had been used as a grain store since 1570 and has now been converted to use as a family library, sitting room and for local functions. The restoration work included the reinstatement of a massive fireplace which had been dismantled and re-assembled in the undercroft below.

The HHA/Sotheby's Restoration Award was launched this year to recognise the restoration work undertaken by HHA members throughout the UK. To qualify, restoration projects must have been completed in the last two years by HHA members, cover the dominant features of a room, building or folly and be sympathetic to the building. The restoration projects must also be accessible to the public for at least 25 days a year, or to groups by appointment.

Markenfield Hall will be open to the public for an additional period this year from October 16-21, daily from 2-5pm.

For more details visit www.markenfield.com or telephone 01765 692303.