The Antiques Warehouse in Runfold near Farnham operates from two Grade II-listed Elizabethan barns.
The Burroughs family have run the antiques centre (totalling 3000 sq ft) for the past 27 years and purchased the site (which also includes their family home and other out buildings that are sublet) six years ago.
Hilary and Peter Burroughs, daughter Rachel, son Daniel and his partner Anne all work in the business and live close by in the Georgian farmhouse on site. They have already funded and undertaken the first part of the restoration but need to raise funds to continue.
The antiques centre, which sells furniture, jewellery, silver, glassware and porcelain from the Burroughs as well as a group of other dealers, had to move into one barn while the first part of the work was undertaken.
Hilary said: “If the barn is not restored it could fall down. But this is very expensive work with the total costs in excess of £1m. We really want to continue to restore this historic monument but there are no longer grants available for this kind of restoration and it is extremely difficult to fund as individuals.”
“It has been described as one of the finest examples of an unadulterated open Elizabethan barn in the country that the public can still access and see. So we really hope we may be able to raise funding somehow to continue the work.”
The Burroughs have welcomed various celebrity visitors over the years and featured on the BBC’s Antiques Roadtrip a number of times.