Historic north Cumbrian venue set to reveal latest restorations

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Annabel Candler, of Kirklinton Hall
Annabel Candler, of Kirklinton Hall

Renovations at a 17th century ruin are due to be showcased as it prepares to open for a new season.

The owners of Kirklinton Hall, north of Carlisle, are launching their 2017 season with an open day.

Here visitors can see for themselves the latest upgrades in the ongoing project which has brought the once-neglected hall back into use. It is hoped the new developments will widen Kirklinton’s appeal as a distinctive venue for events, days out and picnics.

The site has been open to the public, seasonally, since 2014, though the actual property dates back to 1252.

Having been a grand house, RAF officers’ mess, flats, hotel then successful casino, it fell into ruin by 1972.

“With such a varied past, it’s ripe for a new lease of life and we are happy to help it,” said venue manager and event co-ordinator Annabel Candler.

“This year is by far our busiest and we all can’t wait to welcome everyone to the ruins. The open day is focusing on the wonderful wedding clients and wedding enquiries but happy to see anyone that is keen to check out the refreshed site.”

A Sleeping Beauty room complete with a spinning wheel and stool at the top of an old Victorian water tower is among the latest restorations.

Dangerous parts of a dilapidated stable block have been stabilised while the driveway has been resurfaced. Meanwhile 500 yew trees and as many Rosa rugosa roses have been planted to create a rose maze, which has a gothic fountain in its centre.

Any unfinished renovation projects are due to be completed by April.

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