This week Godolphin House, near Helston in Cornwall, is open to the public for the first time since it was acquired by the National Trust in 2007.
The house has been undergoing a huge conservation project costing almost £1 million.
The house was built on the site of an earlier castle for the Godolphin (or Godolghan) family in the late fifteenth century. It was rebuilt in the mid-seventeenth century, but has not been altered much since.
The estate was later owned by the Osborne family (Dukes of Leeds), with the house being used as a farmhouse. It was ultimately bought and restored by the Schofield family in the twentieth century.
When the National Trust took Godolphin on it was once again in need of attention. When a door was closed one afternoon there was an ominous whooshing sound as the ceiling behind it caved in.
Some beams were found to be more or less suspended in thin air, their fixings into the walls having rotted clean away.
The conservation project involved treating and replacing rooftiles, floorboards, walls and woodwork.
The house is open this week, until 8 July, 10 am – 4 pm, by timed ticket (call 01736 763194 or visit the Godolphine web pages for more information). After this week the house will be closed again to allow the furniture and fittings to be brought back in.