From a distance historic houses can appear almost eternal. But a closer look usually reveals some evidence of the ravages of time.
Dyrham Park has been receiving quite a lot of scrutiny recently. Its roof is now over 200 years old and beyond its natural life.
Patch repairs are no longer sufficient and the roof needs a complete overhaul.
Some of the stonework is also beginning to fail, exacerbated by the freezing and thawing of excess rainwater. So as well as urgent stone repairs the house needs improved gutters to prevent future damage.
In addition access to the orangery roof needs to be made safer, so that high-level maintenance can be carried out more frequently and efficiently.
That is why we are trying to raise £500,000 towards the total cost of £3.54 million. Any donation is welcome, and can be made here.