Viva Ashridge

 

Visitors clients and colleagues alike value the very special surroundings at Ashridge House. Such a historically significant estate goes hand-in-hand with an enormous maintenance challenge not least with the planning limitations presented by the Grade I listing status.

Added on 05 May 2014 by Kelly Ashton

Visitors clients and colleagues alike value the very special surroundings at Ashridge House. Such a historically significant estate goes hand-in-hand with an enormous maintenance challenge not least with the planning limitations presented by the Grade I listing status.

As a charitable entity all profits generated by Ashridge House are reinvested in the estate and each year we increase the funds set aside to improve the facilities for historic renovation and back-of-house infrastructure. This year we have committed nearly £1m to projects that are either underway or due to start shortly.

A number of refurbishment projects are scheduled to improve meeting rooms public areas and bedrooms and the project to extend our Wi-Fi coverage across the site continues. We are also working with designers to create a bespoke carpet for the Old Library – a design based on the brass inlay in the 19th century ebony book cases.

Specialist stonemasons will soon be carrying out repairs to the façade of the building involving intricate work using the original Totternhoe limestone from our local quarry. Window repairs for the House which is 200 years old keep the carpentry team consistently busy – it is a labour of love.

Plans are also in place for a major refurbishment of the kitchen which involves an all-important installation of a temporary kitchen to keep the show on the road; this necessary stopgap should bypass even our most discerning clients – it is business as usual.

With such an eternal wish-list it is a case of juggling priorities in order to achieve the maximum benefit with the available funds. We are ever mindful of our temporary custodial status and our responsibilities extend from looking after guests of today through to conserving this historic venue for future generations to enjoy.