Margo and Gerald Smith, the owners of Netherby Hall, are undertaking a major project beginning with putting the fabric of this important building back into good order. They also intend to undertake the restoration of the stable area, including the carriage house and Coachman’s house. Historic coaches have been sourced and they will stand in the coach houses. It is intended to bring this stable yard back to life as a working yard with horses, carriages and associated accommodation.
A number of apartments and cottages are being renovated and they plan to build some new cottages on the estate to enable both long term housing and holiday letting on a self-catering basis.
In addition to restoring the houses and stables the owners are keen to restore the walled garden. This will require the restoration of some existing buildings and the reinstatement of the two original lean-to greenhouses.
In the long run, the owners hope to encourage visitors to the area through hosting concerts in the main house and open days at the restored stables. Depending on the results of planned archaeological investigations, Netherby may also offer visitors further information on the Roman fort on which and partly out of which Netherby Hall was built.