Work continues to restore and revive Elvaston Castle
It's a busy year ahead for our Elvaston Castle and Country Park as work starts to repair and develop the Grade II* historic stately home and grounds to boost tourism and increase income.
Work is set to start in March to refurbish the building's toilets and repair the walls around the Old English Garden in preparation for holding wedding ceremonies and celebrations.
And from June this year, urgent repairs to the clock tower and roof of the coach house − which date back to the early 19th century − are also set to take place ready for future development for commercial and educational use.
The work is being carried out as part of a 10 year vision and plan aimed at attracting more visitors, increasing income and protecting Elvaston's heritage in the years to come.
Ten new trustees have recently been appointed to work in partnership with us to deliver the vision and plan as part of the Elvaston Castle and Gardens charitable trust.
Our Deputy Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Paul Dunn said:
"Elvaston is a much-loved landmark and we're working hard to raise its profile and restore it to the magnificent and grand stately home it once was.
"It costs £700,000 a year to keep Elvaston up-and-running and by carrying out this work we hope to boost tourism and bring in income to help meet this cost − including hiring out the venue for weddings and other celebrations.
"We're looking forward to working with the new trustees to drive forward the regeneration of this wonderful place."
We've appointed experienced events specialist Saffron Event and Venue Caterers Ltd to provide a wedding planning service to cater for couples' every need.
Saffron will coordinate indoor and outdoor weddings and receptions for the Elvaston estate, providing catering and bar services as well as links to other suppliers for services and features such as decoration, entertainment, vehicle hire and wedding cakes.
Couples looking to tie the knot in 2017 and beyond can book an appointment to take a tour around the castle and grounds and talk to wedding planners by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org