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Hope for Hafodunos Hall rises from the ashes

Reports that one of North Wales's foremost country houses is up for sale have been welcomed by the Victorian Society, which hopes that the right owner will give Sir George Gilbert Scott's devastated masterpiece a new lease of life.

Notable not only as the most important example of Scott's domestic architecture in Wales, but also for its 40 acres of original gardens and parkland, thought to contain over 1000 species of indigenous and exotic trees, Hafodunos Hall in Conwy, North Wales is one of the nation's architectural gems.

Empty since 1993, the Grade I-listed Gothic Revival building was the subject of a devastating arson attack, in October 2004, which gutted the main block but left the conservatories and service wing virtually untouched. For four years, the hall remained derelict and with no future agreed. Now the Victorian Society hopes that its release onto the market will tempt the right buyer to come forward and take this mighty restoration project on.

'We're delighted to hear that Hafodunos is on the market at last,' said Alex Baldwin, Conservation Adviser of the Victorian Society. ‘This is the first step to finding a future for this imposing and magnificent building. The restoration of the hall will be a massive project, demanding a lot of money, effort and time, but in the right hands it could truly be an asset once again, as well as a source of local and national pride. We hope it gets that chance.'

Monday 28 April, 2008

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