Statement from the Newbold Family

Statement from the Newbold Family on the sale of Wentworth Woodhouse

>Wentworth Woodhouse has been an important part of our lives for nearly two decades and although there is some sadness in having to say goodbye, our greatest wish,which was always to see that its future was secure, has at last been fulfilled.

>We would like to publically express our thanks to all the staff and volunteers who have worked so hard and with such dedication to help us save the house over the years. Additionally, we are extremely grateful to the public for their overwhelming support in our efforts to secure the future of this national treasure. We wish the trust, the staff and everyone involved in the forthcoming restoration every success in the preservation of this fabulous house with which we fell in love with so many years ago. As a family, we very much look forward to seeing the house continue to recover after suffering so much abuse in the 20th century. There has always been tremendous local support for the house and it is heartening to know that the project on which we have all been working for so long is finally safe and secure.

>Crispin Holborow of Savills says ‘ It has been a privilege to have been involved with the sale of what is widely regarded as one of the most magnificent houses in England. It was always the wish of our clients’, the Newbold family, that the house should end up in safe hands and I am delighted this is now be the case. We hope that shortly, the finest Georgian interiors in the country will be preserved for future generations to enjoy. The Newbold family bought the house in 1999, as a retirement project that their father Clifford, a renowned architect, could enjoy. Sadly he died last year but as the old Greek proverb says ‘ a society grows when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they will never sit’.

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