The Grade I listed 17th century Jacobean manor house had been covered with scaffolding for more than ten years, but now, thanks to restoration work by the council and John Laing Integrated Services, who manage the house for the authority, the public can once again enjoy this “hidden gem”.
Mike Jordan, director of environment at the London Borough of Hounslow, said: “It’s great to be able to open the house for the public to enjoy once again.
“The work we’ve done to stabilise the building means we can now reopen to visitors and plan how we will carry out further improvements in years to come.”
There will also be a programme of activities to bring the house to life for visitors, including exhibitions from local artists.
Visitors will get the chance to see what improvements have been carried out, and learn more about its history.
The repairs that have taken place were a result of the poor condition of the existing brickwork on the south west elevation which had been held up by temporary supports. The structural collapse of this corner of the house stems from the original construction which included built-in timbers which had rotted out.
The repairs were carried out carefully in stages to avoid further movement of the walls, which would endanger the plaster ceilings. Wall linings were removed to allow the work to take place, and have now been reinstated.
The library will be sympathetically restored this year with flooring and period decorations being replaced. A programme of specialist period window replacement will also start later this year.
The house will be open to the public on weekends and Bank Holidays until October.