asked questions (page 1 of 4)
Rumours and misinformation continue
to surround the proposals for Elvaston Castle, causing unnecessary
concern to local residents. These are the questions most frequently
asked about Highgate Sanctuary's proposals to safeguard the future
of Elvaston Castle and Estate. We invite you to read the facts
and to make your own judgement.
Under our proposals, the Castle and its immediate buildings will be thoughtfully restored to their original grandeur and extended to provide a hotel. Each element of the design and the materials to be used is being sensitively considered in order to minimise the effect on the historic architecture and landscape. We believe development is needed to improve the facilities at Elvaston and ensure the long-term use and survival of the existing buildings and park.
Q1. We’ve heard you’re closing the
Castle and Estate s?
On the contrary, not only are we pledging to maintain existing
access, but we are supporting the County Council's proposals to extend
it to areas of the grounds not currently open to the public such as
the Nursery Gardens next to the old English Garden, the Sunken Garden
behind the Cottage and Springthorpe Cottage. We also want to open up
access to the Castle and its associated buildings, including the stables,
kennels and Home Farm. The new uses proposed for the buildings will
enable more people to visit and enjoy them and to understand how those
buildings played a part in the history of the Estate.
Public access to the formal gardens, lake, showground, woods and nature
reserve will not change. People will still be able to walk their dogs
around the grounds and no entrance charges to the park or core gardens
are planned. Access to the Castle courtyards will be limited to hotel
visitors but we have specifically designed the hotel and other facilities
to enable the continuation of the popular circular walks around the
Estate - inluding around the lake and through the woods, around the
Castle buildings and back into the historic gardens via the rear of
the stables and south of the churchyard. We are also supporting proposals
to improve footpath routes between Elvaston and Borrowash. A new cafe
will be provided and it is anticipated that, subject to agreed funding,
this will be in the proposed Gardens Visitor Centre, planned to be adjacent
to the Walled Gardens and nearer to the public car park (See
For years, the current tearoom has been the only part of the Castle building accessible to members of the public. Under Highgate Sanctuary's plans, the entire ground floor will provide restaurant facilities for the new hotel which will be open to non-residents. That includes the Gothic Hall, Reception Room, the Library, the Dining Room and the fabulous double height old kitchen.
Q2. Is it true that only hotel guests will be
able to go into the Castle?
The hotel spa, bar and dining facilities will be open to non-residents so that anyone using them will be able to enjoy the splendour of the whole of the restored ground floor and ancillary buildings. When all the repair work is complete, local residents will be able to have the first chance to see the Castle's grandeur returned before the hotel opens. There will also be the opportunity for groups to book tours of the building once the hotel has opened.