The Restoration continues...

The Restoration continues...

Work is cracking on at pace up at The Rectory, and it is great to see it taking shape. The bedrooms have all been painted and nearly all the bathrooms are fitted but are waiting to be tiled.

The terrace, which was in a poor state of repair, has been taken down and is being rebuilt. The terrace was a brick built structure with arches that allowed air to reach the air bricks in the main wall of the building allowing the air to flow. When finished the terrace will provide a beautiful view of the countryside from an elevated position.

The painting underway
at The Rectory

The air brick system
installed on the terrace

Work continues on the
terrace at The Rectory

It is a similar story at the Hall. Karen Morrissey has visited us again to take further paint samples to help us understand the history of the Hall’s decoration. We have also had the sash windows restored with the help of Abbey Joinery and the painters have been busy in the downstairs kitchen and the drawing room.

In the gardens, our Hall Steward, Craig and his assistant, Jacob, have been busy reroofing the greenhouse and picked the last of the tomatoes. Across the Estate, all the winter cereals are now in, including winter wheat, barley and oilseed rape.

The painters have been busy
throughout the Hall

A lick of paint freshens
up one of the bedrooms

Keal Farm has been readied for the arrival of the Lincoln Reds for the winter. We will miss seeing them in the Parklands as they are beautiful beasts and are fascinating to watch. Harold, one of our close tenants, has been feeding them with his unwanted cabbages which they have enjoyed and they have also been keen to watch the students from Bishop Grosseteste University who come over to work on the Estate each Tuesday. The cattle weren’t just curious as to what the students were doing, they were also hoping to get a different selection of tree leaves as the students were helping with cutting branches back and clearing weeds.

The tomatoes picked by Craig
and Jacob before the season ended

Keal Farm being prepared for the
arrival of the Lincoln Red for the winter

We’ve been busy organising lots of events for the upcoming months.

Our Estate Photographer, Damian Furlong continues to offer professional Family Photographic Sessions against the beautiful backdrop of the South Ormsby Hall and Garden. These hour-long sessions offer are ideal for families and groups and perfect for Christmas. Please email for more information.

Join us for a Christmas Wreath Workshop, in conjunction with Rosedale House on 5th December – visit for more information.

In the New Year, we have a Drawing and Painting Workshop with local artist Laura Andrews on 19th January – visit for more information.

The Hall and Gardens make a great
setting for the photography session

Taking photos at the Hall can
create lasting memories

We are looking forward to the next Layers of History event about Georgian cookery and food presentation. Run by Sadie Hirst, the Georgian Historical Cookery workshop will take place in the New Year. Sadie is a Food Historian and Food Columnist for the Lincolnshire Echo. The course will run from 10am – 1pm and will cover a talk on Georgian food, two Georgian Tasters and then a workshop to prepare two Georgian dishes. Sadie will supply all the ingredients and equipment with the attendees taking their creations home to cook. More information to follow soon.

Also, we are looking to help an outside catering company set up as a business if anyone is interested in this opportunity they should contact Leanne Winn, our Events Manager on