A DERELICT country home in South Yorkshire is set to be transformed into an elegant hotel by its new owners.
Rossington Hall was home to an Indian regiment and the Royal Veterinary Corps during the Second World War and has also previously been a family home, a training college for missionary priests and a school for children with special needs.
The 250-acre estate has been unoccupied for some years and has fallen into a “sad state”, but has now been bought by Doncaster couple Gary and Michelle Gee.
They plan to return the hall, its grounds and the Victorian stable block to their former glory and transform the building into a “top-class” hotel suitable for weddings and conferences.
A spokesman said: “Many local residents will know the estate well, particularly as it is home to the Northern Racing College – one of only two of its kind in the country – but few will have had the pleasure of seeing this beautiful building and its gardens which are hidden away in the estate.
“This is the first thing Gary and Michelle will change, as they open the house and grounds to the public on Sunday, September 4, from 1pm to 4pm.
“Work has been ongoing for only a couple of months, but such a lot has been achieved already.
“Visitors will be able to see the progress of the restoration so far, including work on the magnificent – and once hidden – Italian sunken gardens.
“Please come along and join us and, if you know the estate, or anyone who has worked here in the past, please do come and tell us.
“We would love to find out as much as we can about the history of this wonderful place so that we can restore it to its former glory.”
Markham Main Colliery Band will perform at the open day next month, and refreshments will also be available.