Before and After - Restoring a Georgian Manor House

Before and After - Restoring a Georgian Manor House

Cuckney House on the historic Welbeck estate has been transformed into a luxury self-catering holiday accommodation and wedding venue.

After a decade, restoration work began on the country manor house in August 2021. The restoration is now complete and ready to welcome its first overnight guests. 

Cuckney House was originally built by local mill owner Richard Gorton on land leased from the 3rd Earl of Bathhurst in 1787. Cuckney House became part of the Welbeck estate when it was purchased by the 4th Duke of Portland in 1844. Past occupants of the house include the 6th Duke and Duchess of Portland, who moved into Cuckney House for the duration of the repairs to Welbeck Abbey after a fire damaged the Oxford Wing in 1900.

Take a look at the before and after photos.

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Each room has been sympathetically restored by a team of specialists alongside Northern Design Award Winner, Rachel McLane, creating a classic, timeless style with original architectural features.

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1. Cuckney House Exterior, 2021 and 2023.

2. Cuckney House Reception has now been transformed into a house bar. 

3. Cuckney House Function Room, 2021 and 2023.

4. Cuckney House Drawing Room, 2021 and 2023.

5. Cuckney House Kitchen, 2021 and 2023. 

6. Cuckney House Bedroom has been transformed into a Bridal Suite, in 2021 and 2023.