The great fire of 1899
On the 16th of June 1899, disaster struck. A fire broke out causing large-scale destruction of the interior of the grand house and completely gutting the roof.
During the fire a great deal of effort was channeled into salvaging the furnishings: “Pictures, pianos and potted palms were bundled out of the great iconic portico, down the steps and onto the circular lawn, while the fight with the fire continued hour by hour.”
Sadly, the house could not be saved and, due to problems with insurance, funds were unavailable to meet the cost of rebuilding the main house. The adjacent stable block was converted instead, creating a new family home in 1900 for Sir George, 8th Baronet, and his wife Aymée.