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A 200-year-old country home in a Nottinghamshire village is set to get a £1m makeover thanks to a local businessman.
The grade II listed Tollerton Hall was originally built as a family home in the late 1700s and it has since been used as a hunting club, a school and a set of offices.
Most recently it has been the base for a company selling rare and top of the range cars but now one of the business’ owners, Ian Kershaw, has been granted permission to revamp the property as his home.
Although the house will see only slight external changes, the inside will be renovated and a “very ugly” 1960s extension converted to a car showroom with decorations to match the rest of the hall.
Mr Kershaw, 49, who is currently living in Radcliffe-on-Trent, said: “It will not look any different from the outside but inside it is a blank canvas.
“The plan is to restore it to its original use and hopefully we will do it proud.
“I like that it is close to the city but still feels like you are in the country, when you buy a stately home like this you often have a horrendous commute.
(Image: Ian Kershaw)
“I think it is a shame and a waste when buildings like this are converted into something commercial, they are not built for that.
“I do not want to live in the 17th century but I do want to keep the feel of it and preserve its history as best as I can.”
Mr Kershaw has a budget of £1 million for the renovations, which will see the 66 rooms covering 20,000 square foot - such as the ballroom, kitchen and library - converted in to living space for himself, his wife and his two children.
The car showroom should be ready by February and will house Kaaimans International’s collection of classic cars which include an Aston Martin Vulcan worth £2.7 million.
Mr Kershaw set up the business in Nottinghamshire with Gary Tolson earlier last year and is “looking forward” to moving in to the new home in summer at the earliest.
Planning permission was granted by Rushcliffe Borough Council on January 2.
A spokesman for the council said: "The permission was granted because the work is within the guidelines for a grade II listed building and no concerns were raised as to why it could not go ahead."