Bramall Hall in Stockport has been awarded a £1.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to transform it into a regional heritage attraction.
The overall cost of the project is £2m which includes funding from Stockport Council, owner and manager of the grade 1-listed building. The Friends of Bramall Hall & Park have raised money towards the project and will contribute their time.
The funding will be used to restore the building and repair the decorative 16th Century Venetian-style plaster ceiling in the Withdrawing Room. The Victorian Boiler House will be repaired, and the repair and conversion of the stable block will provide Bramall Hall with better toilets, a relocated shop and café, and a dedicated education space for school parties.
Cllr Iain Roberts, executive member for economic Development and Regeneration, said: "The Heritage Lottery Fund grant is tremendously good news. I would also like to thank the Friends of Bramall Hall & Park for their ongoing support.
"This project will preserve Bramall Hall as a legacy for future generations of Stockport residents. Bramall Hall is an historic building of major significance which hasn't seen any real investment since the 1980s. The funding will unlock the Hall's potential and allow Stockport residents and visitors much greater benefit from this important site. We want to encourage more people to visit this gem on their doorstep, and the funding will help us to reach more schoolchildren."