in the village of Silsoe in Bedfordshire is currently at the start of a 20 year restoration plan. Administered by English Heritage
this is a fine example of a 19th century house based on a French Chateau and designed by it's owner and amateur architect Thomas Earl De Grey. The original gardens were laid out by Capability Brown the renowned landscape gardener and with the aid of £1m lottery fund English Heritage aim to restore the gardens to their former glory.
The house has seen many owners over the past century, including being the offices of the Sun Alliance insurance company, a military hospital during World War 1 and for 58 years the National Institute for Agricultural Engineering.
Many of the rooms of the house are still used as business premises for 20 companies and provides them with an important source of income, to look after the house, but there are a few rooms to view and a magnificent stairway.
In August 2011 with the opening of the new restaurant and visitor centre, Wrest Park has already had plenty of visitors and it is of course hoped that this will continue as the gardens matures and changes.