A MAJOR £50,000 renovation project has started at Northwood House, Cowes.
Substantial repairs will be carried out to the roof and floor in the bar area and corridors, which, once completed, will be followed by the restoration of the rare 1830s domed ceiling.
The surrounding corridors of the Isle of Wight Grade II listed building will also be redecorated.
The work follows the award of a grant from the Department for Communities and Local Government's Coastal Revival Fund.
Tim Wander, Northwood House Charitable Trust's project manager, said: "It will finally address long-standing structural issues and past water ingress damage which had cause significant cracking, movement and even rendered upstairs rooms unusable.
"The project will also greatly improve and restore to its original splendour a central part of the building and public areas that are widely used today.
"The house has watched over and supported the town and people of Cowes for more than 200 years and this work will ensure it can continue to do so long into the future."
Island companies will carry out the renovations and the work is due to be completed by the end of March.
Janet Allan, chair of the charity, added: "This sizeable and complex project is an important part of the ongoing work by the charity to ensure that the house and the park remain important assets for the people of Cowes."