Farringford, the former Isle of Wight home of Victorian poet laureate, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, which has been undergoing restoration since 2010.
UPDATED MONDAY 10:34*
PLANS for the final phase of restoration at the former Isle of Wight home of Victorian poet laureate, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, have been lodged with planners.
A project to transform the 100-acre Farringford estate to what it looked like in its 19th century heyday started in 2010 and the latest planning application centres on the restoration of the former servants’ quarters in the two west-facing wings of the main house.
Rebecca FitzGerald, who bought the estate in 2007, said the final phase would remove harmful later additions to the historic, Grade I listed building, while creating high-quality holiday accommodation.
She said: "The aim is to restore the environment and landscape as far as possible to one which Tennyson himself would have recognised and which features in so much of his poetry.
"The project will preserve Tennyson’s home and create an educational and recreational resource of international historical significance."
If approved, the west wings would be converted into three self-contained holiday apartments along with offices and storage facilities.
The hotel kitchen and dining room — built in the 1970s — would be knocked down, allowing Tennyson’s music room to be reinstated and the gardens to the south of the house restored.
Eighteen cottages, known as the Emilys, built in 1976, would also be demolished, along with the staff house and store, to enable the walled kitchen garden, complete with potting sheds, greenhouses, summerhouse and arbor, to be reinstated.
The plans also include a 'wall house’ to provide manager’s accommodation on site.
Farringford was bought by Lord Tennyson in 1856 and he lived there until his death in 1892. The estate remained in the family until 1946 when it was sold to become a hotel.
Among the famous visitors to the house were the Prince Consort and Garibaldi, the general who helped unify Italy.
*Responding to several comments posted on this story, estate director Matthew Slade confirmed the project was entirely privately funded.
He added they were committed to ensuring the public would be able to access the restored house, once the project was completed.
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The planning application is due to be discussed at Freshwater Parish Council tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6.45pm, in the Memorial Hall. A County Press reporter will attend to report on the issues raised by the public, or councillors, at that meeting.