The Atrium Block – first floor: this block is to the right as you walk into the courtyard from the main gates.
The atrium block used to be three separate houses and were once quarters for Adelina Patti’s staff. There was once a roof over the whole central courtyard but this leaked and brought water into the building where the gulleys met the walls.
The builders have repaired most of the Atrium Building’s roof and converted the first floor and some of the ground floor into en-suite rooms. Here you can see room 15 being built, and here you can see room 15 complete.
We also have a new bridal suite in the old chapel room. Richard Felix of 'Most Haunted' once stayed in Room 36 and experienced a disturbed night when a lady in black appeared by his bed and walked through the wall into what was once the chapel room.
En-suites need soil pipes. This was sub-contracted but later we found the sub-contractors had simply directed the soil from five new ground floor en-suites into the surface water drains. These ran off into a soakaway in the garden. After a year this exploded in a geyser of 'woo' and so we employed our own men to dig new trenches and put in a whole new soil pipe system for all the ground floor en-suites.
Cost: about £450,000.