Posted: May 3, 2012

Conservatory restoration forms part of £12m Oldway transformation

Oldway Mansion in Paignton, Devon is set for a £12 million redevelopment that will see its conservatory redone among other major improvements.

The grade-II listed property is described as a “complex building” by developers Akkeron, the organisation looking to turn it into a four-star hotel and spa, reports

While the current bowling centre and squash courts will be demolished, the conservatory is merely being brought “back to its former glory”, although designers could potentially add modern touches such as conservatory blinds if they wanted to bring a contemporary feel to the room.

The plans to redevelop Oldway were approved by local authority Torbay Council, including proposals to restore dilapidated parts of the building and the Duchesne-designed gardens. On top of this work, 48 townhouses and 57 retirement homes will be created along with a new bowling centre.

James Brent, chairman and chief executive of Akkeron, said: “We are very pleased with the outcome. There are conditions to satisfy before we can do anything but we want to be able to go into the stables and rotunda and start remedial work as soon as possible. It is in a dreadful condition and no one wants to see it get worse.”

According to, the 19th-century mansion was originally modelled on the Palace of Versailles in France, but has more recently been used as council offices – Torbay Council will retain ownership of the property.

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