Britain's stately homes struggle to survive with Covid restrictions

Like many of Britain's stately homes, Kentwell Hall needs critical repairs it cannot afford after closing its doors to visitors at the start of the pandemic

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PATRICK PHILLIPS: What the public don't often realize is that houses like this are incredibly costly to maintain. The structure of the houses and the structure of all the buildings that you have, walls, in our case, like this moat wall here, we have 800 yards of moat wall all the way around the moats behind us. Most of which, we've had to repair, or rebuild, or build.

In effect, we have lost nearly the whole of last year apart from February, which is only a very tiny bit, and what we could manage in July and August. And in total, it has been absolutely devastating for us. We don't think that it's right that people like us, living in a big house like this, should be funded by government, so we don't think that's right. But it's government that is killing us at the moment, and that's why we are hoping that the government will give us some funding to compensate for the fact they've done so much harm to us.