STAFF and volunteers at Croome, the historic house near Upton-upon-Severn, are celebrating a £1.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund fowards its restoration.

The money will go towards the £6.36 million cost of restoring the property to its former glory.

As much of the work as possible for the five-year restoration project will be carried out in public in front of visitors to the property.

“The whole team are ecstatic with the news,” said Richard Higgs, senior project manager at Croome.

“It means we can share this immense, repair project and show the unique beauty of Croome Court to people forever.”

A fund-raising appeal has raised more than £1 million towards the project while the remaining balance is coming directly from National Trust funds.