The Historical Buildings Regeneration Programme (The Historical Build..)
The Historical Buildings Regeneration Programme
In August 2004 Castle Leslie and Caledon Regeneration Partnership were granted €1.2 million of INTERREG IIIA monies; this was thelargest funding award granted to the private sector via ICBAN. This funding allowed Sammy Leslie to fulfill her dream of restoring Castle Leslie, bringing it back to its former glory. An integral factor in the planning process from the start was ensuring use was still made of the existing Castle whilst tailoring the area to deliver a tourism product. By doing this, all 28,000 square feet of the Castle is fully utilised and breathing life back into an historic property.Responding to their guests demands, work began with the creation of six more wonderful bedrooms, utilising space that had previously been servants quarters, catering for those with accessibility difficulties which previously had not been possible in a house of this vintage.The restoration of the Long Gallery wing, incorporating the Conservatory, Billiard Room and Library opened up new markets by allowing Castle Leslie to cater for much larger groups such as conferences and events than previously possible, while also bringing back the original splendour of this area for future generations.The opening of the new state of the art Cookery School based in the Original Victorian Kitchen wing of the Castle was the final piece of the jigsaw. Marrying the original cut stone of the Castle with tate of the art facilities in the guise of their Molteni oven! Guests are once again given an even further choice of activities to avail of throughout their stay ensuring that the Castle Leslie Estate is truly diverse.When Caledon Regeneration Partnership embarked on a cross border partnership with Glaslough Village in 1996, the regeneration of Castle Leslie has been just one aspect of the total investment.This partnership has also been responsible for furthering some major programmes in this peripheral region. The project has endeavored to jointly market the area, develop quality packages that utilise its strengths through acting as a catalyst for other resources likely to be of interest to tourists - specialist holidays, bird watching, walking, angling, heritage and archaeology, gastro weekends, etc.The 2 villages are about 4 miles apart and were separated by border closures for a long time. The area is made up of estate lands; however, closure of the border, the railway and canal resulted in a lack of economic activity and this project used the distinctive vernacular heritage of thetwo locations as a catalyst for tourism development.
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