The King has described his ambitious plan to restore the 18th-century stately home Dumfries House as an “appalling risk” that was worth doing to help a community bruised by the loss of its mining heritage.
When Prince of Wales, Charles led a consortium that paid £45 million for the Ayrshire estate in 2007. The intention was to save it from ruin and help to regenerate the local area.
He spoke of taking on one of his “most difficult challenges” in A Royal Grand Design, which will be broadcast on ITV at 9pm tomorrow.
As well as restoring the main house, the initiative included bringing the walled garden — one of Europe’s largest — back to life. The project has created dozens of jobs with