New future unveiled for Rothesay’s Mansion House

Rothesay's historic Mansion House, and the adjoining property at 61-67 High Street, are undergoing extensive renovations.
Rothesay's historic Mansion House, and the adjoining property at 61-67 High Street, are undergoing extensive renovations.

The Mount Stuart Trust has unveiled plans to turn Rothesay’s historic Mansion House into a base for academics and students keen to delve into the history of both Mount Stuart and Bute as a whole.

As part of Phase II of its Mount Stuart Masterplan, the Trust intends to provide living, dining and research accommodation at the Mansion House and the adjoining property at 61-67 High Street, both currently undergoing extensive renovation work.

The proposals would allow UK and international academics and institutions to study the world-class Mount Stuart archive, as well as the history and development of the island.

The building could also be made available to local schools and further education colleges as a study centre.

Equally significantly, the Trust has revealed it is also giving consideration to turning the land at the rear of the building into affordable business units.

Adam Ellis-Jones, the Mount Stuart Trust’s operations director, said: “We take our responsibilities as the custodian of so much of the island’s heritage - as well as a landlord and employer - extremely seriously and we are intent on investing in the future of Bute and its inhabitants for the benefit of all.”