A look behind the scenes of Mansion House

Manion House in Rothesay's High Street has been undergoing restoration work at an estimated cost of �0.5m.
Manion House in Rothesay's High Street has been undergoing restoration work at an estimated cost of �0.5m.

A Rothesay building which was home to the Crichton-Stuart family until the early 18th centurys is nearing the halfway point in its renovations.

Mansion House was built in the early 17th century and served as the family home for the Crichton-Stuarts before they moved into Mount Stuart upon completion in 1719. The building was used as an office for Bute Estate, but more recently has been lying vacant and subsequently suffered from the inevitable ravages of time.

All that is set to change - and indeed, is already changing - as work at a cost of £0.5m is carried out by Mount Stuart Trust on the fabric of this important and historic Grade A building.

* See this week’s Buteman - on sale from today (Thursday, July 16) - to read the full story from our visit to the site last week.