The Victorian manor in Wales that belonged to the late designer Laura Ashley might soon be converted into a museum. We hear that Ashley’s children are having trouble trying to maintain the historic home, which is why they have approached England’s National Trust to save their mother’s abode. IF all works well, then the Ashelys will sell the 700-acre estate to the trust and have it restored and subsequently, opened to visitors.
Reports suggest that most of the rooms at the manor haven’t been changed much since Laura’s death in 1985. The place is as shabby in its charm as it was then. As part of the restoration, the rooms will celebrate crafts that interested Laura like quilting and screen-printing.
For the uninitiated, the brand Laura Ashley was very popular in the mid 80s but has begun to lose its favor in the last few years. And this is all the more reason to revive the old charm of Laura’s creations, which will hopefully be achieved by the museum home. We hear the National Trust might shell out anything between £1 million -£3 million to buy this house.