The Trust began their campaign last July, when the 18th-century stately home was put up for sale by its owner, Lord Hastings. Since then, more than £3 million has been raised, with about 300,000 donations from people as far afield as Canada, Egypt and New Zealand.
The Trust plans to open up the Hall, its gardens and the 400 acres of surrounding land to the public.
Fiona Reynolds, director general of the Trust, said: ‘This is a wonderful Christmas present for the nation. It’s been an incredible journey, and we’ve been thrilled by the goodwill and support we’ve received from so many people.
‘From the start of the campaign, we’ve worked with the public—and especially the local community—to shape Seaton Delaval Hall’s future and decide how the building, gardens and grounds can best be used for the benefit of everyone.’
Culture and Tourism Minister Margaret Hodge added: ‘Seaton Delaval Hall is a masterpiece of 18th-century architecture, and I’m delighted that it has been saved.
‘The hall will now be available for everyone to enjoy and to learn from for many generations to come, and add to the region’s attractions as a tourist destination.’
Seaton Delaval, which is near the coastal town of Seaton Sluice, was built in 1718-31 by Sir John Vanbrugh, architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard. It’s widely regarded to be the finest work of the English Baroque period.
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