Hopwood DePree who is renovating his ancestral home Hopwood Hall in Middleton has been invited by Historic Houses to give the keynote speech at Historic Houses’ forthcoming National AGM at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on 15 November.

For Hopwood’s participation, Savills will make a contribution to the Hopwood Foundation (registered charity 1192774) in support of the rescue of Hopwood Hall and community activities.

Historic Houses represents Britain’s largest collection of independent heritage sites, including high-profile properties such as Highclere Castle. Hopwood’s lecture to the membership marks Historic Houses’ annual gathering of homeowners and members and the aim of the event is to inspire with stories of the many and diverse activities taking place at properties across the country.

Hopwood, like many in the membership, now knows only too well what efforts are required and how working with amongst others the local community and grant organisations is vital in effecting a restoration of scale. His keynote speech will cover his journey from LA to Middleton to save Hopwood Hall and his recently published book ‘Downton Shabby’ (HarperCollins) which has already gone into its second printing in the US.

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