Great news! Aldworth Manor has been saved!
Our recent Demolition Alert on Aldworth Manor noted that while demolition did not seem imminent, the real estate listing strongly hinted that any potential buyer would want to tear down the historic manor.
Fortunately, brothers Shane and Jordan Long have bought Aldworth Manor and plan to restore it to its former glory. They plan to chronicle their restoration journey on their new website: www.thealdworthmanor.com
We recently had a chance to chat with Shane Long about their future plans for Aldworth Manor:
1) How did you discover Aldworth Manor? He had been looking for quite some time for a farm and thought he had found one in Maine. However, once he saw the listing for Aldworth Manor, he shifted his focus and made an offer over the summer.
2) What feature really sold you on buying Aldworth Manor? He said the moment where you crest the hill on the drive up and suddenly the Manor pops into view–an Italian villa is not something you see everyday in New Hampshire. He also said the house was just “asking to be saved” and he felt he had to answer the call.
3) What do you see as the biggest challenge to restoring Aldworth Manor? Fixing the roof and repairing the extensive water damage. In particular, there is a 1960’s era addition to the Manor whose roof has become a sieve. During the recent heavy rains, he said they were filling many big black trash cans with the water that had come in. They plan to remove this addition in the very near future.
4) Do you have any experience restoring a home of this size? He said this will be his first restoration project. However, his father is a contractor so they have plenty of resources to draw on. Also, many family members and friends will be involved in the restoration process.
5) There are many outbuildings with this property, will they also be restored? Yes, especially the carriage house which will be his temporary home until the Manor is restored. The carriage house itself is a small mansion with 8 bedrooms and even features a car turnstile in the garage. It is currently split into 4 apartments. There is also an old warehouse which they may use to produce green energy, such as solar or wind, to power Aldworth Manor.
6) After restoration, how do you plan to use Aldworth Manor? Shane has an extensive musical background. In fact, he has a Masters in Conducting. He plans to host many events centered on the arts and music and the occasional wedding. The Manor will contain up to 4 suites that people will be able to rent, but it will not become a typical B&B. His original plan was to buy a working farm, so he will likely build a barn at some point and bring his horses to the property. There are also over 1,000 maple trees and sugar shack on the property and that could also become a future business venture.
7) Other thoughts? He says he wants people to get involved in the restoration of Aldworth Manor. He wants it to again become a thriving focus of Harrisville and the surrounding region. If you want to get involved, please drop him a note via the “contact us” widget on their webpage.
We would also like to note that Shane said that he did see our Demolition Alert on Aldworth Manor during his initial research on the property and it further solidified his resolve to save it. This is our goal for doing those types of posts and we are proud to have at least played a small role in helping to save Aldworth Manor.
Below is the excellent video produced by Jordan and Shane Long that explores the splendor and potential of Aldworth Manor.