THE new owner of a one of Burton’s oldest buildings has spoken for the first time of how he fell in love with the property and discussed his plans for it in the future.
Peter Robinson, who was the previous owner of Overseal House, in Overseal, described it as ‘fate’ after signing on the dotted line to buy the Ferry House, in The Dingle, Stapenhill.
The Mail exclusively revealed last week that the Georgian home, which was built in 1771, had been saved from demolition, much to the delight of thousands of campaigners who fought for its future to be secure.
Mr Robinson told the Mail: “Me and my wife were looking for a retirement cottage after selling Overseal house.
“We had looked all over the UK but then one day I was walking around Burton and stumbled across the Ferry House.
“It was fate really and I knew that I had to have it.
“Not that I did not have doubts, as I nearly pulled out twice, but in the end I knew it was the right place for us.
“So we signed on the dotted line and here we are, owners of his building with such a fantastic history.
“We are now getting set to renovate the house and return it to its former glory.
“Our plans are to restore it to as far back as we can.
“We are set to start work this week and are hopeful that it will be full steam ahead.
“It is nice to have saved such a big piece of the town’s history and also to be part of bringing it back to how good it used to be.”
Mr Robinson’s decision to buy the property has delighted people across the area as it now means that original plans to demolish it and turn it into apartments will not see the light of day in the near future.