Heritage houses shut down for the winter to do a full clear up of the property, carry out maintenance and sort out the dead and dying in the gardens. There is a great deal to be done. It’s critical to have it pristine, safe and legal so as to promote it to the visiting public. That, together with it being a very popular wedding venue is literally a full time job requiring several members of paid staff and many, many volunteers who welcome visitors and take parties around for guided tours. They also have a set who conserve the library of historic books and a very busy group who look after the famous grounds and gardens. As the Hall is not actually a stately home, it is not owned by a family now but a trust fund, and the rest of the business ventures that are beyond the scope of donations have to come from huge fund benefactors like the Heritage Lottery Fund.