Conceived in outline by Matthew Brettingham, detailed designs for the house by James Paine were modified and completed by Robert Adam in the early 1760s for the 1st Baron Scarsdale. Over a number of years the practice carried out a major programme of maintenance and repair to the house and grounds. Lead roofs and flashings were renewed and slates repaired and reinstated. Roof timbers, some infested with deathwatch beetles, others with wet and dry rot, were inspected and renewed and ventilation introduced to prevent further decay. External stonework was cleaned, repaired and repointed.