Ardress House, Co Armagh, being restored in £120,000 project

The rendering work at Ardress House is expected to take a year to complete
The rendering work at Ardress House is expected to take a year to complete

Traditional skills are being kept alive with the re-rendering of Ardress House in Co Armagh.

The 17th-century farmhouse is undergoing a facelift thanks to a £120,000 investment from the National Trust.

The conservation charity is planning to reintroduce the original façade of the house and restore it to its former glory.

Visitors will be able to watch local tradesmen carry out the essential repairs and it is estimated that it will take up to a year to complete.

The end result, says the National Trust, will be the reinstatement of the intended weatherproofing system needed to protect this historic building, visited by nearly 8,000 people every year.

Ardress House is open from Thursday-Sunday in July and August and on weekends in September from 1-6pm.