TWO years ago, Castle Bromwich Hall was teetering on the brink of rack and ruin.
The empty premises, built in 1599, was run-down and had become a target for thieves and vandals.
But last autumn, the Solihull News revealed an ambitious plan to transform the hall into a luxury hotel.
It was the brainchild of Linda and Neil Chen, who had bought the Grade 1-listed building for £1.75m.
And now, less than 12 months after the project was given the green-light, renovation is almost complete.
The four-star hotel and restaurant is scheduled to open to the public in September.
Project manager, Andrew Addison, said the team had worked closely with Solihull Council and heritage experts.
“The roof needed a lot of work,” he said. “It was cold and damp and it took a long time to make it safe.
“The National Trust has a covenant on the building so we had to consult them all the way.”
Built in the final years of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, the hall was, for centuries, the home of the Bradford family.
Later it was used as offices by the likes of Bovis Homes and Meriden-based telecom company GPN.
Backing the hotel plan last year, borough councillors hoped that it would give the hall a new lease of life.
A few years ago, a similar scheme revitalised Hampton Manor, in Shadowbrook Lane.