Apart from a huge amount of work, it would also probably need rezoning for change of use.
It's not a big property - and we are optimistically hoping it isn't actually worth very much. (can only get a small mortgage atm) Don't know whether we'd be mad for even trying to approach them about it!
Thanks - I'm sure it was given as part of something else (according to their records it was bought by them in the same transaction as something much bigger) They maintain the big thing - but not the little part we are interested in.
It is a lovely building in itself, so maybe it is just bottom of the list of everything else they own?!
Do try, but having spent time talking to the nt about a property my mil was trying to buy, they aren't exactly helpful. You should also consider the covenants that they would put in place around the property - ie non renewable long term leases which may make the property commercially unviable
It's v v unlikely they would sell (they keep estates intact), and I've got a feeling that as an organisation they are simply not allowed to (and will occasionally turn down bequests because they do not have the means to maintain the property).
That said, always worth a try! They do lease out some properties; length of tenure and amount of rent varies. You might strike lucky and find a deal acceptable all round.
I wouldn't have a problem with covenants related to how the building was kept/restored/maintained/looked etc - but I wouldn't want a 99 year leasehold type situation, there is just too much work to do to not have the security of it being properly ours.
It does feel like a long chance that they would even consider selling, but the building has been empty for 30 years now and they've not done anything at all, so we'll give it a go, and see if they laugh at us!