The external restoration was completed in 1987; Hylands returned to its early 19th century elegant appearance with a new slate and lead roof; the windows were boarded and covered with mesh to improve ventilation to prevent further deterioration.
The restoration of the interior of the house started in 1994. Visitors were soon to see rooms spectacularly restored and refurbished. The impressive interiors ranged from the exquisitely gilded Drawing Room dating from the early Victorian era, to the striking marble-effect Entrance Hall from Hylands’ Georgian period. Other rooms available to view included the Blue Room and Boudoir, the Staircase Hall, the Saloon and the Library.
In 1996 the entrance hall was restored to its Georgian grandeur, and the refurbished Blue Room were open to the general public.
Easter 1999 saw the opening of the fully restored East Wing, which includes the beautiful Drawing Room, Library and Salon; along with the refurbished Boudoir.
In April 2003, the next phase of restoration was completed, providing access to Attwood’s magnificent Banqueting Room, the mezzanine level which houses the lecture theatre, and the full length of the basement.
After further work, the West Wing and Basement were opened to the public in early 2004. This area includes the stunning Banquet Room with its neo-baroque decoration, the elegantly restored Georgian Small Dining Room and the fascinating Basement which offers an opportunity to discover the remains of the original Red brick Queen Ann House of the 1730's.
A Heritage Lottery grant was awarded to Chelmsford Borough Council in 2004 which ensured the restoration of the Grand Staircase and the completion of the House restoration. The 1st Floor rooms have been refurbished and offer superb views over the Repton landscape; they also house further interpretation regarding the history of the House and Repton himself.
The bulk of the Heritage Lottery fund has been used to restore the Repton landscape, the Serpentine Lake, the Pleasure Gardens and ancillary buildings within the Estate. The restored stable block offers a new visitors centre, stables, tearoom, shop and now the Friends Bookshop which will be open 7 days a week; with this area opening up to visitors Hylands Estate will become a Heritage landmark of regional significance from February 2007.