New trustees were appointed to try to save the building and, in late 2004, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) provided an initial grant towards the cost of drawing up detailed renovation plans. Following public consultation, a full set of proposals was submitted to the HLF, which, in 2006, awarded a further grant of half the cost of the restoration project.

The trustees were delighted to receive further funding from several charitable trusts and individuals as well as the Town, District and County Councils and the Friends of Church House, who kept the project in the public eye through its vigorous programme of fundraising activities.

The local newspaper, the Sidmouth Herald, conducted a ballot among its readers to choose a new and more appropriate name for the building and, in August 2007, Church House became Kennaway House.

With funding in place, the £1 million programme of restoration work began in spring 2008 and Kennaway House was formally opened by the MP for East Devon, Hugo Swire, on 4th July 2009.

Click here to go to the restoration gallery page.