The property was purchased by the Carmelite Order in 1959 with the intention of establishing a monastery on the site. Fortunately, the Nuns realised the historical value of Ormiston House and built the monastery in a less favourable position to the northern side. In 1967 a voluntary group, the Ormiston House Restoration Association was formed with the object to restore the house and gardens to as much of their former glory as possible.
The Ormiston House Friends and Advisers Committee was formed in 1992 and it is continuing the maintenance and restoration work on the estate with the aim to perpetuate the history of Ormiston House. A dedicated team of volunteers perform most of the maintenance work, guided tours, stage special events, serve Devonshire Teas on Sunday afternoons, and many other tasks to raise funds.
Over the past 40 years, the rooms have been restored as funds allowed, and furnished to reflect the period. The drapes are of the period 1860, furniture and antiques from Georgian, William 4th through to Victorian. Some Hope items remain; Mrs Hope’s tea kettle, Capt. Hope’s brass telescope, cutlery with the Hope Crest, and ‘White Stockings’ the beloved rocking horse belonging to the Hope children.
The latest room to be refurbished is the Macartney Room. Through the generosity of the late William Lingard, who bequeathed his furniture to Ormiston house, this room has been dedicated to the memory of the Macartney Family.