The renovation of a Devon country house will go ahead, even though it did not win the BBC's Restoration programme.
Poltimore House lost in the final of the BBC's Restoration series
Poltimore House, near Exeter, represented the South West in the final, broadcast live on BBC Two on Sunday night.
Viewers were asked to ring in and vote for their favourite of 10 finalists.
But Victoria Baths in Manchester came out on top, with Lissan House in County Tyrone in second place and Wentworth Castle in south Yorkshire third.
Poltimore House was seeking the £3m given to the winners by the Heritage Lottery Fund to help carry out restoration work.
But the Poltimore Trust says re-development of the house will still go ahead, though at a much slower pace now without the substantial funding.
Poltimore House has fallen into disrepair in recent years
Trust spokesman Peter Howard said: "Long before the programme came about, we knew English Heritage were going to give us a six-figure sum to protect the building.
"Within the next few weeks people will see it being shrouded and covered in scaffolding."
Poltimore has been considered a jewel in Devon since the late 16th Century.
It played host to the signing of the surrender of Exeter during the English Civil War.
In the 20th Century it saw service as a school and a nursing home.
The Trust bought the building in 1999 and an estimated £10m is needed to restore it fully.