As the world adjusts to a new stay-at-home lifestyle brought on by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many people’s homes have also become their workplace.
But for Ladies of London star Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke — who manages the historic Mapperton Estate with her husband, Luke Timothy Charles Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke and son of the 11th Earl of Sandwich — her home is her business.
“We open up our home to the public in order to keep that history alive,” the future Countess of Sandwich tells PEOPLE of managing the grounds of her family’s 500-year-old home in Dorset, England. “The visitor income helps to maintain English heritage.”
Montagu says while they’ve lost their main source of income with estate visits indefinitely shut down and weddings and events canceled, the greater threat is that most of the country’s historic homes won’t be in a financial position to reopen until next year —