In the 1930s Eltham Palace was acquired by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, as they were looking for a semi-rural property within easy reach of central London. Eltham met the right requirements and the architects Seely and Paget built their home to the adjoining great hall. Eltham boasted an ultra-modern design by using the latest technology. Leading designers and craftsmen were commissioned to create a range of lavish interiors and outstanding gardens, providing a setting for their extensive collection of art and furniture, and ample space for entertaining.
English Heritage assumed management of the site in 1995 and in 1999 completed a major programme of works and restoration on the 1930s building.