The 18th century listed ballroom of the former Swan Hotel in Lichfield has been transformed into a state-of-the-art apartment.
The room was at the hub of Lichfield society for more than two centuries and has a colourful history, having played host to county balls in the days of Jane Austen.
It was also commandeered as an operations centre in the Second World War by the Royal Air Force, which accommodated officers in the Swan while the ballroom was used as a base to plot the movements of aircraft.
Following the hotel's closure in 1988, the former coaching inn has been given a new lease of life following 12 months of extensive development by Balsall Commonbased developer Oakmoor Estates, forming 11 new one and two-bedroom apartments ranging from 400 sq ft to 1,460 sq ft.
Conservation officers from Lichfield District Council and an architectural historian have worked closely with developers to preserve the character of the building, parts of which date back to the 1450s.
Original features have been retained, including the three chandeliers which lit the ball room in its decadent past.
The painstaking process involved cleaning more than 200 dismantled pieces, which were then re-assembled and re-hung in their original positions once the ceilings were strengthened to ensure that they could continue to take the weight.
Other apartments in the building feature original exposed oak beams, staircases, doors, window casements and a 17th century wainscot lobby.
Barry Leedham, managing director of Oakmoor Estates said: "Renovating the Swan has been a real labour of love for Oakmoor.
"The apartments have real character, there is nothing uniform about them. Pitched ceilings, original oak beams and fireplaces, sash windows and cathedral views are all features you won't find in offthe-shelf offers from volume developers."
Each apartment is named after famous guests who stayed at the former hotel, including writer George Eliot, screen star Douglas Fairbanks and famed lexicographer Dr Samuel Johnson.
The ballroom has been named "The Cumberland Suite" after The Duke of Cumberland, who billeted his troops in Lichfield in 1745 and was billed by the Swan Hotel for meat rations including "bacon, pigs eares and feet".
The apartments, which are adjacent to Beacon Park, Minster pool and Lichfield Cathedral are available for sale or let via the Lichfield office of estate agent Hunters.