Before my last visit to the UK disappears totally into Christmas preparations, I would like to show you a couple of photos taken inside the house. As no flash photography was allowed, I will apologise now for the rather dismal lighting, but I think they are still worth looking at!
One of the amazing fireplaces - can't you just see a quilt here !
And maybe another one in this section of flooring ?
With approx 100 rooms, can you imagine these all ringing at the same time ? Downton Abbey eat your heart out !
Part of the gallery landing
and its amazing ceiling !
The amount of wood panelling and carvings in this house is staggering, and all original. Most doors are embossed with flowers or animals and no two carvings are the same. One doorway had a freize of some 16 roses above it, and all different.
These are just a couple of glimpses into an era long gone, but still fascinating today!
One thing I didn't mention in my last post was the chapel
This was added after the main house was built, and because of the contours of the land, was built on the side of a slope, hence the very large crypt ! The family would enter the chapel from the first floor of the house, and if you look closely at the photo just above the tree on the left, you can see the covered bridge that was built to enable them to attend services without going outside.
I hope you've enjoyed this little visit as much as I enjoyed the real thing !