This room is named after the late Lady FitzWalter, Margaret Deedes’ former nanny, Effie. Lady FitzWalter was the mother of the current Lord FitzWalter, Julian Brook Plumptre. She had been educated in her home by her nanny as well as by governesses and her mother, but Effie, who lived to over the age of 100, clearly held a special place in Lady FitzWalter’s life as she also had a border next to the ancient Cedar of Lebanon planted in homage to her, named ‘Effie’s Border’. This was a project in which Lady FitzWalter likely had some involvement, for after she married FitzWalter Brook Plumptre, the 21st Baron FitzWalter in 1951 and they moved into the house in 1955 she made it her aim to restore and renovate both the house and gardens. Although these plans were put on hold in 1959 by a destructive fire, she soon resumed her work on the gardens and became known for extensive contribution to the landscape. Throughout her life, Lady FitzWalter would often recall cautionary ditties that Effie had taught her in her youth.
The room is one steeped in the history of the Goodnestone family ancestry, with floral patterns, elaborate paintings and portraits aligning the walls reminiscent of the stately home back in its day, now restored to a modernised glory with contemporary touches such as the GP & J Baker fabric-covered cushions. The portrait painting of Sir Brook George Bridges, 6th Baronet is yet another nod to the rich and inescapable history of one of England’s most impressive stately homes. Original furniture, the fireplace feature, old books and walls lined with paintings that are preserved family heirlooms provide further echoes of the past, reminders that this is a house that was inhabited by the aristocracy. This room also features a sizeable en suite with a bath-shower, a place of calm in serene grey, adorned with mirrors and paintings.
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