The Dressing Room
The Dressing Room is a haven of a more traditional décor, a cornucopia of historical treasures. On the wall is a black and white landscape picture of Goodnestone House and Park from 1838 that reads, ‘For the epitome of the History of Kent’, a fitting description for the glimpses into the past that the whole estate provides. Gazing over the room is the 20th Baron FitzWalter, Henry FitzWalter Plumptre, in a portrait above the old fireplace. It was Henry FitzWalter Plumptre, grandson of Eleanor Bridges, the sister of the 5th and 6th Baronets, that claimed the title in 1924, putting an end to 168 years of abeyance. However, despite being married twice, he died childless in 1932 and the title once again fell dormant. The house was then unoccupied for a time until it was requisitioned by the Army during World War II. It was not until 1953 that the dormant title was reclaimed by the previous Baron FitzWalter’s nephew, FitzWalter Brook Plumptre. The third oldest surviving barony in the English peerage, granted in 1295, had been revived.
Indeed, this bedroom highlights the revitalisation of history in its classical décor with hints of modernity. A tranquil ambience created by the neutral colour scheme in the armchair covered in GP & J Baker Ashwell Sea Storm with touches of colour in the botanical-themed bedcovers, this room is home to many pieces of original furniture from an old dressing table to an antique clock that lies beside its modern equivalent on one of the original oak tables. Floral and landscape paintings line the walls: particularly notably is the watercolour landscape of Goodnestone by 19th century British painter J. M. Macintosh. The views onto the west gardens stretching as far as the eye can see are a beautiful sight to behold. There is a bathroom for the use of this bedroom’s inhabitants on the opposite side of the corridor that it is situated on.
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