The Pink Room
This room’s décor, one envisioned and realised by interior designers Marcus Crane and Francesca Rowan Plowden, is true to its name. Floral Indienne Lewis & Wood wallpaper lines the walls, with pink plush cushions adorning the settee and luxurious king-sized bed. On the wall is a reminder of the extensive history of the family and house’s inhabitants in a portrait of Eleanor Foote, wife of Sir Brook W. Bridges, 4th Baronet, painted in the early 19th century. In this, she sports a pink dress that further compliments the delicate colour scheme of the room.
There is a spectacular view of the front, east-facing gardens out of the window, showcasing the extent of the grassy banks bisected by a gravel path that merge into the cricket pitch and lawns perfect for playing for croquet. The labyrinthine box hedge-parterre that distinguishes the east-facing lawn of the house is one that was created in 2000 to mark the millennium. Designed and planted by artist and garden designer Charlotte Molesworth, the intricate design for this parterre is one taken from details of the original 18th century formal garden. The elevated en suite allows for further panoramic views of these sightly gardens, featuring a thematically pink stand-alone bath-shower.
The antique furniture and original wooden floorboards maintain the authentic character of the house; in 1959, fire destroyed the roof and the top two floors of the house but furniture and paintings were salvaged. The 21st Lord FitzWalter was advised to take down the remains and build a new, modern house. However, this was advice that he disregarded; the event would become one that did not destroy the house, but added to its rich history. For the constant reminders of previous ancestors are not simply one of a halcyon story, but of a house that has undergone not only fire, but army requisition and occupation during the war.
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