William's Room

This room is named after William Plumptre, the third son of the 21st Baron FitzWalter, FitzWalter Brook Plumptre. The colours in the room with its warm shades of yellow, but notably the blue and white reflect the Japanese pottery tradition for which William Plumptre has become well known. The Japanese Pottery tradition is one that has been long renowned for its blue and white porcelain that since the 1600s was admired and exported by European potters. As one of the UK’s leading potters, William indeed spent time in Japan after studying Ceramic Design at the Chelsea College of Art, where he trained in workshops of various different potters, including the world-renowned potter Tatsuzo Shimaoka. Having set up his first pottery in Hartsop in 1987 where he constructed an oil-fired kiln, he now fires his work in a gas-fired kiln that he designed and uses local materials in his glazes. William’s work is visible throughout the house, as well as featuring in his former restored bedroom.

This room fuses tradition and history with echoes of the past palpable in the original fireplace feature, as well as restored original furniture such as the chest of drawers and dressing table. However, there are also all the modern commodities needed, and the vibrancy of modernity in the room’s bright colours, sun-shaped mirrors, and exuberant modern artwork is undeniable. Silk Colefax and Fowler curtains line the windows out of which a stunning view of the labyrinthine east-facing gardens is apparent. This view is only enhanced by the elevated en suite bathroom which provides an increasingly panoramic view of the gardens. The en suite features not only a restored standalone bath but a large walk-in shower. Ornate mirrors and a chandelier decorate the en suite and bedroom respectively, and a comfortable armchair provides the perfect place to relax in tranquillity in this luxurious haven.

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