The library ceiling.
The library ceiling in detail.
The dining room ceiling moulding...
...and in detail. Can you imagine trying to find an artisan that can still do this kind of work?
The serving room ceiling.
This picture does NOT do it justice. This is the dome stained glass ceiling of the conservatory. Hanging from the dome are glass clusters of grapes.
Details, details, details. The bowtie shape in the great hall floor...put there so the boards can't shift sideways. Where is this kind of workmanship any more?
The great hall ceiling. One of my son's favourite parts of the castle. This one was taken from the "Master Bedroom" balcony.
And, of course, random pieces of furniture that I liked:
The desk in the "Master Bedroom".
The bottom half of this table at the end of a hall.
The curved pieces between the legs on this little table. Nobody takes time for details like this any more. Sigh.
The trunk and little table in the only room that was labelled as the servant's room...more on that to follow.
Also in the servant's room.
It was built for entertaining military, business, and social contacts in grand style. Now, here's the thing - I spent the entire time that we were walking through it tryng to see it as it would have been, not as it is currently set up. When you enter, you are given a map, with the individual rooms labelled. On the third floor, I finally found the blueprints on the wall of what the rooms were when the house was in use. I so so would have liked to have seen it set up as the blueprints showed. The whole servants quarters were being used as offices and storage -except for the one room set up as a guest suite. Being a devoted follower of "Downton Abbey" and the new version of "Upstairs/Downstairs", I want to see the servant's quarters. Also, most of the family bedrooms have been set up as sitting rooms, more offices, and a war museum. In the basement, where the kitchen would have been - they have a gift shop and little cafe. I would really have enjoyed seeing the kitchen set up as it would have been back in the day. In fact, I think setting it up as it actually would have been would actually draw more tourists. But then, that's just my opinion.
Stay tuned for part two of our adventure...the art gallery.