Conservatory

This octagonal conservatory on the first floor was one of Louisa Willet-Holthuysen’s favourite rooms. 

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Its characteristic shape and setting adjacent to the garden is strongly reminiscent of an 18th-century tea or garden pavilion – an impression that is emphasised by the colour of the woodwork on the chairs and the elegant display case. Louisa used the room as an informal tea salon, as the previous residents probably also would have done.

When you are in the room, be sure to look up at the ceiling. Recent research has revealed an original ceiling painting. The entire ceiling and the upholstery were covered with depictions of grapes, leaves, butterflies and flowers, in pleasant colours including pale yellow, green and blue.