The Ante Room
The Ante Room is linked to the Panelled Hall by a grand staircase, with an original 1864 Bechstein piano at its base. The intricate trompe l’oeil of trailing ivy up the staircase, includes birds such as a peacock and pheasant, were painted in 1986 by artist Tom Errington.
The grand atmosphere and doors leading out onto the Italian Terrace provide a welcoming spot for your drinks reception. Around the ceiling you will find a plaster frieze showing swallows dipping in and out of a birdbath, reflecting the fashion in Georgian times to pass on gossip every day amongst the chattering classes.