Male guests enjoyed the Smoking and Billiard Rooms in the Bachelors’ Wing. Many visitors are surprised that much of the collection of arms and armour in the corridor was bought by Ferdinand’s sister, Alice.
This was Ferdinand’s inner sanctum and originally housed his ‘cabinet des curiosités’, literally room of curiosities or treasures, in which he displayed his most valuable medieval and Renaissance collections.
This room was the private sitting room for the State Bedroom suite. It was here that Baron Ferdinand presented Queen Victoria with a jewelled fan on her visit in 1890.
This is the central room in the house, linking the front door with the garden and Parterre. Guests would gather here before going to the Dining Room and sums up Baron Ferdinand’s taste perfectly.
Ferdinand housed his collection of contemporary 19th-century books in English, French and German in this room. The principal focus was historical works, background to the lectures he gave locally.
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