8 October 2015

A Castle continued


Now where were we...oh yes we had just left the yellow bedroom.


The flower display in the Seminar Room was stunning


 The room was a bedroom for Lady Baillie’s son Gawaine, but was turned into a meeting room in 1978.

 

Lady Baillie's Dressing Room and Bathroom 
Every bath in the castle has a bell next to it, to ring for a servant.  


Entry wasn't allowed into the bathroom but the strategically placed mirrors gave an idea of what it was like.



Lady Baille's Bedroom
follows the French regency style of the 18th century. The Louis Vuitton trunk was just as fashionable then as it is today. I liked this room, I could see myself happily flitting around or lounging in one of those lovely chairs! 



Catherine of Aragon Room
I also liked this room but wasn't so keen on the flower display. 
I love the idea of having a bedroom that's like a lounge with chairs and a sofa.


The dressing table, made by Franck and Co. of Paris in the 1930's is covered in shark skin!


The Yellow Drawing Room
The walls are covered in silk instead of wallpaper


The piano is over 150 years old and is sometimes played by volunteers


Thorpe Hall Drawing Room
The wooden panelling on the walls comes from Thorpe Hall in Cambridgeshire. They were sold to Lady Baillie in 1927. So the walls are 200 years older than the room, they had to alter the room to fit the panels.


I wonder which famous bottoms have graced this lovely embroidered velvet Queen Anne chair, Lady Baille's favourite; or these chairs on the right, whilst playing backgammon!


This spiral staircase was made in Paris in 1927 and re-assembled on site by French carpenters. The wood was wire-brushed to make it look old. The central pillar is made from a single tree-trunk and carved with a mythical salamader, a symbol of French royalty. At the stop of the staircase is a laughing crusader with his dog.



The Inner Hall
The 16th century horseman is carved from oak and is the oldest horse statue in England. 
The knight holds a battle hammer.



The Outer Hall






Coming soon: A history of dog collars



8 comments:

  1. Hello Polly,
    I just read your last 2 posts. What an amazing place. the castle is fantastic and looks so well preserved. Thank you for sharing your great pictures.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hello Giac, it is an amazing place and very well looked after. Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your comments.

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  2. It serves me right for coming in mid-way through a conversation, not having read your previous post beforehand - but then I realised where we were. Excellent photographs - much better than the ones I showed! It's a fabulous place, Leeds Castle.

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    1. Hello Mike, thank you for the compliment. I have just read your excellent posts, I like your historical facts and information - I didn't even mention where Leeds Castle is!! I'm doing a third part about an exhibition of dog collars.

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  3. Some people live like a lot of people don't! Such splendid photographs have really captured the opulence wonderfully.

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    1. Hello John, they certainly do, no expense was spared. Thank you for the compliment.

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  4. I enjoyed both castle posts, what a place. Nice of you to take us along.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Hello Amalia, it was a pleasure, I'm glad you enjoyed them x

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