Furnishing the Rectory and locating the past
Robert Miller returned early this week to assist Caron in placing the furniture purchased from Hemswell Antiques, which was delivered and stored last week. They already had an idea which rooms they wanted to put things in but naturally changed things around to ensure the best look.
Their remit had always been that the interior should look like that of a real Rectory at the turn of the nineteenth century. They were also tasked in furnishing a training room that could accommodate guests on courses. The Breakfast Room, which is a large bay windowed room with delightful views, was given more up-market furniture including a huge 10-seater mahogany table to allow guests to breakfast together or indeed to hold meetings in.
The George III Serpentine Sideboard in there is both elegant and functional as it will provide storage and a wide table top to display breakfast ingredients. The Edwardian Cabinet will house china and the George III Writing Desk adds interest especially with the old letter weighing scales on top. The Hallway shows off the pink glass and brass chandelier and also has an ecclesiastical music stand and a Monks’ Bench. The Entrance Hall has a marble top table where guests can sign in. The training room has 2 refectory tables which have been adjusted to the same height so they can be slotted together or positioned separately and twelve stick backed chairs.