The Boudoir was Annie’s private room. Here she would relax, write letters and read. In contrast to the masculine dark colours or Merton’s Study next door, the Boudoir’s pink walls and delicate decorations mark it as a feminine space. Annie’s interest in flora and fauna is highlighted by the beautiful butterfly fire screen. The collection and display of natural specimens - fossils, shells, animals and insects - was extremely popular in fashionable Victorian homes. It demonstrated scientific interest, as well as bringing nature inside and showcasing wealth. Princess Beatrice (1857-1944), the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, took tea here after formally opening the art galleries in February 1919. Unfortunately, Annie had been too ill to attend the ceremony that took place downstairs. The Davenport tea service they used is displayed on the top shelf of the large rosewood display cabinet. Explore artwork currently on display in the Boudoir.