The Drawing Room was used as a spectacular showcase for Merton and Annie’s fine and decorative art collection. The unifying theme to the room and its contents appeared to be anything delicate, refined or gilded. Even a plaster bust of Annie was gilded!
The design of the room is based upona pair of doors from an 18th Century Florentine palace. The torch and quiver design featured in the doors are reflected in the Drawing Room’s stained glass, furniture, fretwork screen, coving and even the doorplates.
The suite of sofa and chairs are recorded as once having belonged to Queen Victoria, while the impressive large French cabinet once belonged to the Empress Eugénie.