Gildredge Manor, 11 Borough Lane,
Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 8BB
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This room was in fact originally the dining room (opposite the butler's pantry and just along from the strongroom for the silverware!). This room would have been used for entertaining guests and special occasions. However, it was important for all but the most modest of houses to have a library so this is what we've called it today. We're unsure when the interior was done as we believe the wood panelling and intricate parquet floor are more Edwardian in style but that remains for the moment a mystery along with the origin of the fantastic stone fireplace we uncovered during our restoration works. The walls above the wood panelling are painted a muted red - a popular colour then for both dining rooms and libraries!
The library is fully furnished with comfy Chesterfield leather sofas and armchairs and makes for a calm place for contemplation and conversation. Sadly we can't add cigars but a brandy or whisky in this room is a must!