The ground floor accommodates the drawing room, which is ideally laid out for family relaxation, while the refitted kitchen/family room has oak units, quartz work surfaces, plus built-in appliances including a double Range oven, additional double oven, hob, cooker hood, two dishwashers, fridge, coffee machine and a double Belfast sink unit, and American fridge/freezer.
Glazed doors the width of the room open from the dining area on to the terrace and gardens over the landscaped gardens, and beyond the kitchen and drawing room is the dining room, study and entertainment room, which has a fully equipped bar.
While I lazed and contemplated booking in for a facial, my fiance took the opportunity to enjoy the hotel's exclusive residents' only drawing rooms, where the evening before we had enjoyed a nightcap.
A nightcap in one of the drawing rooms later and it was to bed in our movie-star suite one last time before the fantasy was over and work beckoned once morep ROOM rates start from pounds 240 West Wing, or pounds 420 for a Mansion room to find out more information call 01923 807 807 or visit www.thegrove.co.uk The Grove is AA Hotel of the Year, Conde Nast Travellers UK Spa Retreat of the Year and also is host to the American Express Championships, World Golf Championships 2006
Two silver buttons at the foot of the bed caught my eye and a sly push of one sent a plasma screen TV shooting out, to match the 42" one sitting over the fireplace in the drawing room.
They used drawing rooms when the gathering was large enough.
These upstairs rooms were apparently bedrooms although in some mansions, like Virginia's Governor's Palace, "the most influential house in the Chesapeake in the early eighteenth century," the Miles Brewton house in Charleston, South Carolina, or the Samuel Powel town house in Philadelphia, one of the second story rooms became the grand room of the house known as a drawing room. From 1773-1 787 Mount Vernon was further expanded by the addition of two rooms on either side of the mansion.
The eighteenth-century Georgian mansion's rooms in descending order of what Cary Carson calls "hierarchies of social importance" were ballroom, drawing room; dining room; parlor, hall; library; and finally bedrooms.
While the mansion's more ornate rooms--ball or drawing room, dining room, parlor, and hall--allowed men alone to exchange political and economic information or discuss intellectual matters, these same spaces, when used by men and women together, created publics focussed on the polite and the superficial.
The smallest drawing room
in the smallest house design measures 21ft 4in by 12ft 9in and the smallest bedroom is 12ft by 10ft 8in.
But in one way it is the purest example of its genre, since it premiered in 1972 not in a theater but on BBC radio, and its first audience would have enjoyed it in their own drawing rooms
Top billing goes to Apartment One, formed partly from the former billiard room, now an impressive drawing room
and with a big, west-facing bow window.