The most important rooms in any country house are the ones you spend the most time in. When the fire is crackling and you’re nursing an after dinner drink, we guarantee you won’t want to leave the comfort of Brideweir House’s gorgeous reception rooms.
The entrance hall
Warm colours and soft furnishings offer a big welcome as you step through the door of Brideweir House. But the real talking point in the large entrance hall is the 200 year old French Stove which is actually older than the house itself! While a curved stairway sweeps upstairs to the four large bedrooms just a few steps off the entrance hall on the ground floor are Brideweir’s grand reception rooms.
The Red Room
The reception rooms at Brideweir are virtually the same as they were when the Reverend Tonson first lived here in 1822. 13ft ceilings with detailed cornicing and plasterwork lend an old world grandeur to the room. The Red Room, also used as the Dining Room has the original pitch pine floor and here, as in the rest of the house, the original sash windows have been carefully restored. In places you will even see the original glass.
The red room features a 5ft fireplace of Pennsylvanian marble which is fuelled by timber from the estate. When the wind is whipping up outside there’s no nicer place to relax. But the Red Room is also the ideal location for private dining by candlelight for up to eight people. After dinner, gather round the piano for a traditional sing song.
The Yellow Room
The yellow room also has windows on two sides overlooking the gardens. Here an impressive Connemara marble fireplace takes centre stage. Relax in the squishy sofa, and read the paper over Sunday morning breakfast with lashings of tea and toast.