The Crimson Dining Room

This was originally the family Dining Room but, being far from the kitchens, the Saloon soon replaced it. The vines, cornucopiae and mirrors make this an ideal backdrop for dining.

The seventeenth-century Mortlake tapestry is taken from the Duke of Newcastle's book on equitation published in Antwerp in 1658 and is surrounded by the set of portraits by Soest, of the sons of Sir Thomas Lyttelton, (1595-1649/50), two of whom fought in the Civil War.

In the alcove is a Louis XV Boulle bracket timepiece by Langlois of Paris given by 2nd Earl Spencer to his daughter, Sarah, when she was married in 1813 to William Henry, Lord Lyttelton.