October 6, 2001
The smoking room had the look of a real family room, well a family room loaded with priceless treasures, but Joe says he could picture himself sacked out on one of the many sofas in the room just enjoying the ambience.
There is a magnificent collection of majolica with some really lovely pieces, there is a portrait of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leister and favorite of Elizabeth I; on one wall, surrounded by majolica, a wonderful little Lucas Cranach portrait of a lady. Priceless...
After this you get to look into several small and quite plain bedrooms, and then you are set free into the gift shop. I bought so much here I had no idea how I was going to get it all home. My favorite is a piece of china made in Marie Antoinette's pattern. I really wanted to buy some toile pillows, but I really couldn't imagine trying to carry them on the plane.
From journal Visits to the Treasure Houses of England