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The Rooms at Goodnestone Park

Goodnestone Park has numerous stunning reception rooms, with several living rooms, a luxurious library and a magnificent dining room. These are perfect for celebrations or more relaxed moments of contemplation and are ideal for corporate events, weddings, or luxury rural retreats.

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The Jane Austen Room

One of the standout features of the house is the Jane Austen Room, situated on the first floor. The room boasts views onto the east-facing box hedge parterre, planted by Charlotte Molesworth to mark the millennium.

This room is named after the 19th-century novelist Jane Austen, who spent time at the estate after her brother, Edward, married into the family in 1791. Edward and Elizabeth Bridges shared their wedding day with Elizabeth’s sister, Sophie, who married William Deedes. This double wedding is believed to have inspired the double wedding scene in Pride and Prejudice. Jane began writing it in 1796, shortly after a visit to the estate.

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The Library

The Library is a uniquely decorated room that fuses rich history with modern aspects. It features rare editions of Jane Austen’s works and collections such as the works of Shakespeare.

An intricately carved rococo marble fireplace is the architectural centrepiece of the room. Original artefacts remain, too, with an antique clock and pottery ornamenting the room.

Modern furnishings from the house’s 2016 renovation include the coffee table made from an old leather gym vaulting horse. The renovations also introduced the vibrant painting above the fireplace by Paula MacArthur, discovered at McCully & Crane Art in Rye.

Drawing-Room

The drawing room

The walls of the Drawing Room are covered in grey de Gournay silk wallpaper, inspired by the tastes of the late Lady FitzWalter. Nods to other family members include blue and white porcelain ornaments that pay homage to William Plumptre’s vocational interest in Japanese pottery.

Original features remain here, too, with a yew wood Ince & Mayhew cabinet. This bespoke piece was made for the stately home in the 1700s by the renowned British upholsterers and cabinet makers. Family portraits line the walls, such as the painting of Sir Brook Bridges, 3rd Baronet, by Francis Coates.

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The Dining Room

The Dining Room is one of the most opulently decorated rooms in the house. The walls are covered with hand-painted bespoke de Gournay wallpaper, chosen by interior designers Marcus Crane and Francesca Rowan Plowden.

The room’s centrepiece is the dining table that seats 24, made by British furniture designer and manufacturer Alastair Murray. It was commissioned by the current Lord FitzWalter and his wife, Sally, who played a significant role in the house’s renovation.

Round-Room

The round room

Sir Brook Bridges, 3rd Baronet, designed the Round Room. Under the influence of architect Robert Mylne, he created the room’s idiosyncratic oval design.

The Round Room was initially the house’s Entrance Hall until the 5th Baronet remodelled the house in the 1850s. A neo-classical Doric portico built on the west façade became the new Entrance Hall.

Kitchen

The Kitchen and Breakfast Room

The modern kitchen is a large open-planned space featuring bespoke Shaker-style units and four state-of-the-art ovens and hobs.

It is fully equipped with all the necessary appliances. The kitchen opens onto a Breakfast Room, home to a custom-made wooden oval table that seats 16 people.

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