Accomplished interior design has maintained the integrity of Goodnestone’s Queen Anne pedigree whilst overlaying a contemporary twist. Modern comforts have been cleverly interwoven into the original, resulting in a brilliant fusion of classical elegance with a sleek 21st century accent.
The house at Goodnestone Park underwent a large-scale renovation in 2016. With interior designers Francesca Rowan Plowden and Marcus Crane at the forefront of the innovation, the house was transformed, given a contemporary twist whilst maintaining its original character.
Every last detail part of the renovation was thought through in great detail – the bedrooms have familial relevance, named after the current Lord FitzWalter and his brothers. Effie’s Room is named after the late Lady FitzWalter, Margaret Deedes’ former Nanny, Effie, someone who played an important part in her early life; ‘Effie’s Border’ next to the ancient Cedar of Lebanon in the garden is also planted in homage to her. Henry’s Room follows an equestrian theme, a tribute to Henry Plumptre’s interests and career and Francis’s Room a rural theme, due to his love of the countryside. William’s Room is decorated with touches of blue and white, a reference to Japanese blue and white pottery, a field in which he has become a leading expert.
The FitzWalter Room alludes to the late Lady FitzWalter’s decorative tastes in its delicate Colefax and Fowler Wallpaper. Downstairs, bespoke de Gournay wallpaper lines the walls of the dining room, an addition that was in fact one of the more troublesome parts of the renovation.
The interior design at Goodnestone Park is not without its idiosyncrasies; the coffee table in the Library is in fact made from an old leather gym vaulting horse. Yet original ornaments from the house’s early days remain; a yew wood Ince & Mayhew cabinet, a bespoke piece made for the stately home in the 1700s can be found in the Drawing Room.
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