The Lounge & Library
Formerly the parlour in Victorian times, from 1971 to 1981 this elegant room became André Brink’s study where he wrote four books: Looking on Darkness, An Instant in the Wind, Rumours of Rain and A Dry White Season.
Floor to ceiling bookshelves used to adorn the entire wall space, even stretching above the doors, prior to restoration as a guest house by Peter and Belinda Tudge in 1991.
Today this room is a comfortable retreat, where guests can unwind with a book and enjoy a cup of coffee or a drink from the bar. The log fire gives welcome warmth on cold winters’ nights.
Current owner Richard Anker-Simmons’ recent refurbishment of this room includes his intriguing print collection of paintings by 18th century English artist and pictorial satirist William Hogarth. From the series ‘Marriage à-la-mode’, this is regarded by many as Hogarth’s finest project, a pointed dig at upper class 18th century society. The story behind each of the six prints is also on display.