Showrooms

Rooms designed to impress

View the richly carved oak screen in the Great Hall © Antony Crolla

View the richly carved oak screen in the Great Hall

Knole's showrooms were designed to impress visitors and to display the Sackville family’s wealth and status since the early 17th century.

Rooms designed to impress

The Spangled Bedroom at Knole, once fit for a King © Antony Crolla

The Spangled Bedroom at Knole, once fit for a King

Knole's showrooms were designed to impress visitors and to display the Sackville family’s wealth and status since the early 17th century.

 

Rooms designed to impress

Tudor portraiture hangs at the east end of the Cartoon Gallery © Antony Crolla

Tudor portraiture hangs at the east end of the Cartoon Gallery

Knole's showrooms were designed to impress visitors and to display the Sackville family’s wealth and status since the early 17th century.

365 rooms?

There's a popular myth that Knole is a calendar house, with 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances and 7 courtyards. While fascinating, the reality is that it all depends on how you count the rooms.

A sample of the showrooms

Brown Gallery

Thomas Sackville created an atmospheric and impressive portrait gallery © NTPL/NTPL

The Brown Gallery's part of Archbishop Bourchier's original mid-15th century building, and remodelled by the 1st Earl of Dorset in the early 17th century. Long galleries like this were not only communicating corridors but also for gentle exercise in bad weather.

Ballroom

Walk through rooms with rare and valuable collections of art and furniture © NTPL/John Miller

This room's structure dates from about 1467, when it was the Solar or chief living room of Archbishop Bourchier and his attendants. They would have retired to this Great Chamber, after eating at the high table in the Great Hall.

Reynolds Room

High-resolution photographic hangings are part of the Reynolds Room project © NTPL/Emily Watts

You reach the Reynolds Room after the Ballroom, and Second Painted Staircase. It's named after Sir Joshua Reynolds, a close friend of the 3rd Duke, and contains some of his finest portraits.

King's Room

Do not miss: Jacobean grandeur, silver furniture, Cloth of Gold state bed  © NTPL/John Miller

Your route to the most marvellous room in the house, with its magnificent royal state bed and rare silver furniture, takes you along the Cartoon Gallery, the longest of Knole's three galleries.

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