A look around Mrs Greville's apartment
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Architects of the Ritz Hotel in London, Mewès and Davis, designed the apartment in 1906 with some of the rooms inspired by different periods.
When Mrs Greville bequeathed Polesden Lacey to the National Trust in 1942, she left instructions for lady's maid, Mademoiselle Liron to move into her apartment. After Mademoiselle Liron's death, the apartment was rented out along with the rest of the first floor, which had been converted. Various tenants lived on this floor, including antique dealers, National Trust staff, a retired Major and a manager of the Dorchester hotel (where Mrs Greville had spent her final days).
The bedroom was inspired by Robert Adam’s 18th century designs and the boudoir was Jacobean-inspired with panels, yellow curtains and a brown carpet. Mrs Greville filled the boudoir with Egyptian alabaster jars and Chinese pottery horses' heads. In 1960, the ceilings were damaged in a fire and Jackson and Sons, the original plasterers repaired them in the same style as a 17th century ceiling from the Globe Room at the Reindeer Inn in Banbury.
The bathroom is similar to those that Mewès and Davis designed for the Ritz Hotel in London with marble floors, sinks and bath. Two sinks were installed with one intended for Mr Greville’s use. Sadly in 1908 he died of pneumonia before moving in, following an operation to remove his larynx as he was suffering from cancer of the vocal chords.