Croome Court first floor
Explore the first floor of the house and hear it's story from the volunteers.
First Floor - Stairway hidden door
The ‘hidden’ doorway connects the main house to the red wing. The door was created by the 6th Earl of Coventry, in the late 18th century, during his later life when he became less mobile. It enabled him to retreat to his lavish private quarters, especially during times when the house was full of visitors. The ‘jib’ door was decorated so that it blended into its surroundings. The door was also used during the time the house was occupied by the Hare Krishnas and nuns/pupils of the Boys School. At some point, prior to the property being taken over by National Trust, the door was painted over and sealing it shut.
First Floor - East
The suite of rooms on the east side of the first floor includes a bedroom thought to have been used by the 6th Earl's first wife Maria Gunning.
Once decorated in 'chinoiserie' style, fashionable in the 18th century, this was the principal bedroom of the 6th Earl's first wife.
The room next to the Chinese Bedroom, in the south-east corner of the first floor, was originally a dressing room used by Maria Gunning. It housed a spectacular George II overmantel mirror, made by William Linnell which was at Croome until 1948 until it was sold for £58.
First Floor - West
This series of rooms had included the 6th Earl's main bedroom but subsequent history has left its mark.
This room, which matches another on the north side of the house, was possibily the 6th Earl's bedroom before he was married. The panelling predates Brown's remodelling of the house, so it may be original to the room or have been brought in from somewhere else.
This is where the 6th Earl slept while he lived at Croome Court. It's decor, however, comes from an altogether different period. It was chosen by one of the property developers who owned Croome in the 1990's.