The principal apartment of one of the finest and most acclaimed Palladian mansions in Great Britain, and the largest in Wiltshire.
The principal apartment of one of the finest Palladian mansions in the country and reputedly the largest house in Wiltshire. Comprising over 23,000 sq ft of accommodation on the ground and first floors, including most of the state rooms of the Castle and the magnificent 60ft central Rotunda. The apartment has unimpeded views across the Estate to the Nadder Valley and unspoilt Wiltshire countryside. Initially converted in 2000 under the supervision of world renowned minimalist architects, John Pawson, the property is now a home of unparalleled distinction.
The Central Hall or Rotunda
The Central Hall or Rotunda is approached from the entrance hall via an ante-hall with display niches and archway. The Rotunda, which is circular with a diameter of about 45ft, rises about 60ft to a magnificent skylit dome supported on eight composite columns. Twin cantilevered staircases with graceful balustrades rise from the ground floor to a circular gallery on the first floor or piano nobile, which provides access via a slightly curved and panelled doors to the principal state rooms. Around the side of the Gallery are six beautifully decorated coffered apses or deep niches. The north niche has coupled demi-columns and the south niche has Ionic columns with a straight entablature. The west niche incorporates a rare chamber organ which was installed by the 8th Lord Arundell in circa 1894.
One of two Dining Rooms, approached via a doorway flanked on both sides by Doric pilasters and surmounted by an entablature with decorated plaster work above incorporating the Arundell coat of arms. The principal feature of this room is the magnificent ceiling with Lunettes and spandrels intricately decorated with long foliage scrolls, trophies and arabesques in stucco. Within the centre of the oval ceiling design there is a beautiful painting being a copy of Guido Renis' Aurora by Pompeio Battoni. There is also a fine marble fireplace incorporating a carved figure and flanked by marble columns with a cast iron grate and marble hearth.
The White Room has cornices incorporating vase and flower patterns glided entablature over the doors and a marble fireplace with intricate floral patterns and sculptured figures with a cast iron gate. Interconnecting double doors to:-
The Saloon, the largest state room with a Venetian window having views towards the ruins of Old Wardour Castle. Coved ceiling with elaborate gilded and painted cornicing. Doorways and windows with entablatures over.
The Great Dining Room with Doric pilasters and an entablature and pediment over incorporates the Arundell coat of arms. High barrel-vaulted ceiling with cornice. Venetian window overlooking the forecourt and north garden. Marble fireplace with sculptured figures on marble slips and cast iron gates.
Interconnecting door to:- Master Bedroom, approached from the Rotunda via a curving passageway with two sets of doors. Marble fireplace with sculptured designs and inlaid slips with a cast iron gate. Decorative cornice and fiexe. Entablatures over doors.
Guest Bedroom, with a high ceiling and fine cornice. Marble fireplace with raised fire basked with bath, WC and basin.
Private Sitting Room or further Bedroom, with a fine cornice. Marble fireplace with sculptured pastoral scene and raised cast iron basked with en-suite, entered via two pairs of mahogany doors. The former Boudoir is probably one of the most attractive rooms in Wardour Castle. The east end of the room is curved and has a pair of glazed and convex part coffered niches. The ceiling was originally designed by Sir John Soane and comprises a series of three linked oval glided classic designs and a gilded and painted cornice. The fireplace is made of fleur de peche marble, inlaid with lapis and oynx, and is one of the most attractive fireplaces in the Castle. Opposite the fireplace is an arched recess with raised gilded leaf decorative entablatures over the doors.
Leading off from either side of the Ante Hall of the Rotunda is a limestone floored circular Hallway running the circumference of the Rotunda and providing independent access to all of the main rooms on the ground floor. A Garden Room, with four display niches and French doors leads out onto south lawns. Kitchen/Breakfast Room, with French doors leading onto west lawns. An Office/Library has been used as a screening room. There are four further bedrooms with four further bathrooms (3 en-suite). The gym has a vaulted ceiling and stone bolection fireplace and is accessed both off the east circular hallway and directly from the main communal entrance hall.
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This is an apartment of world class status. An outstanding space of epic proportions but with an easy comfortable style that would suit someone looking to make areal statement.Camilla ElwellProperty agent