Entering Biddick Hall
The overall, captivating and immediate impression of Biddick Hall is that of a home. It is this homely atmosphere that is successfully maintained and one which guests adore. A home allows that subtle mix of grandeur, quirkiness and informality that immediately puts guests at ease.
The visitor to Biddick Hall enters through an entrance lobby into a large staircase hall with its stunning Baroque plasterwork ceiling and cantilevered staircase with wrought iron stair rail. The hall design is attributed to Sir John Vanbrugh. The Venetian window supported internally by free-standing columns is the work of Trenwith Wills.
On the ground floor in the Pink Drawingroom the eye is immediately captured by the unique and large collection of Sanquine 18th century engravings assembled by the 4th Countess of Durham in 1937. The chimney piece, originally from Lambton Castle, ascribed to Sir Henry Cheere (1703-1781), is of inlaid marble with a tablet in relief of lovers from literature, Daphnis and Chloe.
Across the hall in the Green Drawingroom which is a light and atmospheric room. There is always a library of daily newspapers and books to while away the hours.
The Garden Room is of contemporary design for relaxation with card tables, grand piano and cable television.
The Dining Room, enlarged in 1954 by Trenwith Wills and redecorated in the Georgian style seats up to 12 at a Regency mahogany circular dining table and up to 16 with an extension.
On the first floor in Lord Lambton’s library is another chimneypiece originally from Lambton Castle and is exceptional. It depicts volumes of music with composers names on the spines, Haydn, Cramer, Duils, Correlli. A notable absence of English composers!!
In Lord Lambton’s Bedroom a remarkable four poster bed and as a visiting furniture expert described “two tone gilt and black-japanned bedstead decorated overall with chinoiserie figures, birds, water pavilions, flowers, temples, gardens and other motifs …… surmounted by Viscounts coronets ……. arms, coronet and motto of Lambton.”
The Chinese Room, light and with a view to the south along the elm avenue, has “an Italian giltwood four-poster bedstead, the shaped oval corona carved with egg-and-dart scrolling foliage and flowerheads and surmounted by ostrich feather plumes with old gold silk damask and velvet hangings” The room is papered with a rare and colourful hand painted Chinese wallpaper.
The Violet Bedroom with its green, grey, and beige painted four poster bedstead hung with violet and blue floral cotton on a white ground is a ladies room. Gathered white tulle, violets embossed on the wallpaper and the view over the rose garden and down the long avenue brings every romantic novel into reality. The adjoining bathroom has been made from a seldom used bedroom and is huge with roll top bath, walk-in shower and a fireplace.
The Indian Bedroom with mahogany four poster bed, Indian brass and bone-mounted hardwood cabinet and Burmese davenport is a warm, character filled room. A furniture carving depicting “berried foliage about a central mythical beast” or the picture frame with “scrolling cresting centred by feathers and flanked with eagle masks” portrays the oriental mysteries behind the rooms very name. A favourite room that captures a guests imagination immediately.
All rooms offer delightful views of the gardens or woodland with the full expanse of the estate as a perfect backdrop.
Each of the eight double or twin bedrooms and the single are individually decorated and furnished. Every bedroom has its own private bathroom most of which have been renovated to offer all modern facilities of walk-in power shower and large bath. Two of the bedrooms have bathrooms across the corridor.