The ‘Grande’ formal sitting room has been meticulously restored to its former splendour. The space is once again as opulent as it was in the 1950s when the ‘Grande-dame’ of ‘Annesley House’, Mrs Margaret Luers used to host her famous parties in this room. Mrs Luers, daughter of a local parliamentarian was the third owner of ‘Annesley House’ and an accomplished pianist and socialite. Her dances and parties which she held at the mansion were often the talk of the town.
Today the ‘Grande’ is fully restored to its former glory. It still retains many period features including the original high ceiling and ceiling rose, the marble fireplace and the gold leaf pelments that crown the “hand drawn” glass windows. An observant guest will also notice a small piece of Victorian ‘graffiti’ drawn on the south wall by ‘Boyd the Paperer’ in 1889.
The space is ideal for meetings as it has a large teak table and a number of chesterfield leather sofas. There is an adjoining anteroom which contains a coffee bar and tea and coffee making facilities. French doors from this sun-filled anteroom open out onto the spacious garden of ‘Annesley House.’
Although playing ‘Euchre’ and dancing the ‘Stroll’ are no longer common pastimes, the ‘Grande’ is still the perfect place to host a function that even Mrs Luers would be proud of.
The Grande at a Glance
The Grande is a stylish function/meeting room.
|Downstairs within the main house||Marble Fireplace|
|Gas log fire|
|Seating||Historically significant features|
|Chesterfield sofas||Large round teak board/dining table|
|Seating for 15 people|
|Total size 38sq m|