What makes this such an invit­ing room

Homes and Antiques Magazine - - LIFESTYLE -

The ar­chi­tec­tural fix­tures and fit­tings of this guest bed­room at Map­per­ton House are en­dur­ing ev­i­dence of its 16th and 17th- cen­tury ori­gins, while the fur­nish­ings em­brace its evo­lu­tion from the 1550s un­til now. Aes­thet­i­cally, how does that work? I don’t think I could put it bet­ter than Lord David Ce­cil who, writ­ing in 1955 in his pub­li­ca­tion Some Dorset Coun­try Houses stated: ‘ Through­out the house 16th, 17th, and 18th cen­turies meet each other at ev­ery turn. Yet – and this is no­tably char­ac­ter­is­tic of Map­per­ton – they do not quar­rel. Di­ver­sity never means dis­cord. Rather, the dif­fer­ent ages com­bine to cre­ate an un­ex­pected and richer har­mony.’

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