The detailed plasterwork ceilings at Berrington Hall are stunning.
The painted portrait medallions on the library ceiling are the work of acclaimed architect John Biagio Rebecca and were designed to imitate high-relief stucco sculpture. They represent great English men of literature, including Shakespeare, Milton and Chaucer. The floor of the bedroom above was raised slightly to reduce the impact of footsteps on the fragile ceiling below.
The library's fitted bookcases resemble classical facades with shallow pediments and pilasters.
The decorative effect running along the top of the bookcases is a pattern of mistletoe leaves and berries. This kind of ornate detail is typical of this house and its history.
The drawing room still has its original white and gold curtain boxes, which set off the beautifully hung curtains and pelmets.
It also has the finest ceiling at Berrington with medallions depicting mythical figures. The central medallion shows Jupiter, Cupid and Venus. Images of Greek mythology were popular in stately homes.