The 18th century clock in the saloon is one of many ornamental pieces.
to the harpsichords, but while the jacks on a harpsichord are situated outside the soundboard area, the rectangular shape of a virginal means that the jacks must rise through small apertures in the soundboard. Visitors can press a button to hear the sound of the virginal being played.
In the music room, Alec hung portraits of composers and musicians, many of which are his own works of art. He painted the walls pinkish brown with marbled columns, giving the room a much warmer feel than its previous incarnation as a white school room. There’s an organ on the opposite wall. The Cobbes frequently use this room for concerts, with over 50 concerts taking place here every year, all using instruments from the Cobbe collection.
above. This room was originally designed by Robert Adam as Admiral Boscawen’s dining room, but it’s now used as a picture gallery.