Elderly visitors will find the antique cabinets and Renaissance artworks on the first floor of Burghley House far more accessible following the installation of what must be the grandest and most dramatic stairlift in Britain.
Immortalised in movies like the Da Vinci Code and Pride and Prejudice, Burghley is an imposing Tudor mansion dating from 1558, renowned for its breathtaking state rooms which were remodelled from the 17th to the 18th Century. Central to the house is the stunning Hell Staircase, which as its name suggests depicts terrifying scenes of Hell and Damnation. This leads to a set of magnificent state rooms, each with a particular theme. The walls and ceilings of both the staircase and these rooms were painted by Antonio Verrio (1636 – 1707), an Italian artist who introduced the concept of Baroque murals to English art.
Burghley has 18 state rooms in all, containing one of the finest collections of 17th Century Italian artworks in the world. Visitors from Lancashire can also see antique cabinets, Open Bookcases, Victorian dining chairs , an antique mahogany pedestal desk and other items of fine furniture, spanning 450 years of family occupation.
With the installation of the new stairlift, less able bodied visitors can now ascend Hell Staircase in comfort, with full access to all 18 state rooms. A spokesman for Stannah, who installed the lift, commented:
“Our sympathetic designs ensure that even the most modern mobility aids can blend in with the surroundings of elegant listed buildings without being obtrusive.”
Antique dealers in Lancashire have Victorian mahogany pedestal desks , antique dining tables and other elegant pieces, bringing a touch of Burghley class to any home.
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