A gracious room overlooking Preston Park, the formal dining room would have been a glorious place to have breakfast in the morning with light flooding in through the large French doors.

The Dining Room In the winter, a roaring open fire must have made the room warm and comfortable and an elegant place to entertain guests as the Stanford family enjoyed. The dining room was designed in 1905, in simple classical lines.

The room is dominated by the collection of 124 Buddhist Lions, which are displayed on one side of the room. These statues, which are claimed to have protective qualities in Chinese folklore, were collected by Ellen Stanford.

The collection is believed to be the largest in the world and remains loved by many visitors; especially children who love to work out which lions are male and which are female, indicated by a series of symbols.

The large dining table would have been perfect for a dinner party for up to 12 people, with plenty of room for numerous sets of cutlery, crockery and glasses.

The room has classical detailing and maintains many of the original Georgian features. The furniture is mainly rich mahogany and there are mahogany doors which set off the eighteenth century fireplace.


  • Mahogany butler’s tray and stand
  • Four children’s chairs
  • Chinese vases (Quianlong from the era of the Qing Dynasty in 17th century)
  • Sheffield Plate Candelabra

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