Around the House
The Morning Room
If you are in a smaller party or wish for greater privacy then we are delighted to put the Morning Room at your disposal. Decorated with beautiful antiques and rare prints of Rome, the Morning Room is a comfortable, quiet space, with a log fire, that is solely for your use. A television can be provided, with DVD player and a selection of films, if required.
The Drawing Room is a stunning space with double height ceilings, huge sofas, a piano and a massive open fire, used for larger parties. The room is beautifully decorated, with many fine artworks, objets d’art and beautiful Persian rugs. The Drawing Room is perfect for relaxing with coffee and perhaps a glass of something a little stronger after dinner. The room is suitable for larger groups and can accommodate medium sized events, such as drinks parties, larger business meetings, or can even be an intimate wedding setting.
The Dining Room in Martinstown House is an intimate venue for meals, with a long antique mahogany dining table, side boards and beautiful silver candelabra. It has fine views across the front of the property and can host up to twenty two comfortably. Whether it is dinner, a larger celebration or a day time business meeting, the Dining Room is perfectly suited to your needs.
The walled garden is split into several sections by beech hedges. Firstly there is the formal Italian garden with flower beds of both wild flowers and some more exotic blooms. There is also a rose garden with sundial, a croquet lawn and an apple orchard and a rather feral tennis court. The heart of the garden is, however, the vegetable garden. Using only organic growing methods we grow much produce for the house; potatoes, carrots, leaks and lettuce, rhubarb, raspberries and other summer fruits, artichokes and sweet-pees and everything else we can coax from the ground. These vegetables are accompanied by our mature herb garden, growing mint, rosemary, basil, and plenty of others. Every year we add more to the garden and we have high ambitions for the future.
We like to say that our chickens are extremely free ranged, because they are. They are shut up for the night, which is only prudent given the local fox population, but other than that they are given total freedom. We do steal their eggs, though- for your breakfast. Martinstown House has a fully working farm yard, and cattle and sheep are raised and oak trees are grown, and there is stabling for several horses.
By far the star of the farm is Clancy, the rescued donkey. Clancy has free rain of the entire property, save the walled garden, and can often be seen wondering through the parkland, or by the icehouse. He can be very friendly once he knows you, and is a most welcome presence. Recently Theodore has arrived to keep Clancy company and the two are getting on brilliantly.