Crossbasket Castle have released two beautiful photos of their newly renovated library. Just a few years ago, this room was utterly derelict and has now undergone the most amazing transformation.
The library is situated on the lower ground floor of the building. Within the Victorian, 19th Century extension which was built between 1855-1859. Strangely this part of the house is older than the current mid section. Joining on to the mid section former Georgian Mansion house, the Victorian extension represented one of the most significant additions to the Castle, massively adding to its overall footprint. It is this addition that likely saw the change from “house” to “castle.” This part contained the dining room, library, grand entrance hall and front doorway, very similar to the intended use from this Summer.
The library features wood flooring and wall panelling, the latter of which has been constructed with the most care and detail by accomplished joiners. The tall cabinets will be stocked with old books in
due course. Reading lamps provide mood lighting for any visitor to this room, with fine seating setting off the grandeur and opulence of the reading space. The cornicing has been created using bespoke methods with every attention to detail been considered, sampling the corning that was there previously and ensuring the room has renovated, fine detail that was once there. Beautiful interior finishes set off the room and i’m sure the stunning central chandelier will be a talking point.
It is my sincere hope, that my new book, “A History of Crossbasket” finds it’s way into this room. With permission, I’ll be bringing you a few more updates very soon about this remarkable renovation and giving you some more insight into its amazing and rich heritage.