Now then! How did I not find this website about Hill House yesterday? I often do links to “undiscovered Scotland”, but for some reason I didn’t find it yesterday. However, thanks to Linda, who sent me the link today, you can now see some of the interior of the house! There’s the cosy library, the incredible shower, the master bedroom, etc. and at the bottom the hall as I described the entry to the house. Interestingly, the front door appears to be different to the one I came through. That’s it on the left, beneath a double cubed light fitting. This is what I wrote……
“You enter a wide passage ….., pass the enclosed staircase .. on your left and fireplace to the right, climb three or four steps to find yourself in the hall. The stairs lead from this level into this rounded extended tower and turn on themselves to reach the upper landing.” I should have said “pass the fireplace and then the enclosed stairs”. See how the memory lets me down!!!
The picture you see on the undiscovered Scotland website of the stairs, is from the top landing looking down into that rounded extension. In the hall picture you can see from the carpet that the stairs turn to the right. The wee cubby hole with the almost secret sitting area is right there next to the stairs….. a great place for the children to spy from, when their parents had guests. The other area I said the children liked to play in is at the right hand side of the first floor hall or landing. The stairs are at the other end of this hall, past the dark wood panelling – cupboards behind, I should think.
The furniture in the dining room was brought from the Blackies’ Dunblane home, and was not designed by Mackintosh. You can see his work in the furniture of the hall, the main bedroom and the drawing room - the one I called the sitting room yesterday!!
Anyway, before I get too carried away, I’m going to finish here. Enjoy the photos – and thanks again, Linda, for finding them!
Talk again soon.