About ten years ago an old country-house hotel just outside this town suffered a fire. The couple who ran it left. Naturally when I heard about it I got on my bicycle and went to explore. I went back a few times, but I don't think I knew what to make of it at that time, then I forgot all about it. Today, though, I went back, and oh what marvels I found (click on the photographs to make them huge enough to look at the details):
The first thing that caught my eye.
Bannister, why the wire, I wonder?
Detail of the balustrade
I can't think of a more suitable book to find in a house like this
The central tower.