Treasurer’s House

1128 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type

Things to do


Date of travel

April, 2015

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with


Reasons for trip

There are three rooms above the Blue Drawing Room and the Court Room, which are reached up the William and Mary staircase. The royal rooms were used when the Prince and Princess of Wales and their daughter Princess Victoria visited in 1900. After their coronation, Frank Green changed their names to the Queen’s and King’s Room and asked for permission to place the Royal Coat of Arms above the beds.

The TAPESTRY DRESSING ROOM has early C20th wood panelling and C17th Flemish tapestries. These hide the C17th brickwork as there wasn’t enough panelling to cover all the walls. On a wall is a lovely embroidery of the story of Esther. Dating from 1630-40, this shows Esther pleading with the King of Persia to save the Jewish people.

Leading off the Tapestry Room is PRINCESS VICTORIA’S ROOM. The bed came from Hougham Hall in Norfolk and is hung with dark green velvet with gold trimmings. The panelling and tapestries were placed here in 1910 s originally the room was decorated similar to the Queen’s Bedroom. The heavy bottle green paint and bed hangings make the room feel dark. The only light is provided by the Venetian glass chandelier.

Beneath the window is a massive marble topped table supported massive figures of simulated metal sphinxes.The massive marquetry linen press was made from laburnum wood. On the dressing table is a lovely mirror with thin layers of etched ivory veneered on sandalwood, whose sweet smell helped scent the room.

The QUEEN’S ROOM lit by a gilded chandelier, is dominated by the tester bed, again from Houghton Hall hung with gold drapes. The wallpaper is a Watts and Co damask fabric. On either side of the bed are two lovely Boulle cupboards of brass on ebony, each a mirror image of the other.

The King’s Room and the South Dressing Room are completely separate on the opposite side of the house and reached via the wooden staircase off the Great Hall.

The KING’S ROOM originally had white painted wall. The present pink stencilled scheme dates from 1908, after the visit of the Prince of Wales. The design is based on that in the C16th painted chamber in nearby St William’s College. The bed hangings are red velvet and the bedspread is a lovely Queen Anne period embroidered quilt. The HRH dressing gown and slippers are a ‘bit of fun’ added by the National Trust.

A corridor with glass fronted display cabinets with glass goblets, leads to the South Dressing Room. This was originally wallpapered but this was later replaced with green painted panelling.

Beyond is what is described as the Blue Flat which is completely different to the rest of the house. It was lived in until recently, and has only just been opened up to visitors. It consists of blue painted rooms with white ceilings plus a blue and white tiled bathroom. One has a series of quotes on the wall. Another contains dressing up clothes and there are second hand books. Stone steps lead down to the Entrance hall, tea room and shop.

In some ways the Treasurer’s House wasn’t quite what we’d expected. It feels very much a display house rather than a lived in house with an eclectic collection of furniture and pictures. It is very much the creation of Frank Green. The Boulle cabinets are particularly impressive.

There is more information and pictures


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.