~ On the first floor, bay windows forming powdering chambers have been added to the two principal bedrooms on the north and south of the house. This was done in Georgian times, when hair powdering and wigs were the fashion. The dressings are all of a red brick – said to be Dutch – and the walling is of cream-coloured stock.
~ The front porch leads into the central hall, hung with family portraits and from which an elegant staircase leads to the upper rooms. To the right is the dining room. This was originally two rooms and is panelled with oak and chestnut thought to have come from the original Elizabethan house which, it is believed, was pulled down when the present house was built in 1720.
~ Family portraits by well-known artists hang on the walls. One by Cornelius Janssen depicts the first John Raymond who bought the house and estate from Sir John Wentworth in 1611. Elizabethan portraits of Sir William and Lady Harris, whose daughter Frances married Oliver Raymond, M.P. for Essex in the two Protectorate parliaments, hang each side of the door. Sir William commanded a ship in the battle against the Spanish Armada and relics which he captured then, including an iron Treasure Chest with its original huge key, are still in the house.
~ There are many family portraits painted by the local artist Thomas Gainsborough, who was born in Sudbury, our closest town, and was the most dominant British portraitist of the second half of the 18th century.
~ The beautiful drawing-room, the other side of the hall, has white panelling and is hung with charming family portraits and 18th Century mirrors. The marble fireplace and iron fire basket are identical to those in the dining-room opposite.