The striking Palladian hall you first enter incorporates a series of country scenes by the English artist John Wootton [c.1682-1764] – which lends the hall its name. Wootton’s fame rests as the specialist English sporting painter of his day. Among other commissions, he executed similar designs for the Great Hall at Longleat.
The room’s perfect balance of simplicity and grandeur makes a particularly bold impression, and the height of the room – almost the full height of the house – creates an appropriately dignified and perfectly proportioned entrance to the House. Nikolaus Pevsner described this as ‘the noblest Georgian room in the county’.
The Italian marble checkerboard floor was laid during the First World War. It gives the room handsome depth and helps to direct the eye around the Hall. It also provides outstanding acoustics: as a teenager Diana, Princess of Wales, liked to practice tap dancing here.