The first main room of the house we entered was called the Banqueting Room. As the main congregating area in the home’s earliest days, it would have been abuzz with people during social gatherings or parties. The paneling in the room served not only the functional purpose of insulation, but it also underlined the family’s social/economic status. Many of the tapestries in this room date bck to the early 17th century.
This room has been popular in films. In The Princess Bride it was used as Prince Humperdink’s ‘office’ and in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice it became the inn at Lamden.