The Stone Hall
The way into Hutton is through the Stone Hall at the base of the Pele Tower, the oldest part of the building, which was turned into the main entrance in the late 19th century. This barrel-vaulted, dungeon-like room is typical of the period. It has immensely thick walls and contains a display of weaponry and a fearsome mantrap.
The Cupid Room
Perhaps the finest room in the house, the Cupid Room is the first of a suite of three rooms designed for Henry Fletcher in the 1740s. This architectural room is named after the Cupid centerpiece of the delicate rococo ceiling, for which the plasterer Joseph Rose the Elder was paid £25 in 1745.
Lady Darlington’s Room
Named after Caroline Vane, the second Countess of Darlington, who was a cousin and a regular visitor to Hutton, this wonderful 18th century bedroom was redecorated during the Arts and Crafts period. It has dark green paintwork and William Morris wallpaper and contains a fine collection of metalwork from the Keswick School of Industrial Art.
Since hosting Potfest in the Park, an eclectic collection of contemporary ceramics has been built up at Hutton, including works by Martin McWilliam, Peter Beard, and other renowned potters from all over Europe and Japan. They sit very happily in the old rooms.
William Morris Wallpapers
All the wallpapers in the house are by William Morris. Several others were painted over after the war when they fell out of fashion. The examples found at Hutton are some of the best.
The Cupid Staircase
Hutton is a romantic place, as the magnificent Cupid Staircase testifies. The 17th century carving of the winged boys swinging on acanthus leaves is unusually bold and vigorous and echoes the panel from the Playing Boys set of Mortlake tapestries at the head of the stairs.