When my friend Jenny and I visited Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, I was disappointed not to be able to show her the royal bathroom.
The early twentieth-century owner of Kedleston, the Viceroy Lord Curzon was ambitious to entertain King George V and Queen Mary, and in anticipation had an en-suite bathroom discreetly added to the State Bedroom.
I had the opportunity to photograph this some years ago, but the room stewards assured us, with regret, that it’s not usually shown to the public.
Apparently there’s a second modern (that is, early twentieth-century) bathroom, which I haven’t seen, nearby.
As consolation, Jenny and I were allowed to see the po-cupboard next to the dining room. This common, convenient feature of grand dining was for the use of gentlemen after the ladies had retired to the drawing room.
It saved a long trek in white tie and tails.
I duly photographed the po-cupboard, but the royal bathroom is far finer.
For visitor information about Kedleston Hall see http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kedleston-hall.