Great Hall

The first room you see while on a tour of the castle is the Great Hall. This imposing room is the height of both storeys and is very opulent with lots of rich colours. There are many items from Japan, China and India brought back by George Bullough from his foreign trips. The bronze monkey eating eagle, with giant bronze incense burners on either side is monumental and grotesque.  There are very moth-eaten animal skins on the floor and dominating is the portrait of Monica painted for her 40th birthday and one above of George painted the same time by Hugh Riviere in 1909. Monica also regularly played the Steinway grand piano, and there is a great deal of her music still in the castle. The KCFA pays for the piano to be kept in good order. Under the staircase is the Orchestrion, bought by Sir George Bullough in London and with its case altered to fit into the space, when it is in action the sound reverberates around the hall.

 

Monkey eating eagle

 

 

 

Stags heads caught on Rum