There is always a beautiful lady to greet
you in the spacious Entry Hall. She is French and alabaster
fair, with flowing locks and a proper French reserve which belies
the warm hearts of all who live in this gracious home.
"Mademoiselle," a marble bust, was found in a French junkyard in
1962. On the opposite wall is a mural adapted from a Fuchs-DesFosses
wallpaper design and created by daughter of the house, Delia. The
accompanying book by Delia and her sister Amanda is called The Avian
Biographies of the Edenic Chronicles. These lovely found and created
objects set the tone and style at the Chatelaine, where beauty may
cost nothing at all, or may require the total commitment and labor
of pure and loving hearts.
We have two feline companions in residence: Vinnie, and Ceilidh, long- haired
brindle Maine Coons, who are barred from Guest Rooms.
The Chatelaine is a Smoke Free
The Guests' Sitting Room is a
shell of soft color filled with deep sofas, enveloping chairs, and
luxurious hassocks. The western window is a frame for nature's
masterpiece, a flaming sunset softened by lacy evergreen boughs.
Accents within the room itself are lovely objects in clear and
beautiful shades of Garnet, Persian Blue and Belleek Pink, each one
worthy of a page in a book. Guests often say they must return again
and again to really focus on all the delightful "things." Though
formal and dignified, the room makes "manners" a pleasure.
THE DINING ROOM
The adjoining Dining
Room, with its strongly patterned paper, is a frame for the heirloom
furnishings which showcase a vast collection of china and
accessories for the breakfast feast. Though the repertoire of menus
is varied, the changing china settings help to create a unique
morning experience. A handmade shell-topped Corner Cupboard holds
court, but another large Cabinet houses delightful choices for the
lucky guest who often gets to choose the china of the day.
Whimsey prevails at the Chatelaine and breakfast
is fanciful, lighthearted and gay.
Breakfast is served by concensus at 8 or 8:30, but may be served as
early as 7. It begins with Juice followed by Fresh Fruit. The main
course is protein- rich, with Meat served separately.(We have a Month
of Sunday Breakfast Menus to choose from.) Hot Breads complete the
main course, with something Sweet for a Breakfast Dessert unless we
are serving our Iconic Croissant French Toast Farci with Carolina
Orange Sauce and Blue Moon Farm Maple Syrup. Coffees, Teas, Decafs,
Hot Chocolate complete the Repast with Jams and Special Honeys as