Insole Court - The Library (Blue Room)
S P Oldham
At the wonderful Insole Court in Llandaff, Cardiff. The Library is a dark yet deeply attractive room, the shelves behind me housing some rare books, including a set of works by Ruskin. I prefer to think of it as the Blue Room, but that is entirely unofficial and just my personal slant!
As I understand it, the house was saved from demolition by the local community, who gathered together to keep it from the hands of the authorities. Thank goodness for that too! The grounds are beautiful, as is the house, and a very important part of local history. The house is still undergoing renovation and so is somewhat bare in many rooms, whilst other areas are not yet open to the public, but it is nonetheless still well worth a visit. I look forward to going back in the future to see the progress it makes.
Thank you and credit to my lovely sister Sylvia Williams for taking this photo of me posing in front of some of the books, set upon a solid old set of shelves. This room would be a great place to sit and write a ghost story, if you took a chair by the big bay window and providing, of course, that you are not afraid of the odd misplaced shadow, or inexplicable creaking floorboard or two...