Servants’ Quarters in Victorian Times: Simple but Lovely

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After swooning over the Victorian kitchen at the Ickworth House, I walked down the basement corridor and found the servants’ quarters. These rooms were so sweet, beautiful and full of charm.

Here is a little parlor.

I love the light in here. Even though it’s technically in the basement of the rotunda, it’s really only halfway subterranean.
This nearby room had just a little cot in it. I am thinking it was a groom’s accommodations.
This sink was opposite the table with the shoe-polishing supplies. There are those wooden drainboards I love so much!And this was my favorite– the servants dining hall. There were four long refectory tables with benches, a nice fireplace, a piano, and a good supply of board games.
I imagine lots of merry moments in here!
I wish I could have seen all of the table set, pitchers of drinks  and pots of food in the centers.

I love the simple rustic charm of these rooms. Next time, we’ll go upstairs which is kind of mind-blowing in terms of opulence. But if I had to stay for a week (or a year) in one or the other, I would choose the servants’ quarters. Would you move in?

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12 Responses to Servants’ Quarters in Victorian Times: Simple but Lovely

  1. Hazel November 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    I’d move in! I might regret the amount of hard work, but I don’t think I’d want to be upstairs, not really. I couldn’t bear being waited on, or having staff in the room all the time!

    • Ariana Mullins November 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

      I agree with you! That is something that just seems incredibly awkward to me. But it makes for great television shows and movies. 😉

  2. Jenny November 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    What a fun peek into life in another time. I love the way history surrounds you in England. Beautiful photos.

    • Ariana Mullins November 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

      I’m glad you’re enjoying these, Jenny. It does still kind of blow my mind how there is something interesting and historic at every turn. The country is so small, I guess it would all have to be packed in everywhere like this, but it still seems amazing to me!

  3. Robin November 28, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    Upstairs all the way for me 🙂

    • Ariana Mullins November 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

      Oh, then you’ll like the post I just put up today!

  4. greatdana November 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Upstairs all the way for me too but I would be really glad that my servants were in such a beautiful space. 🙂 P.S. I totally started watching the Downton Abby series a couple nights ago!

    • Ariana Mullins November 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

      That’s sweet of you, to be happy for your servants. 😉 Glad you are watching THE SHOW! It’s really fun. The only problem is that you’ll run out of episodes WAY too quickly!

  5. Susan Gaines March 5, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Gorgeous pictures. The copper, ohhhh, the copper & the lace tablecloth and green trimmed tea cups! Seriously, you are living my life. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Douglas Reeves November 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    Thank you for sharing, Ariana. I really enjoyed looking at the pictures, and I would love to live there!


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