BILLIARDS AFTER DINNER
After dinner the men retired to the castle’s gentlemen’s rooms. This was a suite of three rooms on the lower floor. In the billiard room guests could enjoy a game of billiards. The room’s soft sofas and marble walls give a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for both socialising and business. The adjacent smoking room is said to be the only room in the castle in which smoking was allowed, and is decorated in the Moorish style, as was fashionable at the turn of the century.
James Fredrik Dickson’s private workroom, the study, was also part of the gentlemen’s suite. A staircase leads from here down to the castle’s expansive wine cellar. This was originally the only entrance to the wine cellar, which was also isolated from the other rooms in the cellar. Only the lord of the house had access to the wine cellar!