This week’s frigid temperatures got us wondering how homes like the Idlewyld mansion were kept comfortable during the winter months.
It’s been a cold, cold winter. How did they keep this place warm in 1878?
It turns out that the Victorian’s were the first to build houses with central heating. The system wasn’t too efficient by today’s standards, so most homes – including the Idlewyld – also had plenty of fireplaces for extra warmth when needed.
And while many Victorian houses have been torn down or modernized beyond recognition over the last century, Idlewyld Inn & Spa still retains many original features, including several unique fireplaces.
The Drawing Room was the place for friends and family to gather.
The elegant Drawing Room would have been the main room for entertaining, and features plenty of natural light, beautiful wooden trim, the original Victorian wallpaper and an exquisite fireplace.
The Drawing Room fireplace.
An ornate pink fireplace is found in the smaller Ladies Parlour, across the front hall.
A ‘feminine’ fireplace in the Ladies Parlour.
One of the most impressive fireplaces is found in what was once Mr. Hyman’s personal library. This room is now being transformed into one of our premium suites!
One of the most interesting fireplaces is in the original Library.
The Victorian’s also liked to keep warm at night, with this fireplace still a striking feature of the original master bedroom.
The spacious Master Bedroom was also kept cozy!
We hope you keep warm this winter, and invite you to experience the charm of the Idlewyld when we reopen this spring!