The Haywards assembled a small but fine quality collection of French paintings, prints, glass and ceramics which is integrated into the interiors of the house to add to its visual richness.  The oldest and most dramatic piece is the carved oak panel dated at around 1600 and from Brittany which hangs over fireplace in the great hall.  They visited Europe many times and acquired the works of nineteenth century artists such as Redoute, Gauguin, Fantin-Latour, Vuillard, Boudin, Forain, Rouault and Matisse.  You will also find in the Butler’s pantry a wonderfully rustic styled dinner service of French fiancé ware with hand painted designs around fruit and vegetables.