The Gibberd Rooms
The house is situated in the Green Belt so Sir Frederick effected a radical transformation of the original building, including the addition of a lofty living room with picture windows overlooking the garden, a dining room and library. This extension is the basis for the rooms now open to the public on a timed access on Sunday afternoons. Entry passes £1.00, children free, are available at the shop.
The rooms have been restored as far as possible to their original look in the sixties and all the furniture and fittings are authentic. Models of some of Sir Frederick's projects are on display, with much information on his lifetime's work. It is hoped that visitors will be able to recapture some of the feeling of the house as it was in his day.
Much of the original Scandinavian furniture bought in the sixties is still in place. The walls were once hung with works by John Piper, Elisabeth Frink, Henry Moore, Paul Nash and other celebrated contemporaries. They were all, sadly, auctioned off by order of the court in 1994, ten years after Sir Frederick's death, to defray legal costs incurred by years of fruitless litigation. There remain, however, several pieces of salvage collected by Gibberd, photographs, memorabilia and fifty pairs of Staffordshire dogs (and two pairs of cats) arranged as he had designed. The library and archives are available for genuine research - see Archive.