| It was her favorite room in the whole inn, a room that could be used by guests and family members alike. The room sat across the hall from the main living room used by the guests. Probably used as a den or smoking room for the gentleman of the house and his companions, it now served as a library overlooking the rose gardens on the side of the house.
In the process of restoring the old house, her father had taken pains to make sure that the leaded glass windows were preserved for future use. They doubled as the entrance to the rose gardens. It had taken quite a bit of searching, but they found a glazier who was willing to take on the job of replacing the cracked and broken glass panels and mend the metal framework that held the interior panels in place.
The rest of the room was gutted to create the room as it exists today. Tattered fabric wallpaper was removed and two walls were lined floor to ceiling with oak shelving. At the top of the room, a curved railing ran the length of the two walls. The railing enabled the ladder to be moved from one wall to the other without having to move and reposition it each time. It was not surprising to see guests of the inn perched on the ladder just perusing the top shelves. They marveled at the haphazard collection of reading material and the collection of photographs of Lila and William from their time mingling with some of studio stars during their years on the west coast.
A floor to ceiling stone fireplace dominated the final wall. A carved wooden mantle had surrounded the old fireplace. Unfortunately, damp and rot had degraded the wood and it had to be torn out. Stone was easy to acquire in those parts. There are remnants of the old stonewalls erected by some of the original Irish settlers in just about any farm field in the area. The grounds of Bannockburn Inn were no different. Stone that had lined some of the pastures now graced the wall surrounding the fireplace in the library.
A couple of high-backed, overstuffed chairs and a long leather sofa were arranged around the opening of the fireplace to take advantage of the warmth when the fires blazed. Closer to the glass doors, more comfortable chairs were positioned to give the guests a good view of the roses. An intricately woven Persian rug graced the planked floors and mismatched antique wooden tables stood at the ready beside each chair. It was not unusual for guests and family alike to have a cup of tea or coffee and one of Catherine’s special desserts with them as they choose a book for company or settled down to relax after a long day of sightseeing.