Take care when making your entrance into the Parlour for a little step at the doorway may take you by surprise.
Immediately on your left is a neat little Georgian alcove that will have been installed during Sterne’s occupancy. The panelling on all four walls is again oak but there are more than two varieties of sizes, an indication that some parts of the interior may have been recycled from another house in the village.
Laurence Sterne called this room his ‘best room’ and it contains one piece of furniture, a little table, that belonged to him. It was donated to the museum by Miss Coleman of Helmsley, who, when she heard Shandy Hall was becoming a museum, wanted the table to ‘return home’.