"I will now give you some idea of this vast house ... You go up a ...flight of steps ... into a large Hall; on the right hand is the dining parlour, within that the Breakfast room ... . On the left hand is the best drawing room, within that a smaller; these rooms are rather gloomy Brown-wainscot and dark Crimson furniture ... . Behind the smaller drawing room is the state Bed Chamber with a high dark crimson Velvet Bed; an alarming apartment just fit for a heroine; ... . Behind the Hall & Parlours is a passage all across the house containing 3 staircases and two small back parlours. There 26 Bed Chambers in the new part of the house & a great many (some very good ones) in the old."
This is not fiction, but a description by Jane Austen's mother of Stoneleigh Abbey in Warwickshire, which had been inherited by Mrs. Austen's cousin.
From: Jane Austen's Town and Country Style by Susan Watkins (1990; Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.) This is a very interesting book with 177 illustrations.