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Wescott Lodge

wescott dining table nichols and stone

Lodge, noun, a lovely place to stay, temporarily

A lodge has come to mean a house or hotel in the country or mountains where people stay on vacation, especially when they want to hunt or fish, or just get away and relax.

The older (12th century) sense of the word is as a small, crude shelter or habitation, made of boughs of leaves. The modern sense of the word meaning a hunter’s cabin developed in the late 14th century. It was related to the French verb, loger meaning to temporarily put one up. These humble accommodations for hunters developed into the over the top and sumptuous chateau of France’s Loire Valley. In the 17th and 18th century, the English followed suit in an English manner by building lodges as a temporary retreat from the manor during the hunting season. Something less than a stately house or manor, a place to get away and relax from the rigors of social life. In the 19th century the Swiss converted mountain huts into lodges to accommodate skiers and mountain climbers.

Wescott Lodge Dining

And one can create their own lodge with the Nichols & Stone Wescott Lodge dining room table. “Tally-ho” says the huntsman at the sight of the fox. After the hunt it is a hearty meal of steak and kidney pie with peas and carrots, and for desert, a tasty treat of Yorkshire pudding topped off with a glass of sherry.

Nichols & Stone is the oldest furniture company in America.

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The Parsons table

Guess who is coming to dinner?

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the Parsons table by Nichols & Stone

 

When Geoffrey Chaucer’s Host turns to the Parson in the Canterbury Tales and says, you’re last to tell your story, the Parson answers right away:

“You won’t get any fable told by me …
And such wretchedness.
… Trust me well, I am a Southern man:
Romances I can’t tell, no ‘rum, ram, ruff,’
And rhyme, I hold, is hardly better stuff.
So if you please–I won’t gloss words, God knows–
I’ll tell for you a merry tale in prose
To knit up this whole fest, make end of it.
And Jesus, by his grace, send me the wit
To show you, while on this trip we engage,
The way of that most glorious pilgrimage
Called heavenly Jerusalem. …
Ahead now with my tale, for which I pray
For your assent. No better can I say.”

For any guest, the Parsons dining table sets the stage for the telling of a tale. Choose  a black stone or white stone or solid cherry top. For a comfortable seat, add Nichols & Stone’s Carmel upholstered chairs and as a server, the Wellfleet sideboard.
It is an evening of conversation that stretches long into the night. Why not be comfortable and relaxed and may good fortune you befall.

 

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