Charlotte gave Mrs. Gaskell the warmest welcome.
Mrs Gaskell about the dining room: "the room looked the perfection of warmth, snugness and comfort, crimson predominating in the furniture". Everything in her departure has been new within the last few years; and everything is admirable for its simple, good, sufficient for every possible reasonable want and of the most delicate and scrupulous cleanliness. "I don't know that I ever saw a spot more exquisitely clean; the most dainty place for that I ever saw".
Mrs. Gaskell had been given Aunt Branwell's old bedroom, the largest in the house, and she tried hard to find something favourable to say about it. "The view is really beautiful in certain lights, moon light especially. "
From Juliet Barker "the "Brontes""
Dining room picture: guardian.co.uk//writers.rooms.charlotte.bronte