I suspect that Montbrun (the model for my Tour Nileau) must have been quite uncomfortable to live in during medieval times.
Heavy stone walls, huge (cold) rooms, few windows, drafty garderobes, and so on. But Montbrun looks to have been newly modernized for this century and our world, just as the living quarters of Tour Nileau were made comfortable—even luxurious—by the mother of my heroine Lealle, in the nineteenth century of my North-lands.
In an early scene from A Talisman Arcane, Lealle mentions the main dining hall, where her parents entertain when they hold gala occasions in their home, inviting hundreds of guests.
But Lealle dines in the ‘small’ dining room with her family that evening, not a cozy place, but certainly less imposing than the larger space.
Of course, neither the Palacio Real de Madrid nor Chatsworth House (both above) are quite right as representations of my Tour Nileau.
The rooms where Lealle and her family live have been repaired, had windows added, and been furnished with ‘contemporary’ appointments (contemporary for the North-lands nineteenth century), but they still retain their essential medieval structure and character.
Here’s the floor plan showing the dining rooms and parlors of Tour Nileau.
For more about the the world of A Talisman Arcane, see:
The Historical Tour Nileau
The Dreaming Tour Nileau
Justice in Lealle’s World
Wing-clap of the Phoenix
Claireau’s Retreat House