In recent years, the Packe family Dining Room has become a spacious bar area, used frequently for hosting a wide array of celebrations. Added by Wilkins in 1805, it was incorporated into the extensive remodelling of Prestwold Hall in 1842.
The room is overlooked by a portrait of Sir Christopher Packe, Lord Mayor of London, and the first member of the Packe family to reside at Prestwold Hall, after acquiring it in 1649. There also hang two dramatic full-length portraits of Sir Edward Hussey Packe, KBE (1878-1946) and the Hon. Lady Mary Sydney Packe (née Colebrooke, 1890- 1973) by the painter Glyn Philpot RA (1844-1937).
Painted in 1911, the portrait of Lady Packe was described by art historian Robin Gibson OBE as an “amazing feat of virtuosity.” Its elongated elegance and introspective characterisation are totally without the fashion-plate vulgarity of much Edwardian portraiture.