As the name suggests, this room is at one of the highest points of the house and has a wonderful balcony with sweeping views of the beautiful lake and gardens. When our aunt, Anne Cochrane, bought an enormous garden umbrella, we decided to use it as a parachute. We were about to launch ourselves from the high balcony but were prevented in the nick of time.
At one point, The Eagle’s Nest and Governess Room were allocated to young Lionel Leslie and his cousin Pat Guthrie. In an effort to cheer themselves up on wet days, they would take turns to fire a heavy calibre six shooter revolver at each other through the closed connecting door. One would fire and try to catch the semi-spent bullet as it emerged from the woodwork. Had the aim been misjudged and had a bullet gone through a thin door panel instead of through the thick frame, it is possible that one of them would have been killed. All in the name of good clean fun!
Sadly, these historic bullet holes disappeared when the suite was redecorated. But the hole made by a high velocity 50 game rifle can still just be seen in the centre of the boat house door. For Desmond's first attempt, from 600 meters across the lake, it was a pretty good shot. But he had a bruised shoulder for weeks afterwards.