Gentlemanly Retreats

So nice to come home to, so nice by the fire.

Every corner of artist Michael Coleman's studio is composed as a picture, replete with treasures from his travels and hunting trips around the world.

Every corner of artist Michael Coleman's studio is composed as a picture, replete with treasures from his travels and hunting trips around the world.

A man's study or library is a reflection of his soul. It is where his innermost being is released and he is transposed into a state of ultimate comfort and relaxation. It should be a place for both inspiration and refuge. A place to kick back with a toddy and a 1st edition African Game Trails or the latest issue of Sporting Classics. Here are some rooms where they got it right. Some famous, others fabricated, but all ready for the silk robe, slippers and Miles Davis on the phonograph.

A trophy fish carving by renowned artisan Ellen McCaleb adds to the sophistication of this sportsman's study.

A trophy fish carving by renowned artisan Ellen McCaleb adds to the sophistication of this sportsman's study.

Author William Adolf Baillie Grohman in his Austrian home, circa 1880.

Author William Adolf Baillie Grohman in his Austrian home, circa 1880.

The billiards room at Hearst Castle.

The billiards room at Hearst Castle.

The sporting room of Captain Wade Hunnicutt (Robert Mitchum) from MGM's Home From The Hill.

Theodore Roosevelt's trophy room at Sagamore Hill.

Study from the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

Study from the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

Celia Foote's trophy room from the set of The Help.

Celia Foote's trophy room from the set of The Help.

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The library at the Biltmore Estate, a North Carolina national historic landmark.

The library at the Biltmore Estate, a North Carolina national historic landmark.

This room inspired by old English sporting activities was designed by Timothy Oulton. www.timothyoulton.com

This room inspired by old English sporting activities was designed by Timothy Oulton. www.timothyoulton.com

Yet another creative sporting space designed by Timothy Oulton. www.decoholic.org

Yet another creative sporting space designed by Timothy Oulton. www.decoholic.org