Christmas at Castle Howard
Castle Howard looks truly magical at Christmas. During the festive season each room is transformed with baubles, garlands and wreaths. Log fires flicker in the hearths and the romantic glow of candlelight illuminates the interiors.
We are lucky enough to live near the North Yorkshire stately home which many of you will remember from both films of Brideshead Revisited. We visit its grounds most often as it has a fun adventure playground for the boys and some great walks around its estate.
We'll visit the house if we have visitors with us or at Christmas to marvel at the splendour of its interiors decked out in the most fabulous decorations. It's always nice to see how the big houses trim up for Christmas with all that space and grandeur to show off.
This year there were a few surprises. The chandelier of larch, hydrangeas, berries and foliage was a stunning sight hanging from the centre of the Long Gallery.
Two of the upstairs rooms were bare apart from faux fir garlands which corkscrewed downwards adorned with giant twinkling baubles.
I am not sure what I think about dogs dressing up for Christmas.....but we came across this little chap who didn't seem to mind getting into the festive spirit.
We had a walk and spent some time in the playground afterwards giving us all some much needed fresh air. It was refreshing to get out and not be ticking off more things on the 'Christmas to do and get' list.
As we left, the tree-lined avenue was lit up with twinkling lights making the place look even more magical than before. More visitors were arriving for the twilight opening with reindeers, ginger mulled wine and carols - it was the perfect midwinter wonderland.