Posted on Wednesday 30th November, 2016
This December you can step back in time and experience a Victorian Christmas at Lanhydrock. The Victorian Agar-Robartes family spent every winter at Lanhydrock, so the National Trust team have transformed the house to show the family and their staff preparing for Christmas day.
The Victorians revived old traditions of decorating homes with greenery and singing carols. They invented new ones, like crackers, decorating a Christmas tree and sending Christmas cards. You’ll find all these traditions and more celebrated inside Lanhydrock house, which has been beautifully decorated and atmospherically lit for the festive season.
The kitchens are filled with atmosphere and activity. Puddings, mince pies and decorations are being made, and Christmas boxes are put together here, filled with food and gifts for the tenants and workers on the estate.
In the bedrooms you’ll see that even Lady Robartes struggled with the timeless problem of ‘what-to-wear’, and the halls and dining room show the splendour of Christmas entertaining, with towering trees and festive decorations.
The magic isn’t confined to the house, as there’s plenty of sparkle outside too. Baubles, popularised by the Victorians, are used in the garden to brighten bare trees and fill flower beds with the colours of the roses that bloom here in the summer.
Children can let off steam following a new Christmas trail in the garden and Father Christmas will be flying in too, meeting children in the morning room in the house.
“We’ve transformed selected rooms in the house to create an upstairs, downstairs Victorian Christmas, with hustle and bustle downstairs in the kitchens and the results of all this hard work is shown in the beautifully decorated family rooms.”, says Visitor Experience Manager, Richard Levy.
There are plenty of beautiful places for a stroll in the garden and the estate is the perfect setting for winter walks and bike rides. There’s festive food waiting to warm you up in the cafes and restaurant, and there are some wonderful gifts in our shop in the old music room.
Lanhydrock is open 1 December 2016 – 2nd January 2017, 11am – 4pm, every day except Christmas Day. Selected rooms are open in the house and a reduced winter admission fee applies, while members are free.
Father Christmas is here from 17-24 December, £5 per child. Pre-booking is essential for Father Christmas visits, and tickets can be bought through our website or by calling 0344 249 1895.
Visit nationaltrust.org.uk/Lanhydrock or call 01208 265950 for more details.
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