Yesterday we took a trip to experience the magic that is Lanhydrock at Christmas……
Our first visit to this magical place was in January of this year. We just caught the Christmas festivities in time and the place was so enchanting we have visited numerous times this year throughout the seasons and we have all been very excited to discover what the house has to share with us for this festive season.
The Victorians both revived old traditions and invented new ones and this beautiful house was once home to a Victorian family, heartwarming tales of whom are so lovingly relayed by the dedicated team at Lanhydrock, who we have always found ready and willing to chat and answer questions. So, what better place to experience a true Victorian Christmas!
We love the walk down the hill to the house and gardens and we always look out for the first glimpses of the house through the trees. Yesterday some Reindeer were waiting to greet us which Bundle Number Two was thrilled to see, and at the Gatehouse we were welcomed in by two Christmas trees.
The house always looks beautiful and has such a welcoming, homely feel especially at this time of year, with smoke rising from the chimney and decorations at the entrance.
Inside the fire was roaring and we were invited to sit in front of it on big squishy sofas and warm up before exploring the house. I am going to be careful what I share from here on in as I don’t want to spoil the magic for anyone who plans to visit, so these next pictures are just some of the highlights……
Some of the wonderful sights you see as you walk the corridors, and in Her Ladyship’s bedroom two dresses are set out. Children visiting are invited to choose which dress they like best and add a marble to a jar to cast their vote!
This year the kitchens are especially magical, alive with sights, sounds and smells! The Bundles were invited to stir Cook’s plum pudding and help prepare Victorian pommanders while Cook told us all about her very important role in the house during the festive season
Meanwhile ‘boxes’ are being prepared to be given to staff on Boxing Day, this was one of my favourite scenes I would love to receive a basket like these!
In the Dining room, the table is set for Christmas Dinner with a huge tree offering festive cheer and plenty of enchanting decorations. We even got to read the menu!
Before you leave, there’s the opportunity for your little ones to dress the part of the children of the house (of which there were 10!) in Victorian outfits and stand beneath the tree for a photo. This tree is decorated with photographs of the family who lived her which is a really special touch.
We had a really magical time during our visit to Lanhydrock this week, and will be visiting again before Christmas. There is always something you notice second (or more!) time around and next time we will also try the Christmas Robin garden trail
If you are visiting Cornwall this festive season or of course if you are local then please be sure to visit Lanhydrock for a magical journey back in time to experience the magic of a Victorian Christmas!