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Christmas at Lanhydrock House in Cornwall.


As there is very little to show you in our garden at the moment it is good to be able share with you an outing we made today to a National Trust property near Bodmin in Cornwall.

The first photos show the Victorian house decorated for a Masked Ball. An occasion I am sure we are all familiar with!!! However I can identify with life in the servants’ quarters more easily!!!

The servants’ quarters were less grand with paper chains made of newspaper decorating some of the rooms.

I enjoyed this part of the house very much, it was fascinating.

I shall now attempt to create a similar look at home……….who am I kidding?!!!

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We visited there when we went to the Eden Project. Thank you for the reminder! I enjoyed it, although the gardens aren’t up to much. But like you, the servants quarters are much more familiar. I used to love making paper chains at Christmas!

2 Dec, 2019


Been there several times over the years. The garden in the height of summer is not to fussy and my girls loved it. Haven't been down there for years but I do want to revisit the Eden project and Heligan etc.

3 Dec, 2019


Interesting to see how the other half lived, be it upstairs or downstairs.......thanks for sharing your day out, best of luck with your attempt to recreate whichever!!!!!!!!

3 Dec, 2019


How lovely Chris,so glad you had a lovely day out.I too,love the servants,quarters and kitchens,as befits my station too ! ha ha. The Decorations are so pretty,and in my best Yorkshire Dialect ',there's nowt wrong wi Paper Chains '.Lol..
Thank you for a heartwarming blog and pictures :o) x

3 Dec, 2019


Many thanks to all of you for looking. I am glad that you enjoyed your step back in time.

On the large table in the main kitchen there were marzipan fruits, sugar mice, oranges pierced with cloves and pretend Christmas cakes and puddings.

A lot of people had gone to a lot of trouble to add all the little details that made it memorable and special.

3 Dec, 2019


Upstairs decorations are lovely, but downstairs looks more lived in... You might have thought that some of last year's from upstairs could have been spared for the servants though. Were the baked goods real?
Would love to visit sometime! Thank you for sharing.

3 Dec, 2019


Stera the oranges, marzipan sweets and sugar mice were real on the table but everything else we saw bread, pies, eggs and cakes etc were false!!!

3 Dec, 2019


What a beautiful place with wonderful decorations, thanks I enjoyed :)

4 Dec, 2019


Chris, it has been a joy to see Lanhydrock once more as it was a few good years since we were there! Really enjoyed the blog, thanks for sharing.

5 Dec, 2019


Fascinating photos, I think the working area was more interesting than the posh area :)

5 Dec, 2019


I shall definitely be down in the kitchen with you Chris. It all looked amazing. I agree with Hywel that the working area was far more interesting! I love marzipan sweets or anything with marzipan in it. Tell me ...did one accidently slip into your pocket ! Hahaa!

8 Dec, 2019


I think that Lanhdrock is one of the most interesting NT houses in the south west, mainly because of the servants quarters.
Rose, I love marzipan too but I did leave every sweet exactly where it was ( they might have been there for a while!! )
When I put marzipan on the Christmas cake I eat chunks of it as I go along, can't resist!!!

8 Dec, 2019


I do too Chris ! In fact I don't ice my cake so that I can just taste the marzipan ! Yum !!

9 Dec, 2019

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