Christmas at Calke Abbey

During the weekends of December Calke Abbey, Derbyshire opens the house for visitors to experience Christmas. The National Trust normally closes the house during winter months so December is a very special month. I went along just as it was getting dusk to see it in all it’s magical, colourful glory.

Calke Christmas 2013 - DSC_0890 0893 0895Traditional beautiful real trees are dotted all around the property.

My favourite is just past the entrance door by the grand staircase and rocking horse.

Calke Christmas 2013 - DSC_0905 0907 1714I love how you can look at the beautiful decorations on the tree as you climb the stairs.

At the top of the stairs you are almost eye to eye with the vintage Fairy that sits on the tallest branch.

Calke Christmas 2013 - DSC_0914 0915Upon entering the Saloon you are greeted with lots of Christmas cards. These have been hand written by adults & children visiting Calke Abbey and placed on the Billiard table.

A tradition started by the Harper-Crewe family that used to live in the house.

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Calke Christmas 2013A lovely sitting room, I can imagine how cosy this room must have been with a gorgeous log burning fire.

Perhaps there would be music playing in the background whilst you enjoy a mince pie and glass of mulled wine.

DSC_0948 c Calke Christmas 2013 - DSC_0954 0957 0958The smells coming from the kitchen must have been devine with mince pies and Dundee cake baking.

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After wandering around the rooma inside I ventured outside to see the house & trees lit up with illumintated lights that changed colour whilst you watched.

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DSC_1026 cDSC_1040 clairty cTrees lit up by multi coloured lights

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Calke Christmas 2013 - DSC_1033 1037 1053Don’t forget to visit Santa in his Grotto

Calke Christmas 2013 - DSC_0879 1090 1705Carol Singers completed my visit

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