Christmas is the time of year that sends interior stylists into overdrive (even though they have often been decorating for Christmas several times over since July). We can’t resist it! However, nothing quite compares to the effort and scale that has gone into decorating Castle Howard in Yorkshire this Christmas. Respect goes to the three weeks of non-stop decorating that completed months of planning by Charlotte Lloyd Webber, Bretta Gereke and their team of 6. The blog’s Christmas present to you this year is an edited highlights tour of Castle Howard’s celebration of The 12 Days of Christmas.
The house is a dream architecturally because of its nearly symmetrical front adorned with coronets, urns, cherubs and cyphers. It has been added to over the years but is mainly in Baroque style. When sunlight catches the stone work, the house lights up like a lantern in the landscape. To my mind it is much prettier than architect Sir John Vanbrugh’s (1664 – 1726) other well-known design – Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
Castle Howard is full of exquisite porcelain collections from Sevres to Minton and Chelsea. You may or may not remember it as the star of TV’s Brideshead Revisited in the 1980s which, in terms of visitors, did for Castle Howard what Downton Abbey has done for Highclere Castle in Hampshire.
Arts & Crafts in the chapel
This was my second visit having previously been a few years ago but this time around as well as the Christmas decorations, it was the chapel which caught my eye. Every inch is decorated and much of it with Pre-Raphaelite designs by Edward Burne-Jones (stained glass windows) and William Morris.
The 12 Days of Christmas at Castle Howard
You can see The 12 Days of Christmas themed decorations at Castle Howard until New Year’s Eve, 31st December 2018.
I hope this has given you a little inspiration for your own decorating. This weekend, I am looking forward to our son Angus returning home for the holiday. As is family tradition, I shall be enlisting his help to bring home a tree! The decorations won’t be themed other than to have the usual eclectic but much-loved quirky mix from Christmas’s past. In the meantime, I wish you a very happy, healthy and peaceful end to the year. Thank you so much too for following the blog. Charis x