Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas at Basildon Park

Christmas at Basildon Park...

























Amy

Basildon Park know that I exist because I volunteer with them. 




54 comments:

  1. Beautiful floral displays, lovely pictures too, . I remember having the little house decoration when I was a child so nice to have a tour of the house thank you

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    1. Now I'm allowed to tell! I can reveal that the flowers are actually very posh silk ones from the filming Chrissie. They were arranged by the house team, and they have fooled a lot of people! Glad you liked the tour. xx

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  2. How lovely. I especially love the dining room, and the deep red drawing room is to die for. I wish my lounge looked like that. x

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    1. Perhaps you will have a lounge like that one day Jill! It needs a lot of dusting and heating though! xx

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  3. It looks very festive, there's some beautiful flower arrangements. I love the display with the monopoly and rocking horse in front of the fire, it looks really homely.

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    1. It would be so lovely to be able to sit there after Christmas dinner and play games wouldn't it Jo! xx

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  4. Beautiful decorations - but goodness it must take an age! It takes me long enough to just do my house, which is only a couple of rooms! x

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    1. It takes a team of people at least a week, if not two to do all the decorations Sara, and a lot of balls for all of the trees!! xx

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  5. Wow, it sure looks amazing!! It is a gigantic tree, wowsee!! Love the sweet Christmas mixer, definitely my fave. xoxo

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    1. There is usually a flower arrangement in the mixer, so it is fun to have added the Santa for christmas! The big tree is really massive, I have never known such a big one. We usually end up at about the same height, but with the tree stood on a table, this one is on the floor - gigantic indeed! Glad you liked it Hannapat. xx

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  6. A beautifully decorated house for the Christmas season and it must be a pleasure to be a volunteer in such an historic place.

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    1. Glad you liked it Linda. It is indeed a very pleasurable place to be, especially at Christmas. xx

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  7. Oh, my goodness! This is truly beautiful! What a gorgeous place and so many beautiful Christmas vignettes. I love the fireplace with the little rocking horse in front.
    Merry Christmas and thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thank you for popping by Sheila! It is a beautiful place and I am very lucky to get to go there! Who can resist a little Christmas hey! xx

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  8. Amy, thank you, thank you so much for sharing the Basildon Park with us.
    It looks amasing in pictures in real like is must be stunning. Is there a family living in the house?
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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    1. Sadly the last owners Lord and Lady Illife didn't have any children Irene, so no member of the family lives there now, which is one of the reasons it came to the National Trust, so we are lucky enough to share it now - but sometimes when there are no visitors I pretend that I live there! Does that count!! xx

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    2. Of course it counts, maybe one day I may get to visit.
      luv
      irene
      xxxx

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    3. If you do get to visit one day Irene, perhaps we will get to meet!! I wonder if we would know each other - hee hee!! xx

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  9. How wonderful! the house looks very elegant and very festive. I love your photo of the hallway and stairs with the bear on the stool:)

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    1. I think that the bear is up to no good Rosie, he has been all over the place, playing the piano, sitting about, today he was under the giant Christmas tree! He is lovely though! xx

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  10. It looks just like my house! (snigger snigger snork )
    Jane x

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  11. Wonderful pictures, such a lovely historic house! Just catching up, and was so interested to read about the Downton Abbey filming there! I will look carefully when we watch it. What a great place to work!
    Helen x

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    1. I hope that you are able to spot some of Basildon Helen, we will have to see what we shall see! Glad that you liked getting to see a little of Basildon. Thanks for stopping by. xx

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  12. Smashing photo's of what looks a smashing place,loved the trees especially the twinkling one, and the banister garland too, thank you for sharing Amy,
    Best Wishes
    Sue xx

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    1. I'm glad that you liked it Sue! The bannister does look very good doesn't it, wish that I had made it!! xx

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  13. Hi Amy
    Thanks for your nice comments on my photos - I got the idea from here http://tabiboo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/the-beautiful-art-of.html
    and Nina tells you how to achieve the effect! Have fun! x

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    1. Nina is a great photographer isn't she Sara, and as I said, so are you! xx

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  14. Love the image with Monopoly on the floor. Such a beautiful place Amy.

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    1. It makes you want to sit down and play doesn't it Suzie! I wish we could!! xx

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  15. Hi Amy,

    I'm impressed with their Kenwood the most! Christmas-ily nostalgic!

    Zoe

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    1. Santa is an unusual thing to be mixing!! Glad you liked it. xx

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  16. Oh....I love those small trees!!
    And...the children's play room...
    Thanks for sharing the amazing Basildon with us!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Just a few trees hey Linda! Glad you liked the tour, I'm very happy to share with you! Hope you are having a good week. xx

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  17. So pretty ! Reminds me of the time I was in England with my Nana for Christmas in her big old house , it just has that British touch lol ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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    1. I'm glad that the"old fashioned" feel comes through, and that it was nice and nostalgic for you!! xx

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  18. Those floral arrangements are amazing, even if they are silk! I was fooled except for wondering how they would stay fresh over the Christmas period. Love those trees and the little scenes, vintage kitchen and all, thanks for sharing all that.

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    1. I spent the day in the Octagonal Drawing Room (the red one) yesterday, and everyone was amazed by the flowers too, you would love them I am sure Fiona. We have real flowers during the summer, but these are a great substitute for the winter! xx

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  19. Oooh...that sure was fun! I love all those trees...so pretty! And I really like that sparkly one! :)

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    1. Feel free to pop by any time Betsy!! Glad you liked the tour. xx

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  20. Thank you for popping over to my blog yesterday!
    These images are beautiful, where is Baslidon Park? Do you live there?
    xx

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    1. Thanks for popping by Olivia. Basildon Park is a National Trust house, which is a heritage charity, I work there as a tour guide, and whilst I like to imagine what it might be like to live in a house like that, I don't live there. My own normal house will be showing on my blog today though if you fancy a look. Hope to see you again. xx

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  21. Everything is so beautiful there. Thanks for sharing the special holiday decor.

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    1. You are welcome Jennifer! I just wish that we could share it in person - perhaps one day!! Happy Christmas to you and yours. xx

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  22. Alright...when can I come to visit?!?! I would just be in the spirit being in that beautiful setting! I just can not get over the beauty of those rooms! WOW! What an absolute treat to be able to work here!!! I would just day dream about having dinners in that dining room! Thank you for transporting me with this one friend...loved the twinkling Christmas tree!!! Nicole

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    1. Anytime Nicole - when do you arrive!! The dining room is everyones favourite room, we all hope to be assigned to work in that room if we get the chance. Can you imagine cooking for 14 for dinner though - eek!! It would be nice to be a guest though. Now that I can tell you about Downton/Basildon I can tell you that the place names are set with the names of the Grantham family!! Happy Christmas to you and yours. xx

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  23. what a lovely gift !! I love all! thanks by sharing Amy!!

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    1. I'm happy to share Basildon Park with you all anytime Gloria! Happy Christmas. xx

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  24. That's lovely to see in it's festive glory. It must take a time to decorate it for Christmas?
    Sarah x

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    1. It takes over a week to do the decorating Sarah, and that is with a full team of people doing it. This is not a one man job! It is lots of fun though and everyone enjoys it which is nice! Happy Christmas to you and yours. xx

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  25. Thank you! Thank you for stopping by too. Happy Christmas and New Year to you and yours. xx

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  26. What a beautiful place to volunteer at. It is certainly decorated wonderfully for Christmas. I love the game board on the floor. Thanks for stopping by the Cabin today :)

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    1. Thank you Dawn, glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by also, I hope to see you again. I will have more Basildon later in the year! xx

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