Of course there are photographs to share and I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed being in the house. The visitors seem to love it and we are glad to have them.
There is much to see on the walk from the ticket office in the stable yard to the house, but I am afraid that I don't have photos. If you are close by though you might like to visit as there are some amazing little elf houses to look out for which are really magical.
As you arrive at the house though you are greeted by this wonderful sight of wreaths and trees.
Then as you come into the entrance hall there is this amazing tree with golden ornaments and beautiful lights adorning it.
There are wonderful flower arrangements all over the house that look truly spectacular - far better in real life than in my pictures!
Then into the Sutherland Room. I don't normally take pictures in here, but I have snuck a few close ups of this wonderful wreath and the arrangement on the table below it.
The two large paintings here are by artist Charles De La Fosse and have just come back from having extensive conservation work and cleaning as they are off the Palace of Versailles for an exhibition next year - very exciting! I wish that I got to go with the paintings!!
Then we go on to the staircase hall. There are swags going up the staircase and arrangements over the tops of all of the doors.
Of course there is also a magnificent Christmas tree as well. You can just see the rocking horse peeping out from the right hand side of the tree and our giant teddy too! He looks very at home doesn't he.
The next room is the dining room and this really is the centrepiece of the decorations this year I think. The blinds are being kept down so that you get a real sense of the wintery coldness, but gosh it does make the room incredibly cold too!!
It is so magical and cold and snowy looking, really icy in fact. These centrepieces were created by the house stewards and are amazing aren't they. We have had lots of visitors trying to work out how they were made and vowing to recreate them at home.
Of course there has been crafting too and you can see just some of the snowball pompoms that have been made by staff and volunteers from all over the property. Mine are the messy ones!!
The decorations in the octagon room are fairly sedate this year, so I am just sharing this beautiful flower arrangement above with you.
The green drawing room has some wonderful floral arrangements, and I love the glittered balls that have been added in with the flowers. Many of these beautiful flowers in this room and others are actually very expensive artificial flowers that were gifted to us by the TV production company after the filming of Downton Abbey. They are very impressive and far better than the kinds of flowers that we can buy on the high street.
The last room on my little tour around is the kitchen. We always have some sort of seasonal arrangement on display in the Kenwood Chef (an English version of a kitchen aid). The arrangements in the kitchen are fairly low key as we still have some volunteers cooking seasonal treats in here and they don't really want to be hampered with decorations. There are some great 1950's and 1960's paper decorations though and a lovely white tree!
Downstairs in the lower hall is this swag arrangement and then a final tree in the garden room. That is the end of the tour for this year!
Thank you for all of your kind comments over the last year about Basildon Park. You know of course that I love the house and love to work there, but really all I do is take pictures and tell you stories. It is the house that is wonderful! I am very thankful that Basildon Park allow me to share so much with you.