Monday, 14 December 2015

Christmas 2015 at Basildon Park

I am glad today to be able to share Christmas at Basildon Park this year with you!  There are lots of photos, but I have tried to group them by the different rooms so hopefully you will get the idea of how each room looks from the different photos.

This year things have been done a little bit differently, because the house is now open all year round, some of it has to be shut off during the winter to allow the cleaning and conservation to happen.  So this year Christmas is only on the first floor, but it does mean that the team have been able to really go for it!

Hopefully you will enjoy this little tour and it will get you in the Christmas spirit.  It certainly did it for me!!

Starting off at the front of the house.





The Entrance Hall makes a great entrance to the house!






Then we go through to the Library.  You will adore the book tree in here!







The biggest tree is in the Staircase Hall.  Doesn't it look grand and imposing!  Slightly smaller than some in previous years, but it suits the space much better I think!









The Dining Room is spectacular as always!  Definitely one of my favourite rooms in the house!














Not of course that the Octagon Room isn't beautiful too!









Then our second to last room, the Green Drawing Room.  If you remember Lady Rose's Wedding from Downton Abbey you will have seen some of these beautiful flowers before.  We reused them!















Even the 1950's Kitchen has a touch of Christmas to it!






That is the tour for this year!  I do hope that you enjoyed it.  If you are near enough to visit I really would recommend it.  I know that I am biased but I visited last week with my friend Selma from Eclectic Home Life and she loved it too, so I think that you will!

If you love Basildon Park as much as I do - or would like to love it! - don't forget to enter my giveaway here.

Happy Christmas!

Amy

42 comments:

  1. Thanks for the Xmas tour Amy. I've gleaned a few ideas as well from it. The book trees are delightful and also some candle decorations that I liked. If I remeber any of them in the future (giggle). Take care.

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  2. Loving that staircase and the pile of books in a tree shape, clever idea. Thanks for visiting my blog and all the best for the Festive Season.

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  3. Thank you for the amazing tour, Amy. What fun it must have been to decorate. It really creates a lovely Christmas atmosphere. One day I'll get to visit in person, but in the meantime it's good to feel a part of fun via your blog.

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  4. What a beautiful places...the hours it must have taken to decorate all those trees...I bet you feel very privileged to work there. Have a lovely week. Barbara x

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  5. Stunning! Such beautiful rooms and decorated to such a high standard. Some of the floral arrangements are amazing, breath taking. I LOVED the tree made with books I would love to have a go at replicating it in my craft room. A feast for the eyes.

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  6. It's all looking very good. I love the book christmas tree!

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  7. Wow, what a wonderful tour Amy. The book tree is gorgeous, as well as unique. And all the other trees, each so beautiful and special in its own way. Christmas sparkle really does lift the spirits! xx

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  8. It looks fabulous. I do wish I lived close enough to visit, I'd be there like a shot.

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  9. Absolutely splendid! So many baubles, it must have taken ages to put them all on. x

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  10. Gorgeous! Every room & every detail is wonderful.

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  11. Dear Amy
    Beautiful floral arrangements and trees. It looks wonderful!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  12. nothing is better than seeing a gorgeous home all done-up in Christmas. i love it!! those ornaments are amazing. i love the trimmings & really love the book tree. i wonder if i have enough books to do a tiny one? i was thinking about it the other day. so pretty. what a person can do with lots of money is awesome amazing!! i wish i could do that, maybe in my dreams. right??! ( :

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  13. Lovely. Not from the 1950s, but I remember those crepe paper ribbons that you twisted & put up corner to corner, across the room.

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  14. I love the book Christmas tree! Everything looks magnificent and so festive:)

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  15. Such a beautiful Christmas display throughout the rooms. I love all the trees and flower arrangements, and that book tree is so cool ... I'm wondering if I have enough old books to make one myself! Thanks for the tour Amy, you're a lucky gal to work at Basildon, but of course you know that ;)
    Wendy

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  16. What an incredible place! I would triple LOVE to spend my holidays in there. I wouldn't have to leave. I adore the book tree, but the huge tree with all the little ones toys is my favourite.

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  17. Beautiful place! loved all the decorations :-)

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  18. I absolutely love this post, Amy, thank you so much for this wonderful tour. My goodness, how many Christmas trees have been used? And I love the mantel displays of flowers and have managed to get some ideas for my own mantel this Christmas - I tend to opt for pink flowers and green foliage, not as harsh as deep red, but now I've seen the mantel with red and I think, if put our brass carriage clock on the mantel instead of a piece of Royal Crown Derby porcelain which is there now, and the tall candlesticks, it will look pretty good - not as good as Basildon, mind, but pretty good!
    I love the book tree! Are there any supports, or are the books self-supporting? I wondered whether there were any hardboard circles say every few rows of books? It looks wonderful! How lovely to be able to volunteer in a place such as this. I also love the ways the colours of the various trees and floral arrangements echo the décor of the rooms. Something always to bear in mind when decorating at home. We don't have to keep rigidly to this sort of thing, but not putting clashing colours is something to bear in mind. Not unless you want the vibrancy of clashing colours on purpose, of course.
    Margaret P

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  19. I do envy you working in such a beautiful place, whoever did the decorating has done a spectacular job. Impossible to pick our a favorite, though the big tree in the hall is indeed a wonder.

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  20. It all looks so beautiful Amy. I love that they used real trees throughout the house (and probably the greenery but I didn't notice!). ;) I like the turquoise and white tree and the octagon room decor best. Thanks for sharing. I'm sure it takes hours of work and preparation!

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  21. Oh wow! That looks beautiful, I especially like Lady Rose's flowers being recycled, I am sure she would approve. The staircase tree looks lovely surrounded by toys and what a good idea for the Kenwood Chef, that's one way to get out of doing anymore baking. A lovely post Amy, thank you for sharing xx

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  22. It looks wonderful. I am so glad that the National Trust properties now stay open in the run up to Christmas. They really make the houses look magical.

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  23. My favorite is always the kitchen. All the organic hustle and bustle of food prep resonates with my homey heart.

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  24. How beautiful - I love all the floral arrangements, and that book tree, and the stairway swag - all of it really. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. All of those responsible for decorating Basildon Park should be congratulated, they have done a splendid job, but my favourite part is the decoration of the outside. It is so elegant and understated, simply lovely.

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  26. My goodness, what an amazing amount of work - it all looks fabulous!!

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  27. I love the dining room best at Attingham Park our local NT, have you been? If not we should put it on our calendar for a visit next year! Jo x

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  28. Beautifully decorated. And so many different trees!

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  29. Stunning! Love the "Lady Rose" tree best of all and the kitchen decorations. So many ideas...this showplace must give you lots of ideas for your own home.

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  30. Absolutely incredible. Thanks for sharing it all with us, Amy. :o)

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  31. Brilliant post Amy. You've captured it so well. Love the close ups of some of the scenes. Really good. Can't recommend it enough to anyone who cares to listen to me! Thanks again for my second tour in a week from you. Superb

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  32. All your photos are beautiful!! I love all the trees.

    Kathy

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  33. My my - what glory. I love the first tree - dripping with silver and gold. And the staircase - always a dream of mine to have a grand staircase - and can you imagine the family having so much space to decorate without having to move all the furniture.

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  34. The whole thing is just stunning! I can't imagine how many hours went into decorating!

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  35. Oh goodness, this was a feast for the eyes, heart and soul.
    These Trees, the flowers and the grandeur-splendid!

    xo

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  36. What a beautiful tour of Basildon Park. I love the tree in the entrance hallway and the white plaster decorative moldings on the walls. So elegant. The 50s kitchen looks like a cozy place, very much in contrast to the opulence elsewhere.

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  37. So many decorations and trees to decorate! It must have taken ages but I'm sure it was a lot of fun. The 1950s kitchen looks almost contemporary. I think that's my favourite bit.

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  38. so very Christmassy, I love all the decorations but I think I like the book tree the best x

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  39. It's a lovely place! I love the kitchen part.

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  40. Loved the Xmas tour Amy. Great photos! The decorations look amazing and must have taken ages. Love the 50's kitchen!
    Barbara xx

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  41. Thank you for the tour Amy. I love the presents and collections of things under the tree and the stairs dressing is beautiful.

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  42. Oh my goodness it is all so stunning, absolutely gorgeous.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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