I’m a sucker for a stately home. I love a sweeping staircase and a grand entrance hall. I have absolutely no problem imagining myself in crinoline and a large bonnet sweeping a certain Mr Darcy of his feet with my fine bone structure and clever conversation (note, I possess neither). So how could I not like Blenheim Palace, surely one of the grand dames of stately homes. Situated in Oxfordshire with its grand façade, huge lake, impressive gardens designed by Capability Brown and a fabulous collection of paintings what’s not to like.
Blenheim at any time is beautiful but Blenheim at Christmas is a real treat. The rooms are decked out in lavish decorations and beautifully trimmed Christmas trees every which way you turn. Each room has its own generous sprinkling of Christmas magic with plenty of fireplaces on which to hang your imaginary stocking and rest your mulled wine.
And if that wasn’t enough, from now until 2nd January the whole estate is illuminated for an after dark festive trail. Christmas trees that sing, a swaying lawn of fibre optic colour and sparkling hedgerows are just many of the promised highlights.
Although we weren’t there at night we did enjoy some of the cheeky outdoor festive touches.
If you are looking for something Chrsitmassy to do over the next few weekends I highly recommend Blenheim. It’s a little costly but we managed to spend the majority of the day wandering around the house and gardens. At the moment there is a an exhibition by Michelangelo Pistoletto which adds another interesting dimension to the house sculptures made from coloured rags offer a stark contrast to the opulace of the surroundings. Blenheim at Christmas is a lovely place to be.