Castle Howard is special at any time of the year, but at Christmas it’s something else

The house is adorned with thousands of lights and decorations.  With visitors arriving by the coach load to admire, gasp at and be amazed by Castle Howard at Christmas.

You really do have to see it for yourself!

Talk about Christmas tree(s) envy.   Does your tree hold 3500 baubles? Thought not!

This year I treated myself and my mum to ‘posh’ afternoon tea at Castle Howard.

Castle Howard use the words exquisite and sumptuous to describe the experience. I couldn’t agree more!

What makes it so? Well the fact that we were seated in the tastefully decorated Grecian Hall, in front of a large fireplace with a roaring log fire, wasn’t a bad start.

Afternoon tea at Castle Howard   

Oh and the delicious array of teas, sandwiches, scones and sweet treats were amazing too.

I didn’t opt for my favourite Yorkshire tea, instead I chose jasmine blossom green tea to accompany my treats.  And you can tell you’re in Yorkshire as tea is also served with an accompanying large pot of hot water. Perfect!

I’ve tried many a scone but not orange and cranberry before. A flavour to be recommended. The choux bun with eggnog was my favourite. It’s inspired me to have a go at making my own.

When we’d eaten all we could, we were offered a box to take home any uneaten treats.  And so inspired by all the baubles and decorations we’d seen, we couldn’t resist a purchase or two in the Bauble Shop.

We walked back to the entrance along the main drive, lined by elegant, white-light lit Christmas trees. The simplicity was a stunning contrast to the opulence and grandeur of the house, both inside and out.

We then headed to Spring Cottage for a cosy night in, in front of the log burner.

What DVD did we watch? Brideshead Revisited (the 2008 remake featuring Emma Thompson) of course.  Castle Howard features heavily and is a character in itself. “We’ve been there”, we couldn’t help but say several times!

To book your own visit and festive Afternoon Tea at Castle Howard you need to book online, in advance, as places are limited and tea runs until Friday 22 December. So if you’re quick, there’s still time.

Ditto, Spring Cottage’s availability, it too is available until Friday 22 December.  A 3 or 4 short break this time of year is £445 but if you’re reading this article, I can offer it you for only £399.

Choose your December dates and please email me to book: karen@luxuryspringcottageyorkshire.co.uk

Remember at Spring Cottage, we do delicious, homemade afternoon tea all year round, courtesy of Helen, at Treacles Cakes.  Helen is the lovely lady responsible for the goodies you find on your welcome tray.

Find out more here <<Afternoon Tea At Spring Cottage>>

Eggnog anyone?

images of Spring Cottage