Killerton at Christmas

Killerton House and estate is a National Trust property a few miles east of Exeter. I’ve been wanting to see it decorated for Christmas, so after a manic day of shopping and wrapping gifts I checked the internet thinking that I might pop out tomorrow. This was at 4.30. I saw that today it would be open until six for the last time so that people could see the house in the evening light. I was there by five!
I’m having to use a fixed 50mm lens at the moment so my options are limited, even more because of the dim light, but I enjoyed capturing some of the tree decorations.

I don’t know how many trees they had, I lost count.

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This is a glimpse of the dining room

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The staircase was decorated with foliage and snow

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and the inner hall had this lovely barrow

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There were some old fashioned toys on display in the entrance hall

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Including these creepy ones

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One of the trees in the hall

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See how pretty the entrance hall is?

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The walk back from the house to the old stable block entrance is about two hundred yards. It was really dark and I was on my own, so I was glad to hear the voices of a young family behind me. And seeing this beauty on my way was a real treat!

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I hope you enjoyed my half hour visit, I was back home by six!

As always you can click for a bigger view of my photos and to seeΒ some earlier posts about Killerton go to https://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/travel-theme-delicate/Β and https://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/objects-of-desire/Β and https://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/a-killerton-evening/#

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22 thoughts on “Killerton at Christmas

  1. the stuff of christmas fantasies … what a treat thanks Gilly … here I have only seen one tree so far, but then I could drive through town at night and see what people have in their front gardens!

  2. Hard to know which is the greater treat: the peep into Christmases past or the close encounter with the deer in the park on the way out! A terrific pre-Christmas adventure, Gilly. In case I don’t see you before, Happy Christmas to you and your family. πŸ™‚

  3. I’m so glad you found out about the time crunch and managed to go after all. The pictures are lovely. And sometimes it’s those things that we get to experience unexpectedly and in a whole unique way that make the holidays extra special. Just think: if you could have “planned” this trip for a day in the near future, it might not have been nearly as valuable a memory as it will be now. Hope you and our family are enjoying this blessed season.

  4. What a lovely tour through Killerton House, Gilly. What a way to get in the festive holiday spirit. I love the ornaments and that final shot of the deer. I can’t believe you did all this in such a short time. πŸ™‚ Happy holidays!

  5. Beautiful Gilly, you@ve made me feel very Christmassy….now to head out for a final shop before the storm hits us here πŸ™‚
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas…..its been so lovely finding and following you this year Xx

  6. This has got to be the best and most Merry Christmas post I’ve seen so far. It really is so Merry Christmassy. How I would love to take pictures side by side with you. That would be brill.

  7. hi Gilly,
    I liked your fragment
    “…after a manic day
    of shopping and wrapping gifts
    I checked the internet
    thinking that I might …”
    P.S.:
    I like your storytelling!

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