We came to visit the place for a bit of Christmas cheer- and were not disappointed, we ate a lovely christmas lunch prior to visiting the house itself- and tho rather pricey for what it was, went down a treat. The house itself was much warmer than I had expected despite the biting cold outside. I have visited many years ago and recallsome of the rooms which seemed quite familiar.The giant christmas tree in the main hall was my favourite spot- plus a cellist who played repeated tunes- the size of the tree could be gauged by her small frame seated below the tree.The decorations were good- a lot of twigs with baubles in various spots, nice mantlepiece touches and the dining table looked particularly festive as the glasses etc were lovely gold and red.I enjoyed reading about Brideshead Revisited aswell as some of the war diaries within another feature on the walk through the castle- these were particularly interesting. The place was quite busy with an enormous amount of rather badly behaved children- I blame the parents, there seems to be no restraint these days ! they even continued shouting loudly in the chapel which really was uncalled for- where is the respect ? The chapel we found to be probably the best part of then whole place-it is quite charming with wonderfully rich decorations- ceilings and pillars etc- well worth taking a closer look and lingering longer.
The exhibits are not to my personal taste- heavy busts, Grecian and Italian marble etc which although very expensive don't rock my boat however that is the style of the place and that is what Castle Howard is about- there were some very sweet Chinese and Oriental pieces which I do admire greatly. The lighting and the illuminated buggy outside all added more magic and atmosphere to the cold night outside. Worth tghe visit to see what was on offer for the Festive Season- plenty of food shopping available in the courtyard aswell as a gift shop with some offers on. Good time had by all.
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