Well Mr Darcy, how do you do! We have been waiting to visit Chatsworth House, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, with its Christmas decorations for simply months! And so, what a way to end my 2015 blogging year with this sumptuous, gorgeous, exquisite house.
This is a picture heavy post for which I don't apologise. I really wanted to share this with you while you relax during your days of sharpening the elbows for the shops and the madness of crowds. Our trip to Chatsworth will be in two parts, the inside - today's post with its Christmas decorations to the theme of The Wind in the Willows and very soon the incredible exterior .
So, sit back and enjoy with your champagne and caviar!
For those of you who have enjoyed the 2005 Pride and Prejudice, you will know this bust of Mr Darcy. This bust is the actual one used in the film and has a little sign to say that there is to be no kissing!
Sorry, being distracted! The reason we came was to see the magnificent Christmas decorations and they certainly didn't disappoint. The stately home is full of treasures and incredible architecture, so to see the top end of decorations and imagination was a marvel to cherish.
My favourite room by far was the library. My obsession of owning a room full of books with a desk to write at, a dark colour scheme and a feeling of serene calm was here. No need to look anymore. I have found my perfection!
Further along the corridor, a room that would fill some people with dread. Which fork do I use first?
The dining room was filled with the rascal voices of the weasels from The Wind in the Willows. Smashing glasses, merryment and mischief.
Some of the weasels were being particularly naughty though and hiding behind the curtains...
... and under the table!
A spectacular room with a wonderful way of engaging the book with the decorations needed to flow through the house.
Looking up as we walked through the many rooms and hall ways was just paradise for me. The chandeliers were rich with their opulence.
And the plainer version was equally as spectacular, surrounded by exquisite statues!
The decorations continued throughout and the trees were so tastefully decorated making the statues stand out even more in their beauty in the sculpture gallery.
We were now upstairs which was equally beautiful. If only there were no other visitors around, I would have very easily just slipped into this incredibly comfortable looking bed. Couldn't you?
At the other end of the room, a very happy Mole was singing and enjoying a good bath in a cupboard!
Another favourite thing of mine is to see a wash basin and jug. It screams simple and beautiful times. But oh dear, how strong were my feelings to move that lampshade to hide the line. Seriously, it was very hard for me not to reach across and help it along!
Now this capture really made me smile. In the stairwell the water heater was lit up. The Duke and Duchess' water was being heated, and not by servants of times gone past.
Each room we visited showed off Christmas trees so beautifully decorated.
Mr Toad had clearly been very busy!
But now he sinks into his bed and relaxes for another full day of mischievous antics.
Once again, thank you so much for visiting and commenting. My bandages come off tomorrow and my new feet will be revealed! A little nervous about it but at least I will know what I need to deal with very shortly. I can't wait to get out and about once more and life can return back to some normality.
I am going to take a little blogging break now to get the last bits and pieces in order before the big day, so until next time I wish my lovely readers a ...
VERY HAPPY AND MERRY CHRISTMAS/HANUKKAH