Sparkling Christmas trees, a stunningly decorated table, ribbons, candles, precious linen and china. A home garlanded with holly, ivy and winter greenery and a warm, loving welcome. A magical Christmas about to begin in Malton, North Yorkshire, England, recently made famous as the local town in the epic British drama, Downtown Abbey.
A few miles down the road Castle Howard, the home for over 300 years of the Howard family, a branch of the same Howards to which Catherine Howard belonged, Henry VIII’s, young and doomed 5th wife.
Like Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, it was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh. Castle Howard was built between 1699 and 1712 for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, its extensive grounds covering over 13,000 acres.
Entry to Castle Howard The Courtyard at Castle Howard.
A scrumptious farm shop ready to tempt with an abundance of hand-made delicious goodies, to make Christmas this year just that bit more indulgent and special. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas, peace and goodwill to everyone!