Kiplin Hall to give visitors a taste of an Edwardian Christmas

Tea Room Manager, Sharon Fyfe decorating the drawing room of Kiplin Hall. Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

It is time to deck the halls ready for an Edwardian Christmas at a North Yorkshire country house.

Volunteers and local flower clubs have decorated 17th Century Kiplin Hall, near Scorton, in anticipation of a busy festive period when hundreds of people are expected to visit the venue over two weekends.

Kiplin Hall’s traditional decorations have become an annual must-see for many in the area.

This year’s theme at Kiplin is A Country House Christmas – an Edwardian Christmas depicted in flowers and fresh greenery throughout the house.

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Bronia Gardener, Kiplin’s business manager, said Christmas at Kiplin was a special time of year.

She added: “Visitors to the hall will be able to soak up the festive atmosphere in a much-treasured country home.

“It’s a chance to think about how Christmas may have looked and felt in Edwardian times as spruce swags, garlands and wreaths festoon the staircases, picture rails and rooms.

“Visitors can keep up with traditions from this era when modern Christmas shopping first began with the advent of the department store, such as Selfridges.”

The newly refurbished tea room in Kiplin Hall. Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

A Christmas gift fair will be held each in Kiplin’s Maryland Centre.

Visitors can view the gifts while sipping mulled wine or hot chocolate

“Kiplin is the ideal place to begin the task of finding those special gifts for your loved ones – something a little different,” added Bronia.

Warm festive lunches will be on sale in the newly refurbished tea room.

The hall will be open to the public from December 1st to 3rd and again from December 8th to 10th, from 10am to 4pm each day.

Usual costs for admission to the hall and gardens apply.

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Volunteer Denise Rudkin decorating the grand staircase at Kiplin Hall with traditional decorations. Picture: Richard Doughty Photography