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Christmas visit to Doddington Hall

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By Janey

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The last two weekends I’ve been over to Doddington Hall
which is near Lincoln. What a splendid Elizabethan House it is, set in 5 acres of gardens with estate walks, tucked away in the small village of Doddington.

Part of the house is decorated now for Christmas, with plants and stems and dried flower heads harvested from the gardens adding a stunning and personal touch.

I hope you enjoy these few pics of it’s Elizabethan splendour!

One of the topiary Unicorns guarding the front of the house.

The Hall with the carollers, and the pianist playing by the fire.

Dried Alliums in front of the leaded window.

A later Regency fireplace decorated with sprayed twigs and Alliums. To it’s left you can see a beautiful Chinese cabinet.

The Brown Room with hanging card display and what a great idea, a cracker garland!

One of the beautiful coloured leaded windows.

I loved these whicker angels that were lit from below, so their shadows patterned the ceilings.

View from one of the windows.

The dried Hydrangeas made a wonderful display

The flowers here are made from music sheets!

Back in the Hall, the family who still live in the left part of the Hall will have their Xmas lunch here.

On the top floor, a whole room of Christmas trees with this beauty lit at the end.

A view of an estate house and box edging in the garden.

Just look at what was shining in the grass on the way back to the car……perfect..:)).

I hope you’ve enjoyed that trip round the Hall, it’s really worth a visit, with a gift shop, produce and veggie area, and cafe and restaurant. I think we may go back in Spring and enjoy one of the many walks there are to follow.

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Hi Janey.
thanks for the tour ... so many interesting things to see ... yes it is a good idea to go back there in the springtime.
You've taken the photos very nicely .. well done :o)
Lovely Christmas tree !

9 Dec, 2014

 

What a lovely house, both inside and out. I love the unicorn. Everywhere was so magical I expected to see a fairy under that toadstool. Lovely blog, thanks for sharing, Janey :)

9 Dec, 2014

 

It certainly is a splendid and magnificent house and garden. Your photographs really bring it to life. I love the dried alliums and hydrangeas and the beautiful wicker angels.
Quite a place to sit for Christmas Dinner!!

9 Dec, 2014

 

Wonderful. Thanks Janey. Some interesting decoration ideas.

9 Dec, 2014

 

Some of these decorations are so original - the whole blog was a real treat. There will probably be several Goyers saving alliums next year! Really enjoyed the tour.

9 Dec, 2014

 

Love those dried Alliums. I planted a good few this autumn, so I'll be copying that idea. I dried my Nigella seed pods, but the gold spray paint I used was very poor and so it wasn't a success. I think white would have worked much better. :)

9 Dec, 2014

 

What an amazing place Janey. The dried Alliums were stunning, and the cracker garland.Wouldn't mind sitting down to Christmas Lunch at that table either! Lovely blog Janey, hope you had a lovely day.Saved to favs for future reference next year, shan't manage this year, running very behind with Christmas shopping, been suffering with Vertigo for the past few weeks!!

10 Dec, 2014

 

I love these Elizabethan houses we have 2 near us in East Yorks.

Some wonderful decorations to copy in future years.

10 Dec, 2014

 

Wow Janey, your photos are stunning! Thank you for capturing such a gorgeous place for us . . . and for the magical dried flower ideas. (Wish I'd thought of saving my Allium heads now . . still, always another year :)))

10 Dec, 2014

 

A beautiful and enchanting place. It looks like a palace.

10 Dec, 2014

amy
Amy
 

What a beautiful Hall Janey I'm not surprised you made two trips to view it again ,I loved the Alliums also it shows how wonderful decorations can be made without it costing a fortune , is this Hall National Trust ? stunning photos to , Thanks for showing :o)))

10 Dec, 2014

 

I love those stately houses. They are so fascinating.
Very tastefully decorated too :)
The last but one photo is lovely ...

10 Dec, 2014

 

A wonderful place,Janey,so glad you had a lovely time..Loved the dried flower decorations too.I used to dry my Alliums,and they lasted such a long time,sadly they died,but I think I will buy some more...I was hoping you had been invited to lunch at that lovely table..!that would have been something,wouldn't it? It really is a beautiful House,and thanks for sharing :o) x

10 Dec, 2014

 

Thats been on our visiting list for years Janey and seeing it in your blog has whetted my appetite, it looks a grand place and the decorations are stunning.
I enjoyed your photographs, thankyou for sharing....

11 Dec, 2014

 

Thanks so much everyone for your lovely comments! It is a fab place to be, just a bit too far for me to actually volunteer there else I would be doing! You can help in all parts of the garden, and if you choose the greenhouses then you look after the houseplants too, which would be great. I'm pleased you enjoyed the pics as we weren't allowed to use the flash, but they came out alright really.

Amy, no, the family still live there, but in the left side of the hall. The lady of the hall designed the decorations herself.

Sbg it looks very similar to Burton Agnes Hall? It is very impressive too isn't it.

Guess what......all those dried Alliums, I had a look down the garden today and no, no Alliums, but lots of dried Fennel seed heads! Off to Wilcos tomorrow to get spray paint, I'll let you know how they turn out.....:)) X

12 Dec, 2014

 

WOW! What a fabulous place, going on my faves so I can keep looking at it. I love the decs, not a blingy one in sight. Those big paper bells remind me of my childhood, but we only had a few lol not like their beautiful arrangement. It must have been lovely listening to carols in such wonderful surroundings:-D

14 Dec, 2014

 

Yes it was Ba, a real treat.....really worth a visit! Those paper bells, they take us back don't they, when I was little I could've played all year with the trimmings, never mind the presents....:))

14 Dec, 2014

 

Ah, life was much simpler Janey ...and so were we:-))

14 Dec, 2014

 

What a wonderful tour thanks for sharing , love the Allium s.

15 Dec, 2014

 

Thanks for sharing this visit. I love the wickerwork angels and the way they have done the rooms out. The building is typical Elizabethan. Wonderful that people still look after these old buildings so well.

18 Jan, 2015

 

Sorry, late getting back to you Thrupenny, but thank you!

Thanks Linda, it really was stunning to see everything, and the present owners how they are care taking this beautiful historical building. In fact it was on telly the other night, I think it was Flog it......and Claire Birch the lady of the house was discussing having their old Flemish tapestries cleaned and restored through the National Heritage scheme. I would love to be part of the restoration of those, I love Needlework of any kind.

18 Jan, 2015

 

Hi Janey It is amazing how the people restore the artwork and tapestries so we can still enjoy them. I suppose they kept their colours for that long because they placed them on walls that the sunshine didn't get at. I watch some of the Flog It programmes but didn't see that particular one.

19 Jan, 2015

 

They did keep the colours Linda, but they were very dark because of the smoke from the chimneys and fires over the centuries. Apparently the tapestries were already antiques when they were hung. About 300 years ago, the master of the house then, bought them and had them cut up to fit his walls!

19 Jan, 2015

 

Amazing Janey.

19 Jan, 2015

 

what a beautiful place !

1 Dec, 2015

 

Just noticed I said people would be saving alliums - well I did and they are ready for spraying silver perhaps?

1 Dec, 2015

 

It is Junna....looking forward to another Christmas visit soon...:))

They'd look like sparklers Stera! White and gold would be lovely too..... If they have some different ideas this year, I'll put them on.

2 Dec, 2015

 

Good idea, it would look lovely

2 Dec, 2015

 

Have a look at my last page of photos Stera, 3rd row.......I didn't have any Alliums, but Fennel turned out ok....:)).

2 Dec, 2015

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