If you’ve been following me on here and social media you’ll know I’ve been feeling pretty festive for a good few weeks now and a family day trip to Killerton House on the day their Christmas festivities began just added to my excitement. Each year, the gorgeous Georgian National Trust property in Broadclyst, Devon gets decorated to a specific theme, this year, Brother Grimm fairy tales.
Seeing as we were staying at my parents the weekend they opened for Christmas it felt only right to take the fifteen minute drive to Killerton for a fun family afternoon. The minute we arrived it began raining but the gorgeous giant Christmas tree at the entrance immediately took our mind off the drizzle. The large log burner along with the two Christmas trees in the reception area added to the festive excitement and we were still yet to enter the house grounds. As suggested by the NT website we had pre booked our house entrance time, there were still time slots available but with about an hours wait.
The moment we left the reception we were instantly transported to a winter wonderland, giant gingerbread men, toy soldiers and elves lined the path leading to the house. Whilst every tree was adorned with a collection of simple but beautiful baubles. Willow (being quite the gingerbread fan) absolutely loved these characters and may have given one or two of them a cuddle and kiss.
The entrance to the house felt the same as any other day, that was until the doors opened and we entered into a world of enchanted fairy tales. The main lights had been dimmed, the curtains drawn and fairy lights lit. Each room was decorated to depict one of five different fairy tales from the Brother Grimms.
‘The Elves and the Shoemaker Christmas Tree.’
My Mum in the entrance to the ‘Hansel and Gretel’ room. Which was complete with cage, creepy witch voice and fingers for snacks on the kitchen table!
‘Hansel and Gretel’s’ Christmas tree complete with gingerbread men and candy canes.
‘Sleeping Beauty’s’ Sleepy Tree
‘Sleeping Beauty’s’ Wedding Christmas tree and wedding banquet table. I loved the little details in this room, the stunning little white dresses adorning the tree and the gorgeous pink lighting left the room feeling absolutely magical.
Annoyingly I completely forgot to take any photos of ‘Rapunzel’s’ room however this was the gorgeous hallway upstairs on the way to her room. Rapunzel’s hair followed the staircase intertwined with Christmas garland before entering her room ‘through the wall!’
Willow was a little scared by the wolf in ‘Little Red Riding Hood’s’ Room, but after a few growls back we showed him who was boss. I absolutely love the gorgeous embroidery on Red Riding Hood’s cloak.
The main tree in the entrance hall to the house was just simply incredible, I can’t even begin to imagine how long it must have taken to decorate the entire property.
In the final room you could complete a little card with a special christmas wish and place it on one of the many gorgeous trees filling the room.
After our magical walk through the house we weren’t ready to finish our adventure, so despite the rain, we decided to complete the outdoor Grimm themed family activity trail. We hadn’t picked up an activity pack but we were still able to have plenty of fun playing a few of the games along the way.
Of course Willow couldn’t complete the walk without a small pick me up, so a little gingerbread man became her companion and energy source for the wander.
We were very pleasantly surprised to come across a beautiful little Chapel that neither my Mum nor I knew about. The Chapel was gorgeously decorated for Christmas and we were absolutely delighted to find that a local singing group were inside entertaining the visitors with Christmas carols. We couldn’t not take five minutes to enjoy the beautiful singing and Willow even sang along to a few songs too.
We ended our magical fairy tale festive day with a pitstop at the Cafe for hot drinks and snacks, very much needed to warm us all after our slightly damp walk. I can’t wait to visit another National Trust property or two over the Christmas period and if you’re in east Devon over the coming weeks then I highly recommend a visit to Killerton House. If you’re not feeling Christmassy before you arrive I can guarantee you’ll be full of festive cheer by the time you leave!
Is there anywhere you like to visit around Christmas or anything/ anywhere that makes you feel particularly festive?