Just Hannah Jane

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.

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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.

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‘The Elves and the Shoemaker Christmas Tree.’

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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!

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‘Hansel and Gretel’s’ Christmas tree complete with gingerbread men and candy canes.

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‘Sleeping Beauty’s’ Sleepy Tree

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‘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.

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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!’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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5th December 2016

Hannah Jane

44 Comments

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    Heather Keet

    5th December 2016

    Looks like a fun time! #bigpinklink

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    Jemma Anglesea

    5th December 2016

    Oh wow! That looks so beautiful! I am gutted I live too far north (Liverpool) to make a quick trip. Magical! #bigpinklink

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    ShinnersandtheBrood

    5th December 2016

    Looks like loads of fun. Gorgeous photos… #BigPinkLink

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    Tracey

    5th December 2016

    I have a thing for Christmas trees . I’m forever taking pictures of them ( I neglect the coffee pics throughout Dec) there are some beauties here! Looks fabulous and festive. I’m a long way from Devon but I shall hopefully be visiting Chatsworth House which is beautiful & only half an hour away. Tracey X #bigpinklinkup

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    Tracey

    5th December 2016

    I have a thing for Christmas trees . I’m forever taking pictures of them ( I neglect the coffee pics throughout Dec) there are some beauties here! Looks fabulous and festive. I’m a long way from Devon but I shall hopefully be visiting Chatsworth House which is beautiful & only half an hour away. Tracey X #bigpinklinkup

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    Baby Anon/Michelle G

    5th December 2016

    this looks absolutely incredible, what a magical place for children – and adults. I love Sleeping Beauty’s tree and table. I imagine no-one can go there and not come away feeling all Christmassy #bigpinklink

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    justsayingmum

    5th December 2016

    Oh my word, what a truly magical place to take children for Christmas. The photos are beautiful and I have total house envy now. I loved that hallway all decorated – I often neglect our hall – on a mission now! And I love the idea of more than one christmas tree too – so stunning! Beautiful pictures! #BigPinkLink

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    five little doves

    5th December 2016

    Oh wow how magical does that all look!! Gorgeous photos, it really does look so festive, I’m super excited for Christmas now! #bigpinklink

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    Tabitha Siklos

    5th December 2016

    Looks gorgeous! We love going to our local children’s farm for a festive visit to see Santa in his grotto at Xmas time #bigpinklink

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    OddHogg

    5th December 2016

    That looks loads of fun! I’d love to go somewhere like that #bigpinklink

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    kristin mccarthy

    5th December 2016

    interesting little space

    #bigpinklink

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    Alison (MadHouseMum)

    5th December 2016

    Stunning photos to put us all in the perfect mood for Christmas 🙂 Thank you for sharing. Alison x #bigpinklink

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    Kirsty - Winnettes

    5th December 2016

    This looks amazing! I’m gutted I love so far away from here or I would be there tomorrow! This is so up my street, Red Riding Hood looks fantastic, Rapunzel is a firm favourite in our house so we would enjoy that room.
    #BigPinkLink

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    Nursery Whines

    5th December 2016

    It looks much more elegant than the garden centre with creepy robotic Santas and rather mangy looking reindeer we used to go to… Glad you had a lovely day. #bigpinklink

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    Beth

    5th December 2016

    Oh wow that looks fantastic, what a lovely christmasy trip

    #bigpinklink

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    Rainbows are too beautiful

    5th December 2016

    What lovely photos – except that wolf… looks a bit scary? #bigpinklink

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    The Tale of Mummyhood

    5th December 2016

    Beautiful pictures! The hallway with the decorated arches looks amazing x

    #bigpinklink

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    MMT

    5th December 2016

    Wow, that is an impressive set of trees! My girls would love that place with a capital L. Thanks for sharing your day
    #BigPinkLink

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    Hayley@ Mission: Mindfulness

    5th December 2016

    Looks like a lovely day out and what a fab theme to use as inspiration to ‘dress’ the house – I love the Hansel and Gretl room! I wish we were a bit nearer so we could visit – I know our 3 would find it magical! Love the pics. #bigpinklink

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    Fiona Cambouropoulos

    5th December 2016

    Wow there is plenty of Christmas cheer to be found there and those trees look amazing. One day I will have a beautiful themed tree and not a messy one! #BigPinkLink

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    Anna Brophy

    6th December 2016

    Well it’s certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!! What a fantastic place. Definitely creating the spirit. #bigpinklink

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    Brandi Puga

    6th December 2016

    Oh my goodness what a cool place! I adore the hansel and gretel room! #bigpinklink

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    Lucy's Locket

    6th December 2016

    I enjoy reading about all these Christmas outings. I can’t wait to take my daughter next year 🙂 #bigpinklink

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    Sonia

    6th December 2016

    Lovely festive day out- looks beautiful!xx #bigpinklink

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    Rhyming with Wine

    6th December 2016

    I was looking forward to reading this having seen your IG snaps. It looks like such a magical place and I love the detail. The chapel and the carols must have been the cherry on the Christmas cake! Beautiful – and I only wish we lived close enough to visit. Thanks for hosting #bigpinklink xx

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    Emma me and b make tea

    6th December 2016

    what a fab place to go to feel all Christmassy! I love the concept of using traditional stories and making them festive. completely magical for the kids and the adults! #bigpinklink xx

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    jo

    6th December 2016

    Aren’t Christmas trees wonderful. No wonder they wrote a song just for them. Lovely photos and your little one looks enchanted by it all. (You look like your mum!) #BigPinkLink

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    jeremy@thirstdyaddy

    6th December 2016

    This looks really cool. Always nice to find something a little bit different #bigpinklink

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    Topfivemum

    6th December 2016

    How amazing! You can never start Christmas too early if you ask me! Fab photos #bigpinklink

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    Katherine Betts

    6th December 2016

    This looks so much fun. My daughter loves absolutely anything to do with Christmas so would love it! #bigpinklink

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    Cheryl @ Tea or Wine

    6th December 2016

    I love everything to do with Brothers Grimm fairytales and this looks fab. Will try and check out Killerton house when we are next in Devon! #Bigpinklink x

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    Susie at This Is Me Now

    6th December 2016

    The looks so lovely. We have a couple of NT sites near us and I did see they were doing xmas things but I think we’ve run out of time to fit one in now before xmas. I’ll definitely try and plan ahead next year though. #bigpinklink

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    Louise

    6th December 2016

    What a lovely thing to do at Christmas! If I lived closer I would definitely be visiting #bigpinklink

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    shaney (imummyblog)

    6th December 2016

    This looks amazing! Just a shame it’s so far from me! #bigpinklink

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    Claire

    7th December 2016

    Aww she is such a cutie. That looks wonderful, I just love the Brothers Grimm! x #bigpinklink

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    Lianne harris

    7th December 2016

    It looks like you had a lovely time, such a good idea of the Grimm theme to give it something different!
    That hallway with the garlands over the arches look stunning!
    #bigpinklink

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    yvonne

    7th December 2016

    Oh wow this looks fabulous ! I love the Brothers Grimm and would love to visit this xx #bigpinklink

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    Becky (And Then There Were Two)

    7th December 2016

    Oh this looks amazing!! I love all the Christmas trees! Beautiful – I adore all things Christmas so this looks right up my street! #bigpinklink

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    Helena

    7th December 2016

    I love the festive themed fairy tale rooms and your little one has got me desiring a good tasty gingerbread man. #bigpinklink

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    Jenny

    9th December 2016

    Sleeping Beauty’s wedding stuff is gorgeous! I now have Grimm wedding goals! Looks like a really fab day out.

    #bigpinklink

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    Lisa Pomerantz

    9th December 2016

    Wow! Looks like they go all out! You little one is a cutie pie. Hope Santa is good to you all! #bigpinklink xo

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    Crummy Mummy

    10th December 2016

    This looks truly magical! #bigpinklink

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    Jo (Mother of Teenagers)

    11th December 2016

    Wow this looks so much fun and the trees are fabulous..there is a thought for next year…a tree in every room in our house?! How wonderful. #bigpinklink

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    Nadia - ScandiMummy

    12th December 2016

    This looks so magical. Love the idea of using fairy tales for inspiration. #bigpinklink

    Nadia – Scandimummy

    PS. Sorry this comment is slightly late xx

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