Capesthorne Hall is holding a three-day Christmas crafts event at the end of November, with singers and musicians adding seasonal flair as visitors wander around the Victorian balloon backed dining chairs and antique bookcases.
Close to the Lancashire border, six miles west of Macclesfield, Capesthorne Hall is a magnificent Jacobean-style mansion dating from 1719. The home of the Bromley Davenports since 1726, everything in the house was collected by previous family members, with particularly fine collections of English, European, American and Far Eastern antique furniture. It is very different to the roped-off museum-style layout seen in some stately homes. From the Jacobean antique dining tables of the entrance hall to the ebony sofa of the saloon, each room is furnished to be used – with a unique warmth and ambience that tells visitors this is very much a family home.
While functions and corporate events take place at Capesthorne throughout the year, it is normally closed to the public from the end of October. However, on 23rd November the Bromley Davenports will be opening the doors for a special three-day Christmas and Crafts event, giving visitors a unique glimpse of the marble fireplaces and antique chests of a family-owned country house dressed up for the festive season. During the tour, visitors will be entertained by local choirs and musicians, enjoy festive snacks and drinks in the Butler’s Pantry, and shop for hand-made craft and food gifts in the marquee.
Nothing looks more festive than a set of Victorian balloon backed dining chairs around an antique dining table ; ask a Preston antique dealer for examples.
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