Capesthorne Hall is normally closed this time of year, but the owners threw the doors open at the weekend for a ‘Christmas with Crafts’ event, giving visitors the chance to see how the family dresses its antique dining tables for the festive season.
Around 10 miles from Macclesfield town centre and within easy reach of the Lancashire border, Capesthorne Hall is an impressive Tudor Revival home built between 1719 and 1732 for the Bromley-Davenport family, whose members still live there today. Set in over 100 acres of parkland with a Georgian chapel, gardens and lakes, Capesthorne is not a dusty museum but a vibrant family home. Every room is rich in antiques collected by various family members, including antique chests, Victorian dining chairs and Chinese porcelain.
There was a special welcome for visitors on 23 – 25 November when the Christmas with Crafts event took place. Along with musical entertainment from local bands and choirs, and a special visit from Father Christmas, guests were given a tour of the hall and the chance to see how a country house dresses its rooms for the festive season. After they had admired the swags and greenery, it was off to the craft marquee to pick up Christmas presents, with a warming cup of mulled wine in the Butler’s Pantry restaurant to finish with.
Stately homes will be holding Christmas events across Lancashire and Cumbria in the coming weeks. Those who are inspired to give their own homes a Christmas makeover should visit an antique dealer in Preston, where antique dining tables, Victorian dining chairs and other fine furniture can be found.
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