Britain’s grandest stately homes decorated for Christmas

  • Stately homes around the country have been decked out for the festive season
  • Staff have brought in 50ft trees, metres of garlands and thousands of lights
  • The utterly breathtaking results and are sure to impress visitors over Christmas

By Stephanie Linning For Mailonline

Published: 04:51 EST, 24 December 2017 | Updated: 05:53 EST, 24 December 2017

From the wreath on the door to the star on the tree, families everywhere will today be feeling very proud of their festive decorations.

But very few will be able to compete with the scale and grandeur of these truly sumptuous Christmas offerings.

From Longleat to Chatsworth, stately homes across Britain have been decked out in all their twinkling, glittering glory for visitors to enjoy over the festive season.

Staff have worked tirelessly to dress 50ft Christmas trees, drape staircases with beautiful garlands, and transform manicured gardens into dazzling light show spectaculars.

Here, FEMAIL shares some of the best examples…

Highclere Castle, Hampshire

Trimming the tree: Workmen need ladders to hang the ornaments on this beautiful tree

Trimming the tree: Workmen need ladders to hang the ornaments on this beautiful tree

Best known as the location for Downton Abbey, these photos of Highclere Castle proves that the grandeur didn't stop when the cameras stopped rolling.

Lady Carnarvon, who runs the stunning Jacobeathan property, chose a towering Christmas tree that dominates The Saloon in the heart of the house.

Photos show workmen scaling ladders to trim the tree.

Festive feast: The table in the dining room  is set for the most elegant Christmas mealFestive feast: The table in the dining room  is set for the most elegant Christmas meal

Festive feast: The table in the dining room is set for the most elegant Christmas meal

Attention to detail: The beautiful staircases are hung with garlands finished with festive bowsAttention to detail: The beautiful staircases are hung with garlands finished with festive bows

Attention to detail: The beautiful staircases are hung with garlands finished with festive bows

Towering: The top of the tree is level with the gallery that wraps around the saloon Towering: The top of the tree is level with the gallery that wraps around the saloon 

Towering: The top of the tree is level with the gallery that wraps around the saloon

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House and its grounds looks simply breathtaking over the festive season.

From The Chapel to the sculpture gallery, attention has been paid to ensure every part of the house is filled with cheer.

This year the house has taken inspiration from the works of Dickens to create rooms that will not fail to capture the imagination.

Literary inspiration: The Chapel is decorated in homage to the decadent feast shown to Scrooge by the ghost of Christmas present, in A Christmas CarolLiterary inspiration: The Chapel is decorated in homage to the decadent feast shown to Scrooge by the ghost of Christmas present, in A Christmas Carol

Literary inspiration: The Chapel is decorated in homage to the decadent feast shown to Scrooge by the ghost of Christmas present, in A Christmas Carol

Breathtaking:: Christmas trees, festive lights and attractive garlands strung across the ceilingBreathtaking:: Christmas trees, festive lights and attractive garlands strung across the ceiling

Breathtaking:: Christmas trees, festive lights and attractive garlands strung across the ceiling

Twinkling twilight: A moody sky sets off this scenes at the stables at Chatsworth HouseTwinkling twilight: A moody sky sets off this scenes at the stables at Chatsworth House

Twinkling twilight: A moody sky sets off this scenes at the stables at Chatsworth House

Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

The breathtaking Castle Howard, near York, never fails to impress with its Christmas display.

The dining room is transformed into a scene fit for a festive feast while the living rooms are brought to life with roaring fires.

Fit for a king: The sumptuous Crimson Dining Room is brought to life with a festive centrepieceFit for a king: The sumptuous Crimson Dining Room is brought to life with a festive centrepiece

Fit for a king: The sumptuous Crimson Dining Room is brought to life with a festive centrepiece

Warmed by the hearth: A roaring fire brings a cosy feel to this living room in the castleWarmed by the hearth: A roaring fire brings a cosy feel to this living room in the castle

Warmed by the hearth: A roaring fire brings a cosy feel to this living room in the castle

Crisp winter's night: This Christmas tree looks particularly festive against the castleCrisp winter's night: This Christmas tree looks particularly festive against the castle

Crisp winter's night: This Christmas tree looks particularly festive against the castle

Lyme Park, Cheshire

The National Trust's Lyme Park, Cheshire, is a magnificent house and estate on the edge of the Peak District.

For the festive season the house has been dressed in the Regency style, as it would have been during the lifetime of Thomas Legh, one of the owners of the house.

But the staff couldn't resist adding a couple of exquisitely decorated trees, even though they aren't quite in keeping with the period.

Quiet escape: Soft lighting makes the library at Lyme Park feel warm and inviting for ChristmasQuiet escape: Soft lighting makes the library at Lyme Park feel warm and inviting for Christmas

Quiet escape: Soft lighting makes the library at Lyme Park feel warm and inviting for Christmas

True spirit of Christmas: The set-up of the Regency Christmas emphasises time with familyTrue spirit of Christmas: The set-up of the Regency Christmas emphasises time with family

True spirit of Christmas: The set-up of the Regency Christmas emphasises time with family

Special visitors: A doe and a stag stand proudly at the North Front of the stunning homeSpecial visitors: A doe and a stag stand proudly at the North Front of the stunning home

Special visitors: A doe and a stag stand proudly at the North Front of the stunning home

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace, the family seat of the Duke of Marlborough, is one of Britain's most treasured historical sites.

The palace, a World Heritage Site, is a particularly spectacular place to visit in winter, where the formal gardens are transformed into a festive trail of lights.

Inside the Palace and Courtyards, visitors can enjoy our festive decorations.

Splendour: This awe-inspiring scene awaits visitors to Blenheim Palace this festive season Splendour: This awe-inspiring scene awaits visitors to Blenheim Palace this festive season 

Splendour: This awe-inspiring scene awaits visitors to Blenheim Palace this festive season

Festive fun! A snowman is built on the lawn of Blenheim Palace, overlooking the bridge Festive fun! A snowman is built on the lawn of Blenheim Palace, overlooking the bridge 

Festive fun! A snowman is built on the lawn of Blenheim Palace, overlooking the bridge

Harewood House, West Yorkshire

At Harewood House, near Leeds, visitors are offered a glimpse of an authentic Christmas day during the Victorian era.

It was designed by Michael Howells, who was the set designer from the ITV series Victoria, which was partly filmed at Harewood House.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert ornaments even hang on the tree.

Perfect for carols: The Music Room in Harewood House is filled with festive cheerPerfect for carols: The Music Room in Harewood House is filled with festive cheer

Perfect for carols: The Music Room in Harewood House is filled with festive cheer

Victorian Christmas: Families and visitors are treated to a taste of Christmases pastVictorian Christmas: Families and visitors are treated to a taste of Christmases past

Victorian Christmas: Families and visitors are treated to a taste of Christmases past

Warm: With the thick red carpet, this staircase looks like the perfect backdrop for ChristmasWarm: With the thick red carpet, this staircase looks like the perfect backdrop for Christmas

Warm: With the thick red carpet, this staircase looks like the perfect backdrop for Christmas

Barrington Court, Somerset

This National Trust Tudor manor house offers an irresistible festive treat for visitors.

Inside, Father Christmas comes to visit while outside the gardens are illuminated in spectacular colours.

Charming: Though more modest than other houses, the decorations are no less delightfulCharming: Though more modest than other houses, the decorations are no less delightful

Charming: Though more modest than other houses, the decorations are no less delightful

Standing guard: Outside, a herd of deer add to the fun festive feel of the historic houseStanding guard: Outside, a herd of deer add to the fun festive feel of the historic house

Standing guard: Outside, a herd of deer add to the fun festive feel of the historic house

Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

Built in the 13th century, this former nunnery is steeped in history.

Over the festive season visitors are treated to willow reindeer, a roaring open fire in the Great Hall and an enormous Christmas tree in the Courtyard.

Steeped in history: One of the corridors at Lacock Abbey, a former nunnery in WiltshireSteeped in history: One of the corridors at Lacock Abbey, a former nunnery in Wiltshire

Steeped in history: One of the corridors at Lacock Abbey, a former nunnery in Wiltshire

Grandeur: This tree is stunning with its red and gold decorations and twinkling fairy lightsGrandeur: This tree is stunning with its red and gold decorations and twinkling fairy lights

Grandeur: This tree is stunning with its red and gold decorations and twinkling fairy lights

Longleat House, Bath

The gardens of this impressive home are transformed by breathtaking light displays.

The house's safari park is also given the festive treatment, with a train leading visitors past Father Christmas and his elves – as well as the animals.

Tradition: The spectacular 50ft tree delights the young and the young at heart at LongleatTradition: The spectacular 50ft tree delights the young and the young at heart at Longleat

Tradition: The spectacular 50ft tree delights the young and the young at heart at Longleat

Rudolph and his friends: Christmas trees covered in lights are beacons in the groundsRudolph and his friends: Christmas trees covered in lights are beacons in the grounds

Rudolph and his friends: Christmas trees covered in lights are beacons in the grounds

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