It’s already gaining a reputation as a Box of Delights, but the pioneering chainmail structure that protects the National Trust for Scotland’s The Hill House in Helensburgh will have a seasonal surprise for visitors, as the house is decorated for an Edwardian Family Christmas.
The award-winning team have imagined how the Blackie family, who commissioned Charles Rennie Mackintosh to create their family home, might have celebrated the festive period and created a beautiful decoration scheme that adds a touch of Christmas magic to the beautiful interiors.
From 30 November until 22 December the house will be decorated for an Edwardian Christmas, from the exquisitely decorated tree and jaunty paper garlands in the drawing room to the stockings hanging in the children’s bedrooms ready for Father Christmas to deliver their presents.
In the kitchen, the turkey is being prepared, the dining room has been laid out for a feast and seasonal songs from the wind-up gramophone are bringing Christmas cheer. In Walter Blackie’s library, visitors will be able to read a 1908 Christmas-time edition of the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times as well as books from the collection with festive verses and themes.
National Trust for Scotland guides will be dressed in the type of uniforms that the Blackies’ staff would have worn and will be on hand to show visitors how the house would have been transformed for Christmas.
Each weekend through December too, local choirs will be carol singing, musicians will be performing and children will get a chance to make their own garlands to take home.