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Christmas at Highclere [9781848095229]

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Recipes and traditions from 'the real Downton Abbey'.

Highclere Castle bustles with activity at the best of times, but it is never more alive than at Christmas.

Highclere at Christmas is a look behind the scenes at the routines and rituals that make the castle the most magical place to be throughout the festive season.

Lady Carnarvon will guide you through Advent, Christmas preparations and Christmas Eve all the way through to the day itself, and beyond.

Learn how the manor and grounds are transformed by decorations, including the raising of a twenty-foot tree in the saloon, the gathering of holly and mistletoe from the grounds.

All the intricacies of the perfect traditional Christmas are here: from crackers and carol singers. The festive feeling is carried through to Highclere's Boxing Day traditions, the restorative middle days and the New Year's Eve celebrations.

This book also tells the story of historic Christmases at Highclere - of distinguished guests warming themselves by the fire after a long journeys home through the snow, unexpected knocks on the door, and, always, the joy of bringing family - and staff - together after a busy year.

As well as telling the stories of Highclere Christmases past and present, Lady Carnarvon provides recipes, tips and inspiration from here kitchen so that readers can bring a quintessentially British festive spirit to their own home.

Lady Carnarvon divulges the secret to perfectly flaky mince pies, the proper way to wrap presents so that you and your guests are guaranteed a Christmas to remember. Lavish, celebratory and utterly enchanting, Highclere at Christmas is celebration of one of the UK's most beloved historic houses and is the perfect gift for any Downton Abbey fan.

AUTHOR: "Fiona, 8th Countess of Carnarvon, is the wife of Geordie, 8th Earl of Carnarvon. She is an alumna of St Andrews University, a former auditor for Coopers & Lybrand accountants and created her own clothes brand in the 1990s. She and her husband and son live `quietly' with seven dogs, too many horses, a brood of chickens, a pet rabbit as well as a pet sheep, a number of bee hives amongst the community of Highclere Castle today. Together, they manage a range of businesses at Highclere Castle, home of the worldwide television drama Downton Abbey. Fascinated by the history of the people as well as the Castle at Highclere, Lady Carnarvon has written two New York Times Bestsellers: Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere (2011) and Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey (2013)."

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  • 5
    Christmas at Highclere

    Posted by Alison on 12th Feb 2021

    Such a wonderful book, simply love it. Easy to order and service very good as well.

  • 5
    great read, easy to follow reciepes

    Posted by Lesley on 19th Oct 2019

    love this traditional cook book, its definitely a great read and look forward to using some of the recieps over Christmas

  • 5
    Thrilled to have this book!

    Posted by RosyG on 30th Sep 2019

    Having been to Highclere and also watched Downton Abbey with delight, I thought this book would be interesting to read before Christmas. It is beautifully presented in a hard cover, and quickly flipping through it I am sure it will meet my expectations. I also ordered one for my daughter in Tasmania, sent via A Great Read's £2.99 post.age cost (free in the U.K.) My sister wishes to pay for mine as a contribution to my birthday gift at the end of October! So I have resisted the temptation to look at it more closely! At the special price A Great Read offers I felt sure the book would sell quickly, and decided to order it early rather than late. I notice it is now temporary unavailable, and other booksellers have sold out too! So order one now if you wish to have it before Christmas! I feel sure you will not be disappointed! It was packed very well and arrived quickly, Thanks to A Great Read's customer service!

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