Nothing gets us in the festive spirit like the gorgeous Christmas trees, beautiful baubles and glittering garlands that are showcased in our readers' Christmas homes. Have a look through our collection of our favourite houses all dressed up for Christmas, ranging from a Victorian chalet retreat to an elegant Georgian home, and be inspired.
1. A grade-II listed farmhouse filled with decorative delights
It’s hard to imagine that this elegant Georgian home in the Lake District was once almost derelict, covered with ivy, and surrounded by an overgrown garden. Now, for Christmas, the ivy’s back, along with branches of berries, twinkling fairy lights, beautiful baubles – suspended in the air like colourful bubbles – and ribbons in every imaginable colour. Owner Annabel Lewis, who founded VV Rouleaux, the ribbon company, has created a quirky Christmas with all the trimmings.
2. Festive Cornish stone cottage
With fairy lights twinkling, wreaths on the doors and the table decorated with fir cones, candles and mismatched vintage plates, this 200-year-old Cornish cottage is brimming with warmth and festive charm. Yet, the house had not been well maintained before the Knight family made it their home. Ivy grew up the walls and windows, so had to be hacked back, while rot had set into the woodwork. Now beautifully renovated and filled with vintage pieces, it is a fabulous setting for a rural family Christmas – especially when it’s cold outside and the fire is roaring inside.
3. Elegant Queen Anne home
Combining warmth and elegance, this spectacular 18th century Queen Anne house in Leicestershire, looks as though its made for Christmas. Every fireplace is lit and the house is decorated with lights inside and out to create a magical atmosphere which is perfect for entertaining throughout the festive season. Inspired by the love of the countryside, a red and green Christmas colour scheme illuminates the natural cream and wooden decor throughout the house.
4. Christmas at Cobwebb Cottage
If ever there was a room that captured the essence of Christmas, it’s this cosy beamed living room in tiny Cobweb Cottage near Worcester. From the feature red wall painted in Laura Ashley’s Summer Pudding, to the rustic rug on the limestone floor – with the stove lit and the candles flickering, it looks as though it was made for Christmas.
5. Converted 19th century school gets a festive transformation
When Kim and Lewis Holmes’ stood outside this 19th century village school, it did not look like a home fit for Christmas. However, their loving renovation and celebration of its gorgeous period features and traditional, often salvaged, decoration has transformed the Old School into an extraordinary home, which with six bedrooms is perfect for a busy family Christmas.
6. Dreamy Victorian riverside cottage is brought to life for Christmas
Winter escapes don’t get much dreamier than this Victorian chalet retreat, set on the riverside in Perthshire. Formerly a laundry room, the property was in a dreadful state when its owner took it on, but it has now been transformed into a charming home that’s the perfect bolthole for a peaceful Christmas.
7. Eccentric Christmas English townhouse
A veritable emporium of antiques and curiosities, this elegant London townhouse provides a dramatic backdrop to festive celebrations. Blown glass chandeliers and swags of heavy silk curtain complement the feminine, continental antiques, while clever decorating effects, including Trompe l’oeil effect wallpapers and paint effects, accentuate the grandeur of a table dressed in gold-rimmed dinnerware and glittering decorations.
8. Jacobean hunting lodge makes perfect winter home
If Christmas is all about indulgence, then this luxurious eight-bedroom Jacobean hunting lodge, complete with indoor pool and gym, is just the setting. Yet, when Tim and Sarah Hopkins bought the property it was dark, dated and many aspects were nearing disrepair. It did however, boast a wealth of original features, such as a Jacobean ceilings, oak floors and carved stone fireplaces that captured the couple’s imagination. Having been completely overhauled and its warren of small rooms combined to create spacious living areas, it now makes the perfect place for the whole family to stay for Christmas.
9. A restored Swedish holiday home turns winter wonderland
Filled with gentle candlelight, natural decorations and eclectic antique finds, Kim Månsson’s remote weekend retreat in southern Sweden resembles a little fairytale cottage at Christmas time. When she first saw the house nearly 20 years ago it had no hot water, the bathroom was in an outhouse, it had damp walls, a leaking roof and rotten floors. But that did not deter this self-confessed antiques fanatic, who carefully restored and breathed new life into this charming old home.
10. Historic Dutch farmhouse filled with festive cheer
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT
A subscription to Period Living magazine is a thoughtful gift for anyone who owns an older property or loves timeless style. Subscribe for just £29.99 for a gift that keeps on giving all year round.
With the candlelight flickering from every surface, roaring log fires, plenty of fresh seasonal greenery, a tree that almost touches the ceiling and tables laden with mouth-watering seasonal food, this Dutch farmhouse really sparkles at Christmas time.
Passionate about home cooking and styling, the festive season is the perfect time for homeowner Leny to play hostess and channel her creativity, ‘I’d rather cook for 30 than two,’ she admits. Such a magical, welcoming scene, it’s hard to think that it once just a tiny kitchen and only one toilet out in the stable.
Yet slowly, over the course of 40 years, Leny and husband Harrie have lovingly renovated the property, converting a stable into a living space and haylofts into bedrooms and, of course, adding that all-important open-plan kitchen-diner, perfect for seasonal celebrations.