Hopetoun House Christmas Fair

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A few Saturdays ago we decided to check out the Christmas Fair at Hopetoun House. Hopetoun House is one of Scotland’s finest stately homes , situated close to Queensferry on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The house was built in 1699-1701 and extended later on. We’ve been meaning to visit, but last time we tried the weather ruined it for us. Now the weather was pretty crap again and only a small part of the house was open, so will have to go back during the warmer months for a proper visit!

 

hopetounhouse

It was windy, rainy and freezing, so didn’t venture any further from the house to get the whole building in the picture…Next time!

santa

And guess who was there 🙂 Lana got to meet Santa for the first time! She observed him pretty suspiciously but didn’t cry.

hopetoun

It’s a beautiful house indeed.

hopetounestate

The view to one side from the main entrance.

hopetounstairway

The camera I had was pretty bad, so the photos from inside don’t do the place justice.

orchestra

The fair was accompanied by live Christmas music which was a very nice touch.

christmaslights

The interior was pretty grand as one could expect.

twoguys

Two deserted guys waiting for their other halves to finish shopping I presume 🙂

christmastable

This is what our Christmas table looks like too.

deerheads

These deer (?) heads were pretty cool.

wire

Hmm not sure what this wire is for…Any ideas?

chandelier

Everything was very ornate as you can see.

christmasdinner

Must say I prefer Finnish Christmas dinner 😛

window

Matthew’s sister came along too.

details

More pretty details. To be honest I was more interested in the house itself than the market – it was too crowded and there weren’t too many stalls anyway…

auntiejo

Matthew looking very suspicious…

fudge

All I got was some fudge – mint, raspberry and rum raisin, yum!

It was a nice Christmassy experience that Lana enjoyed too – although she enjoys anything that involves people (and her auntie of course!) and a lot of things to look at. What Lana didn’t enjoy was the car ride back, but thankfully I have a new emergency solution: baby videos on YouTube! Hypnotises her immediately and everyone can enjoy the ride (accompanied by lovely chirpy baby tunes of course)…

x Nina x