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Hopetoun House Christmas Fair

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!



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!


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


It’s a beautiful house indeed.


The view to one side from the main entrance.


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


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


The interior was pretty grand as one could expect.


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


This is what our Christmas table looks like too.


These deer (?) heads were pretty cool.


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


Everything was very ornate as you can see.


Must say I prefer Finnish Christmas dinner 😛


Matthew’s sister came along too.


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…


Matthew looking very suspicious…


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

Nina Äikäs

I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!

  • Annika B

    You also like mint and rum! I always buy mint fudge and rum fudged when I see a seller here, they are pretty often in market squares. My way favorite flavors are rum and mint-chocolate! I have loads of rum-chocolate and mint-chocolate cake recipes if you ever need…

    December 15, 2015 at 11:21 pm
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