In the house at Greys Court at Christmas

This festive season at Grey's Court we're celebrating the Swiss heritage of Greys Court's final owners: The Brunners. With seasonal collection pieces to look out for, and the possibility of some scrumptious tasters in the kitchen, there's plenty to keep everyone entertained. Christmas will be in the House from Sat 1 Dec until Sun 6 Jan 2019.

Christmas collection around the house

When it comes to the Christmas dressing of the house, there are a few special items that only come out around this time of the year.

In various rooms around the house look out for copies of original, family, Christmas photographs of the Brunners, which are brought out of the archives just for Christmas.

You can also wonder at the beautifully created Laurence Irving calendars, placed around the house, that he used to give as gifts to the Brunner family every Christmas.

The stunning glassware in the dining room is only on display during the festive season as well. This would have been the set they used for entertaining in this season, and at Christmas dinner.

Over the picture of Sir John Brunner in the school room, you will notice a Father Christmas hat sitting on top. The Brunner boys used to do this every year when they were young boys, having some festive, mischievous fun.

Decorations in the school room at Greys Court, Oxfordshire
Close up of Christmas decorations in the school room in the house at Greys Court
Decorations in the school room at Greys Court, Oxfordshire

Swiss Traditions

Along with the star pieces from the Brunner collection, the house will also be decorated in a lavish Swiss style, with lanterns, skis and traditional Swiss decorations. Discover the families interesting Swiss connections, and learn about their families holidays to Switzerland in the winter.

Baking in the kitchen at Christmas

Christmas cooking in the kitchen at Greys Court
Christmas cooking ingredients and equipment in the kitchen at Greys Court
Christmas cooking in the kitchen at Greys Court

As befitted a former chairman of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Lady Brunner was enthusiastic when it came to home-made food, and this was certainly no different during the Christmas season.

Each week during December the wonderful house volunteers will be baking a different Christmas recipe in the kitchen of the main house. There will be copies of these original Lady Brunner recipes available for visitors to take home from the kitchen, and there may even be some delightful tasters on offer as well. This year the recipes will feature a Swiss twist!