Christmas houses in London and South East

Our houses across London and the South East are all dressed up for Christmas. Take in the sounds and scents of the festive season and learn about the traditions of some of the interesting characters that once called these places home.

Christmas tree in drawing room at Standen

Getting ready for Christmas at Standen 

17 trees, a team of ten, two glasses for Gin and French and one vintage Father Christmas costume. Find out how staff, volunteers and visitors help bring the Beale family's house to life at Christmas.

The dining room at Polesden Lacey dressed for Christmas.

An Edwardian Christmas at Polesden Lacey 

From dressing an 18 foot tree to individually decorating every room, find out how the team at Polesden Lacey stay true to the roots of this majestic Edwardian home at Christmas.

Volunteers at Bateman's busily making decorations from book pages and natural materials from the estate.

A fairytale Christmas at Bateman's 

Discover how Bateman's Christmas theme of 'Rewards and Fairies' has been developed and created. There'll definitely be a magical air to a visit this festive season.

A box of Christmas decorations for the Great Hall tree at Ightham Mote

Unpacking the decorations at Ightham Mote 

I'm dreaming of Ightham Mote's Christmas, with all the decorations around... There's been a hive of activity as we decorate the house for our Victorian Christmas in the Great Hall, and the 1950s American Christmas in the Library.