Christmas sparkle at The Vyne
This article was about Christmas at The Vyne in 2019. Come back later in the year to find out what lies in store for 2020.
Telling the tale of A Christmas Carol, you can take a look around the ground floor of The Vyne’s mansion. With Christmas trees dripping with shimmering ornaments in almost every room, you can experience the essence of a Victorian Christmas.
Stepping into the theatrical staircase hall, with its ornate 18th-century plasterwork, you’ll be greeted by a flurry of paper roses cascading from the banisters above.
On entering the Large Drawing Room, with its crimson brocatelle wall hangings, your journey through Charles Dicken’s Christmas story begins:
The story of A Christmas Carol
The book follows the mean and meagre existence of iconic character Ebenezer Scrooge.
Visited one Christmas Eve night by the spirit of his dead business partner, Scrooge is warned that unless he changes his ways, he shall be punished when he dies.
As a last chance of redemption, he is to be visited by three ghosts; the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future who take him on a soul-searching journey through time.
In the end, Scrooge learns the error of his ways and turns over a new leaf. Becoming generous and jovial, Scrooge heads out to join his family at a Christmas gathering he had previously refused to attend. He also orders a large goose for his overworked clerk Bob Cratchit and his family.
Your route through the mansion
In the Further Drawing Room, silhouettes, sparkling light and shadow represent the Ghost of Christmas Past who takes Scrooge back in time to remember how he used to be.
In the Stone Gallery, garlands and greenery heartily interpret the Ghost of Christmas present. Classical busts look out from the walls onto a scene that looks like a merry party has been underway.
From the expansive Stone Gallery, you’ll wander into the intimate space of The Study. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear the Thomas Tompion clock chime and spot a Tudor squint concealed within the oak panelling.
With sense of darkness and foreboding, the Saloon located on the other side of the staircase hall represents the Ghost of Christmas Future. At this point in the story, the main character, Scrooge is forced to consider his future should he fail to mend his ways.
Stepping into the Dining Parlour with its linen-fold oak panelling and historic paintings, Scrooge is a changed person; you’ll find the table lavishly laid ready for a festive banquet to be enjoyed by Scrooge and his relatives.
Wandering past a hidden Tudor gem, you can take the opportunity to step into The Vyne’s pre-Reformation chapel featuring Flemish stained-glass windows.
The jovial festive spirit continues into the servants’ quarters where the old kitchen, with its flagstone floor and vast empty fireplaces, represents the Cratchits’ house with the table laid ready for dinner.
Down a narrow corridor, you'll find the Larder and the Housekeeper’s Room. In the second-hand bookshop, you can recline in the cushioned bay-window seats with a good read.