We adore Beningbrough Hall, just outside of York, a short drive from where we live-it’s one of those majestic baroque mansions with grounds that prides itself on being warm and child-friendly-and it is that.
It’s so relaxed that you’ve overcome with a wave of serenity, the moment you enter. An ideal antidote to Christmas mania.
..There’s nowhere we’d rather spend a festive weekend so when we were kindly invited to meet Father Christmas with the children, we wrapped up warm (only to discover it was uncharacteristically 16 degrees on Sunday) and headed to meet the Big Man himself (no, not my Dad, despite evidence to the contrary)!
Enjoying the most delicious of lunches (do not miss their restaurant when you visit) chunks of homemade wholemeal bread and butter dipped in creamy leak and potato soup followed by a classic casear salad, and cheese scones for the boys, were ravished.
It was then off to meet the Elves so we could write letters to Santa before settling in for some Christmas stories with a group of other children, the bearded chap in his lounge, before receiving a gift. And what a gift it was, a wonderful dinosaur sculpture we had hours of fun building afterwards..
A warm and friendly Father Christmas, read sweet stories to his captivated crowd and managed to rebuke the toughest of questions-Oliver, 5, asked why there were so many Santas all over the place to which he replied he was Beningbrough Hall the real one but he allows others to dress up as him. Great answer.
I loved the attention to detail, framed photos of Santa with his elves in the ground of Beningbrough were placed on the mantlepiece and walls, they had thought of everything. A real cinematic offering from the Hall that made the experience all the more real and magical for the children…
Oliver requested a ‘real life puppy’ for Christmas when asked- but I’m not sure that’s popping down the chimney with Santa this year-maybe in the summer.
We didn’t make the winter trail this time sadly, but shall be back over the holidays to do just that.
Beningbrough Hall really is the perfect place for families everywhere.