Alice Roberton gets into the festive spirit in a grand country house setting
Betty & Violet’s Vintage Christmas Boutique was held last week in the historic surroundings of The Sculpture Gallery in Bedfordshire’s Woburn Abbey, which has been the ancestral home of the dukes of Bedford for over 300 years. The property houses a wonderful array of collections and the impressive Woburn Abbey Antiques Centre.
The stalls looked wonderful set against such a backdrop and I loved these two noble figures placed among silk flowers and fairy lights.
I had a lovely chat with mother and daughter Emma and Sue Martin on the Hesta Nesta stand. Emma, who works at Woburn Abbey as a marketing executive, said: ‘I'm delighted to see the sculpture gallery being put to such good use.'
Kathryn Holloway of Bon Chic Bon Genre, who has a shop at The Woburn Abbey Antiques Centre, had a wonderful stand at the far end of the gallery selling antique and vintage furniture.
Helen Turner of Shallmarsh showed me this treasure she picked up at auction: a Victorian scrapbook full of the most enchanting postcards and notecards.
Interior stylists Nichole Sleet and Janice Issitt are usually sourcing unusual items for their business The Dandelion House, while Jane Eakhurst would be picking up pieces for her company Serendipity Reclamation. But instead, the three friends indulged in some treats for themselves.
Entertainment for the day was provided by the glamourous Fiona Harrison, who was more than happy to pose with organiser Ali Hocking on the colourful Velvet Eccentric stand.
So, if this fair has made you feel all Christmassy, then do come and find Homes & Antiques at an event near you during the festive season. We'll be at the following fairs:
Friday 30th November - Sunday 2nd December (Fri 11am-5pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm), Made By Hand, Tredegar House, Newport, South Wales
Saturday 8th December 11am-4.30pm, Magpies & I Vintage & Handmade Christmas Market, The Spiegeltent, Waterfront Square, Bristol Harbourside, Bristol
Saturday 15th December 9am-3pm, The Christmas Vintage Bazaar - Cheese & Grain, Frome, Somerset