Winter at Wimpole

Christmas is nearly here, and oof is it cold outside. I woke up last Saturday and there was a blanket of frost everywhere, but beautiful clear skies – that kind of crisp morning which is in equal part freezing yet irresistible. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to go exploring, and decided to head down the road to Wimpole Hall. I last visited in Spring, but seeing it in Winter was just magical.

A mix of frost and sunshine

As I walked down the entrance path, carols drifted softly in the air. That lovely warm feeling of Christmas swept over me and I headed straight to the shop for a warm mulled wine (a bit indulgent before lunch, but hey it’s Christmas) while watching the carolers.

Feeling suitably festive, I headed in to the gardens to enjoy the crisp winter air on a walk around the grounds. The air was so cold that it made my eyes water and my nose turn red, but it didn’t matter because everything looked just so pretty. My first stop was the formal gardens with some absolutely beautiful views of the house, although my fingers nearly froze off taking photos!

Frosty Wimpole

Each Christmas, Wimpole holds a light trail in the evenings. I was visiting in the day so the lights weren’t on, but I walked around it anyway, enjoying the decorations. I particularly loved the big fat robin. The views out over the fields in the stunning winter light were also special, and I paused for a while just to enjoy them. I’ve got much better in the last 12-24 months of appreciating ‘the moment’ and feeling peaceful in myself so I just said a little thank you – for being healthy, happy, and privileged enough to have places like this on my doorstep.

Some of the decorations

After losing all feeling in my toes, fingers and face it was time to head inside and warm up. The house was decorated beautifully for Christmas with multiple trees and things to do. Christmas here must have been such an event and I could imagine it being full of families enjoying themselves.

A very Victorian Christmas

I reflected on Christmas – I love this time of year, it’s been my favourite since I was little. I love the cosy time, snuggling down inside while it’s cold outside and enjoying some quality time with family. I do feel like Christmas today is so commercialised though, with a view of how it ‘should’ look in the media perpetuated by stereotypes. At this time of year I always think of those who aren’t able to spend it how they would want – those who’ve lost people, who are on their own, whose family have moved away, or whatever the circumstance may be. Christmas may just be one day, but I’m sure it’s a very complicated and emotional day for many.

So really to me, the most important thing is to make it a time where I give love -to be kind, to be grateful, to appreciate people.

So thank you everyone for your continued readership, this is my 3rd Christmas running Travelling Han and it’s a joy to share my adventures with you. I am grateful for your support, friendship and shared stories. I hope wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you have a wonderful Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone


  1. Thank you for sharing your lovely photographs of your adventures at โ€œWinter at Wimpoleโ€, Hannah ๐Ÿ™‚ It does look cold, but very beautiful, too. Wonderful landscapes, but I also bet you were happy to get indoors within the stunning (and warmer!) interior spaces. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, my friend! ๐ŸŽ„

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  2. What a wonderful place! If I lived close to an amazing place such as Wimpole Hall, I would make a tradition of visiting many times during the Christmas holidays. Not sure I would love freezing to death while walking the grounds though. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

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  3. A visit to Wimpole Hall sounds like a great way to get into the festive Christmas spirit. I love how there was even a blanket of frost on the ground to help set the mood. The rooms look very nicely decorated. Happy holidays to you as well!

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  4. I love winter walks with the cold air both freezing and invigorating. What a beautiful place to enjoy the Christmas season! This time of year it is easy to get distracted with all the busy craziness that is going on, but at the same time it is a very tender time for many reasons like you said. I have loved following along with you to all the places youโ€™ve shared and I canโ€™t wait to see where the next year takes you. Merry Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. A great way to spend the holidays back in a favorite place of yours! Wimpole looks absolutely magical, with the outside being a winter wonderland and indoors being merry and cozy. Iโ€™ve thoroughly enjoyed following and reading your posts for the last couple of years. Canโ€™t wait to see where you go next!

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  6. Wow, so many beautiful pictures โ€ฆ but oh, it looks bitterly cold! But I suppose, this is the perfect winter (Christmas) landscape that you could have hoped for. For us, Christmas is family time and to appreciate what we have. It seems you also have a wonderful โ€œfeelโ€ for Christmas. And though Christmas was celebrated a month ago, itโ€™s still great to read your story about this special time of year.

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