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Country house is beginning to look a lot like Christmas

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

  • The decorations go up at Killerton House, near Exeter, to mark the start of Advent PICTURES: Steven Haywood

  • Megan Barker, aged 8, piles the Christmas presents high under the tree

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Festive celebrations have begun in a magical way at a National Trust estate in Devon.

Colourful decorations depicting all the gifts listed in The Twelve Days of Christmas song have been put up at Killerton Estate near Exeter. Volunteers have been working since September to create handmade decorations for the house, including those in the entrance hall using 2,600 beads and 1kg of glitter. Three 20ft Christmas trees have been placed in front of the house and ten 6ft trees decorated by local schoolchildren will form part of the Killerton Christmas tree festival.

Visitors are invited to join the festive season starting today and running until December 23.

Families can wrap up warm and explore the Christmas outdoor trail, with twinkling lights, willow reindeer and chiming bells.

Felicity Boucher, visitor services officer, said: "We can't wait for families to come and enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells that help them get in the Christmassy mood."

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