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Christmas at grassington house

It’s less than 100 days to Christmas….what does Christmas mean to Grassington House owners, John and Sue Rudden? Sue gives some thought here…

The Christmas events are confirmed and available to book, and we are already starting to look forward to it. Christmas for us is totally about family and making memories to treasure.  All our menus are child friendly and are a good excuse to bring family and friends together. We close on one day only, Christmas Day, when we can enjoy our own family and our staff can too.

Q. What are your traditions and where do they come from?

Our main tradition is that we all get together from Christmas Day to Boxing Day, no matter where we all are.  This has stemmed from our own parents, who said no matter where you live in the world, you should always come home at Christmas.

Q. What makes Xmas at Grassington House special?

I spend many weeks designing and creating our displays, which is something that I love, and something for which Grassington House has become known. I have an idea in my head and I start creating…and this develops as I go. We have around a dozen different displays in the house, and guests and visitors tell us that they make the effort to travel and come and see them.

John is in his element with the food and drink. He has a ‘secret recipe’ mulled wine and he sources the best Turkey…he even talks about breeding our own…We make sure that we create intimate and special events that will stick in people’s minds, we want our visitors to go away with memories that they will keep for a long time.

Q. What about New Year?

Our New Year’s Eve party is one of the hottest tickets in town. We host a private party for our guests and make everyone feel like they are really at home. There’s always an amazing atmosphere, and many people return year after year. The piper has even become a family friend. And there’s often an overflow of guests who come back for lunch the next day, which is great.

One of my favourite stories is the member of staff who had been with us right from the beginning. Her boyfriend proposed to her with us all there on New Year’s Eve. It was such a lovely moment to be part of.