The house used to be the country retreat of Ian Gillan of Deep Purple fame. It was the perfect escape from town for a long leisurely lunch and a dip in the guitar shaped swimming pool on a hot day. It all felt vicariously rock and roll and we could only imagine the sort of parties that once must have been hosted there.
I'm going back for a trip down memory lane, but a Christmas sale and mulled wine feel like the perfect excuse.
What have you got planned to get you in to the spirit of Christmas? Do you have annual traditions or do you do new things each year?