Butlers trained by Prince’s Foundation bring Christmas cheer to Dumfries House

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Dumfries House – the stately home rescued by the King – has been decked out for Christmas with thousands of baubles and festive lights.

The elegant decorations at the 18th century stately home in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, were put in place by a team of butlers who were trained in hospitality by the Prince’s Foundation.

Sustainable materials like glass and paper were used, inspired by Charles’s eco-conscious vision.

Michael Russell checks the candy cane decorations on the door
House butler Michael Russell checks the candy cane decorations on the door (Andrew Milligan/PA)

House butler Michael Russell was pictured lighting candles on a grand table set for Christmas lunch and decorated with pine cones and frosted foliage in the Pink Drawing Room, which glowed with lights, and also checking candy cane embellishments on the doors.

Satinder Kaur, collections manager at Dumfries House, helped put the finishing touches to displays in the Tapestry Room and throughout.

Collections manager Satinder Kaur puts the finishing touches to the Christmas displays in The Tapestry Room at Dumfries House
Collections manager Satinder Kaur checks the Christmas displays in the Tapestry Room (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Dumfries House featured in the ITV documentary A Royal Grand Design this week which followed its renovation over more than a decade.

The King, as the then-Prince of Wales, led a consortium which paid £45 million for the dilapidated estate in 2007.

House Butler Michael Russell lights a candle in The Pink Dining Room at Dumfries House, in Cumnock, Scotland
Michael Russell lights a candle in the Pink Dining Room (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The room contains a one-of-a-kind Chippendale bookcase estimated to be worth £20 million.

Visitors can enjoy candlelit tours of the house, a deluxe festive banquet or a Christmas family lunch.

The decorated fireplace and Chippendale bookcase (far right) in the Blue Drawing Room
The decorated fireplace and Chippendale bookcase (far right) in the Blue Drawing Room (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Many of the Christmas events have sold out, but remaining tickets can be booked at https://dumfries-house.org.uk/book/tickets

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