Have the Happiest Christmas with love from all of us

24 December 2014
Ben Pentreath

Here is a little sneak preview of the next blog; a photograph of Peter Hone’s drawing room – which in its own fragile white way is about as Christmassy as you could get, without looking like Christmas at all.


Next week we we hear a tale all about Peter and his extremely naughty dog Basil. I don’t suppose Father Christmas will be stopping off for Basil. Peter, of course, is extremely good.

But in the meantime have the happiest Christmas ever, with love from Ben and Charlie, and of course from Bridie and all at Pentreath & Hall.  I hope you have a restful, gentle, peaceful day with your family and friends, or if you prefer, just by yourself.

20 comments on this post

Amazing photographs! Hope you have had a great Christmas & a happy 2015!


I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas. It has been still, frosty and beautiful here in Wiltshire. I have so enjoyed your posts. Also enjoyed teaching the other Pentreath this last term!
Best Wishes for 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! Thank you, Ben, for another year of fine companionship, photography, and inspiration. Thank you, Charlie, for making Ben so happy (and I’m sure it is reciprocated!)and thank you, Bridie and everyone at P&H for spreading the word! Wishing you all the best, now and in the future.



Happy Christmas Ben. Thank you so much for your blog, such a bright spot in every week. Wishing you and Charlie, and your families, a wonderful, peaceful, happy Christmas season X


Thank you so much for lightening the beginning of everybody’s week. I often think to myself “oh I do hope Ben is having a lovely weekend” because I know that we will all have the pleasure of reading all about it on Monday or whenever you have the time to post. I agree with another of your correspondents who said “keep doing what you’re doing.” It works Ben and we all appreciate it so much. Oh I can’t wait for the Tales of Basil


I think that picture of Peter Hone’s drawing room is probs the most beautiful thing I’ve seen all week – the caramels, whites and creams are completely seductive. I want to spoon it all up in a big Georgian spoon and eat it.

And thank gawd for naughty dogs. Providing they’re not my own Great Dane. Who is more than naughty enough for the whole universe of dogs, and whose naughtiness too often ends at the vet’s.

Happy Christmas to you and Charlie. May you have many more together. And also to Bridie.


Merry Christmas to you, your blog is a treasure and a gift the whole year through.


Thank you for all the time you have set aside to write this journal and for your generosity in sharing a part of your life with us. Truly wonderful gifts to receive on this crisp Christmas morning. I hope you and Charlie have a lovely Christmas; I know you will have a wonderful New Year.


Merry Christmas !
Thank you for the wonderful images and words you’ve shared with us all over the past year.
Best wishes for a happy and health year ahead …


Merry Christmas, Ben, and thank you for making Mondays (most of the time) so happy for all your blog readers. Here’s to 52 more in the New Year!


And the same to you. Blessings for a happy and prosperous new year.


Wishing you both and all a wonderful christmas. Keep doing what you are doing, it’s a really great blog doing a really great job 🙂 inspiring. Hope you are having a fantastic happy day, cheers! X


Happy Christmas Ben, to you and all your loved ones.

Thank you for your wonderful blog which brightens the beginning of every week. I look forward to more in the New Year.

Erica W.says:

Merry Christmas to all of you! Thanks for the great blog — it’s one of my favorite treats to read this blog and see all the lovely photos. Thank you all so much for taking the time to share it with us readers. Very best wishes for the new year.

Southern Galsays:

Happy Christmas to you!

Thanks for sharing your life and the wonderful things and places you love with us.


Catching up in between batches of mince tarts in the oven! A very happy Christmas to you as well Ben, and Charlie, and Pentreath & Hall, and continued joy through the new year. Thank you for sharing so much of your life and work with the rest of us.


Discovering your blog was a highlight of 2014 for me. I love your book too! You have
turned me onto unfitted kitchens, much to my husband’s dismay as he sees nothing wrong with kitchen cabinets.


Thanks for the lines and for the wishes … it was a wonderful year following your posts! – Very excited knowing what naughty Basil did … will we hear more from him? – All the best, peaceful days! … and of course, a very happy Christmas!


‘Twas the night before Christmas….. Thank you for another year of sharing and inspiration. Happy, happy Christmas to you and yours, and all good wishes for the coming year.


Merry Christmas to you all too.
Thanks for your wonderful, entertaining, inspirational words and pictures throughout the year. Xx

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