Historic York houses unwrapped for the Christmas season

Karla Simpson, of the Treasurer's House, York, with Christmas pudding scones, which will be tempting visitors this year.
Karla Simpson, of the Treasurer's House, York, with Christmas pudding scones, which will be tempting visitors this year.
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It was once the home of the family of confectioners who gave the world the chocolate orange, but Goddards House and Garden in York has now been tapped and unwrapped by the National Trust as a Christmas attraction.

Along with the Treasurer’s House behind the Minster, it is one of two properties in the city offering a Dickensian take on the festive season.

Goddards House, on the edge of the racecourse, was built in 1927 for the chocolatiers Noel and Kathleen Terry, and was within walking distance of the old factory that bore their name. It was acquired by the National Trust in 1984 and has been dressed with period decorations for the holiday period.

A spokesman for the Trust said: “Eating as the Terry family once did is a popular way for visitors to make themselves at home at Goddards.”

The Treasurer’s House has been decked out in the opulent, period style of its last private owner, the industrialist Frank Green, who acquired it in the late Victorian era.

It was handed to the national conservation organisation after his retirement, in the 1930s.

The rooms have been decorated for Christmas with garlands and wreaths.