Letchworth floral designer’s Dutch Winter House extravaganza set to enchant guests from across the UK

PUBLISHED: 14:01 06 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:16 03 January 2017

Alice Calcasola at the Dutch Winter House in Letchworth.

Alice Calcasola at the Dutch Winter House in Letchworth.

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A Dutch floral designer whose Winter House shows in Letchworth have become a staple of the early Christmas season is getting set to welcome visitors for the eighth year.

The Dutch Winter House in Letchworth.The Dutch Winter House in Letchworth.

Alice Calcasola van der List is expecting guests from all over the UK to converge on her family home at 15 Sollershott East over the three evenings, starting on Monday, November 28.

The house is also the headquarters of her floral design business All In One Season – and every year Alice opens the doors for the public to see the handcrafted winter wonderland.

“This is a very special time of year for us,” said Alice.

“We start planning in September, then in October I drive over to Holland and spend a week on the road visiting all my wholesalers. It’s a good thing we brought a bigger van this year!

Visitors at the Dutch Winter House in Letchworth.Visitors at the Dutch Winter House in Letchworth.

“I remember that first year back in 2009, waiting nervously for the guests to arrive – not knowing if anyone would. Now we get more than 800 people and we have had to modify how we do things to cope with the numbers.

“Last year we introduced an online ticketing system. This year we’re giving timed slots to help with the flow of visitors, and we’re also investing in a till system.”

As the Comet went to press last night some 65 per cent of all tickets have already been sold, with two of the three opening night slots sold out.

And those signed up to attend come from as far away as Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Kent and Manchester.

The Dutch Winter House in Letchworth.The Dutch Winter House in Letchworth.

Tickets are £5 plus an event booking fee, but you’ll receive a £5 refund at the tills on any purchases made.

Entry is at 6pm, 7pm or 8pm on either Monday, November 28, Wednesday, November 30, or Friday, December 2. To book your ticket see winterhouse2016.eventbrite.co.uk.

 

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