I have a lifelong love of Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre which I was recently inspired to share with my two daughters, ages 10 and 8, over the holiday season via a mini movie marathon.
When offered the chance to make our very own Gingerbread House, what did they choose? Thornfield Hall, of course.
I made a template based on Haddon Hall, the site used as Thornfield Hall in both the 2006 BBC version with Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson and the recent Jane Eyre movie starring Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska. But in our Thornfield Hall it is Christmas.
We used gingerbread for the walls. The exterior decoration, courtesy of my daughters, was all candy. The interior furniture and figures were done by me in Sugar Cookie dough painted with Wilton food coloring and the figures were sketched onto the frosting with an Edible Ink Marker.
Here is a front view of Thornfield:
Bertha is waiting in the tower to maybe cause some mischief?
Here is an interior view of Jane and Mr Rochester. They are ready to settle down in front of the fire. Mr Rochester's chair has been placed in front of the fire and Jane's has been pulled up next to his so they can have one of their invigorating discussions. Pilot is ready to lay down by the fireplace as well.
In the obligatory nod to Christmas, Santa has come and left some presents under the tree.
Looking at the back of Thornfield you can see the lightning bolt is ready to strike the old tree under which Rochester asked Jane to marry him.
In a final scene, taken directly from the novel, I present Thornfield Hall after the fire (otherwise known as Thornfield Hall after my 4 kids ate all the candy off of it). Hopefully cookie-Jane has made her way to cookie-Mr Rochester at a Gingerbread Ferndean somewhere.