A cathedral made of gingerbread…

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Pen-y-bryn Lodge’s annual gingerbread house is going back to its British roots this year with an English cathedral.

The gingerbread house was made to represent Devon’s Exeter Cathedral and will be at Pen-y-bryn for about a month.

Pen-y-bryn co-owners James Glucksman and James Boussy have been making elaborate gingerbread houses since 1997.

They started off making a version of their house for a Christmas party after seeing Martha Stewart do the same thing, Mr Glucksman said.

In following years, they made buildings they had seen on their travels, and even started taking special holidays to find the right building.

This year they had not been anywhere so decided to change things up a bit, he said.

They chose Exeter Cathedral because the original family that owned the property was from Devon, he said.

“Exeter Cathedral would have been their home cathedral.”

It was also the first cathedral they visited when they went to England, Mr Glucksman said.

The gingerbread house was Mr Boussy’s project – he did all the work and would usually spend about a week making the delightful building, Mr Glucksman said.

The planning had taken about another week, as they had to scale down the whole building, he said.

In the new year, the gingerbread house will be displayed in a location in town.

By RUBY HARFIELD