Have you ever dreamed of being the Lord of a beautiful English estate? If so, was it the one from the Downton Abbey TV show? If you’ve answered yes a second time, your happiness is within reach.
British TV show Downton Abbey has been responsible for a lot of daydreaming during its run. Reconstructing the end of an area and the start of modern times, Downton Abbey starts in 1912. At the death of the male heir, the Crawley family is anxious of their future on the family estate. From then on (and the arrival of the new heir), it’s love, money and war troubles in the British aristocracy – and their employees – of the 20th century. At the core of all storylines stands the majestic Crawley family estate.
Downton Abbey, which gave its name to the TV show, is actually Highclere castle. And to celebrate the theater release of the Downton Abbey movie, the owners are offering an exclusive experience on Airbnb. On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, they are opening the doors of their home (in the family since 1679) and welcoming two guests to stay in one of the main bedrooms for one night only. Just like the royal family in the movie, you will be distinguished guests in Downton Abbey.
A very chic evening
You will be the guests of the the Earl and Countess Carnarvon for an evening of cocktails in the Saloon. The diner will then be served by Highclere Castle’s butler in the State Dining Room in which many Downton Abbey scenes were filmed. Maggie Smith’s famous Dowager repartees migh be missed but the luxury will definitely be there. Cocktail dress is de rigueur which will give you the opportunity to dress like Lady Mary. Coffee will then be served in the Library for a full Downton Abbey evening experience.
The next day, breakfast and a private tour will await you. The property has 300 rooms on 100,000 square feet. All the rooms are a testimony to the castle’s history and some will allow you to reenact scenes from the series. You can imagine running into Lary Mary and Matthew or Lord and Lady Grantham at your convenience.
Well aware of their role to delight fans, the owners have added with humor that “strictly butler per person” is allowed and that “gossip is restricted to townstairs quarters only.” Pets are not allowed but 9 dogs are on the grounds of the castle.
The experience will be available to reservation on Airbnb on October 1, 2019 at 12PM BST. The night will cost £150 all inclusive for up to two guests.
Article by Juliette Cardinale