You Can “Sleep Over” At Downton Abbey! Highclere Castle Goes “AirBnB!”

Living The “Downton Abbey” Life!

Hey, who wants to “live like the lord or lady of a stately home” and stay in the castle where the show was filmed – by spending the night at Downton Abbey’s famous castle!

In conjunction with the release of the “Downton Abbey” film, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon have posted their residence of Highclere Castle in Hampshire on the Airbnb booking website!

Here is the ad, offering a chance to stay in one of the house’s 300 rooms on 26 November and be “treated like royalty”.

As The Guardian reports:

“For the price of £150, the couple will join the earl and countess for evening cocktails in the saloon followed by a traditional dinner in the state dining room, waited on by the castle’s own butler.

After dinner, coffee will be served in the library before the guests retire to one of the principal bedrooms with an en-suite bathroom and views over 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of rolling parkland.

“Throughout the stay, Lord and Lady Carnarvon will immerse the guests in the rich history and heritage of Highclere Castle with a private tour of the castle, the Highclere estate,” the advert says.”

OK, so the cast won’t be there, but imagine wandering these halls and living like royalty!

The Guardian’s story goes on to add:

Reservations open at noon on 1 October and applicants are expected to have a record of good reviews from their previous Airbnb bookings.

Applicants need to show they are “passionate about Downton Abbey” in the message they include when requesting the reservation and the most creative submission will be chosen.

Here is what Lady Carnarvon said:

“It’s an absolute privilege and pleasure to call Highclere Castle my home and I am delighted to be able to share it on Airbnb for a truly unique stay,” wrote Lady Carnarvon in the advert.

“Highclere Castle has been in the Carnarvon family since 1679 and has an incredibly rich history. I am passionate about the stories and heritage of Highclere Castle, and I am looking forward to welcoming our future guests.”

As always, The Guardian has great stories – you can see this one by clicking here:

And yes, I just might be a bit obsessed with the TV show:

That’s right: to celebrate the film’s release, I cooked a “Downton Abbey” meal…click here to see what I made:

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I’d love to stay at Highclere Castle…how about you?

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26 replies

  1. This would be my dream come true John and thanks for the pictures and write up.

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  2. Wow, $150 a night is reasonable. We paid average $260 a day for the cruise. Good to know, John.

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  3. Now that would be a cool stay!

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  4. That would be so awesome. I have read the book Lady Carnarvon wrote about Highclere castle. It certainly does have an interesting history. And I love Downton Abby.

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  5. I have never seen Downton Abbey, but it looks like a nice mansion

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  6. Given that the show Downton Abbey inspired our Endless Weekend (not kidding about that, we have it documented in ), we’re adding this to our bucket list!

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  7. I must admit I couldn’t care less for Downton Abbey and have never watched a single episode 😂 The property really is gorgeous though and I can see it being very popular with fans of the program!

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  8. Now here is an excellent idea, John. Have you ever read Different Seasons by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King). This post reminded me of the circumstances in one of the stories, The Breathing Method, where the main character is invited to join an exclusive men’s club.

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  9. Considering the price of some hotel rooms these days, that looks like a bargain.
    But I do balk a little at having to impress them with my ‘application’. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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