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Will George Clooney tie the knot at Downton Abbey?

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Downton Abbey has long been admired by us so we can see why its charm may also be revered by Hollywood hotshot George Clooney.

Apparently, the A-list actor is considering marrying fiancée Amal Alamuddin at the stately home we all know and love so well – at least that’s what the chattering classes tell us after the pair were spotted on a visit there.

George and Amal were reportedly given a private tour of the 1,000 acre grounds of Highclere Castle, (that’s Downton Abbey’s real name) where the ITV1 show is set, after he whisked her off for a weekend in the English countryside. How delightful.

Hugh Bonneville (a.k.a Lord Robert Crawley), who starred with George in The Monuments Men apparently helped with the hook-up. Not that we can imagine the current residents of Highclere, the 8th Lord and Lady Carnavon, need too much persuasion to let gorgeous George through their doors.

George Clooney with Hugh Bonneville (who plays Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey) in The Monuments Men

George, 53, could have been doing a reccy for a potential new TV role (oh how we’d love to see him smooth-talking Mrs Patmore in the kitchen, or working his charm on Lady Grantham), but we reckon rumours of a wedding at the venue are a bit more likely, especially since human rights lawyer Amal, 36, is reportedly a huge fan of the show. We like her already.

The hire of Highclere in Hampshire, the residence of the Carnarvon family since 1679, will set George and Amal back nearly £14,000 for one night. But it comes with the added advantage of being close to London for all of Amal's clan, and not too far from Heathrow for A-lister mates of George's flying in.

Lady Mary (played by Michelle Dockery) in her wedding dress

Couples can marry in the Saloon of the castle, with the bride descending the sweeping oak staircase - remember Lady Mary standing there in her very own wedding gown? What bride wouldn't want that?

The dining room can accommodate up to 400 people and marquees on the grounds can see guest numbers swell even further for dining, dancing and drinking late into the night.

The couple are reportedly making plans to wed in September, one year after they first started dating.

Urm, you’re not leaving us too much time to choose our hats, guys!

Nevertheless, we’d like to make it known that especially where venue choice is concerned, we do thoroughly approve.

(Words: Sofia Zagzoule)

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