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Live like a lady for a day at Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle this November. 

There are lots of gorgeous country houses and historic hotels to stay at in the UK. However, nothing quite measures up to the splendour and atmosphere of Downton Abbey, aka Highclere Castle.

The castle, which is located in Newbury, Highclere, has reached global fame since becoming the fictional home to the Crawley family on the hit historical drama Downton Abbey. For six seasons (and now 2019’s feature-length film), we’ve admired the grand, winding staircase, impossibly high ceilings and grandiose décor with awe. But although you can visit Highclere Castle for the day, it’s been impossible to stay the night in the main house and live out your Downton Abbey fantasies for real.

Until now, that is.

Excitingly, Highclere Castle has teamed up with Airbnb to offer two lucky Downton Abbey fans the chance for an exclusive, once in a lifetime stayover, only on 26 November – just in time to get in the Christmassy mood.

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Not only will they be granted access to the house and grounds, they’ll enjoy cocktails in the Saloon, followed by a traditional dinner in the State Dining Room, and be waited on by Highclere 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 1,000 acres of rolling parkland.

Highclere Castle has been in the Carnavon family since 1679 and the real owners, Lady and Lord Carnavon, will be there to host guests, even sitting down for their evening meal with them and no doubt regaling them with stories from the castle’s fascinating history.

The next morning guests will enjoy a hearty breakfast before a private tour of Highclere Castle’s extensive grounds. The Castle itself covers 100,000 square feet and has a total of 300 rooms, so there’s lots to see.

Highclere Castle, the home of Downton Abbey, in all its glory.

As previously mentioned, the opportunity is ever so exclusive thanks to its one-night availability, which will be on 26 November. The evening is priced at £150 all inclusive of drinks, dinner and breakfast. Oh, and there are some ‘house rules’ to keep in mind, too.

Absolutely all newspapers must be ironed, each guest will be assigned just one butler each, guests must dress to impress for dinner and all gossiping is to be done in the downstairs quarters online.

Booking will go live on 1 October at 12pm here, so good luck!

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