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Airbnb offers fans the chance to stay at Downton Abbey castle

Highclere Castle of Downton Abbey fame is now available for a once-in-a-lifetime stay, thanks to Airbnb.

For one night only, Highclere Castle will open its doors to two guests, giving super fans an opportunity to check out the iconic location of Downton Abbey and learn what life might have been like for the Crawleys.

The lucky two will get the royal treatment, with the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon inviting their guests to join them for evening cocktails in the saloon followed by a traditional dinner in the State Dining Room, being 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.

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Before leaving the next day, guests will enjoy breakfast prior to a private tour of Highclere Castle’s extensive grounds. The castle covers 100,000 square feet and has a total of 300 rooms. Throughout the property, the rooms are opulently decorated and furnished, with each detail providing a unique insight into Highclere Castle’s history.

In celebration of the Downton Abbey movie, booking for the listing will open on 1 October 2019 at 9pm AEST.

“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,” said Lady Carnarvon

“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.”

House rules:

  • No pets allowed, but nine friendly dogs on site!
  • No smoking
  • All newspapers must be ironed
  • Strictly one butler per person
  • Cocktail dress is de rigueur for dinner
  • Gossip restricted to downstairs quarters only
  • Listing is midweek because after all, ‘What is a weekend?’

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Booking details:

To view Highclere Castle – home of Downton Abbey – on Airbnb, go here.

Highclere Castle is only available for a one night stay for up to two guests on 26 November 2019 costing £150 ($270) inclusive. Reservation opportunities will go live on 1 October 2019 at 12pm BST (9pm AEST).

To celebrate this special offering, Airbnb will be making a donation to The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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