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The Real Life ‘Downton Abbey’ Is Now Listed On Airbnb

Listen up, Downton Abbey fans. Highclere Castle – aka the Downton Abbey castle – is now available for a once-in-a-lifetime stay.

To celebrate the release of the Downton Abbey movie, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon are giving someone a chance to spend a night in the home of the smash UK TV show. The castle is now available for a once-in-a-lifetime stay available only on Airbnb. 

For one night only, you can sleep in one of the Castle’s iconic bedrooms and get the opportunity to live like the Lord or Lady of a stately home. You can learn what life might have been like for the Crawleys! Pretend you’re royalty!

The castle has 300 beautifully decorated rooms and is on over 1,000 acres of parkland

During your stay, you will enjoy “an exclusive evening drinking cocktails in the Saloon”. You will then have a traditional dinner with the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon in the State Dining Room, being waited on by Highclere Castle’s own butler.

You really will be treated like royalty here…

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Before departing the next day, guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast prior to a private tour of Highclere Castle’s extensive grounds. Highclere Castle has been in the Carnarvon family since 1679, but it has recently become one of the most famous houses in the world thanks to it being the home of Downton Abbey.


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House rules:

  • No pets allowed, but 9 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

Highclere Castle is only available to book for a one night stay taking place on November 26th. Reservation opportunities will go live on October 1 at 12PM BST. 

Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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