The Real-Life ‘Downton Abbey,’ Highclere Castle, Is Available On Airbnb For One Night Only

Highclere Castle stands in for Downton Abbey
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While the enthusiasm for all things Downton Abbey has never died down, interest is being stoked by the release of the new Downton Abbey movie. The movie is produced by the creator of the PBS series, Sir Julian Fellowes.

But now, there is an added experience available for two lucky Downton Abbey fans. The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, the masters of Highclere Castle, (which represents Downton Abbey in the television series and movie), have teamed up with Airbnb to offer the experience of a lifetime for one night only, according to Town & Country.

The Airbnb listing will go live on October 1, and two guests will get to “stay and a night of uncompromising royal treatment. In addition to exclusive access to the castle and its grounds, guests will be fully immersed in the Downton Abbey experience,” from the second they arrive until they depart the next day.

Lady Carnarvon explains that it’s an honor to live in Highclere Castle, and that she’s excited to work with Airbnb to share it with others.

“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.”

The guests can expect to be greeted by the house butler, who will wait on you for the duration of the stay. The evening will start with drinks in the saloon, which is located in the heart of the house. Then they will be treated to a traditional dinner in the state dining room, according to the listing. Guests will have a bedroom, which includes one queen-sized bed and a private bath.

There are some house rules, and they are meant to be followed.

  • 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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The price is listed at $159 for two, and the lucky guests will take stay overnight on November 26. In honor of this special offer, Airbnb will be making a donation to The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Included in this offer are a luxurious breakfast and a private tour of the house and the grounds.

The Inquisitr reported this summer that in advance of the film release, Lady Carnarvon offered a special group tour. Said tour included lunch, tea, or dinner and a tour of the house and grounds, but didn’t include an overnight stay.