Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Real Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle - the real Downton Abbey estate.
Downton Abbey’s slew of characters, secrets, exquisite costumes and breathtaking scenery keep me glued to each episode.  The real Downton Abbey is Highclere Castle, built in the 1830’s, located in Hampshire, and home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.   The 200 room 1,000 acre estate employs 60-80 staff members and offers tours in the summer months.  Check out Whitney Robinson’s story about Highclere, stunningly captured by English photographer James Merrell, in the February 2012 issue of Town and Country.

The Entrance Hall with a statue of the Second Earl of Carnarvon

Fine example of a classic English library, with thousands of books and overstuffed upholstery.

The Smoking Room.


  1. Allison, I like this post. I too am glued to each episode. I am fascinated by the period costumes, the elegant furnishings and the very cool automobiles! Thanks for the tip on Restoration Drama!! Anne H

    1. Hi Anne! Such a fab show - even my husband likes it! Thank you for following MannerOfStyle! xo