You Can Now Airbnb Like A Lord In Downtown Abbey’s Highclere Castle
You only need to look at the number of spin-offs and mockumentaries regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement to understand that we are a society obsessed with royalty. The thought of a period drama and its modest costumes might seem incongruous to the influx of reality TV shows based on skimpily-clad women and buff beach bros tying to forge some kind of sexual connection (they always do, it’s just the emotional connection they often lack), but that’s exactly why Downtown Abbey proved so successful.
From the moment the characters landed on our screens in 2010, we were hooked. The show instantly became regarded as a worldwide “phenomenon”, with more than 100 countries owning the rights to broadcast the show.
While audiences will still have to wait to get their 1920s British fix from the Downtown Abbey movie, thanks to a partnership between the show and AirBnB, fans of the hit series will get to “live like the lord or lady of a stately home” at the Highclere Castle in Hampshire.
The advert invites two guests to stay in one of the castle’s 300 rooms on 26 November where they will be “treated like royalty”. And if it sounds like the kind of thing that would see you reaching deep into your pockets and scrambling to take out a loan, rest assured this might just be the cheapest castle visit you’ll ever have the joy of experiencing.
For just 150 pounds (approx. $275 AUD), you and a guest will stay in the residence for a night, joining the early and countess for evening cocktails in the saloon, followed by a traditional dinner in the state dining room. And of course, no luxury castle stay would be complete without butler service.
Following dinner, coffee will be served in the library before guests retire to one of the principal bedrooms where an en-suite bathroom and views of the 1,000 acres of rolling parkland await you.
“Throughout the stay, Lord and Lady Carnarvon will immerse the guests in the rich history and heritage of Highclere Castle with a private tour of the castle, the Highclere estate,” the advert reads.
“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.”
Given the popularity of the show, securing your place in the castle grounds won’t be easy. With reservations opening October 1, applicants will need to dig deep and articulate with succinct clarity just how passionate they are about Downtown Abbey. The most creative submission will be chosen as the winner.