If you’ve ever had the urge to stride down the hallway of a castle whilst coolly tossing a blistering remark over your shoulder with the cool wit of Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey, here’s your chance. As the big screen adaptation of the critically acclaimed television period drama hits cinemas this September, the fictional home of the Crawley family opens its doors on 18th and 23rd September 2020 to Belmond hotel guests, for an exclusive day trip in celebration of the television series’ global success—and the impact that it has had on the real Downton Abbey: Highclere Castle.
Previously faced with a massive bill of £12 million for restoration of derelict tower rooms, tourist fees generated from fans of the television series have funded repairs for Highclere Castle, saving the ancestral home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon from ruin. Departing from Victoria station on the Belmond British Pullman train with its fully restored 1920s art deco carriages, guests will be treated to a firsthand experience of luxury travel as it was during the Golden Age whilst receiving exceptional service from liveried stewards.
On arrival to the castle, a three-course brunch awaits guests, followed by an exclusive guided tour of the house and its gardens in the afternoon. Meanwhile, a champagne reception is being prepared for the guests in the Pullman upon their return for a quick break before a three-course dinner on the way back to London.
Starting from USD650 per person, the Highclere journey package experience includes all table d’hote meals, a half bottle of wine, a private tour of Highclere Castle and a champagne reception. For more information on how to make a booking, visit the Belmond website.