On Friday, the highly-anticipated Downton Abbey movie finally hits theaters. And with the return of Lady Mary, Lord Crawley, and Lady Edith also comes the return of wanderlust inflicted by the film’s palatial estates and grand grounds, historic traditions, and country pursuits.
For those wanting to explore the world of Downton Abbey beyond the screen, there are a number of places one can visit to live out the fantasy—no inherited title required. Below, our favorites.
Superfans and set-jetters, you’re in luck: the real-life filming location for Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, in Yorkshire, is now available on Airbnb. Although you may want to hold your carriage horses—the historic property will only be available for two lucky guests to enjoy, and only for one night.
But what a night it will be! The winner of a stay will get cocktails, a traditional dinner, a tour of the estate, and a welcome from the Highclere’s lady of the house, Lady Carnarvon. If you want to give it a shot, the booking opens on October 1. Godspeed.
Don’t be fooled by the word “House”: Cliveden, once the country escape of the Astor family, is a Victorian mansion set upon 376 acres abutting the River Thames. It had its fair share of limelight in 2018, when the Duchess of Sussex stayed there the night before her royal wedding. And for good reason: staying at the historic property is like staying in a different era, with its canopy beds, rich oil paintings, and manicured Parterre. Borrow a pair of Hunter boots to explore the expansive grounds, enjoy tea in the Great Hall, or sun yourself by the pool famous for its role in the Profumo Affair. Overall, just live your best British life.
The Fife Arms
The village of Braemar, Scotland, is the setting for The Fife Arms, a Victorian-era inn with over 12,000 works of art, tartan wallpaper, and a pub that serves a mean fish and chips. The property is a stone’s throw away from Balmoral, the castle where Queen Elizabeth and the royal family spend the summer months. The royal influence is apparent in the property, which includes drawings from Queen Victoria, watercolors from Prince Charles, and even a framed pair of the aforementioned monarch’s stockings.
But the appeal of Fife Arms lies in the vast possibilities for exploration: You can go offroading in Land Rover, have a picnic in the grouse moors, try your hand at foraging, and take historical tours of the area. But the best thing is to go on “walks”: through the fields of gold, along the River Dee, into the woods. And after your wellies have gotten all muddy, you can change into more formal apparel for a drink at Elsa’s Bar, which features a portrait of the designer by Cecil Beaton.
Recently opened in Buckinghamshire is The Langley, once the hunting lodge of the third Duke of Marlborough. The grounds stretch across 150 acres, and include landscaping designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown, England’s most famous gardener. The Langley is a mix of the old and the new: Inside this 18th century Grade II listed home are modern facilities like a state-of-the spa, a movie theater, and gym.
. . . Your Home
Perhaps a Downton Abbey-style sojourn is not in the cards—such is life. Instead, bring some Britishisms into your own home. There’s the recently released Downton Abbey cocktail book, which includes drinks with on-theme names like “Downtown Heir” and “Morning Coat,” and also classics like a Bloody Mary and Old-Fashioned. And just published is the Official Downton Abbey Cookbook, which includes visuals from the TV production and includes recipes ideal for any Anglophile: cornish pasties, sausage rolls, custard tarts, and gingerbread cake. Mrs. Patmore would be proud.
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