Overnight stay in Highclere Castle as guests of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon in three rooms (max 6 people; three beds) used during the filming of Series 1 of Downton Abbey. Fans of the show will recognize the rooms as the living quarters of Lady Sybil, Lady Edith and Lady Cora. The stay also includes cocktails, a three-course dinner, and a traditional English breakfast in the state dining room.
All proceeds raised from this auction will be donated to various armed forces charities which support both veterans and victims of war, including The Royal British Legion, Oxfam, ABF – The Soldier’s Charity, Blue Star Families, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.
The date for this experience will be mutually agreed by The Highclere Estate, to be taken by 30th August 2015. This lot cannot be resold or auctioned. Any travel for the attendees shall be the buyer's responsibility.
Following the close of the sale, successful bidders will be contacted by a Highclere representative via email to make the necessary arrangements.
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Eleven bedrooms occupy the first floor of Highclere Castle (40-50 occupy the other floors). The bedrooms have been gradually refurbished by the 8th Countess over the past 5 years, using prints and drawings from the archives documenting the castle's history and guest list. The Arundel bedroom (used as Lady Edith’s room in ITV’s Downton Abbey) and its dressing room were used respectively as an operating theatre and recovery room during the First World War when Almina, the 5th Countess (with Lord Kitchener's blessing), turned the castle into a military hospital. (Almina headed the nursing staff herself.) The Mercia bedroom (used as Lady Cora’s room in Downton Abbey) is noted for its charming four-poster bed decorated with 18th-century silks and matching furniture. This ultimate overnight is a unique opportunity to spend the night in these wonderful rooms and dine with the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon in Highclere Castle.
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