The Real-Life ‘Downton Abbey’ Is on Airbnb & Here’s How You Can Stay There
For one night, you could have the ultimate immersive “Downton Abbey” experience by staying at Highclere Castle—home of the fictional Crawley family. To celebrate the new “Downton Abbey” film, which comes out this Friday, September 20, the iconic castle is offering a one-night stay for two fans via Airbnb.
While you won’t be able to meet the Dowager Countess or Mrs. Patmore, you will have the next best thing. The castle’s real-life residents, the Earl and Countess of Carnavon, will treat their guests to a full night of cocktails, dinner, and after-dinner coffee in the library. The next morning, after a hearty breakfast (over an ironed newspaper, we can only hope), you’ll receive a private tour of the castle and its grounds.
According to a press release from Airbnb, Highclere Castle has 300 rooms spanning 100,000 square feet. While your own pets will unfortunately not be able to visit the castle with you, you may be lucky enough to meet a few of the “nine friendly dogs” who call Highclere home.
This special event will take place on November 26, 2019—a Tuesday because, as Lady Violet says, “What are weekends?” The listing for application will open on October 1 at 12pm BST (that’s October 1 at 7am ET for Americans like Lady Crawley), and the inclusive one-night reservation will cost £150.
“This listing will be very popular,” the listing on Airbnb warns, “so to book you must have a verified Airbnb profile, positive reviews, and be passionate about Downton Abbey.” If you aren’t one of the lucky fans chosen for this Airbnb event, you can still visit Highclere Castle at another time. The home of Downton Abbey has various events open to the public throughout the year, including afternoon tea for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
And if a trip to the UK isn’t in the cards for you now, you can reunite with the Crawley household through “Downton Abbey” film when it hits theaters on September 20.