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A Stay at Downton

By Linda Tancs

Fans of Downton Abbey may be depressed over the series’ end this season, but they’ll be delighted to learn that they can now stay on the grounds of the show’s stand-in castle, Highclere. London Lodge is a previously disused Georgian gatehouse that has been renovated to accommodate guests in all the luxury befitting an aristocrat. Get ready for life above stairs.

The Gem of Downton

By Linda Tancs

Downton Abbey is a massively addictive British period drama television series.  This post-Edwardian chronicle follows the life of the aristocratic Crawley family in the fictional Yorkshire enclave known as Downton Abbey.  As any fan knows, Highclere Castle is used for exterior and interior filming.  Located to the west of London, the castle is not in Yorkshire but rather in Berkshire and is home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.  Not surprisingly, the castle has become a hot commodity, but it’s only open to tourists for 70 or so days a year–during Easter, May bank holidays and in summer.  Ticket sales are fast and furious.  Summer 2013 is on sale now.  Better hurry.

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