It’s a miracle! The weather has finally cleared up a bit in London. A few weeks ago, a couple friends and I decided to venture out of smoggy London and try or luck in the English countryside. Our natural choice? A visit to the town of Newbury to take a tour of Highclere Castle. What is Highclere Castle you might ask? Well, this particular castle happens to be the set of the extremely popular television show, “Downton Abbey.”
The castle was built in 1842 and has famously been the home of the Earls and Countesses of Carnarvon. My friends and I, being fans of both “Downton” and castles, were so excited to tour the many rooms of the house; the library, drawing room, and dining room, to name a few. The decadence in all of the rooms was an amazing sight, but I think my favorite part was the tour of the outside gardens. The property surrounding the castle is immense and immaculately presented with walled gardens and rustic statues.
It was so cool to see familiar gardens and views of the castle that are so commonly seen on the show. Also, a few weeks prior, I actually met the actress who played the character of “Edith” (Laura Carmichael) so this trip had extra excitement attached to it for me. Needless to say, after I told my mother (a HUGE Downton Abbey fan), she was very very jealous of the outing.
The castle also boasts three different tearooms on its property. Although the tearooms were by no means the most decadent I have seen, they were very quaint and intimate with tasty scones and clotted cream. Downton Abbey was as lovely as I thought it would be. As for the town of Newbury itself, the beauty of the English countryside is something I don’t think I will ever forget any time soon. It was truly a pleasure to get out of London. But then again, London will forever be my favorite place in England, and possibly the entire UK.
Till next time!