Downton Abbey fans have something to celebrate in the new year. Highclere Castle, the English country estate in Newbury, West Berkshire where "Downton Abbey" is filmed, will welcome hotel guests at its London Lodge.
Highclere Castle, built in 1793, is home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and serves as the location for the PBS show "Downton Abbey". Though Highclere Castle opens its doors year round for day tours, the opening for overnight guests will be a first.
Two-year renovations of the London Lodge repaired and upgraded the new hotel with modern amenities, including TVs and Wi-Fi. Still, the period charm remains intact, albeit with some replicas. Interior Designer Sarah Morris led the work on creating elegant spaces and decor using soft colors and luxury fabrics. The lodge on the property features a kitchen, sitting rooms and wood burners.
Whether you stay at the lodge or just tour the estate for the day, you'll recognize the gardens and many rooms decorated as they are in the TV show "Downton Abbey". There's also an exhibit of antiquites from the excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter in 1922.