“While you are watching Downton Abbey…
... a prize draw at Highclere Castle".
Longstanding friend of the Carnarvon family, Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey. He often commented he wanted a house which spectacularly testified to the confidence and soaring optimism of the Edwardian period. From that point in time, he could then develop the characters though the First World War and into the changes of the 1920’s.
Whilst the series is like any novel, a fiction, it draws upon ideas from history. The real Earl and Countess (of Carnarvon) lived at Highclere throughout that period, exploring how to keep it going, giving great parties, and dealing with the “downstairs” staff, with loyal and often colourful characters.
Passionate about the history and knowledge of our past, Lady Carnarvon has written a book which engages you with these key decades, leading to the Second World war, but from Highclere’s point of view. If you have bought it (Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey from bookshops or Amazon.com) and read it, then you will know the following:
- Which glamorous member of the Royal family regularly stayed at Highclere in the 1920’s and 1930’s?
- One of the best know American Generals came to lunch at Highclere just before D –day – what did his ADC unfortunately ask to drink?
- Who lost all their money on the American railway stocks?
The prize is a stay for two people:
- One night at London Lodge (our newly restored gate lodge, click here for more)
- And a second night at The Vineyard, five red star Relais & Chateaux hotel in the heart of Berkshire, renowned for its food and wine pairing, impressive cellars and Executive Chef, Daniel Galmiche, who regularly appears on Saturday Kitchen.
For more onThe Vineyard hotel, please click here
We propose that the prize is taken over Valentine’s weekend 2016 (or another mutually agreed weekend if the lucky person prefers). All correct answers will go into a large top hat and a glorious glamorous person will shut their eyes and pull a name out on May 7th 2015 (Frankie, the horse’s birthday).
E-mail the answers to Candice, firstname.lastname@example.org
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