Valentine Romance 2019

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Champagne Tea, Guided tours and  Romance for Valentines: February 16th and 17th Weekend

Enjoy the romance of a Valentines Day Tea, Champagne and Chocolates with a Guided Tour of Highclere Castle, the setting for so many happy scenes, weddings and engagements in “Downton Abbey”.

You will be welcomed in to the warmth of the Saloon, at the very heart of the Castle where your Tour will begin.

Our guides will take you through the State Rooms that are so familiar from the wonderful TV  series.  Enjoy hearing about the history and the works of art, as well as anecdotes from the filming.

You will also have the opportunity to explore the Egyptian Exhibition in the atmospheric Cellars of the Castle. The Exhibition tells the story of the world-famous discovery, in 1922, of the Tomb of Tutankhamun by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter.

After the Tour, you will be invited into the magnificent State Dining Room to enjoy a traditional Champagne Afternoon Tea, as you sit under the portrait of King Charles I by Van Dyck. It is, of course, both a real Dining Room and a fictional one:  one in which Lady Mary sat or Maggie Smith enjoyed or if you have watched other TV shows, so has Mary Berry enjoyed delicious food here!

Valentine’s Day is not just the Victorian romance  of roses and chocolates, cards and Champagne, it is also day to stop and think about the person you love, the person you married or the person to whom you would like to propose.

As ever, Winnie the Pooh is an excellent place to begin to think about love:

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” A. A. Milne.