In my (British) opinion there is nothing like settling down, on a Sunday evening at 9.00 p.m., to view an episode of Downton Abbey.
I love everything about it from the story line to the personality of the characters – both upstairs and downstairs. Not only is it insightful to see how the upper and lower classes of England worked and lived together, it is also portrays a good understanding of the upkeep and maintenance of a home of this immense magnitude.
In addition to my weekly fix of this great series, I confess to being in awe of these aristocratic and historical interiors. The intricacy of each room; the priceless art and antiques, married with splendid jewel tones fabrics and saturated wall colours leaves me both enthused and inspired. Not only are the interiors exquisite, here are ten interesting facts you may not know about Downton Abbey:
Downton Abbey is infact called Highclere Castle.
It is about four times the size of Central Park. (Daily News.)
It is the home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. (Geordie and Fiona to friends.)
There are approx. 200-300 rooms; at least 50-80 bedrooms. (Los Angeles Times.)
It is speculated the Castle may be worth in the region of 150 million pounds. (TIME business and money.)
Highclere Castle and it’s gardens and grounds are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased on-line. It also offers a tea room and gift shop.
The Castle employs 60 to 80 staff. The oldest being close to 90 years old. (Los Angeles Times.)
It is situated on 1,000 acres in Hampshire, England, 70 miles west of London.
The Estate farms approx. 2,000 acres.
The Estate costs around one million dollars a year to run. (Daily News.)
For more scoop on Downton visit www.highclerecastle.co.uk
Images from www.highclerecastle.co.uk