A Night in Highclere Castle Possible through Airbnb
In an unusual lottery, guests will gain exclusive access to the castle and have an extravagant traditional dinner in the iconic State Dining Room
by Lark Gould
Fans of Downton Abbey can vie for a special night Highclere Castle in a once-in-a-lifetime stay available only on Airbnb. For one night only, Highclere Castle will open its doors to two guests, giving them the opportunity to live like the Crawleys, complete with service attendants and formal dinner.
Highclere’s owners, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon (Highclere Castle has been in the Carnarvon family since 1679), are inviting their guests to join them for an exclusive evening of cocktails in the Saloon followed by a traditional dinner in the State Dining Room, attended by Highclere Castle's own head butler.
After dinner, coffee will be served in the Library before the guests retire to one of the principal bedrooms with an en-suite bathroom and views over 1,000 acres of rolling parkland.
Before departing the next day, guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast prior to a private tour of Highclere Castle's extensive grounds. The Castle itself covers 100,000 square feet and has a total of 300 rooms. Throughout the property, the rooms are opulently decorated and furnished, with each detail providing a unique insight into Highclere Castle's history, all available for exploration and immersion.
Booking for the listing will open on October 1, 2019 at 12 pm BST (British Summer Time) through AirBNB.
A Few House rules:
• No pets allowed (but 9 friendly dogs on site) • No smoking • All newspapers must be ironed • Strictly one butler per person • Cocktail dress is de rigueur for dinner • Gossip restricted to downstairs quarters only
Highclere Castle is only available for a one-night stay for up to two guests on November 26, 2019 costing £150 ($187) inclusive. Proceeds through Airbnb will be donated to The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.