Although Downton Abbey itself is meant to be set in Yorkshire, the Crawley family estate is actually set at the now famous Highclere Castle in the British county of Hampshire near the town of Newbury (above). Our tour will visit not only Highclere, where we will have a private guided tour and tea, but also other country homes in the vicinity of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire that were featured in the television series. Among them:
Syon House, where Lady Caroline Percy will welcome us in the Great Hall before a tour and High Tea
Houghton Lodge, where a member of the family will host tea and give a tour of this historic house
Kingston Bagpuize, where the owner will host dinner following our tour
West Wycombe Park, a superb Palladian country home, for a tour and lunch on the terrace
We will be accompanied throughout by Tour Lecturer Oliver Gerrish, an architectural historian who has appeared in a number of television series on architecture on both the BBC and ITV. Equally passionate about music, he is a renowned British countertenor and impresario. He founded The Young Georgians, the youth chapter of The Georgian Group, when he was 19. He was Chairman from 2002-2016. He has led over 200 tours to many of the UK’s most historic and beautiful buildings.
We encourage you to return the Reservation Form along with a deposit by January 31st. Early indications are that the tour will sell out, and reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To avoid disappointment, please do not delay.
Flights to and fro London are not included.
This trip is being arranged by Travel Muse. For questions, contact Meg MacDonald at (617) 480 0250 or email@example.com.