By Mandi Bierly
January 09, 2012 at 09:41 PM EST
Carnival for Masterpiece
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Watching Gawker’s video showing how everyone on Downton Abbey receives bad news via letters made me think PBS should market stationery. I would buy it (and never use it, of course). Perhaps a line of letter openers, too…

I was reminded of an e-mail I received last week announcing that Oheka Castle, a hotel and estate on New York’s Long Island built around the time Downton Abbey is set, is offering a $695 overnight weekday package for two that includes: a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries awaiting you in your chateau room, afternoon tea and biscuits, a three-course dinner, a copy of Downton Abbey season 1 on DVD, and a continental breakfast. Now, at first, that sounds like crazy talk… until you remember that you put on a shawl on over your pajamas and made yourself a cup of Earl Grey to watch last night’s Downton Abbey season 2 premiere. If the money wasn’t an issue, and assuming the rooms have DVD players (I’d phone first to ask), I’d enjoy this kind of entertainment immersion. It could work for other TV shows and movies, too: think reading The Perfect Storm at night, under a porch light, on the deck of a room with an ocean view, or watching Jaws on a screen set up at a college pool with everyone floating in inner tubes.

So, how has Downton Abbey already snuck into your real life, or, what is your Downton Abbey-fueled fantasy?

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