'Downton Abbey' house open for visitors
If you’re anything like me, all romantic moments in your life were ruined when SPOILER ALERT! Matthew got down on one knee and proposed to Mary in the falling snow at Downton in the epic Downton Abbey Christmas special.
But now your Downton proposal — or dreams — can become a reality: The estate that provides the backdrop for the show, Highclere Castle, is open for visitors! According to the official website, the home, located in Newbury, has been open to the public on certain days/events before, but starting July 1st you and your friends can pretend to be Lady Edith and Lady Mary every Sunday through Thursday. You can buy a ticket that allows you to visit the garden and certain rooms of the castle — including some of the more than 50 bedrooms– for just £16.00 (about $24). Best. Summer Vacation. Ever.
And for the recent U.K. graduates looking for a new challenge (or those who were rejected from working at London’s Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour) the estate is looking for a new head gardener and gift shop assistant. Who knows? Maybe you’ll meet your own Mr. Bates.
The war is over, but intrigue, crisis, romance, and change still grip the beloved estate.