Highclere Castle might be better known to millions of viewers as the fictional home “Downton Abbey,” but the magnificent estate in Hampshire, England has been the seat of the distinguished Carnarvon family for over 300 years. Home to the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, this exquisite country house is often described as “the finest occupied Victorian mansion in England” and serves as a visible link to history. The quintessentially English park stands in the middle of 1,000 acres of spectacular “Capability” Brown Parkland, surrounded by rolling hills and woodland.
At the heart of every great house is the art of entertaining, and Lady Carnarvon‘s latest book “At Home at Highclere” delves into the archives to invite you inside the castle, past and present. Throughout the centuries, Highclere has welcomed royalty, statesmen, Egyptologists, and pioneers of technology along with men and women from the multifaceted worlds of music, art, and letters. Generations of châtelaines perfected the etiquette involved with hosting such notable guests, and their collected wisdom can be found in “At Home at Highclere,” along with authentic recipes and menus.
To this very day, traditional decorum reigns at Highclere Castle, where Lady Carnarvon can be found leading the ladies out to the library and its welcoming fire after dinner as the men push back their chairs from dining table and enjoy whiskey, port, and of course…cigars.
Click here to order a copy of Lady Carnarvon’s “At Home at Highclere: Entertaining at the Real Downton Abbey.”