HIGHCLERE CASTLE, ENGLAND – Here’s an interesting fact about Highclere Castle, the location for Downton Abbey. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber tried to buy it in 2010 to house his extensive art collection! Really.
Oh, and Stanley Kubrick used the library to film an orgy scene in the film ‘Eyes wide shut’. Go figure. Lady Carnarvon swears she’s never seen the film…
I guess it’s not all prim and proper English manners at Downton…
One thing I didn’t mention in my first post, was that I wasn’t able to take photographs of the inside because there were so many signs saying ‘no photography’ and many little grey-haired volunteers walking around the place making sure no one did that I didn’t want to risk it. Sometimes seniors are intimidating.
But, part of the entrance fee covers entry to the gardens that surround the estate and I highly recommend walking around Highclere Castle’s grounds. Spotting this beautiful butterfly was one of the highlights of the experience.
There are lots of little gardens and alcoves to explore.
And plenty of fields to get lost in.
Hope you get to explore Downton Abbey soon.