Depart central London by comfortable, air-conditioned coach and journey to Highclere Castle, the setting of the much-loved British TV period drama series, Downton Abbey.
Providing a splendid backdrop for Christmas festivities, this ornate stately home is regarded as one of England’s most impressive Victorian buildings. On arrival, head inside and admire the grandly furnished surroundings as you enjoy a Champagne and canapé reception in the elegant Saloon room.
As you savor the classically English atmosphere, mingle with your fellow guests and enjoy the roaring open fire in the hearth. Several of the public rooms are accessible during the evening, so feel free to wander around them. Relax in the inviting Smoking Room, Drawing Room and Music Room — and maybe share your recollections of them from scenes in your favorite Downton Abbey episodes. Talk to the official guides who are available to answer any questions you might have, and hear tidbits about the house’s rich history, architecture and art.
Then, feast on a sumptuous 3-course dinner, made and prepared using local produce in the Highclere kitchens. Sip on the accompanying wine, and as you dine, snap Christmas crackers and chat with newfound friends. See the Itinerary below for a sample menu.
If you wish, take part in the after-dinner complimentary raffle, and perhaps win prizes such as a Eurostar rail ticket to Paris, Champagne or chocolates.
Finish your evening on a high note, with a magical rendition of carols around the Christmas tree by a troupe of choristers. Sing along if you wish!
Your experience ends with a drop-off in central London.
Sample Menu:First course:
Lady Carnarvon charred salmon and avocado tian leaf salad and Melba toast
Roasted vegetable terrine with micro cress salad, aioli sauce (Vegetarian Option)
Pigs in blankets, roasted fondant potato, Brussels sprouts with chestnuts and carrot Vichy,
- Baked “Goldcross” goat’s cheese, pine kernels and red onion puree wrapped in filo pastry with watercress foam, extra virgin olive (Vegetarian Option)
- One bottle of red or white wine per couple