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The final season of the hit show, "Downton Abbey" has come to the U.S. We think now is the perfect time to visit Highclere Castle (where the series is filmed) to get an inside look at the landmark. NoteWorthy, known for creating personalized British experiences, has a close relationship with the castle, meaning exclusive access for clients. We spoke with Nicola Butler, the managing director of NoteWorthy and got all the inside details.
“With our exclusive access to the castle, we can create experiences to suit clients at every level, explains Butler. “From full day tours, with an expert guide - who are as passionate about the series as you are - traveling in the height of luxury in a chauffeur driven car (and) exploring Highclere Castle, where we can source general admission tickets to any of the now sold-out dates.”
Clients will also experience other treats like the chance to dine at historic country pub or the opportunity to visit the village where the exterior scenes of Downtonare shot, says Butler. Want more? We hear clients can also see Basildon Park, which die-hard fans will know as Lord Grantham’s London home.
For clients who just don’t want to visit Highclere, but also want to “live” like the family of Downton Abbey, NoteWorthy provides another set of experiences. There is the chance to have dinner at the Crawley sisters’ favorite restaurants (as seen in the show). Then clients will gaze upon the actual outfits the cast wears and enjoy racing at Goodwood — it’s like stepping back in time. Pay attention, there’s also the opportunity to have afternoon tea with Jim Carter, fans may know him is Carson the butler on the show.
Need more? How about a private visit to Highclere? “Without any of the crowds, ropes or barriers, you might even be greeted by the swish of tails as Lady Carnarvon’s dogs rush down the stairs, says Butler, who adds that with Noteworthy, “The possibilities are endless: a magnificent dinner in the grand dining room; sip tea in the drawing room or just savor the opportunity to be alone in this extraordinary destination.”