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Experience a private tour of the real Downton Abbey

Posted by Hilary Nangle  February 13, 2012 07:56 AM

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If you're one of the millions of Americans completely smitten by the PBS Emmy award-winning series "Downton Abbey," and you're pining to immerse yourself in the show's Edwardian setting, you can for a price. NoteWorthy Events, a bespoke custom tour operator, is offering a one-day immersion in Highclere Castle, a.k.a. "Downton Abbey."

Guests on the one-day private tour will be met upon arrival by the current owners, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, and enjoy tea and coffee in the Countess' private morning room. After a guided tour through the state rooms with either the Earl or the Countess, settle in to the State Dining Room for a private lunch featuring wines from the Earl's cellar.

After dining, explore the estate in one of the Earl's private 4-by-4 off-road vehicles. Among the highlights are the grave of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who funded and assisted in investigations that led to the 1922 discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb, and the ruins of an Iron Age fort. Or take a guided tour of Highclere's Egyptology exhibition.

Finish the day with High Tea with the Countess, and upon departure, received complimentary copies of Lady Fiona Carnavron's books, including "Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey."

The tour cost, approximately $12,090, covers up to four people; advance registration is required.

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