'Downton Abbey' estate to offer overnight stays on Valentine's Day
Highclere Castle, the signature setting of 'Downton Abbey.' (AP / Jack Sharp)
Published Saturday, January 3, 2015 10:12AM EST
Brace yourselves, ‘Downton Abbey’ fans: the British estate that has become famous around the world as the setting for the popular period drama will be opening up one of their lodges for overnight stays on Valentine’s Day.
While guests wouldn't be staying in Highclere Castle itself -- the show’s signature setting -- couples looking to escape to the English countryside and get a little closer to their favorite TV series can book a stay at London Lodge, an 18th century cottage that has been restored to feature a sitting room, Chesney's wood burner, double bedroom and modern conveniences.
Bright airy rooms are decorated in a subtle English country-style decor, with floral armchairs, cushions and exposed wood beams.
London Lodge served as the original entrance to Highclere, with its grand, imposing stone archway and heavy iron gates.
The living area is housed separately from the bedroom lodge, accessible by a paved, lit walkway and, featuring a double bedroom, bathroom and dressing area.
Bookings can be made for Valentine’s Day, as well as select dates through the Easter holidays.
Packages include special tours of Highclere Castle.