If you’ve ever dreamed of wandering the great halls of Downton Abbey, you’re in luck. Airbnb has just announced that the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, will be available to book for an overnight stay for one night only. Guests will have 24 hours to enjoy the castle's 100,000-square-foot interior, which has an astounding 300 rooms.
Two guests will be able to book Highclere Castle for just $150 for an overnight stay from November 26 to 27. Interested guests can book on the property's Airbnb listing page, but the one night only booking will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis.
The stay begins with a private tour of the castle's far-reaching grounds, followed with drinks in the saloon. After the cocktail hour, the guests will be escorted to the State Dining Room, where they will enjoy a traditional three-course dinner hosted by the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, who own Highclere.
A butler will be on hand to wait on guests during dinner. After the meal, guests can have coffee in the library before neading off to bed. The next day, after awaking in a room with splendid views of the estate's beautiful gardens, guests will be treated to a sumptuous breakfast downstairs and invited to read the crisp, ironed newspapers.
In order to participate in a chance at the booking, potential guests must be online at 12 p.m. BST on October 1, when the listing opens on Airbnb. That's 7 a.m. ET, and 4 a.m. PT. Those who don’t win the coveted spot for an overnight stay can still visit the Abbey throughout the rest of the year as well as travel to numerous locations featured in the series and upcoming film, from Alnwick Castle to the village of Lacock, and the stately Wentworth Woodhouse home.
Downton Abbey: The Movie, which stars much of the original class, including Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, and Penelope Wilton, will be set in 1927 and depicts an official state visit by the King and Queen of England to Downton. The film premieres on September 20 in the United States.