Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle now available on Airbnb

Highclere Castle, the historic building made famous by Downton Abbey, is now available for a once-in-a-lifetime stay through accommodation website Airbnb.

But fans of the series and movie will have to be quick - the invitation for the VIP experience will only be extended to two people.

Highclere Castle and its staff will roll out the red carpet so guests learn what life might have been like for the Crawleys.

Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle now available on Airbnb
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The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will host guests at an exclusive evening of cocktails in the saloon, followed by a traditional dinner in the state dining room, being waited on by Highclere Castle's own butler. 

After dinner, coffee will be served in the library before the guests retire to one of the principal bedrooms with an en-suite bathroom and views more 1000 acres of rolling greenery.

Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle now available on Airbnb
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After a night's sleep fit for a king, guests will have a custom breakfast before heading out to explore Highclere Castle's massive grounds. The Castle itself has 300 rooms and covers almost a hectare. 

"It's an absolute privilege and pleasure to call Highclere Castle my home and I am delighted to be able to share it," Lady Carnarvon, the castle's host, said.

Highclere Castle has been in the Carnarvon family since 1679 and, like the family that owns it, has an incredibly rich history. 

And while some Airbnb listings may come with conditions such as no children or parties,  Highclere Castle's conditions are as unique as the property itself.

"No pets allowed, but 9 friendly dogs on site," the listing says.

Other conditions include: 

  • all newspapers must be ironed
  • strictly one butler per person
  • cocktail dress is de rigueur for dinner 
  • gossip restricted to downstairs quarters only.

The Airbnb listing will be available for bookings early next week.