Saturday, 8 October 2011

Lady Carnarvon at Home

The Countess of Carnarvon treats Daily Telegraph readers to a four-minute fleeting "tour" of Highclere Castle in Hampshire, the family home perhaps better known to some as Downton Abbey.

Highclere Castle dominates its Hampshire grounds as imperiously as its incarnation as Downton Abbey rules the Sunday night TV schedule.

The Victorian country house is one of the stars of the award-winning costume drama penned by Julian, now Lord, Fellowes, which has millions tuning in to watch the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants endure the hardships of the First World War.

The programme, now in its second series, is filmed at Highclere, which has been the family seat of the Carnavon family for over three centuries.

Find out how the family use the rooms featured in the drama, the rare antiques that furnish them and what the film crew have and broken along the way.

Highclere is hosting a Heroes at Highclere event to raise money for various services charities on October 16.

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