'Downton Abbey' Fans Now Have a Chance to Stay in Highclere Castle

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As if Downton Abbey fans don't have enough to get excited about now that the movie's release is almost here, there's a pretty cool opportunity happening too. A couple of lucky fans will get the chance to stay in the castle from Downtown Abbey ... and if that sounds too good to be true, it's because it comes with a major catch.

  • It's official: Highclere Castle is now on Airbnb.

    And yes, this is for real -- fans can see the listing here

    The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon are opening their doors to their home (the iconic location from the show, of course) for the true Downton experience. A tour of the grounds, being waited on by a butler, dinner and breakfast served.

    It sounds like a dream come true.

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  • The stay is priced at $159 a night, and it gives fans the full experience for a reasonable price.

    "Lord and Lady Carnarvon will welcome guests into their home on arrival, and after settling them into their bedroom, will ask the guests to join them for cocktails before dinner," the Airbnb page says. "Throughout the stay, Lord and Lady Carnarvon will immerse the guests in the rich history and heritage of Highclere Castle with a private tour of the Castle, the Highclere Estate." 

    Wait, this sounds amazing. This is just about as close to feeling like real royalty that many of us can get. Well, unless you're Meghan Markle, of course.
  • The catch we were talking about? Only one night is available -- for just two guests.

    Honestly, this is kind of a bummer because it would be so cool if we could all enjoy it -- especially at that price.

    But ... we get it.

    This is someone's home, after all. We can't imagine they want to entertain for that long, especially because they're really going above and beyond for these lucky fans.

    The upside? Airbnb is making a donation to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in celebration, which is pretty awesome.

  • Bookings open at noon BST on October 1.


    We hope interested fans are ready to beat a lot of other people to the punch. The rest of us are just going to have to deal with the FOMO. 

    Whoever the lucky guests are better be ready to document the experience so the rest of us can follow along!

    We need every detail.

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