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Airbnb's Newest Rental Will Let You 'Live Like a Lord or Lady'

For $150, 2 guests will get to stay at Highclere Castle, best known as the Downton Abbey estate
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2019 7:21 AM CDT
This image shows Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in a scene from "Downton Abbey."   (Jaap Buitendijk/Focus Features via AP)

(Newser) – The long-awaited Downton Abbey movie is about to hit theaters, and now there's more good news for fans—two of them, anyway. Highclere Castle, the site in Hampshire, England, where the hit show was filmed, is now available on Airbnb for a one-night stay this autumn, and it promises the "opportunity to live like the lord or lady of a stately home," per the Guardian. During the $150 stay on Nov. 26 only, the lucky couple will get the chance to sip cocktails in the estate's saloon, followed by a butler-served dinner with the owners, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, and a night in one of the "gallery" bedrooms, with its own bathroom and a view of "1,000 acres of rolling parkland."

There will also be a private tour the next day, showing off the "iconic" rooms from the TV series that fans have seen so many times. Guests won't have to bring their own shampoo or hair dryer (those come with the room), but don't expect a TV or WiFi. To be chosen as the winning guest, entrants must not only write the most persuasive application on why they're "passionate about Downton Abbey"—they also have to have a review history free of complaints on the Airbnb site. "My husband and I have the privilege and pleasure of calling Highclere Castle our home," Lady Carnarvon writes. "I am excited to open [it] up for a truly unique stay." Reservations for the space go live on Oct. 1. (Read more Downton Abbey stories.)

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