If you happened to watch and enjoy 'Downton Abbey', and the accompanying movie in the cinemas this weekend just gone, you can now make your dreams of being a landed member of the aristocracy a reality.
Highclere Castle, in Hampshire, England, is opening its doors to two filthy commoners who will - according to the press release sent by Airbnb - "be treated like royalty during their stay, with the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon inviting their guests to join them for 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." The press release also states that after your stay in the castle, you'll be treated to a full breakfast the next morning, followed by a private tour of the grounds and its 300 rooms.
However, Highclere Castle will only take two guests and the draw works on a first-come, first-served basis with the bookings for the event opening at 12PM on October 1st and costing you £150 for the night. It might seem like a lot, but that's actually cheaper than most hotels in London. Here's where you can make your booking.
If you do happen to be lucky and win the booking, you'll have to be at Highclere Castle on November 26th. As for the Airbnb rules, they include "no pets allowed, no smoking, all newspapers to be ironed (that must be a 'Downton Abbey' joke), one butler per person (hilarious), cocktail dress is de rigueur for dinner (my sides!), and gossip is restricted to downstairs quarters only."
How positively charming.