Sunday, November 29, 2015

What the Downton Abbey Really Looks Like

What the Downton Abbey Really Looks Like

 
Take a Peek Inside the Real Downton Abbey
 
Take a Peek Inside the Real Downton Abbey
 
Take a Peek Inside the Real Downton Abbey
 
Take a Peek Inside the Real Downton Abbey
The Saloon
 
The front entrance opens onto a central room called the Saloon. The style of this room is gothic and it features a 50-foot vaulted ceiling and beautiful stone arches. These arches overlook the Saloon both from the same floor and the one above it, where the main bedrooms are, with the room extending upwards through the full height of the house. The ceiling has skylights in it to make way for more light, giving this magnificent room more prominence.
 
Take a Peek Inside the Real Downton Abbey
 Take a Peek Inside the Real Downton Abbey
The Library
 
In the series Downton Abbey, the library was used as a study and refuge by Lord Grantham, and it was also the favorite room of the current Earl's great-great grandfather, who used it for entertainment and as a personal retreat. This prestigious room was doubled, with the middle opening featuring columns, and it provides comfortable seating throughout. It also has a characteristic coffered ceiling, under which 5,600 books are stored, some of which are more than 500 years old. 
 
Take a Peek Inside the Real Downton Abbey
The Dining Room
 
Take a Peek Inside the Real Downton Abbey
The Present Butler, Colin Edwards
 
The dining room is richly decorated with ornaments, a large fireplace and marvelous paintings on its walls. This used to be the setting of many episodes that happened in Dowton Abbey, where actors often took days to film a scene. The staff in this house used to be around 150 in the series. The present butler, Mr. Edwards, claims that he prefers this plentiful number to the 50 members of staff working there at present. They are required to take care of the spacious interiors, as well as to cater for visiting tourists or for special events that take place in the Highclere castle. 
 
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The Music Room
 
The music room another aesthetically-rich room that was certainly a source of inspiration to its previous owners. The windows overlook a spectacular view of 1,000 acres of beautifully landscaped land and gardens. Something special about this room is its glorious ceiling, which was painted by an English painter in the 1730s and one of the founding members of the Royal Academy of Arts, Francis Hayman. One can even see impressive Italian 16th-century tapastries hung on the walls of this room. Furthermore, a desk and chair found inside this room were once owned by Naploeon Bonaparte.
 
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The Cream Bedroom
 
The Highclere Castle is home to a surprising amount of between 50 and 80 bedrooms. There are so many that its owners aren't even certain themselves. Some of them were originally used as servant's headquarters and are no longer used, or need renovation. The bedroom above is a guest bedroom, which is still used at present. Another guest bedroom, which was decorated in 1895 in anticipation of the Prince of Wales' visit (later Edward VII), is the bedroom of Lady Mary in Downtown Abbey, where once the unexpected death of Turkish diplomat Mr. Pamuk took place in the series. 
 
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Egyptian Exhibition Room
 
The 5th Earl of Carnarvon was keen on Egyptian antiques and he cultivated an extraordinary collection of them. In 1922, he even discovered a 3200-year-old tomb, the tomb of Tutankhamun, together with the archaeologist Howard Carter. Today, you can still see some of his collection in the cellars of the castle that are specifically dedicated to Egyptian Exhibits. This rendered the Highclere Castle even more famous and historically significant.
 
Take a Peek Inside the Real Downton Abbey
 
Take a Peek Inside the Real Downton Abbey
Gardens and walking trails surrounding the castle
 
In the thousands of acres surrounding the castle are mesmerizing green spaces with magical scenery of colorful flowers, trees of various shapes, and endless farmland, gardens and lawns in which you can take peaceful strolls, as though in a fairytale world. These gardens are often open to the public for tours and special occasions throughout the year. 
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