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02 December 2015 @ 10:37 pm
Highclere Castle, Berkshire, England (aka Downton Abbey)  


Home of the real Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, and home of the fictitious Earl and Countess of Grantham.  It is not open to the public all year round but there was a Christmas Fair on recently.  Unfortunately there was no photography allowed inside, but here are a few of the outside (built in the 1840s).





















The Monk's Garden




Charlemagne




The Rookery






The rear entrance to the servants' part.


The front door








A temple in the gardens



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Jojustjo2u on December 3rd, 2015 10:25 am (UTC)
Beautiful photos. I keep meaning to take my mum there but it's always closed when she comes to visit us.
kizzikatkizzikat on December 3rd, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Yes, it doesn't open often and when it does, the tickets sell out very quickly. I bought them back in October.
thoughtsbykatthoughtsbykat on December 3rd, 2015 01:16 pm (UTC)
What a grand castle. I've seen the inside from the show. It must take a pretty penney for the upkeep.
There is a need to have more shrubs around the foundation. It looks a bit lost on that hill. I like the details you shot.
kizzikatkizzikat on December 3rd, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Oh, yes, very definitely about the gardens. There isn't even a terrace for the gentlemen to stroll out and smoke their cigars after dinner. But mind you, since it isn't 18th century, there isn't a landscaped garden to view. But it could definitely do with a proper garden.

The rooms are actually smaller than they look on the television series, particularly the library and the hall.
ys_melmothys_melmoth on December 3rd, 2015 04:06 pm (UTC)
kizzikatkizzikat on December 3rd, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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kizzikatkizzikat on December 3rd, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, I quite liked that too!
kittenkilldare on December 14th, 2015 11:51 am (UTC)
Just wow. Thank you kizzikat! (I, too, need one of those wolf door handles!)
kizzikatkizzikat on December 14th, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!