VISIT DOWNTON ABBEY

Highclere Castle is one of the most beautiful castle in Victorian England in the middle of 1000 acres of parkland. Carnarvon family lives in Highclere since 1679, and the present castle is located on the site of a house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace belonging to the Bishops of Winchester for about 800 years. The gardens and woods can be explored when Highclere Castle is open to the public. Highclere Castle is the place where was filmed the huge hit series "Downton Abbey," which was recently nominated for four Golden Globes. Drama series with over 11 million viewers in the UK and now distributed in over 100 countries around the world. Under the pen of Oscar-winning screenwriter ("Gosford Park"), Julian Fellowes, now Lord Fellowes, it has a all star cast headed by Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton and many other actors and actresses foreground. Sometimes the facts are more extraordinary than fiction because the book tells the extraordinary story of life before, during and after the Great War, the marriage of Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, in 1895, during the Edwardian period in years that preceded the war. At just 19 years old when she married the 5th Earl, Almina was in fact the illegitimate daughter of Alfred de Rothschild. It came with a magnificent dowry and book reviews many fascinating stories about life, both before and behind, the castle of the Edwardian era. She attended the funeral of Queen Victoria, the coronation of Edward VII and all the other great events and royal. Life has changed in August 1914, when the First World War broke out and rolled up his sleeves Almina, transfroma Highclere Castle into a hospital and began to admit patients returning from the trenches. The stories of these men whose lives it saves are moving and fascinating and provide a perfect read for the fictional representation of the convalescent home at Downton Abbey. The war years are etched in history and, ultimately, the fighting stopped. Most of the staff at Highclere volunteered. Lady Carnarvon Castle again a family home. The end of the First World War marked the return to Egypt for her husband the 5th Earl of Carnarvon. The book then tells the story of this remarkable man, who, with Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. "Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey" is beautifully illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, sketches and drawings, many of which have been unearthed from the archives of Highclere Castle, where they were to rest for nearly a century. This is a unique book, which can be created only from inside the castle. (Closed Friday and Saturday).