Christmas TV, Downton Abbey

Do you watch Downton Abbey, the period drama set in a country estate? The drama has gathered a huge following of loyal fans who love tuning in to see the wonderful scenery, architecture and costumes as well as the often scandalous story lines. It’s the most successful TV costume drama since Brideshead Revisited.

This year Downton Abbey has a special Christmas day bonanza episode starting at 8.30pm on ITV. It promises royal balls, potential romance (that’s a given) and a trip to beach…mmm just what you need on a cold Christmas day! What will be revealed about Crawley sister’s love lives? What will happen to Edith’s baby? And will there be romance between Carson and Mrs Hughes? Something to look forward to as you cuddle up on the settee with a nice glass of a little something, a box of chocs and possibly a box of hankies.

Of course at Christmas times our thoughts turn to holidays and getting away for a while. Now if you are a Downton fan have you ever fantasised about the living the lifestyle of the characters? What would it be like staying in a luxurious English Manor? It doesn’t have to be a wanton dream. Take a look at this list of English Manors available for getaways, or even weddings!

I love the way they are presented giving you ratings for poshness and modernity.I quite fancy the first one, Tumbledown. It has an equal amount of poshness and modernity while being in a lovely quiet village. Plus, it’s a gorgeous house! I can’t imagine a nicer set of places to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Highclare Castle AKA Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is set in Yorkshire, but the exterior shots are actually of Highclere Castle in Hampshire. The village of Bampton in Oxfordshire is used for exterior shots of Isobel Crawley’s house.

Let me know if you are a fan of Downton Abbey and tell me what do you enjoy about the drama? I hope you enjoy the Christmas special.

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