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Highclere Castle

Aristocratic mansion famous for its Egyptian connections and the fictional seat of Lord Grantham: Downton Abbey.

near Newbury, Hampshire, RG20 9RN

Highclere Castle is the home of Downton Abbey in Hampshire, UK
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  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
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GROTTO LODGE

Set on the Wayfarers Way, Grotto Lodge sits in one of the best locations for country walks. The main part of the house is circular and affords the most outstanding views across North Hampshire and West Berkshire. Nearby is the lovely town of Hungerford, famed for its antiques market and the handsome cities of Oxford and Winchester are a mere 30 minutes’ drive away. There are a number of delightful local pubs which offer a range of delicious home-grown specialities and craft ales.

Grotto Lodge has a double bedroom and a bathroom on each of the first and second floors. It has been beautifully restored by Lady Carnarvon maintaining many of the original features and allowing the circular walls to lead the eye.

The rooms are thoughtfully decorated with traditional wallpapers and fabrics from Colefax & Fowler and Robert Kime as well as carefully selected paint hues to create a peaceful escape from the pressures of modern life.

LONDON LODGE

The imposing stone archway, dressed with Coade stone and filled by the heavy iron gates, framed a grand entrance for family and visitors alike. The individual lodges, to either side were added later, most probably around 1840. Over the past two years they have been painstakingly restored by the current Earl and his wife to provide unique and luxurious accommodation for two. (It has one double bedroom)

The interior has been sympathetically restored using traditional lime plaster to the curved internal walls of the lodges and the principal rooms have large windows with bespoke oak wooden shutters, copies of the originals. The layout for both lodges has been kept simple; to the north west, a charming sitting room arranged around a Chesneys wood burner, and fully equipped kitchen behind. Then a separate building across the paved walkway houses the bedroom lodge with a comfortable double bed, bathroom (with bath and shower over bath) and dressing area. Due to its design, London Lodge is not suitable for those with mobility issues.

Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.