In a conversation with Dr Christopher McCreery in Canada last week, I was asked to describe my day – what do I do, what exactly was my job? Dr McCreery waited expectantly but, most unusually, I was temporarily silenced, simply trying to work out where to begin.
In Downton Abbey, Lady Grantham seemed to lead an almost effortless elegantly sedate life being generally supportive to her family. Sometimes, like other mothers or wives, she clearly felt under-appreciated but mostly left her husband and her daughter to worry about “Downton”.
For better or worse, my life is rather more proactive and involved than that and much less serene. Like other businesses, the modern Highclere is about creating a culture and energy; building a strategy as well as embracing the challenges and deadlines of the every day. Watching Downton Abbey on TV, much of the action involves merely entering or leaving a room, running upstairs or walking downstairs. In contrast, much of the real action at Highclere begins outside.
An average day for me usually starts with a cycle ride round the gardens with a gaggle of dogs, possibly a bit of yoga on a far lawn out of sight of early visitors before returning for porridge and coffee. Quite often one dog is missing and is busy tidying up discarded scones around a bin. Sometimes the enthusiasm of the estate team overtakes me and coffee becomes a good meeting time and I miss the porridge.
Heading inside, I then look at what building project is critical and therefore needs a visit. Currently we have one cottage which we have to turn round in a month – a tight deadline for what needs to be done but one which I am determined to stick to. I often remind my husband that he did not declare all his follies when we married and nor did he declare the state of the cottages and therefore he is not to grumble. This particular cottage needs to be re roofed, re-plumbed, re wired, insulated, a new kitchen and two new bathrooms installed, new gutters, new soffits, in fact new everything before it is completely re- painted. However, it has the most idyllic views and I hope will bring much peace and pleasure to its new family.
In fact, I thought during the Art and Architecture tours which are taking place here from next Sunday that it would interest people if I shared some of these projects and the issues involved in maintaining such old buildings.
Moving on, in addition to various estate projects which are never entirely within budget or control given the wibbly wobbly fences, leaky pipes, overflowing tanks or missing tiles, there are also the matter of the events happening at the Castle. As our business shifts in these challenging times, so do the job titles in the office. Instead of being more conventionally formulaic, they tend now to be based more around events and shared themes with everyone taking part and sharing the load.
John, the Castle Manager, and I work closely together, all meetings being punctuated by laughter, by his desire to act out his topic of discussion and my need for coffee. None of his meetings can be too short and most days and meetings involve wellington boots, a minimum of 12,000 steps and plenty of notes. A typical example was the visit from the team putting on the Downton Abbey concert on June 22nd to discuss the build schedule which, apart from adding to the teetering piles of paper in John’s office, also involved a tramp round several “parking”fields to their evident bewilderment.
Emily helps organise car parkers, visitor reception, and manages and codes the estate invoices. I have no idea what I could call her except charming. Margery used to organise school visits but then has decided to retire from that in order to work as a gift shop elf. In fact, the word elf is perhaps more used at Highclere than in any Harry Potter film.
I gathered from a recent radio programme that modern company’s today use, amongst other tools, algorithms and AI to try to recruit people. There are apparently many layers of faceless computer choices and interviews before seeing anyone in person which seems so sad. I think work is about giving each of us a chance to get going in life and become part of a community.
Most skill sets can be learnt and that the most important thing is emotional, empathetic intelligence given that we are all working together and spending so much time together. I am not sure that many of us at Highclere would have been able to win our roles here through such formulated channels. Thinking of this and our own process of recruitment, I thought I would try some new questions at the stage when I meet an interviewee. “What is your favourite line in Dad’s Army?” “Have you seen the skit about two Scotsmen in a lift?” Do you know the “Two Ronnies” sketch about 4 Candles? Do you like Fawlty Towers? They seem just as valid given that a sense of humour is vital here.
With the humour and diversity of our Highclere team, I simply hope that we operate in such a way to welcome visitors, to smile and make them smile and to hope they will come back for another visit.
I have just applied for the Accounts Assistant job and after reading your comments above, very much hope I am offered the opportunity to be interviewed. However even if I am not that lucky, I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to have someone’s different views on how robotic life has become in the working industry and pointing out how important it is to interact with people on a daily basis. It has certainly made my mind up to continue to find a different working environment going forward.
Then I think you know my question!!
Good Morning Lady Carnarvon,
Tony and I greatly enjoyed your conversation with Dr. Christopher McCreery in Canada last week. I have also had a chance to try out one of your soup recipes from ‘At Home At Highclere’, which you kindly signed. The soup was wonderful…I will definitely be making it again. Thank you!
Thank you so much!
Highclere in an amazing place to visit. It is enchanting and you feel so welcome. I came away with the feeling I had toured a lovely castle and lands and that you all were so glad to see me. The tour is excellent. Getting to meet you as a Viking land tour group still warms my heart and was an excellent bonus. Thank you for giving us this wonderful opportunity to fall in love with the real Highclere.
We are glad to see you
What a wonderful blog post. Your role has certainly changed and I credit much of the present success of Highclere as a home and business to you and your husband’s capable and progressive stewardship. Loved the beautiful script and the Butler’s Duties. Know that was fun to find in written form from so long ago. Love to pull up and read this blog!
I would love to be a bird flying over your grounds. What a picture!
I clearly could not work at Highclere, because I couldn’t answer any of your questions, but then, I live in the United States. The commute would be brutal!
Hilarious – yes long commute …
So interesting, and once again so full of wonderful word pictures of life at Highclere! I enjoy visiting through your weekly posts! Thank you for sharing your days!
I love reading the “Journals” on your emails. This one definitely perked me up.
It’s vital , nowadays, that people remember that we are human and not machines made of nuts and bolts. So as you can tell I agree with you in regards to the hiring practices used in many companies.
I find it heart warming, encouraging and hopeful that you use many methods in your hiring practices. Maybe other companies can take a leaf out if your book and teach others to keep the “human” element in their companies futures.
I also wanted to compliment you on your down to earth, descriptive and lovely writing. I greatly miss England and your words reach into my heart, lift my spirits and paint a picture that is both vivid and relaxing.
Thank you – I have given a few talks to businesses looking at community and culture- I enjoy it. I hope I add value
I enjoy your blog and the insight into the running of Highclere. I am looking forward to coming there on a tour in early July. I live in Jackson,Mississippi.
Wonderful – look forward to seeing you!
So many people fail to see the precious gift that is preservation. So much of the history in the world is being lost to neglect and apathy. I wish there were more people in the world, such as you and your staff, who embrace the job and calling to preserve and evolve the rich history that is Highclere.
As a child, my mother took me on so many “adventures” that consisted of a bit of breaking and entering to see old abandoned houses. I spent hours looking at these houses and imagining the people within the walls. If i had not chosen to be a registered nurse, it is possible I might have become a historian. We must respect what has passed.
Thank you Kelley
If I did not have roots here, I’d come work for you in a heartbeat. ❤️
Your daily schedule is at least enough for two people. Makes me think of a story mother read to us. There was a chapter where wind up toys lived. They required someone to keep them wound up. That was Mr Split. He could split in two to get the job done .
Reallly enjoyed the tea at church, your talk and then reception at Highclere last October. What a treat leaving me with such happy memories.
That was such a fun afternoon
You are such wonderful stewards and storytellers. We are looking forward to our visit and meeting the elves on 28 May!
It will be a busy elf day!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
What a fascinating number of hats you wear… your Art & Architecture Tours sounds like heaven too!
I’m an interior designer and seem to most often find myself in renovation projects – one never knows what challenges the day will provide – which always makes the day more fun! I love how humorous your staff is – what fun!
There is nothing more rewarding than a team that can laugh together!
We are counting down the days for our visit – four weeks out – can’t wait to visit Highclere!
Thank you for sharing your adventures with us – a great way to start our Monday mornings – the first thing I do is forward your blog to my “Downton Abbey Book Club”….
Thank you – have you read any of my books at it?
Oh Yes, GREAT question, I’ve read both – loved them!
We started with Lady Almina and have added Lady Cathrine to our list to begin in the fall….
We also used your recipes during our Downton Dinner Party! We can’t wait for your next book!
It is coming out in September!
We can’t wait!!
Also we love your cooking tutorials!
We are very excited about the concert on June 22nd! We can’t wait to see the grounds and the beautiful scenery of Highclere!
With warm regards from Texas,
I hope it is a warm evening.. but bring warm shawls
I look forward to your new blog each week, and this new one gives me a lift with the interesting photos of smiling faces, frisky dogs, and also my need for coffee! Thank you for the beginning of my week!
We would do well on the coffee front then!
Good way to start my day. Work can be complex and I like the part about smile!
Love the description of daily life in your corner of the world. And how true it is that face to face contact is SO valuable in everything we do!
And a smile..
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
What a wonderful insight into every day life at Highclere, loved the photo of you doing your Yoga, and getting a huge kiss from one of the dogs, I also like the idea of the questions you would ask an interviewee, my favourite line from Dad’s army is the classic don’t tell him Pike, I loved the 4 candles scene from the Two Ronnies, I now have a signed script of it on my wall. My favourite Fawlty towers, is Basil beating his car. Do I get the job? !!
Have a wonderful day.
Don’t tell them your name Pike!
Another well written and thoughtful blog entry, Lady Carnarvon.
You are quite correct regarding the hiring of qualified people. My lovely wife of 26 years manages multiple branches of a bank here in Southern Illinois and would whole heartedly agree with you!
Having people who can work effectively together as a cohesive team is a far greater asset than any individual’s personal attributes in most cases.
I look forward to your next blog entry!
On the subject of recruitment, I’m with you. No matter how many tests you have people take, if the chemistry is not there, it won’t work as well as it could. Measuring someone up is difficult but applying the 80/20 rule; fitting in for 80% and adjusting for 20 means you have a happy find.
Maintenance of old houses, it never seems to stop. We do not have a castle (;)) but old house from the “Belle Epoque”-period and it is the same here. This weekend I was gratified the choice between removing a lengthy and heavy branch of our maple tree that came down and the emergency repair of a drain. The drain won as the branch had the decency to miss the bird bath, the house and the enclosure. One learns to be grateful for small mercies …
However, I fear that the entire tree now needs to be removed as the inside appears to be infected by some disease … sigh …
I have found quite the opposite to the adage that money grows on trees..
What a great feeling it must be to be able to have so much influence on the care of a great place. Love your site.
Lady Carnarvon, thank you for sharing all this. I love so much the Castle, I was there after the end of the Dowton Abbey.
I have just visited the exhibition of Toutankhamon in Paris, it is wonderful, beautiful, I thought of you when I saw Mr Carnarvon was from your family.
I hope to be able to go there again.
Have a great day, Lady Carnarvon.
Highclere is a magical place. I visited for the first time on my 40th birthday on April 17th. I landed at Gatwick and my first stop was Highclere. I had no issues purchasing my two tickets online in the States before I arrived. The staff were gracious and kind. The gardens were absolutely breathtaking. The weather was just beautiful. I cannot get over the magnificent trees and the scenery. Thank you for making my 40th so special.
How lovely to hear that -Thank you
This is exactly as I would have guessed. You indeed are quite the manager of so many things at Highclere. No sitting around eating bonbons. There is always something that needs doing. You handle that role with incredible grace and contribute so much to the longevity of the estate and its culture.
I multi muddle…
whew! what an overwhelming lot to be done! i dont envy you (Lady Cora, yes) – but not you or your staff.
best of the week to all
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Another Highclere Monday. What a wonderful way to start the week. I look forward with great anticipation to your latest blog post. Without fail, after reading it, I always step away having learned something new, your words put a smile on my face, and a renewed longing to see the wonder of Highclere in person for the first time.
I too am a coffee drinker. You mentioned that you enjoy a cup of tea. I was wondering what you put in your cup? Is there a brand you prefer?
To begin the day I actually like a good strong cup of tea (Indian tea)- but later in the afternoon Earl Grey has a delicious taste. Later on in the evening I also try jasmine or green tea, fresh ginger or liquorice so I follow the sun!
I always marvel at just how much you are able to accomplish in any given day. Not only are you a countess, but also a general contractor, chef, builder, tractor driver, farmer, equestrian, horticulturist, environmentalist, designer, public speaker, best-selling author….hmmmm. The list just goes on and on with no end. At Highclere, it does, indeed, take a village and you and Lord Carnarvon are the thread that keeps it all running. Great leadership, with willingness to roll up your sleeves and dig in, is your best asset and it certainly works for the Highclere Castle family. It also works for the thousands of visitors who come to experience it. You are one amazing Renaissance woman. I am in awe.
Yuou are far tooooo kind !!!!
Good morning from Fort Worth, Texas! Such an enjoyable read, especially about smiles and humor. My parents and my Granny Tipton taught me the importance of maintaining a sense of humor in situations that normally make you want to tear your hair out. A smile and friendly face have the power to uplift someone who desperately needs it. A smile is never wasted. Life has a special talent of making us feel overwhelmed with responsibilities at times, but we must always strive to remember that this world is packed with beauty, if we only take a moment of reflection of our surroundings. Only at that time will an epiphany occur. Thank you for sharing your life and thoughts.
I can always tell when John G the Castle Manager is stressed because his humour has even less filters than normal, but I so value all he does…
Hello. I met you last week in montreal. So enjoyed the afternoon. I phoned the castle last Monday , April 29 for info concerning the champagne and cabaret evening which occurs the day of my arrival on Saturday May 18 th. The lady in charge and who could help me with some queries, I was told,was away until Wednesday , April 8. I was told she would contact me and left my email. [email protected]
I never heard from her.
I would like to reserve / purchase one ticket.
Can you kindly help me. Thank you
Of course I will help you – some wonderful office elf will revert tomorrow
Dear Lady Carnarvon:
We are looking forward to meeting many of the Highclere Team on our visit in June. I am sure there will be smiles at every turn. I hope we can bring smiles and laughter to your Team as well. I imagine that I will be smiling for a long time to come as this is our dream vacation and Highclere was number ONE on our list of “must sees” beating out Buckingham Palace. 🙂
Have a wonderful day!
Thank you for the escape you provide for me each Monday morning! I lap it up like a kitten with milk on a saucer! Now I just need to find a local castle here at which to work — a difficult task given that I’m in the Chicago area! 🙂
I have not yet been to Chicago – I would love to visit
Dear Very Hard Working and Fun Loving Lady Carnarvan,
I am exhausted just reading about your typical day. I can’t think of a more qualified Lady to oversee the upkeep and preservation of beautiful Highclere Castle for future generations. You really do have a hectic day but your wonderful attitude and sense of humor gets you through it.
It is my desire to visit this beautiful estate on day.
Managing your many duties probably leaves you wondering when you might have the next opportunity to glide gracefully down the beautiful staircase into the grand hall at Highclere! Thank you for your constant attention to the detail of keeping the many responsibilities you cherish in sterling order!
Martha Glass, Cary NC
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Oh, to be 30 years younger! I’ve become quite the anglophile over the last few years and actually enjoyed a visit to Highclere Castle in 2015 with my husband and sister. My research in genealogy has placed me squarely in Great Britain – from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and most of the southern part of England. Though my family has been in North America since the 1600’s, I do dream of visiting Great Britain and Highclere again. Your days are busy, hectic and full of love for the place you have dedicated yourself to. I congratulate you and agree that humor (humour?) is so very important for a balanced life….and, yes I do love Fawlty Towers!
Best to you,
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I truly enjoyed seeing your lovely home yesterday with my family. Each of us had our favorites parts but mine was the beautiful family photos in each room. One in particular was a candid of an elderly man laughing amongst some flowers. I liked him immediately! It was also lovely to see how each of the older photos on the wall had been inscribed with who they were and where they were taken.
My best friend and I took tea and scones while our teens and husbands toured the Egypt exhibit. It was a dream come true to come and share a small part of your life. I appreciate the opportunity you have given us. We returned the favor by buying out a lot of your gift shop! Blessings on you and your family!
Angela Kahle-Mendoza from Oklahoma
P.S. How old is that large tree near the ticket gate. Such a beautiful specimen! My youngest son asked me take a photo of it for his souvineer!
Thank you – the cedar tree is likely grown from a cone brought back from Lebanon in about 1740
I really enjoy your blogs you always brighten up my day thankyou
Happy happy greetings for the new royal baby boy! Congratulations to the duke and Duchess of Sussex. just heard the news, how lovely!
It is lovely news – very cheering and they are clearly soo soo happy
You have a few hectic months ahead of you! I bet the trip to Canada felt like a mini vacation away from Highclere. Love the picture of you practicing yoga with the dogs. If someone likes Fawlty Towers definitely hire hin/her. 🙂
Your posting today was such a reflective message. I so admire your adaptability, planning and business acumen. Thank you for being such a great leader.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
The uppermost thought in my mind is, I wish I could work at Highclere! In all my years of working, I never experienced the kind of commoraterie that you describe at Highclere. How blessed they all are to be included in such a wonderfully family oriented workplace. Here in America, that is rarely the case. I sensed that when we visited Highclere. I met several of the people who work there, and without exception they were pleasant, kind, thoughtful, and very helpful. They proved that they would do whatever was needed to answer a question or give information. Luis and Matthew were two of the many people I had interactions with. They went above and beyond for me. I even took pictures with them so I could add them to the photo album I made from our trip. I am convinced that at least part of the reason everyone is so kind is because they love what they do and who they work for. They are quick with a smile and a friendly hello. Now that I think about it, their mistress is the same way. They are a reflection of whom they work for. Well done, Lord and Lady Carnarvon! Well done!!!!!!!
Luis and Matthew (and Jorge the 3rd in their team) are very kind and fun.
That aerial photo view is stunning!
Happy Mother’s Day. My cousin Linda Penn of Fort Worth and I share the same Granny Tipton. I remember her ironing clothes while watching wrestling matches on tv. She would yell”kill him, kill him, or throw him out of the ring!” Our family thought she was the funniest thing to watch while the tv was on. Something simple like that creates happy memories. Thank you for your interesting blog.
Thank you for sharing Highclere and an insight into the daily routine. Best wishes to all there.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I understand entirely how difficult it is to find the right piece in the people puzzle. Having the right person, one with a positive attitude who can roll with change is so important.
I looked at the first picture you have shown and immediately thought how much you could use my services. As my husband often says, teasingly, on my tombstone it will read, “Here lies Peggy, she was a great weeder!” I’m guessing the frame is a cold frame for getting your veggie trays started early. You need an extra set of hands to tidy up in and around. I come with gloves and nippers! Totally self-sufficient.
Just kidding, of course, I’d need coffee, oatmeal and a scone to keep me running and pulling!
As always, your blog is a joy to read.
Highclere is on our bucket-list.
See you someday…weeds and all.
I love the cold frames – always something of interest!
Cheers for you, Lady Carnarvon!
You have the right additude; it appears that you are from the old school of hiring and to me that’s a good thing. Love your sense of humor also. It takes a village as we all know. People haven’t a clue what goes on behind-the-scenes.
Thank you for your blogs and blessings to you and your family.
P.S. Heading to a meeting with coffee
Dear Lady Carnarvon~
I’m looking for new employment, but if I weren’t attached to my home in Texas, I’d certainly apply for one of your positions. It’s too bad that none of them are remote.
I guess I will have to settle for a visit during our trip in August. My daughter is 13 and so looking forward to seeing your lovely home in person. She is quickly becoming a historian as our family is originally from England. Genealogy has become a great part of our lives.
By the way, I agree. Coffee is a must…and yoga is a blessing. It’s difficult for me to function without them!
I do so enjoy yoga and taking the time to stretch out – very key for wonky creaky joints!!
Hm. I might apply for… something – you do need a librarian, yes?
I love Faulty Towers, and yes, I know that fabulously funny 2 Scotsmen in an Elevator skit. And, my favorite Two Ronnies skit is the “My Blackberry Isn’t Working.” Dad’s Army – putting on my must view list. (for another wonderful laugh: the German Coast Guard Trainee commercial)
Loved this post… your very human approach to recruitment is right in line with mine.
(who really needs more tea just now…)
I always need a cup of tea too!
MY DEAR LADY CARNARVON,
HAPPY GREETINGS. BABY BOY. HOW LOVELY!!!!
JUST HEARD THE NEWS. MILADY AND YOUR STAFF HAPPY WEEK FROM BRAZIL .
What a special team you work with. It is all part of the magic of Highclere…it always comes down to the people doing the day to day tasks. A team that can laugh together while working hard, can accomplish much!
So love your weekly words: always interesting, witty and and make me smile!
Chris who also loves her coffee
Just heard the news in Australia!!! While reading your Blog Lady Carnarvon!!
WONDERFUL NEWS!!! A BOY!
Harry and Meghan will make a wonderful parents.
The baby was born at 05:26 BST weighing 7lb 3oz (3.2kg)
Prince Harry says he and Meghan are “absolutely thrilled”
The new arrival is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child
Meghan went into labour “in the early hours” of the morning, the palace said in a statement
Prince Harry was by Meghan’s side during labour
The infant, who is yet to be named, is seventh in line to the throne
Hello Lady Carnarvon
Lovely to read of you describing how your day starts, sounds idyllic but extremely busy & stressful at times I can see. I think that the questions you will ask of interviewees are excellent!, so much better than the ones I remember (in the distant past!) being asked.
Last night I made your recipe for Baked Eggs. Delicious! I had to scout around a bit to find double cream, but it was worth the effort. I found clotted cream right next to it at our local Whole Foods so now I am all set to try Lady Carnarvon’s Scones.
How wonderful – thank you!
We are coming to Highclere for your Mid Summer Tour on June 13 from Vancouver, BC, and are so looking forward to it. Even more so now that I have found your wonderful blog. Very entertaining and well written. My husband and I are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate! We are in the middle of rewatching Downton Abbey from the beginning, in preparation for the trip (and the new movie). I’ll keep your true life in mind while I watch Lady Grantham sip tea:)
I will be there to greet you – it is an event to raise money for Kings college Hospital to say thank to the surgeons and nurses. They saved my niece’s life and that of a dear friend last month. They are a centre of expertise in Europe…
Life is too short not to enjoy what you do EVERYDAY!!! If I lived over there in Merry England I would certainly love to work with all of you! Can’t wait to see you all in August!!!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
It is always a delight to read your posts. You and I are both very busy women, but I was struck in this post (as I have been in others) how truly you love your home. The responsibilities are many, but they all point to your commitment to your estate and the success and well-being of all associated with it. I feel the same way about my job, the people I work with, the community I live in, the advocacy I do for my son with special needs and our whole community of parents working tirelessly for their special needs children, my other children, my husband, my father and extended family. The work is hard and seemingly endless, but it is all so, so worth the effort. I am, as always, pleased to start my week reading what you have written.
Lady Carnarvon, I very much enjoy reading your blogs and looking at the pictures you embed in them. It gives those of us who have never had a chance to visit your beautiful home a chance to live vicariously through you and those who so lovingly care for the estate!! Thank you for taking the time to share these interesting tidbits!!
It is always a pleasure to read your wonderful descriptions about your castle’s daily activities…so different from those of Downton Abbey!You have certainly a very special staff,working with the most important ingredient in all workplaces around the world:love!
Love the “interview questions”–so hilarious. I think you are on to something. Nowadays, people are to way to serious and not to mention divisive and political–it is high time we all relax, inject a lot more humor into our lives, laugh and be happy.
Blessings on you.
I agree with you!
Good morning Lady Carnarvon,
Just a few days since my visit to Highclere, and I still can’t quite believe it. I tried quite hard not to squeal when I walked up the drive…
While I was there for the Art and Architecture lecture (which was just marvelous, thank you!) I had the chance to visit with a few of the estate employees. While I won’t mention them by name, I was so impressed with their enthusiasm for their jobs, and their genuine admiration of you and what it is like to work for you. You really are quite deserving of the title “Lady.”
In the US, we have internship programs (usually for college juniors and seniors) that match students with jobs in their chosen fields. Although they are temporary employees, it’s a great way to find enthusiastic and loyal permanent staff.
If I was (quite a bit) younger, I would find a comfy little studio apartment in Newbury, and apply for every opportunity that ever surfaced at your beautiful home.
Thank you – and it is a team effort and they are the best..
Such great work you and your staff accomplish at Highclere. I love to read the stories; and also, the coffee!…
My mother and I have commented, more than once, how you are such a hard worker and have so much insight as to what needs to happen at Highclere. All that, and you have time to occasionally greet guests! I also agree with your method of hiring. A person can be trained in skills, but his or her personality is, for the most part, innate.
Hello, I’m looking for an internship to complete my last year at university. I am a big fan of the TV show Downton Abbey but I am more than that, I am really interested in history and architecture in general. I was really amazed by the castle in the show and I would be so honored so see it in real life. I’m a French student who would love to travel to historic places such as Italy, Cambodia and so many more places and going to Highclere Castle would be such an honor and it would be an achievement for me. I had to send you a message and try to see if I am lucky enough to have an answer, be it good or bad, you never know! Thank you so much!
Thank – I have various students working here – it helps pay their fees! There is no accommodation however ..always worth emailing [email protected] with dates