The Forth Road Bridge
As I have often described, driving through the Park gates, past tall hedges, under the branches of a copper beech trees, and into the broad grass verged park, I always feel I am entering a different world. One which offers moments of peace, of views and of time to stand and stare and I hope that is what many visitors and guests feel as they arrive here too.
Unfortunately, the other side of the coin is that every part of this journey requires maintenance from the roads (we have 9 miles), to the fences (many, many miles), to the trees, the parkland, ditches and all that before you have even arrived at the Castle and so January, along with all the resolutions to lose weight and get fitter, is peak maintenance and repair time.
The Castle, the follies, and the land are, as the English expression goes, a bit like the “Forth Road Bridge” The latter is one the longest suspension bridges, built in 1964 to replace the ferry services which had operated for at least 800 years before that. It spans the Firth of Forth, connecting Edinburgh to the northern shores. The tradition is that you start painting at one end and, by the time you get to the other end, you would be starting again at the beginning. Thus, for example, at Highclere, by the time the windows on the one side of the Castle have been painted, Pat and her team are working their way round to ones they painted fifteen years ago or even longer.
When Geordie and I took on our “life tenancy” at Highclere after his father died, we firstly tackled the roof (2003 and 2006/7), then the plumbing, electrics and cellars. We are nowhere near the end, but have built up some pace.
The final flourish and fun part of each project is the painting and choosing the colours, the sense of warmth, space, grandeur and cosiness. The pace of restoration was quite intense to begin with but now proceeds at a slightly gentler pace and with the experience of the last 16 or 17 years – one step after another.
Nevertheless there is rarely a day when Diana our housekeeper does not mention something in passing: a rug now frayed and too fragile, a chipped door, a broken frame or a suspicion of a damp area with discolouration. The last comment is the one to pick up on urgently and, whatever else is on the agenda at that time, we are to be found peering out of various windows to locate a possible source of the damp, standing outside looking up (that will be John the Castle Manager) and clambering up through various roof hatches to see if any gutter looks blocked (not John). Depending on our analysis, my little black book for roofers or plumbers will be on stand by.
Diana, ever smiling, always charming, often worrying too much, is our own Mrs Hughes, helped by Sheena and Genevieve. Following six years of ‘Downton Abbey’, I suspect that many viewers would love a Mrs Hughes – calm, dependable, upright and kind, the Mary Poppins of the housekeeping world. Diana and her team have a plan every day and have an intimate knowledge of all the furniture, clocks, carpets, carvings, shutters, marble statues and china. They care for the details which make the whole always look beautiful and loved.
Occasionally I am assistant housekeeper, although sometimes I catch Diana’s face which tells me I am clearly not helping. Sometimes, late in the evening, to help the banqueting team tidy up, I claim a hoover. In order to make it interesting I hoover in patterns, figures of eight and imaginary shapes on the floor, moving at speed or slowing down, a sort of sweeping hoovering. I am just trying to pick up the worst before Diana arrives in the morning as I do not want her to be upset by too much mess, as she loves the Castle so much.
The experience and knowledge that come through experience and attention to detail is incalculable. Highclere is “the Forth Road Bridge” but that is just fine. After all it is the journey that matters, not necessarily the end point and, like the Forth Road Bridge, we just hope for “Guide Passage”.
Thank you for this lovely window into the world at Highclere and its remarkable community, and for reminding us that it is all about the journey. Beautifully written.
I would like to say a huge thank you to Diana your housekeeper who stepped in last minute as our tour guide yesterday. Diana was excellent and we all appreciated her stepping in as Lady Carnarvan was called away urgently (I think to attend a leaky roof problem). However, as the local Ward Borough Councillor I very much enjoyed the full day – thank you.
Thank you – yes she is amazing and I had a leaky roof in a cottage which led to missing bits of ceiling! It is January…
Lady Carnarvon, your posts are so much fun to read! They sour me on to thinking through a different, more gracious view!
Thank you for sharing your home.
Taking care of Highclere is indeed something we women can certainly relate to, whether we have employees to help, or call on husbands and/or children. I was interested in your use of the “hoover” you run across the carpet. Is this an English way of referring to all vacuuming – from the early vacuum cleaner? In any event, good luck with your Highclere Forth Road Bridge cleaning!
Yes, it has become the term for all vacuuming – no matter which machine we actually use.
Yes random trivia thought here. The machine in the pic is a Sebo 470 vacuum – German made. I worked for a company that distributed them years ago and my parents use the same model. Good machine.
It is – Diana like it…
Dear Lady Carnarvon
Beautiful and loved – best wishes for the coming year to you and your staff.
Very interesting story on the care of Highclere Castle. I’m sure it is as you describe … by the time you finish it’s time to begin again. Thank you for sharing.
May I just point out that the Forth Bridge to which you refer is not the one that requires constant painting! It’s the Forth Railway Bridge, the one that is painted in red oxide, that people use as a metaphor for the constant attention needed….The Forth Road Bridge needs no such maintenance, as it’s a suspension bridge.
I hope you won’t mind my highlighting your error, but as I am a Lowland Scot, familiar with these landmarks, I feel you may like the chance to correct the information? Kind regards, JFSopp
I believe the same is said of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City…once the painters get from one end to the other it is time to start all over again. My house is only an eight room building, but my biggest worry is if I am doing my best to maintain it as my parents would. As a retiree on a small fixed income I pray constantly that nothing major needs repairing. It’s the house I grew up in and there are many, many memories here and I hope my daughter who lives with me is content with the ones she is building for herself since the house will be hers one day.
How lovely that you still live in the house in which you grew up. Such continuity, so many memories.
How lovely, Susan! I’m in the same position – living in the house I inherited from my parents and that I grew up in. As a retiree I know exactly how you feel. And the Golden Gate Bridge is much like the Brooklyn and Firth of Forth bridges – never finished with the job.
And Lady Carnarvon – Your Diana sounds like a perfect treasure for Highclere.
She is a treasure
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for sharing the ‘other side of your coin.’ *smile*
Being a romantic I realize how difficult it is to step into reality and not to perceive lichen on the wall as a beautiful, colorful touch but rather a facade-eating threat.
I admire you deeply for staying on even keel and wish you and all your loved ones the safest, happiest and luckiest new decade!
Elizabeth von Witanovski
Thank you very much
Good morning, Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for sharing a slice of daily life at Highclere and introducing us to the exceptional and essential individuals who are a part of the Highclere community. Having a plan and paying attention to detail are, as you say, essential. What a remarkable journey!
The Woodlands, TX
It truly is remarkable. And not always smooth!
Dear Lady Carnarvon
I have only just become party to your weekly blog and it’s my new favourite thing! (Mary Poppins style) I love Strictly Come Dancing and am always sad when that finishes, but we have the sparkle of Christmas lights up by then and the hubbub of preparation for the festive time ahead. On a cold grey January day, alone, with rain lashing at the window and gale force winds revving up your insight into your world at Highclere has charmed and delighted me. I’m now imagining what you may have had to batten down at Highclere today. I purchased your ‘Christmas at Highclere” book for a friend for Christmas as I am bringing her to Highclere to see the Egyptian exhibition in the Spring as a present for her 70th birthday but the book was so wonderful I kept it for myself! My son loved it too! I have since purchased a copy of ‘Egypt at Highclere’ for my friend instead! As I like that too I will have to get another copy of each so that we both have both! Thank you for your down to earth glimpses of castle life. How about “Downton to earth” as the title to your next TV programme? Just a thought! Suzanne
Thank you and welcome to the blog and to our ‘Monday family’. I am so glad you enjoyed my book- you must tell me your favourite part. I think ‘Downton Earth’ is inspired!
Love reading about your experiences, staff and life at Highclere.
Dear Lady Carnarvon. I read your posts with great interest as my twin brother and I were christened in Highclere Church and spent many happy hours and Christmases as children visiting our Uncle Robert and Aunt Joan in the Butler’s Cottage. Robert was butler of course to the 6th Earl and was on the staff for over 50 years. My twin brother Neil, once a Castle guide, runs the Heritage Light Orchestra based in Overton and it has been asked to play at a concert to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the church later this year. I will be singing and compereing the event. It will be poignant for us both. Many happy memories of your wonderful home!
Ho amazing – I met Joan of course but sadly not Robert – do you have any photos by any chance?
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on life in your home. As a recent viewer of Downton (thanks to sky box sets!), I have become intrigued and enjoy your blogs and hope to visit one day. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to keep us all updated.
Please do come and visit!
Thankyou for looking after this lovley castle
It is our pleasure and an honour to do so.
Oh the joys of owning an old house! Beautiful money pits, but worth it. How lucky we are to have hoovers, washing machines, polish in a spray can and cleaning fluids ready made up. How of an earth our ancestors coped with keeping a house clean is a wonder in itself, but how lovely to be part of a long line of housekeepers keeping the house such a handsome home.
I think in Highclere’s case they just had an awful lot more staff!
I did watch Secrets of Highclere Castle on the Yesterday TV Channel when you had 60 staff and no electricity till the 1920’s. How things have changed. Think that was filmed in 2012 so perhaps time to do a follow up? Hint.
Like many historic buildings, what you see is what you see, as the result of many changes over the centuries and of course what has to be done to maintain them, at great cost. I know you are doing your bit.
Remember the “Shake & Vac ” lady on TV? Just need to get up an hour earlier to get started and keep fit at the same time. Take the dogs for a walk then breakfast.
Carry on Highclere.
I love’Carry on Highclere’ that would be a good follow up!
Hello Lady Carnarvon,
What an onerous task you all have at Highclere, thank goodness you do this. I often moan about what jobs need doing in our little “Castle” (3 bed, 2 rec, 2 bath!) bungalow but it has certainly helped, put into perspective, reading about all the jobs that need doing at Highclere. Keep up the good work!.
Thank you. All work can become overwhelming at times, no matter the size of the ‘Castle’.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
It does seem that in taking care of a home, it is a series of tasks that are frequently repeated since nothing stays clean (or dusted) for long.
Your home is now familiar to many thanks to the “Downton Abbey” series and movie. It requires so much love and care, which it receives thanks to you and your wonderful crew.
May you and everyone there have a wonderful new year!
I have just received your Christmas at Highclere book and wanted to say how much I am enjoying reading it. I love the recipes, beautiful photographs and interesting history surrounding the castle especially over the festive period…ghost story very interesting too. Look forward to visiting again in the spring time. In the meantime enjoying your blog… Thank you
Thank you, I am glad you are enjoying it. Do let me know which recipe is among your favourites.
I am tempted to try many in the book but so far the Boxing Day beef stew and Christmas quiche are very good. Next year I will definitely try the Christmas pudding and cake recipe. Next the epiphany tart…sweet tooth…
let me know how you get on!!!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
You do wear many hats. Some days you are the Lady of the House Castle. Other days you are wife to Geordie and Mother to all of the dogs. And now we see you are on probation as an assistant to Diana. We live in Orlando and have close ties to Walt Disney World. If you were here, you would be wearing a name tag with Fiona, Highclere, England on it. And above the name pin you would have a red ribbon with the script “Earning you Ears” on it. Most cast members earn their ears in a few days/week. I wonder if Diana would sign-off on your abilities as A+? Haha… I’m glad you have mastered the first 2 roles with great skill.
Thanks for giving us a behind the scenes ……
I am sure Diana would say “could do better!”
It is a much loved life. I would be proud every day. Thank you for all you do and those with you.
Dear Lady C — you continue to make my Monday — you sound like me doing the daily routine only on a bigger scale! We somehow manage the routine but always find respite! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
Thank you for continuing to bring us along on this Highclere journey. Your ability to share is an extraordinary gift.
Your are very kind.
Thank you for your wonderful blog!! It’s so interesting knowing the goings on at the castle. The day to day chores that are done with so much love
Thank you – it is a much loved home, by all who live and work here.
Lovely post – shows the love put into your home by everyone. Visiting my Mom just recently in the SF victorian home we grew up in – my husband and I always notice something that needs “fixing”. It is by no means as old as your home but it is old for San Francisco. England is so lucky to have you and Geordie taking such care of Highclere.
Thank you. If you could see my list of things to be done . . .
I love your posts! Thanks so much for sharing. Even though my house here in Texas, is much smaller than yours, the upkeep never ends!
That is true for all of us. Thank you
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
One of the highlights of 2019 was my visit to Highclere Castle. I could see, on my tour, the love and care put into its upkeep. Thank you for your wonderful posts and hope you have a wonderful and happy new year.
Thank you – I am glad you enjoyed your visit.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I absolutely love your blog posts and always look forward to them. I visited Highclere in 2017 and can not wait to come back! It is so interesting getting a glimpse into your life at Highclere. With much love from Tennessee,
On my visit in June of 2018, I stood in the rear of the castle on the grass and spun around looking at every tree, the follies and the not yet finished wood carving of the airman. I have remembered that moment for the last year and a half as the most peace filled time in my life. It had nothing to do with the tv show, or movie or even the exciting real history of the castle. It was a sense of connection to a time past, a time present and even a future. It was a moment of breathing. The world fell away for a moment and only I existed connected to all the people that have walked on that spot of grass over the centuries. It was comforting. It was warm. It was lovely. I have brought that sense of peace back to America with me. It changed me. I think of that spot often and hope to return one day to bring my daughters.
How wonderful – that is exactly how I feel, as if I am walking through time. You must return with your daughters. You won’t see much change in the landscape but the Airman statue has now weathered to a beautiful burnished silver.
What an uplifting blog on this Monday, after all our holiday partying, it is time to work on the housekeeping “journey”. Thank you for letting us know that the “job is never done”, be it at Highclere Castle or in my little home. And thank you for the wonderful tales and recipes in your book, Christmas at Highclere. Just yesterday, Sunday, I served the Lady C’s Shepherd Pie to friends, and it was so “British” as I added your secret: a bit of quince jelly to the gravies. So yummy on a cold, grey Greek winter day!
Thank you. That is a firm family favourite here – so happy to hear your family enjoyed it in Greece!
As usual, you have given us a glimpse of life running a castle. That’s always interesting. Your reference to the Forth Road Bridge is similar to our Golden Gate Bridge in the U.S., specifically San Francisco, California. I have heard that the painters have a lifetime job because as soon as they reach the end it’s time to repaint from the beginning again.
You are absolutely right – perhaps Pat and her team could do a job swap for a week!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
A great and sweet article. I love that you jump right in to help your staff, even if they prefer you didn’t “help” 🙂 We all have those to do lists to keep the “castle” up and running. Just like you worry about those big jobs and the costs, too.
I still need to get your Christmas at Highclere. Planning a trip to visit either this Fall or next Spring.
Have a wonderful week.
Bolingbrook. IL USA
Thank you – you too
This makes me think of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, a city quite close to where I live. It is constantly under maintenance, and constantly being painted. As soon as they finish, they start all over again. I have a rather large house, (well, large by most people’s standards, but certainly not by Highclere’s). I can’t imagine staying on top of cleaning and maintenance in a residence like Highclere. Someday I hope to visit your exquisite castle, Lady Carnarvon. Thank you for the revealing post.
I was also thinking of your bridge too – it is so iconic
My favorite reading is British mystery novels, in various settings throughout the UK. I just finished one where the detectives spent an inordinate amount of time on the Forth Road and going back and “forth” (my pun)on the various Firth of Forth bridges, as well as stopping to gaze at the view of the Firth of Forth. So when I read your blog this am, I felt a sense of familiarity even though I’m way over the pond in Connecticut, US. It was enjoyable to imagine myself a Brit even for a moment.
Jessica Rae, January 13, 12:06 pm
What a coincidence!
Happy New Year from California! You are a beautiful writer. We enjoy your blog very much!
Another start to the week with my favorite letter from Highclere- today’s raw, rainy and chilly. The repairs continue in fits and starts *weather permitting* (don’t you love that in a contract). However, the useless chimney/firebox has been removed. Two stories are completely finished and weatherproof. Downstairs is closed to the elements; brick pallet is in my garage & waiting until the dry weather arrives. I’ll then have a faux fireplace inside w/fireproof paint to protect against candles.
The joy of house maintenance on a much smaller scale than Highclere, of course! And, of course, when the interior is gutted I’ll be moving somewhere else for the duration.
This is my 5th house in 20 years in this locale due to #disasters. It’s time for a review of my life and attempt to discover the humor of such an experience.
Thank you for such a pleasant start to my day. It’s time for me to plan my trip for 2020 and enjoy breathing different air and explore wonderful new environments.
Again, thank you for the everyday reminder that we all have the mundane responsibilities to fulfill. your team is so wonderful. Plus, the stairs remind me that I’m planning a very different treatment when mine are redone.
Have a most productive day and enjoy tea time. I have begun practicing my long-ago training of tea time. Now, if I can regain my dear Aunt’s dictum that a lady’s afternoon includes rest, relaxing bath and preparation for the evening. She exemplified “propriety, gentility and compassion” while being quite a businesswoman. What an example.
Again, thank you. I have been inspired each week to know that my lifestyle-even as a widow- is my decision.
My new business venture in 2020 is exciting; another adventure awaits. Thanks for the inspiration.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Cleaning a castle is a well organized on-going task I’m sure!
Making sure the building itself is always in good shape, a greater, much more expensive task as well. You have managed to diverse your offer of services and products so nicely to ensure revenues to keep it grandiose and beautiful for all who visit enjoy and remember their passage.
I’m dreaming of going back eventually!
Thank you very much for your blog.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
You have hit a nerve in me with today’s blog! We have been renovating our tiny 1968 house for 2 1/2 years now. Every time we think we are nearing the end, we find another issue that must be addressed. We just finished a new roof project which was an astounding ( to us, anyway ) $12,000. We had not planned on adding a new roof at this time, but dampness was discovered and it had to be taken care of. This is the 9th house we have redone in our 53 years of marriage. So you can understand why your entry spoke to me. If anyone there can help, please put them on a plane and send them over the pond! We are very weary of the work, the mess, and the expense on a pension income. It has cost the equivalent of several trips to England, which is how I measure cost these days. I count the days until we can return to Highclere. I love England.
I found it very interesting when you told us there are 9 miles of roads on the estate. That is very interesting. Do you ever ride a horse all around the roads on the estate? Or maybe a bicycle? It just seems as though it would be very scenic and relaxing to tour the estate in this way…slow and easy.
You must be so thankful for your team of people who care for the property like you do. From what you have written, and from what I have observed on my visits, your team is greatly valued by you and your husband. What a wonderful combination for everyone concerned. A beautiful place to work along with feeling valued is a wonderful combination for all concerned.
I do sometimes bike – but it is very up and down!!! Good exercise
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
It is always a joy for me to read your posts every Monday. Everyone who spends their lives taking care of Highclere seems to love what they do. This tells me they love the camaraderie you and Lord Carnarvon have created in your home. How heart warming! Cheers to you!
Just love reading your blog and the work that is put into the day to day running of such a beautiful place, I visited for the first time last year as a Father’s Day present I could only look in amazement at your fabulous home.After seeing on TV for so long to be there was truly amazing thank you.The one question I would love to ask you is in your private apartment,s do you live with the surrounding,s of the main house or are you ultra modern.
They are much the same
Tending to a home is definitely a “Forth Road Bridge” sort of task! What a lovely analogy. It never ends, but what a joy and privilege it is to care for our own “castles,” big or small.
It reminds me of the lyrics of a song by Sleeping At Last called “North”…
We will call this place our home,
The dirt in which our roots may grow.
Though the storms will push and pull,
We will call this place our home.
Let the years we’re here be kind, be kind.
Let our hearts, like doors, open wide, open wide.
Settle our bones like wood over time, over time.
Give us bread, give us salt, give us wine.
With each year, our color fades.
Slowly, our paint chips away.
But we will find the strength
And the nerve it takes
To repaint and repaint and repaint every day.
Thank you for sharing. I’ve been rewatching Downton Abbey and it’s interesting to hear the actors worrying about the roof or some other part of house that needs work, but I always wonder how the modern day owners do it. We’ve been working on our forty year old house in California and renovating a small house seems to never end, I don’t know how you do it. I’ve been to Highclere several times- thank you for preserving it and allowing the public to share a part of it with you.
Whether today or in the past there is always something to mend
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I am familiar with the Forth Road Bridge and love how you’ve linked it with the maintenance you deal with @ Highclere. In the USA we have a saying “if it’s not one thing, it’s another”. I own a home in a historic district that in nearly 100 years old and it is “always” something. I wouldn’t have it any other way although I cannot wrap my head around the magnitude of things you must deal with constantly.
I will be visiting Highclere in July and staying in Grotto Lodge. I am looking very forward to my visit.
How wonderful – Grotto is so cute with the best views … I hope you will really enjoy it and I hope to meet you!
That would be lovely. I hope we do have an opportunity to meet. We will be at the Lodge July 10th – 13th. It look charming and we are excited we were able to get the booking.
“As sheep or cows”
You manage to capture one’s imagination and thoughts
and offer freedom to dance.
Heartfelt thanks for Monday’s blog …..it/they add so much
to look forward to each week and to enjoy.
I agree, house work is never ending, that’s why we have help! I love the way you describe it, like maintaining a bridge. I’ll have to keep it in mind.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I truly enjoyed reading this particular piece. It was so interesting! I look forward to your blog updates and share them on Facebook. I had the great pleasure of visiting Highclere in September 2013. It was the highlight of my trip!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, your wit and wisdom and the recipes (!!)…I enjoy reading and learning more about your beautiful home and family!!
Thank you very much for sharing them
Thank you kind Lady, for the reminder that “it is the journey that matters.” I must admit that many times I forget this and become too much goal oriented that it ceases to be fun. Enjoying the moment seems to be hard for me, until looking back I remember how much fun I missed.
When I look at that big beautiful Castle, I never really think of what it takes to maintain a structure like that. Thank you for sharing just how much is involved with everything. Even the 9 miles of roads. Just fabulous.
And hoovers on every floor!
Welcome to home ownership!
I loved your delightful way of commenting with humor on the upkeep necessary at Highclere. It made me realize that all the leaves in the yard, all the pine cones on the lawn, all the dusting an cleaning are so very minimal in comparison!! I will just relax and realize how relatively little I have to do in comparison. I feel so relieved that I think I’ll just have some tea and read for a while.
Thank you for a lovely afternoon!!
I love your blog, and love Highclere. I hope to visit one day.
Tea is very important!!! Diana makes and brings in some great cakes for us all as well..
Thank you so much for this wonderful insight of words and pictures. I so love that you are willing to share with us. Blessings.
As always an interesting and informative read. I am so impressed by the effort taken to improve and maintain the Castle and grounds. That is showing a true pride of ownership and emphasizes your desire to leave a wonderful legacy to your heirs and countrymen.
I think this time is all about our legacy for our children and grandchildren
Amusing . As our Golden Gate Bridge painters. “Many hands make light work”. Something well cared for is always beautiful.
Being a huge fan of Downton Abbey, we were very lucky to have been gifted by our cousins to visit Highclere in all of its glory over the 2019 Christmas holidays. One of the lovely lady guides said it was the BEST she had ever seen the Castle look. Because usually a Christmas Market was scheduled during that time, the vendors were inside the Castle and people did not notice the Castle itself, plus it was totally decorated for the Christmas season. We felt very privileged to see it at it’s very best!
You are an excellent writer and I enjoy your blog immensely. It is like a real visit every time I read your editions and peruse the photos. Highclere has returned to my bucket-list to visit in the Summer to be able to enjoy the lovely gardens in bloom. Thank You for sharing your gorgeous historical home with all of us near and far!
Candice & David Black
Thank you so much !
Lady Carnarvon, few things have brought our family together quite like watching ‘Downton Abbey’ together. Before our oldest heads off to college in August, we are heading to London for one last ultra-memorable family trip. Reading this blog together is absolutely amazing and is only adding to our excitement to set foot at Highclere!!! Thank you so much for taking the time!!
It has given so many people of so many ages such pleasure hasn’t it? Thank you!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for another behind the scenes peek at what happens when cameras are not rolling, from one member, of your large Monday family, enjoying your latest Blog!
Shelley in Virginia
Well written. Good post and pictures.
Beautifully written, and what a wonderful comparison to view the upkeep. We crossed that bridge in 2017 with tickets to Highclere, but unfortunately were unable to keep the date. Hoping to return this year, and will recall this article with warmth.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you writing your blogs, I enjoy reading them. It makes me feel as though I have an inside view of Highclere Castle. I am a big Downton Abbey fan and I love Highclere Castle, I dream of coming to visit one day. I am redecorating our house and I would love a print of a painting of Highclere Castle. Do you know where I can find one? I have searched all over the internet and I cannot find any. Even Amazon doesn’t have any and they have everything!
Sally has them in the gift shop! [email protected] They are charming
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Today I had the oportunity
to see You on Paprika Chanel on TV. You had the host -Merry Bery -and it was wonderful to see a week of an amaising life to your wonderful Castle.
Afterwards search on Internet ,saw your so special Blog..and here I am!
I m so happy that I can write to you!
Cristina from Romania
thank you – that was a fun programme to be part of
Thank you very much dera Lady Carnarvon,I am realy honored that I read an lovely answer to me
How wonderful to have such loyal employees of long standing. They know just what to do, how to do it, and when it should be done to keep the Castle looking the way it does. Thank you for this glimpse into their world. Come spring, I know you’ll treat us to gardening posts on your absolutely fascinating blog.
Would that I could borrow your team of experts for, say, two weeks! I’m sure that’s all it would take to put everything right around our little home.
Blessings to you and yours in this new year,
Thank you and best wishes to you in 2020
Hello Lady Carnarvon,i was first introduced to your good self and fabulous home through Mary Berry and her cookery video, i was instantly hooked on your warm openness and knowledge of history that flows with such ease, Thank you from Cork Ireland , huge fan !!
Thank you !
Your comment about picking up the Hoover after a party made me laugh! I have a Corgi named Manchee (short for Manchester) who I often call my canine Hoover. I’ve hardly had to use a Hoover for the past 2 years thanks to him! Thanks for the wonderful posts! Leanne McKillip