With Downton Abbey’s final series starting on Sunday 20th September and rumours that Julian Fellows has not ruled out the possibility of making a film as well, he’s not milking it at all, anyway why not head treat yourself to a grand stately home or a lavish country house hotel for your own aristocratic experience? But for goodness sake don’t do what someone we know did and check- into a posh hotel with his luggage (which was a carrier bag) you’ll be letting the side down old boy.
Here are just some of the options available with Pride of Britain Hotels:
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Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire
Once home to Louis XVIII, the exiled King of France, and a training ground for British and American forces during the Second World War,Hartwell House in Buckinghamshire is steeped in history. Downton Abbey’s creator, Julian Fellowes, recently stayed at the breath-taking Grade I listed 17th century stately home which is set in 90 acres of gardens and lush parkland adorned with historic statues.
A night’s stay at Hartwell House costs from £230 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and use of the spa.
Bovey Castle, Devon
Situated in the spectacular Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle is a glamorous Devonshire retreat with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside. An ambitious refurbishment has recently transformed the hotel’s two restaurants: The Great Western fine dining restaurant now pays homage to the glamour of a bygone era and is named in tribute of the railway company which opened Bovey Castle in 1930, and the relaxed Smith’s Brasserie is named after the estate’s 19th century owner,
A night’s stay at Bovey Castle costs from £160 per room (two sharing), on a room-only basis.
Eastwell Manor, Kent
Set in a 3,000 acre estate at the foot of the North Downs in Kent, Eastwell Manor was home to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s son, Prince Alfred, for 20 years and there are photographs in the manor house which show Queen Victoria visiting him there on many occasions. Today, it’s the ideal place for a relaxing break; enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the panelled drawing room in front of the fire, stretch your legs in the formal rose gardens or indulge in some modern-day pampering in the spa. A night’s stay at Eastwell Manor costs from £160 per night (two sharing), including full English breakfast and full use of the spa facilities.
To book an overnight stay, and for the best available price, call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929 (www.prideofbritainhotels.com).
A night’s stay at Eastwell Manor costs from £160 per night (two sharing), including full English breakfast and full use of the spa facilities.
With 63 luxurious bedrooms and 22 stylish self-catering lodges, the hotel also has an Art Deco-inspired spa, 18-hole golf course and a busy programme of activities ranging from falconry to cider and sloe gin-making.