What could be more delightful than a sojourn into the world of one of TV’s much-loved series, Downton Abbey and some of England’s most charming towns and countryside? There were visits to Oxford, Stratford, a visit to Anne Hathaway’s cottage and time to wander in the charming villages of Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-on-the-Water. I was charmed exploring the regal town of Windsor, home of the magnificent Windsor Castle, a royal residence and the oldest occupied castle in the world.

An obvious highlight of this English adventure was our time spent on everything “Downton Abbey.” This is the name of the TV home of the Grantham family. The home is, in fact, Highclere Castle, home to the 8th Earl of Carnarvon. This property is as magnificent as it looks on TV; the rooms that visitors are allowed to explore are sumptuous; however, some rooms (not on the tour) are unusable and of course the Earl and his family have their own private quarters…   



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