Ready to make like the Countess of Grantham?

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
December 03, 2018

If your travels are taking you to England this holiday season, how does a pit stop at Highclere Castle — the backdrop for much of Downton's Abbey filming — to attend a Christmas ball sound to you?

This December 15th, the sprawling estate will open its doors to revelers looking for some Victorian Era-fun. It will cost you a pretty penny with tickets from £490 — around $626 — but it's certainly an incredible opportunity for super fans of the show. Hosted by London's Premium Tours, guests will get transportation to the Hampshire fortress from London and enjoy many unforgettable moments of channeling their inner Violet Crawley.

The Saturday jubilee will kick off with a special tour of the castle grounds, followed by champagne and canapés, a three-course dinner with plenty of wine, and post-supper carolers to keep things festive. For nosh, expect hits like the Lady Carnarvon charred salmon and avocado tian leaf salad served with Melba toast and the baked "Goldcross" goat's cheese, pine kernels and red onion purée wrapped in filo pastry with watercress foam and a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

For the gentlemen, a suit-and-tie dress code will be requested while ladies can sport a cocktail dress for the evening's festivities. Unfortunately, no photography will be allowed inside the castle, but that rule should free up your bandwidth to savor the ornate interiors in your mind's eye and focus fully on the decadent food, sans photo-opp distractions.

Now, if only they could promise us a sneak peek of the hotly-anticipated Downton Abbey movie, and we'd be booking our flights like the Dowager Countess of Grantham books drama.