Home to the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, this exquisite country house is often described as “the finest occupied Victorian mansion in England” and serves as a visible link to history; the quintessentially English park stands in the middle of 1,000 acres of spectacular “Capability” Brown Parkland, surrounded by rolling hills and woodland.

Highclere Castle might be better known to millions of viewers as the fictional home “Downton Abbey,” but the magnificent estate in Hampshire, England has been the seat of the distinguished Carnarvon family for over 300 years.

Throughout the centuries, Highclere has welcomed royalty, statesmen, egyptologists, and pioneers of technology, along with men and women from the multifaceted worlds of music, art, and letters. Generations of châtelaines perfected the etiquette involved with hosting such notable guests.

Today, as in the past, Lady Carnarvon looks forward to welcoming friends and guests into the Saloon, or indeed the summer lawns for a delicious gin cocktail or traditional gin and tonic before dinner.

Evelyn Waugh, the leading English 20th century novelist whose work included “Bridshead Revisited”, used the expression “very Highclere” when he wanted to indicate that something was excellent.

The 5th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon hosted His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII for three days at Highclere Castle in December 1895. The shooting party is photographed above outside Grotto Lodge, now available to rent for weekends.

  • Lavender, Juniper, Oranges and other botanicals, grown for centuries, harvested from the castle gardens for your glass.