A £2,300 Downton Christmas
The Countess of Carnarvon, chatelaine of highclere Castle where Downton Abbey was filmed, isn’t the only aristocrat determined not to let the cash cow dry up.
William Cash, son of Sir Bill Cash MP, and his wife Lady Laura, daughter of the earl and Countess Cathcart, are offering punters a real-life ‘Downton Abbey’ Christmas at their Shropshire home, Upton Cressett hall.
The elizabethan gatehouse, whose previous guests have included Lady Thatcher and elizabeth hurley, is being hired out for £2,300 a week. ‘The one difference from Downton Abbey is that while Lady Mary would have never gone near the kitchen, my wife Laura will be personally overseeing the housekeeper’s cooking of the breakfast,’ says Cash. ‘You can even have a Christmas Day family prayers in the Grade I Norman church.’
Thrice-married William is nearly as frisky as the earl of Grantham, played by hugh Bonneville. But the gatehouse is separate from the main home, so guests should be able to sleep securely.