A £2,300 Down­ton Christ­mas

Daily Mail - - Life -

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.

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