OUT AND ABOUT Visit Britain’s stately homes
TV drama Downton Abbey has been seen by a staggering 300 million viewers in 100 countries, putting the setting of Highclere Castle (highclerecastle.co.uk) on the world stage. The imposing house in Newbury, Berkshire, chosen by
Downton creator Julian Fellowes as one that ‘spectacularly testified to the confidence and soaring optimism of the Edwardian period,’ will next appear in September when the feature film will hit cinemas. In real life it’s home to the Carnarvon family and its treasures include an important Egyptian collection, the result of the fifth earl’s role in the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.