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The stately home that millions of Downton Abbey fans have grown to know and adore is no movie set. It’s an actual working estate in England’s countryside and home to modern day members of the real British aristocracy. HGTV’s Castles on Camera takes you inside Highclere Castle to see its spectacular rooms and meet the real lord and lady of the manor.

Downton Abbey

The Victorian-era manor is 175 years old, contains around 30,000 square feet of living space and is currently maintained by a staff of 70.

Downton Abbey

George Reginald Oliver Molyneuz Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon, godson of Queen Elizabeth II and Lord of Highclere Castle, stands in the home’s library.

OK, so let’s talk Downton Abbey. What is it about this show that has captured your heart? Tell me in the Comments.

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12 Responses

  1. Deneen says:

    Everything! I love the acting and story line. I love the costumes, the house, the views. It is so nice to watch a show that has wonderful characters. I can't wait for the next episode. I haven't said that about a TV show in a long time.

  2. Farima@HGTV says:

    I love the dramatic characters and the costumes!

  3. Kayla@HGTV says:

    Everything about the show is fascinating – the drama, the romance, the historical accuracy of dress and customs and, of course, the Dowager Countess; she's hysterical.

  4. Jenny B. says:

    Best show on tv.

  5. Linda says:

    The costumes and the setting.

  6. Lisa B. says:

    I love the story line too.

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  9. Karen says:

    I think Downton Abbey is magnificent. I love the historical time period, so beautifully depicted. I love the costumes and the characterizations. The plot line is intriguing, albeit a bit simplistic. It is refreshing to watch an entertaining show on television that depicts human nature at its best and worst.

  10. Martha Grimm says:

    The most addictive serie that I have ever seen. Masterfully executed. Wish we could have more of this

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