Country Idyll love a period drama and not shy to say we are big Downton Abbey fans. If you are staying with us in the Cotswolds, Highclere Castle is between 1 – 1.5 hours drive from our stunning holiday properties, the perfect day trip during your stay.
Highclere Castle has a rich, multi-faceted heritage.
Throughout the Second World War, Highclere Castle was home to evacuees, whose names you can see etched into the roof lead. During the conflict, military planes from four nations crashed on the Highclere Estate whilst on active service.
Castle and Gardens
Highclere Castle is one of England’s most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland.
The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679, and the current Castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace owned by the Bishops of Winchester for some 800 years.
Over the years it has been planted to become a more decorative garden, where climbing roses make a fine show in June above a border with penstemons, agapanthus and geranium. Lavender grows under the walls whilst a glass house is filled with Tea Roses for cutting as well as peaches and nectarines
Plan Your Visit
For full information on Highclere Castle and to plan your visit from Private Tours, The Eygptian Exhibition, Woodland Walks, Corporate Events, Weddings and Private Dining visit their extensive website at
Highclere Park, Newbury RG20 9RN
Tel: 01635 253210