If you think you could quite easily settle into life at Downton Abbey - strolling around the gorgeous grounds, supper in the grand dining room, sleeping in the lap of luxury - then why not indulge the fantasy for a few days at a gorgeous stately home?
Escape reality with Lucknam Park’s Downton Delight experience, the perfect way to live like a Crawley. The 18th century Palladian mansion boasts four poster beds, a decadent drawing room where you can take Champagne afternoon tea and a 500 acre private estate you can ride horses through. Dine like a true Lord or Lady in the Michelin starred restaurant, The Park and indulge in a 3-course a la carte meal cooked by your very own Mrs Patmore, the executive chef Hywel Jones.
The Downton Delight at Lucknam Park costs from £257.50 per night, based on 2 adults sharing a standard room.
Offer valid Tues – Fri until the 28th February 2014, excluding 24th December 2013 – 2nd January 2014 & 14th February 2014.
Set within 3,000 acres of spectacular parkland, the 11th century Eastwell Manor is an idyllic country retreat that perfectly mirrors life at Downton. Explore the picturesque parkland, indulge in a sauna, steam room or hydrotherapy pool and tuck into award-winning food and then relax at the end of the day in a cosy armchair overlooking the spectacular grounds.
There are two offers: The first includes a one-night stay in a Mews Cottage with a full English breakfast. The second offer includes a one-night stay in a Manor Room with breakfast, a three-course table d?hote dinner in the Manor House Restaurant, "Nightcap Sherry" in the room and a fruit platter on arrival. Each offer includes full use of the gym and pool, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi.
Book by 13th October 2013. Available select dates October 2013 to February 2014. Visit secretescapes.com for more information
The ancestral home of Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett, Matfen Hall Hotel is a dignified country estate in the rugged Northumberland countryside. It's surrounded on all sides by 300 acres of pretty parkland, just like Downton. The hotel balances old school British tradition and modern luxury, with dining in the grand old library, a spa, an indoor pool and a 27-hole golf course, so you can balance the Crawley lifestyle with 21st Century conveniences.
Offer includes accommodation in a classic room with breakfast, use of the spa and fitness facilities and a 15% discount on spa treatments, golf or in-hotel dining (this doesn't include drinks).
Book by 13th October 2013 Available select dates October to December 2013. Visit secretescapes.com for more information
Looking for something extra-special? Try The Ickworth Hotel, which is situated in the fairytale grounds of the grand Ickworth stately home, a National Trust property which dates back to the early 1700s. It is one of the most unusual and spectacular mansions in the country, distinguished by a soaring 100-foot high rotunda and 1,800 acres of parkland, featuring pristinely maintained Italianate gardens and expanses of wild woodlands. Lady Crawley would be green with envy!
Offer includes a stay in a standard double room, full English breakfast and three-course dinner from a la carte menu.
Book by 13th October 2013 Available select dates October to November 2013. Visit secretescapes.com for more information.
What could be better than hosting a Downton Abbey party for friends and family in a luxe stately home? Carlton Towers in Yorkshire is a Grade I listed estate and is available in its entirety for you and nine friends, creating an idyllic backdrop for a lavish house party. Forget modern life, forget the city and forget the daily grind as you take over this striking and well-loved home. The one single and 15 double bedrooms have all been restored back to their former grandeur, with a combination of traditional furniture, family heirlooms and photographs so you can feel completely at home in Carlton Towers. Dine in one of the three state rooms, relax in the beautiful light-filled drawing room with an after-dinner brandy, and then retreat to the library for a family board game, or even watch a spot of Downton Abbey before bed!
Call Carlton Towers on 01405 861 662 for more information and to book your Downton party.
Do you want to escape modern troubles and live the simple life of days gone by? Make your getaway to this idyllic four-star country retreat on the shores of Lake Grasmere. Once you are there, live like a lady and take advantage of the renowned spa, stunning lake-side location and an award-winning chef. With some of the most beautiful hiking trails on your doorstep, The Daffodil ticks every box to give you the ultimate Downton experience.
Offer includes a one or two-night stay in a Superior non lake-view room with breakfast, full use of the spa facilities and a 20% discount on all spa treatments (midweek only, November-January).
Book by 13th October 2013 Available select dates November 2013 to January 2014. Visit secretescapes.com for more information.