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Live the Downton Abbey Life in England

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Live out your Downton Abbey fantasies with a stay at a stately manor house or while learning the sport of kings in the countryside.
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Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2, UK
If Athelhampton looks familiar it is probably because you have seen it before in a movie. This is the location for the ghost story, "The House at Green Knowe," starring Dame Maggie Smith. Athelhampton was built in 1485 by Sir William Martyn and is...
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Bakewell DE45 1PP, UK
Chatsworth House is one of the largest and grandest country piles in Britain. It's also the former home of Debo Mitford, now Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. And while you'll need a personal invite from the current Duke (her son) to stay at the...
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Blacknest Rd, Sunningdale, Ascot SL5 7SE, UK
A dream retreat for horse lovers, the 240-acre estate is 45 minutes from London and has an equestrian center and polo fields. Game of Thrones Keep an eye out for Prince Harry playing a match on the polo grounds. Competitions are held from April...
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Chandler's Cross, Watford WD3 4TG, UK
Outside London in Hertfordshire, The Grove Hotel occupies a bucolic country estate originally built by the Earl of Clarendon in the 18th century. The historic mansion typifies English country charm with its carefully preserved exterior and...
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Northern Europe
When I tracked down Asthall Manor it was because it had been the home - and playground - of the teenage Mitford sisters (and brother). A private residence, it opens its gates once a year for a sculpture exhibition in the grounds. But what I...
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Feock TR3 6QL, UK
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Trelissick Gardens in Cornwall. Once a stately manor this country estate is now a magnificent garden on the banks of the River Fal. This is a garden where the plant hunters and travellers have left their mark...
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Oxford, UK
Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons epitomizes British countryside elegance and was the perfect setting for a brunch that showcased the UK's best ingredients. The 46 Relais & Chateaux grand chefs had the opportunity to sample the region's best cheeses,...
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Via di Campestri, 19/22, 50039 Vicchio di Mugello FI, Italy

The olive reigns at Villa Campestri, a Renaissance villa built around a 13th-century fort. Activities include grove tours, oil tastings, seasonal cooking classes, and olive oil massages. The restaurant L’Olivaia serves farm-fresh Tuscan food with...