Cristmas at Highclere is a look behind the scenes at the routines and rituals that make one of the most famous historic houses in the world, the most magical place to be throughout the festive season.
For lovers of Downtown Abbey, history, Christmas, or the merely inquisitive.
Discover stories of Highclere Christmases past and present - of distinguished guests warming themselves by the fire, long journeys home through the snow, unexpected knocks at the door, and the joy of bringing family -and staff- together after a busy year.
Lady Carnarvon (Fiona is the 8th Countess Carnavon as well as a former auditor at Coopers and Lybrand) shares storires of the traditions and rituals that take place every year through Advent, Christmas, Boxing Day, through to New Year's Eve. Learn how the castle and grounds are transformed by decorations, including the raising of a twenty-foot tree in the saloon, the gathering of holly and mistletoe from the grounds. Learn the secret to melt in your mouth turkey, deliciously spiced mulled wine and perfectly flakely mince pies. All the intricacies of the perfect traditional Christmas are here: from crackers and carol singers to recipes and modern day tips and inspiration on bringing the festive spirit to your home.
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