Inside Christmas decorations at real Downton Abbey with two annual celebrations

Take a look inside the Christmas decorations at the real Downton Abbey...

12/8/2021 9:00:00 PM

Take a look inside the Christmas decorations at the real Downton Abbey...

Highclere Castle, Hampshire, is the set of the award-winning ITV drama Downton Abbey and has been given a festive makeover

The Grade I listed sprawling 400 year old estate, home to George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon, and his wife Fiona, 8th Countess of Carnarvon, is the film set of the award-winning ITV period drama that has starred Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith.

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Meanwhile Lady Fiona has given a glimpse inside the various festive decorations at the sprawling 5,000 acre estate in Hampshire to the 269,000 Instagram followers of the Highclere Castle account.The grounds of the castle have been given a festive transformation with real fir trees decked with lights leading up the driveway to the grand country house which has been illuminated ahead of the Christmas tours.

Get exclusive celebrity stories and fabulous photo shoots straight to your inbox with OK!'s daily newsletter. You can sign up at the top of the page.Elsewhere Lady Fiona panned to the wicker reindeer on the lawn along with Christmas trees covered in pretty white baubles, captioned: "If Santa Claus needs any extra reindeer – if any of his main become a little tired - we have a few Dasher’s, Dancer’s, Prancer’s etc to support him."

Lady Fiona, who married George Herbert in 1999, also gave an insight into the reason behind Highclere Castle celebrating Christmas twice throughout the year.The couple have opted for a gorgeous theme of white and silver for their main Christmas tree in the central atrium of the property.

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We can see delicate snowflake ornaments along with silver and white pear-shaped decorations while a huge white star crowns the tree. However Lady Fiona revealed that the family had two festive seasons during filming for the ITV series and explained: "For five years we had two Christmases here. One which was filmed for Downton in July and another which was our real one in December."

The author also gave an insight into the meaning behind the white theme and said: "Highclere”s theme this year is about lightness, white winter decorations highlighted by frosted pink or blue in some rooms."I don’t know how you feel but we wanted to do something to make us smile and feel light and bright, a complete contrast to last year which was deeply Victorian."

Before a team decorated the tree, Lady Fiona filmed the huge tree as it was hauled into position in The Great Hall of the country manor with dozens on hand to position it into place.Meanwhile the gothic staircase has been decked with garlands and white ribbon to complement the colour scheme and tie the theme together.

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