Visit to Highclere Castle July 2018

Soaring temperatures did not deter our party of 25 on this very enjoyable visit to the magnificent home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, better known to most of us as the film set of Downton Abbey.

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We were greeted by a stunning gothic entrance hall with marble columns and a vaulted ceiling. The castle shares many similarities with the Houses Of Parliament, as both were designed by Sir Charles Barry. The Library's outstanding collection of over 5600 books are housed in gilded bookcases. The red sofas seemed very familiar, as they are frequently used for scenes of Lord and Lady Grantham's family gatherings and the grand oak staircase seemed to transport you to another era too. The Music and Drawing rooms were decorated in stunning Italian silks, while the cool and spacious bedrooms overlooked the classical landscape of lebanon cedar trees.

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The castle also houses an Egyptian Exhibition, created from the collection and stories of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon 100 years ago. After 15 years of searching the Earl and his colleague Howard Carter were rewarded when they discovered the tomb of the young Pharaoh, Tutankhamun. A recreation of the burial chambers allows you to imagine the excitement of the discovery, but then understand how the 'curse of Tutankhamun' brought tragedy to the family.

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Pretty walled and 'secret' gardens can be found across the south lawns and the tea rooms served up tasty fare and refreshing beer!

We love organising CREST outings and plan to hold more in 2019, so if you have suggestions of where to go, or would just like to hear more about events, please contact the CREST office.