​Live the Downton Abbey dream for a weekend

Experience living like a lord or lady in one of Britain's finest country homes.
 

With the new series of ITV drama Downton Abbey starting this weekend, it's time to consider your next grand weekend get-away.

The owners of some of Britain’s most stately homes are listed on Airbnb, offering viewers 'the chance to live out their own aristocratic experiences and relax in the glorious English countryside', see our top picks below.

There are also some stunning stately homes for sale across the UK, find your dream country escape in our gallery, above.


Kingston Lane

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King for a day: Kingston Lane was once occupied by one of the wives of Henry VIII

Kingston Lane in Wiltshire is a historic home still owned by descendants of original occupant Queen Jane Seymour, wife of Henry VIII. From £150 per night, guests can stay in one of three ensuite bedrooms in a wing of the historic pile.

The Street

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Streets apart: The Street, near Bath, offers manicured lawns and access to National Trust protected land

Alternatively, book into The Street near the historic city of Bath. This stylish Grade II listed manor house oozes contemporary elegance. For as little as £70 a night you will find an indulgent activity to suit any season – sip champagne on the lawns of the surrounding National Trust garden or simply relax by the fire in the grand drawing room. 

Manor House

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Room with a view: the Manor House, in Cambridge, enjoys stunning rural views


The hidden gems of the Manor House estate in Harston, Cambridge are also worth discovering. This estate dates back to the 16th century and enjoys stunning views of its 15 acre rural surroundings.  

 


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