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For sale: an up-to-date Downton Abbey

October 5, 2014


Everyone knows that Julian Fellowes set his Downton Abbey in Yorkshire. He has a great taste in counties, of course.

The TV series, however, is filmed at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, which is a shame because we have an abundance of magnificent mansions to choose from here in God’s own county.

Howsham Hall, near York, is a good example and, if you happen to have £4.25m at your disposal, this Downton-style abode could be yours.


The 28,335 sq ft property, which has been used as a location for film and photo shoots, is on the market with Knight Frank and Savills. Click here for more.

It dates from the Jacobean era, but was remodelled by the Georgians and is packed with grand, period features, including  Doric columns, panelling and stucco friezes.


It boasts 14 bedrooms, five reception rooms and, best of all, it’s been updated for the 21st century in stunning style.

howshammodern This enormous pad has all mod cons, fabulous interiors and some quirky touches that add even more character. We especially love the entrance hall, which features a collection of old and new globes and some interesting taxidermy.

howsham1 The bathroom, pictured below, is another favourite. Of course, we’d need nightwear commensurate with such a fine room. Shuffling in here with a tatty old Tu (Sainsbury’s finest) dressing gown would never do. A silk peignoir would be more fitting and we rather like this one (made in England) www.davidnieper.co.uk/silk-wrap.html


This bedroom also took our fancy, though at our age there will be no swinging from the chandelier! That padded headboard will, however, be a great support for reading Saturday’s Yorkshire Post in bed.


The property is an idyllic rural spot just outside the village of Howsham and comes with 83.5 acres, which is more than enough for a modern-day Lady Mary to manage!




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