Christmas at Highclere The Countess of Carnarvon
A lavishly illustrated gift book that takes us behind the scenes at the festive season of the real Downton Abbey.
Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey, bustles with activity at all times, but never more so than at Christmas. Lady Carnarvon escorts us behind the scenes at the routines and rituals that make the castle the most magical place to be during the festive season.
Lady Carnarvon guides us through Advent, Christmas preparations and Christmas Eve and to the day itself. We learn how the castle and grounds are transformed with decorations, including the raising of a twenty foot tree in the saloon.
The book also tells the story of historic Christmases at Highclere - of distinguished guests, unexpected knocks on the door, and the joy of uniting family and staff after a busy year.
Lady Carnarvon also provides recipes, tips and inspiration from her kitchen so that readers can bring a quintessentially British festive spirit to their own celebrations.
Fiona, 8th Countess of Carnarvon is the wife of Geordie, 8th Earl of Carnarvon. She is an alumna of St Andrews University, a former auditor for Coopers & Lybrand accountants and the author of two other books relating to Highclere.
Wednesday 16th October, 4.00pm
Dorford Centre, Bridport Road