We weren't allowed to take photos inside the house, so I can't show you the beautiful rooms, but they are exactly as they appear in the series- furniture and all. We first entered the Library with the original desk used by Lord Carvarnon and Lord Grantham! Then the amazing dining room with a 13 leaf dining table. Indeed this is "not Toad of Toad Hall, Edith." Granny was right on many accounts. We even saw Mr. Pamuk's room- very scandalous.
This gorgeous house and the grounds are simply wonderful - its actually set high up in the hills surrounded by green fields with sheep and pheasants. The exotic trees where they wander on walks and have liaisons are all there- perfectly as you imagine. We wandered all over saying snide comments and calling each other Edith and Matthew and Granny. It was so lovely. I want to go back!
After finally being forced to leave Downton- much like the Duke - we struck out for Stone Henge. What an amazing place. We arrived just after a torrential downpour and look at the colors!
Every step gave us a new view of the henge. It was an incredible experience - very humbling to see the work of ancient people who built this incredible edifice without the heavy equipment we have today. Completely awe inspiring.
That night we had a lovely dinner in the small town of Salisbury and a good night's sleep at the Red Lion.
We wondered if our friend Michele felt the same way keeping two extra children for the day and night. The boys had a great time hanging out with their friends and we are so appreciative of the Gardner's hospitality. They are truly wonderful friends.
A wonderful day in the English Countryside