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  • Published: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781848095229
  • Imprint: Preface Publishing
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $70.00

Christmas at Highclere

Recipes and traditions from the real Downton Abbey




A fully-illustrated and covetable gift book that goes behind the scenes at the festive season of the real Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle, known as 'the real Downton Abbey', bustles with activity at the best of times, but it is never more alive than at Christmas. Christmas at Highclere is a look behind the scenes at the routines and rituals that make the castle the most magical place to be throughout the festive season.

Lady Carnarvon will guide you through Advent, Christmas preparations and Christmas Eve all the way through to the day itself, and beyond. Learn how the castle and grounds are transformed by decorations, including the raising of a twenty-foot tree in the saloon, the gathering of holly and mistletoe from the grounds. All the intricacies of the perfect traditional Christmas are here: from crackers and carol singers. The festive feeling is carried through to Highclere's Boxing Day traditions, the restorative middle days and the New Year's Eve celebrations.

This book also tells the story of historic Christmases at Highclere – of distinguished guests warming themselves by the fire after a long journeys home through the snow, unexpected knocks on the door, and, always, the joy of bringing family – and staff – together after a busy year.

As well as telling the stories of Highclere Christmases past and present, Lady Carnarvon provides recipes, tips and inspiration from her kitchen so that readers can bring a quintessentially British festive spirit to their own home. Lady Carnarvon divulges the secret to perfectly flakey mince pies, the proper way to wrap presents so that you and your guests are guaranteed a Christmas to remember.

Lavish, celebratory and utterly enchanting, Christmas at Highclere is celebration of one of the UK's most beloved historic houses and is the perfect gift for any Downton Abbey fan.

  • Pub date: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781848095229
  • Imprint: Preface Publishing
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $70.00

About the Author

The Countess of Carnarvon

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 created her own clothes brand in the 1990s. She and her husband and son live ‘quietly’ with seven dogs, too many horses, a brood of chickens, a pet rabbit as well as a pet sheep, a number of bee hives amongst the community of Highclere Castle today. Together, they manage a range of businesses at Highclere Castle, home of the worldwide television drama Downton Abbey.

Fascinated by the history of the people as well as the Castle at Highclere, Lady Carnarvon has written two New York Times Bestsellers: Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere (2011) and Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey (2013).


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