Season's greetings to one and all, this issue brings the heart back home with the Classics. Doyenne of Insurance Winnie Tay shares her life lessons and try some gift wrapping tips in our Dark & Decadent section. Joyeux Noelle~!
THE HOME HIGHCLERE CASTLE, HAMPSHIRE HIGHCLERE CASTLE, HAMPSHIRE If you have ever watched the British period drama Downton Abbey, then you will undoubtedly recognise Highclere Castle. The splendid Renaissance Revival-style stately home is the main filming location for the highly successful TV series. Highclere Castle is the seat of the Earl of Carnarvon and is still privately owned by the Herbert Family, the same family which funded the expedition to discover Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. In spite of its recent fame, you still won’t see Highclere Castle referred to in many top lists of stately homes to visit in the United Kingdom due to its recent troubled past. As recently as 2009, the beautiful historic estate was in a desperate condition with most of the rooms being completely uninhabitable due to damp and general disrepair. Few members of the public ever visited Highclere Castle during these troubled times and even the family moved out to live in the nearby village of the same name. However, the TV hit has helped to save the home, and its £11 million refurbishment is now well underway. Visitor numbers have increased dramatically since 2011 when the estate was reopened to the public. Visitors taking a tour of the house who have watched Downton Abbey will instantly recognise the main drawing room and several other rooms. Visitors may also see the Egyptian exhibition and stroll around 1000 acres of parkland and landscaped gardens. Highclere is currently open for around two months of the year, including the summer and Easter holidays and various other public holidays. TM | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 42
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