Embark on a glittering journey of nostalgia and luxury aboard British Pullman. Visit Highclere Castle, the real-life Downton Abbey, and step into the spirit of Christmas. Discover a magnificent country estate brimming with storied treasures and travel to and from there in style - with fine dining and award-winning service.
Nestled in 5,000 acres of picturesque Hampshire parkland, Highclere stands as the historic seat of the Earls of Carnarvon. Familiar to fans of Downton Abbey, this estate served as the majestic backdrop for the beloved television series and films. Its roots trace back to 749 AD when it was granted to the Bishops of Winchester. The splendid castle we admire today was the masterpiece of Sir Charles Barry, famed architect of the Houses of Parliament.
Your day commences as you step aboard the iconic Art Deco train at London Victoria Station. Take the time to admire the pristine uniform of your steward and the timeless craftsmanship of your authentic 1920s carriage. Each carriage boasts a unique history and luxurious décor. Settle into a comfortable armchair, enjoying a sparkling Bellini cocktail and a delightful brunch as the train sets off from London towards Newbury.
Arriving at Newbury Station, a private coach awaits to transport you to Highclere Castle, where twinkling trees and warm smiles greet you at the entrance. Inside the Castle, be enveloped by decorated fireplaces, festive garlands, and grand staircases, highlighted by a magnificent 24ft Christmas tree. Explore the State Rooms, wander through the upstairs bedrooms, and delve into the Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars, recounting the renowned 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter. Take a moment to savour a hot drink and a mince pie, a gesture of seasonal warmth.
After your Castle visit, return by coach to Andover Station, rejoining the train. As you settle in, a glass of chilled champagne awaits. Reflect on the Castle's grandeur as you eagerly anticipate a sumptuous three-course dinner, perfectly complemented by a sommelier’s selection of wines, ending with a delightful coffee service before the train completes its journey back to London Victoria.
Please note: tables for one and three are available but very limited. If you require a table for one or three, please call ahead before booking
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