The ‘Downton Abbey' castle is decked out for the holidays

Great Grantham! It’s been nearly three years since we waved goodbye to Lady Mary, Lady Edith, Cora, Lord Grantham, Mr. Carson, Anna Bates and the entire Downton Abbey gang.

Photo: Courtesy of Highclere Castle

But that doesn’t mean we don’t miss them deeply, which is why we got a bit misty eyed to learn that the magnificent monument that served as Downton for the Masterpiece TV show, called Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England, is decked to the nines for the holidays, just like the series finale “Christmas Special.”

Photo: Courtesy of Highclere Castle

While we were hoping the decorations were part of the set for the forthcoming Downton Abbey movie, which officially began filming in August, it seems our hopes were too far-flung. The castle is decorated for a Christmas ball (and what would Violet say about this?!) hosted by its real-life residents, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, who live on the 5,000-acre estate year-round (casual).

Photo: Courtesy of Highclere Castle

The ball is being put on by Premium Tours on December 15, and tickets were available (now sold out) to the public...for a price that even the Crawleys might raise eyebrows at. Tickets to the ball were £490 (if you were lucky enough to snag one in time), which is about $624. Deep breaths, Mrs. Patmore, deep breaths.

Photo: Courtesy of Highclere Castle

We'll settle for a few glimpses of the gorgeous halls and decoration, and think of the Crawley family enjoying their cocktails in the drawing room after a signature Patmore feast.

Photo: Courtesy of Highclere Castle

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