Highclere Castle

 

 

Highclere Castle is a Victorian castle set in 1,000 acres of parkland. It is the home of the Carnarvon family. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon is famous for discovering the tomb of Tutankhamun.

 

The original lodge at Highclere was built in 1793 and over the years has been significantly modified. In 1838 the 3rd Earl brought in Sir Charles Barry to transform his home into a grand mansion. The structural work on the interior was completed in 1878. The castle may look familiar because the architect (Barry) also designed the Palace of Westminster (parliament).

 

Interestingly, only three facades of the castle were put in place by Barry and the Earl. The rear of the castle remains in it's 17th century incarnation and looks rather tatty. So I took the opportunity to take some photos!

 

Again, I was not allowed to take photographs of the interior but their web site has a good range.

 

www.highclerecastle.co.uk

 

I loved Highclere and can thoroughly recommend a visit. It is an intimate country house and, unlike other country houses which can seem large and daunting, I could easily see myself living there.

 

 

Highclere Castle gardens

 

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