The Dowager Countess’ country abode has been put on the market. The eight-bedroom manor house, which has been home to the Crawley matriarch since Downton Abbey’s inception, is up for sale.
Which we guess makes sense, both in Downton Abbey-land (it’s only natural Violet is downsizing now the show is ending) and in the real world, where the home’s current owners are sure to secure a small fortune from Downton fans keen to buy themselves a piece of the show’s history.
Indeed, if a 2016 calendar or series 1-5 boxset isn’t satisfactory, the imposing grade II listed manor house, which is used for filming scenes at the Dower House in the hit ITV period drama, can be yours – just as long as you’ve got a spare £3.95 million lying around…
The elegant manor, which boasts 19 acres of land, can be found at the “end of a winding country lane” and is “discreetly positioned for privacy and security,” says Savills, the estate agents managing the sale. It’s worth noting that its real location is near Byfleet, Surrey – not on the edge of the fictional Downton village and a disappointing 50 miles from Highclere Castle.
The Downton connections aren’t even Byfleet Manor’s only draw. The history of the building extends back to the 7th century and is first recorded in 1086 in the Domesday Book. Only the best for the Dowager, eh?
“From the Domesday Book to Downton Abbey, prospective buyers are being offered the chance to be part of a significant piece of history,” says Savills agent Simon Ashwell.
Downton Abbey returns for its sixth and final season later this year