Downton fans urged to visit Cumbria’s own stately home

VISITORS are being encouraged to soak up the magical atmosphere of Cumbria’s very own

stately home as the highly anticipated Downton Abbey film is released this weekend.

Like the fictional Downton, Holker Hall remains a privately owned family home with a history

stretching back hundreds of years.

Fans of the hit TV show can channel Lady Mary, The Earl of Grantham - or even Mr Bates and

Anna - as they wander through the Grade II* listed hall near Grange-over-Sands unhindered this weekend.

Holker is now one of the only properties of its type in the country which has no ropes cordoning off sections of its public rooms.

Heather Creasey, Holker Hall manager, said the beautiful location offers a unique insight into

what life in an elegant and historic stately home is like.

“There’s something very special about Holker. It’s one of the only homes in the UK with no

ropes funnelling people through from one door to another.

“Visitors can take in each room as they please, admiring the view from the windows or the

artwork on the walls.

“They will also see this is a home, with photos of the Cavendish family on display and

fascinating pieces of history everywhere you look.”

Holker Hall is the home of The Rt Hon Lucy Cavendish and her husband Tor McClaren.

Surrounded by award-winning gardens and parkland filled with ancient trees, it has remained in the same family ownership for 400 years.

Downton Abbey, filmed at Highclere Castle in Berkshire, earned a legion of devoted fans who followed the fortunes of the Crawley family and their staff from 1912 to 1926.

The film version rejoins the property in 1927 as they prepare for a visit from King George V and Queen Mary.

Heather added: “We know lots of people are looking forward to the Downton Abbey film to follow the fortunes of their favourite characters.

“We’d love to see people visit Holker too to soak up the magical atmosphere here and to spend some time in the surroundings of this lovely place.”