Imagine Downton Abbey in 2016…

When I watch Downton Abbey, I keep thinking of my friend, the Earl of Wemyss, and his grand Stanway House in the Cotswolds.

For 20 years, I’ve been dropping in on this noble manor house. And recently, as I’ve caught up on all six seasons of the PBS hit Downton Abbey, I keep thinking that the Earl of Wemyss is like a long-lost descendant of His Lordship of Downton Abbey, the Earl of Grantham.

About 15 years ago, the Earl of Wemyss generously showed our TV crew around his gorgeous home.  (This was before some important relative died…back when he was “just” Lord Neidpath, and not yet the Earl of Wemyss.) To this day, our Rick Steves England tours include a visit to Stanway House. And this summer, as we prepare to film a new show in the Cotswolds, we’re planning on dropping by once again with our TV cameras.

If Robert Crawley’s little grandson, Master George, were still running Downton Abbey today…I bet it would be a lot like this clip of Stanway House.

What travel experiences have had you thinking about Downton Abbey?


One Reply to “Imagine Downton Abbey in 2016…”

  1. A favorite Downton moment was when many fans of the show in our Scotland tour group saw Inverary Castle and we called out: “It’s Shrimpy’s house!!”

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