If you've been suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal for the past few months, you don't have to worry about long-term losses in the Crawley family anymore. Though we're still teary at the idea of Downton post-Matthew, we're reassured by the fact that season four is coming in January and prepping for season five has already started. To help you get your fill, we've put together a guide to the gorgeous Abbey the Crawley clan and their servants call home.
In case you've forgotten during the long (seriously, WAY too long) hiatus, Downton Abbey meticulously traces the lifestyle of an aristocratic English family just before and during World War I, as well as the family's staff of servants, all of whom are harnessed to Downton Abbey, the regal home they inhabit.
It may sound like a dull period piece, but that could not be further from the truth. Drama! Intrigue! Dinner parties!
Downton Abbey itself is actually Highclere Castle, a 1,000-acre estate in Hampshire, England, that was designed in 1842 by Sir Charles Barry. Highclere is massive, with 11 bedrooms on the first floor and 40-50 on the upper floors. Several of the bedrooms are used in the filming of Downton Abbey, and the majority of the series is actually filmed on site at the castle.
While the Edwardian era officially ended in 1910, the style is broadly noted to extend through 1919. The show, which is set in 1912, reflects much of the era's look in terms of decor and colors. The onset of World War I delayed the influence of the art-deco style, which was the next era in fashion, art, and decor to follow the Edwardian era — though you can definitely see some hints of art deco in the Downton Abbey sets, as well. Keep reading to see photos from the upcoming season and to find out more about the unique decor from the series.
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