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Take a private tour of Cliveden House, the site of Britain’s most infamous political sex scandal.

You rang?

Take a private tour of Cliveden House, the site of Britain’s most infamous political sex scandal.

Your private tour of Houghton Hall—a real-life Downton Abbey in the English countryside, minus all the scheming footmen and contractually induced departures.

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Photographs by Jonathan Becker


We have always loved Downton outdoors—not scenes of the ladies roaming the hedges at some tea party, gossiping about Sir Evelyn Napier’s hot friends, but the outdoor scenes of country sports, like the pheasant shoot last season, the family hike where Sir Richard wears the wrong tweeds, or that fan favorite, the fox-hunting gallivant with Kemal Pamuk. Whereas Downton’s whole upstairs-downstairs shtick depends deeply on its Carnarvon interiors—on the judge-y appraisals of those fringed lamps—the outdoors really remind you the show is on (gorgeous) location. It’s like stumbling upon a vivid, perfectly preserved colorplate in the middle of an ancient, yellowing library book. Especially for American audiences, where the closest thing to Matthew casting his fly rod in a west-highlands stream, the amber evening sun catching the sine curve of his line, is, what—Bassmaster?

Our Downton Abbey Season Three finale recap in full, here!

We have always loved Downton outdoors—not scenes of the ladies roaming the hedges at some tea party, gossiping about Sir Evelyn Napier’s hot friends, but the outdoor scenes of country sports, like the pheasant shoot last season, the family hike where Sir Richard wears the wrong tweeds, or that fan favorite, the fox-hunting gallivant with Kemal Pamuk. Whereas Downton’s whole upstairs-downstairs shtick depends deeply on its Carnarvon interiors—on the judge-y appraisals of those fringed lamps—the outdoors really remind you the show is on (gorgeous) location. It’s like stumbling upon a vivid, perfectly preserved colorplate in the middle of an ancient, yellowing library book. Especially for American audiences, where the closest thing to Matthew casting his fly rod in a west-highlands stream, the amber evening sun catching the sine curve of his line, is, what—Bassmaster?

Our Downton Abbey Season Three finale recap in full, here!

Show Your Love with a 18th-Century “Lover’s Eye!”


A decorative-arts trend from the late 1700s/early 1800s that we find both fascinating and totally creepy. See more of them, here.

Yellow-gold brooch with border of 32 natural oriental half-pearls in a floral motif with eight small turquoise stones; brown right eye. Oval locket back with woven brown hair under glass. Circa 1820. Photographed by M. Sean Pathasema.

There’s something delightfully absurd about this that we just love.
Pet whooping crane attack at an English manor home, 1969. Photograph by THE Milton Gendel, darlings. For more.

There’s something delightfully absurd about this that we just love.

Pet whooping crane attack at an English manor home, 1969. Photograph by THE Milton Gendel, darlings. For more.