Price: $240 million*
Location: Highclere Park, Newbury, England
Bedrooms: 41 - 51
Square footage: N/A
The hit British period drama “Downton Abbey” is filmed on location at Highclere Castle, home to many generations of the Carnarvon family. The castle, situated on 1,000 parkland acres, has been the home of Carnavons since it was built in 1679, but humans have occupied the site for some 1300 years. Screenwriter Julian Fellowes, a friend of the Carnavons, and had Highclere Castle in mind as the setting when he penned the script.
Among the extraordinary features of the home are two grand staircases — the oak one took almost a year to carve and install; wall coverings of leather and silk; a library with over 5,650 books; and secret cupboards that once hid the family’s collection of Egyptian antiquities. At one time, 60 staff members lived on the grounds; some of their freestanding living quarters now serve as two- to four-bedroom rental cottages.
*According to an estimate from real estate expert Barbara Corcoran