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Rent a historic house

Our verdict:

Downton Abbey may be over for another season, but that's no reason to let standards slip! Book a break with Oliver's Travels to stay at some of Britain's most elegant properties - from Georgian townhouses that sleep six, to grand country estates that sleep sixty. All can be rented for exclusive use, with properties in Scotland, England and Wales.

Recommended company: Oliver’s Travels

Carlton Manor HouseFortalice, PerthshireRent a historic houseStately Escapes

Oliver’s Travels says

The success of the TV series Downton Abbey has resulted in an increase in bookings to stay in stately homes – we offer the chance to experience some of the Downton magic for yourselves with a wide selection of luxury stately homes, manor houses and castles to rent throughout the UK.

You’ll find amazing historical properties in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland, each with its own unique character. They cater to groups from 6 up to 60 people.

For example, this magnificent 17th century castle sits above the charming Victorian seaside town of Clevedon in Somerset, complete with eight en suite bedrooms, seven turrets and an indoor pool. Three nights cost from £275pp based on 16 sharing.

Unleash your inner Jane Austen and rent this characterful 18th century rectory, a mile from the coast in Suffolk. It sleeps up to 12 and has a grand piano and tennis court. From £111pp based on 12 sharing for three nights.

Inglethorpe Hall has views across the Wash in North Norfolk. It has recently undergone a three-year refurbishment and now sleeps up to 15 in luxurious surroundings. From £125pp based on 15 sharing for three nights.

A stately escape is ideal for breaks with friends and family, birthday or anniversary parties, weddings and special interest breaks from sports to culture.

Find out more about our historic houses and holiday homes in the UK.

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