Downton Abbey-inspired weekends:
What is a week-end? Come and find out!
The four-course dinner on Friday or Saturday night will include a talk on dinner etiquette which will take you from the dressing gong to after-dinner chocolates. Everyone takes a turn at being both guest and footman and the intricacies of proper Edwardian (and modern) dinner etiquette are explored and explained. There will be a proper English afternoon tea with a talk on tea etiquette and history on Saturday or Sunday at which you may come in the “character” of any character, though dressing the part is entirely optional. Breakfast will be just what you would expect with a sideboard buffet and strawberry jam, orange marmalade or lemon curd for your toast which will arrive in a proper silver toast rack. Optional activities include fly fishing (though it’s not Scotland), horseback riding lessons (sorry ladies, sidesaddle is not possible), crewel embroidery lessons, and chocolate-covered truffle making with someone much less grumpy than Mrs. Patmore in the kitchen. There will also be games and puzzles to enjoy throughout this comfortable and relaxed weekend.
Thinking of hosting a dinner party? Consider inviting your friends to an English country house instead with your own private Downton Abbey-inspired dinner with etiquette talk. Many dates available. For six to nine dinner guests at $67.50 each. Please call the inn for details.
The Downton Abbey weekend rate starts at $379 per person plus tax double, $449 single, or $349 each triple, and includes two night’s lodging with full breakfast each morning, full English afternoon tea, dinner with the etiquette talk and some activities. There is an extra charge for horseback riding and truffle making. There is no charge for fly fishing, but it requires a Vermont fishing license which is easily obtained online. There is no charge for crewel embroidery instruction, but you must provide your own materials.