If you had your TiVo set to record this past weekend's season three premiere of the hit PBS series Downton Abbey, then take a look at this roundup of FlipKey's favorite vacation rentals nestled in the beautiful countryside of England. Each of these homes will have you channeling the characters of the show, feeling the urge to pour yourself a warm cup of tea and fasten on your bonnet as you dive into the new season of America's favorite English drama.
From historic castles (and do you really think Highclere is actually haunted?) to country cottages nested in the fields, any of these rentals could be the perfect setting for next week's episode.
Which character of Downton Abbey do you think would prefer each of these vacation rental homes?
Located in South England's Maidstone, this castle's grounds overlook weir pond, and are rich in wildlife and waterfowl for outdoor activities.
Built in 1860 by local textile mill owners, Car Hall is located in Yorkshire. If you're a Downton fan then you already know this county as the drama's setting.
The Owlpen Estate is nestled in the Cotswalds. The village of Uley touts a local pub, village green and brewery.
If you're looking for something a little less regal than a castle, but still want that historic English charm, this Cotswalds Cottage is set in the heart of England, Stow-on-the-Wold. It touts a lovely fenced-in English garden.
Nestled in the sleepy village of North Whilborough, this home is the perfect escape, as it's surrounded by the vast English countryside.
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