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Lady Carnarvon

Highclere Castle is one of England’s most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland. The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679.

Fiona, 8th Countess of Carnarvon, is the wife of George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon. She is a former auditor for Coopers & Lybrand. Together, they manage a range of businesses at Highclere Castle, home of the worldwide television drama Downton Abbey. They are instrumental in the custodianship of the Castle and its park. They created an Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars of the Castle to explore the legacy of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon; Lady Carnarvon has a never ending restoration and refurbishment programme both within the Castle, of cottages, of gardens and landscape. They have also hosted many special events at Highclere for charity.

Fascinated by Highclere’s history, Lady Carnarvon has written two guidebooks to Highclere and to the Egyptian Exhibition. She has then written two historical books following the real people upstairs and downstairs who have lived here during the First and Second World Wars.


Both have been New York Times Bestsellers: ‘Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere’ (2011) and ‘Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey’ (2013) 

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