Did you watch Downton Abbey? If you love vintage then I am guessing the answer is yes. This weekend my husband and I attended the Vintage Garden Party at Highclere Castle, The Downton Abbey, and we had SO MUCH FUN! The whole process was fun and so very British. We spent a day in Bath earlier this month so that we could visit Vintage to Vogue, a vintage clothing store. Imren and John are the owners of this amazing little shop. Jon and I played dress up and walked away prepared for our vintage dress up day. The theme was 1920’s, but our outfits skew more 1930’s vibes. I absolutely adored my authentic dress and hat, oh and the gloves too! If you would like to read more about the event from Lady Carnarvon herself you can check out her blog here.
There are no pictures allowed in the house, but I will say that it is gorgeous in person. I was able to walk through 2 different times during the day. The second time I was basically on my own. On their highest day during the summer when they are open to guests they have had 1600 people through in 1 day. Getting to enjoy this amazing house by myself was something I will never forget. The views from the bedrooms are stunning. The walls, carvings and furniture are all from the show, but just a little bit different. The house is stunning and the fact that it is the backdrop to one of my all time favorite shows was incredible.
Here is more information about Highclere Castle.
Can we just talk about how handsome my man is? I love how enthusiastic he was about this whole adventure. Getting to spend a whole day with my husband was the best part of this whole thing. With 4 children and a busy schedule we don’t get to go on many dates, so I am thankful for this quality time.
I did manage to get a photo without my jacket on, even though it was frigid. This authentic 1930’s dress was so comfortable and I am already trying to find another occasion to wear it to. Maybe grocery shopping, ha! I did end up running to the grocery store at the end of the day in this full get up. Thankfully we are in England so it is not that unusual of a look.
This shot makes me so happy. Can you see the detail on the gloves? They are vintage leather gloves and they came in handy with the cold weather.
I have had a few people ask me about how I found this event. Highclere Castle has been advertising this event on their blog, Facebook and instagram. Jon, my husband, wanted to visit the Castle and when I saw this opportunity I knew it was a great chance for us. We planned this day date, found the clothes and enjoyed every minute. I encourage you to go out and support an event near you that looks like fun. I know not everyone lives an hour from Highclere Castle, but I am sure there are fun opportunities near you. I will definitely be putting this event on the calendar for next year.
I did feel like a big kid when we rode on the carousel, but in a good way. Look at the view!
The display of vintage cars in front of the house was inspired.
I loved the hamper on the back of this car. So much vintage goodness here.
Lord Carnarvon’s Rolls Royce Phantom III (1936) From the paper in front of the car.
“Charles Rolls visited Highclere Castle in 1898. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon (1866-1923) was a great motoring enthusiast and was known as ‘Motor’ Carnarvon. His collection extended to over 50 cars. This Rolls Royce was bought in 11936 by the 6th Earl of Carnarvon (1898-1987) After the Second World War, it was sold to a Danish museum and found its way through the hands of a German collector back to his grandson, the 8th Earl in 2012.”
As you can see from this picture, the wind was a bit extreme. This picture was one of the highlights of the day for me as we got to chat with Lady Carnarvon herself. Lady Carnarvon was so gracious during a very busy day to have several conversations with us. She has such a passion for Highclere and the history of the house and grounds. She is so involved in her community and trying to make it a better place. I love talking to people that have a passion.
I hope you enjoyed visiting this Vintage Garden Party with me.