The real 'Downton', Highclere Castle, seeking a butler

Sunday October 7, 2012

Highclere Castle, the setting of ITV's hit period drama Downton Abbey, is seeking to recruit a butler.

The impressive castle, near Reading in Berkshire, is home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.

As well as being used for filming the show, Highclere is also hosts top celebrity weddings and events.

The advertisment asks for an assistant butler "to perform both family butler and banqueting duties, someone who is keen and enthusiastic."

In the drama, which recently began airing its third series, 64-year-old Jim Carter plays the well-liked butler, Mr Carson.

Photo: © Getty

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