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Downton Abbey Style Country House Experience

Friday 2nd Oct & Saturday 3rd October

Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd October

Thursday 5th and Friday 6th November

Come and join us, with your partner, friends or individually, for a Downton Abbey Inspired Experience in one of the country’s finest stately homes.

1 / 2 night country house stay, to include country house dining experience and breakfast. Prices start from £142.50 per person, Dinner, bed & breakfast. Option to join for dinner only.

*Note: bed and breakfast also available on other dates

A warm welcome to the Thornton Manor Estate

For the millions who have tuned in to watch the much loved series Downton Abbey, the opulent lifestyle of Lord and Lady Grantham and their world of dinner parties, fine food and good company, in a breath-taking setting, is something most people could never get close to.

For the first time Thornton Manor is opening its doors to share their own Downton Abbey inspired experience, inviting people to come and have an elegant country house experience at one of the country’s finest stately homes.

As far as possible, Downton inspired evenings will follow the pattern of the special dining occasions laid on by the Leverhulme dynasty throughout Thornton Manor’s long history of entertaining.

Elegant and relaxing environment

Philip Leverhulme, the last Viscount to live at Thornton Manor, was a generous host having a passion for horse racing. He was a senior steward of the Jockey Club and a race horse owner with a stud at Thornton Manor, which resulted in him being closely connected to the royal family. As well as the Queen Mother, he numbered Prince Philip, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon among his circle of friends. The Queen Mother had her own bedroom and sitting room at the manor, both available for guests to stay in.

The Experience

Enter the Manor through the prestigious 1913 Tudor gatehouse

Stepping back in time, the Downton Abbey Experience starts once you drive through the Manor gateway, up the sweeping driveway to a formal welcome in the grand hall before being accompanied to your guest rooms.

For the evening you will be welcomed for dinner, and we invite you to dress in evening dress and black tie – adding to the glamour of the occasion.

An evening of fine Dining, in the style of the Leverhulme destiny

The enormous table in the Dining Room, exquisitely decorated with flowers and candelabra, will have the cutlery and glassware precisely laid out for each of the evening’s courses.

As for the menu, it will be a four course affair with the best of British food, much of it locally -sourced. And, of course, there’ll be a butler and his staff to wait on.

An unforgettable experience of an opulent lifestyle

After dinner, in Viscount Leverhulme’s day, ladies would adjourn to the adjoining Adam Room while gentlemen stayed in the dining room for port, brandy and cigars. In these more enlightened days, all guests will retire to the French Room to end the evening with a “nightcap” and coffee.

No country house occasion on such a grand scale as this would be complete without an enormous traditional British breakfast the following morning.

Beautiful and authentic period design & decor

During the stay, the manor’s hosts will make time for guests to take a look at some of the stunning features of the house, including the Music Room with its spectacular wall panelling, elaborate plaster work and period paintings by the 18th century Italian painter and engraver Giovanni Cipriani, or a walk through the grounds designed by the celebrated landscaper Thomas Mawson.

Social distancing measures, in line with current regulations, will be in place for Thornton Manor’s Downton Abbey Experience. Prices start at £142.50 per person, for dinner, bed and breakfast.

To learn more, and to book your experience, contact the office at Thornton Manor on 0151 353 1155

Luxury bedrooms, with views on to the estate

Options to fish and other country pursuits

— Sample Menu —

Four course dinner to include Tea, coffee & chocolates


Duo of River Dart trout;

Smoked trout mousse & trout cured with Cheshire gin

Wirral watercress Crème fraîche, compressed cucumber

Halloumi salad, sliced pears, candied walnuts, hazelnuts,
pomegranate seeds, molasses (VEGAN, GF, DF,AF)


Main course

Corn fed roasted chicken breast, dauphinoise potato, seasonal pod vegetables,
Heritage carrot, café au lait sauce

Vegetable and bean curd parcel, lightly spiced red lentil Tarka dahl, sag aloo potatoes,
crisp vermicelli, pickled mushrooms (VEGAN, GF, DF,AF)


Glazed passion fruit tart, strawberries, basil sugar

Brownie, raspberry, golden crunch (VEGAN, GF, DF, AF)

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