So, I have been holding out on you all!!
Do you remember this post? It was one of my first, if not the first post about Basildon Park. I explained that we had had some filming happening and I talked about putting the house back together again afterwards.
I said that the time that I couldn't tell you what the filming was, well, you have probably guessed by now from the title of the post that it was DOWNTON ABBEY!!! Basildon Park was used as Grantham House, the family's London home (that has been often referred to in the series, but never seen until now!).
Although there have been various things in magazines and papers over the last month or so we have been forbidden from telling anyone until today. So finally, I can officially share this news with you!! Yay!!! I have been busting keeping this a secret since the summer and unable to tell anyone.
You can see the trailer for the Christmas episode here.
Sadly I did not get to see any of the filming as we were not allowed to be there when it was happening, but I have heard many tales - Lord Grantham walking up and down outside talking on his mobile a lot, board games played by the cast while they are waiting for their scenes, and TA DA! newsflash, our house steward had his behind patted by Shirley Maclaine (he was very very excited!!).
So, Christmas Day 8.30 pm, watch Downton Abbey and get to see Basildon Park, and you can say, my bloggy friend Amy works there! The rooms that were used were the Entrance Hall, Octagon Room (drawing room) and Dining Room, also the grounds doubled for Hyde Park in London!
We have no idea if the house will be used again in future series, but we do hope so, as it is very exciting! So, come and see the house next year if you are in the area and you can see where Pride and Prejudice was filmed, as well as Downton Abbey!
I shared some pictures of Basildon Park looking christmassy here, but I will share some more on Wednesday this week if you would like to see the house looking as it normally is. The Downton Abbey episode is not set at Christmas I should say!
Basildon Park know that I exist because I volunteer with them. I would like to thank all the team for allowing me to photograph their work especially Neil, for allowing me to share all this with you. Downton Abbey have no idea that I exist, I am just sharing this with you because it is so exciting!!