The U.K.'s Daily Mail reports that Clooney and Alamuddin took a private tour of Highclere Castle -- the shooting location for "Downton" -- last week and were smitten with the property, which boasts 1,000 acres and a towering Victorian castle. According to the Mail, Alamuddin is a huge "Downton" fan, and Clooney arranged for a visit to the estate through his friend and "Monuments Men" costar Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Crawley on the series.
While the Mail notes that Highclere does rent out its various rooms for private events, the setting doesn't come cheap, with certain parts of the castle costing upwards of $23,000 per night to reserve. Still, that's a drop in the bucket for A-lister Clooney, who just wants to make his bride-to-be happy, and also wants the exclusive event to be as private as possible.
"George loves the idea of marrying at the castle, because it's a glamorous place he could secure," a source told the Mail.
Highclere, located near London and 50 miles from Heathrow airport, has been owned by the Carnarvon family since 1679, and features an extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts as a nod to the 5th Earl of Carnarvon's role in the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922. We wonder how much extra the estate charges to incorporate mummies into its guests' events.
[via Daily Mail, h/t The Cut]
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