WESTERLY — If you're a "Downton Abbey" fan (and who is not?) you might consider splurging on a ticket for next week's "Sips & Wickets," hosted by Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle, said to be one of the most famous homes in the world, the very spot where "Downton Abbey" was filmed. 

Highclere Castle is a 5,000 acre fully-functioning estate in Hampshire, England and has been the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon since 1679.  The Castle rose to international fame as the main filming location for the award-winning period drama, Downton Abbey, and the motion picture set to release on Sep. 20. Highclere Castle hosts more than 110,000 visitors annually.  The current Lady Carnarvon has released multiple New York Times Bestsellers, and in March 2017 published "At Home: Entertaining at the Real Downton Abbey."

Next Tuesday, guests are invited to dress in their finest elegant whites to play English croquet, sip modern summer cocktails (designed by the castle head butler, Luis,) and be greeted by Lady Carnarvon at "a cocktail party for the history books."

The party, the official New England launch party for the Highclere Castle Gin, will also be hosted by Highclere Castle Gin CEO Adam von Gootkin and Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, Avril Graham, also the executive producer and host of the new luxury television show "Platinum Eye," set to launch in January.

Highclere Castle has released a super-premium London dry gin made using botanicals from the castle’s gardens. With a delicate balance of juniper, citrus peel and a touch of lavender, the gin celebrates Highclere‘s historic estate and has been garnering international recognition and awards. 

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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