Saturday, December 07, 2013

Auction of Exclusive Overnight Stay at ‘The Real Downtown Abbey’ to Raise Funds for Syrian Refugees

Highclere Castle as the filming location for 'Downton Abbey': a once-in-a lifetime experience up for auction
Dubai Cares and Oxfam will auction an exclusive overnight stay at Highclere Castle – the iconic English country home featured in the hit television series ‘Downton Abbey’ – to raise money for humanitarian relief to Syrian refugees.

The auction will take place in Dubai on Wednesday, 11 December, at a glittering black tie charity gala as part of the 10th annual Dubai International Film Festival under the patronage of UN Messenger of Peace HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

All proceeds from this specific auction item will go to Dubai Cares and Oxfam, providing warm clothing, blankets, food, clean water, and education materials to Syrian children and their families living in temporary settlements in Lebanon and Jordan.

Asma Malik, Programs Officer at Dubai Cares said, “Children and families who are suffering war-related consequences such as poverty, hunger, and lack of shelter and education are the unfortunate victims of this ongoing struggle in Syria. This initiative aims to provide immediate support and restore a sense of hope for displaced children as they endure this troubled phase of their lives.”

The winning bidder will be granted an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the state rooms, picture galleries, and private bedrooms of the real Downton Abbey; enjoy a traditional English high tea in the afternoon; cocktails with Lord and Lady Carnarvon in the sumptuous drawing room; an elegant dinner in the world famous dining room with a specially selected menu; an overnight stay in one of the castle’s luxurious en suite bedrooms; a traditional English breakfast in the morning; a stroll through the formal gardens, and a drive through the parklands in a newly restored 1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III.

In addition, the winner of this auction lot will also enjoy a very special bonus: a complimentary overnight stay at the exclusive Vineyard Hotel, a Relais et Chateaux, a five-star spa near Newbury in Berkshire, England. The package offer includes a sumptuous five-course dinner, accommodation in a
luxurious suite, breakfast and complimentary spa treatment. This special auction lot has been generously donated by Sir Peter and Lady Michael who created the Vineyard Hotel.

Situated on a 1,000 acre estate near Newbury in Berkshire County, England, Highclere Castle houses an unparalleled collection of furniture, works of art, and family heirlooms dating back more than three centuries. The ancestral seat of the Carnarvon family features exquisite antique Dutch furniture, original paintings by Van Dyke, and rare Meissen porcelain from the reign of George III.

A guide price of $25,000 has been set for this auction lot. Terms and conditions apply.

For tickets, more about the auction, or arrange absentee or phone bids, please contact Dubai-based Urban Events by telephone (+971 4 445 6842) or email onenight@urbanevents.ae

The Castle’s drawing room where winning bidder will experience cocktails with Lord and Lady Carnarvon
Highclere Castle’s world-famous dining room where an elegant dinner with a specially selected menu will be offered as part of the prize
A drive through the parklands in a newly restored 1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III is also part of the Highclere Castle experience

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