Stay at stately home in Yorkshire used in the ITV drama Victoria for some royal treatment

SITTING on my sofa in my PJs on a Sunday night, watching royal drama Victoria, I would often think: “I wish I could live like that.”

So when I heard you can — just a couple of hours from London — I was on the first train.

 You can stay at Carlton Towers in Yorkshire where the ITV drama Victoria is partly filmed

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You can stay at Carlton Towers in Yorkshire where the ITV drama Victoria is partly filmed

Carlton Towers is a Grade I-listed Gothic stately home in the heart of rural Yorkshire that doubled as Windsor Castle in the ITV series.

The home of the Duke of Devonshire’s younger brother, Lord Gerald Fitzalan-Howard, has opened its doors to anyone who wants to live like a queen for a weekend.

Gerald and wife Emma took on Carlton Towers, near Selby, North Yorks, in 199.

It was a near-wreck and they have laboured to restore it to its former glory.

 Jenna Coleman as Victoria in the ITV series

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Jenna Coleman as Victoria in the ITV series

 Stay in one of the 15 individually styled bedrooms

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Stay in one of the 15 individually styled bedrooms

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is a family friend and was reportedly inspired by Carlton Towers when creating his blockbuster series. As I walked into my room, the Glossop, I could see why he would be. Nestled in the Clock Tower, it was Victorian perfection — giant four-poster bed with dramatic drapes, imposing fireplace, huge bathroom with claw-foot bath.

The carved wardrobe was custom-made for the house in the 19th century and the two windows overlook parkland.

The Glossop is one of 15 rooms in which you can get the royal treatment. Each is individually styled by Lady Emma and for the ultimate princess-style stay, there is a two-storey Bridal Suite in the Baroness Tower.

In the Priest’s Room, glass panels on the floor reveal the secret hiding hole where Catholic clergy took shelter during the Reformation. It is complete with original books and notes on the wall.

 Go clay pigeon shooting with the Carlton Towers marksman Vernon Miles

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Go clay pigeon shooting with the Carlton Towers marksman Vernon Miles
Jenna Coleman returns as the Queen in trailer for second series of Victoria on ITV

Until now, only those who took over the entire home for weddings or conferences could stay in these beautiful rooms. But Superbreak’s new Victoria-themed stays have opened it up to all.

The luxury continued with made-to-order breakfasts in the drawing room, a feast of a buffet for lunch and a delicious four-course gala meal in the evening, where the wine flowed freely and Lord and Lady Fitzalan-Howard joined us in the Venetian drawing room.

The team have created a stellar programme to immerse guests in the country life.

They include a 4×4 off-road tour of the estate and clay pigeon shooting with Carlton Towers’ marksman Vernon Miles. For a slice of “below stairs” action, we had a lesson at Cooks, the Carlton School Of Food, using meat from animals reared on the estate’s grounds.

 You can explore the estate in a 4x4 off-road tour
You can explore the estate in a 4×4 off-road tour

Cheesemonger Cryer & Stott, whose customers include the Queen herself, gave us a crash course in cheesemaking, also teaching us which wines went best with their artisan fare.

The estate’s former stables are now home to the Little Black Dog Beer Co — a small craft brewery, run by the Kot family, where you can learn how to make your own unique ale.

The Superbreak trip will also include a private tour of nearby locations used in the filming of Victoria, as well as the chance to explore the delights of historic York.

My few days spent discovering how the other half lived was an incredible escape from the hum-drum of normal life.

I could definitely get used to the royal treatment.

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