Detail of the library in Highclere Castle. Exotic forms of griffons decorate a Regency armchair that attends a Regency mahogany and bronze writing desk next to antique volumes in a parcel-gilt walnut bookcase.
The library, designed by renowned architect Thomas Allom, houses more than volumes. Lord Grantham can often be found seated at the Carlton House desk, with its characteristic sloping drawers that distinguish it from a common bureau à gradin.
Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) circa Pointed arches, decorated with small marble columns, give the entrance hall a feeling of mysterious beauty. An ornate Sarabend rug, placed on a geometric parquet marble floor, produces a richly complex pattern.