George Clooney to marry Amal Alamuddin at Downton Abbey castle?

George Clooney to marry Alam Alamuddin at Downton Abbey castle?

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin have reportedly already found the perfect venue for their September wedding - Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed.

Amal reportedly fell in love with the Victorian mansion after George whisked her off on a weekend break in the UK countryside this weekend, during which he included a tour of the now-famous castle.

A source told the Daily Mail: "George became close friends with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Crawley, when they did Monuments Men together last year.

"And they really hit it off. He contacted Hugh and asked him to arrange a private tour of the castle. Amal was blown away.

"When he saw his bride-to-be's reaction to the spectacular Victorian castle, set on 1,000 acres of parkland, he began making some discrete inquires about having their wedding performed there.

"And he was told they would be most happy to accommodate them!"

George Clooney to marry Amal Alamuddin at Downton Abbey?

Highclere is currently the residence of the 8th Lord and Lady Carnarvon, who do rent out the amazing building for weddings, with prices to hire parts of the castle starting at $23,000 for a day.

It is thought Highclere could be a good venue for the wedding, as it is relatively close to Heathrow Airport, meaning George's family and friends can easily fly over, as well as Amal's extended family, who live in Dubai and Lebanon.

It is also quite close to where Amal grew up in London, while attending school in Buckinghamshire. She currently works in London and has many close friends in the UK.

The source added: "George loves the idea of marrying at the castle, because it's a glamorous place he could secure.

"And the same way Kanye West and Kim's wedding guests were given a private tour of The Palace of Versailles, a private tour of not only the castle and grounds, but of the famous Egyptian Antique Exhibition in the Castle cellars could be arranged."

According to, a source added: "Amal's Middle Eastern relatives would most certainly enjoy the exhibition, and the tour would make for a most memorable wedding."

It is believed other possible venues for the wedding could be George's stunning Villa Oleandra in Italy's Lake Como.

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