The listing agent for Leona Helmsley’s old pile up on Round Hill Road has teamed with the Bruce Museum to host a “Downton Abbey” evening, where guests – for a price, Ugarte, for a price – can dress up, eat canapés and be fawned over by servants. Steerage passage costs $650, but …
If you’re looking for a more genteel experience, you can opt for the “Lady Mary Crawley,” priced at $1,200 or the “Lord and Lady Grantham” package for $10,000. Those second two options both come with a tour of the estate.
For $25,000 you can go full Maggie Smith in the “Dowager Countess of Grantham” package, which “includes your name listed on the event program, a behind-the scenes tour and history of the estate immediately preceding the event for you and your guests, a chef’s table at the event for 16-20 guests with a dedicated butler, and round-trip chauffeured transportation in a Rolls Royce.”
Again, not how I’d choose to spend my money, but the place has been redone from its mausoleum days under Leona’s occupancy and has been sitting empty and unwanted for a couple of years now, probably because it’s still looking for $65 million (chortle). This event will bring in “qualified” (rich) people to see the changes, and who knows? Maybe one of them will decide that she’d like to play dress-up for the rest of her life.