Decadent angel of Downton: The sexual adventuress, extravagant hostess who blew her inheritance, turning her stately home into a war hospital

Decadent angel of Downton: The sexual adventuress, extravagant hostess who blew her inheritance, turning her stately home into a war hospital

Decadent angel of Downton: The sexual adventuress, extravagant hostess who blew her inheritance, turning her stately home into a war hospital

2:12 AM on 6th August 2011

At barely 5ft, Almina, the 5th Countess Carnarvon was described as a

At barely 5ft, Almina, the 5th Countess Carnarvon was described as a “Pocket Venus”

When Downton Abbey returns, viewers will see Highclere, the house where the series is set, transformed from a sumptuous stately home into a military hospital

When Downton Abbey returns, viewers will see Highclere, the house where the series is set, transformed from a sumptuous stately home into a military hospital

Almina married George Rothschild in June 1895 when she was 18

Almina married George Rothschild in June 1895 when she was 18

Even Downton Abbey

Even Downton Abbey”s scriptwriter Julian Fellowes would be hard-pressed to surpass the familial intrigues and suppressed scandals of the Carnarvons