Hartwood Acres
Image via Allegheny County Parks Foundation

If you are like me, Downton Abbey was a magical and mythical masterpiece on PBS that you simply couldn’t look away from.  From the eccentricities of the wealthy to the struggles of the poor, you couldn’t look away from your TV set.  And let’s not even discuss the excitement of the movie that is currently in production.

However, if you are in the Pittsburgh area and simply cannot wait to relive your happiness with upcoming Downton Abbey film, then head to the North Hills to Hartwood Acres to visit the Hartwood Acres Mansion.

The mansion, which was constructed in 1927 and completed in 1929, is finished in an English Tudor-style.  Designed by Alfred Hopkins, the home was designed for John and Mary Flinn Lawrence.  Inside the home, guests will be treated to an array of English and American antiques, collected by the original owners.

Hartwood Acres
Image via Allegheny County Parks Foundation

But, the true glamour and beauty of the home is during the holiday season, when the mansion is transformed in a holiday wonderland for visitors.  From the interior of the mansion, filled with seasonal flowers, and massive amounts of garland and decorations, to the exterior lights hanging from the roof to the ever-changing light show surrounding the mansion.

Guests will absolutely be transformed into another time, all with the help of a little holiday magic.  Tickets for the mansion run from $2.00 to $6.00; however, be quick about snagging them, as the holiday tours for the mansion must be made in advance.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Aaron Valentic

Aaron is a recent transplant back to Pittsburgh, PA after living in New York for five years. From all things relating to art, culture, fashion along with the Pittsburgh social scene, he surely knows the heartbeat of his hometown.

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