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Pride & Prejudice properties fictional and filming locations


Listen to epsidoe 30 of the What the Austen? Podcast with @janewashere for all the details


Below I will show Jane Austen's book description, the location in the 1995 TV adaption and the location in the 2005 Film. Noting which properties are open to the public and not, this is a great blog post if you are planning a trip to England.



Longbourn Estate


Longbourn is the family home of the five Bennet sisters.


Jane Austen's description in the novel:


‘Mr Bennet’s property consisted almost entirely in an estate of two thousand a year’


‘The village of Longbourn was only one mile from Meryton’


1995 - Luckington Court WILTSHIRE

Can I visit Luckington Court?


I am afraid not, this is a private property, and so it’s best to enjoy this one on the screen only. Unless you have a few million to throw around, because it was recently on the market!


2005 - Groombridge Park KENT


Can I visit Groombridge Place? Yes ish… Groombridge House is a private residence, but the grounds are an adventure park and are open to the public Wednesday to Sunday. You can see the House from the grounds.


Netherfield Park


This is Mr Bingley's country Estate, you probably remember Mrs Bennet yelling: "Netherfield Park is let at last"


Jane Austen's description in the novel:

‘Mrs Bennet on Netherfield ‘You have a sweet room here, Mr Bingley, and a charming prospect over that gravel walk. I do not know a place in the country that is equal to Netherfield’

1995 - Edgcote House - Banbury


This is only the exterior used for the 1995 Netherfield Park.



Can I visit Edgcote House? I am afraid not, this is a private property, and so it’s best to enjoy this one on the screen only.


2005 - Basildon Park - BERKSHIRE


Used in both the 2005 film and also Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.


Can I visit Basildon Park? Yes! this is a National Trust Property and so is open to the public.


Hunsford Estate (Mr Collin’s home)

Jane Austen's description in the novel:

‘humble abode’


‘At length the parsonage was discernible. The garden sloping to the road, the house standing in it, the green pales and the laurel hedge, every thing declared they were arriving… the carriage stopped at a small gate which led by a short gravel walk to the house.

Interior: ‘neat’, ‘comfortable’ and shelves in closet and alterations approved by Lady Catherine.


‘our plain manner of living, our small rooms, and few decorations, and the little we see of the world, must make Hunsford extremely dull to a young lady like yourself’.


1995 - Teigh Old Rectory


Can I visit Teigh Old Rectory? Yes, and this one is amazing because it is a Bed and Breakfast which is dog friendly and so you can truly live out your Pride and Prejudice dreams here. https://teigholdrectorybedandbreakfast.org.uk


2005 - Montagu’s Hospital - NEAR NORTHAMPTON


Can I visit Montagu’s Hospital? I am afraid not, this is a private property. You can see it from the green across the road, but the exterior looks a little different than what is shown in the film due to the WW2 crest.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s Rosings park

Jane Austen's description in the novel:

‘It was a handsome modern building, well situated on rising ground.’


‘Every park has its beauty and its prospectus; and Elizabeth saw much to be pleased with, though she could not be in such raptures as Mr Collins’


1995 - Belton House LINCOLNSHIRE


Can I visit Belton House? Yes this is another National Trust Property.

2005 - Burghley house and gardens PETERBOURGH

Can I visit Burghley house? Yes this property is open to the public and if you are unable to travel they also offer a 360 tour online for free.


Pemberley

Jane Austen's description in the novel:

‘The park was very large, and contained great variety of ground.’


‘Pemberley house, situated on the opposite side of a valley, into which the road with some abruptness wound. It was a large, handsome, stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills; and in front a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater.’


The interior: ‘the rooms were lofty and handsome, and their furniture suitable to the fortune of their proprietor; but Elizabeth saw, with admiration of his taste, tray it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine; with less of splendour, and more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings’


1995 - Lyme Park (National Trust)


Lyme is another National Trust location, they often have Jane Austen themed events on over the year.


Can I visit Lyme Park? Yes Lyme is another National Trust location, they often have Jane Austen themed events on over the year.


2005 - Chatsworth House


The exteriors, Hall and Sculpture Gallery of Chatsworth House feature in the 2005 film and in Death Comes to Pemberley.


Chatsworth was considered as a location for the 1995 adaption, but as Jane Austen herself references the property in the book they chose to go with Lyme Park for more accuracy.


Can I visit Chatsworth House? Yes! Chatsworth House and grounds are open to the public and they have a famous Christmas Market on each year that is well worth a visit.


Which location would you live?

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I recommend getting a National Trust Membership if you want to visit more than one location in their portfolio: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/membership


Another great blog on the locations:

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uribetxny
Feb 27, 2023

Absolutely wonderful round up of exquisite and magical locations. Regardless if private or not. Well done! Thank you for the information.

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Mar 07, 2023
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So glad you enjoyed this! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment.

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