Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Visiting England: Practically Pride and Prejudice

When I was plotting our drive through England, I kept thinking about how much fun we would have in "Pride & Prejudice" country. I decided that as we whirled through the countryside, I would want to know if we drove through an area that was featured in the movie.

So I did some research and found a few references here. I also Xeroxed a map from my copy of "The Making of Pride and Prejudice," a great book that shows behind the scenes images, filming locations and includes an insider's peek into the making of the film. This book is a must for anyone who loves the Colin Firth version of the movie, Pride and Prejudice.

To make a long story short, I never tracked down an actual location. Yes, I was definitely within reach, but as you have seen in this blog series, we were moving every second! But I decided that it didn't matter when I arrived here (see above).

This was the "bed & breakfast" we had booked for the night - Frampton Court Estate! The look of this incredible estate was right out of my imagination! We were the only guests that night and it felt as if we had stepped back in time. The furniture in our bedroom was built long before the Declaration of Independence was written! There were sheep grazing in the field and a view from every window.

So while we weren't technically following in Jane Austen's footsteps, we were awfully close!


Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed your posts about your trip to England..but do you know that you actually did stay in a Jane Austen film location? Frampton Court was used as Uppercross, and the Orangery in the grounds was used as Kellynch Lodge in the BBC;s 1971 version of Persuasion!

I do hope you come again!


Anne Reeves said...

Julie - I can't believe it! How cool. Thank you so much for telling me. I can't wait to track it down on DVD and watch!!!

Also I am so glad that you are enjoying my posts on England. I am in love with your country! :-)

Anne Reeves said...

Also - I'm so surprised that I didn't read about this filming in their literature! I've have the DVD in my movie queue...