It’s no secret that us Brits love a good period drama, be it ‘The Crown', the breakout hit ‘Bridgerton’ or comedy special, ‘The Great’. And, with Google searches for ‘Bridgerton house’ up by 1000% since the new show aired on Christmas day, it’s clear we just can’t get enough. But why just stop our obsession at endless re-watching?
If you fancy a taste of the lavish lifestyle endured by the Bridgertons, The Windsors and Catherine the Great, UK accommodation provider, Big Cottages, has shared its top picks of luxury properties, each with a Royal rating, inspired by each fabulous period drama that will leave you spoilt for choice...
Inspired by Bridgerton...
The Christmas gift we longed for, period drama, Bridgerton, provided a much needed distraction with a royal jaunt to London in the early 1800s. The home of the Bridgertons has garnered attention for its beautiful decor both inside and out. However, the Georgian mansion is actually a combination of two locations, the exterior being Ranger’s House in Greenwich and the interior, RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. Take a look at the inspired properties below...
Wiltshire Cottage, Corsham
Royal rating: 5/10
Luxury feature: Sweeping staircase
Set within a walled garden, this Grade II listed country home in the village of Pickwick, Corsham is certainly fit for a leading lady. Complete with a grand entrance featuring a sweeping staircase, an open fire in the living room and large sash windows throughout, you’re sure to notice a Royal touch.
The cottage is a short drive away from the Georgian Spa town of Bath which featured as the backdrop for many of the outdoor scenes in Bridgerton as the suitors strolled along the promenade.
Inspired by The Crown...
Honing in on the trials and tribulations of the life of Queen Elizabeth II, the award-winning drama,The Crown, has had us hooked for four seasons and we’ve been left wanting more. To create theillusion of a drama unfolding in Buckingham palace, filming took place at a number of locationsincluding Lancaster House and Goldsmiths’ Hall in London. To capture Balmoral Castle in Aberdeen,the stunning backdrop of Ardverikie House in the Scottish Highlands has been used across all fourseasons for the exterior filming.
The Somerset Castle, Bath
Royal rating: 8/10
Luxury feature: Hot tubs
With enough room inside and out for the corgis, The Somerset Castle boasts a historic 500 acre estate consisting of two restored battlements, sleeping up to 24 guests. The open plan dining room opens into a traditional kitchen which overlooks the grounds.
For an added touch of luxury you will find two hot tubs on the castle grounds with views of the gardens as you relax amongst the bubbles (unfortunately a Royal housekeeper is not included).
Inspired by The Great...
The US comedy drama, The Great, focusing loosely on the life of Russian empress, Catherine theGreat, has finally made its way to UK screens and it was certainly worth the wait. Although the drama is set in Russia, filming only took place in the UK and Italy. The UK locations that were given a Russian twist included Hatfield House in Hertfordshire and Castle Howard in Yorkshire.
East Riding Cottage, Driffield
Royal rating: 6/10
Luxury feature: Renovated chapel
The town of York served as the filming location for scenes of ‘The Great’, so what better than a renovated Methodist Chapel in Driffield, Yorkshire to explore the trails of Charlotte the Great?Dating back to 1883, the chapel is a charming mix of original features with modern touches, boasting a red and yellow Romanesque style exterior.
Just a stone’s throw away from walking and cycle routes, Yorkshire is truly on your doorstep. With beautiful stately homes nearby including Burton Agnes Hall and Sledmere House, East RidingCottage is the perfect base for exploration.
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