Posted on: 2nd January 2019 | Comments: 0 Comments

Cottage that inspired hit film The Holiday goes up for sale

Cottage that inspired hit film The Holiday goes up for sale

The cottage that was the inspiration for ‘Rosehill Cottage’, Iris’ home in the popular film The Holiday has just gone on the market.

Honeysuckle Cottage is located in Holmbury St Mary, which is near Dorking in Surrey. It is said that director Nancy Meyers saw this cottage and realised it would be perfect for her movie.

However, Meyers decided not to film in the actual cottage. Instead a replica was built in a field next to the Church of St James in the village of Shere in Surrey. This reduced travelling time for the London-based film crew, and enabled the interior to be laid out in a way that made it easier to film the inside scenes.

There is a very strong similarity between Honeysuckle Cottage and the set used for the actual filming. The shape and dimensions of the two cottages are the same. Both have a stone facade and chimneys located at either end, and the leaded light windows are almost identical.

The listing on the Hamptons UK version of their website, says of the property:

“Features of particular note include the bespoke craftsmen-built hand-painted kitchen with oil fired AGA, underfloor heating to the ground floor and an extensive use of oak joinery throughout.”

It is becoming more and more common for period homes to feature underfloor heating, which is cheap to run. The fact that no radiators are needed helps homeowners to make better use of the space available. It also means that they do not have the headache of trying to get modern radiators to blend in with their home’s period look.

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