Yesterday I visited Belton House, another location used in the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. It has been on my to ‘see list’ for a while as the house, and all its windows and chimneys, belong to Lady Catherine de Bourgh. It is just as impressive in real life as it appears on screen – do you recognise it?
I booked a day off work yesterday to take advantage of the nice weather (before it disappears again!) and spent a lovely afternoon at Coughton Court in Warwickshire.
The estate has been home to the Throckmorton family since 1409 and is looked after by the family and the National Trust so, like all their properties, the house is an impressive tribute to times gone by and and has some beautiful grounds to while away a few hours and soak up the sun. For overseas readers, the National Trust is a British charity dedicated to the preservation of places of historic interest and natural beauty throughout the British Isles. They are definitely worth a visit (or browse on the web!) for a flavour of what life here used to be like and what makes a popular day out for us Brits!
It doesn’t take much for my thoughts to turn to Pride and Prejudice so even though the house was built in Tudor times, the grounds got me thinking of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. I could just imagine these grounds belonging to Pemberley, as they were beautifully kept, elegant and diverse with lots of colour and interest that I thought would suit them both. Have a look through the photos below and see what you think – could this be the next setting for Pemberley?
A secluded, tree-lined path leading to the main part of the grounds: the perfect start for an early morning stroll, and unobserved kiss and cuddle 😉
A screened area full of flowers to escape the hubbub inside the house and enjoy a spot of reading
A spectacular walled garden for Elizabeth to enjoy presiding over.
The all important lake should Mr Darcy need to cool down after a long ride home…
Another secluded path alongside the lake for Lizzy to welcome Mr Darcy home and escape the eyes of the house.
Plenty of different paths to explore to keep Lizzy happy!
A riverside walk culminating in a bridge over the river. Maybe the gentlemen could enjoy a spot of fishing here?
I would definitely recommend Coughton Court for a day or afternoon trip, and for indulging any Pride and Prejudice fantasies!
More information about the house and grounds can be found here: http://www.coughtoncourt.co.uk/ I hope you enjoy it if you go!