Risky Regencies

A Most Pleasant Prospect


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In Pride and Prejudice, even more than in in other Austen stories (except maybe for Mansfield Park, of course, where the house is the title!) locations seem to become like characters in the tale. Darcy’s Pemberley=grand, glorious, beautiful, elegant, aristocratic in the best sense of the word, able to add to Darcy’s already great attractions. Lizzy, after all, tells Jane she first started to love him when she saw his “beautiful grounds at Pemberley!” πŸ™‚ Longbourne=comfortable, prosperous enough, maybe a bit shabby in a cozy way. Rosings=huge, imposing, overwhelming, gaudy (though of course Lady Catherine DeB. doesn’t think so! She paid 800 pounds for the window glazing alone!). These houses are representative of the characters who live in them, an extension of their personality, symbols of their place in the world. With such heavy expectations placed on the poor houses, I don’t envy any location scout sent out to find them!

In the book The Making of Pride and Prejudice (chock full of great pics and behind the scenes info) there’s a whole chapter on “Location Hunting,” detailing the searches far and wide for the perfect Pemberleys and Longbournes. It’s all a bit like the hunt for Scarlett O’Hara in 1939!

In the end, Luckington Court stood in for Longbourne, which was the most complicated to find since it required “a drawing room, dining room, library, large hall, staircase, landings, and three bedrooms, as well as extensive gardens” (a prettyish wilderness?).

Pembroke, the grandest house in the story, was actually two places–the exteriors at Lyme Park on the Cheshire/Derbyshire border, the interiors at Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire. The Making of Pride and Prejudice states “Some people think Jane Austen was thinking of Chatsworth House as Pemberley, but in fact Chatsworth is referred to in its own right in Pride and Prejudice. (though Chatsworth was used in the 2005 movie)

Rosings was Belton House in Lincolnshire, “a splendid Restoration country house with wonderfully formal gardens to the front.” Mr. Collins’ rectory was found nearby (of course!) at The Old Rectory at Teigh.

Meryton was actually a beautiful village, Lacock, in Wiltshire, which I was lucky enough to visit a couple of years ago (and Diane, too!). It was so much fun to get to wander around finding all the locations from the series–“Oh, look, the assembly rooms! Hey, there’s where they saw Darcy and Bingley riding past when they met Wickham!” Yes, I am a P&P geek and I don’t care who knows it!!!

What would your ideal Regency abode be like? The perfect place to live with your Number One Austen Hottie from Cara’s post, to store your fab Regency wardrobe and all your Austen–and Risky Regency–volumes? (Personally, I’ve always been a sucker for a cozy cottage, with climbing roses over the door and a large fireplace where Matthew and I could curl up together in the evenings…)

Plus a few links (in case you want to plan your own P&P tour!):
Lyme Park
Sudbury Hall
Chatsworth
Belton House
Lacock

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Bonnie Ferguson
16 years ago

Well I think Chatsworth is just gorgeous but I also love the cottage the Daswoods move into in the movie version of Sense & Sensibility πŸ™‚

Manuelita
16 years ago

I think Chatsworth House, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is the ideal Regency home. I hope I get to visit it some day.

Jennifer Y.
16 years ago

Chatsworth is beautiful as are the other large homes, but I like the idea of a cozy little cottage with climbing roses and a nice fireplace. What an image you gave me!

Jill Monroe
16 years ago

Bonnie – I’m with you 100% the cottage the Dashwoods lived in is EXACTLY what I thought would be perfect.

Amanda – let me know next time you go!

Lois
16 years ago

I would take any of those personally. LOL I like smaller, so a regular house is fine with me — I would never know what the heck to do with a Duke’s home or such. πŸ™‚

Lois

Kathleen
Kathleen
16 years ago

A cottage would be nice but I also enjoy spacious log cabin homes.

Maureen
16 years ago

I love looking at pictures of the rooms of these beautiful homes but Longbourne would actually be more to my taste.

Kalen Hughes
16 years ago

I have to admit I’m simply in love with Osterley Park. It’s all Adams, with carpets or inlayed floors that match the ceilings. And the grounds . . . *sigh* the grounds are beautiful.

The amazingly kind docents let me climb all over it when I was there (slow, rainy day and I was “the girl who’s interested in stuff”).

Or maybe Prior Park just above Bath. I admit I haven’t seen the inside (it’s a school now) but the park is the most amazing thing.

The links are too long, but if you google either name you’ll get the National Trust site.

Amanda McCabe
16 years ago

I absolutely love looking at the grand houses, imagining beautiful balls and wandering around the gardens! But for living in, I think I’d need something cozier. Or at least a private suite of rooms somewhere behind the grand galleries and state dining rooms. πŸ™‚

Jennifer Y.
16 years ago

That is how I feel Amanda…I love looking at large homes, but want something cozy to live in.

KimW
16 years ago

I would like to live in one of the grand houses, like Pemberley, and also have a cozy cottage somewhere to escape to. I think that if I married a man like Darcy, he would do that for me. haha!

Karen
16 years ago

Pemberly would be fine with me as long as someone else cleaned it!

robynl
16 years ago

For me a small cottage with the flower gardens, vine covered arbors and a stone paved walkway up to the front door.

joelle
16 years ago

I love a cozy, comfortable cottage with all the amenities. Plus a beautiful garden. That would be perfect.

pearl
16 years ago

The grandeur of Chatsworth is overwhelming so I would definitely choose a small cottage with a fireplace, lovely back garden and beautiful surroundings.

sharon
16 years ago

Pemberley is the ultimate is beauty and luxury. But for me it would have to be a cute, delightful cottage which would provide me with comfort and serenity.

ellie
16 years ago

I have always wanted a cute getaway. This would be in the form of a tranquil, cozy cottage. That would be the best escape for me.

alissa
16 years ago

Whenever I think about a place in the country I envision an adorable, country cottage which provides me with everything that I would need. Serenity and beauty but also attractive gardens.

Jennifer Y.
16 years ago

LOL Karen…that is how I would feel…a big house is nice if I don’t have to clean it…another reason cozy might be better. I am afraid if I went back in time I’d be a maid. LOL

scifichick
16 years ago

just as long as there’s a cozy fireplace. πŸ™‚

Keira Soleore
16 years ago

I would love Anne Hathaway’s cottage to live in, which I visited in the summer of 2002. The odd-shaped ceilings and shapes of the upper rooms were something I’ve always wanted since childhood. And the main hearth with a button-back winged chair in front would be a perfect spot for a winter evening’s read, accompanied by a cup of hot mulled wine.

Chatsworth would be fabulous as a two-month summer vacation home.

I was taken aback when I saw Longbourne in the movie. I’d loved the house in the series which was portrayed as a well-to-do house of a country gent, whereas the shabby-genteelness of the movie version seemed out of place with the rest of the story.

dulcie
16 years ago

I’d like a little cottage, maybe with a seperate barn in the back to keep the kids πŸ˜› I kind of like the Collins’ little place, though I don’t think I’d care for the neighbors.

Todd
16 years ago

I think Cara and I could be quite content in a cozy cottage. But I’m afraid we need a stately home to hold all of our books. Maybe something on the order of Versailles.

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Keira Soleore
16 years ago

Riskies, this week has been SUCH a pleasure. Thank you for doing a daily theme and getting everyone to talk about Jane Austen’s world. This is the first time, I’ve been logging online multiple times in the day.

Jennifer Y.
16 years ago

I agree with Keira…thank you Riskies for a great week!!!

aBookworm
16 years ago

Pemberley, without a doubt. Especially if Colin’s there as Mr.Darcy!

Jill Bassett
16 years ago

Oooh! I’d have to go with the cozy cottage as well! I can see myself sitting at the breakfast table with Colin (not the pompous Mr.Darcy…just Colin), with sunlight streaming in through the window.

Amanda McCabe
16 years ago

I’m so happy to see that lots of people agree with me about the “delights” of a cottage! πŸ™‚ I really like Barton Cottage in “Sense and Sensibility,” and the adorable buildings of the Cotswolds (Keira, I’m glad you brought up Anne Hathway’s cottage! The gardens there are perfect)

And I’ve also enjoyed this week vry much! It’s wonderful to share a love of Jane Austen and her world (and our modern interpretations of her world) with other Austenites. Too bad we can’t have a mass P&P viewing together! πŸ™‚

Jennifer Y.
16 years ago

Too bad we can’t have a mass P&P viewing together! πŸ™‚

That would be fun…I did watch Emma on television last night.

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