Christmas movie houses: The charming country cottage from The Holiday

I’ve been dying to get started on a series of posts featuring some of my favourite movie houses from some of my favourite Christmas movies. First up is the charming English cottage from The Holiday starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. This film was written and directed by Nancy Meyers – the woman who brought us the highly coveted sets from Somethings Gotta Give and It’s Complicated.

Kate Winslet’s character Iris lives in this country cottage and arranges a house swap with Cameron Diaz’s character Amanda who owns a swanky luxury pad in California. Sadly, however, this cottage does not exist in real life. (I hate hearing that! :( )It was purpose-built for the movie in an empty field in the countryside and torn down after filming ended. Extensive landscaping was carried out to create that picture-perfect old country-cottage feel even down to that stone wall that looks as though it’s been there for hundreds of years…

Fake snow was added to create that Christmas feel and to make it even more picturesque.

For me, the cottage stole the show and it’s no surprise that its set decor is as adored as Nancy Meyers’ other famous movie sets.  Her attention to detail is remarkable. Ok, let’s take a tour…

Here’s the entryway which leads into an open-plan area with the kitchen on the right and the living room on the left. Both areas have stone fireplaces and have old tiled floors covered with area rugs.

Here’s the view of the living room from the front door…where do I start? Can you imagine snuggling up on that sofa or on one of those comfy armchairs in front of that blazing fire? It’s a mish-mash of patterns, colours and styles but yet it works. It is impossibly homely, unpretentious and bursting with character and country charm.

This is the view from the other side of the room looking towards the front door. I like how the tufted ottoman doubles as a coffee table by placing trays on top for books or cups etc.

Here’s the kitchen to the right of the front door. It’s so hard to believe this was purpose-built for a movie and not the real interior of an ancient cottage because of all its quirks and (what seem to be) original features such as the fire places, the oak beamed ceilings, the stone walls…I love the vintage oven and the whistling kettle and the display of vintage delph on the open shelves.

Here’s a shot of Amanda standing in the reading nook which is just off the kitchen. We see very little of this room in the film but in my opinion it’s one of the nicest rooms in the cottage! I absolutely love the idea of having a little library/reading nook in my home. Somewhere to hide away from everything and be surrounded by lots and lots of beautiful books, a cosy reading chair and nothing else. No modern technology allowed!

The stairs leads straight up to Iris’ bedroom and en-suite.

This has to be one of the nicest, cosiest bedrooms I have ever seen. The working fire-place, the iron bed, the mismatched furniture… that ceiling!!

Here we see how the stairs leads straight up into the bedroom…

Wardrobe space seems to be a bit of a problem in this room!

We can see that the bedding is different in this image – equally beautiful!

And this is the charming yet pint-sized bathroom. Wouldn’t be very practical for everyday use but who cares about that during a movie?!

Sooo, what do you think of this cottage? Do you love it as much as I do? Next up on my Christmas movie houses series will be…..the amazing  house from The Family Stone!

Have a lovely weekend!


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7 thoughts on “Christmas movie houses: The charming country cottage from The Holiday

  1. Pingback: Christmas movie houses: The Home Alone mansion… | The Vintage Home

  2. I love looking back thru movie houses, thanks for posting. You might like ‘Hooked On Houses dot Net’ She has all kinds of movie homes, TV homes and real homes to snoop thru. Way fun.

  3. Pingback: Fireplaces in kitchens…. | The Vintage Home

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