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6 of the most stunning filming locations from Jane Austen adaptations

Country Living UK logo Country Living UK 16/07/2017 Katie Avis-Riordan

Jane Austen novels are steeped in romance and witty humour, with a large helping of well-pointed irony. Her stories are so admired that they have been adapted into much-loved films and TV programmes which showcase beautiful British settings and stately homes. 

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death on 18 July 2017, here are some of the most iconic properties to appear in the adaptations of her classic novels. From Sense and Sensibility to Pride and Prejudice, step into the worlds of Austen's greatest characters and their fictional homes...

1. Lyme Park – Pride and Prejudice (1995 TV series)

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Perhaps the most iconic of all the homes featured in Austen adaptations, Lyme Park posed as Pemberley, Mr Darcy's fabulous home, in the BBC's incredibly popular series starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. It also happens to be the setting of the famous lake scene. The Grade I listed building can be found on the edge of the Peak District, in Cheshire.

2. Chatsworth House - Pride and Prejudice (2005 film)

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In a different adaptation of the same novel, Pemberley is played by Chatsworth House in the film starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Located in the Peak District near Sheffield, the magnificent home is thought to have even inspired Austen while she penned the novel in nearby Bakewell.

"Be sure to look out for the grand staircase and ceiling of the painted hall where Lizzie and the Gardiners start their tour of Pemberley," Premier Inn, who are encouraging people to use the Jane Austen anniversary to explore the country, say. "And, the bust of Mr Darcy that was used in the film can also still be found in the Orangery shop through the Sculpture Gallery."

3. Syon House – Emma (1996 film)

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Situated in west London on the River Thames, Syon House has been used for many celebrated films, including The Madness of King George and The Avengers. But the one we're interested in is Austen's Emma. In this film, the Long Gallery of Syon House is where Frank Churchill (played by Ewan McGregor) reveals his love for Emma (Gwyneth Paltrow). The majestic interiors and associations to the film make this place a must-visit for Austen lovers.

4. Montacute House - Sense and Sensibility (1995 film)

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Any true Austen fan will know that one of the best adaptations of these classic novels is the 1995 film Sense and Sensibility, which won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars. Emma Thompson plays Elinor Dashwood, while Kate Winslet dons the period costume as Marianne Dashwood, who is the central focus of the scenes filmed at Montacute House in Somerset. You'll remember the iconic scene where Marianne goes off for a walk in the rain after having her heart broken by Willoughby, in the grounds of this impressive house.

5. Kirby Hall - Mansfield Park (1999 film)

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Perhaps a lesser-known adaptation, the 1999 film Mansfield Park featured Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire. The Elizabethan country house is an English Heritage property and is the central setting for the story of Fanny Price and the Bertram family.

"If you visit now you'll find that much of the vast mansion is derelict, but the Great Hall and state rooms are still just as impressive as they were many years ago," Premier Inn suggest.

6. The Royal Crescent - Persuasion (2007 film)

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The beautiful and recognisable Royal Crescent in Bath was used as a backdrop for Austen's last novel Persuasion. The Georgian architecture adds a realness to the scenes between Anne Elliot and co.

Bath has more to offer Austen fans than just the Crescent. The city also holds the Jane Austen Centre, which works as a museum and Regency tea room.

Related: 7 stops on the Jane Austen English countryside tour (Provided By: Country Living UK)

<p>This Jane Austen-inspired journey through the English countryside is the ultimate bucket list trip for literature lovers - and perhaps best enjoyed with the help of an expert guide. <a href="https://www.jacadatravel.com/europe/trips/jane-austen-discovery/">Jacada Travels</a> offers tours to some of the author's favourite spots. Here are a few highlights. </p> 7 stops on the Jane Austen English countryside tour

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