11 December 2011

'The Holiday' With A Twist


'Tis the perfect time to confess that one of the reasons I moved to England was 
I was hoping to live in or next to this...


Iris's Cottage from 'The Holiday'
[from Chalk & Talk Blog]


Do you remember this cozy cottage from the film, 'The Holiday'? 
I have visited Shere several times,
where portions of the movie were filmed 
but I've never been able to find this house
{ Otherwise I'd be writing from there now }

This delightful romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet 
is a classic chick flick to put you in the holiday mood

In a nutshell, their characters swap homes for Christmas - 
Diaz's contemporary Southern California home for 
Winslet's English country cottage and vice versa

A few yummy scenes / eye candy of the English cottage from 'The Holiday' 
Love, love, love!
{ via Cote de Texas }




This last photo makes me laugh because 
I really did sleep in my big parka and scarf just last week! 

I live an old home that is cold and drafty
If I could knit myself a nose hat, I would :)

Now for some photos from the movie set in England
I believe a lot of these photos are from the DVD's Special Features
{ via Hooked On Houses }


Blowing Fake Snow For Wintry Scenes

This is the High Street in Shere
Ah, I just love Shere

Now, ready for a little twisty? 
Here are more photos of my old, charming 17th Century cottage, in the making...








Unbelievable, I know - a bit of a heartbreak
The house was thrown up in just a few weeks in a field {and since torn down}
Now I know why I couldn't find that cottage! But here's the good news

This cottage is for available to rent in the Cotswolds and looks like Iris's cozy home


Slatter's Cottage, Cotswolds


And the other good news is I now know I can hire a movie crew 
to build me a charming 17th Century English cottage one day :)


Iris's Cottage, 'The Holiday'

Anywhere

Related Posts: 'Crazy Quaint' Shere
Reposted from December 20, 2010

48 comments:

Sunray Gardens said...

I just rewatched that movie last night. One of my favorite light movies to watch.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Marilyn said...

Such a charming front entry way! I want one just like it, but mine needs to be made of the real stuff! Not styrofoam. Our low temperature was minus 21 F. the other morning, so I totally understand the need for a nose warmer.♥♫

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Loved your post. You never know that you may find, although it is rather bubble-popping to discover this is only fibreglass construct.

flowers on my table said...

Aaaah I know that cottage was gorgeous, I watched the movie again a few weeks ago. I can't believe, they couldn't find a suitable cottage in England and had to build one! The one in the Cotswolds looks gorgeous too!Thanks for sharing, enjoy the rest of your weekend, love Linda x

Francesca said...

I would love to have such a cottage! Gorgeous!

Ellie said...

What an interesting post. I don't think I've seen that film - I must look for the DVD 'cause it looks lovely.

Kay G. said...

Only thing about that movie...wasn't that the one that paired Kate Winslet with Jack Black? Sorry, but that is just too unbelivable for me!
Oh, and I lived in England once and may I just say, I was always impressed by Princess Diana and the way that she seemed to wear beautiful clothes and didn't seem to be cold. My sister told me the secret...THERMAL UNDERWEAR!! (My sister lived there too, at the time.) I only wish she had told me sooner!

Teacup Moments said...

loved that film! i'm envious of you for living there - big parka and scarf in bed notwithstanding. it's the perfect holiday setting, i think. would love to cocoon in such cozy cottages in Shere or the Cotswolds. and what a charming photo of that Slatter's Cottage, so very inviting! Cool name for the cottage itself, too.

a happy little life said...

Great post! Love this movie!
I think I read somewhere the house of Practical Magic was made the same.
Have a great day, Tracie

helen tilston said...

What a waste of money building a makeshift cottage, with so many beautiful English cottages. I love the Cotswolds and have visited many times. It is the perfect place to spend Christmas.
You reminded me of sleeping in old farmhouse in Ontario and wearing a ski hat to bed. Not the most romantic sight!!! ha ha
I must look for the movie. Thanks,
Helen xx

Pet said...

I can understand the feeling. Such a cottage is in my dreams too. May be we should move to Ireland then :-)

TexWisGirl said...

ha ha. all smoke and mirrors...

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a great post! Who would have known it was a "put up job"!
Ruth

Robynne's Nest said...

I too, had visions of living in something like that cottage...however, practicalities always play a part...and I'm quite happy in our red brick bungalow....however, every now and then....I wish for a thatched cottage...spiders and all! Robx

loveandlilac said...

I fell in love with this 'cottage' when I saw the film. They really created the perfect cottage imaginable didn't they? I've never visited Shere - it looks lovely. Have you ever been to the tiny village of Turville where they filmed Chtty Chitty Bang Bang? It's gorgeous!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I also love Shere, as spent the best part of my life in the area as a born and bred Surrey girl!

Kentish Keg-Meg said...

I loved this cottage in that film.

Sarah said...

Ah yes! The hubs and I love that movie...especially b/c of that cute cottage!!! I can't wait to tell him it's a fake!! What a disappointment!!

Country Nanny said...

Oh I love that cottage too! I can't believe it doesn't really exist :(

elaine said...

The last photos rather shatter the illusion don't they - I remember the cottage well, that and Jude Law are definitely the best bits to look at.

beetree said...

The wonders of movie magic! The other cottage you found is very cute though! I do love watching that movie- last year we put in on while we wrapped the kids presents...fun stuff!

Sarah B said...

I love this movie and am sad to know that cute cottage doesn't exist! In fact, it's about time I watched it again...

greenthumb said...

Love that movie, will have to pull it out and watch it again.

ms.composure said...

yes def LOVED that cottage and i LOVED that movie. it was def a gr8 movie and all the actors def contributed to make it a gr8 movie

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topchelseagirl said...

I'd already discovered that the cottage was fake - such a shame, but there are plenty of gorgeous real ones about.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

HA!! that was a fun movie!! and a little disappointing that the cottage was just a 'prop'...but not too surprising...that's Hollywood...all over the place!

so...if you had them build you a cottage in a day...anywhere...where would you have them build it?? of course...your whole family would go there too...but just for the day, then they'd have to tear it down!!

GirlSprout said...

It's one of my favorite holiday movies. Alas, how disappointing that Iris's cottage was only part of a movie set.

Privet and Holly said...

I remember when you
first wrote about this
cottage and how my
heart broke to find out
that it isn't truly standing
somewhere in the lovely
English countryside, anymore!
Still a great fantasy, though.....!

xx Suzanne

flwrjane said...

Luckily for you I had already found out this house of my heart wasn't real.

otherwise you would have found salty tears all over your post.

xo Jane

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

My husband LOVES that movie. I'm not a Cameron Diaz fan, but I loved the scenes of England and that cozy cottage. Hope you find it one day!

StarletStarlet said...

Oh I so love that movie. And I so love those charming british cottages. And I am sooo heart broken that Iris' cottage is not real. NOOO! I remember her description on the movie made me want to go get a cuppa hot cocoa and decorate my house with something similar!

So are you going to rent the Slatter's cottage?

Maxabella said...

The only thing I loved about that movie was that cottage... I think the one you have found for rent would do the job, don't you think? Gorgeous! x

Robyn said...

Love that film...so ready to watch it again! Also love that cottage...so a wee bit heartbroken...

lizzybradbury said...

This one was such a twist, I only found out this house was fake a little while ago but I rest contented in the knowledge that there are plenty of stunning houses just like this in Cornwall that are real!

Lizzy x

Emma said...

I can't believe it... I fell in love with that house when I saw the movie and it was fake!!!! Off to search Apple TV now for the movie... must watch it again immediately! x

Barbara said...

I love this movie and I loved that country cottage. I can't believe it was a fake!

Zosia said...

I did see the movie. I liked the cottage, inside and outside, better than the movie itself. The cottage was GREAT, the movie was OK.
Love the "behind the scenes" photos.

Ola said...

I remember this movie, I had a lot of fun watching this! Thanks for reminding me about this little house~!

Katie said...

oh my goodness--definitely a heart breaker, i cannot believe that was built and torn down for just the movie. the holiday is my favorite movie, no lie, and i have had my heart set on visiting england and staying in a home like the cottage! really shocked about that..great read!

Iota said...

That movie came out just as we were moving to the US. I went and saw it within our first month here. It was very apt!

Pom Pom said...

I've watched The Holiday over and over and over again because of that cottage.

Hines-Sight said...

Love this post. So fun.

ann said...

I want to rent the cottage in the Cotswolds! How disappointing to know that the movie cottage was a fake. I saw the movie just because I wanted to see the English Countryside. I am that way you know. Anything English. You are living my dream.

Natalie said...

Oh I had to laugh at this post! I'm American, my husband is English, we live in Colorado. For YEARS I've wanted to live for awhile in England, preferably in a cottage like this or with a thatched roof, like we see in the movies. My husband, who as a carpenter has spent his fair share of time working in places like this, has nothing good to say. Those cute cottages, he tells me, are cold and drafty. The thatched roofs? Rats! We have stayed in a few cottages on vacation and he was right--cold, drafty. Thanks for the chuckle this morning! (But I'm still daydreaming about my cottage somewhere...)

Cassandra said...

WOW!!! I love that cottage.... when i saw the movie for the first time i thought " i want to go to England to live in that cottage"! I came to England but i live in a normal flat! :( ahahah! Now i'm really sad beacuse it doent' really exists... But i still love Englas anyway! :)

Chrissy Farnan said...

Love this movie - it's one of my favorites!!

Mandi @ Southern Gnome said...

I'm so let down that the cottage wasn't real. It was everything I want when dream of moving to England. *Sigh* Loved this post. Glad you reposted since I wasn't following then.

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