Written 6th December 2023 | Subscribe to our Christmas newsletter
The iconic cottage featured in the beloved film "The Holiday" was originally known as Honeysuckle Cottage, nestled in Holmbury St Mary, Surrey.
Discovered by filmmakers seeking a typical cozy English cottage, it was later renamed Rosehill Cottage for the movie. Due to logistical constraints, a faithful recreation was painstakingly crafted in a studio, mirroring every detail from the real-life counterpart, including the charming picket fence, country garden, and the rural track where Cameron Diaz's character famously slips.
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In 2019, John Bromley and his wife Cressida became the proud owners of this quant cottage after spotting it in a property magazine. Initially unaware of its significance, they were surprised to find people taking photos outside their new home.
Realizing the cottage's popularity, Jon and Cressida made the decision to share their beautiful cottage on Airbnb. Guests can now experience the magic for an average of £295 a night, with bookings stretching from Christmas and New Year to as far as summer 2024.
This rustic retreat in Holmbury St Mary boasts three bedrooms, an AGA stove, underfloor heating, a landscaped garden, and a flagstone-laid terrace, offering delightful views over the Surrey hills.
The owner, Jon expressed his pride in the cottage, sharing stories of satisfied guests, including scientists from Cambridge. Describing it as the perfect getaway in a village with just a pub and no shops, he continues to reside in the cottage while happily accommodating bookings for special occasions such as Christmas, New Year, and local weddings.
"The Holiday," released in 2006 and directed by Nancy Meyers, is a heartwarming romantic comedy that revolves around the lives of two women, Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) and Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz), who decide to swap homes for the Christmas holiday. Frustrated with their respective love lives, Iris, a British journalist, and Amanda, a successful businesswoman from Los Angeles, embark on a transatlantic house exchange to escape their troubles. As they settle into each other's lives, both women find unexpected romance in the most unexpected places. Iris connects with Amanda's brother, Graham (Jude Law), while Amanda becomes entangled with Iris's charming brother, Miles (Jack Black). The film beautifully intertwines the stories of these two women as they navigate love, self-discovery, and the magic of the holiday season. With delightful humor, heartfelt moments, and picturesque settings, "The Holiday" has become a beloved classic, celebrated for its charming narrative and the chemistry between its talented cast.
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