One of the most iconic and classic love stories, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen far surpasses the test of time. First published in 1813, the story has remained in the hearts and on the minds of fans everywhere, especially following the release of film adaptations in 1940, 2005, and most notably the six-episode miniseries which debuted on BBC in 1995.
Starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bennet, the miniseries won critical acclaim, as well as the love of fans spanning multiple generations. If you find that your heart flutters every time you hear Mr. Darcy’s name (or just happen to find British accents make everything more romantic) pack your bags and head to England’s countryside for your honeymoon, following this Pride and Prejudice–inspired itinerary. After all, “we are all fools in love.”
Where to Stay
Dating back to 1804, the historic Rutland Arms Hotel lies on the edges of the infamous Chatsworth estate, and most important features the Austen Room. With a four-poster bed and windows that provide fantastic views, the room was also once where Austen called home when she was reportedly wrapping up her writing of Pride and Prejudice. It is also believed that Austen was inspired enough by the beauty of the surrounding area for it to have shaped the scenery surrounding Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley in the book.
For a bit of a more luxurious experience, consider the nearby Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa. Stay in one of their 42 rooms and suites nestled amongst 500 acres of lush green park, and take in all the property has to offer including the Michelin-starred restaurant Hywel Jones. Take a break from your itinerary to indulge at the Spa, which offers traditional spa services on top of thermal cabins, an indoor pool, indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy pool, and relaxation rooms.
Where to Eat and Drink
The Red Lion Inn, Lacock
The Red Lion Inn is not only offers dining, drinking, and hotel accommodations all in one, it’s also where the scenes featuring the Meryton Assembly Room and the Crown were filmed for the miniseries. Serving free range poultry and eggs and meats directly from quality suppliers, their sample Sunday menu features mouthwatering roasts, smoked fish, chicken, ham, and more.
The Gladstone Arms, Chippenham
For a meal that will rival Mrs. Bennet’s affair, enjoy a proper dinner at the Gladstone Arms. Rack of lamb, rump steaks, and rib eyes are only a small sampling of the deliciously classic English meals you can enjoy. After (or before), relax in their outdoor beer garden for some quality together time.
No trip to England would be complete without a traditional afternoon tea. Oakley Hall in Hampshire offers two tea experiences, one within the 2AA Rosette Glasshouse restaurant on their charming terrace. Enjoy tea with all the fixings, and even a glass of champagne to add a touch of romance.
What to See
Representing the village of Meryton in the film, the charming town of Lacock in Wiltshire (it may look extra familiar, as it has also made cameos in the Harry Potter films too) should be one of your first stops. Filled with historic charm, the town looks and feels like a page out of history. Stroll around with your love taking in the sights before sitting down for a pint and some snacks at the George Inn, a public house that dates back to the 14th century.
Used for shots where Mr. Darcy had his Cambridge flashbacks, the Lacock Abbey Cloisters are also beautiful to explore while in town.
Lyme Park, Disley, Cheshire
The famous lake scene (in which Mr. Darcy emerges fully clothed from a swim and has an unforgettable encounter with Elizabeth) was filmed at Lymewater Hall, a private mansion. For a similar experience, you can visit Lyme Park, managed by the National Trust, which is also home of the manor and grounds used for Mr. Darcy’s stately home, Pemberley.
Chawton House, Chawton
To get a feel for the surroundings Austen experienced while editing and revising the tale, head to Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire. The only home of Jane’s that is open to visitors, a mix of reproduced rooms and artifacts within the brick home will transport you back in time.
The Peak District, Derbyshire
Breathtaking views are featured in the miniseries when Lizzie looks over the cliffs to the sprawling countryside, and luckily you can take in that sight for yourself. About a three-hour drive from Chawton, the Peak District in Derbyshire is a great place to spend a day. Adventurous couples will love to walk, hike, rock climb, or cycle along the trails and cliffs while others will enjoy touring the historic sites, shopping at the markets or popping into one of many breweries within the district.
Nearby, you’ll also be able to tour the building whose interiors were used as the setting of Pemberley. Sudbury Hall, a country house also located in Derbyshire, is owned by the National Trust and is rich in history spanning far beyond the drama. It’s now home to the National Trust Museum of Childhood, where visitors can relive and explore childhood memories with artifacts, toys, and exhibits dedicated to bygone eras.