It’s no secret that we’re all obsessed with Netflix’s saucy new period drama – Bridgerton.
The outfits, the romance, the men (hello Duke Simon), we can’t stop fantasising about living that regency lifestyle.
And can you think of anything better than a weekend getaway to a Bridgerton-inspired location that looks like it might have been transplanted straight from the 1800s (only with better heating and a hot tub)?
Obviously, we are in lockdown at the moment so staycations are not possible (and actually very illegal), but that doesn’t stop us from dreaming.
The home of the Bridgertons has garnered attention for it’s beautiful decor both inside and out. However, the Georgian mansion is actually a combination of two locations, the exterior being Ranger’s House in Greenwich and the interior, RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire.
If you fancy a taste of the lavish lifestyle endured by the Bridgertons, UK accommodation provider, Big Cottages, has shared its top picks of luxury properties, each with a Royal rating, inspired by our period dramas.
Time to get planning that post-lockdown trip.
Wiltshire Cottage, Corsham
Royal rating: 5/10
Luxury feature: Sweeping staircase
Set within a walled garden, this Grade II listed country home in the village of Pickwick, Corsham is certainly fit for a leading lady.
Complete with a grand entrance featuring a sweeping staircase, an open fire in the living room and large sash windows throughout, you’re sure to notice a Royal touch.
The cottage is a short drive away from the Georgian Spa town of Bath which featured as the backdrop for many of the outdoor scenes in Bridgerton as the suitors strolled along the promenade.
The Garden Wing at Mount Ephraim, Faversham
Royal rating: 6/10
Luxury feature: Ten acre gardens
The awe-strikingly grand Garden Wing at Mount Ephraim house is set in the middle of ten acres of Edwardian terraced gardens. The rooms overlook the beautiful greenery made up of three themes; roses, Japanese rocks and water.
The Grade II listed Victorian building of Mount Ephraim is within a short driving distance of the fishing town of Faversham and the medieval City of Canterbury, leaving you spoilt for choice when it comes to historic experiences.
The Somerset Castle, Bath
Royal rating: 8/10
Luxury feature: Hot tubs
With enough room inside and out for the corgis, The Somerset Castle boasts a historic 500 acre estate consisting of two restored battlements, sleeping up to 24 guests. The open plan dining room opens into a traditional kitchen which overlooks the grounds.
For an added touch of luxury you will find two hot tubs on the castle grounds with views of the gardens as you relax amongst the bubbles (unfortunately a Royal housekeeper is not included).
Walton Castle, North Somerset
Royal rating: 10/10
Luxury feature: Swimming pool
Formally an Iron Age hill fort, Walton castle is Grade II listed and sits in the centre of an octagonal keep with accommodation spanning over four floors. With unrivalled views, Walton Castle provides a breathtaking overview of private grounds, with the Bristol Channel to the south and west and the local countryside to the north and east.
The castle also boasts seven turrets to explore just across the courtyard, each comprising various rooms – did we mention the swimming pool too?
Just a short journey away from the Victorian seaside town of Clevedon, there is much to explore on your Royal trip.
East Riding Cottage, Driffield
Royal rating: 6/10
Luxury feature: Renovated chapel
The town of York served as the filming location for scenes of period drama ‘The Great’, so what better than a renovated Methodist Chapel in Driffield, Yorkshire to explore the trails of Charlotte the Great?
Dating back to 1883, the chapel is a charming mix of original features with modern touches, boasting a red and yellow Romanesque style exterior.
Just a stone’s throw away from walking and cycle routes, Yorkshire is truly on your doorstep. With beautiful stately homes nearby including Burton Agnes Hall and Sledmere House, East Riding Cottage is the perfect base for exploration.
Buckinghamshire House, Beaconsfield
Royal rating: 7/10
Luxury feature: Drawing room
A stunning countryside retreat, this property in Buckinghamshire sits perfectly amongst the quaint, historical houses that the county boasts. The farmhouse itself has plenty of Royal entertaining room available with a drawing room, lounge, kitchen and dining area.
The surrounding area, Beaconsfield, is full of fun activities with rambling walks through beech wood forests at The Chiltern Hills nearby or the Chiltern Open Air Museum. Whereas the nearby country house and estate of Cliveden is a must-see attraction for those enamoured by fine art and Royalty.
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