Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)

Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)
Oh, to be in England...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Emma location-Squerryes Court

Rarely have I ever drooled so much over a location as I have for the location chosen for Emma's home of Hartfield in the 2009 BBC version of Jane Austen's Emma.
Not only the actual house and gardens of Squerryes Court, which are exquisite, but also the way the house was "dressed" by the set designers and the way the intimate photography and direction brought the viewer through the house as if you were right there with Emma and Mr. Knightley as they were verbally sparring with each other.
If ever I find myself again in Kent, I will go out of my way to see the house.  It is open Wed, Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays and only 7 pounds sterling for both the house and garden!  I certainly could understand how Emma would not be in a big hurry to leave that house to get married, especially to a worm like Mr. Elton.

But to Jonny Lee Miller's Mr. Knightley, well, that is a different matter.  I mean, even the perfection of Squerryes Court cannot compare to his Mr. Knightley!

This is my idea of the perfect country manor house. And to all of the lucky brides who get married or have their receptions there every year, I am green with envy.  And to anyone who got to see the Emma Exhibition this year at Squerryes Court which included some of the dresses from the above production-you are very lucky!!!
Anyone want to join me in a house and garden tour?  Even though the costumes are gone, I could spend at least an afternoon poking around Emma's home in the country.  You too?


  1. I love that house! and this version of Emma!
    Chiara (Emma on facebook) :)

  2. Always glad to hear that others share my slight obsession. Thanks for reading my blog Chiara/Emma. ;)

  3. Is there a link to the house website (National Trust?) that you could include in this entry? You know how I love to dream of trips to English country houses as well ... and we can continue to debate the merits of each version of Emma as we tour around.
    Big Sister

  4. Hey Big Sister,

    I know how you love those English Country Houses! I linked the site for Squerryes to the blog so you can drool along with me. It isn't a National Trust Property but it still has a great website. By the way, this is the best version of Emma. Nyaaa!

    Little Sis




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