Jane Austen once wrote there is “no finer county in England than Derbyshire”. I wholeheartedly agree! Here’s some staycation or day trip ideas for Jane Austen fans, including all the key spots where Pride and Prejudice filmed.
Pride and Prejudice is very much based in Derbyshire. Austen is thought to have based fictional Lambton largely on the town of Bakewell where she wrote much of the novel.
The Rutland Arms, Bakewell
Austen herself stayed at The Rutland Arms Hotel which has been thoughtfully renovated into a boutique hotel which is open to non-residents for dining, drinks, afternoon teas or just coffee and cake in one of its lovely lounges. It’s also an excellent base to explore the area. Read more about The Rutland Arms here.
Stanage Edge, captured beautifully here by Peak District photographer Sarah K Hagan, featured in the film adaptation with Keira Knightley, the scene where Elizabeth Bennet stares dreamily out over the moors was filmed here and used in the promotional material for the film. Lots of lovely countryside walks can be done in the area.
Austen based Pemberley, the fictional ancestral home of the dashing Mr Darcey on Chatsworth House and both the TV series and film were filmed here. Chatsworth makes for a wonderful day out – there are extensive, varied gardens, opulent interiors and a fun farmyart area.
Scenes from Pride and Prejudice were also filmed at nearby Haddon Hall, a medieval manor house with beautifully romantic gardens. Haddon is beautiful to explore during the warmer months but also runs a delightfully festive artisan market at Christmas.
The Peacock at Rowsley
For hospitality fit for a movie star, why not stay at The Peacock at Rowsley which is where the Pride and Prejudice crew are said to have stayed. The Peacock is a luxurious, boutique hotel that is part of the Haddon Estate. It’s an ideal based to explore Bakewell and the rest of the Peak District. Or visit the restaurant for high end dining.
For more great places to eat and drink, check out my guide to the best Derbyshire restaurants, or some of the most cosy pubs in Derbyshire. You might also like my guide to Peak District weekend breaks.
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