Rosehill Cottage from The Holiday

Christmas has already landed as far as retail is concerned. And it won’t be long before we snuggle up in front of the log burner for yet another airing of the popular 2006 rom-com film ‘The Holiday,’ starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law.

Which then usually prompts viewers to head to social media and wax lyrical about just how much they want to live in an English village cottage similar to Rosehill Cottage in the movie.

So how do you go about finding a cottage as cute as the one in The Holiday? And can Holiday Cottage Compare ensure that Jude Law comes to stay (er no, sadly!)

What is the film 'The Holiday' about?

Directed by Nancy Meyers, The Holiday is a film set in both quintessential England and Los Angeles’ Hollywood and sees a recently dumped English rose, Iris (Kate Winslet) agree to a house swap over Christmas with the equally unlucky in love Amanda (Cameron Diaz), in attempt for both of them to get their lives back on track.

Somewhat culture shocked, both women unwittingly fall for two men (Jude Law and Jack Black) and have less than two weeks of the house swap remaining to decide how the rest of their lives should play out.

Can I actually stay in Rosehill Cottage in The Holiday?

Breaking news: the cottage in The Holiday is fake!

Yep, we’re sorry to break it to you but the cottage in The Holiday is fake. Fake news.

Apparently, the front was built as a façade in the middle of a field over the course of two weeks (you can actually see this on the DVD’s special features section!)

And the interior sets were built on a sound stage at a cost of $1million. Which goes some way to explaining why it looked so gorgeous!

Filming for the English village scenes actually took place in Shere and Godalming, in Surrey – during which time it unexpectedly snowed for real three times. Nevertheless the directors still hired in snow machines so that poor Cameron Diaz could drag her suitcase for miles through the drifts - in those heels!

Cute Lake District Cottage

How can I find a property like Rosehill Cottage?

So the real Rosehill Cottage is – well – less than real. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find something similar in an equally stunning location in England. And why limit it to England? There are also some wonderful alternatives throughout the UK.

By using Holiday Cottage Compare’s incredibly simple search tools, you can choose from literally hundreds of different property tags that might make up a similar dream property.

For example, you might want to look for a ‘thatched’ cottage, with a 'log burner' that is also 'romantic'. Or something in a ‘rural’ or ‘secluded’ location, with an ‘enclosed garden’. If you’re after something older, we have even tagged our cottages with listed status, including ‘grade 1’ and ‘grade 2’ listed. The options are endless!

Litton Cheney cottage

Search for UK holiday cottages by location or dates. Or neither!

We also make it possible to search by specific locations such as Cornwall, a region like South East Wales or an area of interest like the Lake District. You can choose a location and look for holiday cottages within your chosen drive or distance. Or if you fancy something really quirky, you can draw your own odd shaped area on a map!

Holiday Cottage Compares also makes it possible to choose cottages for a specific date, an extended date (say May to December) or no dates at all.

Whichever way suits you best, we want to make the experience as simple and quick as possible.

Llandrillo holiday cottage

Need a hand looking for a UK holiday cottage?

So sadly you can’t stay in the actual cottage that starred in The Holiday. Simply because it does not exist.

But we can help you find the next best thing with a wonderful selection of over 14,000 holiday cottages throughout the UK.

Or if you would rather snuggle up, watch a chick flick and eat popcorn, just let us know what you are looking for in your next holiday cottage and we will gladly give you a hand.

Happy Holidays!

Image credit: Rosehill Cottage taken from a still of the movie

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