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LUXURY ON LOCATION: BRIDGERTON
BINGED on Bridgerton and wanting more?  How about putting the real-life locations on your travel wish-list for when the world unlocks. The regency romance between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) has been the hit of the Christmas and New Year season. It transported us from lockdowns to lavish parties and gorgeous locations, as Shonda Rhimes, (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder) and her Shondaland company transformed the romantic novels of Julia Quinn into binge-TV.
 
1 .BATH
The beautifully preserved city is no stranger to screen fame. Its Georgian streets have been featured frequently across film and TV.  Adaptions of Jane Austen, Vanity Fair, The Duchess and most recently, Belgravia have all been filmed here. Bridgerton, as many before, makes use of The Royal Crescent (pictured), the curving row of terraced houses built by John Wood in 1774.  The elegant facade of No 1, now a museum, features as the home of the Featheringtons. The Bath Assembly Rooms and the 19th-century Holburne Museum were also used as set.  While Trim Street, Beauford Square, Barton Street and Abbey Green were given a makeover to turn them into cobbled streets and a regency green

2. RANGERS HOUSE, LONDON
The exterior of the Bridgerton estate, the exterior was filmed at a red-brick Georgian mansion in South London known as Ranger’s House. However, the inside of the Bridgerton family home was filmed at Halton House in Buckinghamshire and on some very lavish sets built in the studio. 
 
3. HATFIELD HOUSE, HERTFORDSHIRE
Hatfield House was the 17th-century home of the 1st Earl of Salisbury. It has a long screen pedigree featuring as Manderley in Rebecca and Queen Anne’s quarters in The Favourite,  the Lara Croft movies and as Wayne Manor in the Tim Burton Batman films.  Most recently, it was used in the Netflix film, Enola Holmes. As well as using the exterior, Bridgerton was shot in the house’s famous Marble Hall, the library, and in the West Garden.
 
4.THE REFORM CLUB, LONDON
the club is where we see Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) meet Basset. The Pall Mall gentlemen’s club was founded in 1836 and was the starting point of Phileas Fogg’s travels in both Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days and its 1956 cinema adaptation. It has also appeared in the Bond films Die Another Day and Quantum of Solace as well as 2009’s Sherlock Holmes and 2014’s Paddington.
 
5. WILTON HOUSE NEAR SALISBURY
The 16th-century seat of the Earls of Pembroke. Was used as the royal palace in the series. We see Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) seated on her throne in the Single Cube Room, one of the state rooms designed by Inigo Jones in the mid-16th century.  Eagle eyed readers might note that this is the same room Princess Diana danced in during season four of The Crown. The house is a  clearly favourite backdrop for period dramas featuring in  Mrs Brown, Pride & Prejudice and the 2020 version of Emma.  The Palace's exterior shots used Hampton Court Palace and Lancaster House.

6. PAINSHILL PARK, SURREY
The Surrey garden landscaped under the 18th-century aristocrat Charles Hamilton, its famous lake and Chinese Bridge all make an appearance. The Featherington family, led by matriarch Portia (Polly Walker), stroll in the gardens.  
 
7. CASTLE HOWARD, YORKSHIRE
This impressive 18th-century pile became the Duke of Hastings’s country house.  It has the largest dome in any private residence and the dome featured in the series. The magnificent house took over 100 years to build and has starred in both the 1981 TV series and 2008 film of Brideshead Revisited. Aficionados might like to note that the Temple of four Winds in the grounds was the location for a steamy Simon and Daphne sex scene. The Inn where the pair spend their wedding night (not that we’re obsessed or anything...) is Dorney Court near Windsor, which actually does host weddings. 
 
Hilary Doling 07/01/21
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