Austen fans may recognize this lake at Lyme Park House, as it was here that Colin Firth famously shot the scene where Mr. Darcy takes a dip and emerges soaking wet in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. The stately mansion belonged to the Legh Family for centuries, beginning in 1388 until it was given to the National Trust in 1946.
Set in the English countryside of Somerset, Montacute House served as the backdrop for several scenes in Emma Thomson’s acclaimed 1995 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility.
When Elizabeth, her aunt, and uncle Gardiner consider spending some time as tourists in the Derbyshire area in Pride & Prejudice, the characters are specifically excited to visit Chatsworth House. Who would have thought that almost two hundred years later, that same mansion would go down in cinematic history as Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley in the Joe Wright–directed adaptation.
Home to many generations of Dukes of Devonshire, the house boasts a huge collection of marble statues. And if one day you’re fortunate enough to venture into this historic home, you’ll also find a marble bust of Macfadyen, who played Fitzwilliam Darcy.