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You can stay overnight in the National Trust house used to film BBC’s Pride & Prejudice

Re-enact your very own Mr Darcy Regency romance in Disley.

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 7th August 2023

Fans of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice are in for a treat because the National Trust has just made one of the properties used to film the BBC’s iconic mini-series available as a holiday let.

The Lyme Estate in Cheshire, which many will recognise as Pemberley, aka heartthrob Mr. Darcy’s enormous stately home from the TV series, is now open to visitors – with Austen (and Colin Firth) fans now able to stay the night and live out their own Regency romance.

The National Trust, which owns the property, has made a former gamekeeper’s cottage on the estate known as Lyme East House available to let for short getaway breaks.

A short walk from the grand manor house that acted as the backdrop for the cult TV series, the cottage can be rented for two-night stays with prices starting from £315 in September.

The two-bedroom Edwardian property accommodates a maximum of four guests and two dogs, an added bonus for Austen fans with pets.

Image: National Trust
Image: National Trust

As for entertainment, aside from living out your own personal Mr Darcy romance (although taking a dip in the lake to recreate the series’ most famous wet-shirted scene is not recommended) visitors can also stroll the grounds, tickle the ivories on the cottage piano, and watch the red deer gallivanting in the grounds.

You can promenade through the rose gardens arm in arm, as well as exploring the ravine garden and the estate’s many herbaceous borders, not to mention enjoying free access to the Lyme Estate where a large amount of the iconic 1995 TV series was filmed.


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Nearby, there is also the Timber Yard Coffee Shop to be explored for tea, coffee, and cake, and a restaurant that is open for lunch daily.

Image: National Trust
Image: National Trust

A description of the Lodge reads as follows: “Swap grey window views for vast panoramas of green countryside and roaming red deer. You’ll be nestled on the eastern boundary of Lyme’s 1,400 acre historic deer park when you stay in this two-bedroom Edwardian cottage. It overlooks the moorland plateau of Kinder Scout and the historic cage banqueting tower, which was used as a 16th-century hunting lodge. 


“Inside the sandstone house you’ll find an inviting space with spacious rooms that retain some of their original features. It can also accommodate your dogs too. There’s a garden at the rear of the cottage for pup to stretch his legs. 

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“Take advantage of free access to the Lyme estate. Explore the many walking trails or visit the main house where the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was filmed.

“If you want to delve further into the moorlands and craggy terrains of the Peak District, a 20 minute drive will take you into the heart of the National Park. Or for the spa town of Buxton is just a 35 minute drive from here.”

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To see the full listing for the Edwardian cottage and view available dates for a getaway, visit the National Trust website here.

Featured image – Geograph