It’s midwinter, and many of us are still in cozy mode. While Rosehill Cottage from THE HOLIDAY film with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz isn’t a real cottage that physically exists (it was Hollywood sets and movie tricks), it still captures our imaginations. So much cozy inspiration for English country style inside!
Rosehill Cottage, Rustic English Cottages & Places to Stay
Random Thoughts on Fantasy Cottages
“Rosehill Cottage” reminds me how Ai images of architecture and interiors on social media are often met with disdain when we are all quite accustomed to artificial designs in movies. Why is a fake movie set with hollow props less troublesome than images where a human prompted artificial intelligence to create something new? Stylists have been creating moods and fantasy for entertainment and advertising for decades. Designers have used 3-D software for building projects for a long time too. Is it concern that design jobs will disappear? That travel and curiosity will wane (virtual reality over real structures and real places)?
Here’s a very real, award winning English cottage that many mistake as either Ai as or the cottage in THE HOLIDAY:
So charming as a mix of old and new, and it was just awarded first place from the British Institute of Interior Design! Congratulations, Osborn Interiors!!! Here is the home in fall splendor:
Let’s get cozy with Cotswold loveliness.
The Cotswold region in south-central England is renowned for its picturesque villages, rolling hills, and quintessential English charm. Need ideas for places to visit in the Cotswolds?
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Ideas Places to Stay & Visit
Often referred to as the “Venice of the Cotswolds,” Bourton-on-the-Water features a charming river running through the center of the village, lined with traditional stone buildings, quaint shops, and cafes.
This idyllic village is famous for its broad high street lined with honey-colored limestone buildings, art galleries, antique shops, and tea rooms. Nearby Broadway Tower offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Known for its historic Market Hall and beautiful medieval architecture, Chipping Campden is a delightful Cotswold village with picturesque streets and lovely gardens.
Stanley Cottage (Chipping Campden)
What a beautiful place to stay in Chipping Campden HERE!
This ancient market town boasts a market square surrounded by elegant buildings, including the historic St. Edward’s Church.
It’s a great place to explore traditional Cotswold architecture and browse local shops.
Often described as one of the most beautiful villages in England, Bibury is renowned for its quaint Arlington Row cottages.
Built in the 17th century, and its scenic setting along the River Coln.
Recognized as one of the prettiest villages in England, Castle Combe is characterized by its charming honey-colored stone cottages, medieval church, and peaceful ambiance.
As the largest town in the Cotswolds, Cirencester offers a mix of history, culture, and shopping.
Visitors can explore the town’s Roman roots, visit the Corinium Museum, and stroll along the picturesque streets.
Located near Winchcombe, Sudeley Castle is a historic castle with beautiful gardens, including the Queens’ Garden, where four of England’s queens once walked.
Hidcote Manor Garden
This National Trust property near Chipping Campden features one of England’s most famous Arts and Crafts gardens, known for its intricately designed outdoor “rooms” and stunning floral displays.
While technically just outside the Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-visit attraction. The stunning Baroque palace is set within beautiful landscaped grounds designed by Capability Brown.
These are just a few highlights of the Cotswolds region, but there are many more charming villages, historic sites, and natural landscapes to explore throughout this picturesque area of England.
Inspiration for English Country Style from Rosehill Cottage of THE HOLIDAY Sets
Photos below of Rosehill Cottage set: “The Holiday” (Columbia Pictures, 2006); production design: Jon Hutman; set decoration: Cindy Carr and David Smith
Rosehill Cottage Set Interiors from “The Holiday”
In case you’re dreaming of driving by the English cottage from the movie? Nope. It was a Hollywood set! But isn’t it glorious?
The living room design features a red stripe sofa, drum table, and a sumptuous velvet tufted ottoman used as a table. The walls appear so thick, don’t they? I was surprised to learn that in historic cottages in the Cotswold region, those thick stone walls were hollow and filled with rocks and rubbish!
English Country Kitchen from “The Holiday”
Oh this movie set kitchen! Authentic in that rooms in these cottages were small and often irregularly shaped.
I can’t stop staring at this image with its cozy lighting, rugged stone walls, pretty blue cabinets and tiny range. Who wouldn’t want to be invited to sip tea near that fire?
The scale of everything is so irresistible…look at the stairs! The floorplan of an authentic Cotswold cottage is typically bisected by a staircase, and you can see this Hollywood set for the movie featured that authentic architectural element. It was also customary for the staircases to be wood (chestnut, oak, or beech) just as you see in Iris’ cottage.
And the cozy window nook area in the living room.
The character who lives in this English cottage (Iris Simpkins) is a writer so it makes sense this inviting bookish space would be designed for the set.
Tiny Bathroom With Soaking Tub in Rosehill Cottage
Remember the little bathroom with the soaking tub Amanda (Cameron Diaz) squeezes into in the rustic bathroom? How charming are the diamonds painted on the wood floor and stone walls?
Traditional Cotswold cottage floorplans featured bedrooms on the first floor. As you study the photos of these sets, it becomes clear how much thoughtfulness went into the designs. They appear historically accurate and feel lived in.
No matching sets of furniture or any fuss at all in the living room–probably why we all fall in love with this house when we watch the movie.
Daughters’ Fort in “The Holiday”
Sophie and Olivia invite Amanda into their magical tent in one of the most touching scenes of the film.
What a soft, feminine, cozy, inviting space that offers inspiration! In that same cottage (Jude Law’s character Graham’s home), a sweet New Year’s Eve dance party marks the final scene:
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