This week, my lovely writer friend, Melanie Rose, and I visited Loseley Park in Surrey. It was used in the BBC 4-part adaptation of Emma where it played Mr Knightley’s home, Donwell Abbey, and it also had a starring role in the recent Andrew Davies adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. So it was very much a Jane Austen-themed day!
It has one of the most beautiful and romantic gardens I’ve ever seen. Here I am cuddling up to a Gertrude Jekyll rose bush!
But Loseley wasn’t the only film set I visited this week. On an evening walk with Molly, Roy and I managed to walk right through a film set! Quite close to us is a beautiful eighteenth-century farmhouse by a canal and it’s very popular as a film location – Bridget Jones’s Diary, 28 Weeks Later, and The Children of Men have all been filmed here, and we spotted David Jason there this week – filming The Royal Bodyguard which is to be shown on TV at Christmas.
As if this wasn’t enough excitement, I then visited the lovely Ashdown House where my writer friend, Nicola Cornick, gives guided tours when she isn’t writing her wonderful historical novels. Here we are, windswept on the roof! The views over the parkland are stunning.
Don’t forget, this is the last week you can buy my three fantasy rom coms on Kindle for just 86p each. And it’s also your last chance to enter my competition to win a signed copy of The Perfect Hero and a Jane Austen goodie bag!