There are few things that excite me more than finding a location from a book or film so I was absolutely delighted to find not one but three locations whilst on holiday in Exmoor last week. The first was the tiny Devon village of Georgeham – home to Henry Williamson – the author of Tarka the Otter. Here’s a photo of his first cottage in the village (he then went on to move to a bigger property in the same lane).
Rumour has it that he would bathe naked in the stream here and throw rotten fruit at the village children. Very bad author behaviour if you ask me!
Later in the week, we discovered the gorgeous private estate of Hartland and followed the winding path through the woods out towards the coast where we found the wonderful cottage which featured in the Andrew Davies adaptation of Sense and Sensibility as well as having a staring role in Rosamunde Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers. Isn’t it a glorious setting?
Here I am with Molly in location heaven!
It was hard to leave beautiful Devon behind but our journey home was sweetened by a trip to the landscaped gardens at Stourhead – where I found the fabulous temple where Matthew MacFadyen’s Mr Darcy proposed to Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Bennet. And true life romance was happening before my eyes that day because a wedding was about to take place.
What a glorious setting in which to say ‘I do’.