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How To Visit The Cute Village From The Holiday

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How can you visit? And is it even real? C&TH investigates...

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The Christmas season is back in full force, meaning it’s time to hunker down and (re)watch the best festive romcom ever made: The Holiday (2006). Starring Cameron Diaz and Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Jack Black, not only is The Holiday extremely star-studded, wholesome and decently written but, more than 15 years on, it has aged well too. The stand-out performer, though, has to be that pretty Surrey village, with bags of charm sprinkled like snow on the narrow roads. If you’re similarly lovestruck, you might be wondering if you can visit. But, first thing’s first, is the village from The Holiday even real? Here’s everything you need to know.

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How To Visit The Cute Village From The Holiday

Is The Village In The Holiday a Real Place?

In short: no, the village in The Holiday is not a real place. However, this is mainly because the village is never actually named in The Holiday. The cottage, however, is given a name: Rosehill Cottage. Unfortunately, the exterior of Rosehill Cottage was built for the purposes of filming, though it was based on the real Honeysuckle Cottage, dating back to the 1700s and situated in the real town of Holmbury St Mary.

Where Was The Holiday Filmed?

Godalming and Shere, a town and a village in Surrey, were used as the main countryside filming locations during the production of the festive flick, chosen for their quintessential Britishness and proximity to London.

Godalming is a market town, with many buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries; you might recognise it from Cameron Diaz’s shopping scenes. Shere is a small agricultural village, also in Surrey, serving as the location of Iris’ cottage (that Diaz’s character goes to stay in). For Jude Law’s home, Mill House in Wonersh was used, another pretty Surrey village brimming with character.

Where to Watch The Holiday This Christmas

The Holiday is currently available to stream in the UK on ITVX, BritBox and Amazon Prime Video. Never seen it before, or fancy reminiscing? Here’s the trailer:

Featured image: Godalming, Surrey (c) Getty

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