The setting of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was inspired by Goodnestone Park, a beautiful 18th century estate in Kent, England.
Situated on 150 rolling acres of woodland, the 12-bedroom, ivy-lined brick manor built in 1704 has just completed a considerable three-year renovation, and for the first time is now available for rent!
“Jane Austen stayed here often in the early 19th century and started writing Pride and Prejudice after a visit here,” says Lord Julian FitzWalter, whose family has owned the estate for generations.
“Austen is the most famous person who stayed at the property, but ironically at the time she wasn’t considered grand enough to stay in the main house. She stayed in the guesthouse next door.”
Working with Lord Julian, interior designers Marcus Crane and Francesca Rowan-Plowden created a sophisticated and cultured atmosphere.
Marcus Crane explained their design philosophy for the house. “A feeling of family warmth, tradition and subtle modern influences was our brief. We stuck to English fabric and previous family influences on color. The kitchen is hand-built, not by a great kitchen designer but by local craftsmen, to give the feeling that the kitchen has evolved in the space rather than out of the pages of a bespoke-kitchen magazine.”
A wedding took place at the estate which later inspired the wedding between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, and Jane Bennet and Mr. Bingley, at the end of Pride and Prejudice.
Jane Austen frequently walked along the Serpentine Walk trail.
You now have the opportunity to rent the house. The property can hold up to 24 guests, while the manor is compatible for summer vacations and family gatherings.
While staying, a resident management team will make reservations, arrange local outings, and answer any questions guests may have. There is no on-site chef, but guests can have groceries delivered to their doorstep, pick fresh produce from the estate gardens, or hire chefs to cook Michelin-caliber meals. Price and rates for the home varies depending upon the number of visitors.
For more information visit goodnestoneparkgardens.co.uk
Source: Robb Report