Lincolnshire makes a great film set and provided a great background to the two most recent versions of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Belton House (NT) near Grantham played host to the iconic BBC's production starring Colin Firth. Both the house and estate played their part as Rosings, the home of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr Darcy's battle axe of an aunt. The approach through the gardens saw Miss Elizabeth Bennet being given instructions on how to behave by the obsequious Mr Collins and internally this grand 17th century house is the perfect setting for Lady Catherine's interrogation of Elizabeth. Head out into the deer parkland, this so English view through the avenue of trees features in particular when Elizabeth reads 'that letter' from Mr Darcy.
In the Keira Knightley /Matthew Macfadyen film version of Pride Prejudice it's the turn of Burghley House, on the edge of Stamford to play the part of Rosings. If anything Elizabethan Burghley is even grander than Belton and who better than Dame Judi Dench to play the redoubtable Lady Catherine in the setting of the magnificent Heaven Room.
Don't miss out on a walk around nearby Stamford, which played the part of Meryton in the film, and is not its first film role. It may be a while back but the BBC's Middlemarch which was filmed there is well worth a catch-up. Beautiful Stamford with its medieval and Georgian buildings in warm golden stone, features very few modern buildings making it a joy for camera crews….and for us. Grimsthorpe Castle also appears.
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The historic market towns of Stamford and Grantham, are home to the stately homes of Burghley, Belton and Grimsthorpe – all of which have lovely parkland for accessible walks.