Almost famous: your favourite film locations (and places to stay just like them)

Wednesday 29 January 2014
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Imagine the scene: reclining in Highclere Castle - where Downton Abbey is set -  while the butler brings you the papers. Unfortunately, Highclere Castle doesn't host overnight stays, but there are places just like it that do. We've put together a list of places just like your top film locations so you can get that added thrill on your break. 1. Downton Abbey - Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle ©Richard Munckton Highclere Castle ©Richard Munckton

 

Photo by Greg Knapp on Flickr Luton Hoo - photo by Greg Knapp on Flickr

 

  If you fancy living like the Crawley family in Downton Abbey, the next best thing to Highclere Castle is probably Luton Hoo. I know, I know, it doesn't have quite the same ring to it as a castle, but this onetime Tudor Mansion-cum-luxury hotel has all the elegance and grandeur you could want. And does Downton Abbey have a spa? I think not. 2. Hogwarts - Oxford

Oxford, England - ©iStock.com/Arsty Oxford, England - ©iStock.com/Arsty

 

  If you want a taste of the Harry Potter magic for yourself, book a room in an Oxford College and imagine you're in the renowned school of wizardry itself. As Harry Potter fans will know, a number of the Hogwarts interior scenes were filmed in Oxford colleges, so this is as close to the real thing as you can get! You'll be able to eat in the college hall too, though attempting to cast spells will probably get you a few peculiar looks. 3. The Da Vinci Code - Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn - by Friends of Carlotta on Flickr - from Best of Great Britain Rosslyn Chapel - photo by Friends of Carlotta on Flickr

 

  If you were captivated by this tale of mysterious symbols, conspiracies and the Holy Grail, you can do some sleuthing of your own with a stay at Rosslyn Castle. Recognise that name? Yes, it's part of the same ancient estate as Rosslyn Chapel, the fascinating church building full of beautifully intricate carvings that have had code-crackers stumped for centuries, and featured in the Da Vinci Code. It's also a stone's throw from Edinburgh, so you can explore the city too (if you tire of hunting for the Holy Grail that is). 4. Notting Hill

Portobello Road Portobello Road

 

  If you loved Richard Curtis' film, Notting Hill, spend some time in the area with a stay at a nearby boutique hotel. Yes, it would be nice if the house with the blue door itself were available, but the interiors you saw in the film were actually filmed somewhere else, so it wouldn't be quite the same. The current residents might also be surprised to find you in their house. Stop into the Caesar Hotel instead, a 10 minute walk away from Notting Hill Station, and take in all the charms of the area - Portobello Road, Kensington Palace and more. 5. Brief Encounter - Carnforth Station

Alton Station Alton Station

 

  If that first romantic meeting at Carnforth Station in Brief Encounter has stayed with you, take your loved one to a location just like is and relive the moment to your heart's content. While it's not Carnforth, Alton Station is a historic property made available for holiday stays by the Landmark Trust, and it's just the thing if you fancy a break in a quirky building full of character. For more information on British destinations, explore our LoveWall

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