I’m a lifelong anglophile and I don’t know if that’s because of my fondness for British frock flicks or I love British frock flicks because I’m an anglophile. Either way, they work together! And right now, I’m spending some time indulging said addiction in situ, thus, this week’s top five is all about the highly idealized countryside pictured in some of my favorite historical costume movies and TV shows. These are the rolling green hillsides and charming cottages behind the action that make for the perfect setting of my dreams!
My favorite filmed version of the classic novel is set in North Yorkshire with those wild and windy moors as the background. I’ve been to the Brontë Parsonage House Museum and surrounding moors several times, and it really is this stunning.
Not a great series, but some gorgeous scenery! I still haven’t been to Cornwall, but I want to just because of the gorgeous shots of Porthcothan that stood in for Nampara cove.
Pride and Prejudice (1995)
OK, some of this is about the houses — Lyme Park makes a gorgeous Pemberley! — but I’d also like to roam around the Peak District National Park where Lizzie travels with the Gardiners.
Howards End (1992)
I’ve mentioned before how relevant this movie is to me. While the specific locations like Peppard Cottage in Henley-on-Thames that was used as the exterior of the house Howards End isn’t accessible, the essence of Leonard Bast’s walk can be recreated in so many places in England.
All Creatures Great and Small (2020-)
I love the original series and this remake equally, but the new version has one thing over the old: high-definition landscape photography. The visuals of North Yorkshire are gorgeous, green, sweeping, and charming AF.
What frock flicks showcase the English countryside best?