Christmas at Pemberley Manor, Hallmark's first movie to premiere from its "Countdown to Christmas" lineup, takes place at an absolutely gorgeous mansion nestled in a cozy small town. If after watching the feel-good film, you think to yourself, "Yeah, I'd live there," we have news for you: is a real-life town you can visit.
The , home to about 6,800 people, was founded in 1852 and is made up of three villages: Centerbrook, Essex Village, and Ivoryton. The estate known as Pemberley Manor in the film, is a privately owned house in the town of . If you watch carefully, you'll notice a painting of the property in Darcy's office, which was actually provided by the homeowners, a representative from Hallmark confirmed to Ikaroo.info.
The hotel where Elizabeth stays during her visit is the historic , one of the oldest taverns in the country. It opened its doors way back in 1776, and still serves patrons today. But don't be fooled: Though it's based on a real place, the interiors that you'll see in the movie were actually shot on the third floor of the mansion, and not on the inn's grounds.
You can check out these sweet sites in the film, which is loosely based on . Elizabeth Bennett, (Jessica Lowndes) a New York City-based event planner, travels to the east coast to organize the Christmas Festival of Lambton at the lavish Pemberley Manor. Although denied at first, Elizabeth convinces William Darcy (Michael Rady) to let her use his family's property for her celebration. During the party planning, Elizabeth reminds the Scrooge-like Darcy of the magic of Christmas—and the power of falling in love.
And while the picturesque area might look like a winter wonderland on the screen, the cast filmed the TV flick during the middle of summer. "There are definitely challenges shooting a Christmas movie in June," Lowndes . "We have to pretend like we're really cold when we're really warm."
Thankfully, the cast didn't have to put too much elbow grease into the house's decorations. Lowndes described the home as "stunning" all on its own. "It looks like it's straight out of a storybook," she said.