Jude Law’s Mill House in “The Holiday”

by hookedonhouses on January 4, 2009

The Holiday-DVD coverAfter I featured Amanda’s house and Iris’s English Cottage from The Holiday, a lot of you asked me to show photos of Mill House, the home that Jude Law’s character Graham, owns in the film, too. I watched the movie again and took some more photos, since I was unable to find good pictures of Graham’s house (or that fairytale tent he built for his daughters) anywhere else.

Here’s the only real glimpse we get of its exterior, when Amanda is walking up to it at night:

The Holiday Graham's Mill House exterior

A reader found the real house they used for the exterior, and you can see some gorgeous photos of it here (thanks, Rachel!). The real Mill House is in Wonersh, Surrey.

The Entry Hall:

The Holiday Graham's Mill House entry

The Holiday Graham's Mill House stairs

The Living Room:

The Holiday movie Graham's house 2

The Holiday Jude Law's living room Mill House

The Kitchen:

The Holiday Graham's Mill House kitchen

The Holiday Jude Law's kitchen The Mill House

Graham’s Study:

The Holiday Jude Law's study

Perhaps the most memorable thing about Jude’s house was his daughter’s bedroom. Who could forget the fairy-tale tent they got to sleep in?

The Holiday Mill House girls bedroom tent

The Holiday Mill House girls bedroom

The Holiday Mill House fairytale tent

I think the set designers did a beautiful job of making Mill House feel like a home where children live. Did you notice all of the girls’ artwork hanging on the walls? We finally understand who Graham is when Amanda steps into his home.

The Holiday Jude Law Mill House fairytale tent

Visit my TV/Movie Houses page to see more, including…

The Holiday movie Amanda's house

Amanda’s House in California and…

The Holiday movie cottage

Iris’s English Cottage

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Courtney at Blogging Matilda January 4, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Love your blog, I just joined your network! Feel free to join mine :)
Keep up the great work!!!

Amy @ Living Locurto January 5, 2009 at 12:02 am

Hollywood rocks! That is so cool they just built that cottage. I’m glad you have photos of the girl’s tent. I saved it for an idea for my little girl’s big girl room. What little girl wouldn’t like that over their bed?

Tam January 5, 2009 at 2:37 am

That was fun seeing the cottage come to life!
Have a wonderful week! ~Tam 😀

Mom in High Heels January 5, 2009 at 3:23 am

My first thought when I saw the shots was what a fantastic job the set designers did at Graham’s. I love that there are paper snowflakes on the wall and rolls of wrapping paper leaned against it.
I think the decorations are a bit much (and professional)for a single dad to have done, but he could have had friends come in to do it for him to make the holidays nice for the girls.
The building of the cottage is awesome. Where did you find the production shots?
Recently we watched Over Her Dead Body (because our choices are limited over here) and Ashley’s apartment is to die for. I’m not sure how she affords it, but then I never know how people in movies afford where they live. The architectural detail is amazing. The movie is actually pretty funny, but it’s worth a watch just for the apartment.

hookedonhouses January 5, 2009 at 6:34 am

Mom in High Heels–
The production shots come from the “special features” sections on the DVD in which they talk about making the movie. I found it interesting and thought you guys would, too! -Julia

Knitsox January 5, 2009 at 7:16 am

Great job! I’m glad to have discovered your blog, which combines two of my favorite pastimes – movies and interior design. How about “Once Around” with Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfus? Renata’s home and then Sam and Renata’s apartment in Boston are both amazing. Would love to see more detail if you can dig it up! Thanks again.

Mia's Pearls January 5, 2009 at 7:39 am

How funny! I actually owned a small house not that far from Shere a couple of years ago. :) (We live in the outskirts of the big capital city now) I love your Movie Houses.

Heather January 5, 2009 at 9:15 am

I wonder if the cottage they built is still standing, and if so, are people living in it? Love Movie Monday’s!

Jen R Sanctuary Arts January 5, 2009 at 9:31 am

What fabulous pics! I love how that can just throw up a set in a few days!

Linda January 5, 2009 at 9:33 am

Oh! such a lovely home! Hillarious to see them building that *centuries old* stone house!

Thanks Julia!

Rhoda January 5, 2009 at 9:57 am

I loved that movie too, Julia! Great set design. It’s amazing how they do that. I just watched Somethings Gotta Give again this weekend & now that I know they just built the set for that beach house, it’s even more amazing. I have to say, that is my FAVE house ever in the movies.

Happy New Year again!

Holly January 5, 2009 at 10:33 am

I love the house, and I agree with the other commenter; he did a really good job of Christmas decorating for a guy! I also wondered if there are any beds in the girls’ room, or maybe they sleep in the tent?

bungalow_bliss January 5, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Did the crew just build the shell of Iris’s cottage, or was it a full-fledged house? If they used this for both interior and exterior shots, the speed at which they constructed it would be phenomenal! I always assumed that they did exterior shots of a real, centuries-old cabin…I had no idea that it was an on-the-spot construction specifically for the movie!

hookedonhouses January 5, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Bungalow Bliss–It’s just the shell and landscaping that they did in 2 weeks. Like Amanda’s house (the contemporary one in California), the interiors were just sets. -Julia

Myrna January 5, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Hi Julia! I have a request for Age of Innocence–I LOVE the Victorian interiors!!

Bella Casa January 5, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Well, it should not surprise you that I did not see this movie, either 😉

I just love that tent in the girl’s room and the stars hanging, too…oh what fun I would have had decorating a little girl’s room…oh well, maybe for a friend or niece or granddaughter one day!

Can you do The Walton’s House one day? haha

Good night John Boy!

Linda Merrill January 5, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Hi Julia – great pics! I just linked over to this post from my series of Holiday posts!

Kim@ForeverWherever January 5, 2009 at 8:25 pm

I love the look of the little cottage at the end! Beautiful! Thanks for the wonderful post…I enjoyed reading it!

Robin January 5, 2009 at 10:35 pm

I love all the houses in this movie and always wished they had shown more of the village…

Shannon January 5, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Love it! I’m addicted to this blog!!

Ms.Tee January 5, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Oh wow – I cannot believe they built all of Iris’ stuff in 2 weeks! I would’ve never known that – how interesting! I love the new Monday movie idea, too. Happy New Year! :0)

Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall January 6, 2009 at 1:01 am

Wow, so interesting to see all the work it takes to create a cottage that I truly believed was so old and charming. Love this post Julia!!! One of your best for sure:)

laurie January 6, 2009 at 7:56 am

love your site! and of course i love all these houses too!
what about Under the Tuscan Sun!!!

PLO January 6, 2009 at 11:38 am

Forget the houses…more JUDE LAW! Just kidding. I loved all the houses in this, and I am so sad to hear the house is just a shell, what a wonderful home it would have made! One of my all time fave interiors is Meg Ryan’s apartment in PRELUDE TO A KISS. The finishes on the walls rock!

Drama queens Mum January 6, 2009 at 2:38 pm

I love that movie. I’d love to switch houses with someone someday. They can come spend winter in our snowy town & we can go to their warm house. A girl can dream.

Terri January 6, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Man, that is cool. I am hooked now!

Brooke January 6, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Iris’s cottage is so charming.
I absolutely loved this movie the first, second and third time I watched it!
Great post, as always.


Fifi Flowers January 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Love Jude’s house!
AMAZING the cottage construction! Sooooo cute!

Joslyn January 8, 2009 at 9:34 am

Love your blog…
I have a request for a TV house – I love the show Brothers and Sisters and the Mothers house on that show looks amazing…
Keep up the good work!

Joni January 8, 2009 at 4:10 pm

How about the movie WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING….that was a cool movie with Chicago homes…?

hookedonhouses January 8, 2009 at 4:25 pm

I’ll see what I can find on the “Brothers & Sisters” house. That’s a good one.

I love “While You Were Sleeping.” Here’s the post I did about it before Christmas:


jennifer ramos January 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm

That was such a great FILM…and it was nice to read up on the home…!

Jen Ramos
‘Cards & Prints You’ll Love…’

Maria Hanson January 8, 2009 at 8:19 pm

I would love to see the house from “The Family Stone.”

hookedonhouses January 8, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Maria, you’re in luck! I featured “The Family Stone” last year. Here it is:


Devon January 8, 2009 at 11:57 pm

What a FANTASTIC and fun feature!

May I suggest {if you haven’t already covered} the Napa estate and London townhouse from the Parent Trap with Lindsay Lohan? Director is the same as The Holiday and I LOVE the interiors and exteriors in the movie.

Devon’s last blog post..I Heart Rain…For the Most Part

Kelly January 9, 2009 at 11:42 pm

It is so nice to know that I am not the only one who is crazy enough to watch movies for the featured homes! Love all that you have shown. Suggestions: The cabin from On Golden Pond and Michael Jordan’s home in Space Jam…Oh and all the sets from You’ve Got Mail.

chrissie January 12, 2009 at 9:27 am

Just found this – I am decor mad. Watched this film over and over to look and dream at the cottsge. Guess we are all cave dwellers at heart.
What a fantastic site and good to know I am not alone !

Chrissie in deepest darkest and very rural West Devon.

Lisa January 12, 2009 at 3:02 pm

The Holiday is a movie I can watch over and over again. I absolutely love that movie! Thank you so much for those pics. I didn’t know that house was built in 2 weeks. That was really cool to see how they did that. I have you on my faves 😉

mercedes January 13, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Thanks Julia, extraordinary your images,I have a question if the Millers house really exists’? or if it is only Hollywood interiors.
Congratulations, I am addicted to Hooked on houses

Diana January 13, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Please Julia I love the interiors in Brothers & Sisters, and the house of Huff, with Hank Azaria
Can you help us with some pictures?
Great blog

hookedonhouses January 13, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Hi, Mercedes! As far as I could tell from the research I did on “The Holiday,” all of the interiors were sets on soundstages, and the exteriors were real places (except for Iris’s cottage, which they built the shell of).

You guys are giving me lots of great ideas for future posts. I’m writing all of them down! Thanks!!

Laura Lee January 16, 2009 at 7:46 pm

LOVE this movie!! And as an adult I want a Fairy Tale Tent!!!!! :)

dolce chic January 16, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Thank you Julia for sharing this with us! This is my favorite movie, I love everything about it. That tent is so gorgeous…I’d love to hang out in it! =)

Paula Powell February 16, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Julia: I just wanted to thank you for posting Jude’s “house” from The Holiday. You and I chatted about it via e-mail about a month ago and I was delighted to see Sophie and Olivia’s magical tent. I hope to build one like it for my daughter soon. Even though she’s off to university next year, she still believes a bit in magic. And the tent seems like a good place for snuggling. A college kids who come home for a visit probably need a hug — and their laundry done! Thanks again for a wonderful blog. And I’d just like to add that I enjoy reading everyone’s comments. Your blog seems to attract some very clever and classy people. Their comments are a joy to read.

Peacock Blue April 25, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I literally JUST WATCHED this movie on demand…so funny! I’m new to your site and LOVE it!

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Sue June 26, 2009 at 7:34 am

Love this site, and love looking at the houses. I loved The Holiday (have watched it over a dozen times)and could not beleive that Iris’ house was not real – it looked like it had been there for decades. Just want to correct some earlier posts about the girls fairy tent – it was in their playroom not their bedroom. It’s a gorgeous tent – I want one myself, would be great to snuggle in there (especially if Jude came onlong with it!)

hookedonhouses June 26, 2009 at 8:08 am

It was? I assumed that since it had their names on the door it was a bedroom. What a great playroom for two little girls to have! -Julia

Beth August 2, 2009 at 9:37 am

What a wonderful website – one I will frequent often. Many of the movies I own are because I like to watch them over and over for the houses!!! Mr & Mrs Smith – Something’s Gotta Give – The Holiday. I am going to rent Grey Gardens – never saw it before.
Thank you for sharing this!

Kim Buca August 26, 2009 at 10:55 am

I am so glad that I am not the only one who loves this movie not for only just the tale of the 2 intertwining love stories , but for the decor of the cottage and the quaint lil english town and country side.I have watched this over and over again any time it is on t.v. esp late at night i find myself up watching this movie and wondering and dreaming what life would be like there in that cottage at the english country side.I can imagine myself sitting there fireside with a fire in the fireplace while watching snow gently fall on the countryside… with the cozy cottage decor and all sure wish someone could come build me a cottage that adorable in 2 weeks! thank you so much for the information this site is sure to be on my faves list already!

cheryl October 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog. It is a very good thing that calories are not attached to it, because I would be gaining pounds by the minute! I did have a suggestion for a review. I love the movie “MOTHER WAS A FRESHMAN” with Loretta Young. Her house is fabulous, but the dorm room at college that she shares with her daughter is so sweet. I would love to see what you could do with that.
Your blog is a wonderful gift!

Rhonda Hughes December 10, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Im watching The Holiday, perhaps you have some information about the restraunt Graham took Amanda to.

Rachel Fishback December 10, 2009 at 5:49 pm

The Mill House is a real house in Wonersh, Surrey, UK.

hookedonhouses September 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Thanks, Rachel! I didn’t know that. Great photos! -Julia

Lindsay January 28, 2010 at 1:36 am

That scene with the “fairy-tale tent” totally reminded me of the tent scene in the nursery from “Hook”! i love just about every scene and set in that movie. The Darling house, the Lost Boys’ treehouses, Tink’s clock apartment, Hook’s ship… oh, they’re all so good!! Please, please, please do a cover of it!

Rachel February 19, 2010 at 12:31 am

“I like your lipstick. What’s it called?”

“Berry Kiss.”

“Berry Kiss it is”

I have seen this movie so, so many times and the tent scene still makes me cry – Love!
.-= Rachel´s last blog ..Back to School =-.

Nadia Marie March 2, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I loved Graham’s house in this film the most and was glad to see this post as I perused your site! Thanks for posting the lovely pictures! I loved Sophie and Olivia’s tent in the movie!

.-= Nadia Marie´s last blog ..Tuesday Tutorial: Reusing Plastic Gum Containers =-.

Lindsey April 19, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I see that Iris’ house was not real and they had to build it, but does it still stand today or did they destroy it??

hookedonhouses April 19, 2010 at 9:16 pm

They didn’t say, but I imagine it was torn down. They usually are after filming because they aren’t built to code or anything and could be dangerous if left standing empty like that. -Julia

Juju at Tales of Whimsy & Vintage Whim Wham! September 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I totally want that poster in his study!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy & Vintage Whim Wham! September 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Any tips on how I’d locate “Libro”?
.-= Juju at Tales of Whimsy & Vintage Whim Wham!´s last blog ..Teaser Tuesday- Choices =-.

hookedonhouses September 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Hmmm. Not sure how you’d find that, although I’d start by Googling “Libro print” or something! -Julia

Tonya October 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Watched this again yesterday… I have to make that tent for my daughter. I was thrilled to see you posted it here! Thanks so much!!!

Laura October 29, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Hi I like some movies mainly because the decoration and the houses, some of my favorites are on this site. I would also love to see the house of the movie “After the sunset”…

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