Kate Winslet’s Rosehill Cottage in “The Holiday”

Kate Winslet's Rosehill-Cottage-in-the-movie-The-Holiday

My favorite part of the romantic comedy The Holiday? The houses! So let’s take a closer look at them, starting with Iris’s cozy stone cottage in the English countryside.

Rosehill Cottage The Holiday Shere Surrey

This is the ad that Iris (played by Kate Winslet) places online as part of a “house swapping” program, where you stay free at someone else’s place while they’re at yours:

The Holiday movie fairy tale English cottage ad

Amanda (played by Cameron Diaz) jumps at the chance to spend the holidays in Iris’s “fairy tale English cottage.” Who wouldn’t?

Cameron Diaz Rosehill Cottage The Holiday

Lucky for us, stills of the sets were taken by Columbia Pictures that show details in the rooms that we might have missed in the movie itself.

The Entry:

The Holiday movie cottage entry AD

Living Room:

Iris's Rosehill-Cottage-in-The-Holiday

Twisty staircase:

Kate Winslet's Rosehill Cottage staircase in The Holiday

The stone fireplace:

The Holiday movie cottage living room AD

Rosehill Cottage living room stone fireplace The Holiday

The mantel decorated for Christmas:

Iris's mantel-Christmas

The Kitchen:

Rosehill Cottage kitchen in The Holiday

As Graham moves from the living room to the kitchen we get a glimpse of the china hutch:

The Holiday movie cottage Jude Law

There’s a door to the book-lined library from the kitchen:

The Holiday movie cottage hall to library

This may be my favorite room in the entire cottage, but we see very little of it in the movie:

Rosehill Cottage library The Holiday

Iris’s Bedroom:

Iris's cottage bedroom in The Holiday movie

Love the built-ins the bedroom has, which you can see in this scene where Amanda tries to cram all her stuff into them:

The Holiday movie cottage Iris's bedroom

The Bathroom:

small cottage bathroom with tiny freestanding tub the holiday

It looks charming, but it isn’t very practical–at least not for someone as tall as Cameron Diaz!

The Holiday movie cottage bathtub

Village Scenes:

small town in The Holiday

Producers chose the picturesque streets of Shere (in Surrey) for the village scenes. They wanted snow so it would look more like Christmas time, so they added it:

adding snow

Building the Cottage:

building the cottage 1

Sadly, Iris’s cottage isn’t real. A fake exterior was built within 2 weeks in the middle of an empty field (screenshots via the DVD Special Features):

building the cottage 2

building the cottage 3

They did extensive landscaping around the cottage, even though little of it is shown in the film, and most of what you do see is covered in (fake) snow:

building the cottage 4

The film crew created everything that you see in the movie, down to the stone wall that seems to have been there forever:

building the cottage 5

How it looked onscreen:

Iris's English cottage in the Holiday Cameron Diaz

side and back of Iris's stone cottage in The Holiday movie

Iris's Rosehill Cottage Surrey The Holiday at night

The Holiday was written and directed by Nancy Meyers, who always delivers sets that we can drool over. Thanks to her movies, we also have the memorable houses from Baby Boom, It’s Complicated, and Something’s Gotta Give, which I’ve featured, too. Do you have a favorite?

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P.S. Now check out the other houses from The Holiday:

The Holiday movie Amanda's house

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  1. says

    I love this movie! I can’t wait to see Amanda’s house next week. It is one of my all-time favorite movie houses. The cottage is cute, but waaay too “quaint” for me. I think I would suffocate in there!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..CD-11- Harmer Concession =-.

  2. says

    This is the sweetest movie ever! It’s funny, it’s “deep” and have great actors! You did a great job with these pictures. I can see the big difference.

    I hope you have a fantastic and POSITIVE WEEK! By the way, how’s your porch is doing? Let us know! :-)


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    • hookedonhouses says

      The beadboard went up this weekend and I love it! :-)

    • says

      Wow! It’s going fast! I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to enjoy your porch very soon. I can’t wait to see the pictures. It’s so interesting the development of something being built.

      I forgot to mention before, I am not sure if you know, but “THE GODFATHER’s house is for sale and I just made a post about it. They’re asking $2.9 mil. Go take a look and let me know if you think it’s worth it. :-)


      Luciane at HomeBunch.com

      • Debbie Westwood says

        Actually, I’d like to point out that the scenes you show as being in Shere are actually Godalming High Street. The set guys sprayed snow for two days and the filming lasted three days. That was it. Wierd. Then there was a further two days where Godalming High Street was cleaned up but, in all honesty, we were still finding fake snow in odd little places for several weeks after.

  3. says

    Great Julia, I love that movie and watched it just the other night! I love Amanda’s Callie home, so I’ll look forward to that! Just for the record, I think Jude Law the most dreamy in this movie than any other! :)

    • Isabel Lima says

      I saw it last night, and was really happy to open the blog and find the cottage! And, also just for the record, I can’t get over Jude Law asking
      “Is this a trick question?”
      on Cameron’s proposal!!
      Too cute! Sexy as hell!!!!!!

  4. says

    First of all… I love love love The Holiday! I just might have to watch it in the next few nights.

    Second… I would not mind doing a little home swap and stay in that cottage for a little getaway. Sadly, I would probably fit in that tub just fine haha. Think anyone would swap their cute cozy cottage with our tiny apartment? Hmmm.
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..Lost and Found =-.

  5. says

    Julia – I loved this updated post so much. I want to watch that movie again right now. I did not know the house was built for the movie. It so looks like its been there forever but that Nancy Meyers, she does know how to create the very best movie settings. Thanks so much for updating this…I appreciate so much!

  6. says

    Hard to believe I’ve been reading your blog since this original post! Yours is still one of my daily must reads! I think I need to go light a fire in the fireplace and watch The Holiday now. I used to live in London and grew up outside of LA, so it feels like “home” to watch it!
    .-= Kristen @ More Than Mulberries´s last blog ..Blogiversary Winner! =-.

  7. says

    So glad you featured this house. I’ve always loved it and I was floored to see that it wasn’t real! I pictured myself staying there some day… :)

  8. says

    I {Heart} that movie in a big way! The homes are just drool-worthy. I love Iris’ cozy cottage…a bit snug for more than one person, but so so pretty. :) I almost watched that one last night, but opted for National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation so I could get T to watch with me. :)
    .-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Last Day for Blessings Unlimited Giveaway! =-.

  9. says

    I googled “The Holiday’ cottage and found your blog along time ago and have been reading it ever since… I can never get enough of images of this cottage. I actually own the DVD, just so I can look at Iris’s home… in fact I watched it this past weekend, while lying on the sofa, battling a cold! Thank you for posting this again! Lx
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..A Friday Flower for Robynne =-.

  10. Heatherly says

    I think this house was what led me here too!

    Nancy Meyer ALWAYS gets me with her sets. I just love the furniture in this house!

  11. Melissa says

    Oh you just made my night! What fun reading it was today and just loved looking at all the photos. Went on to look at Baby Boom again too. Thank you!

  12. Gigi says

    I won The Holiday DVD in a give-away contest you did a couple of years ago. I think of you whenever I watch it 😉 Thanks again!

    I like Kate’s cottage even more than Cameron’s Hollywood house. Everything about it is charming (except the sagging roofline.)

  13. Susan S says

    People who know me think this house is my first choice in the movie, but I actually would prefer Amanda’s. Having said that though, I will state that this would positively make the cutest get-away cottage EVER and I LOVE everything about it except the dinky bathroom!

  14. says

    I watched that movie last year, only because of the post you had made a post about it, meaning only to see the cottage (yeah, I do that more often than I can confess!). I love Iris’s cottage. The thing I love the most is the fact that the floors are not hardwood!!! I want to redo the downstairs floors next summer and I want a cottage feel without hardwood, so this cottage is like my model right now!
    Thanks again for your wonderful website (have you checked the kitchen in “The Vampire Diaries”? It’s worth watching the show for the kitchen, which is as sexy as the actors… Did I write that outloud?)
    .-= Magali from The Little White House´s last blog ..Winter Wonderland =-.

  15. says

    Wow – loved seeing the behind the scenes of building the cottage for the movie! Amazing.

    This post is very timely – I just posted on chimney pots, which I immediately noticed on the cottage. I quickly inserted a link to this post so my readers can come over and check it out!
    .-= Things That Inspire´s last blog ..Chimney pots =-.

  16. says

    Iris’s cottage is my dream home. It is the perfect cottage for Christmas, isn’t it! I also like the cottage in the Bewitched movie. If I could combine elements from both cottages, it would be my dream home for sure!

    Thanks so much for posting this! 😀
    .-= Ricki Jill Treleaven´s last blog ..Literary Friday- The Dervish House =-.

  17. says

    Just saw the dvd again a few days ago. Paid special attention to the houses this time. Loved them both so much.
    Kind of disappointing though that the cottage isn’t the real thing. Sometimes you just don’t want to know these things.
    .-= Marianne@Songbird´s last blog ..How to turn tins into lanterns =-.

  18. Kelly says

    I own this movie because I love the movie itself and I adore the decor of these homes. It’s fun to go back and watch them again just for the eye candy! Ha! I particularly like the ones in England best. They are the epitome of charm. It’s hard to believe that the cutest house isn’t even a real house at all! They did a great job with that one! Both homes are so cozy and exude warmth that I believe make a house a home. Thanks for sharing.

  19. says

    I love everything about Nancy Meyers’ movies, but I especially love the sets. I’m not sure anyone can make me swoon more over a house.

    Oh! And BTW, I linked this under my “Love It” section on my blog. :)
    .-= Kimberlee J.´s last blog ..The Christmas Soiree =-.

  20. says

    So here’s my question: If set designers can create a cottage exterior that looks 200 years old in just two weeks, WHY are more builders not creating homes like this, where we can have modern plumbing and central heating in homes that have that amazing, old-fashioned character?!?!
    .-= Lori-Anne´s last blog ..Bought- Christmas Heirlooms =-.

  21. says

    What I think I love most about your movie house tours is that you have so much amazing information. I am always fascinated to learn about what’s real, what was built for the movie, what was done on a sound stage, etc. It really gives you a sense of how talented all these set folks really are. Thanks for another interesting post.
    .-= Lesley @ TheDesignFile´s last blog ..A sparkly ceiling light for the hallway =-.

  22. says

    That was the best movie and I love that house. I’m so disappointed that it was fake, though! I would kill for a fireplace in my kitchen. Well, okay, I wouldn’t kill for it but I’d love one.
    .-= CherylK´s last blog ..A Wintery Garden =-.

  23. says

    I love this movie, it’s a holiday classic and I am rendered helpless every time it’s on TV. Such beautiful homes (can’t wait for Amanda’s) and I love Jude Law’s character, Mr. Napkin Head? L-o-v-e. Great post!
    .-= Bre´s last blog ..Lacquered Up The Winter Edition =-.

  24. says

    I love this movie and love this post. I think it was one of the first ones I ever saw on your blog. It still makes me sad to think that it doesn’t really exist. It’s so comfortable and cozy. The set designer deserves major props (get it? props?) for this movie.
    .-= Mom in High Heels´s last blog ..Names on a wall =-.

  25. alison says

    Hi Julia,
    Lovely to see your story on “The holiday” cottage again! If you would like to feature Figtree Cottage again with the new photos I sent you. I am more than happy for you to do that! Quite a few of the comments said they would like to see some more photos and particularly some more of the garden. I am very happy to share! Take Care,
    Alison Figtree Cottage owner. xx

  26. says

    For everyone who’d love to swap your homes for a cute (‘real’) 400 year old cottage (or maybe a flat in a converted London warehouse overlooking the Thames), check out the many attractive home exchange offers in the UK at Home Base Holidays (we’ve been running this service based in London for 25 years and also provide the same service for the Guardian newspaper).

    With ‘that’ royal wedding coming up in April 2011 and the Olympics and the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012, we’re expecting lots of interests in exchanges to London in the next two years.


  27. says

    In September I rode my bicycle from the bottom of England (Land’s End ) to the top of Scotland (John O’Groat). Unfortunately, we didn’t go through Surrey, but we saw some amazingly charming villages. Love that country.
    .-= down-sizingboomer´s last blog ..Stockbridge at Christmas =-.

  28. says

    yay, the holiday is one of my favourite movies for design. love this cottage, & the girls fairy tale tent. thanks for the update!
    .-= christy´s last blog ..BBC Top 100 =-.

  29. beachgirl says

    Hubby and I just love this movie. He was so disappointed to find this was not a real house, but just a set! He wanted us to go stay there for a visit! Amanda’s house is lovely, too and so is Graham’s. The English homes always have to much charm and character!

  30. Gwynneth says

    I had a feeling this cottage was too cute to be real! It reminds me of Barton Cottage in “Sense and Sensibility”, but smaller, only again having the wonderful Winslet as an occupant. I’ll say this: NOBODY does quaint like the British! (Even if it’s fake!). It’s like a Hobbit house/hole!

  31. says

    Hi! I am working on a miniature version of this cottage, and posting my progress on my blog. Your info has been very helpful. Cheers!

  32. Irene McDonald says

    I loved the movie “The Holiday.” I thought the RoseHill Cottage Was very gorgeous! If I were to travel to England, That house would be the perfect place for me to stay if it were a real house. I still watch the movie over constantly enjoying the scenery as the actors travel through the country side in England. Thanks so much for making such a fantastic movie!!!

  33. angelina says

    if the structure was empty where did all the rooms come from? if it was part of the house..
    where can i get the blue prints???… seriously

  34. angelina says

    where cam i get blue prints i want a home just like that….??????

  35. Barbara says

    This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Every winter during the holiday season, I watch this one along with “Christmas in Connecticut,” sometimes several times. My family and friends think I’m nuts. I can so relate to this movie having lived in the UK for several years. But I do have a question. Why, with all the wonderful English cottages available in many fabulous, quaint villages, did they need to build a false house? Also, another question: It wasn’t quite clear to me–was the interior of Graham’s house also the actual interior of the Mill House? Thanks so much for your blog–pure pleasure during trying times!

    • says

      As far as I know, Graham’s house was real on the outside, but the interiors were sets on a soundstage. I could be wrong, though. If anyone knows differently, fill us in! :)

  36. Raj says

    This is one of the beautiful house I ever saw even i never had a dream about such a sweet home. God please make my dream true,i really want that house in my life.

  37. Dee Batis says

    You really broke my heart at the end! Can’t believe it’s not real!!! I was ready to book my tix to England to visit (& hopefully purchase) the cottage. Guess I’m “stuck” in my cute little bungalow in North Hollywood! Good thing I love it, too!!!

  38. Hugh says

    What type of stone work is this house based on? Please reply as I really like the finish given.



  39. Flis T says

    I love these images. I’ve just brought a grade II cottage and want that bath. Any ideas what type it is so I can hunt one down :)

  40. says

    I just love that movie! I can watch it over and over and never get tired of it. That cottage is so cozy and inviting. But that long walk that Cameron had to do to get to the house, was too long! Especially, in heels, lol !

  41. says

    Your website is amazing, I have bookmarked it as one of my favorites! Thank you so much for taking the time to create such an amazing place. Your choice of movies and houses is the ultimate best! (What will we ever do without Nora Ephron?)