Netflix ‘s highly-anticipated adaption of Rebecca is finally hitting our screens this week – and it promises to be quite the thriller.
The plot is told from the perspective of Mrs de Winter who arrives at her husband’s family estate in England, Manderley mansion, only to discover that his first wife Rebecca has left a mysterious legacy following her death.
The series wasn’t shot in a studio, but rather filmed on location – and the best part is that you can go and explore the estate which doubles up as Manderley.
Cranborne Manor in Dorset served as the main location, and it’s not difficult to see why it caught the production team’s attention.
For a start, the estate is filled with breathtaking gardens, from manicured lawns to a picturesque rose garden, and even a colourful vegetable garden. Or of course, the surrounding woods can be ideal for creating a spooky setting.
Meanwhile, the Jacobean gatehouses and the Grade I listed country house make for a pretty stunning backdrop too.
Cranborne Manor is best known for its gardens, which were practically abandoned from the end of the 17th century, until a family moved back into the manor in the 1920s.
Inside the manor, there are fascinating features such as stone doorways dating back to the 17th century, large wood panelling details, and spacious galleries – all of which make for the perfect setting for Rebecca as Mrs de Winter tries to understand her predecessor’s impact on those around her.
Unfortunately, the home itself is closed to the public, but you can go and explore the gardens. In fact, there’s even a garden centre and café if you want to explore the setting for yourself.
The surrounding village also has everything you need for a countryside escape, from cosy pubs and restaurants to some chic hotels – Booking.com has a handy round-up of the best Cranborne hotels.
It’s not just the Dorset village which was used for filming.
Hartland Quay in Devon provided some of the romantic settings where Mr and Mrs de Winter first meet and embark on a whirlwind romance.
Located on the South West Coastal Path, it has heaps of breathtaking cliff walks and pretty wildflowers lining the paths, pebbled beaches and the historic quay itself which dates back to the 16th century. The Hartland Quay Hotel can be a great base if you want to stay in the area.