If you follow my blog regularly you've probably already realized how much I like the British Victorian houses, and generally everything about the era and the literature of Jane Austen :). Whenever I hear that there is something around here, I miss no opportunity to make a visit. It's been a couple of years I discovered list the locations of the world of Jane Austen Pemberley.com, and since then I have them all on my list of outstanding destinations. Curiously, one of them is in my same city.
Loseley Park is a Victorian house on the outskirts of Guildford which has been the scene in Emma (in the starring Romola Garai version, It was the home of Mr Knighley) and Sense and Sensibility (in the BBC miniseries, Barton Park to, the home of the Middletons). It was built in the sixteenth century, except minimal reforms, everything remains as is.
Although easily accessible by car, it is possible to go for a walk from the center of Guildford (approximately 40 minutes). To visit the interior of the house, there are guided tours every hour in which they explain the whole story of Loseley Park from its construction to today, visiting the main rooms. Tours last about an hour and cost 9 pounds, including the entrance to the gardens. Although at first glance the entry may seem a little expensive, in my opinion worth, as visit completely transforms you to another time and the guides are exceptionally good (and you can take a freírles questions). The bad part is once inside, It is forbidden to take pictures, but still I could do some sneaking (forgiveness if they are not well focused).
The garden is also worth seeing. It consists of several parts as a rose garden, other spices and herbs, several other flowers, a pond… And after walking around all, I recommend entering the cafe for tea (served in teapot, course) and a slice of Victoria Sponge, the typical English cake, less than 5 pounds for two people.
Curiously, the family that owns Loseley Park is still living there, so it only opens during the summer months. Do not miss the opportunity and stop by Guildforsd before the end of September (and if you see Emma before, insurance that makes you look a lot more enthusiasm).