Houses in books....where do you want to live ?

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Antiqueanniesmagiclanternshow Sat 12-Jun-21 10:29:36

Just reading the thread about homes and somebody mentioned no food smells in the kitchen.
This made me think of Penelope Keeling's house in The Shellseekers.
She has a huge basement kitchen with French doors into the garden, there is a scrubbed pine table with a jug of flowers on it and a delicious smell of garlic and herbs. She has shelves full of books and lots of records and silk indian throws on the sofa and omg! I want to live there!

Which fictional house do you want to live in?

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mybrainhertz Sat 12-Jun-21 10:35:34

The cottage that the family live in in Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee. The cottage takes on the characteristics of each season as it comes round and is almost part of the natural world surrounding it.

mybrainhertz Sat 12-Jun-21 10:36:23

Lol, sorry, I know it's not actually fiction 🤦‍♀️

WhoisRebecca Sat 12-Jun-21 10:37:19

Definitely Pemberley. I’m convinced that’s why Lizzie changed her mind and agreed to marry Darcy. Or Manderlay before the fire and without the creepy servants.

Tlollj Sat 12-Jun-21 10:38:32

I always liked the home alone house when I was younger. Not a book though.
Hercule Poirot’s Art Deco flat sounds good.

cookiecreampie Sat 12-Jun-21 10:39:19

Any house in a Milly Johnson book. The way she describes it is always so cosy.

TheChippendenSpook Sat 12-Jun-21 10:40:42

I'd love to lie in the Magic Faraway tree. In Moonface's house with the slippery-slip.


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Antiqueanniesmagiclanternshow Sat 12-Jun-21 10:42:53

@mybrainhertz could you cope with the flooding though? The sudden panic and the frantic sweeping away of the water!

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TheYearOfSmallThings Sat 12-Jun-21 10:43:30

I want to live in Green Knowe. Or Alfie's house in the Shirley Hughes books.

Fifthtimelucky Sat 12-Jun-21 10:43:35


Or Shell Cottage in Harry Potter.

Waitwhat23 Sat 12-Jun-21 10:44:27

@WhoisRebecca completely agree about Lizzie. People I have spoken to about it always say that she came to realise that she loved him and saw his kind attention to the family and servants who lived there but I personally think she saw the house and thought 'ooh, this isn't too shabby, I get to be the mistress of this and get away from my awful mother!'.

Antiqueanniesmagiclanternshow Sat 12-Jun-21 10:51:17

Oooh shell cottage! Good one! The Burrow would be nice too....i'd live Molly's special clock in my kitchen.

The house that Tom and Lucy live in looks fab too...especially at Christmas.

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DentonsFringeArnottsWaistcoat Sat 12-Jun-21 10:52:14

Bag End. Though I’d have to shrink a bit.
Or The OverLook Hotel. grin
(this is a bit outing if anyone knows me, but I live in an old house and I actually have one bathroom that is original and it’s the same jade green bath and sinks as in the film - no creepy dead old lady thoughgrin)

mybrainhertz Sat 12-Jun-21 11:00:51

Oh heck, I forgot about the flooding. I read it at school, so I think I've only retained the more romantic aspects of it 😄

Arbadacarba Sat 12-Jun-21 11:11:25

Trennels, from the Antonia Forest novels.

BiBabbles Sat 12-Jun-21 11:12:14

Stonehaven in Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series always sounded lovely to me, especially with the meal delivery service also described grin.

AdaColeman Sat 12-Jun-21 11:13:36

Brideshead Castle, with its glorious painted rooms, especially the Chinese room, and the grounds and situation sound beautiful too.

Wishimaywishimight Sat 12-Jun-21 11:15:17

Another vote for Trennels - love the Marlow stories!

Capeside (Dawson's Creek). I love Dawson's house right on the Creek (Gram's house would do fine too).

MissyB1 Sat 12-Jun-21 11:16:05

Postman Pat's house in Greendale.

Antiqueanniesmagiclanternshow Sat 12-Jun-21 11:18:48

I quite fancy living in the place the gilmore girls live ....but suspect it would drive me mad

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LuckyWookie Sat 12-Jun-21 11:22:30

Another vote for Manderley. I imagine it on the Cornish coast with blood-red rhododendrons towering overhead as you approach at sunset.

CaptainNancy Sat 12-Jun-21 11:36:20

Beckfoot, forever! To be on right on the lake, in the foothills of the mountain...

Antiqueanniesmagiclanternshow Sat 12-Jun-21 11:38:57

Tell me about Beckfoot...not familiar with that?..

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Thelnebriati Sat 12-Jun-21 11:39:02

The pink house in the Corfu Trilogy will do me.

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