Jane Austen comes to Northumberland

Well, this weekend has been steeped in sense and sensibility, sprinkled with a little  pride, but gladly no prejudice. And just the right amount of persuasion…..

I visited Belsay Hall in Northumberland with my copy of Pride and Prejudice in my hand and wandered about the halls and gardens of a wonderful castle and gardens to walk in the footsteps of Darcy, Emma, Mr Knightly and Elizabeth Bennet to name but a few.

I know the novels weren’t set here but the style , setting and atmosphere of the surroundings, they could have been.

With the costumes of the characters as worn by the actors who portrayed them just in the next room, you could almost see the language and stories of the books come to life before your very eyes

The poster announcing the Austen greatness awaiting you as you walked through the arch way of the main entrance into Austen world:

Darcey greeted me at the door...
Darcy greeted me at the door…

The shirt itself was only  a breath away…..

Could this be Pemberley House or indeed Hartfield?
Could this be Pemberley House or indeed Hartfield?

could this be Pemberley house?

Pemberley House, situated on the opposite side of a valley, into which the road with some abruptness wound. It was a large, handsome, stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills;—and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal, nor falsely adorned. Elizabeth was delighted. (Quote from Pride and Prejudice)

And inside, the costumes so cleverly displayed amongst the stunning library backdrop simply added to the literary thrill of seeing Mr Darcy, Mr Knightly and Emma come to life……

Gwyneth Paltrow's Emma
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Emma

“Vanity working on a weak mind produces every kind of mischief” – Emma

Elizabeth Bennet
Elizabeth Bennet

“They could talk of nothing but officers; and Mr Bingley’s large fortune” – Pride and Prejudice

Judi Dench as Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Judi Dench as Lady Catherine de Bourgh

I can wait no more………

Ooh Darcy....
Ooh Darcy….

And when Darcy marries……(I imagine me wearing this dress as I’m sure all other visitors here do)

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

To find out more about the costumes and  to visit the stunning setting of Belsay Castle and Gardens, please visit their website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/costumes-from-austen-bh-25-may/

Well worth it for literary fans. The perfect setting to read your Austen novel in Austen inspired surroundings and one of the most magical gardens I have ever seen – perfect for losing yourself in whilst reading one of her novels. As Jane Austen herself once wrote in Pride and Prejudice:

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

2 thoughts on “Jane Austen comes to Northumberland

    1. Thank you! I hope you are able to visit Belsay Hall at some point. And be sure to take a copy of an Austen novel! I have always loved Jane Austen novels and felt as if I was in one of her books! Quite the literary treat!

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