Jon Bromley, 57, and wife Cressida, 51, live in the house which inspired Cameron Diaz’s rural retreat in the 2006 festive flick The Holiday, but had no idea until afterwards
For many Brits, the run-up to the big day isn’t complete without an annual rewatch of films such as Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life and of course…The Holiday.
The romantic film follows Cameron Diaz finding true love in the countryside while living in a quintessential English cottage she swapped with a fellow unlucky-in-love Brit, played by Kate Winslet.
While some may roll their eyes at the cliche plot, twinkly Rosehill Cottage was truly something to lust after, with fresh snow on the ground and a cosy log fire roaring inside.
Now one lucky couple has revealed that they actually own the gorgeous home in Holmbury St Mary, Surrey – but didn’t realise its significance straightaway.
Jon Bromley, 57, and wife Cressida, 51, now accept understand why tourists keep turning up taking photos outside their home but were initially baffled.
The couple had no idea it was THE cottage – until they saw news of the sale in a property magazine.
For the hit film, a crew recreated it brick by brick in a studio after deciding that it was too far from the cast and crew in London.
The film version is an identical match for the real-life home, down to the picket fence, wooden gate, country garden, and rural track which Diaz famously slips down.
Jon said: “It’s one of those getaways where you go and hide yourself somewhere in a little village. There’s nothing here but a pub next door, no shops.
“I’m just really proud of it, it’s a very lovely house and we’re very lucky.”
The Bromley’s moved into the £625,000 home in 2019, already happily married and totally unaware of any Hollywood significance.
Sports photographer Jon said: “I came to see it on my own to begin with and just literally fell in love with it straight away.
“Just everything was beautiful – low ceilings, it’s beamed, it’s got a massive inglenook fireplace with a log burner in.
“Then we saw it in Country Life article saying something like ‘the inspiration for ‘The Holiday’ cottage is back on the market’.
“I thought ‘bloody hell! ‘The three-bed cottage also boasts an AGA stove, underfloor heating and the iconic picket fence as seen in ‘The Holiday’.
The landscape garden also contains a flagstone laid terrace and views over the surrounding Surrey hills.
He was told the house receives frequent phone calls from America and people asking to take photos of the exterior.
Jon said: “We had a couple of location scouts. There’s a fair few people that come past looking for the house.
“Then you get the odd one who goes past and stops and says ‘I recognise that, is this the ‘Holiday’ cottage?’ and ‘do you mind if I take some pictures?'”
Jon watched ‘The Holiday’ for the first time years before moving in, and has stuck it on the TV at least a couple of times since.
He has played extras in movies for ten years and is a big Cameron Diaz fan.
He said: “She’s brilliant, I just thought the whole film was really nicely done. On a couple of occasions, people say ‘where do you live’ and I’m showing them pictures.
“People say ‘are you joking?’ – no I’m not joking! It’s just such a beautiful house, its got that ‘The Holiday’-feel.”
While neither Jon nor specialist painter Cressida has committed to a home swap, they have had people look after the house while they were away.
But when asked if he believes there was any romance, Jon said “you don’t want to ask!”
The couple can definitely understand why their chocolate box property served as the inspiration for the flick’s remote romantic getaway.
Dad-of-four Jon added: “It snowed last year and it just has that warmth to it when you walk through.
Production designer for The Holiday, Jon Hutman said on the DVD commentary he was looking for the “cutest, smallest, most English cottage that we could find” when he stumbled on the real-life home.