Real-life cottage from The Holiday now on Airbnb after unknowing owners had tourists turning up

Honeysuckle cottage pictured, which inspired the one built in the film The Holiday. (SWNS)
Honeysuckle cottage inspired the one built in the Christmas classic The Holiday. (SWNS)

The real-life cottage from The Holiday is now available to rent on Airbnb after a couple bought it without realising it featured in the movie until fans turned up.

When Jon Bromley, 58, and his wife Cressida, 52, signed for their chocolate box house three years ago they had no idea they were going to be living in the building that inspired Cameron Diaz's idyllic rural retreat in the 2006 festive flick.

But they soon found out when they saw news of the sale in a property magazine and regularly had strangers taking pictures outside their home in Holmbury St Mary, Surrey – which hasn't stopped.

And a few weeks ago the couple decided to list their very special cottage on Airbnb for an average of £295 a night and, perhaps unsurprisingly, "had bookings straight away" from those lucky enough to go.

The Bromleys still live there but already have visitors scheduled for Christmas, New Year and the summer.

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Jon and Cressida Bromley outside their Surrey cottage. (SWNS)
Jon and Cressida Bromley outside their Surrey cottage, now a real-life getaway for guests. (SWNS)

During preproduction on the film, researchers discovered the house and fell in love with it.

Unfortunately, the location was too isolated to bring the cast and crew to, so instead the team built a near-perfect replica of the house in a studio.

Rosehill Cottage, which features in the film, is an identical match for the Bromleys home, right down to the picket fence, wooden gate, country garden, and rural track that Diaz famously slips down.

In the movie, newly-single Amanda Woods, played by Diaz, leaves Los Angeles to spend a two-week holiday in Rosehill Cottage in rural England.

During the mini-break, she meets the landlady's brother, Graham, played by Jude Law, and they fall in love.

Jonny and Cressida Bromley with dog Jay. (SWNS)
The Bromleys with their dog Jay inside Honeysuckle cottage. (SWNS)

With the original cottage now available for real-life getaways, Jon, a sports photographer, says, "I had bookings straight away.

"Our first guests were a few weeks ago for two nights. They were scientists from Cambridge and really enjoyed it.

"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."

As well as the bookings during the festive period, they have two in summer for local weddings.

"I'm just really proud of it. It's a very lovely house and we're very lucky," adds Jon.

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Dog jay inside Honeysuckle cottage. (SWNS)
Have you already had a browse on Airbnb? (SWNS)

The Bromley's moved into the £625,000 home in 2019, totally unaware of their new home's fame.

"I came to see it on my own to begin with and just literally fell in love with it straight away," Jon explains.

"Just everything was beautiful – low ceilings, beams, a massive inglenook fireplace with a log burner.

"Then we saw it in a Country Life article saying something like 'the inspiration for The Holiday cottage is back on the market'.

"I thought 'bloody hell!'"

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The film studio built a near-replica of the cute home for the movie. (SWNS)
The film studio built a near-replica of the cute home for the movie. (SWNS)
The cottage has some impressive traditional features. (SWNS)
The cottage has some impressive traditional features. (SWNS)

The three-bed cottage also boasts an Aga stove, underfloor heating and the iconic picket fence as seen in popular film.

"There's a fair few people that come past looking for the house," says Jon.

"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?'"

Production designer for The Holiday, Jon Hutman said on the DVD commentary that the team were looking for the "cutest, smallest, most English cottage that we could find" when he stumbled on the real life home.

The Bromleys can definitely understand why their quaint and cosy property served as the inspiration for the film's remote romantic getaway.

Additional reporting SWNS.

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