And in the basement [of the villa] it is obtained a appropriate restaurant-style fashionable kitchen. If you remember Bates and Carson exterior getting a cup of tea late at night time, inside of there if you make a suitable, there is a restaurant-quality kitchen area. So if you have received your very own gang of chefs, you’ll be in a extremely satisfied position. I believe if you can pay for to be there, it’s stunning. And there are places to eat not far absent as very well, so you have acquired all the Riviera and the French Mediterranean food stuff.
Where by is the quaint, seaside town exactly where we see the Crawley’s and personnel meandering close to?
Martigues is about an hour and a half over and above Marseille. It’s a incredibly pretty town. Basically Google ‘prettiest French fishing towns on the Riviera’…and this position will come up. It was absolutely spectacular. We had some other places [in mind], like Antibes and some other destinations, but Martigues stood out beautifully.
There’s a line of wonderful wooden boats [in the town marina] that truly do dwell there all the time. So we harnessed people. It is a beautiful city. There’s a modern aspect to it as well, but that area where we had been was incredibly, pretty stunning. We preferred to definitely give a punch of the Riviera—have it be common Riviera. The only matter we did not have was Mr. Carson’s hat store, which we constructed on a soundstage back again in the U.K. You may well be dissatisfied if you go to Martigues and there’s no hat shop.
Had been there any stores or cafes that you did frequent—any memento spots you could advocate?
In truth, the place Cora, Robert, and Monsieur Mondrez walked, if you maintain heading from there, there is a wonderful restaurant. It’s a attractive region, fantastic fish, great Mediterranean traditional foodstuff. It was extremely simple to have a pleasant lunch.
The place did that scenic boat trip with Cora and Robert take position?
Which is off the coast of the Villa Roccabella around Toulon. The actors and the camera obtained on in Toulon. It is about 20 minutes away: a wonderful experience and a stunning start. It’s a copy of a 1925 launch. It’s spectacular. That attractive Mediterranean blue. Men and women often say about the Mediterranean, ‘oh it is beautiful light.’ There is. It’s a lovely, stunning light-weight. I don’t know why it is, it’s the similar sunshine you’ve received all around the environment.
Any other places travelers ought to know about?
The opening scene where Tom and Lucy obtained married is at a residence in Suffolk, England. That was very an appealing obtain due to the fact we preferred to discover a region household that could not be much too large. It could not be bigger than Highclere (the genuine-daily life Downton Abbey), that would be absurd. But it [needed] its own church that definitely stood out and was extremely very. It is referred to as Belchamp Hall. It’s in a quite rural part of East Anglia in the U.K., and a pretty charming few owns it. They rent out cottages on their estate. In actuality, a ton of the actors stayed in their stable block. You could truly stay there, too—I’m guaranteed they’d be much more than content to have you.