Where in Fiction Would You Live?

images-4It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I love English stately homes.

If I ever won the lottery (which is hard as I never enter it in the first place) I will buy one of these for myself and employ a team of experts and craftspeople to restore it.

However, I do have the next best thing, and that’s plenty of novels featuring houses like this. For three hundred pages, I can imagine myself in the shoes of a Georgette Heyer heroine, decking out her magnificent ballroom in preparation for a soiree.

images-5The wonderful thing about writing fiction is that the sky is the limit when imagining the house in which your hero or heroine dwells. Whether it’s the tasteful grandeur of Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley or the high-tech luxury of Roarke’s house with its meal machine and virtual reality room, we authors can live out our wildest fantasies on the page.

Maybe you’d love to live at Manderley with your own Mrs. Danvers to see to your every need? Maybe you’d prefer a cosy, cinnamon-scented kitchen from a Jenny Crusie novel, complete with freshly baked muffins, or the brash, modern sophistication of a house owned by one of SEP’s Chicago Stars. Preferably with one of the Stars soaking in the hot tub 🙂

entourage-beach-shack-set-at-waimanalo-beachIs it a cottage in the woods for you or a European palace? A beach shack or a yacht or a Scottish castle?

What’s your favourite fictional place and why?


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  • Jane says:

    Hello Christina,
    I have so many favorites, but I would love to live in country estate in the Cotswold. I’ve read a few cozy mysteries set in the Cotswold and it seems like a lovely place to live.

  • Jane, congrats on the rooster! I’ve stayed in Stowe in the Cotswolds before and absolutely loved it. Great choice!

  • Helen says:


    Oh the choices f where I would love to live 🙂 I have always wanted to visit the Scottish Highlands but after freezing on that cruise to New Zealand (which was great) I am not sure I could live there anymore although I would like a cooler climate especially after the heat and humudity that we have come home too maybe a beachside mansion where I could get a sea breeze during summer and watch the storms roll across the ocean and then in winter have a nice open fire and listen to sounds of the waves crashing on the beach 🙂

    Have Fun

    • Helen, I’m so glad you had a great trip despite the cold! Like you, I do not enjoy the cold so I’d be hopeless in an Edinburgh castle. Love the idea of a beachside mansion! Humidity is horrendous up here, too!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Pemberly, Darcy’s home is for sale right now, $11.1 million. 🙂

    I’d love to live in the house/town in Sarah Addison Allen’s book…any of them. They are just so magical.

  • Shannon says:

    One author has a fictional castle Artane along the English-Scottish border, that is “modern” and secure. And because it’s time travel, it’s wonderful in the 12th century and the 21st.

    Speaking of castles, I often read of a solar, as a room where people gather. It’s probably multipurpose–office, meeting space, family room, and even bedroom. Or is a solar more of a fictional place? I started to look it up one time and never finsihed since solar referred to sun.

    • Shannon, I love the idea of time travel and seeing the same castle at very different periods.

      Yes, the solar was like a drawing room, I think often used by ladies of the ruling family in a castle where all the servants and knights etc slept and ate in the great hall. Definitely not just fictional. I’ve always liked the sound of it, too.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    A log cabin in the woods with snow blanketing the ground and a fire in the fireplace because it’s so romantic. We could drink hot chocolate, go outside and build a snowman, take a sleigh ride. Makes me sigh just thinking about it.

  • catslady says:

    I read a lot of Scottish historicals so that country sounds intriguing. But now that winter is here, I long for somewhere warm. Maybe Sicily where my ancestors came from.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Great topic, Christine! Whenever we drive to the coast and take the 17-mile drive, I imagine living in one of those castle-like homes that overlook the Pacific. I’m always intrigued by who lives there, what do they do for a living, how do the storm elements affect their home.

    There’s one particular stone-like house that faces the ocean and I’d love to live there. It’s real, not from a book, but I imagine it’d be lovely to watch the ocean change in all its various moods and yet be safe from all its threats.

    • Jo, I’d love to see a picture of one of these houses. Which coast is this?

      Fantastic as it is to have an unobstructed view of the ocean, it also means you’re exposed to the elements, doesn’t it? And everything rusts! But I suppose if you have enough money those things don’t matter.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Okay, if I have to pick a home/house/castle from a book to live in, I’d definitely pick Roarke’s “mansion.” Just the Autochef alone would be the selling point!

  • Mozette says:

    Fictional places? Hmmm…. it’s gotta be The Shire… you know, from Lord of the Rings. I know they have Hobbiton in NZ… but I mean, the honest to God The Shire where there’s magic, there’s Hobbits and there’s Gandalf the Grey. It would be perfect for a person like me. 😀

  • It’s a toss up between Rivendell in Middle Earth and Darcy’s home at Pemberley in Derbyshire. Actually, though not fictionalized, Strawberry Hill would be my ideal home!

    • Louisa, I hear you on Strawberry Hill. Walpole was such a bitch, though! LOL Funny we have two Tolkien choices at the end here. I love the beauty of Rivendell but I think Hobbiton would suit me better. I’m the right shape!