The Netflix show Bridgerton has taken the world by storm (and just confirmed for a second season). And now you have the chance to live like Daphne and Simon by trying a house swap like in another romantic movie, The Holiday.
Global home-swapping site Love Home Swap has several castles across the United Kingdom, with one, in particular, that would most certainly be Whistledown-approved. Duchray Castle is a 500-year-old tower house nestled in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Forest, making it the perfect spot for the Duke and Duchess of Hastings' love affair to play out.
While the show takes place in the early 1800s, the homes they lived in no doubt dated back much earlier. And Duchray Castle was built in the 16th century as a hunting lodge for the Kings of Scotland. But it succumbed to a couple of fires. Today, much of the structure that remains was built in 1825 (the heart of the Bridgerton era). While it still retains much of its original charm—like the stone vaulted dining room—the property was completely renovated to be updated for modern living. It's now complete with four en-suite bedrooms, a chef-worthy kitchen, a formal lounge, a cozy TV room, and Wi-Fi.
But how does a house exchange program work exactly? With Love Home Swap, you sign up for membership and choose from a classic swap or points-based one. A classic swap is where you swap houses with someone else, either at the same time or on different dates. A non-simultaneous points swap allows you to earn points for hosting that can then be used at a later date to book one of the thousands of homes available in over 110 countries, from city pads to chateaus. That means you can travel without having to match your plans with another member.