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Be a ‘Set Jetter’ in 2024! Unique Stays in Iconic Filming Locations Across the UK and Worldwide

26 February 2024

OK, so you haven’t got the sneaky personality or the murderous chops of a Traitor. You can still book a luxurious castle-stay in the Scottish Highlands and revel in the grand rural atmosphere.

That’s ‘set jetting’ in a nutshell: purposefully booking a holiday somewhere you’ve seen on screen. We think it’s a smart move, since you’ll get all the fascination and giddy excitement of being ‘on set’ – but without the death and drama that makes the show or film so watchable!

We know what you’re thinking now. It’s all well and good to visit the filming location of that binge-worthy TV show or iconic movie, but where exactly will you stay while you’re there?

Don’t worry. We’ve listed some of the most-watched screen fodder, then selected some of our most unique retreats in or near their filming locations. Think of it as a double-whammy holiday: a set jetting location AND an unusual place to stay

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: The Onion House, Hawaii

Bridgerton and The Crown: London

If you want your break to be infused with heady opulence (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) then emulating the regal allure of shows like Bridgerton and The Crown is the only way to go.

So pack your pearls and Regency fineries for a Bridgerton-inspired stay in London, and get ready to join the social whirl!

Meanwhile, you might be surprised to learn that the hit royal drama The Crown wasn’t filmed in Buckingham Palace but nearby Lancaster House… regardless, these majestic stays will make you feel suitably lordly.

Gra Houseboat

Limehouse Marina, London, England
Step aboard a luxury 70-foot vessel with high-end fixtures and fittings, moored in the beating heart of London for tranquil river views and close proximity to city hotspots.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£191 / night

Follow The Dusk

Marylebone, London, England
A bespoke, architect-designed retreat that oozes luxury, deftly combining modern style with original Grade II-listed features in the centre of Marylebone.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£469 / night

The Boathouse London

Paddington, London, England
A design-led boutique hotel barge, indulgently moored on the scenic waters of the capital's first floating park.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: Up to 4
From
£360/nt

The Harpy Houseboat

Tower Bridge, London, England
Welcome aboard London's oldest houseboat, The Harpy, with unrivalled majestic views of Tower Bridge.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 10
From
£800 /night

Boutique Barges

London, England
Leave your cares far away on dry land in a relaxing and stylish river retreat, perfectly moored in the vibrant heart of Central London.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4-5 per boat
From
£460 / 2 nts

Poldark: Cornwall

There’s a reason why Cornwall is well-known as ‘Poldark country’. Not only were Winston Graham’s historical tales set there (each Poldark novel is subtitled ‘A Novel of Cornwall’) but the acclaimed TV series was filmed in some of Cornwall’s most iconic locations.

Starring roles are given to the scenic Chapel Porth, Levant Mine, and Church Cove, amongst many others.

Working with the National Trust, filming has directly benefitted local conservation work and illuminated the past lives of intriguing places like the Tin Coast, so you’ll also be staying somewhere that cares.

Kosel Treehouses

Helston, Cornwall, England
Two distinctive and lovingly hand-crafted retreats, one dog-friendly and one boasting a sumptuous log-fired hot tub, both gloriously secluded in a picture-perfect Cornish waterside village.
Bedrooms: 1 per treehouse
Sleeps: 2 per treehouse
From
£198/ night

Daphne Cottage

Mawnan Smith, Cornwall, England
An architect-designed, dog-friendly cottage that's full of cosy luxury, beautifully secluded near Cornwall's Helford River.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£300 (4 nts)

Pentire Penthouse

Newquay, Cornwall, England
Experience an innovative circular penthouse apartment overlooking the golden sands of Newquay's famous Fistral Beach.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8+2
From
£1,103 /4nts

Fallen Angel

Mousehole, Cornwall, England
Leave the rest of the world far behind in a heavenly hideaway for two, architect-designed for luxury and sumptuously secluded on the Cornish coast.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£280 / night

Harbour Lights

Charlestown, Cornwall, England
Be the star of your very own atmospheric love story in this unique luxury sea sanctuary, set along the sweeping south coast of Cornwall.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£250 / night

Game of Thrones: Northern Ireland, Iceland, and Croatia

The smash-hit HBO sensation Game of Thrones, adapted from George R. R. Martin’s novel-series A Song of Ice and Fire, is ‘set’ in Westeros and Essos.

These fictional continents are suitably rich in mind-blowing landscapes: freezing wastelands, lush forests, and clear turquoise waters – all played by some of the world’s most visually striking locations.

The impressive global roll-call include Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway, the defensive stone Walls of Dubrovnik in Croatia, and the Vatnajökull glacier, Iceland’s largest ice cap… so wherever you choose, your Game of Thrones-inspired stay is guaranteed to be rich in magnificent natural beauty.

The Dune

Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
A laid-back log cabin that’s rich in cosy coastal luxury and beautifully nestled on a family-run site, in prime position for you to explore Ireland’s atmospheric North Coast.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£139 / night

Reykjavik Domes

Reykjavik, Iceland
Savour Nordic nature at its most beautiful, from the comfort of a sumptuous retreat with a log-burning stove, an al fresco hot tub, and snow-capped mountain views.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2 (+1)
From
£234 / night

Abeille Maison Glamping

Bol, Brac, Croatia
A sumptuous and sustainable glamping haven with a fine-dining restaurant, cocktail bar, and luxury tents with private pools, breath-takingly set just above Croatia's world-famous ‘Golden Horn' beach.
Bedrooms: 1-2 bedroom tents
Sleeps: 2-4
From
£397 / night

The Oat Box

Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
A luxurious, vintage-styled former horse box for two, beautifully secluded amongst private, hen-dotted farmland close to Ireland's North Coast.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£120 / night

Drum Gatelodge

Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
On a quiet country road at the edge of the historic Ballylough Estate, discover the utterly charming Drum Gatelodge - a romantic and unique hideaway for two in the stunning County Antrim countryside.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£271 (2 nights)

James Bond: Thailand, Norway, and Scotland

Think of an iconic British spy – fictional or not – and James Bond springs immediately to mind!

With stories so full of guts and glamour, it’s no wonder that movie-filming took place in the most visually arresting global locations, including Bangkok and Ko Tapu (The Man with the Golden Gun), Norway’s Atlantic Ocean Road (No Time to Die) and Glen Coe (Skyfall).

These retreats are all perfect for sipping a Martini – shaken not stirred, of course! – and planning your next death-defying mission.

Bangkok Tree House

Bangkok, Thailand
A selection of three-storey fairytale retreats, with free ice-cream and a mouth-watering on-site restaurant, minutes away from Bang Namphueng Floating Market. 
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 2
From
£77 / night

RiverBeds Luxury Wee Lodges

Ballachulish, The Highlands, Scotland
Luxury Wee Lodges, complete with bubbling private hot tub, nestled at the entrance to the mighty Glencoe Valley.
Bedrooms: 1 per lodge
Sleeps: 2 per lodge
From
£198 / night

River Eye Treehouse

Tessungdalen, Telemark, Norway
Experience the simple pleasures of natural Norway up close, from the pure comfort of a hand-built forest treehouse.
Bedrooms: Studio
Sleeps: 9
From
£170 / night

Keemala

Kamala, Phuket, Thailand
Escape to paradise at Keemala - a tropical wonderland of magical pool villas, spa indulgences, gastronomic experiences and a total immersion in Thai culture.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per villa
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per villa
From
£360 / night

Manshausen

Manshausen, Leinesfjord, Steigen, Norway
Start your Nordic adventure story on this breathtaking island resort, where the sea and the mountains combine in a spectacular backdrop for relaxation, contemplation and activity alike.
Bedrooms: 2 per cabin
Sleeps: 4
From
£425/night

The White Lotus: Sicily and Hawaii (and soon, Thailand!)

You’d expect a show about a fictional luxury resort chain to be aesthetically opulent, and The White Lotus is exactly that.

A sharp social satire set against picture-perfect backdrops, Season One (filmed during the restrictions of Covid), features Maui’s breath-taking white-sand beaches and lush tropical landscapes.

Season Two stars several locations in Sicily; in particular lavish Taormina – or “the pearl of the Mediterranean” – a favourite real-life holiday hotspot for the likes of vintage movie stars Cary Grant and Greta Garbo – and Season Three is set to be filmed in Thailand.

Aladdin Luxury Camp

Phuket, Thailand
An exclusive adults-only retreat that’s home to lavish tents and a deck that floats dreamily over the lotus lake, peacefully secluded in scenic, culture-rich Phuket.
Bedrooms: 1 per tent
Sleeps: 2
From
£145 /night

Cornwell House

Waimea, Hawaii, USA
A master architect-designed gem with a lava-rock hot tub, gently elevated over the Waiaka Stream for idyllic Hawaiian ocean and volcano views.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£718 / night

Castello Mortellito

Venetico, Sicily, Italy
Castello Mortellito enjoys a grandly historic, family-sized dreamlike setting on a Sicilian hill, surrounded by sweet-scented olive and lemon trees.
Bedrooms: 9
Sleeps: 16
From
£537 /night

The Onion House

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA
A breathtaking work of art in natural architecture, perfectly positioned on Hawaii's awe-inspiring Kona coast.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: Up to 6
From
£330 / night

TreeHouse Villas

Koh Yao Noi, Phang Nga, Thailand
One of Thailand's best kept secrets, TreeHouse Villas is a true island paradise. Escape to nature on an unspoiled island and savour every second of this astounding accommodation.
Bedrooms: 1 per villa
Sleeps: 2 per villa
From
£335 / night

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