A couple who bought a £625,000 cottage without realising it inspired Kate Winslet’s idyllic Surrey retreat in Christmas romcom The Holiday have described how movie fans regularly turn up and take photos or make calls from America.

Jon and Cressida only found out it was the inspiration for the cottage during the 2006 holiday flick.

They now have regular fans who come to their Holmbury St Mary home to pose for photos or take pictures.

Jon Hutman was the production designer of the Christmas movie. He stated on the DVD commentary, that when the filmmakers stumbled upon the home, they were searching for the smallest, cutest and most English-sounding cottage.   

After a split-up, Diaz (Hollywood trailer expert) leaves LA for a two week holiday at Rosehill Cottage in rural England. The landlady’s brother Graham is played by Jude Law and she falls for him while they are there.

Bromley stated that it was one of those escapes in which you hide somewhere in a small village. It has a small pub and no shops. “I’m proud of this house, it’s very beautiful and we are extremely lucky. 

Jon and Cressida Bromley only discovered it had inspired the cottage in the 2006 festive flick when they saw news of the sale in a property magazine after buying it

Jon and Cressida bromley discovered that the cottage was inspired by the Christmas movie in 2006 when they read about the sale in property magazines. 

Now they regularly have fans turning up to their home in Holmbury St Mary, Surrey to take photos and pose outside

They now have regular fans who come to their Holmbury St Mary home to pose for photos or take pictures outside.

Jon Hutman, production designer for the Christmas movie, said on the DVD commentary that the moviemakers were looking for the ‘cutest, smallest, most English cottage that we could find’ when they stumbled on the real-life home

Jon Hutman was the production designer of the Christmas movie. He stated on the DVD commentary, that when the filmmakers stumbled upon the true-life property, they were searching for the ‘cutest and smallest English cottages that we could find. 

In the movie, Diaz leaves Los Angeles to spend a two-week holiday in Rosehill Cottage in rural England. During this mini-break, she meets the landlady’s brother Graham, played by Jude Law, and they fall in love

Diaz departs Los Angeles for a two week holiday at Rosehill Cottage, rural England. This mini-break is when Diaz meets Graham (played by Jude Law) and falls in love.

Mr Bromley, who played extras in movies for ten years, first watched The Holiday for the first time several years before moving in, and is a big Cameron Diaz fan

Bromley played extras in films for ten years and first watched The Holiday many years before moving into.

Bromley, a sports photographer said that he first saw it in person and fell in love immediately. Just everything was beautiful – low ceilings, it’s beamed, it’s got a massive inglenook fireplace with a log burner in.

It was then that we read a Country Life article about it, which said “The Holiday cottage inspiration is back on market”. I thought ”b****y hell!”’.

AGA stove and underfloor heating are also available in this three-bedroom cottage. The iconic picket fence can be seen in the film. Landscape garden has a flagstone terrace that overlooks the Surrey hills and also offers views.

Bromley was informed that there are frequent calls to the house from America, and even people asking for photos of its exterior.

“We did a few location scouts. There are a few who come by looking for the house. Then, you have the occasional person who stops by and asks if this is the Holiday cottage.Then you get the odd one who stops and says “I recognize that, is this Holiday cottage?””’.

Diaz in front of a fireplace in the 2006 film The Holiday

Kate Winslet in The Holiday

The sports photographer Mr Bromley says: “I saw it alone and I just fell in love immediately.” Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Kate Winslet star in The Holiday 2006.

Jon Hutman, production designer for The Holiday, said on the DVD commentary he was looking for the ‘cutest, smallest, most English cottage that we could find’ when he stumbled on the real life home

Jon Hutman (the production designer of The Holiday) stated that he was searching for the “cutest, smallest and most English cottage” when he found the actual home.

The couple definitely understand why their chocolate box property served as the inspiration for the flick’s remote romantic getaway

This couple clearly understood why the romantic flick was inspired by their chocolatebox property

The three-bed cottage also boasts an AGA stove, underfloor heating and the iconic picket fence as seen in the movie

AGA stove, underfloor heating, and the famous picket fencing are some of the other features found in this cottage.

Mr Bromley was told the house receives frequent phone calls from America and people asking to take photos of the exterior

Bromley received information that the house is frequently contacted by Americans and requests to photograph the exterior.

Bromley was an extra in movies for 10 years and first saw The Holiday several years prior to moving in. He is also a huge Cameron Diaz fan. 

According to the photographer, “She is brilliant. I thought that the entire film was very well done.” 

“On several occasions, people ask me where I live and I show them photos. Many people say, “Are you kidding?” People often ask if you are serious. This house is just so beautiful, it has that Holiday feeling.

The couple has not yet committed to swapping homes, but they did have people take care of the home while they were gone.

However, when Bromley was asked whether he believed in romance, he replied: “You don’t want the ask!” 

It was clear to the couple that their romantic getaway in the remote mountains of California inspired the film.

‘I’d been with O2 for 30 odd years and literally couldn’t get b****y signal, I’ve now got EE and even that’s not fantastic,’ Mr Bromley said.

It snowed last season and the warmth it gives you when it’s open is amazing. It’s something I am proud of.