The Pursuit of Love filming locations revealed
Cousins Linda and Fanny set out between the wars to pursue very different lives in this eccentric, funny, and sometimes dark miniseries.
Like most historic dramas, you can expect grand stately homes and beautiful countryside, as well as occasional jaunts across the channel to Paris. Many of the filming locations are country estates that are often open to the public.
Take a look at some of The Pursuit of Love’s filming locations.
Scenes in Alconleigh, the grand home of Linda and her family, were filmed across a variety of historic homes. One of them was the 17th-century Rousham House, set in spectacular grounds full of follies and unusual statues. The gardens are open to the public, while the house, which is still owned by the same family who built it, offers very occasional tours where you can see the impressive Jacobean interiors.
A sprawling country mansion with acres of formal gardens, Dyrham Park has long been a popular filming location for period dramas. In The Pursuit of Love, parts of the property were used to represent two different homes. The Great Hall became the setting for the coming out balls at Alconleigh. The grounds were used to film scenes at Merlinford, the home of Lord Merlin, as well as standing in for London’s Hyde Park.
Horsey people may recognise the exteriors of Merlinford. Badminton House is where the annual Badminton Horse Trials take place as well as a variety of other festivals and events. Since being built in the late 17th century, it’s been the seat of the Dukes of Beaufort. It’s often used for filming, as well as weddings and parties. Some historians trace the invention of badminton to the house, where it’s said the eighth duke invented the lightweight shuttlecock so he could play indoors without damaging the paintings.
Scenes in London were often filmed in Bath as the city has plenty of Georgian architecture. No 1 Royal Crescent was the filming location for Linda’s Marylebone home. This historic property has been refurbished and turned into a museum, furnished in typical 18th-century style. However, the crew managed to carry out some TV trickery to bring it into the 20th century.
Linda moves to Paris in episode three. While the crew planned to film a few scenes through the city, due to COVID restrictions there was only a short window. Place Dauphine became the perfect backdrop for Parisian scenes. Set on Île de la Cité, an island on the Seine, this public square was built under the orders of Henry IV of France in the early 17th century. Many of the buildings have now been turned into luxury hotels, boutiques, and cafés, all set around the leafy square.