3. Lyme Park, Cheshire, England

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There are hundreds of magnificent country houses in England and I’ve visited a fair few of them. Lyme Park may not be the best but it’s one of my favourite fabulous buildings because, thanks to Colin Firth, it rekindled my love of classic English literature and generated my love of Jane Austen. The BBC used Lyme Park as Pemberley, the country seat of Mr. Darcy, for their adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It was the sight of Colin Firth diving (semi) naked into the park’s lake that made millions of British women swoon.

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