5 dream homes from Christmas movies

Christmas movies give us a chance to escape into a festive fantasy. From quaint country cottages to rambling abodes by Lake Michigan, Christmas films have shown us some spectacular architecture and interiors, and plenty of decorating ideas. Join us as we count down our five dream homes from our favourite December films.

Home Alone

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Situated in snowy Illinois, the famous house from the blockbuster movie Home Alone is a red brick Georgian-style property, just a stones throw away from idyllic Lake Michigan. Sprawling an impressive 4,250 square foot, inside the décor is traditional with a classic Colonial curved staircase.

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The décor was an overload of 90s classics, with garish patterned wallpaper and matching floral borders, coordinating kitchen appliances in green and garlands galore. Take inspiration and deck your tree with some multi-coloured lights and tinsel for a throwback this season.

The Holiday

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Located in the English countryside in the pretty idyllic village of Shere, this quaint property was purpose-built by the production team to achieve the perfect amount of charm. Shere is a popular choice for movie makers, as the small village has played host to Bridget Jones and Four Weddings and A Funeral. The stone build and tiled roof are slightly askew to give it that characterful cottage feel, while the duck egg blue woodwork gives us all major front door envy.

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Inside, the house doesn't disappoint with exposed brickwork on the walls, roaring open fires with stone surrounds and tiled floors. The cosy factor is added with layers of traditional rugs, a mismatch of upholstery and textured cushions and throws in a mix of heritage checks and classic stripes.

Love Actually

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Located in sunnier isles, Aurelia and Jamie's story in Love Actually was shot in the idyllic La Mas de L’Etang, a provençal property near Vidauban in France. With it's curved roof tiles, traditional to the south of France, the property is complete with a stone terrace and 4.59 hectares of grounds.

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The feature that earns this house a spot in our top five, is its striking surroundings. Nestled in the middle of vineyards, many scenes were filmed out on the property's dock, overlooking the vast private lake -  a tranquil spot bordered by trees and a scenic alpine backdrop.

The Family Stone

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A beautiful colonial property in Riverside, Greenwich on the outskirts of Connecticut, this classic Italianate-style house was built in 1860. It features a stately wrap-around columned porch, decorative cupola, black shutters, long driveway and a classic paneled facade - all framed by large oak trees.

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Inside, the house boasted beautiful exposed bricks and classic colonial woodwork throughout. The décor was complimented with a mix of modern-day family items, alongside traditional textiles and wallpaper that was sympathetic to the original era of the build.

Miracle on 34th Street

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Built in 1924, Sarah Walker's house in Miracle on 34th street was an impressive abode. Designed against classic Normandy-style farmhouses, the property includes a library, pool and billiards room. The yellow-washed walls at the front and the curved driveway make this a picturesque archetype of the ideal American home.

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Inside, Santa and his helpers had decorated the 5,964-square-foot home top to bottom. Rooms were fully furnished with classic mahogany furniture and tapestries, and finished with wooden hanging ornaments, charming teddies and china dolls; your go-to inspiration for a classic Christmas scheme.
 

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Minè Miralay

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