A couple of months ago, I wrote about Regency Encounters, the event planning company who specializes in Regency era events, and the rumours they were planning on doing a Kickstarter to purchase the house used as Longbourn in the 1995 mini-series of Pride and Prejudice.
Reader, it is no joke. Melanie Kerr (akaTara Rout), the proprietress of Regency Encounters, has a Kickstarter running to do just that.
Set as an all or nothing goal, Kerr has ambitiously set the bar to raise $8.5M CND for the project. According to the Kickstarter information,
Luckily, the house itself is in great condition. The only work it needs is cosmetic, to make it look as it did in Pride & Prejudice. We will be incorporating in Britain, and using the equity in the house to finance its operations in the beginning. We have the key staff members in place, being the housekeeper, caretaker, manager and lead costumier. With these key people in place, we will be able to launch very soon after taking possession of the house.
So there you have it. Packages run from $5 CND for a Facebook frame to $13K CND for a full on wedding experience. Kerr promises there will be events held nearly every day and it will be a real life Austenland that will be resplendent in Pride and Prejudice glory.
The Kickstarter is set to end on July 10.