Longbourn is For Sale and You Too Can Party Like a Bennet

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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.

For more information, visit the Kickstarter page or follow Regency Encounters on Twitter, Insta, and Facebook.


Party Like It’s 1812

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Regency Encounters is an event planning company specializing in creating events concentrating on the Regency era.

Based in Edmonton, AB, Canada, Regency Encounters plans outings and caters to weddings and other private events with balls, dancing lessons, as well as you can rent, make, and buy Regency era clothing.

A few upcoming events include a Pride and Prejudice themed ball set for June 9th at The Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, AB. and a four-day long event which they are styling as one of the biggest Dungeon and Dragons game ever happening at a castle in France! Regency Encounter’s website shows tickets are still available why the website for the event says it’s sold out. So, if you’re interested, make sure to contact them before planning your travel.

Word on the street is, okay via a Jane Austen Centre’s most recent newsletter, Regency Encounter plans on putting together a Kickstarter to entice Austen  fans from around the world to buy Lockington, the home used as Longbourn in the 1995 adaption of Pride and Prejudice. The Kickstarter is set to begin in May or June but I was unable to find any additional information other than the bit from the newsletter.

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