From 221b Baker Street to 4 Privet Drive, the real-life rental costs of famous fictional British homes

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As we retreat into our homes in the coming days, the only places we'll be travelling to are the places in TV, films and books. 

And while our favourite fictional stories aren't suppose to be real, we can't help but sometimes wish they were. From Harry Potter's transition to Hogwarts to Julia Roberts discovering the London life in Notting Hill, we often wish we could be a part of their worlds.

Which is why we were excited to see that online estate agent has valued some of the best-loved homes that we'll see on our screens this Christmas from Sherlock’s townhouse to the holiday home Cameron Diaz' character moves into in The Holiday.

Come take a look at how much it would be to rent out some of the finest fictional properties around - if only they existed in real life...

  • Harry Potter

    Where? 4 Privet Drive, Surrey 
    What? A three-bed family home. State-of-the-art appliances, rear garden, short walk from the playground and a school bus stop directly opposite.
    How much? £1,200 pcm (per calendar month)

    The home of the Dursleys - described as a thoroughly ordinary house on a thoroughly ordinary street - is the house boy wizard Harry Potter grew up in. He resided in a tiny bedroom in a cupboard under the stairs, before he was appointed a place at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Where? 221b Baker Street, London
    What? A Georgian terraced townhouse with two comfortable bedrooms and a single large and airy sitting room.  
    How much?  £10,000 pcm

    Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John H. Watson lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904 in the stories by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A museum dedicated to the detective series is now located next to the apartment.

    Since there is too much Sherlock-related signage around the apartment, the hit BBC television show now uses the exterior of 187 North Gower Street, London, as a filming location. 

  • Wallace & Gromit

    Where? 62 West Wallaby Street, Wigan, Lancashire 
    What? A large four-bed detached house, a stone's throw from a corner shop with a superb cheese selection. The property has a large basement and loft capable of housing rockets or sheep. 
    How much? £850 pcm

    Wallace and Gromit, the plasticine characters created by Nick Park of Aardman Animations, live at 62 West Wallaby Street in an unspecified northern town. Some people suggest it is based in Wigan although in one episode, Wallace says to Gromit: "How do you like my Preston North End soccamatic, Gromit?". The old-fashioned decor and furniture are part of the charm of the home.

    Image: Aardman

  • Notting Hill

    Where? 280 Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill, London W11 
    What?  A welcoming townhouse with the bright blue door, situated on one of London's most busy and colourful market streets, Portobello Road. There is even a wonderful travel book shop just around the corner
    How much? £2,383 pcm

    The heart of the film Notting Hill is William Thacker's (played by Hugh Grant) flat. He unwittingly lures Anna Scott, a Hollywood A-lister played by Julia Roberts, into his apartment after spilling juice over her while walking down the street. The incident sparks a love story.

  • Paddington Bear

    Where? 32 Windsor Gardens, London 
    What? A four-bed townhouse close to Portobello Road and Paddington Station. 
    How much? £7,000 pcm

    When he's not travelling around London and England, Paddington lives with his friends, the Brown family, in a fictitious home in Notting Hill.

  • The Railway Children

    Where? Three Chimneys, Haworth, West Yorkshire
    What? A four-bedroom home with a vast open-plan living space.
    How much? £995 pcm

    The country house overlooking a train track became the famous home of the Railway Children - Bobby, Phylis and Peter - and their mother in the 1970 film of E Nesbit's book The Railway Children.

  • Skyfall

    Where? Glencoe, Scottish Highlands
    What? A countryside, gothic mansion
    How much? £8,000 pcm

    Bond's family estate in Skyfall is a large historic Scottish mansion, which in real life is the Hankley Common in Surrey. 

    It’s no accident that the home is located in stunning Glencoe. Ian Fleming was reportedly so impressed by Sean Connery’s portrayal of James Bond in Dr No, that he gave his famous character some Scottish heritage. 

  • The Holiday

    Where? Rose Hill Cottage, Shere, Guildford 
    What? An English cottage set in a quintessential country garden.
    How much? £3,360 pcm

    Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz do a house-swap in The Holiday, where Cameron's character stays in this beauty. Unfortunately, the house is completely fictitious, with the exterior, landscaped garden and even the wall all constructed for the film.

  • Doctor Who

    Where? No fixed location
    What? A retro police box style, mobile home with a 9-million-year lease.
    How much? £2,300 pcm

    The Police Box that the Doctor travels around in is a time and space machine from Gallifrey, his home planet. Known as Tardis, which stands for Time And Relative Dimension in Space, the interior is deceptively spacious.

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