Remember The Holiday, the 2006 romantic comedy starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz as two women who agree to swap their equally gorgeous homes over Christmas? Of course you do, it’s a classic (if, admittedly, kind of flawed). In it, both women are motivated to travel for the holiday after a big breakup; Winslet’s character, Iris, heads to sunny Los Angeles, while Diaz’s Amanda relocates to a cozy cottage in Surrey, England.
It sounds like the kind of dream situation that could only work out in a rom-com…but what if we told you there’s a chance it could become a reality? A U.K. company called Independent Cottages is hosting a contest for anyone going through a breakup who’d like to channel The Holiday for a few nights.
Entering is easy, but there is one big rule: You can only enter the competition if you’ve “had your heart broken” this year. “Whether you’ve been dumped, ended a relationship that wasn’t working out, or realised you were lusting after someone who didn’t feel the same way, take a leaf out of Cameron Diaz’s book and mend your heart with a cottage stay in the glorious English countryside this winter,” the website reads. If this applies to you, all you have to do is go to independentcottages.co.uk and share your breakup story.
A romance with Jude Law isn’t included, according to Independent Cottages, but the winner will receive a three-night stay at Farthing Cottage in the Cotswolds (which looks remarkably like the one Iris owns in the film), a “bottle of fizz,” and a box of chocolate. Sounds delightful. Bonus: The cottage will be decorated for Christmas and includes a log-burning fire (because of course there needs to be one), a four-poster bed, stone walls, and “heaps of old English character.”
And Winslet reportedly lives in the Cotswolds IRL, so there’s a chance you can channel The Holiday in more ways than one.
Try your luck and enter the contest before midnight on December 2.
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