The Girl in the Gatehouse takes place on an estate I call Windrush Court. Windrush Court is not a real place, but is loosely modeled after the manor in Lower Slaughter, one of my husband’s favorite Cotswold villages. If you ever have the opportunity, do as we did: park in the beautiful but touristy village of Bourton-on-the-Water and leave the bustle behind. Cross the road and walk across a sheep pasture, following the River Windrush into the quiet and lovely village of Lower Slaughter. The name doesn’t do it justice, I assure you!
Note: The gatehouse pictured on the cover is the very one I had in mind while writing this novel. In reality, it is located at Deene Park, Northamptonshire, once the country residence of Lord Cardigan, the “Homicidal Earl” who led the Charge of the Light Brigade.
Photos of Lower Slaughter, inspiration for Windrush Court & village