RAUNCHY period drama Bridgerton will return for a third and fourth series, it has been confirmed.

It has already been announced the Netflix show’s second series – which is set to begin filming in the UK in the spring – will follow the story of the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony.

Sex Education star Simone Ashley will play the female lead in Anthony’s story arc, appearing as Kate.

A tweet from Netflix said: “BREAKING NEWS FROM THE TON. Bridgerton is returning for seasons three *AND* four!”

And with rising Bridgerton excitement coinciding with the relaxation of lockdown regulations, many people are looking to book a holiday where they can enjoy a taste of the lifestyle seen in the show.

The series stunningly reimagines life in Regency London, and holiday rental company Vrbo has marketed some of its properties for those wanting to experience living in the time of Bridgerton for themselves.

These include a property in Flintshire and another near Wrexham.

Properties in North Wales marketed to Bridgerton fans by holiday rental firm Vrbo:

1. Lloyd Hall, near Mold. Set in the Pentrehobyn estate

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The Grade 1 listed Jacobean Manor and was the site of the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2007.

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Lloyd Hall boasts seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, and sleeps 15 people.
Describing the property, Vrbo says: "To experience real country house living, Lloyd Hall is the historic house for you! Magnificent fireplaces and wood panelled walls adorned with large paintings are just some of the features of this truly fantastic property.

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"With seven bedrooms, six bathrooms some stunning pieces of furniture, three acres of gardens within the walls surrounding the house and a further 100 acres of estate in beautiful North East Wales, Lloyd Hall is the perfect location for an impressive retreat away from the pressures of everyday life.
"With the nearest shop and pub just a mile down the road, and the coast just a short drive away, the hall is well-placed for those wanting to enjoy North Wales."

2. The Brow in Overton-on-Dee, near Wrexham

The origins of the house date back to the 16th Century with the more recent additions in the 1820s added to capitalise on the outstanding views across the River Dee valley. Surrounding the property are five acres of gardens, overlooking the stunning valley.

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Whether you want to plan a break for when lockdown restrictions are eased or just want to take a look inside the fabulous house, these photos will help you get an idea of what to expect.

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The house was home to Charles Darwin’s sister, Marianne Parker, and Charles spent many weekends and holidays at The Brow. Charles entrusted his dog to Marianne when he left on the Beagle, but it unfortunately died and was buried in the garden.

The house itself is situated on the edge of the village with 5 minutes walk to the corner shop and local pub in one direction, and walking straight into the countryside from the other direction.

There are five acres of gardens, including an ‘edible forest’ and kitchen garden with plentiful fresh fruit and vegetables available and free to pick all summer (asparagus, plums, apples, pears, quince, figs, tomatoes, leeks etc). When the weather permits, there is an outside seating area for up to 20 people overlooking the Dee valley.

The two lawns are ideal for croquet, football and cricket.

There are seven bedrooms: six double rooms (3 with double beds and en suite bathrooms, three further twin rooms), and one small single room. There is a large open plan ‘farmhouse’ style kitchen with an Aga, a traditional dining room that seats up to 16 people, a traditional drawing room with a Bechstein grand piano and open fireplace, a snug TV room with a wood-burner and a second TV room in what was the old library. A further old kitchen has all necessary washing and drying facilities. There is a table tennis room in the old arched cellar. The house is full of rustic charm.

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Additional facilities in the village include a playground, a tennis centre, bowls green, library and two pubs.

If requested well in advance, fishing on the River Dee can be arranged. Also, a local historian can be booked for guided tours to Roman Chester, the famous Shrewsbury battlefield sites, Chirk castle and other stately homes (a list of the options can be provided – some places are open to the public, others can be arranged for personalised tours).

More about Bridgerton!

The news of season three and four follows the announcement Rege-Jean Page, the breakout star of the first series, will not be returning.

The British-Zimbabwean actor, 31, earned critical acclaim – and the status of heartthrob – for his portrayal of the dashing Duke of Hastings, starring opposite Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton, Anthony’s younger sister.

Their romance formed the centrepiece of the first series.

Page said it had been a “pleasure and a privilege” to star in Bridgerton.

News of his departure was announced through a special edition of the mysterious narrator Lady Whistledown’s gossipy Society Paper, posted on Instagram.

It said: “While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Rege-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family.

“Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear. Yours Truly, Lady Whistledown.”

Bridgerton is produced by Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland and has been described as Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey.

Rhimes, the showrunner behind medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, tweeted: “Remember: the Duke is never gone. He’s just waiting to be binge watched all over again.”