The traveller on the Oscars' trail could begin at Waterloo by taking a newly privatised Stagecoach train to Winchester Cathedral and the tomb of Jane Austen. Here, best screenplayer Emma Thompson paid her respects (but not her royalties) to the writer of Sense and Sensibility; pounds 15.20 day return.

Or book a 1780 baronial mansion at Rothes on Speyside to relive Braveheart. A week in April costs pounds 1,145, including beds for 12 (one a four-poster), a billiard parlour and a "love room". Country Holidays: 01282 445500.