“ My passion for Alscot never wanes and nothing gives me more pleasure than to be able to share this special place that I call home. It is well suited to accommodate all media types within a historical setting, yet within easy reach of modern conveniences and with good access. The Estate is happy to consider all requests and enquiries. ”

Emma Holman-West

Architectural History

Alscot Park is a magnificent Grade I listed Rococo Gothic style house and parkland set in 4,500 acres of beautiful Warwickshire countryside. There has been a house at Alscot since the Middle Ages and after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 it passed into private hands. In 1747 it was purchased by James West (1703 – 1772), Joint Secretary to the exchequer and President of the Royal Society, to house his collection of art, books, manuscripts and coins. The house and parkland was extended in 1750-52, and again in 1762-6 when West retired to live at Alscot and is how it remains today.

Architectural Features

Today the house is wonderfully preserved with stunning views across the well maintained parkland that is home to Jacob sheep and Fallow deer.
The north wing was built around the old house and designed with battlements and projecting bays with pointed gothic windows in 1750-52, and in 1762-6 the larger south wing of the house was built, with Palladian proportions but a gothic exterior to match the north wing. On the south front there are two semi-octagonal bay windows carried up as lanterns beyond the parapet. The interior of the south wing in particular is richly decorated in gothic plasterwork relief and guilt edged panelling and a Blue John marble fireplace.
The north wing boasts limed oak panels, decorative shutters and white carrara fireplace. Two marble fireplaces adorn the grand hall along with polished stone floors. There is library room with two bay windows. The staircase with gallery leads to the half landing with beautiful painted domed glass atrium, which sits above brightly coloured stencilled walls and wooden floor.
The house boasts a back staircase made of stone with ornate wrought iron balustrades which leads to the basement rooms including the original servants hall with bells, and large cellar areas.
The stables and the conservatory were also put up around 1762-6, where they remain, and the kitchen garden walls were built – all which are still in-tact.
In 1815-20 a gothic entrance porch was designed and added to the south front. Gothic lodges at the head of the long drive, off the main Stratford Road, were built in 1838.
The river Stour runs directly past the house and there is a bridge with gates over the upper and lower ponds.
There are some wonderful old trees in the grounds, in particular cedar trees and a venerable tulip tree. In the kitchen garden there is a walk underneath arches on which apple trees have been trained and in front of the conservatory is a swimming pool.
The garden beds are a riot of colour in the summer and include a lavender garden and magnificent hedges, planted in the 1960’s to create an enclosed area to the west and south of the kitchen garden. The hedge that runs the length of the Blue Border is wavy and the intention is that it conjures the image of a serpent. Part of the hedge is currently undergoing regeneration but from the lawn you can see it’s a lizard’s back. In front of the house sits a stunning iconic creation of lawn and laid stone which resembles a maze.
Attached to the south end of the west terrace wall the ha-ha extends south and then east around the gardens of the house. It has rock-faced masonry with piers at intervals with caps and cast-iron cresting, and is listed along with the park walls as Grade II listed buildings. The garden is dotted with art including abstract sculptures and more recently a cow’s head to replicate the Highland breed on the estate.

Filming Attributes

The site has excellent access with two vehicular entrances, and is secured by electronic gates. We operate our own high speed broadband, therefore internet access is good and fast. There is a management team in place on the estate so all communication can be mediated through staff rather than directly with the property owner/family , who do reside in the house. The terrain is mostly flat with an incline to the rear of the property by the river. There is plenty of land for car parking and nearby hard standing for production vehicles during wetter weather. As well as the House, the park itself comprises stables, swimming pool, tennis court, an orangery, cricket pitch and pavilion and commercial and residential properties. The wider Estate and community boasts a traditional Estate village with church, shop, village hall and residential properties including Victorian terrace houses and larger farmhouses, farmland and commercial buildings.

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Special Considerations

  • Accommodate Unit Base
  • Accommodation for Cast & Crew
  • Remote Area
  • Weekend Shoots

Topography

The house and Estate is situated directly off the main A3400 between Stratford upon Avon and Shipston on Stour. It is situated approximately 4 miles south of Stratford, and approximately 11 miles from Junction 15 M40 Motorway. The nearest international airport is located in Birmingham 30 miles away although there is a light aircraft airport at nearby Wellesbourne and the Estate hosts its own private airfield. Trains to London run from local stations Stratford upon Avon, Warwick Parkway and Stratford Parkway. The Estate itself lies within rolling Warwickshire countryside and boasts a river, reservoirs, forest areas, commercial offices, industrial units, farm land and barns, and its own pub, restaurant and b&b (The Bell, Alderminster).

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Contact

Email: nancy.sheridan@heritage4media.com

Phone: Heritage4Media: 07736 364722

Website: http://www.alscot.co.uk