“ We know there are counties with higher profiles than us, but we are equally confident that few are prettier - both in terms of their countryside, and the honey-coloured buildings made from local stone. We look forward to letting you in on England's great untapped secrets - encapsulated by this historic, private, estate, so near to London, yet at the same time a world away. ”

Estate Manager

Architectural History

This Grade I Listed property has been the ancestral home of the one of England's most historic aristocratic familes for almost 500 years. In 1508, the Earl commissioned the construction of a red-brick country house complete with surrounding moat, in the midst of what was then a 300 acre estate. By 1586, his grandson had extended the property to form the basic shape that it holds today; an enclosed courtyard with projecting wings on the south side. Over the years, the Estate has grown and the House has been remodelled on a number of occasions, including the addition of the roof over the central courtyard and the installation of the grand staircase across the central axis in the 1660s. The property is adorned in very rare mathematical tiles, giving a mottled-grey façade that still proudly stands today. The 17th century Falconry, 18th century Garden House and Walled Garden, and the architectural jewel of the Park - the magnificent ironstone Stables dating from the 1730s - offer further unique settings for filming and photography. A variety of charming cottages, barns and outbuildings can also be used in addition to the 90-room House, the beautiful 550-acre Park, or on the wider 13,000-acre Estate.

Architectural Features

The striking double-height ceiling of the Palladian Wootton Hall was designed by Colen Campbell and features 200 hand carved roses, each one unique, whilst the striking black and white checked marble floor creates a dramatic entrance. The Holland Suite, encompassing the South Drawing Room, Billiard Room and Library, can be opened up to create an impressive enfilade stretching the full length of the West Wing of the House. The 115 foot long Picture Gallery is based on the original Elizabethan gallery in the south-west wing of the house and would make a breath-taking Ballroom. The Chapel on the first floor features the original 16th century armorial stained glass windows. These are just one example of the impressive collection of period features dating back from as early as the 1500s. Designed and built by Roger Morris c.1732-33, the striking stable block, is ultimately Italian in inspiration, although the deep Tuscan porticos draw direct inspiration from Inigo Jones’s St Paul’s, Covent Garden. The warm honey-coloured ironstone creates a strong juxtaposition with the cool grey of the house. The present gardens, including the oval pond, were laid out in the 1860s offer a variety of modern and historical rooms.. The 19 State Rooms of the House are all richly decorated and furnished with portraits and landscapes from world renowned artists.

Filming Attributes

The landscape offers an abundance of interesting terrain for filming, including wonderfully manicured gardens and avenues of trees, to the more natural and wild setting of the Deer Park, with its ha-ha wall and woodland, which stretches along the west side of the estate.
The Deer Park, close to the House, offers exceptional access for trucks, trailers. The Estate has held a number of large concerts in this area and therefore logistics are very well managed. There is excellent mobile phone signal and Wi-Fi is available within the House. Staff are friendly, welcoming and highly professional. The property permits candles inside the House for night shoots and the land within the Estate walls can accommodate heavy machinery. Naturally, security and privacy is of high importance. With the high brick walls surrounding the estate, gates are continuously monitored ensuring security at all times. We remain a private Family Estate meaning that, except for 60 days during the summer, it is not accessible to the general public.

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Special Considerations

  • Accommodate Unit Base
  • Animals Allowed
  • Hotworks
  • Remote Area
  • Weekend Shoots

Topography

Much of the Estate is grass parkland, although we do have hard standing main roads throughout the Estate and a combination of gravel pathways and concrete across the wider Estate. It is situated close to the main motorway networks and London Euston takes 1 hour. The Estate is within a short distance of a number of airports, with easy transport links by road and railway. Within the Deer Park, we are able to facilitate a small aircraft landing and taking off, with the ability to allow up to 8 helicopters landing at any one time in the grounds closest to the House.

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Contact

Email: nancy.sheridan@heritage4media.com

Phone: Heritage4Media: 07736 364722