“ Berkeley Castle is one of the most beautiful and historic houses in England and is the oldest still lived in by the same family since 1153. It has wonderful architecture that makes it a perfect place to film .It is magical and has a hint of mystery around it . The great hall is the main room in the castle and you can imagine it being the scene of great Banquets in years gone by. We hope that you will enjoy filming at Berkeley castle and be inspired by it like all those of us who have been involved with this great place. ”

Charles Berkeley

Architectural History

The present Castle (Keep and two Courtyards) was constructed on the edge of a hill overlooking the flood plain of the River Severn between 1153 and the 1350s using local stone. Later generations enlarged the windows, modified the rooms and embellished the Castle with fine furniture, paintings and tapestries. The 8th (and last) Earl of Berkeley installed central heating, electricity and double glazing, and repaired the copper roof.

Architectural Features

The hill-top Castle and neighbouring Parish Church Tower form a striking silhouette, while closer views of the quirky Tudor Chimneys, Great Hall Cupolas, Battlements and imposing Keep make a dramatic skyline. There are stunning views over surrounding woods and farmland to the Cotwolds and across the River Severn.
Particularly notable external features are the flight of 24 stone ‘trip Steps’ to the first floor entrance of the Keep, the stone Porch, two Gatehouses to the inner and outer Courtyards, and a varied array of Windows: arrow slits, stained glass, Georgian ‘Gothick’ and ecclesiastical.
Interior spaces include the medieval Kitchen (large working Fireplace), Larders and Scullery, Dining Room (with Billiard Table lights), Picture Gallery, a Bedroom with four-poster bed and a 10-m deep Dungeon. A wide 17th-century wooden Staircase, with Tudor fabric and portraits covering the walls, leads to the two Drawing Rooms. They contain 18th-century furniture, paintings, tapestries, china and large 18th-century mirrors. The Morning Room was one of the two the medieval chapels, and retains its large Gothic Windows and painted 14th-century Ceiling Panels, but also has a Fireplace and is furnished as a comfortable sitting room.
The mid-14th-century Great Hall, with stone Walls, Norman Window Embrasures, large working Fireplace and painted wooden Screen, is astonishing. There are tapestries on the lower walls, bronze chandeliers and medieval roof timbers.
The many Roofs and Battlements are unique. The terraced Gardens, Woodland and Lawns span many periods from Tudor to present day. The early 20th-century Swimming Pool (4½‘ deep) is also available. The neighbouring St Mary’s Church is available by negotiation with the vicar.

Filming Attributes

Communication is good considering the rural location, and the Castle’s own network may also be available. Gardeners, security officers and office staff are all used to hosting filming and are discreet and confidential. The Castle was re-wired in 2011 and can provide ample 13 amp sockets. Hot works are permitted, subject to agreement. Animals may be used, and night shoots are also possible.

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Special Considerations

  • Accommodate Unit Base
  • Accommodation for Cast & Crew
  • Animals Allowed
  • Hotworks
  • Night Shoots
  • Remote Area
  • Weekend Shoots

Topography

External surfaces range from grass and gravel to stone paving and tarmac and can accommodate the largest unit bases.
A large tarmac car park, drives and courtyards provide easy access and hard standing for support vehicles, crew, equipment and cameras, while the grounds are private and offer maximum security and seclusion.
The Castle is well located for easy access, just off the A38: 10-15 minutes from J13 & J14 of the M5; 1 hour from Bristol and Birmingham airports; 2 hours from London.
The town of Berkeley (3-minute walk) has two hotels for food/accommodation, a bakery, and two tearooms providing an eat-in and/or takeaway service, and a there are supermarkets and a Post Office. Accommodation in Peddington Manor (Berkeley Estate owned) and local B&B’s is also available, with the 5* Thornbury Castle Hotel within a 15-minute drive.

Contact

Email: nancy.sheridan@heritage4media.com

Phone: Heritage4Media: 07736 364722

Website: www.berkeley-castle.com