“ It’s a fantastic place; grand yet intimate and retains a feel of past alongside the present. With many quirky features inside and out and very unique architecture, it is a place of splendour and beauty with a homely feel. Owners are happy for filming and would take pride in any works filmed here. The house is owned and lived in by a family who are keen for Dunwood Hall to be known and appreciated for its architectural value. ”

Delphine Lovatt

Architectural History

Built in 1871 in a neo-gothic style as a family home. Designed by Robert Scrivener a local architect influenced by Pugin. The building stands 3 stories high and is built from stone. In addition is a stable block with archway and spire. A grand building with many features. Victorian style means the house is not symmetrical, the approach to the house is from the side and no two windows look the same. The house was built as one, but made to look like it has been added on too over several years.

Architectural Features

External: 3 stories high. Windows are either 2-3 rectangles or Gothic arch with quatrefoil. Minton tile floor throughout. Pillars, archway and gothic details around front door. Windows are all unique. One stain glass window to side of house.Orangery (used to be old kitchen) with glass roof lights in, visible from rear of house. Grotesques around central tower. Tower at centre of building. Stable block features archway with large wooden gates small gothic windows and spire with weathervane. Front garden – large lawn surrounded by bushes. Rockery. Outside swimming pool dating 1920s. Smaller lawns. Rose garden with pergola. Steps and pathways.
Lawn behind swimming pool with fountain. Pond with stream and pathways round it. Old orchard.

Internal: Porch and central hall area: Minton tile floor throughout. The red Porch has internal glass doors and 4 inlaid gothic arches. The Gothic arch is repeated in front door, internal door, entrance to adjoining rooms and staircase and rear hall. Entering the hall: reveals a balcony (4 sided) looking down from first floor. Detailed ironwork on balcony and staircase. Large fireplace with original owners crest. Hall looks up through balcony area to large tinted blue roof light. Music room – the main room to left has Victorian cornicing and central rose with chandelier. Dining room - two sets of doors either side of chimney breast lead to the Orangery. Bay window. Orangery is lighter than the rest of the house and is often thought of as an extension. Roof has roof lights, two iron pillars stand in centre of room. Kitchen: A traditional kitchen but with modern conveniences such as island for family living. Recently updated so not as traditional to rest of building. Upstairs: Victorian bathroom with bay window. One bedroom decorated in a more traditional fashion. Other bedrooms are lived in and need re-decorating.

Filming Attributes

Easy access from motorways M6 and M1. Set back from a main road so main road is not noticeable but property is easily accessed. Driveway large enough to bring a medium sized bus up or a fire engine. Large vehicles can turn around at house but not coach-sized.
Field area can be used for parking. A helicopter would be able to land in field area. However heavy plant may struggle due to access and soft grounds. Privacy is definitely attainable as the house is set back with only one close neighbour who is shielded from the house by bushes and trees.
We have a very flexible attitude towards filming requests, within reason.

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Topography

Gravel driveway up to house surrounded by gravel. Lawns around all sides of house. Stone pathways and rose garden. House is set slightly higher up from road. Hidden in trees from road apart from the top of it. Fields around garden.

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Contact

Email: nancy.sheridan@heritage4media.com

Phone: Heritage4Media: 07736 364722

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