Architectural History

The oldest parts of the Hall date from the 16th century. The building has been extensively altered over the generations, including additions made in the 18th century. The Hall was faced in the Victorian era.

Architectural Features

Externally the house is Victorian in appearance with much sandstone and ballustrading. The Tower is a notable feature and the Roof Line is extensive. Internally the main features are the panelled Dining Room with armorial Stained Glass Windows, large recessed Fireplace and a collection of family portraits. The Main Hall is also panelled and hung with Cromwellian arms and has the original Front Door that opens on to the 12-acre garden designed by Thomas Mawson in 1895. The Drawing Room has been recently refurbished in a beautiful cerise colour with trompe l’oeil decoration. It has a large armorial Fireplace, fine Paintings and Stained Glass Windows. The many Bedrooms house four poster beds from Jacobean times. A large amount of arms and weaponry from Empire days are shown in cases throughout the house. There is also an interesting Stable Block constructed in the half timbered manner.

Filming Attributes

The Graythwaite Estate is a 5000 acre private estate on the west side of Lake Windermere. Graythwaite Hall has great privacy and easy access from three iron gated drives. There are many useful spaces and car parks in nearby fields for vehicle and plant storage. The Estate also has 20 holiday houses suitable for let to film crews, etc. Hot works are fine, by permission, as are night shoots. There is also WiFi, broad band and satellite reception. The Hall is lived in by the owners, the Sandys family. Camilla Sandys and other estate staff are available to assist crews in all areas where needed, and there are residential estate maintenance staff on call.


Special Considerations

  • Accommodation for Cast & Crew
  • Hotworks
  • Night Shoots
  • Remote Area


Graythwaite Hall is surrounded by gravel areas and tarmac drives and sits in ancient parkland ringed by forest. The Estate lies on the western shores of Lake Windermere, between Newby Bridge and Hawkshead. The Hall is easily accessible, within 20 minutes of the M6 motorway. The nearest train station is Grange-over-Sands, 13 miles away, or Oxenholme station, 17 miles away. A taxi journey from Grange-over-Sands to Graythwaite takes 25 minutes and 35 minutes to Oxenholme. There is sufficient space in the immediate grounds and park for helicopter landings.

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