Architectural History

Originally 11th century, Hornby Castle is a privately-owned, little-known gem with a delightful setting in 18th century parkland designed by a pupil of Capability Brown. In 1929/1930 it was asset stripped, with the building being reduced to one seventh of its original size, although some of the original walls are retained and the main structure is easily visible within the main courtyard.

East of the Castle has been opened up, restoring the seventeenth century enclosed park, originally granted to the Conyeur’s family by Edward III.

Architectural Features

Although most of the fine internal architecture was sold of in the 1930 sale, The remaining rooms are disproportionately large, well lit and with high ceilings can provide an ideal working environment for film crews. Wide staircases, and halls/landings similarly assist.

With magnificent views from the front lawn, a walled kitchen garden, romantic woodland walks, streams and an 18th century rustic bridge, the property sits within a 500-acre red deer park with public access. The fifteenth century tower dominates the parkland.

Grounds include a 6 acre shrubbery, 20 acres of formal lakes, extensive rolling pasture, and unfenced roads. 1000 deer graze the open pasture.

Filming Attributes

Located 1 mile west of the A1 4 miles south of Catterick, the grounds are easily accessible. York is 45 mins to the south and Newcastle 50 mins to the north.

Facilities include large hard standing access which would accommodate a unit base. The castle benefits from extensive car parking, and has accommodated armoured vehicles.

The site permits hot works, and animals, which can be accommodated. Three phase supply is available.

The grounds themselves are very private, and accommodation may be available for selected personnel if required. There are good hotels at Leeming, Northallerton, Leyburn and Bedale.



The substantial estate provides a variety of topography and landscape which includes rolling grasses, arable land, 20 acres of woodland, and a deer park of 500 acres. Also on site are a 6 acre shrubbery, avenue of trees, and 12 acres of lakes. The Castle grounds also includes concrete and rubble hard standing, gravel courtyards, unfenced roads and 3 car parks. Helicopter access is available.

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