“ I grew up at St Clere with my three sisters and the house and its beautiful grounds were always kept very private, with only one opening a year for the general public for the Garden Open in June. This always made me feel slightly guilty, and since taking over as Managing Trustee, I’m thrilled that I can open its doors and share its beauty with the wider community. While it’s now open for events and photo shoots, the estate still feels very untouched which is part of the charm that everyone loves when they visit. ”

Eliza Ecclestone, Managing Trustee of St Clere Estate

Architectural History

The house was largely built c.1630 by Sir John Sidley. It is built on the site of earlier buildings, some remains of a Tudor building still being visible. Owned at one time by Thomas Boleyn, it is said that Henry VIII visited St Clere during his courtship with Anne Boleyn. The house has a 19th-century extension to the east and two octagonal Towers at the corners of the north elevation. The eastern Gatehouse was built in 1967 and adjoins the ancient brick range of the Laundry which is surmounted by a Georgian Bell-cote and pendant Clock. This still contains a good deal of 17th-century brickwork.

Architectural Features

The house is a “double pile house” which means that it is constructed two rooms deep in a rectangular block with a structural spine through the middle. There is a circular Driveway to the front of the house and a cobbled Courtyard. The house offers outstanding views of the North Downs as well as, to the south, a small temple overlooking a picturesque lake. Rooms include a Gallery and a Library, and there is a wealth of period features including open Fireplaces, bay Windows and a decorative wooden Staircase. The extensive grounds boast a large York stone Terrace, a Kitchen and Herb Garden, herbaceous and shrub Borders, a hawthorn arch Walkway, a Lake and Temple, Greenhouses and The Orangery.

Filming Attributes

The site has good access and the full time Estate Foreman can assist with any logistical issues that may arise. There is ample parking around the estate for cars and lorries. There is power (63 amps) available from the Garden Room charged at £250.00 per day.
The Old Laundry is made available for crew members with tea / coffee provided. This is a private space that consists of three rooms and a bathroom and we would give you exclusive access. This is often used for make-up and changing. If additional rooms are required, there are rooms in the main house that can be used. We have an estate chef who can provide lunches / refreshments at a competitive price, or we have an external catering partner who can provide larger parties with whatever they require. Our usual working hours are 8am – 6pm but time outside this will be considered. Animals are allowed, with prior arrangement. Wifi is available


Special Considerations

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


There is a tarmac driveway and a cobbled forecourt. There are lawned areas and flower beds by the house. Otherwise, there is a variety of woodland, meadows, farmland and a lake.
Nearest railway stations are Sevenoaks, Otford or Kemsing. It is 13 miles to Ebbsfleet for fast links to London and Europe.
By car, St Clere is just 10 minutes from Junction 4 of the M25 and 30 miles from Gatwick airport or 50 miles from Heathrow.

Crew and Relevant Links


Email: sarah@stclere.co.uk

Phone: 01732 761309

Website: www.stclere.co.uk