“ Tabley House is one of the lesser known architectural and historical gems of Cheshire. Whilst its exclusivity is part of its charm, we are keen to balance this with greater accessibility, both to the general public, and by providing wider exposure via filming and photography. The art collection is run on a day to day basis by a charitable trust and functions on a very small budget. Fees for a few days filming make a big difference to the ongoing maintenance programme and the longer term protection of the art collection, which is why we adopt as flexible approach as possible to filming requests. ”

Lindsey Harrison, Administrator

Architectural History

Built in the 1760s by the architect John Carr for the Leicester family, this Palladian mansion has remained largely unchanged externally, with the exception of the rebuilding of a 17th-century Chapel. The Chapel was moved from another site on the Park in the 1920s and added on to the west wing of the house. Internally the principal first floor rooms remain largely intact, and are decorated in the Georgian and Victorian styles.

Architectural Features

Tabley House is constructed from sandstone and brick. The front elevation boasts an impressive, sweeping Staircase rising to the first floor portico Entrance. Internally original plasterwork and mouldings feature in each of the rooms, as well as wooden Shutters, dark mahogany Doors and a grand mahogany cantilevered internal Staircase. Some rooms are decorated in a cool, classical style whilst others provide a rich Victorian colour scheme. The first Lord de Tabley was a great collector of British paintings, and many famous artists have stayed at Tabley, including JMW Turner, Henry Thompson and James Ward. Important pieces by these and other artists can be seen in the rooms for which they were created. The separate Tea Room contains Stained Glass and a 17th-century Fireplace. The 17th-century Chapel has a new roof, but otherwise retains dark wood panelling and Stained Glass Windows, including one designed by Burne-Jones. The Chapel also has a functioning Organ and Bell/Clock Tower.

Filming Attributes

Tabley House is located just 2 minutes from the M6 (J19). It has a separate access for large vehicles and a car park. There is WiFi and good mobile reception. Whilst the house is open to the public during April to October, the number of visitors is small. Part of the building is occupied by a nursing home, and there are a few private houses on the estate and within the stable block, but the location would nevertheless afford a great deal of privacy and peace and quiet. The mixed use of the building requires some careful management of access, but this has not been a barrier for film crews in the past. The management of the art collection and the nursing home are very approachable and are willing to consider most requests. Tabley House is the chosen location for numerous commercial photography shoots each year and its major filming credits include Granada TV’s 'Forsythe Saga'.

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Topography

The house sits on a slight rise within the park. It enjoys views across pastures to a lake, which features a small island with a folly. Immediately surrounding the house are lawns and some gardens with gravel paths. There are a number of tall, old trees near the house and a wall and haha separate the house from the farmland. As well as easy access from the M6, the site is only 2 miles from the centre of Knutsford, a market town made famous by Mrs Gaskell’s ‘Cranford’ stories, and is also within easy reach (15 minutes) of other stately homes and historic properties in the area. Manchester Airport is equally accessible via A556/M56 approx. 20 minutes away.

Crew and Relevant Links

Ian Vasey

Contact

Email: tableyhouse@btconnect.com

Phone: 01565 750151

Website: www.tableyhouse.co.uk