This English Country House Has Been Featured in Over 70 Movies and TV Shows

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Photo credit: James Willis

Photo credit: James Willis

From House Beautiful

If you ask us, no film or show is complete without a spectacular house—and there are plenty of such examples in numerous productions throughout history (especially period dramas). And, if you’re a real period piece junkie like we are, you may notice that some of these homes begin to look….strikingly familiar. Below, House Beautiful has gathered a list of six of the most popular houses in pop culture history, including ones seen in The Crown, Bridgerton, Pride & Prejudice, and Emma—including one that has appeared in a whopping 70 (!) productions. Best of all, you can tour these properties at your own leisure (if COVID-related restrictions allow, of course). And might we suggest matching your attire to the decor when you visit, à la the Bridgertons and Featheringtons?

6. Royal Crescent, Bath, England

The Royal Crescent is unlike any of the other homes on this list, mainly because it’s not just one dwelling—it’s a row of 30 houses, which together form a crescent shape (hence the name Royal Crescent). Two of these 30 townhouses often make appearances on the silver screen: the No. 1 Royal Crescent Museum and the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. Unsurprisingly, period dramas make up the bulk of the Royal Crescent’s most notable roles, including Persuasion, The Duchess, and Bridgerton.

5. Burghley House, Peterborough, England

Photo credit: Burghley House

Photo credit: Burghley House

With over 20 starring roles in major films, Burghley House is no stranger to the spotlight. It has made appearances in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Crown, and Pride & Prejudice, to name a few. Built between 1555 to 1587, this Elizabethan-style home has some impressive (real life!)royal ties: the dwelling was built for Queen Elizabeth I’s Lord High Treasurer, Sir William Cecil. The interiors of Burghley House are just as grand as its exterior—look no further than the Hell Staircase and the Heaven Room, both of which look like they could be the creations of Michelangelo.

4. Wilton House, Wilton, England

Wilton House has appeared in just about every major film adaptation of various Jane Austen novels, including Emma (2020), Sense & Sensibility, and Pride & Prejudice, not to mention The Crown and Bridgerton. For over 400 years, this English country house has belonged to the Earls of Pembroke—and you can witness its beauty firsthand year round, thanks to public tours of the home and its lush landscaping. Might we suggest stopping by in March, when Wilton House hosts its Annual Antiques Fair, which unfortunately did not take place this year due to the pandemic—but will likely return in 2022!

3. Syon House, Brentford, England

Not only has Syon House appeared in nearly 50 films and series, it also acted as the backdrop to a 1999 fashion show hosted by Versace and De Beers, wherein supermodels Naomi Campbell, Amber Valletta, Kate Moss, and others strutted the halls of this manor house—in front of an eclectic mix of guests that included Prince Charles, Lenny Kravitz, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Hurley, and Prince. This dwelling can be seen in a bevy of period dramas, such as Belgravia, Bridgerton, and Emma (1996).

2. Hampton Court Palace, London, England

Bridgerton fans might be quick to recognize Hampton Court Palace, given its starring role as the exterior of Queen Charlotte’s residence in the hit Netflix series. You can also see this historic home in over 50 other films and shows, like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Belgravia, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. This 500-year-old abode is a work of both Tudor and Baroque architecture, and it was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, the chief minister of King Henry VIII.

1.Hatfield House, Hatfield, England

According to IMDb, Hatfield House has served as a filming location for over 70 productions in total, including The Crown, Bridgerton, Enola Holmes, The Favourite, Rebecca, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the music video for the Jonas Brothers’ hit song “Sucker.” A 75,000-square-foot manor house that’s over 400 years old, Hatfield House is open to the public for tours—and it’s only a 45 minute drive from London. Ever since this Jacobean-style dwelling was built in 1611, it’s remained in the Cecil family, with Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, the 7th Marquess of Salisbury, being the current owner.

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