‘As seen in’: 10 Stately Homes From Period Dramas

September 3, 2017

As a genre, period dramas often rely on certain features to really enhance the story. One is dance scenes, of course, but another notable essential is a beautiful backdrop. Stately homes and castles frequently make an appearance and often, they’ve been a background character for several titles. In the selection below, we’ve picked out some popular locations – do you recognise some from your favourite dramas?

Haddon Hall, Peak District

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall has doubled as Jane Eyre’s Thornfield Hall no less that three times! Moody, rugged and built with grey stone, it’s the perfect haunt for the tortured Mr Rochester (and Bertha Rochester in the tower).

Starred in:

  • 2006’s Jane Eyre
  • 1996’s Jane Eyre 
  • 2011’s Jane Eyre
  • Lady Jane 
  • Elizabeth
  • 2016’s The Hollow Crown
Harewood House, West Yorkshire

Harewood House

The audience of Victoria will recognise Harewood House instantly as a prominent setting throughout the series. The house is currently running an exhibition of the costumes in the show until the end of October – perfect for fans!

Starred in:

  • Victoria
  • Death Comes to Pemberley
  • Lost In Austen
  • The Black Prince
Chatsworth House, Peak District

Chatsworth

Chatsworth is an iconic stately home in its own right, but it’s played host to a large number of prominent period dramas over the last few years, both with its exterior and the grand halls inside.

Starred in:

Starred in:

  • 2005’s Pride and Prejudice
  • 2011’s Jane Eyre 
  • The Duchess
  • Barry Lyndon 
  • Death Comes to Pemberley
  • A Royal Night Out
Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire

Allerton Castle

Allerton Castle is a true example of Gothic architecture. Built in the 1840s, the castle and its grounds have proven a popular location for dramatic film shots.

Starred in:

  • Victoria
  • 1993’s The Secret Garden
  • 1975’s The Secret Garden
  • Lost In Austen
Somerset House, London

Somerset House

For any visitors to London, Somerset House is one of those incredible locations that you might just stumble upon. Located in the heart of the city, the huge courtyard provides the perfect backdrop for big film sets.

Starred in:

  • 2009’s Sherlock Holmes
  • 1995’s Sense and Sensibility
  • The Duchess
  • Flyboys
  • Wilde
West Wycombe House, Buckinghamshire

West Wycombe House

With a lake and a forest, West Wycombe House is set in beautiful scenery, and most notably doubled as Kenwood House for the recent period film Belle.

Starred in:

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Belle
  • Austenland
  • Downton Abbey
Basildon Park, Berkshire

Basildon Park

Basildon Park is a gorgeous Georgian house that as doubled as Pride and Prejudice‘s Netherfield on multiple occasions. The dramatic balcony makes for the perfect setting for those melancholy farewells.

Starred in:

  • 2005’s Pride and Prejudice
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Dorian Gray
  • The Duchess
  • Downton Abbey
Lyme Park, Peak District

Lyme Park

Fans of the 1995 Pride and Prejudice will instantly recognise Lyme Park as the setting for Pemberley, and the lake in front for that iconic swimming scene!

Starred in:

  • 1998’s Far From The Madding Crowd
  • 2002’s The Forsythe Saga
  • 1995’s Pride and Prejudice
  • 1981’s Brideshead Revisited
Blythe House, London

Blythe House

Blythe House is another inner-city location in London. With its elaborate facade, it doubles effectively as a government building, a hospital, a hotel or even a department store.

Starred in:

  • The Crown
  • Allied
  • The Danish Girl
  • The Halcyon
  • Mr Selfridge
Englefield House, Berkshire

Englefield House

Englefield House has a long history, with notable connections to monarchy and leading figures. It’s no surprise then, that it’s provided the backdrop for films like The King’s Speech.

  • The Crown
  • The King’s Speech
  • 2012’s Great Expectations
  • 2008’s Easy Virtue

Are there any stately homes from period dramas that you love and aren’t on this list? Let us know!

More about Jen Scouler

Jen Scouler is a magazine journalist, film critic and the founder of Lost In Drama. With degrees in both English Literature and Digital Journalism, she has experience of writing for popular print and online publications. Jen is also devoted to her metaphorical novelist aunties - Aunt Jane, Charlotte and Jo are particular favourites - and is usually found with an Earl Grey tea in hand.

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