The hidden treasures from location scouts – and where to plan a stay

Berkeley Castle reopens to visitors on April 3, in time for the Easter school break. In the meantime, those looking to get ahead of crowds could book an overnight stay. The on-site houses are generally used for weddings, but are sometimes available to other groups, with prices from £1,250 per night (one home sleeps 12-16, the other 18-20).

Kirkman explains how he goes about choosing the right location for a shoot. “It starts with what is required from the script, what time of year they’ll be filming – that is going to affect [what’s happening with local] trade, tourism and farming.”

Tourism numbers are less of a concern when using a private estate that’s not open to the public than a National Trust or English Heritage property, for example. As such, Adwell Estate is another of Kirkman’s recommendations – it’s not generally open to visitors, but you can stay on site (see below), as is Stonor Park in Oxfordshire, a one-time Bond backdrop for the Timothy Dalton film The Living Daylights.

One of Adwell’s best qualities is its ornate gardens. Such period landscaping is also a key selling point for Hestercombe House and Gardens in Taunton, Somerset. This location is among the top picks of Charlotte Wood, Production Liaison Manager (South West) for Filming in England at Creative England. 

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