“ Spetchley is a very special and stunning location in a unique setting. I cannot sum up the different attributes it has to offer, whether it is a beautiful imposing backdrop of the house, the tranquillity of the garden or the majestic landscape. Its USP is not only its diversity but also its location. I think that it has everything that would suit your needs, whether it be a product launch around the garden, period drama or a blockbuster! ”

Henry Berkeley

Architectural History

Spetchley Park's Mansion House was built between 1811-1818 for Robert Berkeley by Architect John Tasker, a London architect who worked mainly for Roman Catholic clients. It is a Palladian house that sits in a magnificent, unaltered 17th century landscape which contains a 30 acre late Victorian garden that was designed by Ellen Willmott. The landscape was inspired by John Evelyn and includes hundreds of veteran trees and view lines that take in the Malvern Hills and Bredon Hill. The garden is one of the finest examples of Victorian planting in the country, mainly laid out by Willmott and successive members of the Berkeley Family. It contains porticos, a walled garden, fountains and a summer house all dating to late 19th century.

Architectural Features

The principal property lends itself to vast open internal spaces allowing filmmakers great flexibility within and around rooms. The main elevations are constructed with fine ashlar Bath stone beneath a deep entablature with a moulded cornice. The west elevation has a large Portico of four unfluted Ionic Columns and a deep Pediment and moulded window surrounds. The south elevation has a central semi-circular projection again with large unfluted Ionic Pilasters. The rear of the house is all of brick construction. The three principal rooms are the dining room, library and drawing room which have Grecian fireplaces. The Hall contains red Scagliola Ionic columns opening up to a stunning rectangular staircase with fine iron handrail and a Venetian window which faces an open gallery with two widely spaced red Scagliola Corinthian Columns. The East wing contains a Roman Catholic Church. It has a North Porch for public access. It has three blind windows above which hide a private gallery. Its high interior has bedrooms above.

Filming Attributes

Spetchley has excellent access to major road networks and is very close to production bases in Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham. Set in its own glorious parkland there is no light pollution. The use of heavy plant machinery, candles, smoke machines and animals is allowed with prior arrangement. There is good mobile connection. The near and far horizons are focused on two ornamental lakes one of which is positioned in the 1625 Deer Park with its herds of Red and Fallow deer. Spetchley's owners have a very flexible and proactive attitude towards filming and will endeavour to meet your requirements where possible. Adjacent to the house is the 14th century church of All Saints.

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Special Considerations

  • Accommodate Unit Base
  • Accommodation for Cast & Crew
  • Animals Allowed
  • Night Shoots
  • Weekend Shoots

Topography

Situated between junctions 6 and 7 of the M5 motorway, and 3 miles from Worcester City centre which has two main line stations. It has ample parking for a production crew in a field in front of the house and hard gravel surfaces to the west and north of the house. The parkland and garden to the east, south and west of the house totals over 300 acres including the 30 acre Victorian garden and 125 acre deer park. Small patches of woodland are situated in the parkland. There are two drives to the house; one through the parkland is 800m long. The parkland is all grass and the drives are gravel and stone with a large gravelled area to the west of the house. There are two lakes of 2 and 5 acres in size and ample space to land helicopters on the front lawn or field.

Crew and Relevant Links

Contact

Email: nancy.sheridan@heritage4media.com

Phone: Heritage4Media: 07736 364722

Website: http://www.spetchleygardens.co.uk/index.php