image courtesy of The National Trust
The beauty and history of the Cotswolds have been put to good use recently. Scores of popular novels have their settings in the towns and villages of the Cotswolds, be they real or fictional. But in addition, a number of top television programmes have been filmed in the Cotswolds, showcasing historical buildings, dramatic countryside and English heritage on our screens.
From Man Booker Prize winning adaptations to multi-award winning author adaptations, filming in the Cotswolds has never been so fashionable. For many producers and directors it is the appeal of the open farmland, imposing country homes, beautiful gardens, ancient churches and the step-back-in-time appeal of the area. Not forgetting Downton Abbey! (see our blog of 9th January).
Visitors to the Cotswolds may spot many popular filming locations, including Gloucester Cathedral, which doubled as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films and Gloucester Docks, featured in Amazing Grace as well as the 1970s television series, The Onedin Line.
Snowshill village was used as a location for the hit film, Bridget Jones Diary and Badminton House and Dyrham Park near Chippenham were used during the making of The Remains of the Day, much if which was shot in the Cotswolds
Turning to more recent activity, many scenes for the hugely popular Wolf Hall and The Casual Vacancy were filmed in the Cotswolds.
Wolf Hall at Chastleton House
The BBCs Wolf Hall production, based on the hugely successful novel of Hilary Mantel, was filmed partly in Chastleton House, owned by the National Trust, and located just outside Moreton-in-Marsh.
Wolf Hall charts the rise of Thomas Cromwell, a blacksmiths son, in Henry VIIIs reign, when he finds success as a lawyer, chief aide to Cardinal Thomas Wolsley and eventually as a minister and confident of the king.
Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612 and is a rare gem of a Jacobean style country house. Ownership within the same family for centuries has essentially left the house unchanged for nearly 400 years.
It is open to the public from 4th March 2015 and details can be found on The National Trust website.
The Casual Vacancy and the Cotswolds
J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults is another British best seller to have caught the BBC's attention.
The novel is set in fictional Pagford, on the surface an idyllic English town, but in reality a town with many feuds. Filmed on location in beautiful Burford, Painswick, Northleach and Minchinhampton to name a few Cotswold locations, the truth behind Pagford gradually unfolds.
If you watched the series, why not visit some of the towns where filming took place and see if you can spot the location? Sweetlove House in the series is actually Warwick Hall in the heart of Burford. Pagford Church was in fact filmed in two churches in Painswick and Bisley. Samanthas boudoir is really a shop in Painswick and Mollinsons Cafe a wine bar in Northleach. Meanwhile the Crown Hotel used a property in Minchinhampton currently being turned into a Gastro Pub and the Guildhall is the local theatre and function room there.
For properties in Burford search the Manor Cottages website here: Burford Cottages and type in 'Burford'.
For accommodation in Painswick: Painswick Properties and enter 'Painswick' in the search bar.
For more information about your stay in The Cotswolds and to book online please visit Manor Cottages or if you prefer, speak to one our helpful members of staff by calling 01993 824252.