The gothic exterior, the imposing clock tower, sweeping staircases and stunning state rooms – with such dramatic good looks it is no wonder Carlton Towers is in demand from film and TV companies.
Even if you’re yet to visit you may have already seen the estate in its varied screen roles. It starred as Hetton Abbey in the 1988 film of A Handful Of Dust by Evelyn Waugh, and provided a stunning backdrop for the television dramatisation of Charles Dickens’ Micawber, starring David Jason.
More recently, Masterchef, Kay Mellor’s series Love, Lies & Records and lavish ITV1 costume drama Victoria were filmed at Carlton Towers.
With our extensive experience working with film companies we can help ensure every part of the process runs smoothly. Prior to shooting we will give you an extensive tour of the property so you can scout out potential locations.
And because Carlton is not open to the public we can block out days at a time when the house and grounds are given over to the exclusive use of the production company.
We can cater for cast and crew and provide accommodation for up to 31 people as well. If you’ve any questions, give us a call; Carlton Towers is ready for your close-up…
Carlton’s epic grandeur was just what was required to stand in for Windsor Castle in the acclaimed ITV series.
And that was why, after four days of pre-shoot preparation, the cast and crew of Victoria descended on Carlton Towers for two days’ filming in February 2016.
The stunning 18th century state rooms provided the location for most of the shoot, with stars Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria and Rufus Sewell as her trusted minister Lord Melbourne filming key scenes here.
Carlton staff were on hand throughout to offer every assistance to the production team, including lighting fires in the splendid fireplaces to add another element of authenticity. The unit caterers set up in the undercroft, making it simple to keep everyone fed.
Thanks to all the preparatory work and our long experience working with film crews, this was another happy and productive shoot. And we were delighted to see Carlton Towers looking at its glorious best when the drama premiered on ITV in the autumn of 2016.
Victoria is only one of many screen roles for Carlton. In recent years the estate has been the setting for a diverse range of film and TV projects, from blockbuster Bollywood movies to a small screen adaptation of one of Charles Dickens’ classic tales.
Each shoot benefits enormously from the production company’s exclusive use of Carlton Towers for the duration of the filming.
For Gerald and I, the experience started at 10.00am with a meeting in the ‘green room’ (actually our housekeeper’s sitting room in Cooks) with John Torode and Gregg Wallace. Both were charming and very relaxed about the day ahead – they are, after all, consummate pros.
We were then ushered up to the Armoury to meet our guests – Tom Banks Snr – the extremely proud dad of our michelin starred chef for day – no less than Tommy Banks, owner of The Black Swan at Oldstead, Amanda Owen, the famous shepherdess who juggles her farm, writing, TV appearances AND nine children, the owner of the ubiquitous Betty’s Tearooms, Simon Eyles and Robert Tomlinson (known as Rhubarb Rob!)
Chatting over a glass of champagne and getting on like a house on fire whilst five unbelievably talented chefs were battling it out down in our Cooks kitchen – We had no idea how they were getting on with their daunting tasks until we actually saw the programme many months later.
Shown to our table, the courses arrived and were truly as delicious as they looked. When the finalists all arrived to our cheering claps, we were pleasantly full – not stuffed such was the ingenuity of making exquisite dishes.
More icing on the cake to follow – meeting Tommy Banks junior. So chilled and calm after what should be a fraught day for anyone. Seeing the programme on air, we were so in awe of his kind guidance and advice to the contestants.
A day Gerald and I will savour and remember for the rest of our lives and a true honour to be a small part of such a TV stalwart. We LOVED every minute.
Beautifully appointed, historic and luxurious, the bedrooms at Carlton Towers are the last word in elegant refinement.
Each of our 16 bedrooms, accommodating 31 people, have been individually designed and furnished by Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard to offer a tranquil haven from the bustle of the modern world.
From the two-storey majesty of our Baroness Tower bridal suite to the stylish simple elegance of our one single room, the Lady Mirabel, each is uniquely decorated and comes with its own bathroom or shower en suite.