Englefield Estate re-opens for filming and photography
PUBLISHED: 16:35 04 August 2020
Englefield Estate has re-opened its doors for filming and photography following temporary closure during the coronavirus pandemic
Englefield House and grounds have featured in numerous films and TV programmes, including X-Men: First Class, The King’s Speech, award-winning Netflix series The Crown and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, as well as television adverts and photoshoots for a wide range of publications.
For the first time, Ufton Court, a stunning Grade-I listed Tudor Manor House, set in 16 acres of stunning Berkshire and Hampshire countryside on the Englefield Estate, is open for commercial bookings too.
It has been maintained and restored in a traditional Tudor style, with its steeply pitched gable roof and numerous embellished windows.
Parts of the house date back to 1474, but in 1568 the property was bought by Lady Marvyn who, over eight years, altered and enlarged the house into what we see today.
It sits at the end of a sweeping driveway and amongst acres of ancient woodland, all of which is open for film and photography crews.
The traditional 16th century Tithe Barn is a light and airy space with impressive oak beams and white-wash brick walls, and Archer’s Hall is a more intimate space with similar décor.
Behind the house sits a walled garden, which is home to a recreation of a dark-age settlement, used as part of the Ufton History programme for schools.
Fiona Craig, Managing Director of Ufton Court Educational Trust, said: “Ufton Court Educational Trust is an innovative charity that aims to change children’s lives through challenging and inspirational learning outside the classroom.
“We usually run our charitable work, Ufton Adventure, as well as our Ufton History programme and weddings, from the house and grounds of Ufton Court. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions on school groups and large gatherings, Ufton Court now has availability as a filming and photography venue.
“All funds raised through commercial use will go towards the charity’s work raising aspiration and attainment of all children and in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds.”