Sometimes the set is the real star of a movie or a television show. Houses and grand mansions come to life in film, portrayed as scary and intimidating or regal and majestic. In real life, they can be anything from private homes to hotels.
These mansions from popular films or television series are hotels, inns or event venues – step through their doors and judge their off-screen personality.
1. Wilton House
Movies: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Tomb Raider
This United Kingdom 1870s estate home is open for tours April through September. Attend an event like the Wilton Horse Trials and the Wessex Country Fair on the grounds.
2. Highclere Castle
TV Series: Downton Abbey
The castle is the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. Its interior, exhibitions and gardens are open for tours with tickets available for teas, receptions and garden parties.
3. Palacio de los Hornillos
Movie: The Others
This property of the Marquis of Santa Cruz is in Las Fraguas, Cantabria, Spain. Rent it fully staffed for a regal vacation experience. Nicole Kidman not included.
4. Basildon Park
Movies: Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey, The Duchess, Dorian Gray
This Georgian mansion in Reading, England, was restored in the 1950s and now belongs to the National Trust.
5. Thornewood Castle
Movies: Rose Red, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, There Will Be Blood
This 500-year-old Gothic mansion in Seattle is the setting for Stephen King’s terrifying Rose Red. The castle is a private residence and B&B; visit only by booking accommodation. Of course, there’s a Rose Red room with stained glass windows and lake views.
6. Chatsworth House
Movies: The Dutchess, Pride and Prejudice, The Wolfman
Passed down for 16 generations, this splendid Bakewell, England, mansion is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Take a guided tour or book a luxurious hotel room on the property.
7. Oheka Castle
Movies: Citizen Kane, The Emperor’s Club, The Great Gatsby, What Happens in Vegas
Built in 1919 on Long Island, this lavish mansion is home to the Melius family and boasts 32 luxury suites and rooms. Tours of the mansion are held daily, or reserve a table for lunch or dinner.
8. Ettington Park Hotel
Movie: The Haunting
This 19th-century home-turned-hotel near Stratford-upon-Avon, England, is said to be haunted. The hotel features seasonal events like the “Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Evening” with dinner and festive decor.
9. Oakley Court Hotel
Movie: Rocky Horror Picture Show
This 118-bedroom mansion in Windsor is a luxury hotel in the English countryside. Each July the staff hosts a “Time Warp picnic.”
10. Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast
Movies and TV Series: Vacation, The Vampire Diaries, Halloween II, and inspiration for Tara in Gone With the Wind
This Covington, Georgia, mansion was built in 1836 and served as Gen. Sherman’s headquarters during his Civil War march to the sea. It is now a bed and breakfast with Southern-themed rooms like “Frankly Scarlett Junior Suite,” and “Suite Home Alabama.”
This story by Lisa Kaylor first appeared on WhereTraveler.com
This story was first published in October, 2017 and updated in December, 2020.