Top 10 popular movie mansion tours

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

Highclere Castle, Downton Abbey, movie mansion

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

Palacio de los Hornilos, The Others, movie mansion

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

Thornewood Castle, Seattle, Rose Red, movie mansion

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

Chatsworth House, Pride and Prejudice, movie mansion

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

Oheka Castle, Long Island, Great Gatsby, movie mansion

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

Ettington Park, The Haunting, movie mansion

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

Oakley Court, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Windsor, movie mansion

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

Twelve Oaks, Georgia, Vampire Diaries, Tara, movie mansion

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 

This story was first published in October, 2017 and updated in December, 2020. 

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