If the setting of your Cotswold hotel is strangely familiar, it may well be because so many of the villages and landmarks in the Cotswolds have been used as a film or TV location.
It seems that the love affair between hotels Cotswolds and film crews is eternally mutual.
Castle Combe can probably claim to be the most filmed location - and with a long history too.
In 1967 'Dr Dolittle’, starring Rex Harrison and Anthony Newley was filmed in the village sand, perhaps because of the absence of telegraph poles and satellite dishes, the village continues to attract Hollywood. In the last few years other major Hollywood films have been shot here such as 'Star-dust' (2008), 'The Wolfman' (2009). In 2010 Steven Spielberg caused great excitement by shooting scenes for the film adaptation of 'War Horse'. TV programmes such as 'Poirot' and 'Robin of Sherwood' have also been filmed in the village. Maybe it helps that hotels Cotswolds and hospitality have an equally good reputation locally.
Its equally true that the hotels Cotswolds formula works elsewhere. Johnny Depp was spotted at Cotswolds House whilst filming The Libertine, and he seemed very happy at the hotel, falling for the Sticky Toffee Pudding in particular.
Chavenage House, an Elizabethan manor house near Calcot Manor (that Hotels Cotswolds connection again!) has popped up in several television production. Most recently the hit drama series Poldark, used as Trenwith House, the Poldark family home.
Poirot filmed an episode there too (The Mysterious Affair at Styles), it also featured as Midwinter Manor in Lark Rise to Candleford and also provided Angel Clare and Tess’s bedroom in the 2008 TV version of Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Finally It also appeared in the 1998 television adaptation of Laurie Lee’s popular novel Cider With Rosie.
J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy was adapted for TV recently and various Cotswold locations were used.
Painswick and Minchinhampton feature extensively, also Bisley, Northleach and Burford. All near the sort of Hotels Cotswolds location managers like to line up for their stars.
The small village of Blockley is home to the church St Peter and St Paul church, built in 1180, used by tv drama Father Brown as St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. in the fictional village of Kembleford. Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Upper Slaughter and Kemerton were also used as filming locations.
It’s not just Hotels Cotswolds has to offer, you can organise yourself a very pleasant tour of Cotswolds TV and film locations.