From stately settings to the big screen
Being a quintessentially British country estate, as a location Ragley can offer a wide range of settings for film, television and photography projects. The Hall, designed by Robert Hooke in 1680, sits at the centre of an estate spanning approximately 5,600 acres of parkland, woodland, farmland, a lake and working stable yard.
The 17th century stately home features a grand ballroom setting with 40ft floor-to-ceiling windows, in a baroque and rococo design, which has previously been used as a film location to echo the Palace of Versailles, and there are a range of other rooms including sitting rooms, a large library, music rooms, breakfast suites and bedrooms. Each room varies in style, with an over-arching design decorated by James Gibbs and added to by John Wyatt in the late 1700s.
From the rich red fabrics and ornate golds of the Red Saloon, to the bright yellow regency dining room, painted to mirror the late Lord Hetford’s favourite jumper colour, each room offers a diverse and unique setting, ready to be immortalised in the narrative of a project.
On multiple occasions Ragley has been the set for large-scale productions including an appearance in Doctor Who’s The Girl in The Fireplace, which saw David Tennant jump through a mirror in The Great Hall on horseback to the aid of Madame de Pompadour. In 2013 the Hall was used by Stephen Poliakoff as the setting for the TV Series Dancing on the Edge about a talented jazz band. In 1982, Ragley’s staterooms witnessed antagonist Armand Chauvelin, played by a young Ian Mckellen work against the story’s protagonist Sir Percy Blakeney in the 1982 adaptation of The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Although it is easy to be lost in fictional tales, Ragley has also been actively used for documentary shows such as BBC’s Countryfile Christmas Special and antiques series Flog It!.