England’s beautiful coast, countryside and towns will star in a host of films and TV programmes next year. And, as many holiday plans start with armchair travel, Premier Cottages highlights homes close to some of 2020’s key dramas.
Fans of The Secret Garden will be inspired to take a trip to the North York Moors, which will feature in the latest film remake starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters, set to hit the big screens in April.
Appearing as the actual secret garden in the film adaption, are the orchards and flower-filled borders of Helmsley Walled Garden located on the Moors at the start of the Cleveland Way National Trail. Travellers wanting to visit can book a break at Platform 1, a luxury apartment in the former Castle Howard Station, a grade II listed building in the Derwent river valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The property has a fascinating history and once even welcomed Her Majesty Queen Victoria. It sleeps two and dogs are also welcome. A three night weekend or four night weekday break starts from £425 for two. Platform1 is a 30 minute drive through the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to Helmsley Walled Garden. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01653 749750)
Also, just under a 30 minute drive from Hemsley Walled Garden are Old Oak Cottages, a cluster of eight beautifully converted barns and stables set around a landscaped courtyard on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. A three-night weekend break in Old Cottage’s Owl for four starts from £400. (www.premiercottages.com, 01845 501258) Image here
Filming for Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, set for release in April 2020, took place around Windermere and Ambleside close to the popular World of Beatrix Potter attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere. From verdant countryside to stunning lakes and woods the Lake District has everything needed for a family staycation.
Less than15 minutes’ drive from Lake Windermere and around 40 minutes from Ambleside, family-friendly Mirefoot Cottages provide the perfect base for exploring all the Lakes have to offer. Facilities on site include a 16 metre indoor pool, well-equipped gym, sauna and Jacuzzi. A cottage break for four in Kirkstone starts from £1158 for a week and from £700 for a three night weekend break. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01539 896114) Images here
Next year will also see Kate Winslet will star as Mary Anning, the “un-sung hero of fossil discovery”, in a film set along the shores of the Jurassic Coast in the movie Ammonite. The film will be in cinemas in early in 2020 and will ensure that Lyme Regis in Dorset, where Anning lived and worked and much of the filming took place, is firmly on the tourist map.
Stay at Champernhayes with its six luxury dog-friendly holiday properties. Located in the West Dorset countryside, the properties are under fifteen minutes’ drive to Lyme Regis and hosted both film crew and the props and wardrobe team during the making of the film Ammonite. The cottages provide glorious views across the sea to Charmouth. Each has its own private garden complete with patio and barbecue for summer months as well as a shared heated indoor swim spa and hot tub. A three night weekend break for two starts from £228. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07724 539035)
Alternatively, book a break at Court Close an elegant dog-friendly house that sleeps up to ten. Set in its own large secure gardens with south facing rural views, it’s a lovely base from which to explore all that Dorset has to offer and Lyme Regis is only a thirty minute drive away. A three-night weekend break for ten starts from £1100. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01305 889338)
The 50th anniversary of the original publication of James Herriot’s books is an excellent excuse for Channel 5’s revival of the hit TV series All Creatures Great and Small. Based on the real-life experiences of Yorkshire vet James Herriot, the iconic drama series is returning to the small screen next year in a six-part remake.
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales, it will bring joy to a new army of TV viewers and, for many, it will put the historic county of Yorkshire on their travel agenda. Premier Cottages features over 60 properties in Yorkshire with four in the Dales including: Old Oak Cottages, a cluster of eight beautifully converted barns and stables set around a landscaped courtyard on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. Onsite are an all-weather tennis court, large heated indoor swimming pool, spa and sauna. Just four miles away in Thirsk is the James Herriot Museum and attraction, which was once a working veterinary practice. A three-night weekend break from £400. (www.premiercottages.com, 01845 501258)
Julian Fellowes’ new Netflix drama, The English Game, starring Edward Holcroft, Craig Parkinson and Charlotte Hope tackles the history of football. It was filmed in locations throughout the north of England including UNESCO World Heritage Site Saltaire and Little Germany in Bradford, where horses and carriages and actors in Victorian costume were spotted on Cater Street.
Set in the heart of Yorkshire, the five star Gold Higher Scholes Cottage is the perfect get away for couples inspired to visit having watched the series. Stunning views of the Yorkshire moors can be enjoyed from the property’s hot tub and couples can explore Saltaire or Little Germany in Bradford both around half an hour’s drive away. A three-night weekend break from £599. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01535 646793).