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The exterior of White Edge Lodge, nr Sheffield, Derbyshire © National Trust

The exterior of White Edge Lodge, nr Sheffield, Derbyshire © National Trust

The National Trust’s Frensham Ponds in Surrey takes centre stage in Snow White and the Huntsman, a Gothic re-imagining of the classic Brother’s Grimm fairytale. Released in 2012, the film featured a host of stars, including Oscar Winner Charlize Theron as the evil queen, Chris ‘Thor’ Hemsworth as the huntsman and Kristen Stewart as Snow White, and saw Frensham Ponds transformed into a medieval fishing village.  To see where all the excitement took place stay at Frensham Common Cottage which sleeps 5 people.

Doyden Castle set the dramatic (and humorous!) final scenes in the last episode of the popular TV series Doc Martin in 2011 featuring Martin Clunes.  Set in a spectacular cliff top setting in Port Quin near Port Isaac in Cornwall, this popular cottage is a perfect romantic getaway.  Port Isaac, Port Quin and Port Gaverne were the main locations for filming the series and the National Trust has over ten cottages for you to choose from to explore this popular area.

The beautiful Crom estate on the shores of Upper Lough Erne in Northern Ireland provided the backdrop for the autumn 2012 TV series The Blandings, which starred Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders.  There are seven cottages to choose from, including Erne View which sleeps 6 people, with views of Lough Erne and the island of Inishfendra from the large sitting room.

The filming of Bridget Jones Diary (2001), starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, took place at Snowshill Manor, set in the pretty village of Snowshill in the northern Cotswolds. Guests can explore the delights of the village by staying at one of five cottages in the village, including cottages in a charming row of seventeenth-century dwellings. Spring Cottage sleeps 2 and is full of character including the ancient fire place.

A number of magical scenes from the Harry Potter series were filmed in Lacock Abbey and Village in Wiltshire, including parts of The Philosopher’s Stone (2001), The Chamber of Secrets (2002) and The Half Blood Prince (2009).  Featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, you can see where the filming took place whilst staying at 2 High Street, an attractive terraced cottage in the heart of the village of Lacock.  The cottage was also used during the filming of popular costume drama Cranford, where stars including Judi Dench and Imelda Staunton would relax in between takes.

Experience some Bronte drama with a stay out on the Derbyshire Moors at White Edge Lodge, which featured in Jane Eyre (2011). The lodge featured as Moor House in the film, which starred Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Jamie Bell.

National Trust sites are a popular choice with TV and film producers so choose your favourite cottage today and follow in the footsteps of the stars!

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  • The exterior of Erne View, Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh © Chris Lacey

    Erne View

    Newtownbutler , County Fermanagh

    Great views of Lough Erne from this cottage in a small complex on the Crom Demesne.

  • The exterior of White Edge Lodge, nr Sheffield, Derbyshire © Mike Henton

    White Edge Lodge

    nr Sheffield , Derbyshire

    A wonderful location for an interesting and historic cottage with open views.

  • The exterior of 2 High Street, Lacock, Wiltshire © Mike Henton

    2 High Street

    Lacock , Wiltshire

    An attractive 15th-century cottage in the heart of Lacock village.

  • Doyden Castle, Port Isaac, Cornwall © Mike Henton

    Doyden Castle

    Port Quin , Cornwall

    Castellated cliff top folly in spectacular position on headland.

  • The exterior of Spring Cottage, Snowshill, nr Broadway, Gloucestershire © NTE LTD

    Spring Cottage

    nr Broadway , Gloucestershire

    This tiny gem of a cottage sits in a row of Cotswold stone cottages.