England has no shortage of impressive manor houses, and many of them are often used as filming locations for shows and films alike, including Netflix’s Enola Holmes, which premiered last month and has since left us daydreaming about visiting the many estates it features. Benthall Hall, West Horsley Place, and Hatfield House may vary in their appearance, but they all have one thing in common: you can visit these houses at your own leisure and pretend that you live at any one of these remarkable properties, as the characters in this film do. Take a look at these breathtaking homes below, and plan your trip accordingly—you may even uncover a mystery along the way!
Benthall Hall in Broseley, England
The Holmes family residence was shot at two different manor houses—Benthall Hall served as the exterior, while West Horsley Place acted as the interior. Built in approximately 1580, Benthall Hall is well over 400 years old, but its design is timeless, and it remains part of the Benthall family to this day. Clearly, its brick and sandstone exterior and oak interior have stood the test of time, and the all-encompassing ivy that we see in Enola Holmes further adds to the home’s charm. And no, your eyes are not deceiving you—the landscaping of Benthall Hall was meant to look unkept during its screen time in Enola Holmes. Production designer Michael Carlin told Radio Times, “In the story, we have the brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft, arriving home for the first time, and Mycroft expressing dismay at the state of their home. He’s been sending his mother money for upkeep, but she has more important things to do with the money.” He adds, “The gardeners and the people taking care of the house at Benthall were brilliant in allowing the gardens to get really overgrown and letting us drape overgrown vines all over the exterior.”
West Horsley Place in West Horsley, England
As previously mentioned, the interiors of West Horsley Place were used for the Holmes’ residence, while the exterior was shot at Benthall Hall. The bedrooms of both Enola and her mother are located at West Horsley Place (there are a total of 50 bedrooms in this house), and the Holmes’ kitchen and library can also be found here. Built in the 1400s, this Grade I-listed building counts King Henry VIII as a former visitor, and it’s a work of Jacobean architecture, similar to that of Kew Palace and Slyfield Manor. When watching West Horsley Place’s appearance in Enola Holmes, expect to see Chesterfield leather sofas, Persian rugs galore, regal gallery walls, and damask wallpaper in a subdued shade of red. The entire house is filled with charming antiques, and it manages to achieve the right balance of rich design and a livable feel.
Hatfield House in Hatfield, England
Hatfield House is no stranger to fame—you can also see this 400+ year old abode in the Oscar-nominated film The Favourite, and the Jonas Brothers' music video for their hit song, “Sucker.” This Jacobean-style house was built in 1611, and, similar to Benthall Hall, it is still owned by the same family all these centuries later. The home’s first owner was Robert Cecil, the 1st Earl of Salisbury, and it is now owned by Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, the 7th Marquess of Salisbury. For its role in Enola Holmes, Hatfield House can be seen in its full splendor, including carved wood paneling on its walls, black-and-white checkered flooring, and paintings complemented by opulent gold frames. Between Emma Stone, the Jonas Brothers, and Millie Bobby Brown, Hatfield House has a running list of impressive stars who have filmed at this historic site, and we imagine this isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of it.
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