Forget daydreams, here the Silver Screen becomes your reality.

It has to be said that we are yet to meet someone who has run out of places to visit in the Cotswolds.

But what if one of those places relies upon your imagination? Picture yourself reclined in a cinema, film about to start and popcorn in hand or perhaps with a cup of your best tea curled up on the sofa at home watching your favourite show. It’s not hard to admit that these stories allow you to indulge your escapist fantasises – yet you view the scenery before you with a sense of familiarity. Have you ever wondered where these fictional and non-fictional locations are found?

The Cotswolds has the scenery, the history and the rolling hills required to bring some of the best characters, stories and locations to life. We’ve collated just a few that you might want to visit during your stay.

Harry potter

Medieval built Gloucester Cathedral features as the perfect double for Hogwarts in J.K Rowling’s epic wizarding saga. Wander your way into wizardry, but don’t scold yourself if you think you saw a golden snitch out the corner of your eye!

War Horse

Steven Spielberg’s big screen adaptation of the much-loved play was filmed in Castle Combe. It’s not hard to imagine the emotion behind such a hard-hitting film taking place here; the area is perfect to recreate the romantic yet troubled era that World War One took place in.


Although set in the equally picturesque Cornwall, Chavenage House featured as the ‘Poldark’ family home Trenwith. Wander into your own imagination and don’t be surprised if Poldark himself Aidan Turner appears!

Downton Abbey

Bampton became the series’ village so loved by all who watched the show. Take a short stroll and imagine yourself at the wedding of Mary and Matthew, or walk through the streets looking for Mrs Patmore as she rushes to get her vegetables and pantry items in time for dinner.


Adam Henson’s farm park is situated in the Cotswolds and features regularly on the Sunday afternoon favourite show, allowing viewers to glimpse into the life of a working farm and showcasing the real beauty of the area at the same time.

Other television series to shoot here include Poirot, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes. Films also include Bridget Jones’ Diary, Pride & Prejudice and Braveheart.

Once you’ve immersed yourself in your favourite film or TV show, why not treat yourself to a delicious Michelin starred meal at one of the best restaurants in the Cotswolds? If you find yourself lusting after a Lord or Lady title, Lord of the Manors is the most logical choice for your holiday. As we are one of the only Michelin star restaurants with rooms, you’ll be feeling like a movie star for the duration of your stay. Book with us direct for the best rate, and you’ll be making memories that will rival your favourite story in no time.