Tuesday, 28 September 2021

It’s all about on location, on location, on location

HENLEY and its surrounding villages may be home to a famous person or two but more importantly this

HENLEY and its surrounding villages may be home to a famous person or two but more importantly this is the location of choice for many a film and TV show.

Television companies love to use the Henley area as a location because not only is it the first pocket of countryside west of London, but it also evokes a Home Counties of the past.

In short, our local area is ideal for anything Agatha Christie-ish or Midsomer Murders-y.

Film companies are also fans of our surrounds. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 101 Dalmatians, Band of Brothers and, most recently, Second World War film Fury, starring Shia LaBeouf and Brad Pitt, were all filmed here.

Johnny Depp also filmed Into The Woods in this area, along with the 1999 film Sleepy Hollow.

The Hambleden Valley remains top of the list for location shooting. Last year, filming took place in the village for the BBC’s adaptation of The Outcast, set in the Forties and Fifties (it should be on our screens later this year). The village square, St Mary’s Church, and the sports and social club were used for the two-parter which stars Jessica Brown-Findlay, who played Lady Sybil Crawley in Downton Abbey.

It’s not surprising that homes in this ‘golden valley’ which along with Hambleden includes Fingest, Skirmett, Fawley, Turville and Ibstone don’t come cheap.

You can expect to pay from about £500,000 for a two-bedroom cottage to around £2m-plus for something larger. Since housing is limited in these villages, only a handful are on the market at any one time so potential buyers have to act fast when one does pop up.

Olivia Davies at Mullie estate agents said: “Houses in central Hambleden are so popular, they only come on to the market every five to 10 years.

“We are lucky enough to currently have one for sale in central Hambleden, called The Cottage. Set high in the hills on an interesting tiered plot, but just a short walk to the village centre, The Cottage boasts the finest views of the Hambleden Valley combined with secluded outside areas which offer shelter and privacy.”

The Cottage is on the market with Mullie at a guide price of £1,800,000.

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