The Acton Scott estate can provide a wide variety of period and modern rural properties, landscapes and props to production companies interested in locating their projects in the heart of England. The estate has a successful track record of understanding in the unique demands of filming and photography and can reference many well known organisations it has worked with.
With its idyllic and breathtaking setting in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with panoramas of the South Shropshire Hills, as immortalised by the poet A.E. Housman, Acton Scott is situated in a timeless English rural landscape.
Its topography comprises permanent pasture and arable farmland, ancient deciduous woodland, bridalways, paths and bridges, conifer plantations, pools, streams, a water fall, a working walled garden, formal gardens, herbaceous borders, terraced lawns with topiary, a secret quarry garden, cow parsley and rhododendron lined avenues, a horn beam walk, summer houses and gazebo.
Acton Scott’s historic buildings consist of many fine examples of the rural vernacular with a number of farmsteads and barns, in addition to stone and timber framed cottages and farmhouses, which date from the 16th century onwards and include fine Georgian and Victorian examples. Some have been restored to retain their unique character and period details, offer every modern day comfort and exemplify 21st century country living. Whilst others have remained largely untouched with their humble simplicity very much in evidence.
During the last 20 years, many of Acton Scott’s derelict hedges, walls and other historic features have been sympathetically restored, using traditional skills and materials. More recently, the disused Walled Garden has been brought back into production. There is always more work to be done, for example, the secret quarry garden, a Victorian feature, is yet to be restored to its 19th century former glory and presents an exciting horticultural project for the future.
The Home Farm buildings date from 1770 and their style reflect an important period of investment in agriculture when new methods were being introduced. They’re also the location for the Historic Working Farm, founded by Tom Acton, a popular visitor attraction. It offers an authentic picture of life on a country estate at the turn of the 19th century, whilst the land around is worked by heavy horses. The estate can offer a wide range of period machinery and props, together with rare breeds of animal.
You will also find the site of a Roman villa, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, believed to have once presided at the centre of an important Roman estate, and the subject of a major Heritage Project; an Elizabethan Mansion mansion of 1580, with its gardens and surrounding park re-landscaped in the picturesque manner; and an early Saxon Church of St Margaret, surrounded by its ancient yew trees.
This completes the picture of Acton Scott.
Fully supported by all of the necessary facilities for modern day film location, Acton Scott is located one mile from the main A49 trunk road, with minimum noise disturbance. The tarmac country roads are suitable for HGVs and there is parking for 60 vehicles, secure storage, office space and hard standing for unit vehicles on site. Excellent accommodation for crew and cast, together with catering services are also available.
If you are considering Acton Scott as a location for your television programme, film or photo shoot, please contact Rupert Acton on + 44 (0) 7976 839 997.