The eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted that West Horsley Place was a location in the BBC’s recent adaptation of Howards End. Interiors featured as various settings including Oniton Grange, Ducie Street, Wickham Place and a German hotel. It was a wonderful production for us to host at West Horsley Place, bringing both vital commercial income to help fund restoration works as well as being part of our charitable aim to promote performing and visual arts. Just before production arrived we found a first edition of Howards End (1910) amongst the thousands of books here. Hettie MacDonald, the production’s Director, was thrilled to examine it. Amidst the madness of a pressured shooting schedule she used it as a sort of talisman; a reminder of why they were all here and the beauty of Forster’s original vision.
One of the production’s stars, Hayley Atwell, posted an amusing image of one of our famous Grade II listed dog kennels on her instagram page below, as well as a picture of herself with our first edition:
Below is a clip set in Helen Schlegel’s London bedroom filmed here: