You might wonder why Stonor, one of England’s oldest manor houses, does not fling its doors open to visitors until April 3rd? One of the reasons is that for much of the year Stonor is booked by film crews eager to use the glorious setting as one of England’s famous movie locations, shooting for films and television programmes.
The house itself has popped up in ‘Hornblower’ and, on the big screen, was used in the James Bond film ‘The Living Daylights’.
Film crews, like visitors, are attracted by Stonor’s rich history. You can wander around a 14th century chapel made of flint and stone and view fine works of art painted by the Italian masters.
Stonor just 4 miles from HenleySituated in the village of Stonor, four miles north of Henley-on-Thames in South Oxfordshire, it has also featured in several Midsomer Murders’ episodes.
Before they visit the manor house, fans of the long-running show could always pop in for a pint of Oxfordshire real ale in the The Stonor Arms Hotel, the place where Mungo Mortimer stayed in the ‘Blue Herrings’ Midsomer investigation.
The Italian theme is also found in the Italianate garden which overlooks spectacular views of the Chilterns.
Animals have always figured largely in Stonor life. The sheep of Stonor used to supply the wool which was used in so many famous Flanders tapestries depicting epic war scenes.
As famous movie locations go, it’s a rural retreat, best found on a weekend break near London with the family – so much so, you can still, if you are lucky, catch glimpses of the fallow deer that have grazed here since medieval times – definitely Stonor’s shyest visitors!