RURAL VILLAGES

Picture Postcard Villages

If you are looking to find that perfect “picture postcard” English village location for your film production, then you have come to the right place. It’s no secret that The West Country is home to some of England’s most splendid and picturesque rural villages. With their thatched cottages, ancient buildings and winding cobbled streets many of our wonderful unspoilt villages are already film sets waiting for your production. Given that in many of our West Country village locations there are no TV aerials, satellite dishes or telegraph poles, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back in time to a bygone era.

It is no surprise that many period dramas are filmed in one of our wonderful village locations. Many classic literacy film and TV adaptations such as Emma, Tom Jones, Far From the Madding Crowd, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Poldark, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Rebecca and Sense and Sensibility all made the most of the stunning rural village locations of England’s south-west region.

In fact, if you’ve ever watched a British period drama or an English murder mystery then there’s a good chance you’ll already be familiar the beautiful village film locations of The West Country.

Haunted Houses & Creepy Cobbled Streets

But it’s not all Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, as many prominent filmmakers have discovered our remote ancient villages with their misty low-lit cobbled streets and creepy old taverns are also perfect for capturing that haunted feel for their horror film locations. Over the years, the film and TV industry has flocked to West Country villages to film many terrifying tales. Whether it is Dracula, The Omen, numerous Hammer Horrors or the cult classic Straw Dogs, the sometimes eerie quality of West Country villages have provided the ideal atmospheric setting for many frightening films. The master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock, realised this as he used some of our south-west village locations to film the classic psychological thrillers Rebecca and Jamaica Inn.

If you’re looking for that creepy old English village for your next horror film, you will find endless possibilities in The West Country.

Comedy Country

On a lighter note, the south-west’s rural villages have provided the ideal locations for some of the UK’s most famous funny films. It was the stunning Dorset village setting that stole the show in Stephen Frears’s comedy Tamara Drewe, perfect for depicting the idealised image of English village life. The picturesque Dorset villages were also featured heavily in Mike Leigh’s much-loved and uproariously funny Nuts in May, showcasing some of the region’s most scenic areas.

Fans of Simon Pegg will recognise one of our Somerset village locations from the blockbuster crime comedy Hot Fuzz. When director Edgar Wright wanted the idyllic English village location for Pegg’s tough city cop to be assigned to, they came to The West Country. Many fans would agree, Hot Fuzz wouldn’t be the same without the medieval buildings and magnificent churches of its West Country village film location.

Spielberg Stamp of Approval

Perhaps the greatest endorsement of our rural village locations comes from the world’s most famous film-maker himself, one Mr. Steven Spielberg. When filming his highly acclaimed First World War drama War Horse in one of our Wiltshire village locations, he said he’d never seen such a beautiful area in all his time as a filmmaker.

Your Perfect Village Location

Whether it is a period costume drama, a murder mystery thriller, a crazy comedy or a blood-curdling horror film, the rural village locations of The West Country have provided the ideal setting for many film and TV genres. Whatever kind of film you’re making, whatever your filming requirements and whatever your budget, if you need the ideal archetypical rural English village for your shoot then we have the perfect location for you.