As seen on TV: our properties featured on TV


Posted by Kate Atkin on 15th December 2021

Cape Cove
The new BBC thriller, The Nest, was filmed at Cape Cove

Have you ever spotted a gorgeous property on your favourite TV programme or film and thought, ‘I'd love to stay there’? Well, now you might just get the chance!

We’ve got some extraordinary holiday cottages hidden within our collection that are also the filming locations for some of the UK’s most popular shows. Imagine cooking in a kitchen that’s been used by Nigella Lawson, sleeping in a bed that’s featured in one of this year’s top thrillers, or soaking up the same breathtaking views that the cast of Doc Martin have enjoyed.

Read on to discover incredible properties that have featured on TV or film. You can also view our full collection of UK cottages by clicking the button below.

UK cottages

Chapel of Rock, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Chapel of Rock, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Sleeps 10 + 2 dogs

For anybody that loves music and the bygone era of rock-n-roll, The Chapel of Rock near Harrogate in North Yorkshire is the perfect place to stay for a family celebration or a holiday with friends. In 2021, it featured in The Hairy Bikers Go North TV cookery show during their tour of Yorkshire. It's easy to see why this property was selected by The Hairy Bikers as it is eye-catching and memorable. Along with its veritable cornucopia of music paraphernalia, the kitchen is something of a spectacle for guests to whip up some fantastic meals made from Yorkshire produce.

Chapel of Rock, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Unique features include musical instruments and a fully-loaded jukebox; you may not want to leave or indeed go to sleep as there is lots to enjoy indoors at the Chapel of Rock. Sleeping ten guests plus two dogs, this is a superb choice for an extended family getaway or a holiday with your best friends. It's well located for exploration and outdoor fun in the Nidderdale AONB, the Howardian Hills, and both the North York Moors National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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Bond Island Windmill

Bond Island Windmill, Repps With Bastwick, Norfolk

Sleeps 5 + 2 dogs

For A View to a Mill (and maybe a castle), why not stay at Bond Island Windmill, a unique James Bond-themed converted windmill in Norfolk. That’s exactly what Bob and Paul did in series 4 of Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, when they pulled up to the private mooring in their boat ready to catch some rudd. The surrounding area is beautiful and the windmill itself certainly has a ‘licence to thrill’ with all the furnishings and memorabilia reminding you of 007’s daring adventures. Even Paul said that the grounds and accommodation ‘reek of England’.

Circular interiors and far-reaching views

Have yourself a circular evening, as Bob put it, and relax in style on the comfy sofas whilst you pick through your favourite Bond DVDs, before heading up to the fourth floor and to the aerial lounge where a balcony awaits with far-reaching views of the Broads. Once you’re fully settled, the only thing left to decide is who’s going to be Bond and who’s going to be the villain!

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Filming The Nest at Cape Cove
Filming The Nest at Cape Cove credit: Instagram @mrmartincompston

Cape Cove, Cove, Argyll and Bute

Sleeps 10

Set to be the most gripping show of 2020, The Nest is a new five-part BBC thriller starring Line of Duty's Martin Compston and Gentleman Jack actress Sophie Rundle. This intriguing drama is written by Nicole Taylor, who penned the five-time Bafta-winning BBC drama, Three Girls. The story sees a wealthy couple make a pact with a down-on-her-luck teenager (Mirren Mack) to carry their baby, which unwittingly changes all their lives forever. The couple’s enormous waterside house where the main scenes have been shot is our extraordinary holiday home, Cape Cove in Scotland.

Cape Cove

An award-winning luxury house with its own private beach, this blissful retreat lies on the shores of Loch Long in Argyll. The open-plan living space boasts sleek lines, contemporary features and seamless wall-to-wall windows looking out over the ebbing water below, creating the illusion of walking on water. Drink in the panoramic views from beside the warmth of the wood burner, out on the balcony, or from the soothing bubbles of the cedar hot tub on the terrace. There’s even a private mooring and jetty if you want to bring a boat, or a charter boat can be arranged locally for the ultimate VIP experience.

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Blistors Farm - The Bull Pen

Blistors Farm - The Bull Pen, near Coleford, Forest of Dean

Sleeps 9 + 3 dogs

Tucked away in the heart of the Forest of Dean, you will instantly recognise the distinctive yellow front door of this unique property if you’ve been watching Netflix’s comedy-drama, Sex Education. This beautifully converted bullpen overlooking the Wye Valley has become as much a star of the series as the actors. Blistors Farm is the fictional home of two of the programme’s key characters: no-nonsense, 16-year-old Ola and her DIY-mad father Jakob. Step inside and you’ll soon see why the crew chose this iconic cottage.

Blistors Farm - The Bull Pen

When the house isn’t being used for filming, you can make yourselves at home and enjoy the colourful interiors which retain much of the 70s style used in the series. You’ll find everything you need for a cosy country retreat including a sitting room with squashy sofas and an open fire, four spacious bedrooms, and large mature gardens with plenty of sunny spots to enjoy some al fresco dining while admiring the views. For added indulgence, there is also a private hot tub, tennis court, a 2-acre enclosed area for dogs and, bizarrely, a Tardis tucked away in the garden.

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Nigella Lawson at Redford Farm Barns
Nigella Lawson at Redford Farm Barns. Credit: Instagram @nigellalawson

Redford Farm Barns, near Ludlow, Shropshire

Sleeps 12 + 2 dogs

In 2017, the festivities were in full swing at Redford Farm Barns in Shropshire which played host to Nigella Lawson’s Christmas special of At My Table. Festooned in fairy lights, the enviable kitchen was transformed into a yuletide scene while the celebrity chef demonstrated some of her decadent recipes. Roast duck with orange, soy and ginger; parmesan mashed potato gratin; devilled eggs; sticky toffee pudding; chocolate pistachio meringue cookies, and a Christmas martini were all on the menu of this hour-long show. And of course, there was the trademark midnight fridge raid, complete with a red silken dressing gown!

Redford Farm Barns

If you’d like to recreate some of the indulgent treats from the show in this well-equipped and stylish kitchen, then click the button below to book a stay. Hidden away within 12 acres of farmland, this big and beautiful bolthole is perfect for a special occasion or an extravagant celebration. Collect fresh eggs for your dishes from the chickens and ducks on the farm and whip up a feast in Nigella’s kitchen, before ending your evening in the entertainment barn featuring a traditional bar, wood burner and darts board.

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Sycamore Barn

Sycamore Barn, near Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons

Sleeps 4 + 1 dog

Follow in the footsteps of Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse who stayed in Sycamore Barn in the Brecon Beacons during episode 1, series 2 of Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing. After spending the day fishing for wild brown trout on the picturesque River Usk nearby, where Paul’s father first taught him to fish as a young child, they retreat to this cosy cottage in the heart of the rolling countryside. A relaxing evening follows as the two friends compare old school photographs and discuss their respective childhoods before Paul serenades Bob with his guitar.

Sycamore Barn

Enjoying a magical hillside setting with awe-inspiring views across to the Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Black Mountains, this traditional stone barn is a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. While the interiors are beautiful, with exposed beams and stone walls, sloping ceilings and an abundance of character and charm, the real highlight is the garden. During the day, sit outside and watch the light drift across the surrounding mountain scenery, and at night, make use of the cottage’s telescope and tilt your head to the skies to marvel at the twinkling stars of this International Dark Sky Reserve.

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Dinnabroad Cottage

Dinnabroad Cottage, near Port Isaac, Cornwall

Sleeps 6 + 3 dogs

Enjoying a prime spot on a 140-acre farm in Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dinnabroad Cottage was also the setting for 'Aunty Joan's Farm' on ITV’s hit series, Doc Martin. Aunty Joan was one of the most beloved characters until she sadly departed at the end of series 4, so this is a wonderful place to stay if you’re a big fan of the programme. It’s also less than 5 miles from Port Isaac where more Doc Martin filming locations can be found such as Doctor Ellingham’s surgery, the local school and the church.

Dinnabroad Cottage

Perfect for families looking for peace and solitude, this charming abode offers miles of scenic walks along valleys and windswept clifftops from the front door, including the wildlife-rich Nature Trail. When you return, take a seat in the garden and drink in the far-reaching vistas over patchwork fields and the sparkling sea. Then, when night falls, there are three restful bedrooms to lay your head and dream of your next adventures.

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The Retreat - Sandsend

The Retreat - Sandsend, Sandsend, North Yorkshire

Sleeps 4

There’s a very good reason that this chocolate-box cottage in North Yorkshire was chosen to feature on Season 2 of Channel 4’s Homes by the Sea in 2014. As if plucked from the pages of a storybook, this fairy-tale cottage dates back to the 17th century and stands proudly amidst its award-winning gardens. Parcelled between the moors and sea in Sandsend, this five-star retreat is an idyllic luxury escape for couples and small families.

The Retreat - Sandsend

On a sunny day, you can easily while away an hour or two in over half an acre of exquisitely landscaped gardens, perhaps sharing a traditional English cream tea in the scented rose garden or the divine little summer house. The interiors are equally as illuminating, with white painted timbers and shades of soft cream – it’s no surprise that this was once the glamorous home of the American editor of Vogue. Curl up by the glowing flames of the wood burner in the lounge and enjoy an indulgent soak in the roll-top bath before bed.

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Old Crofftau cottage

Old Crofftau, Cantref, Brecon Beacons

Sleeps 8 + 2 dogs

Not all lamb is created equal and nor are all cottages. This rustic detached property in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons was the showcase cottage for the 2014 TV advert for Welsh Lamb, and it’s easy to see why it was chosen. Surrounded on all sides by mountains, valleys and undulating hills, this converted farmhouse exhibits the best that Wales has to offer and so when you want to demonstrate the quality of your lamb, you have to choose the finest setting.

Exquisite interiors and gorgeous views

Fun fact: in the video, it was raining but on the day of the shoot, no drizzle appeared so they had to create their own weather using water from the back of a truck! If you find yourself here on a damp day, fear not as the rustic interior welcomes you in with vaulted ceilings, exposed stonework, original beams and a wood burner to warm your toes by.

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Holidays from the small screen

Why not enjoy a staycation somewhere different this year and follow in the footsteps of your favourite celebs in one of these famous UK properties? We’ve got even more beautiful holiday cottages in the UK within our collection for you to browse, whether you fancy a romantic retreat for two, a big family getaway where everyone’s invited or even a dog-friendly stay. Create extra special memories with your favourite people by clicking the button below!

UK holiday cottages

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