A collection of four of our Idyllic Cottages properties have been given the Hollywood treatment in recent years, as filmsets and filming locations for period drama Downton Abbey: New Era and comedy drama from the 1980s and 1990s Lovejoy. Contained within the Belchamp Hall estate, our four properties include a single bedroom refurbished stable block, the adults-only coach house, the cosy and self-contained hayloft, and the waterside mill cottage. And while each has its own unique features and individual characteristics, one thing which unites all four cottage properties is the access to what has long been considered a prime filming location in the heart of Suffolk.

Here’s how you can make the most of your stay at Belchamp Hall.

Why choose Belchamp Hall?

The selling point of Belchamp Hall is that while all four cottage properties share the same grounds, the expansive estate means that every cottage benefits from its own peace and quiet and privacy. Favoured by those who are seeking a holiday staycation which is conveniently close to local amenities but with space to roam freely and in complete solitude, the Belchamp Hall accommodation unites the welcoming community with unrivalled peace.

Not to mention, what better place to take the Downton Abbey fan in your life or the family member who always had a thing for Lovejoy himself?

Belchamp Hall as a filming location

The timeless presentation of the grounds, the typical English countryside landscape, and the authentic structures which include an old church and the traditional brickwork across the cottages and main house all lend themselves to Belchamp Hall being used as the setting for a period drama.

The Downton Abbey: New Era movie released in 2022 showcased the grounds of Belchamp Hall in all their glory, while the use of the Hall and grounds as the set for Lovejoy back in the 80s and 90s really gave the Suffolk location a name in the world of film and popular culture. Today, staying in one of the four cottages on site allows you to revel in the timeless beauty of the exterior setting while enjoying all the luxuries of a high end stay with renovated and refurbished interiors throughout.

With all the cottages designed for romantic couple stays, girls’ weekend away, or small family trips, all you need is some comfortable shoes to explore the countryside and cosy clothes to curl up and watch your surroundings come to life on the big screen in Downton or Lovejoy.

Book your next trip to Suffolk on the estate made famous by the Crawley family and Lovejoy himself – and enjoy all the glamour of modern luxury.