One of our estates, Carlton Towers in Yorkshire, has recently starred in Sky Atlantic’s ‘The Guest Wing’ – and were a little unprepared for the impact they might have on the world’s media!
Speaking to Amy (one of the Carlton’s team) on the telephone the other day, we were chatting happily about dates for an upcoming shooting party, when Amy was suddenly pulled away from the telephone. ‘Really sorry,’ she typed later that day, ‘to rush off. A film crew and a newspaper arrived at the same time as our weekend’s guests…’
Hugely impressed, we asked to hear more.
Well! We’ve officially taken Thursday night television by storm! Our TV début, The Guest Wing (on Sky Atlantic) has so far seen us getting fit on the front lawn with Gavin Walsh Bootcamp; being the setting for a wonderfully lavish dog show with 150 beautiful (and don’t they know it!) Afghan Hounds, and proudly entertaining an American gourmet dinner party hosted by our very own Lord and Lady.
The Guest Wing, produced by Landmark Films, has delved right intothe centre of the action to see exactly how stately homes, and more directly the owners of such properties, keep afloat in the 21st Century. The featured four properties are Chillingham Castle (Northumberland), Muncaster Castle (Cumbria), Maunsel House (Somerset) and, of course, us in Yorkshire, Carlton Towers.
As you know, Carlton Towers looks very much like Downton Abbey, and we think it is this ‘Downton Abbey’ effect that has triggered the media interest following The Guest Wing.
We were interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek programme and Radio York in April, and appeared in The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Daily Express for reviews and features celebrating the success of the programme described as “an exquisite treat” (The Daily Telegraph) and “a fantastically enjoyable documentary” by the Sunday Times.
Now that Carlton Towers has had its share of media coverage in England over the last few months it’s now time for a new venture: we’ll be appearing on Japan’s equivalent of BBC1 over the Jubilee week, so we’ll keep you informed of that project. The documentary will focus on items given the Royal Warrant and where they’ve ended up today…surely you can guess?!