Pinewood Studios is built around Heatherden Hall, a Victorian Mansion built in a Georgian Style dating back to the early part of the nineteenth century. Overlooking the luscious formal gardens, the exterior of the old house is effortlessly breath taking.
Once inside, the oak panelled ballroom still boasts its original oak sprung dance floor. Impressive features also include a raised stage area, crystal chandeliers, open fireplace and French windows leading out onto the terrace and gardens; perfect for all occasions.
Heatherden Hall has a fascinating history and catalogue of notable owners. In the early 1900’s, the original house was transformed into a Victorian showpiece, with a huge ballroom and a Turkish bath. In the 1920’s it became a retreat for politicians and diplomats, and in November 1921, provided the venue for the negotiation and signing of the Irish Free State Treaty. In 1934 the house was bought at auction by the prominent builder Charles Boot. He was later to meet J. Arthur Rank and would become his partner in the studio project. The first production to take place at Pinewood Studios was “London Melody”, in 1936, and by its 60th anniversary Pinewood had produced no less than 600 films; both for the big screen and television. Classic films created at Pinewood include: “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Oliver Twist” and “Great Expectations”, directed by David Lean. Lord Oliver & Marilyn Monroe’s “The Prince & The Showgirl” (her only film made outside Hollywood), “The Great Gatsby”, Batman, the “Carry On” films and most of the “James Bond” adventures. More recently scenes for Gulliver’s Travels were filmed in the gardens of Heatherden Hall.