Balls Park, location of the Young Victoria film set
PUBLISHED: 15:46 08 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:26 20 February 2013
When it came to finding the perfect lookalike mansion to film The Young Victoria, location scouts couldn't resist Balls Park near Hertford.
When it came to finding the perfect lookalike mansion to film The Young Victoria, location scouts couldnt resist Balls Park near Hertford.
WHEN filming in Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace for The Young Victoria was not an option, film location experts looked for an alternative and their gaze alighted on Balls Park.
They needed somewhere which could effortlessly be used as the backdrop to the love story of Victoria and Albert, as portrayed by Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend.
Balls Park was chosen because of its unusual design and historical detail, and it is these features, such as the distinctive wooden panelling and large beams, that are clearly visible in the film.
The Grade I Jacobean mansion is owned by City and Country Group and is no stranger to the movie world.
Tim Sargeant, chief executive of City & Country Group, says, Balls Park is steeped in history and has huge scope as a location for film sets, which we are pleased to let it out for. It has already been an extremely successful location for a number of feature films and television period dramas including, The Golden Compass, Foyles War, Wild Child, Bleak House, Amazing Grace and the Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Even so, it came as a surprise when we were told they were transforming it into Buckingham Palace.
Balls Park is set in 63 acres of picturesque Grade II listed parkland, which features on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. City & Country Group is working towards restoring its red brick mansion and coach house and converting them into one, two, three and four bedroom homes.
The Young Victoria focuses on Queen Victorias early rise to power, from being an object of a royal power-struggle to her romantic courtship and legendary marriage to Prince Albert. Originally despatched by the power-hungry King Leopold of Belgium as a lure for the young princess at a time when she was a priceless political prize, Albert soon fell in love with the independent-minded young woman, and the seal was set for the ultimate historical romance.
Written by Julian Fellowes, who wrote the screenplay for Gosford Park, the film also stars Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson and Jim Broadbent, to name just a few of its choice British actors, alongside Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend as Victoria and Albert.