Berkshire

'Hammer Horror castle' up for sale in Bray

Oakley Court Hotel
Image caption The house was built in 1859 for Sir Richard Hall Say, who became the High Sheriff of Berkshire in 1864

A gothic country house in Berkshire that was used as a set for Hammer Horror films has gone up for sale.

Oakley Court in Bray was also used as Frank N Furter's castle in The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975 and in The Belles of St Trinian's in 1954.

The former private residence, now a hotel, was a popular film set because of its close proximity to Bray Studios.

Sellers Oakley Court Hotel Ltd declined to state the asking price but said the property had gone into administration.

The house was built in 1859 for Sir Richard Hall Say, who became the High Sheriff of Berkshire in 1864.

Although built in the Victorian period, its gothic architecture made it a popular film set for the Hammer Horror films, which were produced at Bray Studios near Maidenhead.

The main entrance became the entrance to Castle Meinster in The Brides of Dracula in 1960, it became Hamilton Manor in The Plague of the Zombies in 1966 and as a school for girls in Nightmare in 1962-3.

More recently it was home to several members of Team GB during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Selling agent Julian Troup of Colliers International said he was "anticipating a considerable amount of interest from a variety of different buyers, both in the UK and from abroad".

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