Hampstead comes to Cliveden

Academy Award® winner Diane Keaton and BAFTA nominee actor Brendan Gleeson spent last summer in London shooting the romantic comedy Hampstead, which is in cinemas on June 23. Filming also took them to the banks of the river Thames to Cliveden and its holiday bolthole, Ferry Cottage.

In the film Diane Keaton plays American widow Emily Walters who helps the reclusive Donald Horner (Brendan Gleeson) defend his ramshackle hut, and the life he has been leading on Hampstead Heath for 17 years.

Much of the action takes place on the 320 hectare Heath and Hampstead Village but it also brings Cliveden, its riverside setting and Ferry Cottage, which can be rented out, to the big screen.

" "The cottage that we shot in was lovely, next to the river. I’d like to own it and spend some time there." "
- Diane Keaton, actress (Emily Walters)

Diane Keaton particularly enjoyed the experience of filming at Ferry Cottage.   

'The cottage that we shot in was lovely, next to the river. I’d like to own it and spend some time there. But unfortunately I will not be able to buy it, so all the best for the public. It’s fabulous everybody should go, it couldn’t have been more idyllic.'

Ferry Cottage, Cliveden
Ferry Cottage on the Cliveden Estate in Buckinghamshire
Ferry Cottage, Cliveden

The idyllic atmosphere which Diane describes was something Ferry Cottage’s designer, Victorian architect, George Devey was famous for and has been carefully maintained by our conservation work. 

As Cliveden’s curator Oonagh Kennedy explains, “The appearance of the cottage, with its English bond brickwork and timber framing is much as it was designed by Devey, who specialised in idealised, domestic and leisure buildings in equally idealised settings such as Ferry Cottage on the banks of the River Thames.”

Today, up to four guests can enjoy staying at Ferry Cottage and its neighbour New Cottage, which also sleeps four. Every stay will help us continue to maintain the special spirit of the cottages and the other places in our care. 

Hampstead is released in UK and Irish cinemas on 23 June.