Bantham Estate nestles deep in the South Hams at the mouth of the river Avon the Bantham Beach is one of Devon’s premier beaches and is listed by Lonely Planet as one of Europe’s Best Beaches.
Bantham Estate’s history dates back to Neolithic times. There is evidence of a Bronze Age settlement and a Roman trading port at Bantham Ham.
The river is the site of an oyster farm and there are excellent mooring facilities which means there is the infrastructure for filming at sea as well as on The Estate itself. The beach and surrounding areas of Bantham provide an impressive setting for a wide variety of film work, from television series, one-off documentaries, music videos to photo shoots Bantham has welcomed a variety of different productions. Most notably BBC2 murder mystery drama series “The Coroner” which did many shoots over two seasons at the estate. The list of possible locations is endless, with many areas containing interesting and unique features – woodland and ancient tracks, isolated farm buildings, a private villa on the water and a stunning beach to go with it.
Bantham Estate covers 728 acres in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Estate includes agricultural land, woodland, grassland and sand dunes as well as the famous Bantham beach.
The Estate’s properties, many of which are Grade II listed, include houses and cottages in the village, the village shop, several boathouses and Bigbury Golf Course. The Estate is also responsible for managing the river Avon estuary that runs through its land.
Managers should note that there is ample parking for unit vehicles.
With its picturesque beach, Bantham has been a regular host to several photoshoots; Hacket of London, Bamboo clothing and Beaufort and Blake have all shot campaigns on the charming shores of Bantham Beach.
This really is an excellent and peaceful location for film makers, providing terrific camera positions for filming the beautiful surroundings.
The Bantham Estate really needs to be visited to be fully appreciated.