WITH its rolling hills and idyllic countryside views there’s little wonder that in recent years Yorkshire has become increasingly popular with filmmakers.
Huddersfield has particularly been very much in the spotlight, with shows like Last Of The Summer Wine and Where The Heart Is being filmed in the picturesque villages surrounding the town.
According to Yorkshire Locations, a website that gives homeowners the chance to see their properties on film, television and gracing glossy magazines, Huddersfield is a real hotspot for filmmakers at the moment.
The online database is accessed by film, TV and commercials production companies when they need a location for filming or photo shoots.
Founder Nick Jones explains: “Yorkshire is more popular than ever for filming and photography, in fact it’s the most popular part of the country for filming outside Greater London and the North West.
“Since launching last year, there’s been a huge demand for properties in Huddersfield, so we now need to add more in the area to our database.
“Huddersfield is a popular location because of the wealth of period properties and conversions.”
The company is currently looking for all types of properties, period and contemporary, in the Huddersfield area to add to its database. These include everything from mansions to and rural farmhouses to plush penthouse loft apartments.
Registration is free of charge and property owners can earn hundreds of pounds a day if their home is used by filmmakers.
Mabeth Davies works as a property scout for Yorkshire Locations. It’s her job to visit properties and photograph them so that they can appear on the website ready for production companies to snap them up for their latest films and campaigns.
Mabeth agrees that Huddersfield is the perfect location for filmmakers, because of the wealth of beautiful properties on offer.
She says: “A lot of our clients do seem to prefer Huddersfield at the moment. There’s such a wealth of different properties in the area, which is great– there’s particularly a lot of barn and mill conversions which production companies love.”
To get an idea of what it’s really like having your home in the spotlight, I spoke to two homeowners in Huddersfield who have seen their properties appear on the small-screen and in a glamorous magazine campaign.
Stuart Bethel’s stunning Victorian home appeared in a television campaign for the supermarket Costcutter.
The spacious house was built in 1865, and was used as bed-sits until Stuart, who works as a construction project manager, bought it seven years ago and completely renovated it.
He has since transformed his Edgerton property, which he shares with his partner Helen Rhodes, from a shabby, battered state into a beautiful and stylish home which strikes the right balance between period and contemporary living.
He signed up to Yorkshire Locations to showcase his home, and it wasn’t long before a production company was bowled over by it.
His home was used in Costcutters ad campaign, which was screened in February this year. The company used his kitchen and living room for the advert.
Stuart commented: “I think they chose my home because it’s quite open plan and more generously proportioned than other properties.
“They also really liked the interior, though they did make a couple of adaptations like extra kitchen cupboards and fridge space – a genie popped out of there so they had to have enough space for that!
“It was a good experience and the fact that the company chose my house is quite an endorsement of the work that I’ve done because they obviously liked it.”
Stuart’s home clearly has star quality - he is currently in talks with another production company about his home being used for a second ad campaign!