Stokesay Court: the Private English Estate from “Atonement”

Stokesay Court from the movie Atonement

I have a habit of watching certain movies over and over again just because I like the set design. A current fave is the English manor Stokesay Court, which was used in Atonement.

Scene from Keira Knightley movie Atonement

Regarding the stunning Stokesay Court, Architectural Digest reports:

Production designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer found Stokesay Court, a private home in Shropshire, England, which they felt embodied the English manor depicted in Ian McEwan’s 2002 best-selling novel Atonement.

Director Joe Wright and his cast and crew spent five weeks at Stokesay, filming both interiors and exteriors at the house, which was built in 1889. The production design team spent seven weeks prior to filming creating a 1930s look for the home.

Screenshot of Drawing Room from Atonement

I love this green dress Keira Knightley wears in the movie:

Keira Knightley in green dress Atonement movie

These photos show how Stokesay Court looks today (via their website):

Stokesay Court from Atonement 1

Stokesay Court staircase from Atonement

Stokesay Court from the movie Atonement 2

Stokesay Court from the movie Atonement 3

Visit the Stokesay Court website to learn more!


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  1. Amy says

    Movies? I’m not sure I’ve watched a good movie this year. I’m too busy watching cartoons with the little ones :(

    This house is perfectly wonderful.

  2. hookedonhouses says

    Oh, me, too, Amy. If it’s not on DVD yet, there’s a good chance I haven’t seen it. I think “Enchanted” was the only movie nominated for an Oscar (for the songs) I had actually seen! It’s a sad case of affairs, frankly.

    I haven’t even seen “Atonement” yet–just drooled over the photos of it, so I have no idea if it’s any good or not. (Anyone out there who can tell me?) Somehow I imagine the sets for “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood” wouldn’t be quite my thing. 😉

  3. says

    Atonement was one of the few films I saw, and that house (and Keira Knightley’s green dress) should have received special Oscars. It was just amazing. Also amazing that the actual estate used for the film is still a private estate; I had no idea that homes like that were still privately owned. I would never leave the house if it were mine.

  4. says

    There is also a great article about the Set Decorator, Katie Spencer for the film “Atonement” that you can read about online.
    If you are a fan of the movie or just the house, this explains the details!

  5. says

    Absolutely loved this movie–the plot, the set, the costume design. It was fantastic! Thanks for the tour. I hadn’t seen it since the movie was released in theaters, so it’s nice to ‘go back.’

  6. says

    I would love to walk this estate. Thanks also for the movie recommendation.

  7. says

    Miss Trunchbells house from Matilda
    (the house from catch me if you can)
    MY DREAM HOUSE (one of them)

  8. Michelle Gonzales says

    wow! i love the pic of the staircase!!!! absoltely beautiful!