ROCKY HORROR Castle Up For Sale

RHPS-OakleyCourtThere’s a “For Sale” sign up over at the Frankenstein place.

Oakley Court, the British gothic country house seen in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show and in a number of Hammer Studios horror films of the 1960s and `70s is up for sale.

Due to its close proximity to Bray Studios, Oakley Court was often used as a location for films. Horror producers Hammer Studios often used the grounds in such movies as The Reptile (1966), The Brides of Dracula (1962), The Plague of the Zombies (1966), and And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973).

Although most of the interiors seen in Rocky Horror were actually shot on soundstages at Bray Studios, Oakley Court portrayed the exterior of the “hunting lodge for rich weirdos” castle of Dr. Frank N. Furter. The geodesic dome on the building’s roof was added for the film. Oakley Court’s foyer was also seen in an early scene in the film as Brad and Janet arrive looking for a phone. (“Castles don’t have phones!”)

The Court was built in 1859 by Sir Richard Hall Say. In more recent times it has seen service as a luxury hotel with 118 bedrooms, including 11 luxury suites, as well as substantial meeting and conference facilities. Unfortunately, the hotel recently went into administration (bankruptcy), forcing the sale of the property.

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