Cornwall’s Caerhays Estate Stars in New Tim Burton Blockbuster Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Cult director Tim Burton spent three months on the estate filming, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with Hollywood stars Rupert Everett, Chris O’Dowd and former Bond girl Eva Green who takes the title role in the movie. 

The film, also stars Dame Judy Dench, Samuel L. Jackson and Terence Stamp, is based on the New York Times bestselling debut children’s novel by American author Ramsom Riggs released in 2012. 

The filming and the exact location were kept a closely guarded secret by studio Twentieth Studio Fox ahead of the film’s release in September. 

Fox location managers spent months scouring the UK’s coastlines for the fictional Welsh island setting of Miss Peregrine’s abandoned orphanage. 

Caerhays Estate owner Charles Williams said: “They told us they had looked everywhere for an unspoilt coastal location that summed up the vivid descriptions of the book.” 

Filming mainly took place in the tiny estate village of East Portholland and on the beach at nearby Porthluney Cove. 

Mr Williams, whose family lives on the 14th Century estate, said: 

“Everyone in the area was involved. Residents were extras and many people on the estate helped out. It was a really exciting time for the whole area and we enjoyed working with the crew”. 

The films director, Tim Burton, whose credits include Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and the 2005 remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, also stayed at The Vean, the estate’s luxury accommodation venue. 

It tops off a brilliant year for Caerhays Estate. Caerhays won the prestigious 2016 Garden of the Year Award from the Historic Houses Association and sponsored by Christie’s. This is the first time a garden in the South West has won the title.  

Caerhays is one of only four gardens in Britain to hold a NCCPG National Magnolia Collection boasting an incredible 86 species of magnolia. Caerhays also boasts its own private beach and beach café, which is open throughout the year (weather permitting) with a regular programme of entertainment. This Autumn they are launching a series of ‘drive-in’ movies starting on the 15th October.