Saltburn house

Saltburn mansion’s real-life owner says influencers won’t stop trespassing on his land

He’s had to set up a regular ‘staff patrol’ of the grounds

It’s no secret what pop culture chaos Saltburn caused when it was released on Prime in December. And now the owner of the real-life Saltburn mansion has revealed he’s had to get staff to patrol the grounds of his home because influencers and fans won’t stop trespassing to make content.

“I never envisaged the amount of interest there would be. It’s quite weird,” Charles Stopford Sackville, the owner of the 700-year-old Drayton House in Northamptonshire, told the Mail on Sunday. “I don’t take it as flattering.”

He continued: “How would you feel if people were taking pictures outside your house? I’d prefer the interest to blow over but I can’t make it blow over.”

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There is a public footpath which runs through the Drayton House estate, however Charles told reporters “more than 50” fans and influencers had been caught veering off the designated path by his staff who were patrolling the grounds: “Most people are fairly good, but some get a bit inquisitive, let’s say,” he said.

Charles wound up agreeing to have his house become Saltburn because he’s friends with Emerald Fennell’s parents. He revealed he was paid a fee for the house appearing on screen for the first time, which “100 per cent” influenced his decision to agree to the filming – but didn’t specify an amount. “These houses don’t run on water,” he said.

Nobody from the Saltburn cast or production team were allowed to say the name or location of the estate, Vanity Fair reported last year. But, after the trailer’s release, Tatler recognised the 127-room Drayton House immediately.

“It’s such a shame that people are trespassing as there is a public footpath through the estate that everyone should stick to if they want to visit,” a TikToker called Rhian Williams – who shared the house’s location in a video which has been viewed more than 5.6m times told the BBC.

“I do think it’s important that younger generations, like so many who have enjoyed the Saltburn movie, are encouraged to walk in the countryside and get fresh air, and it’s brilliant to see such a hidden corner of our beautiful Northamptonshire in such a major film like Saltburn.”

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