THE historic Brympton House near Yeovil is set to reopen its doors to the public after the recent filming of the BBC’s upcoming chilling drama The Turn of the Screw which is being shown tonight(December 30) at 9pm on BBC1.

Hidden amongst 33 acres of tranquil Somerset countryside, on the doorstep of Yeovil, captivating Brympton D’Evercy has experienced over 600 years of historic British life, dating all the way back to the thirteenth century.

Purchased last year by the Glossop family, the imposing country house is predominantly known for hosting private weddings as well as setting the scene for film and television hits such as Chocolat starring Hollywood icon Johnny Depp and Restoration with Hugh Grant.

Under the new ownership, Brympton House has undergone a number of sympathetic renovations in order to adequately prepare the entire estate for public access and use in the New Year.

The Glossops’ plan is to make Brympton House a welcoming part of the community by hosting a variety of valuable programmes, including creative residential courses in interior and floral design; stately home vacation packages; weddings; seasonal events; and corporate functions.

Sara Glossop said: “People know that Brympton is here, yet very few have ever stepped inside or toured the grounds as it has always been kept extremely private.

“We want to make the estate an active part of the community, as it once was hundreds of years ago. It is a beautiful piece of Somerset history and by creating interesting programmes and setting up educational and horticultural trusts, the community can get directly involved and enjoy everything that the Grade 1 listed property has to offer.”

Brympton House was selected as the breathtaking venue thanks to its remarkably similar attributes to the ‘Bly’ country house described in Henry James’ original novel, including stunning grounds and a beautiful, expansive lake, which plays a significant role in the eerie and enthralling drama.

Ben Stephenson, controller of drama commissioning, said: “Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a ghost story for the adults to watch in front of the fire when the children are in bed, and they don't get more chilling than this bold reimagining of the classic Henry James tale.”

Sandy Welch’s clever adaptation of the classic ghost tale stars Michelle Dockery (Cranford, Red Riding) as the young governess Ann and Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Waking The Dead) as Mrs Grose.

Brympton House is currently accepting vacation reservations, wedding bookings and course inquiries for 2010 spanning interior design, flower arranging and floral design.

For more information visit www.brymptonhouse.co.uk or call 01935-862528 and for more information on BBC One’s The Turn of the Screw visit www.bbc.co.uk/tv/comingup/theturnofthescrew/ - both links are available in our "related articles" section on this page of our website.