Estate farmhouse stars in new comedy series

A thatched farmhouse in East Devon, owned by Clinton Devon Estates, will feature in a new comedy series to be broadcast on Sky Atlantic this spring.

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Estate farmhouse stars in new comedy series

The six-part series, called Robin's Test, has been written and directed by Bafta award winner Julia Davis and follows three couples on a camping trip to Dorset - although much of the filming actually took place in and around Budleigh Salterton. 

Production company Baby Cow contacted Clinton Devon Estates last year asking for a picturesque farmhouse with some land in East Devon to use as a location for filming and also as a base for all of their kit, props, make-up and green room. 

Estate Surveyor Clare James said: "We had a farmhouse near Otterton that was vacant at the time so we were really pleased to be able to accomodate their request. The cast and crew - about 50 in total - were there for eight weeks last summer, filming at the farmhouse and the field alongside.

"Their visit extended right through to the end of September and provide to be a real boost to the local economy. Not only did they stay in local accomodation and use local shops and restaurants, and they even hired boats and some local chickens!"

A spokesperson for thr production company Baby Cow said: "The local business owners and residents were lovely to deal with, plus, we had the most stunning weather throughout. It was lovely, sunny and warm, and East Devon looked absolutely beautiful."

Robin's Test will air on Sky Atlantic in early 2016.

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Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550