Make Your Country Home Famous


Having a country home is a wonderful thing, living in a piece of history and surrounding yourself with the beauty of a past age. Restoring a property to its former glory and ensuring that it looks just as you want it to takes time and money. Now, there is a brilliant way to show off your work and to even make some money from it in the process – by making your country home famous as part of a film or a TV show.

Being on TV

The idea started out with shows like Downton Abbey, which used a property in Berkshire for most of its filming. Rather than build a costly set that looks like a country home, the show makers actually rented a real one out. This allowed them to film in a property that really was from the period the show was based in for that added element of authenticity. It also netted the owners of the property a cool £750,000 per series and they are now welcoming an increase in visitors due to their association with the show.

But how do you get involved with such an enterprise? The easiest way is use a specialist and experienced location agency. These guys work for studios around the world, sourcing the kinds of properties needed for TV shows and films and organising everything with the homeowner, from payment to alternative living arrangements if the show needs to take over the house entirely.

How it works

Because you live in a country house, speak to location agencies who deal with the kind of shows that might want your type of property – though you might be surprised how wide a range this might be. Period dramas are the obvious ones but shows such as sci-fi and horror often use period properties for selected shows.

Once you have been approached by a studio via the agency that wants to use your property, a fee can be agreed. Anywhere up to £2,500 a day can be charged for the property though around £500 is a more typical figure. The location agency will have a fee agreed beforehand and the rest is profit for you.

While in the property, if the film crew causes any damage, it will be covered by a special insurance policy that the location agency will put in place. It is also worth telling your own insurer what is taking place just to cover yourself.

Take a break

Sometimes the studio will ask you to leave your home for the duration of the shoot and if this is overnight, they will put you up in a hotel. It can be a great opportunity to take a break, while your home pays for the holiday in a sense! Otherwise, you can even watch the filming discreetly and maybe even get to meet the stars of the show.

So if you don’t mind a bit of disruption to your life and have a property that a film or TV crew might be able to make use of, then renting the house to them is a great way to make some money and be able to boast you live in a famous house too.

Turn Your Country Home into a Cash Machine

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So you’ve got your dream home, out in the countryside, and you’re wondering how to make a little extra income on the side? Maybe you’d like to show it off more and make proper use of your beautiful surroundings and lovely spaces, all while making some spare dosh? Read on for a couple of safe, fun, interesting and, most importantly, easy ideas.

Playing Host

An amazing way to make a little money on the side, providing you’ve got the space for it, is playing host to high end business parties, upmarket hen dos and weddings. As well as showcasing your stunning home, this can be very lucrative and fun.

A must-have if you want to do this kind of thing is having a spacious, open garden and a suitably welcoming home. It’s always best to use an experienced party planner, so as to make sure nothing gets out-of-hand. Just make sure you select an experienced and affordable party planning company and you can just sit back and watch the money roll in.

That’s my House on TV!

So you live in a beautiful, spacious country home, right? Don’t you want your house to be a movie star? An unbelievably simple way of making an impressive secondary income is listing your house with a location agency, who scout for characterful properties with distinctive features for filming and fashion and homeware photoshoots. Obviously ideally you’d want film as this is the easily the most lucrative option, but as long as you can rely on a steady stream of work, you’d be getting a pretty easy new income source.

Obviously having a filming or photoshoot crew around the house isn’t amazingly comfortable, and they might cause a little inconvenience and havoc, but trust us, the fee will always compensate for that. As well as the thrill of occasionally getting to see your very own home in a magazine or on a TV show, of course.

Nice and Easy BnB

Another fantastically straight-forward way of extracting more value from your house is listing your spare room for short lets, primarily getaways and weekends, but also, potentially, when you’re away on holiday. All you really need to do is take a couple photos, scribble down a quick description and then list your house on a site like AirBnB.

AirBnB began way back in 2007, and it’s a global community that lets anyone list their guest rooms like any hotel or bed and breakfast, very easily. While not hugely cheap (AirBnB charge a service fee of around 6-12 percent of the room rate), they do include a Host Guarantee, which covers damages up to £600,000. You’re also able to look at who’s staying in your house, and pick and choose. If you rent a room out for just 46 nights a year (about 6 weeks), you’d be looking at roughly two grand annually.

Obviously if yours is a more substantial home, you might want to look into more specialist renting agencies online, but don’t worry! There are plenty to choose from, just have a quick look around on Google and you’ll be renting in no time.