Where is Dunnock Manor, the Sprawling Family Estate in ‘Father Christmas is Back’?

One of Netflix’s newest additions to  its Holiday movie line-up is the star-studded comedy Father Christmas Is Back,

a cheeky tale of four feuding sisters  that get a crash course in family togetherness when their long-lost father shows up for Christmas at their posh ancestral manor.

Despite the holiday movie’s impressive cast - which includes seasoned actors like Kelsey Grammer, Elizabeth Hurley, Caroline Quentin, and John Cleese - 

one particular character manages to steal the show: the sprawling mansion of the Christmas-Hopes, dubbed Dunnock Manor.

So naturally, we had to track it down. 

Staying true to the story outlined in  the movie, Father Christmas Is Back  was shot in England, with filming locations being set in York and venues in North and East Yorkshire.

It then comes as no surprise that a famous Yorkshire manor ended up playing the part of the Christmas-  Hope family’s country estate.

Known as Birdsall House, the sprawling property has a rich history that dates back all the way to 1540, when it was built on a former monastery estate. 

Nestled in one of the most picturesque and secluded of Yorkshire’s landscapes, 20 miles east of York, the Birdsall House is also a very popular wedding location.

It can also be booked for large events and film shoots, as the recent holiday flick stands to prove.

In fact, the Birdsall House team was genuinely excited about the Netflix movie shot on location, posting the following message on their Facebook page:

“Great Sunday night viewing, we  can’t wait to watch Father Christmas is Back, a film made at Birdsall last  year in the depth of Covid Restrictions.  It was an amazing project to be a  part of, especially at a moment  when the rest of life  stopped turning.”

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