Look inside Tommy Shelby’s Peaky Blinders country pile
The fictional home of one of television’s most infamous criminals has been listed on Rightmove, by order of the Peaky Blinders.
There may seem nothing out of the ordinary about this four-bedroom mews house at Arley Hall in Cheshire, but fans of hit BBC show Peaky Blinders may recognise it from the small screen.
That’s because this property forms part of a private courtyard attached to the building which served as Arrow House – Tommy Shelby’s impressive on-screen Warwickshire country pile.
The period family home has been at the heart of Peaky Blinders scenes since March 2017, when filming began there for the third series.
Resident James Wardhaugh who has lived at Arley Hall for 20 years, and is now selling his Northwich home for £575,000, said: “They do a lot of filming here at night, it’s quite a spectacle.
“They shoot scenes right outside my living room window and sometimes I’m just a matter of yards away from the action. They usually film here for about a month at a time and the place is like its own little village.
“It’s really interesting and they’re happy for us to watch, so long as we don’t interfere. I remember they once had some kind of horse racing scene shot outside so there were loads of horses around in the courtyard,” added James, a retired engineering manager.
He continued: “It’s great fun, they have hundreds of extras. The scale is quite amazing, the crowd scenes are really big. It’s riveting to witness.
“I’m not convinced the filming has added too much value to the house as some people won’t be fans of the show, but for people who are, it’s great.
“They often film through the night, and you can see the actors practising their lines and waiting for the director to tell them where to go and what to do.”
The main Arley Hall building is a Grade II-listed property that was built between 1832 and 1845, with the Estate having been home to the Ashbrook family for more than 500 years.
The property was first prominently used in series three of Peaky Blinders, in which patriarch Tommy Shelby finds himself at the centre of international gang warfare in 1920s Britain, putting his entire organisation and family at risk.
Arley Hall’s library became Tommy’s study, while the gallery – typically where wedding parties usually enjoy their breakfast – doubled as the Shelbys’ dining hall. Before filming began, the crew brought in bespoke portraits, 1920s furniture and painted the hall dark green to suit Tommy’s tastes, but it’s since been returned to how it was before the Shelbys’ tenancy.
The grandiose mansion is said to feature prominently in the forthcoming fifth series of Peaky Blinders.
James Wardhaugh’s property came to be when, in 1986, the Estate re-established the Arley Hall courtyard by linking four new houses to the original properties, one of which is West Gables – the Grade II-listed former Estate laundry.
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “It’s fantastic that Rightmove is able to showcase this property and share a link with such a popular show. I’m sure Peaky Blinders fans will really enjoy looking around this home. We often list properties with connections to iconic films so keep your eyes peeled for more of the same over the coming months.”
This property is listed for sale with Yopa.