Saltburn stately home plagued by 'weird' trespassers, says owner

The estate used in Saltburn (Courtesy of Prime)
The estate used in Saltburn (Courtesy of Prime)

The owner of the stately home made famous in Saltburn has hit out at fans of the film trespassing at the home.

The 700-year-old Drayton House in Northamptonshire, was used as the estate which the Emerald Fennell film is centred around.

Its owner, Charles Stopford Sackville, told the Mail on Sunday he had resorted to having staff patrol the grounds of the home to intercept the film’s fans, and that he had been unprepared for the level of interest the film had generated.

He told the publication: “I never envisaged the amount of interest there would be. It’s quite weird,” he said. “I don’t take it as flattering.

“How would you feel if people were taking pictures outside your house? I’d prefer the interest to blow over but I can’t make it blow over.”

Barry Keoghan in a scene from Saltburn (AP)
Barry Keoghan in a scene from Saltburn (AP)

A public footpath goes through the estate, but fans of the film starring Barry Keoghan and Jacob Elordi have veered off into the grounds, spurred on by TikTok videos.

Some social media users have filmed themselves dancing in front of the house to Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s hit Murder on the Dancefloor, emulating the film’s final scene in which Barry Keoghan dances around the mansion naked.

A TikTok user whose videos about the estate garnered millions of views expressed regret about the trespasses.

Rhian Williams told the BBC: “When I made my TikToks about the location of Drayton House, which I discovered online, I never dreamt they would get 5.6 million views.”

She added: “I do think it’s important that younger generations, like so many who have enjoyed the Saltburn movie, are encouraged to walk in the countryside and get fresh air, and it’s brilliant to see such a hidden corner of our beautiful Northamptonshire in such a major film like Saltburn.”