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The CBS sitcom “Ghosts” is based on a popular BBC series. I was a fan of the British version (which is streaming on HBO Max if you want to check it out) and wasn’t sure if the new one would do it justice. But I was pleasantly surprised to tune in and find it as much fun as the original!

They have some notable differences, but the premise of the CBS show is the same: after a young couple inherits a grand old mansion from a long-lost relative, they decide to fix it up and turn it into a Bed and Breakfast. But after the wife takes a fall and has a near-death experience, she can suddenly see dead people. And there are a lot of them living in the house.

At first the ghosts disapprove of the new homeowners and want to scare them off, but when they realize Samantha is able to communicate with them, they decide it may be worthwhile to let them stay after all.

The house plays such a central role in the show that I was curious about where it was filmed. Read on to find out what I learned about it, as well as the mansion they used in the original BBC series!

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The Haunted House in the CBS Sitcom “Ghosts”

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Rose McIver (who you may recognize from iZombie ) plays Samantha, who is horrified to realize that Woodstone Estate is filled with ghosts.

Utkarsh Ambudkar (from Never Have I Ever ) plays her husband Jay, who is baffled to find her talking to empty rooms.

The ghosts include a cast of characters who have died on the estate over hundreds of years and aren’t thrilled by the idea of interlopers moving in and turning the place into a B&B.

The ghosts in the parlor

In the original trailer, the attorney showed Samantha and Jay a photo of the country house, and it looked like this (below):

Ghosts house in trailer Pasadena location

They filmed the pilot at a famous mansion in Pasadena, California.

After that, distractify reports that production moved to montreal., the exterior of the house we see onscreen was built (interior sets were created on a soundstage)., when you stream the episode now, this one is shown (below):.

They probably didn’t expect some of us (ahem) to pay such close attention.

They clearly haven’t met us! 😉

Woodstone Estate looked pretty good in the photo. But when Samantha and Jay pull up to it, they’re greeted by a house with a sagging roof, covered in overgrown vines (below):

aerial view of house on Ghosts sitcom

They seem to be using some CGI/special effects to cover the exterior in ivy and make it look older.

exterior of haunted house on Ghosts

The house where they filmed the first episode in Pasadena has been used in other movies like “Bridesmaids:”

exterior of house in Bridesmaids movie

You may also recognize it as Wayne Manor from the “Batman” series in the 1960s.

Here’s a screenshot i took of it in the episode “he meets his match, the grisly ghoul:”.

Wayne Manor in Batman TV series 1966

Although they removed the front exterior shots from the pilot episode, a scene filmed in back remains (screenshot below):

back exterior of 380 S San Rafael Pasadena

Here’s how the same patio looked in “Bridesmaids” (below):

back patio of house in bridesmaids movie

The mansion is located at 380 S. San Rafael Avenue in Pasadena, California.

According to Zillow the Tudor-Gothic Revival-style mansion was built in 1928 and designed by architect Paul Revere Williams .

It has over 16,000 square feet with 10 bedrooms and 6 baths.

You can see the full list of movies and TV shows filmed at this house on Movie Maps, including “Alias,” “The X Files,” “The Campaign,” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

They didn’t even really try to replicate the look of the real house for the series. It’s no longer brick and the turrets are gone (below):

aerial view of ghosts mansion front

Here’s another example of how the houses were swapped out after the original trailer and promotional materials were sent out. (Note: it may have even originally aired this way, but since I streamed the show on Hulu I’m not sure.)

When Jay and Samantha arrived at the house for the first time, the camera pans up and we see the second story of the house where they filmed in Pasadena, with vines added digitally to make it look like it’s been neglected (below):

looking up at second story of haunted mansion in ghosts

If you stream that episode now, the camera shows the stone house they created in Montreal instead (TV magic!):

looking up at second story of haunted mansion

Button House in the Original BBC Series

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In the original “Ghosts” series , they filmed on location in Surrey at West Horsley Place , using not only the exterior of the 15th-century house but the interior rooms, as well.

The haunted manor is called button house in the british version..

Ghosts UK series filming location West Horsley

The interiors of the house were also used as a filming location for the 2020 Netflix movie “Enola Holmes.”

You can see photos of how the interiors look at surrey live ..

Button House in Ghosts UK sitcom exterior

There are three seasons of the original series that you can watch on HBO Max. Although the premise is the same, there are different types of ghosts and situations that arise.

For instance, Alison (who is called Samantha in the U.S. version), doesn’t trip and fall down the stairs in the pilot — she’s apparently pushed by one of the ghosts out a window. The result is the same, however: after her near-death experience, she is able to see dead people.

cast of ghosts in BBC sitcom

The ghosts in the cellar’s “plague pit” are played by the same actors as the ghosts upstairs.

They’re in different costumes, hair and makeup, so i didn’t catch it at first, it’s fun to see them playing such different characters in the bbc sitcom:.

ghosts in plague pit bbc

In true British form, the seasons are very short, with only 6 episodes in each.

By contrast, the first season of the cbs sitcom will have 20 episodes..

front gates of Button House the haunted mansion in Ghosts

Woodstone Estate on the CBS Sitcom

front drive of haunted mansion

According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette :

“Ghosts” features a Victorian-style mansion whose interiors and exteriors are an amalgamation of a real home in Los Angeles and sound stages in Montreal.

The house was inspired by  the Baker Mansion , a 19th-century structure built on a hill in Altoona.

Also of note: The mansion was originally owned by Elias and Hetty Baker, names that Joe Port (who adapted it for American television) lifted for the spectral character of Hetty, played by York native Rebecca Wisocky, and her oft-mentioned husband Elias.

Jay in entry hall Ghosts mansion

They created the interior of the house with elaborate sets on a soundstage.

ghosts in front hall

The Front Parlor

Samantha and Jay in the parlor on Ghosts sitcom

The Library

library off entry hall in ghosts

In the BBC version, the ghost soldier called “Captain” died in World War II.

In this one, isaac (played by brandon scott jones) was in the revolutionary war., there are british soldiers living in a nearby shed..

library in ghosts mansion

The Kitchen

Samantha and Jay in kitchen with ghosts

The kitchen is one of my favorite sets on the show.

kitchen range in Ghosts mansion

In the BBC version, there’s the spirit of a caveman living on the property.

In the cbs sitcom, the oldest ghost is thorfinn, a viking played by devan long:.

kitchen on Ghosts sitcom

Utkarsh Ambudkar is hilarious as the slightly hapless husband Jay, who’s at a disadvantage because he can’t see the ghosts his wife is talking to.

Jay in the Ghosts kitchen

Samantha and Jay’s Bedroom

canary yellow bedroom with ghosts

I believe some scenes for the pilot episode may have been filmed on location inside the Pasadena house, like the one shown above.

In later episodes jay and samantha’s bedroom looks like this (below):.

bedroom at night

You can often tell a difference in real-house hardwood floors and the fake wood they use for sets.

The bathroom looks pretty authentic with its peeling vintage wallpaper and a freestanding tub, but it’s also a set:.

Jay standing in the vintage bathroom

In a flashback to 1983 we see the house looking a bit different in the distance, which is puzzling:

front of "Ghosts" house seen from field

Update: I’m told this is the other side of the house that we don’t typically see.

“That’s the true front of the house, with what we usually see on the show being the back side. All the exterior shots are an actual house, all interior is a set. For the shot above they used a little camera magic to hide a road.” (Thanks, Anon!)

A few episodes later we get this aerial view showing the front of the house:

aerial view front of ghosts house

Asher Grodman, who plays the ghost named Trevor, told CBS Denver :

“The first time I read this script, I said this is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read. I knew it was different and I knew it was special. We were supposed to shoot the pilot in March 2020 on a Monday and the world shut down on the Friday before. In terms of the ensemble, we were all living in limbo for a year and a half and all of us just got really close.”

He adds, “They rebuilt this house in Montreal and the attention to detail is incredible.”

I took these screenshots while watching the episodes online.

Have you been watching “Ghosts”? You can catch new episodes airing on CBS on Thursday nights (or stream it on Hulu with a subscription). You can also watch three seasons of the original BBC sitcom on HBO Max.

P.S. It was 14 years ago this month that I started blogging about houses. Back in 2008, I couldn’t find any sites talking about TV and movie houses that I wanted to know more about, so I decided to write about them myself. Many thanks to the readers who have kept coming back year after year — I wouldn’t still be here without you! -Julia 🙂

Visit my TV & Movie Houses page to see more filming locations I’ve featured, including the house from “The Haunting of Bly Manor.”

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Where is Ghosts filmed? BBC One sitcom locations

The sitcom returned to West Horsley Place for the latest episodes.

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Anticipation is high for the annual Ghosts Christmas special , which will send viewers back to the haunted Button House for more paranormal shenanigans.

The grand old setting of the acclaimed sitcom is as much a character in the show as its lively spectres, which is helped hugely by the fact that its filmed on location in a genuinely historic building.

West Horsley Place has been the home of Ghosts since it began back in 2019, with the listed building in Surrey doubling for Button House as well as having various other uses by the inventive production team.

Indeed, the Ghosts cast rarely leave West Horsley Place during filming as the plot generally doesn't demand it, given that the paranormal characters on the show are eternally bound to the Button House premises.

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This proved particularly convenient during the pandemic, when most television shows were restricted in how far they could travel during a shoot, although there were still complications stemming from the sheer number of actors involved.

Ghosts chronicles how young couple Alison (Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) share a huge ancestral home with a group of fussy ghouls, while also attempting to renovate the dilapidated property.

It may surprise some to learn that the house is similar in real-life to how it appears in the series, something RadioTimes.com saw first-hand when we visited the set earlier in its run.

Producer Matthew Mulot showed us around the huge house, which becomes a bustling hive of activity as the crew behind Ghosts prepares for a shoot.

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The team arrives six weeks before filming starts to begin ageing down the property and moving in props, although some scenes do retain the manor's original items.

The most valuable have been sold by Bamber and Christina Gascoigne to raise vital funds for the West Horsley Place Trust, which is seeking to rescue and restore the Grade I listed building and its surrounding estate.

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It goes without saying that the crew take the greatest care to ensure that nothing of historical value is damaged or affected by their activity, leaving West Horsley Place exactly as they found it.

"We start reinstating everything on our way out so by the time we're filming our last scene of the last day, almost everything is back to how it was bar that one space that we're filming in," Mulot explains.

The Drawing Room at West Horsley Place (BBC One's Ghosts)

Much work has been done since our last visit to West Horsley Place, with co-star Ritchie telling us in September 2022 that renovation is moving at a much faster place in real-life than it is in the continuity of the show.

"The rest of the place has always been continuously improved, so each time they have to come and dilapidate it more because Mike and Alison don't have the money that the real West Horsley Place have – because they don't have a BBC show filming there every year," she explained.

The Ghosts team certainly get the most value out of their location as possible, utilising virtually every room for scenes or storage and finding inventive workarounds for the most ambitious scenes.

In the opening of season 1, an elderly woman passes away in the master bedroom and we see her ghost float up above her before disappearing – a scene that was actually filmed in a completely different part of the house.

Mulot recalled: "The truth is, there's not an awful lot of room in [the bedroom] to be floating a lady around, so in the ballroom we set up a massive green screen, and we had Ania [Marson] stood on a green box on her tiptoes pretending to float.

"The trick was, we had a camera that was up high and it just slowly moved down against the green screen so then the effect was that it looked like she was rising up.

"It was quite a number, but because it was the beginning of episode one, we wanted to do something that was quite visually arresting."

Charlotte Ritchie plays Alison in Ghosts series 2 (BBC One)

The production team behind Ghosts have pulled off several ambitious sequences at West Horsley Place, but believe the hard work is always worth it in service to comedy.

Mulot continued: "We do have to weigh up how complicated it is, how expensive it is, how funny it is – and if it's funny, it's worth tackling one and two."

"If it's not funny, we're like 'we're not spending X amount of money and X amount of time doing that'. But the [writers] are hilarious and the scripts are great, so more often than not if they write it we just find a way to do it."

That was the case with the so-called "plague pit" scenes, featuring a large cluster of ghosts who reside in the basement of the house – which are actually filmed in a room next door to the kitchen.

Mulot revealed: "There's just a room that's not a basement at all, but we just blackout all of the windows, we cover over the doors to the kitchen with the boiler and some other things, and we basically just create that.

"To be fair, if we did have a basement, filming down in it would probably be a nightmare. It's already quite dark and claustrophobic, because the idea is there's sort of infinite plague victims down there."

The plague pit characters took a lesser role in last year's third season due (ironically) to pandemic filming restrictions, but they make a welcome return to the forefront in the season 4 opener.

Ghosts series one star Charlotte Ritchie

For the 2020 Christmas special, the production team were tasked with transforming parts of West Horsley Place into completely different locations for a series of flashbacks about Simon Farnaby's deceased politician, Julian Fawcett MP.

The episode opens with him giving a speech in the House of Commons, filmed in the house against a green screen setup, while his Westminster office was also created from dressing up one of the many rooms at the team's disposal.

Perhaps more impressively, the designers were able to turn a small area at the back of the house into the outside of a nightclub on a busy city street for another scene showing Julian in his mortal days.

"They brought Soho to the middle of the countryside," Farnaby told RadioTimes.com .

Last year, the flashback in the Christmas episode is contained to a single room in the house, dressed up to look like a previous residence of Lady Button (Martha Howe-Douglas) and her mother (Jennifer Saunders).

West Horsley Place is currently under renovation in real life, meaning that some of the scaffolding spotted throughout season one was real, as opposed to set dressing.

"We can just incorporate it into our story that that's just work they're having done, rather than the real-life builders are genuinely coming back the day after we finish filming to continue working in that room," Mulot said.

West Horsley Place Trust hopes to turn the property into a welcoming space for the community to share and enjoy with arts, history, wellbeing and nature at its heart.

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You May Recognize the Haunted Estate in 'Ghosts' from 'Bridesmaids'

Where is 'Ghosts' filmed? The CBS comedy, which stars Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar, takes place in a potentially-haunted country house.

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Oct. 7 2021, Published 3:15 p.m. ET

If you enjoy when a comedy features a dash of dark humor and some light paranormal activity, then you may want to check out Ghosts . The sitcom, which is based on a 2019 BBC One series of the same name, is set to debut on CBS on Oct. 7.

The show follows a couple after they inherit a picturesque country estate from a relative. While the two are initially excited to put their DIY attitudes to work to open up a bed and breakfast, they soon learn that they aren't alone in the home.

The ghosts of former residents are there as well, which adds a whole new meaning to Spooky Season . Much of the action does take place inside the haunted home, but is Ghosts filmed on a set, or in a sinister real-life location?

Where is 'Ghosts' filmed? You may recognize the exterior of the estate.

Scenes for the BBC One edition of Ghosts were filmed at an English country manor called West Horsley Place, and the American version also utilized a grand estate.

A sprawling property at 380 South San Rafael Avenue in Pasadena, Calif. served as the backdrop for the exterior of the home in the pilot. The facade of the house also served as the site of Bruce Wayne's residence (Wayne Manor) in the 1966 Batman television series.

The home was featured in Bridesmaids as the location of Lillian's (Maya Rudolph) bridal shower, and it has also been in Alias, The Campaign, and Scary Movie 2.

Though Pasadena property is meant to be the setting for Ghosts , the scenes featuring the interior of the home were shot somewhere else entirely.

Asher Grodman, who plays a spirit named Trevor in the series, told CBS Denver that the cast and crew relocated from California to Montreal for the rest of filming.

"This is a team sport," the actor said. "They rebuilt this house in Montreal and the attention to detail is incredible. The cast is so special and it really comes down to the people and the work that goes into it...."

The 'Ghosts' cast features an actress who has already dealt with the dead on another TV show.

The cast of the new CBS series is star-studded, and there are plenty of living and non-living characters to keep viewers entertained. Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar are the main leads of the show, and they play Samantha and Jay, respectively. Their (living) characters are the ones who inherit the ghostly home.

Rose is best known for playing the unfortunately-named corpse and coroner's assistant, Liv Moore, on iZombie . She has also appeared as Amber Moore on the popular Netflix Christmas film series, A Christmas Prince .

Utkarsh had notable roles as Donald in Pitch Perfect and as Jern Dah in Brittany Runs a Marathon . He also played the brother of Mindy Kaling's character in T he Mindy Project. In addition to his screen work, Utkarsh is a rapper as well.

Rose, Asher, and Utkarsh are joined in the cast by Brandon Scott Jones (Isaac), Román Zaragoza (Sasappis), Devan Chandler Long (Thorfinn), Danielle Pinnock (Alberta), Rebecca Wisocky (Hetty), Sheila Carrasco (Flower), and Richie Moriarty (Pete).

Ghosts airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS, and viewers can catch up on the show the next day on Paramount Plus.

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  • Goofs The Farnsby's house moves between seasons. In season 1, when they first meet Sam and Jay, they introduce themselves as the next-door neighbours, and talk about hearing the construction work from next-door. But in season 2, Sam says they are two doors down. With the size of the grounds belonging to the houses, two doors down would be several miles away, and completely unaffected by anything Sam and Jay did with their house.
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The Grade I listed building has been used as a filming location for a number of films including Enola Holmes

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West Horsley Place is a Grade I listed building known for its grand interior and is the setting of BBC comedy Ghosts.

Ghosts is a comedy about a young couple who inherit a country mansion, only to find it's ridden with ghosts.

It's described as a grown-up comedy made by the same team as Horrible Histories and the third series returned in early August.

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It's not the first time West Horsley Place, which dates back to 1425 - located between Guildford and Leatherhead - has been used for filming before.

Previously, the location was used for 2015 ITV television film Harry Price: Ghost Hunter and again for the 2020 film Enola Holmes.

The Enola Holmes production - a spin-off of the Sherlock Holmes detective series, which stars Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill and Helena Bonham Carter - took advantage of the house's grand interior.

The house was also used for the adaptation of My Cousin Rachel, with Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin (who is also in Enola Holmes).

West Horsley Place is currently owned by television presenter Bamber Gascoigne, who inherited the property and estate from his great-aunt, the Duchess of Roxburghe, in 2014.

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I’m not sure if CBS expected to have a hit on its hands with its new supernatural comedy, Ghosts , but they do. The series is a rare gem that appeals to both critics and viewers alike.

For example, on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s got an average critic Tomatometer score of 94% and a 71% average audience score. It’s rated 7.6/10 on IMDB and 79% of Google users like it.

It’s also doing well in ratings. As the Los Angeles Times reported, at least four times since it premiered, Ghosts has topped the viewership list for first-year series. It’s also ranked in the top 20 most-watched shows and in the top 10 for entertainment programs overall.

So, yeah, it’s doing pretty good.

It’s because of sometimes Haunt Jaunts contributor William Collins that I started paying attention to the series. And when I did the first thing I noticed was the house.

Then the first thing I wondered was, “Okay, where is that house? Is it real? Is it really haunted? Must. Know. More!”

But before I reveal what I dug up, let’s get acquainted with the series.

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Here’s the description from CBS:

Samantha and Jay throw caution to the wind when they convert their recently inherited country estate into a bed-and-breakfast. Call it mislaid plans. Not only is the place falling apart, but it’s also inhabited by spirits of previous residents — whom only Samantha can see and hear. Ghosts spins the funny, heartfelt story about a newfound dream that reveals connection and self-discovery aren’t just for the living.

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Even though the show is set in the Hudson Valley, it’s not filmed there. According to The Cinemaholic , Ghosts is filmed in both Los Angeles, California, and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Which helps explain why the exterior of Woodstone Mansion in the pilot doesn’t look like the one in the rest of the series.

The house in the pilot

The house in the original pilot (they’ve since changed it), is the Greystone Mansion & Gardens: The Doheny Estate, a real-life estate on South San Rafael Avenue in Pasadena, California. Specifically, 380 S. San Rafael, which is better known as Wayne Manor. As in Bruce Wayne.  It was used as the exterior for his house in the 1966 Batman series. But that’s not its only claim to fame. It may even actually be haunted, and people can tour it. We’ll get to that below.

The house in the series

As Hooked on Houses pointed out, did they expect fans wouldn’t spot the change in house exteriors? They explained that the one that was swapped out for the Woodstone Estate in the CBS series was created in Montreal.

I’m not sure if the interior of the house is a combo of real house with soundstages, but according to Hooked on Houses, interior scenes are predominantly filmed on soundstages.

Can you tour, or stay in, the house in Ghosts?

Visiting the house in the cbs pilot.

The real-life Greystone Mansion that serves as the exterior for Woodstone Mansion in the original CBS Ghosts pilot is a popular stop for set-jetters because it has appeared in other supernatural comedies. It was also Cosmo Topper’s Mansion in the movie Topper  and was in Scary Movie 2. 

It was also in the neo-noir romantic thriller Dead Again, was the Writer’s Mansion in Stand By Me , and was the Well-Manicured Man’s home in The X-Files movie.

Just to name a few of the things you may have seen it in prior to its appearance in Ghosts on CBS.

As far as it being either haunted or open to the public, yes and sort of yes.

In September 1928, Ned Doheny and his wife moved into the mansion. Months later, in February 1929, Ned was found shot to death in is home, a victim of an apparent murder-suicide perpetrated by his friend Hugh Plunkett. Some say either one or both of their ghosts now haunt the home.

Once in a while, tours of the inside of the home are given. In fact, in 2023, the estate is bringing back its popular “Inside the Mansion” program that allows visitors to see the first floor. 2023 dates so far include Saturday, January 7; Sunday, February 5; Saturday, March 4; and Sunday, March 5. Reservations are recommended, and since capacity is limited, it’s also recommended you book as early as possible.

However, the public is welcome to visit the grounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. For more info, visit https://www.beverlyhills.org/departments/communityservices/cityparks/greystonemansiongardens/visitgreystone .

Visiting the house in the CBS series

Since it appears this house’s location is either a very well-kept secret or created specifically for the series, there is no tour available —or chance to book an overnight stay. I know, I know. It would probably be booked solid if it was a real B&B that resembled anything at all like Woodstone Mansion.

The house in the BBC series

Unlike the house in the CBS version of Ghosts , Button Hall in the BBC version does exist. BBC Ghosts is filmed at West Horsley Place in Surrey, England.

The medieval manor house dates from the 1400s, so it’s loaded with history —and even a ghost story or two. After all, it’s seen its fair share of deaths over the centuries —and even a morbid mystery concerning a severed head in a red leather bag. Apparently the house was once owned by Sir Walter Raleigh’s son, Carew, whose father was beheaded for treason. But Carew’s mother wanted the head, and for whatever reason, they gave it to her.

When she moved into West Horsley Place with her son, the head came with her. Or did it? Allegedly it’s still in the house somewhere, perhaps in a forgotten cupboard or something, still in the red leather bag. Which sounds like the making of a Ghosts storyline, doesn’t it? Someone finds the bag, expecting perhaps to find an antique bowling ball, but instead makes the gruesome discovery that it’s an embalmed head.

Anyway, visitors are welcome to tour the house and grounds from April to October. Admission costs £10. The Nookies & Crannies tour costs £20. For more info, visit https://www.westhorsleyplace.org .

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For info about Ghosts on CBS, visit https://www.cbs.com/shows/ghosts .

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Ghosts and What We Do In The Shadows are my two favorite shows right now.

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It is SO tempting to watch Ghosts, but I haven’t because I try not to spend too much time in front of the tube.

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I have been trying to identify the house using images of the house in the series and aerial images of the property, but so far, no go. Unless one of the cast members identifies a nearby landmark, I’m searching for a needle in a haystack. Production erased the images of Wayne Manor from the pilot except for the imagery where Thorfinn tries picking up trash. I do know its loosely based on Pennsylvania’s haunted Baker house; the characters of Elias and Hetty were named after its owners.

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What We Do In The Shadows is another one I hear a lot about. You reminded me I really need to hurry up and FINALLY check it out!

You are SO wise (and a lot more productive) not giving in to the temptation…

The what it might be based on comment is what’s going to inspire another Ghosts post so thank you. It came up when this comment reminded me I had hit “post” too soon. I wanted to mention and link to something else I’d found about the house, which was just that it appears it might not be a real house and that’s why you can’t find it. Like the interior, it might be a set that was created. At least partially. I’m just SO glad you saw this because I was going to tell you on Twitter…hey! Look! You are the reason I wrote about this! lol

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41.812498, -73.964513 Have a look at the place at these coordinates on google maps. People say this is not the building, but I beg to differ. If it’s not this exact building it is an exact replicate. PS it is next to an old cemetery too.

Nope not it – I’ve seen a real overhead of the estate and its supposed to be somewhere near Montreal –

Hi, Michael. Thanks for stopping by to share the coordinates. I can see why you’d beg to differ that’s not the house since it looks so similar to the house on the show. lol But I know William is right that wherever the house is, if it’s real at all and not just a set, it’s in Canada somewhere. BUT I’d love to know if this is a private residence or what it is…and I also love that you noticed it’s near an old cemetery! THANKS for taking the time to leave this comment!

Hi Courtney upon careful review of the images side by side I now realize it is NOT the same exterior though it’s about as similar as you could get. The building at those coordinates has a long history it was originally an unfinished barn or “carriage house” for the Col. Oliver Hazard Payne Estate. The property was subdivided after Paynes death by the subsequent owners The barn was completed after his death and it was, much later, turned into a restaurant with gift shops during the 70’s & 80’s. To my knowledge the property now sits vacant. Interestingly the property belonged to a school for juvenile delinquents and I have heard rumors that there are many unmarked childrens graves in the woods around this property. I do really wish that people who CLAIM to have seen the actual exterior location would just post the address so we can all see it too for ourselves. Canada and Montreal are big places so unless an address is posted showing definitively it’s somewhere in Canada is just parroting what the media have already said. Thanks for posting and I do hope someone figures it out. Would be nice to know more about the real houses history if it even has one or is just a set built for the show as has been suggested.

My understanding is the house is owned by a Belgian family and is an hour’s drive from Montreal. The gazebo and lake seen in the series are not part of the property. I have a photo of the estate, but it has no clues on the location.

Ooo! Your comments are the gifts that keep on giving, Michael! I never know if people will see my replies and I LOVE that you did and answered back so fast with so much great history about the location in the coordinates you shared. WOW!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

And I’m still hopeful/searching for where the house is. You’d think someone would spill eventually if it was real. I know the one in the UK version is real and offers tours. Which…hey. You just gave me a great idea for another sort of follow up post. lol Thanks again so much!

I know where it is but revealing it publicly would be really irresponsible. Like I said, it’s an hour’s drive from Montreal.

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I don’t think you know where it is at all. Your posts look like copy and paste verbatim from articles that I’ve already read that don’t disclose the location. “owned by a Belgian family” and “an hour’s drive from Montreal” is exactly what the articles say.

I don’t need to “copy and paste,” I just probably saw the same article you read. If I knew how to paste an image to this message board, I could share an image from Google Maps. It’s also a mile and a half north of the Ontario/Quebec border. It has two driveways and other structures on the property. The driveway we see in the series looks like the main drive but it also winds down past the house and down the view seen in “Pete’s Wife” toward another road. The two roads intersect at the southeast corner of the estate, not far from a local highway. Remember the fly over from the “Possession” episode? It moved southward over the house. There’s a swimming pool, a fountain and what might be a guest house or stable in a line along the back wing of the house, hidden from the exterior shots in the series. The interior photos of the house look NOTHING like the sets. They look more like a museum landmark than a mansion.

Hey William! I appreciate that you feel it might be irresponsible to post the coordinates where you think the house might be. (I also sometimes lament that my comments are set up to allow for sharing photos, but then again…it also protects me from having to see inappropriate ones too. lol NOT that you would share any, but damn spammers and such would.)

I don’t know what the ethics are about sharing house locations. Once people figure them out, they definitely share them. (Think Conjuring house or Amityville.) It may be a little invasive but not against the law. It’s a lot more fun when houses from movies don’t make it a secret and wear it as a badge of honor though. Leads to less chances for conflict.

Anyway, I think I read somewhere that the interior scenes are on a soundstage. But now I don’t know where I saw that.

And if I ever get a chance to talk with anyone from the show, cast or crew, you better believe I’ll be asking them where the house is! lol

I shared the aerial image of the house on my Twitter account. There are NO labels in it to identify where it is, but anyone who has seen the show would agree THAT IS IT>

That really does look like it! Sharing the link to your Tweet for anyone who’s interested in seeing it: https://twitter.com/Thor_2000/status/1573005477063032834?s=20&t=ghaxVqq5JCPS4j32KGxtHw

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