ABC filmed the original Stephen King mini-series movie "Rose Red" here at Thornewood Castle.
Restoration, construction and filming for the movie took place for six months here at Thornewood during 2000. Some other local locations, including in Seattle, were also filmed.
The mini-series was first aired on January 27, 28 and 31, 2002 on ABC. The DVD of the movie is available (we always have a copy available for our guests!). This movie is the first novel or script that Stephen King completed after his tragic accident. This movie is rumored to be the largest budgeted mini-series yet filmed.
How was Thornewood cast as Stephen King's Rose Red?
Not apparent at first, the house â€śRose Redâ€ť (i.e. Thornewood Castle) turns out to be the star or central figure in the movie. (Current trailers call Rose Red the "house with feelings".) ABC selected Thornewood Castle from location proposals from 30 states and Canada. It matched almost identically all the major characteristics of the house in the Stephen Kingâ€™s script (age, style, size, etc.). We have collected lots of fascinating movie memorabilia (scripts, shooting schedules, before-during-after photographs, and of course the new house and grounds) to share with future guests. You can sleep, or dine and party, in some of the same rooms/sets filmed in the movie.
Images of our home were used for the mini series promo and DVD cover.