Since the early 1900s, The Headland Hotel has had the joy of welcoming many VIP stars. It has opened its doors to various movie and TV shows that have taken delight in the beautiful surroundings and the architectural masterpiece of this hotel.
Most famous of all is the 1987 production of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. Angelica Houston starred as the Grand High Witch and, much to the excitement of the staff, the hotel received huge flower bouquets and phone calls from her then-boyfriend Jack Nicolson. Rowan Atkinson played the hotel manager and caused a Mr Bean style calamity. Before going to bed he left the bath taps running in his room to which the frantically knocking porter was told: “go away, I’m asleep”. The flood eventually wrote off much of the production team’s electrical equipment on the floor below.
Did you know that rooms 223, 227 and 205 were used for some of the bedroom scenes? The pram they used to push towards the cliff edge was once owned by the Armstrong’s and had been used for their young children. To this day, guests from all around the world visit the hotel having seen the film. The Headland continues to celebrate the film by providing unique tributes around Halloween such as a ‘Witches themed’ spooky afternoon tea or by showcasing the film on a cinematic screen.Catch The Headland in all its glory and watch The Witches on Netflix.