New ITV drama Finding Alice returns this evening for its second episode.
The six-part series follows Keeley Hawes as mum-of-one Alice, who deals with the sudden loss of her husband, Harry, played by Jason Merrells.
On their first night in their dream ‘smart home’, which Harry designed for the family, he falls down the stairs and dies.
The first episodes sees Alice and daughter Charlotte, played by Isabella Pappas, struggle to get to grips with the quirks of the smart technology.
This makes the home a character in its own right; with a password to enter, controls for curtains and lights, with a complex toilet flushing system that Alice can’t work out.
And as Harry’s passion project, it’s his lasting legacy, which the family must fight to protect in refusing to sell it – despite money woes.
ITV say in the official synopsis: “After moving into their newly finished, weird and wonderful dream house which he designed himself, Harry dies after falling down the stairs.
“The sense of loss and abandonment leaves Alice feeling more disoriented than ever before, and as the series unravels we discover that Harry had a habit of hiding stuff…”
So where is this weird and wonderful dream house with a precarious staircase located?
A five-bedroom secluded property in Farnham, Surrey, was used for the exterior shots in the drama, as discovered by Radio Times.
It was sold with The Modern House in 2019 for £1,750,000.
However the shots filmed inside, including the fatal floating staircase, was created in a studio at West London Studio, an ITV spokesperson confirmed.
The interior was still inspired by the real property, designed by architect Kate Stoddart, which resides in a pine woodland.
While smart technology doesn’t feature in the property description listed on Zoopla, Aylesford House looks like something straight out of Channel 4’s Grand Designs.
Seen as an upcycling project of an old 1960s bungalow, it was adapted with a mix of Norwegian Kebony timber, black brickwork, lead cladding and extensive glazing.
The contemporary property is light and airy throughout, with floods of natural light in all of its rooms.
The minimalist open-plan kitchen and dining room are impressive spaces, where two expansive sections of glazing join at a right angle.
Sliding doors open out onto a patio and outdoor dining area, offering an uninterrupted 50-mile panorama of the Hampshire countryside.
It comes complete with a roof terrace, which has its own outdoor spa overlooking the greenery.
The house, situated at the end of a gated driveway, also boasts a large double garage and a further outbuilding, which at the time of being sold, was used as a gym and office.
You can read more about the extraordinary property here on Zoopla.
Watch Finding Alice tonight on ITV at 9pm, and you can watch all episodes on the ITV Hub.
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