Fans of 1975’s Rocky Horror Picture Show know Oakley Court as the phoneless castle where the overly lip-glossed Tim Curry thrilled Susan Sarandon in the cult B-movie musical.
“Half the roof was missing, and the other half was leaking,” Sarandon recalls. “It was freezing cold, and I got pneumonia.”
Situated along the River Thames, the Gothic manor features 118 modern rooms (starting at around $200 USD) with wingback chairs and king-size beds fit for a queen (literally; Queen Elizabeth paid a visit in 2009), while elaborate Victorian mantels reign over sitting rooms.
The French-inspired dining room looks onto the formerly eerie estate’s 35 manicured acres that include a golf course, croquet lawn, and tennis courts.
Plus, the castle now has telephones.
This piece, written by Steve Larese, first appeared in the February/March 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.