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Top five for June

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If you have been keeping up to date with this year’s top five series, by now it will be quite apparent that the first half of 2021 has been incredibly busy. With new properties flocking in like never before, it is safe to say that our readers have been spoilt with some of the most breathtaking shoot locations you’re likely to find. As we entered the halfway point of the year, June certainly did not disappoint – we saw 6ixteen return in a new format (now located in the Kent countryside) and we also took on four new residential properties, all offering a completely different aesthetic. Read on to get the full lowdown on our top five new locations for June.

6ixteen Country and Cottage 

Where else could we start? After selling their London based property, the ever-popular 6ixteen has returned, bigger and better than ever, in the Kent countryside. Comprised of the main country house (which will be ready to shoot imminently) and the cottage (which is now ready for interior shoots), the new 6ixteen brand look will definitely be a client favourite for years to come. At the time of writing, 6ixteen Country is only allowing exterior shoots (whilst finishing the interior), however, what it currently lacks inside, it certainly makes up for outside. With sprawling grounds, a tennis court, swimming pool and lake, those exquisite shots you’re after won’t take long to find. Complementing the grounds, you’ll find 6ixteen Cottage – which can be hired separately to the main country house. The substantial cottage features warm and inviting interiors, with a palpable country chic aesthetic felt throughout. Thanks to the peacefulness of its setting, the open plan aesthetic and its long runs, we would recommend both filming and photoshoots at 6ixteen Country and Cottage. 

A snippet of the outside grounds 6ixteen Country has to offer
Chic interiors at 6ixteen Cottage

Palm Springs 

From contemporary and refurbished, to retro and utterly one-of-a-kind, Palm Springs could not be further from the two 6ixteen properties. This exceptional location, situated in West Sussex features a remarkable 60s/ 70s aesthetic, amidst a markedly modern house; something we can’t get enough of here at 1st Option. Standout features include a mass of mid-century furniture, funky artistic objects and two swimming pools – located inside and out. If this wasn’t enough, there is also a large garden, finished with quirky sculptures and an ornamental fountain found at the property’s front entrance. With large broken-plan rooms found throughout, we would definitely suggest filming here, as well as utilising the spaces for editorial shoots. 

Quirky mid-century furniture at Palm Springs


Take a look around Havana, a sublime semi-detached house, located in Greater London. Thanks to a unique side extension, this shoot location offers a wealth of standout features. These include the gorgeous central island found in the kitchen (fitted with marble countertop, tiled sides and brass detailing), tons of natural light and a spectrum of colour – ranging from sage and burnt yellow to crisp monochromatic touches. The cherry on this cake, however, comes from the basement room that has been completed with a chill out space and an epic Havana style bar, fitted with crittal doors, art deco elements and reams of colour. 

Tons of colour at Havana


Up next is Dalesbury, an elegantly designed, double-fronted Victorian home located in a beautiful part of Wandsworth, South West London. The Overarching style of this carefully curated shoot location is a subtle blend of minimalism, New England and country chic – something not often found in the hustle and bustle of London. This is achieved through the use of a muted and washed colour palette, as well as plenty of vintage and period furniture pieces. These include a vintage French country kitchen table, vintage French tub armchairs and various other vintage lights. Dalesbury’s pièce de résistance, however, is the fabulous open-plan kitchen. Premium features prevail here – consisting of grey limed oak flooring, a 5 metre Carrera marble-topped island and a considerable grey oak kitchen table with wishbone chairs. Due to its size and layout, Dalesbury’s kitchen would be ideal for culinary shoots.

Perfect blend of New England, minimalism and country chic


Last but certainly not least, our final shoot location will almost definitely have you swooning to shoot there. Meet Swoon, a gorgeous Victorian semi, built-in 1870. Thanks to a complete architectural redesign and refurbishment last year, the house boasts an immaculate, contemporary design, while keeping a lot of its period details. The unique design allows for two floors at the front and three at the back; this is where the magic of this property comes to life. Take a look at the incredible, open-plan kitchen/ living space and the astounding decor found within. From the skylights that allow natural light to seep across the space, to the gorgeous crittal doors found at both sides of the room and the suave Herringbone wooden parquet floor finished in smoked oak – Swoon is definitely one to be remembered!

Astounding decor found at Swoon