Downton Abbey: A New Era has arrived in cinemas to rave reviews from fans and critics.

The movie sees the likes of Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern all back as the Crawleys, heading to the South of France for a holiday while a Hollywood film crew takes over their estate.

And staff at Cogges Manor Farm in Witney said they felt 'proud' to see the historic manor featured in the new film.

Two scenes were shot last summer in the Manor kitchen and the Victorian bedrooms as Cogges was once again turned into Yew Tree Farm.

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Head of Sales and Events Janette Reed said: "I’ve just come home after seeing it, and loved it, not least because I’m a fan, but Cogges features in two significant scenes and I was excited and proud of our involvement.

"It’s always quite interesting when they're filming and you want to watch them but I have also got a job to do. We met Mr Drewe and one of our volunteers who is really keen on Downton has got to know some of the cast over time."

Yew Tree Farm featured in three series of the hugely popular TV series which aired on ITV from 2010 to 2015 and Cogges runs Downton tours and a film and display in the manor house.

Mrs Reed said having the property immortalised in film had brought in lots of new visitors and it is one of the first stops on the many Downton tours that come out of London.

But, she said, she fully understood why residents of Bampton, which was used to film the village of ‘Downton’ and is one of the most popular places to visit for fans, could get fed up.

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She said: “It’s a good thing for us because it's our business, our visitors are our bread and butter. I’m sure if I had people peering in my windows I would not like it. I feel for them, it must be intrusive.

“But we are grateful for the tours and individuals that visit us to hear about Downton and other filming that’s taken place over the years."

Cogges has been used as a location for Colette, a 2018 biographical drama based upon the life of the French novelist Colette with Keira Knightley, which was shot in the walled garden.

It was also the location for Harlots, a TV period drama about a 18th century brothel and 2015 TV series Arthur & George, starring Martin Clunes as Arthur Conan Doyle.

Last year a Coca-Cola Zero commercial featuring Pinocchio was also filmed in the Manor.

Mrs Reed said: "This is all great for Cogges, providing a financial boost to the Cogges Heritage Trust, in order to preserve this special place for generations to come."