Before making a bid, prospective buyers may be interested to know that Bly Manor, contrary to what the Zillow post would have you believe, isn’t a real place. Simply referred to as “Bly,” it first appeared in Henry James’ 1898 horror novella, “The Turn of the Screw,” upon which The Haunting of Bly Manor is based. The world, having apparently caught screw fever, saw another adaptation of the story earlier this year with the January release of the Dreamworks film The Turning. James’ original work has been reimagined dozens of times over the years for television, radio, stage, and the big screen.
While the Netflix series was filmed in Vancouver, the specific mansion used for the Bly Manor shots has been kept close to the vest. Until it’s revealed, fans of shadowy corridors and old-timey architecture might consider checking out the Killruddery House in County Wicklow, Ireland, which stood in for Bly Manor in The Turning. 1961’s The Innocents, another adaptation of “The Turn of the Screw,” featured exteriors of the Sheffield Park House in Sussex, while the 2009 BBC miniseries The Screw used the Brympton d’Evercy mansion in Somerset.
Already a critical success, The Haunting of Bly Manor serves as the second season in Netflix’s The Haunting anthology series, following 2018’s fan favorite The Haunting of Hill House. Featuring familiar faces like Victoria Pedretti, Henry Thomas, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, it’s set to debut on the streaming service on October 9, 2020.