There is no evidence that Hitchcock was a Freemason, but links have been made over the years, mainly by speculative writers in various corners of the internet. However, Hitchcock did make the most of symbolism in his films, using visualisation and architecture to convey the atmosphere (think of Bates' haunting Gothic house in Psycho), and he used subtle references throughout certain films, such as the references to author Edgar Allan Poe in his film Marnie. Langdale Chase certainly has retained the elegant atmosphere of a lakeside country manor house, and one can see why Hitchcock was drawn to it.
|The main entrance - symbolism embellishes the doorway, the coat of arms of the family can be seen near the windows.|
|The main reception room - the fireplace is rich in symbolism that reflects the Romanticism of the area; Celtic scenes, dragons and mysterious faces decorate the fireplace.|
|The Gothic splendour of Langdale Chase dominates the lakeside.|
|Lake Windermere as viewed from the house.|