AN American TV company is set to begin filming in Lathom later this month.
The AMS production company from Texas will be filming at Bath Lodge on Dark Lane for their show You live in What?
The hit show has previously featured WW2 bunkers, ocean liners and brothels.
After producers heard about Bath Lodge, they decided it would make a great show and got in touch with owner Mark Houghton.
Mark said: “I was on Restoration Man in 2010 and since then we’ve had offers flooding in from TV companies.
“We’ve turned a lot of them down, but this TV company were really keen and their show seems like something Bath Lodge will fit well with.”
Mark bought the 18th century lodge for £287,000 three years ago and has since then completely transformed it – adding a courtyard extension, making it into a four-bedroomed family home.
The property is currently valued at £1.2 million.
The lodge was built towards the end of the 17th century, when Charles Stanley, brother of the Earl of Derby, opened a cold water bath. Later, it was used as hunting lodge, perhaps for nearby Cross Hall.
Abandoned since the 1940s, Bath Lodge had no access road or utilities and was surrounded by boggy farmland, making build conditions medieval.
Builder Mark, from Ainsdale, decided he had to have it however and the project took a year to complete.
The property has since won a design award in 2011 for its innovative architecture.
Mark said: “It’s a fantastic building with such a rich history. We’re meant to have ghosts here and all sorts, not that I’ve ever seen one.
“The Americans are filming for two days. I’m not sure how big the crew is they’re bringing, I’m assuming it’ll be quite a large one though.”
The American company is visiting five other properties and the show will be screened in over 16 countries.
Mark, his wife Sheena, 42, and their four children are now looking for their next challenge.
Mark said: “I’ve loved living here but it’s time to move on to the next project.
“I’m going back to Southport for my next one and we’ve already got our eyes on a property.”