Croft Estates

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The Croft Estates (also Croft Manors) are three separate manor houses located in Surrey, England. The family was granted the rights to the estates by King Edward VI. in 1547.

In Tomb Raiders I to III, as well as Chronicles we got to know the first and in the movies, as well as Tomb Raiders Legend, Anniversary and Underworld we got to know another of these manors. The third has not been shown thus far.

The manors have been displayed in various versions in the Comics, each depending on the artists imagination. (see also Croft Manor (Comics))


the Manors in-game

The manor as playable training level was part of the series in the first three games. The estate has been improved in each game, till in The Last Revelation it was no longer present, replaced by an introductory flashback level. After that the manor had disappeared for a long time, only being shown in cutscenes and a menu flyby in Tomb Raider Chronicles. In the latter all doors in the hall remain closed.

A planned Croft Manor for The Angel of Darkness, which could later be seen in screenshots, was not published.

The manor finally returned as special level in the first title created by Crystal Dynamics, Tomb Raider Legend.

The Manors

The First Croft Manor

frontal view
at the gate

The first manor was first shown in Tomb Raider I, making its return in Tomb Raider II, III and Chronicles. In each game a further part of the manor was shown.

  • Mainhall (TR I, II & III)
  • Ball Room/Gym
  • Pool House
  • Dining Room
  • Kitchen
  • Trophy Room
  • Lara's Bedroom
  • Bathroom
  • Weapons Closet
  • Music Room
  • Library
  • Cellar
  • Attic
  • Garden (TR II & III)
  • Assault Course
  • Quad Bike Parcours (TR III)

The Second Croft Manor

Hatfield House

The second Croft Manor first appeared in the movies Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The Cradle of Life and returned in Tomb Raider Legend, Tomb Raider Anniversary and Tomb Raider Underworld. In Tomb Raider Underworld Lara's Doppelgänger destroyed Croft Manor in a brief cut scene.

The house used for outdoor shots in the movies is the Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

  • Mainhall
  • Zip's Computer Room
  • Gym
  • Pool House
  • Library
  • Lara's Bedroom
  • Trophy Room
  • Music Room
  • Garden
  • Bathroom
  • Practice Room
  • Garage

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