In 2012 and 2013, Compare the Market aired adverts featuring meerkats Aleksandr and Sergei enjoying Lullingstone.
Between January and March 2012, ‘Tough decision’ was aired. In it, Aleksandr decides to provide Sergei with a laptop so he can stay up all night to deal with people comparing credit cards.
The second advert, 'Fat Sergei', aired in February 2013. It features a rather plump Sergei trying to get into shape.
Tom Hart Dyke, creator of the World Garden at Lullingstone, says,
“I enjoyed showing Aleksandr and Sergei around Russia in the World Garden, though there’s less to see in their native Kalahari desert”.
Visitors to Lullingstone can see the rooms where the advert was filmed – Sergei’s IT room is in the Great Hall (see below), Sergei’s bedroom is our Ante Room and Aleksandr’s study is Queen Anne’s Drawing Room (see above).
The adverts can be watched here:
1 - 'Tough decision': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX3PXeSqu4U
2 - 'Fat Sergei': http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CQHrzBtdGnk