Inside Broughton Hall – the backdrop to PBS's 'All Creatures Great and Small'
The Yorkshire estate is the setting of the period drama that is making waves on both sides of the Atlantic
Everybody's talking about All Creatures Great and Small, but none more so than those in the interiors industry.
The period series that served as a refuge during the peak of the pandemic has just returned for its second season – and its interior design features are equally as luxe as they were in the first season.
Set in Broughton Hall in the English Yorkshire Dales, this 3000-acre sanctuary is one of the most talked-about properties of the moment – and one of the world's best homes.
In the series, it is the home of the fictional character 'Mrs. Pumphrey' who was played by Dame Diana Rigg in the first season. After Dame Diana passed away in 2020, Patricia Hodge undertook the role of the eccentric character for the second series.
While you can glimpse at Broughton Hall's interiors on PBS or Amazon Prime, you can get a sense of its true grandeur here.
Renowned architect William Atkinson (along with several other architects) constructed the Grade 1 listed Hall in 1597 for the Tempest family. However, just as the house's façade resembles its original grandeur, the interiors similarly exhibit an ageless aesthetic.
The wooden entrance hall is a trove of striking entryway ideas – including its gallery wall that flows down the staircase and throughout the rest of the space. A large chandelier crowns the space and foreshadows the luxe decor that continues throughout the rest of the home.
Beyond the entryway, the merlot-hued library acts as a source of paint ideas for your living room, library, or study. In this space, gold elements complement the dark walls whilst the glossy wood furnishings emphasize the room's timeless style.
The library is a frequent backdrop in All Creatures Great and Small – as seen below.
While the library is already a suitable place for warming guests, the dining room acts as an entertainment base. Here, the home's most ornate features are showcased through its high ceilings with a gold fringe and art collection that surround the green-painted space.
The large kitchen is the perfect example of how to combine white kitchen ideas with bronze accents to create a country-style space that is light, airy, and always practical.
Upstairs, the bedrooms pay homage to the enduring chintz trend that surged in popularity in recent seasons. Chintz has a history that dates back to the 1600s – but it was manufactured at scale by the Victorians, who liked that it could be wiped clean.
This nineteenth-century style is one that lives on in many of Broughton Hall's bedrooms, including the pink chamber below.
These classic decorating ideas continue into the bathroom, where there is a freestanding tub for bathing with views of the manicured garden – created by designer Andrew Nesfield in the 18th century.
You can now stay in Broughton Hall or unwind at the Avalon Sanctuary on site. More information is available via their website.
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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