When Roger Tempest, current Custodian of the 900 year old Broughton Hall Estate, offered us the opportunity of styling and shooting some of our furniture ranges within the Hall’s stunning state rooms, it was an offer we absolutely couldn’t refuse.
As the lavish backdrop of many film and TV series, including Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Height’s starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes and Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack, we’d already had a little insight into its Palladian inspired neo classical magnificence. Now you can too, by following our stylist, Victoria Alderson’s Broughton Hall style diary on Instagram over the days and weeks to come.
Our first location was the Hall’s lush 1863 conservatory, conceived by influential nineteenth century garden designer, William Andrews Nesfield, the first of its kind in the country and a fitting home for the Tempest family’s extensive collection of non-native plants collected during their 1816-1818 Grand Tour. Look out for our circular Sunburst Table on Pedestal in teak, whose craftsmanship looks utterly stunning from within the circular dome added in 1997 and which featured at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Under the guidance of Stephen Tempest VI, Broughton Hall flourished throughout the 1700s, becoming well known for its literature, art collecting and architectural developments along with its impressive collection of 5000 books, many of which were collected during his lifetime. Taking inspiration from the library’s collections cataloguing more than 300 years of culture, we added our teak Sofa Table with pull out slides, creating a perfect spot for a quiet read and cosy aperitif – also the ideal vantage point from which to marvel at the innovative fireplace designed by the notable inventor, Charles Sylvester.
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