The Sky One drama series became a smash hit since filming last year at Pentillie Castle, in Cornwall’s Tamar Valley, and became the channel’s highest-rating show since 2011.
The romantic drama, filmed amidst the stunning scenery of South East Cornwall, picks up a year after Leo’s death.
Business is booming at the Penrose Hotel (Pentillie Castle) but life isn’t set to run smoothly for Gina (Dawn French) and Sam (Emilia Fox). Gina’s estranged father rocks up and a new chef causes a stir. And, as Sam turns 40, she decides it’s time for a shake-up. Iain Glen and Sheila Hancock also return to the series.
Pentillie Castle, which is just outside Plymouth, proved the perfect location for the hit show. Known for its weddings, shooting parties, business retreats and award-winning luxury B&B.
During this summer, Sky film crews took over the stunning grounds of the award-winning luxury bed and breakfast and events venue to film the series. Many of the hotel scenes were filmed all around the estate, including the kitchen garden, Victorian bathing hut and American Gardens. The front drive was even turned temporarily into a new formal garden for the show.
“It was brilliant to welcome the cast for a second series of the show,” said Sammie Coryton, MD of Pentillie.
“We were sworn to secrecy on set, but it was wonderful to see Dawn, Emilia and the cast and crew in action again and not mention some of the Pentillie team who featured as extras for some of the scenes! The first series was stunning and hugely enjoyable -and we know the second one will prove an even bigger hit!”
“The reaction to the first series was great,” said Dawn French.
“What I didn’t know about the show was that it would be so lush.
‘I knew the production team intended for it to be good-looking and sensual, and that the food was going to be another part of the cast.
‘But I didn’t know just how beautiful it would look and how painterly it would be. When I saw the first series, I loved it and I thought, at last, someone’s taken time to make a series where everything looks gorgeous and given it room to breathe.
‘I could not have predicted it would do so well for Sky.”
The four-part series starts at 9pm on December 29 on Sky1. Visitors to Pentillie should contact firstname.lastname@example.org