The Kings Room
Two kings have stayed in this room; King James I in 1604 and Edward VII in 1901. Hand painted 18th century Chinese wallpaper graces the chamber as well as the small antechamber leading off the main room. The ornate fireplace is in the French style and dates to 1554. The richly carved stucco overmantle depicts a scene from the works of the Roman poet Ovid, with dryads dancing about an oak tree.
The Great Parlour
At the opposite end of the Long Gallery from Queen Anne's Room is the Great Parlour. The most striking feature of this room is the quite remarkable plastered ceiling. One end of the ceiling shows the date 1559, and the other has the initials of Richard and Elizabeth Fiennes. The wallpaper has been designed to resemble leather. Two Coronation chairs can be found here; from the coronations of George V and Elizabeth II. The chairs were used during the coronation ceremony and then purchased by Lord Saye and Sele as mementoes of the occasions. In one corner of the room is the Coronation Robe worn by Lord Saye and Sele to the coronation of Elizabeth (see photo gallery). Family mementoes are dotted about the chamber, including a top hat given to Cecil Fiennes in 1859 for dismissing three batsmen with successive balls while playing cricket. This is one of the earliest known cases of a cricket "hat trick".
The Council Chamber
Used in the 1630s for secret meetings by William Fiennes and his friends plotting against King Charles I. Sir William was a founder of the Providence Island Company , whose avowed purpose was to encourage settlement in the Caribbean. Fiennes and his associates used the Providence Island Company as a cover for their illicit meeting to organize resistance against Charles I. Fiennes and men like Pym, Hampden, Lord Warwick, Lord Brooke, and Sir Henry Vane met in what they called "the room that hath no ears", which is believed to be this chamber.
In the centre of the chamber is a small table upon which are several cannon balls. These were found in the moat in 1768 and are believed to have come from the siege of Broughton Castle by Royalist troops following the Battle of Edgehill in October 1642. The Royalists eventually forced the castle defenders to surrender.
The Oak Room is built upon the foundations of the 14th century kitchens. This chamber is named for the oak paneling that covers much of the wall area. The most notable aspect of the Oak Room is the ornate porch, a very unusual interior feature. Above the porch is the Latin inscription 'Quod olim fuit meminisse minime iuvat' (there is no pleasure in the memory of the past). It seems likely that this inscription was added by William, the 8th Lord Saye and Sele, upon the restoration of the monarchy. Perhaps Sir William intended to draw a line under his family's past support for Parliament during the Civil War, and show appropriate gratitude to King Charles II for pardoning the family upon his return to the throne.
Gardens and Grounds
The gardens at Broughton are a lovely mix of formal and informal. The formal part is the Ladies Garden at the rear of the house, enclosed by low walls. This garden of low hedges and gravelled walks was built upon the site of the 16th century kitchens. The roses are a particularly lovely aspect of this garden, and are at their best in July.
The parish church of St Mary's stands only a few yards from the moat at Broughton Castle. It is well worth a visit, for the elaborate family tombs of the Wykeham and Fiennes family who are buried here, as well as the quite lovely medieval wall paintings. These latter, though reasonable well preserved, pale in splendour beside the richly painted tomb of Sir John de Broughton, founder of the castle (d. 1315). Sir John's tomb, on the south wall of the south aisle, is quite remarkable for its rich ornamentation.