THE building which became famous as Skeldale House in the BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small, has opened to the public for the first time.

The instantly recognisable, stone-built Wensleydale building became known to viewers around the world as the location for the veterinary practice where character James Herriot worked.

Until two years ago the property in Askrigg, North Yorkshire, was used by Broadacres Housing Association as a home for vulnerable adults.

But now it has reopened as a luxury bed and breakfast.

It will also be offering pre-booked afternoon teas on Friday afternoons to tourists keen to sample a little All Creatures Great and Small nostalgia.

About 200 visitors turned up to the opening on Saturday (March 23) to take a tour of the three-storey building, which raised £550 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

It was due to be opened by Jim Wight the son of All Creatures Great and Small author, Alf Wight, but he was unable to reach Askrigg due to the snow.

The renovation was largely carried out by owners Keith and Lisa Wright, who also own the nearby village shop.

The building, Cringley House, has also been renamed as Skeldale House for fans of the television series.

Askrigg is also home to the Kings Arms, which was used as the setting of the Drovers’ Arms in the film.

“We had a lady from Austria come over for the opening and we’ve already been approached by a German travel company,” said Mrs Wright.

“There’s still such a lot of interest here and abroad in James Herriot.”