6 Castles in England you can Actually Stay in
Peckforton Castle Tower | © Steve/Flickr
England is filled to the brim with many castles, often in beautiful locations and steeped in history. Many of these national landmarks now offer accommodation, from gourmet B&Bs to luxurious hotels to self-catering castle apartments where you can truly be the king or queen of the manor. Here are six castles in England
where you can spend the night and wear that crown you so deserve.
Beautiful Tregenna Castle
overlooks St Ives
and the long Cornish coast to the north. The castle is set in 72 acres of private grounds and has two heated swimming pools and its own golf course. There are self-catering apartments with sea views, hotel rooms with castle views and a whole west wing to swank around in to call your own.
Bath Lodge Castle
At Bath Lodge you’ll get a taste for 19th Century finery. This Grade II-listed castle is an historic structure which dates all the way back to 1806 and is complete with towers, battlements and even a portcullis. There are three-and-a-half acres of gorgeously landscaped gardens outside and a few nights here feel luxurious in this hideaway which doesn’t skimp out on the best. There’s even an adults-only spa area, so you can relax without kids screaming and dive-bombing the water.
Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom
Cave Castle Hotel
A turreted country hotel with bags of world-character to go with it. There is little that has been held back at Cave Castle
when it comes to grandiose touches, with a gatehouse, suits of armour, canons, mounted stag heads and a giant bear – all there to welcome you at check-in. There’s also a spa and a health club which is complimentary for guests, with a hot tub, team, sauna and a well-equipped gym.
For a true fairytale
stay, look no further than this dramatic hilltop fortress
in the splendid Cheshire countryside. Here, you can feel as though you are Rapunzel stuck in her tower away from the connected world but also enjoy the modern luxuries which come with a four-star hotel. A stay here is enchanting, and as its the only medieval-style castle still in tact in England, you can enjoy stone spiral staircases, turret towers and wide open fires.
In a pretty valley on the edge of Dartmoor
, Bovey Castle
is a wonderful monument to grandeur at the turn of the century. The decor is lavish with thick textiles and Elizabethan style, all while looking out through humongous windows to the rugged and bracken-covered wilderness of Dartmoor. There is, as with any five-star hotel, a beautiful spa and art deco pool as well as a roof terrace perfect for taking in that dramatic view with a Bovey cream tea.
It’s hard to forget your first sighting of Leeds Castle
rising on the moat like a topping atop a wedding cake. More than 900 years old , it is said to be the “loveliest castle in the world,” and it sure is the most visited, and also one of the most romantic. On your visit to Leeds
, choose a self catering apartment or B&B, go ‘glamping’ for a night in the River Lodge; wherever you rest your head, you will be surrounded by 500 acres of woodland, parkland, formal garden and the world famous Dog Collar Collection.