So it would seem, I have created a monster. Since our wonderful Hever Castle stay, I seem to quite fancy keeping a crown on my head. I now have a thing for castle hotels. I love the history and the age of them. But, I am nothing if not adaptable. I am as much at home in an eco lodge in the woods as I am a fairytale castle! It is good to mix it up right? So, at the moment, my plan is, to work my way around the four gorgeous castle hotels in England I am sharing with you here. Let me introduce these magical places that are on my wishlist. My dream stays are as follows…
Castle Hotels in England
As I say, I think it is the history that fascinates me with these beautiful buildings. When our sons were small, we often took them on an adventure to the castles sprinkled throughout the UK. We would spend time in the car en route, telling them tales of the Castle we were visiting and its history. Kings and Queens. Knights and Dragons. The real history of the place, with a little bit of embellishment woven through to spark their imagination. By the time we reached our destination, their eyes would be as big as saucers with excitement. They would think that a dragon would soon be emerging at any moment, (a friendly dragon of course, this is my tale after all and I love alllll the animals). They were such happy times and it only cemented and deepened my own love of Castles.
So, you can imagine my thrilled, imagination filled mind when I first learnt that we could stay in a castle in England. I was hitting google up before you could say “Bring in the Jester”! Hever Castle was our first castle stay, but I vowed it would not be our last! I am just talking through the Castle Hotels in England today. I have a whole other list for the beauties I came across in Scotland…..
My 4 dream castle hotels in England
Langley Castle – Northumberland
Address – Langley Castle Hotel, Langley, Hexham NE47 5LU
Overview of Langley Castle
Langley Castle looks how a castle should look to me. Turrets, arched windows, fancy door ways. This beautiful castle was built in the 1300’s. Nestled in the South Tyne valley, it is set amongst 10 acres of woodland. The castle has 9 beautiful feature rooms within the castle. There is also the option to stay in one of the further 18 rooms scattered throughout the grounds. All of which have fabulous views of the Castle.
The castle, with walls 7 feet thick in places, was actually a ruin for 500 years! A huge fire gutted it and it stood in tatters for all that time. How sad is that! It was thankfully, restored in the 1800’s. The castle has lived its life in many guises through it’s history. Amongst other uses it has been a manor house, a boarding school and guest house.
The rooms at Langley Castle are stunning! They all have names relating to a part of the castles history. For example, De Lucy room is named after the 1300’s Lord De Lucy of Langley, a brave and distinguished knight. His name is leant to one of the castle rooms that has a window seat set into the 7ft walls. The castle rooms are all like little mini turret rooms. I adore them. They are all different to each other, incredibly castle like and truly magical. You have feature rooms, and deluxe rooms, then the castle view rooms in the grounds. I can not wait to stay here!!
Prices per night start at around £100 for the castle view rooms, and £200 for the feature rooms.
Hazlewood Castle Hotel – Yorkshire
Address – Paradise Lane, Hazlewood,
Near Leeds & York,
Yorkshire, LS24 9NJ
Overview of Hazlewood Castle
I am sharing a beauty with you here. Hazlewood Castle has 1000 years of history within its walls. In fact, it even got a mention in the Domesday book of 1086. Like Langley Castle, it has been used for so many purposes! In fact, it even served as a maternity hospital in the 1940’s. Over 2500 babies were born there. Imagine being able to say you were born in a castle! I absolutely love that Hazlewood are so proud of their history, that they offer guests a historical tour (by arrangement). I love that as it makes you feel even more immersed in the castle’s past.
Now a beautiful 4 star hotel and wedding venue, Hazlewood has 32 rooms on offer. The rooms are spread throughout the main castle, as well as two areas called St Leonards and St Margarets. All of the rooms are totally different in decor. I have my eye on the Elderflower and Rose rooms. I think, Rose room would be my first choice as it is said to be frequented by a resident ghost of the hotel! You know I love staying in a haunted place….Nik, not so much!
They also have the most amazing glamping facilities on site. I had my first experience of glamping in the last few years, and I am a fan. I would absolutely LOVE to stay in one of the bell tents or woodland lodges. Totally immerse myself in the nature. There are 77 acres of beautiful Yorkshire countryside surrounding Hazlewood, so the setting is just perfect. Maybe I need two visits here……
Thornbury Castle – Glocestershire
Address – Thornbury Castle, Castle Street, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, BS35 1HH
Overview of Thornbury Castle
Thornbury Castle was once owned by perhaps, one of our most famous Kings. King Henry VIII was the castles owner in somewhat questionable circumstances! The Duke that built the castle, was actually executed by King Henry. An accusation of treason was thrown out there, and the Duke was put to death. King Henry VIII then claimed the castle for himself…. I feel like as I stayed in Anne Boleyn’s home, a stay in ole Henry’s home is next..
This was another castle that fell into ruin for 200 years. It was then turned into a family home in the 1850’s, before becoming the beautiful hotel it is today. Thornbury Castle has 28 stunning rooms, (or bedchambers as they call them). The bed in the “Duke’s Bedchamber” is literally the stuff of dreams. It is also the room that King Henry and Anne Boleyn stayed in on their honeymoon! Rich, luxurious draped curtains surround the four poster bed. Attention to period detail make it feel like you have truly stepped back in time.
Thornbury Castle has also implemented a commitment to sustainability. They have an ongoing and evolving programme in place to make the hotel as environmentally friendly as they can. Like all of the castles in my castle hotels in England round up, there are various rooms on offer here. From classic bedchambers, to the royal room I have already told you about. You can also hire the entire gatehouse for your stay! It is a stunning castle to stay in, and is one I am hoping to cross off in October!
Prices start at around £199 per night for a classic room, all the way up to around £500 per night for a suite.
Amberley Castle – West Sussex
Address – Amberley Castle, Nr Arundel West Sussex BN18 9LT
Overview of Amberley Castle
The origins of Amberley Castle started way back in 1103, as a humble wooden hunting lodge. It then passed through a series of owners. Each of these had a little part in the restoration and bringing back to glory of Amberley Castle.
Amberley Castle is set is 12 acres of the most gorgeous gardens. The formal arrangement is studded with medieval stonework and traditional English rose wrapped archways. You can sit and enjoy afternoon tea in the upper courtyard if the British weather is kind to you.
The rooms that are on offer at the castle are all individual and unique. The Classic rooms are comfortable and traditional. Beautiful rooms. But, the must stay for me would be either the Junior deluxe or Premier deluxe rooms. Full of character, opulence and details, they are rooms fit for any King or Queen. At around £500 per night for the Deluxe, I my well have to have a lottery win to get my mini break wish there! It is one for the list though. A staycaton fit for any King or queen!
Prices per night start at around £230 for a classic room, through to £500 plus for the Premier deluxe. Expensive, but for a special treat, so worth it!
Now, I am not going to try to tell you that these castle hotels in England have the best sustainability ethos. They are castles. Heating these historical properties in itself can be a challenge. However, they are part of English history, so do have a place in the whole “eco system” of the country. They are all trying to reduce single use plastics, the amount they send to landfill etc, so that is a start. I feel that when we stay in hotels that are not as sustainable as they could be, a little “guest feedback” is always a good move. When these hotels realise that a better eco approach is important to their guests, I have faith that eventually, they will take note!