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The enchanting Augill Castle Hotel has stood proud in Cumbria, England’s Upper Eden Valley for nearly two hundred years now and has some of the country’s loveliest rural regions at its doorstep – the North Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lakeland Fells.
Built in 1841, in the very popular at the time, Neo-Gothic style, it started life as a grand country retreat and is still as grand as ever in its present incarnation as a luxury hotel. It is a very homely place, one which eschews needless formality and offers more the feeling of a stay with long lost relatives.
They have a range of rooms, suites and self catering apartments of various sizes to sleep up to four per unit. All have seating areas and most have open fireplaces and baths too. Check your options on the booking page here.
You will find all the accommodation spacious and well turned out with the interior design showing a nice blend of styles from Victorian rustic country chic to bright and bold contemporary, and with some nice, creatively quirky, touches here and there too.
There is a strong emphasis on comfort here, with plush soft fabrics and the most comfortable of beds. The special familiar atmosphere at the castle means the accommodation feels more guest bedroom than hotel room but your hosts at Augill offer luxury hotel standard levels of comfort.
Check out all the details – prices, reviews and more photos – on the booking page here.
FACILITIES & THINGS TO DO:
The castle and grounds are yours to explore, along with a maximum thirty fellow guests. The great hall, drawing room, music room, library, conservatory bar, dining hall, cosy art deco cinema and, outside, lovely green lawns (which include a tennis court), are all yours for the duration of your stay. It is very much a place to feel like home.
They have excellent Italian food at the castle from the self explanatory ‘Augill Italian Kitchen’. This can be enjoyed in the company of your fellow guests and hosts in the grand castle dining hall. The setting is formal but the atmosphere is familiar and informal. On Fridays and Saturdays particularly they host some legendary dinner parties.
Sunday is Pizza Night where you can also delve into some large salads and sumptuous desserts while on Mondays and Thursdays they serve seasonally inspired two course traditional suppers. There is no evening food on Tuesdays and Wednesdays but they do serve Afternoon Tea with sweet or savoury treats every day until 6pm and they also serve a tremendous daily breakfast (for an extra fee.) There is a well stocked honesty bar at Augill too where guests can avail of a selection of drinks as well as various snacks and treats throughout the day.
In Cumbria, north west England, the castle lies just six miles from the famous Yorkshire Dales National Park but also offers easy access to the North Pennines and the more ruggedly mountainous terrain of the Lake District. The location is quite isolated which very much adds to its charm; the immediate area is gorgeously peaceful and rural.
The nearest settlements are the little village of Brough around a mile away and, slightly farther away, the larger town of Kirkby Stephen. The castle lies 20 minutes from Junction 38 of the M6, around two hours drive from Manchester and Leeds, and an hour from York, Lancaster, Newcastle and the border with Scotland at Gretna Green.
“Genuine castle experience – felt like a princess. Freedom to roam in an authentic castle. Beautiful rooms, four poster beds and rambling grounds. Great service by discreet staff. Yummy breakfast and honesty system at the bar….”
“Great castle. Four poster bed, roaring fire and super bathroom. All set in beautiful surroundings. Tennis courts, mini cinema and a great British bar and less than an hour to the lakes. Nearby town has loads of great places to eat. Well done to the owners for creating a great experience!…”
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