Even if London is probably the best city in the world… going to the British countryside is also a great idea to relax. Here are some of our favourite places to escape the hustle bustle of the capital, including the best castle hotels in England, Scotland and Wales, from family-friendly castles to the most private ones with spas and gourmet dining.
Castell Deudraeth, Portmeirion, Wales
It is an early Victorian castellated mansion built by David Williams, the first Liberal MP for Merioneth. The architect Coulgh Williams-Ellis bought the building in order to expand the Portmeirion estate and to give him a proper driveway from the main road. The castle is actually the modern little sister to the classical Hotel Portmeirion, both part of his romantic vision to transform the North Walian village into Little Italy. Pick your room wisely as there are some standout suites that offer superb estuary views and sunsets.
Dalhousie Castle Hotel – Bonnyrigg, Scotland
Set within acres of wooded parkland, this fascinating 13th century fortes is on the banks of the River Esk. This castle is the Scotland’s oldest inhabited one with a turbulent history as Musket shot is still embedded in the stone battlements. But if you are looking for a relaxing and private weekend, you will find in the interiors of the fortress a luxury hotel and spa with fine dining.
Glenapp Castle – Ballantrae, Scotland
If you want to live in the universe of the 19th-century Scottish Baronial grandeur, this castle is a fine example. Set in a forest of redwoods with views over the Irish Sea, sandstone battlements viewed from the Azalea Pond and Italian Garden evoke a fairy tale, and period furniture, logo fires and objets d’art create a warm Victorian ambiance. Winston Churchill was actually a guest of the word of the manor in 1944, when they discussed the D-Day landings.
Amberley Castle – Amberley, England
This 900-year-old castle is actually so old it was recorded in the Domesday Book, it begin life as a manor house for the Bishop of Chichester and was fortified in 1377. The 19 luxurious guest rooms offers comfort and style, the interior design reflects the history of the castle and rooms are finished with antiques and fine fabrics alongside contemporary features.
Langley Castle, Northumberland, England
A restored medieval tower house from the 14th century situated in the village of Langley in the valley of the River South Tyne. The castle is one of the last remaining British caste hotels that still has its original fortifications. The top bedrooms are in the castle and go the full medieval hog with four-poster beds, heraldic-patterned carpets and window seat in thick stone walls.
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