The Handbook
The Handbook

We’ve all dreamt of meeting Prince Charming and living it up as a royal in a fairytale castle, and while we can’t promise you’ll be finding your very own prince, we can promise that you can recline like a royal at one of these castle hotels. 

Live out your childhood dreams of living inside a fairytale as you wine, dine and sleep like a king and queen at one of the UK’s best castle hotels. From turreted rooftops to four poster beds, here’s where to head once restrictions are lifted to really soak up the feeling of freedom at last.

Hever Castle

Slotted just 30 miles out of the city is Hever Castle, the country house that was the seat of the Boleyn family in the mid 15th-16th century. Nowadays the quaint village castle and gardens can be visited all year round, with rooms for staying in the Hever Castle Luxury Bed & Breakfast & Medley Court. 

The B&B boasts 28 rooms which are located in the Astor Wing and the Anne Boleyn Wing, an Edwardian Wing attached to the Castle and connected inside. While the Medley Court is a four bedroom property forming part of the Astor Wing and accommodating up to eight guests, perfect for a family staycation to really immerse yourself in the royal lifestyle.

Where: Hever Road, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG
Website: www.hevercastle.co.uk

Providing the perfect backdrop to a romantic weekend away or wedding day, Langley Castle is home to nine guest rooms in the castle itself, with a further 18 rooms in the grounds. It’s where medieval meets modern, as you’ll find all of your typical modern amenities including flat screen TV and Sky TV packages, while the rooms themselves are full of old school character and lavish interiors. For a really fanciful affair, book in for one of the Feature Rooms. 

Langley Castle Hotel

It’s not everyday you can say you’re sleeping in the grounds of a castle, but then again, it’s not every night you’re staying at the Langley Castle Hotel in Hexham, Northumberland.

Where: Langley Castle Hotel, Langley, Hexham NE47 5LU
Website: www.langleycastle.co.uk

Augill Castle

Live out your fairytale dreams as you enjoy a stay at Augill Castle, Cumbria. 

The castle is set within their very own royal grounds, with sweeping views of rolling Cumbrian hills in the background, and provides the perfect backdrop to any fairytale adventure. The hotel has twelve bedrooms, suites and cottages to choose from, all with their own quirks and personality. For a really royal affair, book in for the castle rooms which have traditional interiors, including stained glass windows and turrets for wardrobes.

Where: Leacett Lane, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4DE
Website: www.stayinacastle.com

Dalmunzie Castle

Standing proudly at the head of a 6,500 acre estate lies Dalmunzie Castle, a Laird’s mansion set in the Scots Baronial style. As you can imagine, it’s home to breathtaking views over mountains, rivers and glens, all which are within distance to be explored. 

There are several rooms to pick and choose from, but we love the Castle Suite. It was Sir Archie Birkmyre’s bedroom and still houses original oak floorboards and a stunning fireplace. Not to mention the views out over the glen. 

This castle will also make the perfect venue for a truly magical wedding. Just imagine the photos with the backdrop of the castle and rolling mountains.

Where: Spittal of Glenshee, Blairgowrie PH10 7QG
Website: www.dalmunzie.com

Château Rhianfa

Sitting on the banks of the Menai Strait, you’ll find the Grade II listed Château Rhianfa, a whimsical castle where all of your wildest dreams await. 

The hotel’s architecture was originally inspired by Sir John Hay-Williams’ travels around the Loire region of France, with pretty finishes and delicate turrets adorn throughout. Boasting a bountiful selection of rooms, the hotel overlooks the picturesque Isle of Anglesey and has sweeping views overlooking Snowdonia. It provides the perfect location for any wedding or rural staycation, offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Where: Beaumaris Road, Menai Bridge, North Wales LL59 5NS
Website: www.chateaurhianfa.co.uk

Amberley Castle

Steeped in over 900 years of history, Amberley Castle is home to 19 lavish guest rooms, elevated fine dining and rolling greenery. Slotted at the foot of the South Downs, the hotel is incredibly popular with eager walkers, cyclists and nature lovers thanks to its twelve acres of grounds. While the outer exteriors remain traditional, inside there are touches of modernity while still staying close to its traditions. Expect fine fabrics and antiques dotted around the rooms.  

Less than 60 miles from London, Amberley Castle offers the perfect countryside retreat without having to travel hours out of the city to get there and is only twenty miles from the cosmopolitan city of Brighton.

Where: Church Street, Amberley, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9LT
Website: www.amberleycastle.co.uk

Amhuinnsuidhe Castle

Definitely not the easiest castle to pronounce when you tell your friends where you’re off to, but Amhuinnsuidhe Castle is definitely high up there with the best castle hotel visits. 

Slotted on the Isle of Harris, hidden amongst hidden lochs, waterfalls and wild deer is Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, a rural hideaway perfect for igniting your fairytale dreams once and for all. Home to twelve rooms, the castle hotel is filled with traditional interiors and spacious rooms, and they also offer exclusive hire, hosting up to 18 guests, which is perfect for a big family reunion post-lockdown restrictions.

Where: Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides HS3 3AS
Website: www.amhuinnsuidhe-com.stackstaging.com

Warwick Castle

Bring your little knights along with you for a real fairytale castle adventure when you visit Warwick Castle. Most known for its attractions, you can actually enjoy a sleepover in the Knight’s Village, complete with castle tickets, evening activities and breakfast for you and your little warriors. 

Take it up a notch and book into one of their exclusive Tower Suites and enjoy your very own private tour and concierge service. You’ll be living it up like a royal in no time.

Where: Warwick CV34 4QU
Website: www.warwick-castle.com


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