Top 5 Castle Hotels in England
Fancy spending the night like a true member of the royal family? Then come right this way for some very majestic stays while enjoying a golf tour in England.
Castle Hotels England
Thornbury Castle – Gloucestershire
Thornbury Castle, once owned by Henry VIII, has stood firm through many of history’s most pivotal and dramatic events. The manor of Thornbury dates back to the 10th century and the time of the Domesday Book. Today, visitors can enjoy Thornbury Castle at its best. Tudor style meets modern excellence, with comfortable four-poster beds, magnificent open fireplaces, a dungeon dining room and a grand hall for balls, feasts and parties. Outdoors, there are a variety of activities to conjure up the atmosphere of Tudor England. Play croquet on the lawn, have a go at archery, or learn the basics of falconry. Wonder at the unique opportunity to stay in a real castle, while enjoying top quality food, drink, and spa treatments. Many of the 28 sumptuous bedchambers have four-poster beds, and the décor throughout the hotel artfully recreates the Tudor style in which royalty and aristocracy would have languished, feasted and been entertained.
Let our attentive staff take care of your evening, serving a delectable range of traditional fare or more contemporary cuisine with an international flavour. Pick up the wine menu, and our expert sommelier can help you select exclusive vintages from our cellars or the finest of New World wines.
Golf at: Celtic Manor and St Pierre both just over the Severn Bridge in South Wales.
Castle Hotel – Taunton, Somerset
The Hotel has a rich and vibrant history dating to the 12th In 1685, the Duke of Monmouth’s officers were heard “roystering at the Castle Inn” before their defeat by the forces of King James II at Sedgemoor. Shortly after, Judge Jeffreys held his Bloody Assize in the Great Hall of the Castle.
Over the past 60 years, the Castle has been owned and run as a luxury hotel and has acquired a worldwide reputation for the warmth of its hospitality. Each of the 44 bedrooms offers its own personality and comfort. They are individually decorated, Superior and Garden rooms offer a little more luxury. WiFi is available, free of charge, throughout the hotel.
The Castle Bow Restaurant serves great food in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The Head Chef is passionate about using fresh, local ingredients. Bread is baked in The Castle’s kitchen and make our own chutneys and jams. When possible, we prefer to use organic fruits and vegetables as well as line-caught fish.
Golf at: Burnham and Berrow, Seaton East and West
Bovey Castle – Dartmoor, Devon
Bovey Castle is a first-rate golf resort in Dartmoor National Park, Devon. It is set in beautiful countryside and rolling valleys. This luxury castle hotel has 60 fabulous bedrooms and 22 self-catering country lodges nestled in the grounds. There are two restaurants, a Spa and an award-winning 18 hole championship golf course designed by J F Abercromby. You will enjoy the luxurious hospitality of Bovey Castle, the attention to detail and outstanding service. You will be able to relax and make the most of the simply glorious surroundings or perhaps indulge in a treatment or two in the spa.
There is a vast array of country pursuits and activities available to experience or the wonderful choice of dining options, from afternoon tea to fine dining in the Great Western and the classic British menu in Smith’s Brasserie. The unrivaled location and views over the dramatic Dartmoor National Park play a part, but it’s all of these elements combined that make Bovey Castle Hotel such a unique destination time after time.
Golf at: Bovey Castle, St Mellion Nicklaus, East Devon
Amberley Castle – near Arundel Sussex
Once it was a magnificent 900-year-old castle, now a unique luxury hotel. It is located in the picturesque village of Amberley at the foot of the South Downs and by the River Arun in beautiful English countryside. The guest rooms and bathrooms have provide the highest standards of luxury and comfort. The Castle is renowned for the quality of its cuisine. Superb locally sourced seasonal ingredients are matched with whatever is fresh that day. You can enjoy discovering the tennis courts, 18-hole putting green, croquet lawn, and even the resident alpacas and peacocks roaming the grounds.
The magnificent Queen’s Room is the principal dining room awarded three AA Restaurant guide Rosettes. It has a ceiling dating back to the 12th century. The Great Room, built in 1165 by Bishop Luffa of Chichester, is a fine example of Norman architecture, with its high lancet windows, open fireplace, oak flooring, tapestry and suits of armour.
Golf at: West Sussex, East Sussex National and Walton Heath.
Swinton Park – North of York at Ripon
A luxury castle hotel in the Yorkshire Dales, with fine dining, cookery school, spa and extensive grounds.
There is a sense throughout the castle of it being more of a lavish home than a hotel, with individually designed bedrooms, each with generously sized bathrooms and exceptional views. Guests can enjoy 200 acres of parkland surrounding the hotel and being only 15 minutes from the A1, is deceptively convenient.
Food plays a prominent role at the hotel with an award winning restaurant, cookery school and Deerhouse Dining in the Parkland. Other luxuries include an exclusive use spa with six treatment rooms..
Hotel guests have access to a whole host of country pursuits that include fishing, golf, falconry, riding and shooting. The executive Chef enjoys a reputation for the quality of the food served at Samuel’s, Swinton Park’s 3 AA rosette restaurant. The Castle Menu offers a “brasserie” style of cuisine, a lighter and less formal style of cooking from Samuel’s Restaurant dinner menu.
Golf at: Ganton, Moortown, Alwoodley, Fulford.