Interested in staying at an authentic Castle Hotel in England?
Here are 10 great castles to consider
Authentic castle hotels are unique in England, being either derived from the original castle or renovated versions of the actual castle. Get your crown ready – you’ll feel nothing short of royalty when booking one of these castle stays!
Hidden away for 900 years near the picturesque village of Amberley, Amberley Castle is a magnificent historical treasure that offers a truly unique experience. Through the 60-foot curtain walls you will find beautiful landscaped gardens, fine examples of medieval architecture and an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
Amberley Castle offers 19 sumptuous hotel bedrooms and suites, many with four-poster beds and all featuring spa bathrooms. The hotel’s facilities include two restaurants, lounge areas, tennis court, croquet lawn, gardens and lakes, 18-hole professional putting course and a stunning thatched-roof tree house complete with rope bridge.
Nestled among acres of glorious parkland, woodland and manicured lawns, Cave Castle Hotel & Country Club is an elegant manor house that has stood for over 350 years and retains its original turrets, stone features and charm.
At the end of a wooded drive, you will find Cave Castle with its extensive range of health and leisure facilities, including an 18-hole golf course which can be used by residents at discounted residents’ golf rates.
The latest addition of 28 new bedrooms and a contemporary bistro offers a combination of old and new decor styles, making this one of the finest resorts in East Yorkshire!
Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, is a stunning medieval fortress, built in 1270. After a succession of owners in 1903, the castle came into the possession of William Waldorf Astor, who remodeled the castle and constructed the glorious gardens.
Hever Castle offers 38 five-star luxury bedrooms in the Astor Wing and Anne Boleyn Wing of the property. You also have the choice of staying in Medley Court, a luxurious 4-bedroom property, forming part of the Astor Wing. Accommodating up to 8 guests, Medley Court can be booked for a week or more stay up to a year in advance, or a minimum of two nights for short bookings (eight weeks in advance) depending on availability, of course.
The Leasowe Castle dates back to 1592, and was built to watch horse racing on the Meols sands. The original castle was called “New Hall” and consisted of just a single tower. Further towers, turrets and wings were added later. Over the centuries, the castle has played host to royalty, including members of the Stuart family and King William III. We recommend you check out the “Battle Staircase!”
On the grounds of the spectacular Leeds Castle in Kent, this property features 900 years of history and 500 acres of beautiful parkland. Bright, traditional bedrooms each have a Freeview cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and a full private bathroom. Tea making facilities are also available. All rooms have views of either the lake, the gardens or parkland estate. Some overlook the Stable Courtyard area. We recommend trying to get a room in the Maiden’s Tower (only 5 rooms available)!
Pentillie Castle & Estate
On the banks of the River Tamar, the family-run Pentillie Castle and Estate offers woodland gardens, free Wi-Fi, and a games room. With free parking, it is just five miles from the centre of Saltash.
The boutique rooms offer a flat-screen TV, radio and tea and coffee making facilities. The en suite bath or shower rooms have complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer.
The Pentillie Castle and Estate is on the border between Devon and Cornwall. It is surrounded by fine golf courses and the bed and breakfast offers an honesty bar with a selection of wines. Pentillie guests can also make use of the property’s gardens and the seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Don’t mind if we do!
Rowton Castle Hotel
A castle has stood in the grounds at Rowton for nearly 800 years.The castle boasts nineteen charming, individually designed bedrooms, seven of which have four poster beds! Each beautifully appointed bedroom has a fully-equipped bathroom along with bath and shower, television, direct dial telephone, complimentary wireless internet and thoughtful extras such as a trouser press, hairdryer, mineral water and excellent beverage making facilities.
Personal service and attention to detail are hallmarks of Rowton Castle’s excellent reputation, and this is demonstrated in the hotel’s award-winning Cedar Restaurant. Oak panelling with 17th century carving, velvet armchairs and intimate lighting are a perfect backdrop to this fine dining experience.
Our recommendation – stay here during your honeymoon! What better place to celebrate your marriage than in the romantic atmosphere of a fairytale castle? A perfect setting, coupled with excellent food and service, guarantee a most memorable experience. The picturesque gardens and lakes provide wonderful photographic opportunities to enjoy in the years ahead.
Set in a 17th-century castle surrounded by 200 acres of parkland, this upscale, antique-filled hotel offers elegant rooms with flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. We recommend staying in one of their suites, especially the suite set on three floors in the turret. Special note – this castle is handicap accessible! A lift services the floors for your convenience.
Amenities include a luxe spa, a white-tablecloth restaurant with a focus on seasonal fare, plus an on-site cooking school that offers demonstration dinners. Many activities are also offered to guests, from table tennis to croquet. Events are sometimes held in the gardens.
Fun fact: kings and queens have stayed here. Today, Thornbury Castle still resonates with history. But step behind the heavy oak doors and you’ll find a magnificent hotel with roaring fires, delicious modern cuisine and sumptuous bedchambers – a truly special setting for a weekend away or more formal occasions.
Built-in 1511, Thornbury Castle is the only Tudor castle to operate as a hotel and restaurant in England. Here you have the opportunity to enjoy regal dreams in the duke’s bedchamber where King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn slept. There are 26 bedchambers and all are fabulously atmospheric, most with four poster or coronet beds, stone walls, tapestries, roaring fires, ornate carved ceilings and views to historic parkland and the River Severn beyond.
This medieval castle, situated on a bend in the River Avon, dominates the town of Warwick. Rebuilt in stone in the 12th century on the site of the original castle built by William the Conqueror, Warwick Castle is one of the most visited tourist attractions in England. Most importantly, the castle now offers a choice of accommodation.
Families will love the Knight’s Village with its uniquely themed accommodation, including “medieval” glamping tents and lodges. For a real taste of history, the Tower Suites are situated in the castle’s 14th century Caesar’s Tower. Here you can enjoy a romantic four poster bed, a private tour of the castle, 24-hour concierge service, complimentary champagne on arrival and two day tickets to the Castle Dungeon attraction. This is definitely a Tenon Tours must see/stay!
Castle accommodations listed above may not include all possible castle accommodations available in England. Availability and rates are subject to change at any time at the discretion of each property and may not be reflected in the list above.
If you are interested in adding a castle property to your vacation, please contact us and your Travel Specialist will let you know if we can provide you a custom quote for your request.