Thornbury Castle, Bristol

With its fascinating history, and with a still active monarch, it is no wonder that England abounds with stunning castles converted into hotels. Most are built in the lush English countryside, or nestled within a large estate — all with amazing views of surrounding areas. Each with a unique character and an intriguing history, here are some of the best and highly rated castle hotels in England you must see when you visit. 

Map of Castle Hotels in England

 9 Amazing Castle Hotels in England 

1. Langley Castle, Northumberland

Langley Castle, Northumberland

Built during the time of Edward III, nearly everything about Langley Castle is impressive. It has seven-foot thick walls and stone embattlements that represents its past as a stronghold, while the interiors feature original exposed stone walls and stained glass windows.

Each room seems to be grander than the next,  and all have huge gilt-framed portraits, suits of armor and wrought-iron candelabras. Guests have access to the rooftop chapel and battlements offer panoramic views of the Northumbrian Valley, and the renowned on-site restaurant, Josephine’s.

One of the best castle hotels in England, Langley is also the most highly rated and a must-visit. 

Average review rating

9.1 Superb 

Location

Langley Castle Hotel, Langley, Hexham NE47 5LU, United Kingdom

How to book

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2. Augill Castle, Cumbria

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With plenty to offer in and around this castle hotel, it is no wonder why Augill Castle is one of the best in England.

The Gothic Victorian exterior with its castellated towers and lattice windows are both romantic and dramatic, and that extends to the individually styled guest rooms. All rooms have four-poster beds, antiques, and armories.

Outside of these rooms, the castle hotel provides for every type of guests. There are playgrounds and treehouses for kids, as well as toys and books in the library.

Meanwhile, adults can explore the forest, hike Hadrian’s or the Yorkshire Dales then enjoy a pint at Augill’s Great British Bar to enjoy drinks from  Britain-based artisan brewers, distillers and winemakers. 

Average review rating

9.0 Superb 

Location

Leacetts Lane, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4DE, United Kingdom

How to book

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3. Hever Castle

Hever Castle

A highly recommended castle hotel in England is the 13th century Hever Castle. Now with an adjoining Astor Wing named after its owner William Waldorf Astor, it remains one of the highly rated in England.

Guests love the intimate sitting room, the enormous fireplaces, and even the billiard room. Each room is spacious, cozy and well-equipped, tastefully designed but each comes with a unique accent.

Outside the moated castle,  there are pretty gardens and a boating lake, as well as amazing views of the ancient yew maze and croquet lawn, still within the castle grounds. 

Average review rating

9.6 Exceptional 

Location

Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG, UK

How to book

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4. Pentillie Castle, Cornwall

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Pentillie Castle is nestled within a massive estate, by the River Tamar in Cornwall. Constructed in the 17th century, this structure went through renovations and restorations over the centuries, and the stunning Georgian mansion we see today is through the efforts of its residents, the Coryton family.

Pentillie Castle is surrounded by woodland that guests can stroll in, while inside the classically styled rooms offer amazing views across the river to Dartmoor.

Relax in the cozy drawing room with its own piano, enjoy the delicious English breakfast that uses ingredients sourced right from the estate, and take in the lush surroundings.

This castle hotel is the perfect English countryside escape, one you must experience when in England. 

Average review rating

9.7 Exceptional 

Location

St Mellion, Saltash PL12 6QD, UK

How to book

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5. Best Western Walworth Castle Hotel

Best Western Walworth Castle Hotel

Built-in the12th Century, the Walworth Castle was a rest stop for King James VI of Scotland in the 1600s, then a prisoner war camp during WWII.

At present, it is one of the more affordable castle hotels in England that you should consider when you visit. The lovely, well-appointed rooms of Walworth Castle are located in the castle itself and in an adjoining annex.

It is also home to two restaurants that serve hearty dishes and provides scenic views of the areas surrounding the castle as well as great food. 

Average review rating

7.6 Very Good

Location

Walworth Rd, Darlington DL2 2LY, UK

How to book

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6. Thornbury Castle, Bristol

Thornbury Castle, Bristol

Thornbury Castle is the only Tudor castle in England, also known to be among the settings of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s honeymoon tour in 1535.

To this day, it remains a favorite romantic destination among couples, as  Thornbury’s beautiful well-kept gardens, classically styled rooms and lush vineyard are difficult to resist.

Each room is uniquely decorated, but all feature exposed beam ceilings and fireplaces, or dramatic details like hanging tapestries and narrow slit windows.

There are two restaurants in Thornbury that serve medieval fare such as pheasant and venison, and for a unique 15th-century feel, make sure to book a table at the dungeon.

Average review rating

9.1 Superb 

Location

Castle St, Thornbury, Bristol BS35 1HH, UK

How to book

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7. Star Castle Hotel, Cornwall

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A castle hotel that’s full of character beginning with its unique shape, the Star Castle in Cornwall offers guests with quirky yet homey accommodations. The interiors have wood-beamed ceilings, crooked rooms, and staircases. 

Although seemingly misshapen, each room is elegant and well-appointed. Star Castle also has garden rooms that have huge French windows that open into a lawn. There’s an indoor swimming pool a tennis court and a golf course.

Average review rating

8.9 Fabulous 

Location

Isles of Scilly TR21 0JA, UK

How to book

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8. Amberley Castle, West Sussex

Amberley Castle, West Sussex

Set in the gorgeous Southern countryside village of Amberley is the 900-year-old Amberley Castle. Originally built as a bishop’s manor house, this medieval castle has a manor made of brick-and timber manor and a barrel-vaulted Great Hall.

Now one of England’s best hotels, this luxury retreat has elegantly furnished rooms that feature Tudor-style windows as well as fireplaces. Dining is quite an experience as you’ll be surrounded by suits of armor.

Out in Amberley Castle’s 12-acre grounds, guests can enjoy a croquet court, an18-hole putting green and a tennis court. 

Average review rating

9.2 Exceptional 

Location

Church St, Amberley, Arundel BN18 9LT, UK

How to book

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9. Bovey Castle, Devon

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With its elaborate ceilings,  huge fireplaces, mahogany staircases, mullion windows — stepping inside Bovey Castle is like being in a different century.

This baronial granite country house that we see now is a result of a multimillion-dollar renovation and restoration work and it shows. It is now among the most highly rated and best castles in England where guests can both relax and enjoy. The design of each well-appointed guest room may be contemporary, but cozy and homey.

In the massive grounds surrounding the castle, guests can enjoy golf or the heated pool, as well as unique activities like archery and falconry.

Beyond the castle grounds, guests can explore and find mystical stone circles, moorland frequented by horses and fascinating old villages. 

Average review rating

9.0 Superb 

Location 

North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park, Moretonhampstead, TQ13 8RE, United Kingdom

How to book

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