Castle Directory

English Castles

Scots American Travel Advisors represent a number of Castle properties in England.

Augill Castle- Kirby Stephen/Cumbria

Heart of England:
New Hall – Sutton Coldfield/Warwickshire
Rowton Castle - Shrewsbury / Shropshire
Studley Castle - Studley / Warwickshire
Thornbury Castle - Thornbury/Gloucestershire

Langley Castle - Hexham/Norhumberland
Lumley Castle - Chester Le Street / Durham
The Otterburn Tower - Otterburn / Northumberland

North West:
Leasowe Castle - Moreton / Wirral
Peckforton Castle - Chester/Cheshire

South East: Amberley Castle - Arundel / West Sussex

South West:
Bovey Castle - Dartmoor/Devon
The Castle Hotel - Taunton / Somerset

Cave Castle Hotel - Brough/East Yorkshire
Hazlewood Castle - Tadcaster / North Yorkshire
Swinton Park - Ripon / North Yorkshire



New Hall

At 800 years old, New Hall Hotel & Spa Sutton Coldfield Birmingham has a long history of providing discerning guests fine hospitality. Today this tradition continues with a unique blend of modern and luxury British hospitality. Offering 60 bedrooms and set within 26 acres of mature, elegant grounds this luxury hotel is widely reputed to be the oldest inhabited, moated manor house in England.

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Studley Castle

Deep in the Warwickshire countryside set in the tranquil surroundings of its own 28-acre estate, Studley Castle is a place of great character, charm and contrasts. Close to motorway, rail and air links, its central location with ample, free and secure parking ensures easy access and shorter journey times.

Built in the Victorian style of a medieval castle it provides the perfect setting for that unique conference, training, overnight hotel accommodation or wedding experience. Its' elegant Georgian dining room and lounge allow you to relax before taking advantage of the modern comforts of the Castle's 57 ensuite bedrooms and 15 purpose-designed meeting rooms.

With the benefit of over 30 years' experience, whatever your event, our friendly, caring and professional staff are absolutely committed to ensuring that your time with them will be enjoyable, fulfilling, and above all truly memorable.
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Rowton Castle

Welcome to Rowton Castle Hotel & Restaurant A castle has stood in the grounds at Rowton for nearly eight hundred years. The building has seen many changes and alterations over the centuries but has remained primarily a family home. It has now been transformed into a luxury country hotel, retaining the splendor of yesteryear whilst providing the facilities anticipated by the most discerning of guests. Rowton Castle is a beautiful 17th century, grade 2 listed building, set in 17 acres of tranquil grounds, six miles west from the historic town of Shrewsbury. We are the perfect venue for a prestigious function, or a few days away from it all.

In Camden's Britannia we read:

More northward Caus Castle standeth and Rowton Castle near unto it, most ancient of all the rest, towards the west borders of the shire, not far from Severn, which Castle sometime belonged to the Corbets and now to the ancient family of Lyster.

Before time it was the possession of John Le Strange of Knockin, in despite of whom Llewellyn, Prince of Wales laid it even with the ground as we read in the life of Sir Fulk Fitz Warin. It flourished also in the Romans time under the same name, termed by Antonius the Emperor, "Rutunium."

As you can see, out Castle has a long and colorful history, and we are delighted to report that it has fully recovered from the alterations of Llewelyn, Prince of Wales.

Subsequent generations have added and taken away and we are left today with a Hotel of amazing beauty, set in the stunning scenery of Shropshire.

The castle boasts nineteen charming, individually designed bedrooms, six with period 4 poster beds! Each beautifully appointed bedroom has a fully equipped bathroom with bath and shower, television, direct dial telephone, complimentary wireless internet access and such thoughtful extras as trouser press, hairdryer, mineral water, and excellent beverage making facilities.

The Rowton Suite encapsulates the age of the castle with its 17th Century carved fireplace & traditional Oak Paneling. Stunning views of the hotels Cedar Of Lebanon to the front of the castle (reported to be one of the largest in Europe) are to be enjoyed from the bay window of this beautiful suite. A contrasting contemporary bathroom awaits anyone staying in this room. A central Jacuzzi bath, multiple jet shower cubicle and Whites and Company toiletries are in place to assist with a truly relaxing experience. A flat screen television is integrated above the marble fireplace.

The Alberbury Suite is a wonderfully light room, with an enormous bay window and delightful antique furniture. Relaxing on a window seat will enable you to enjoy views of the formal lawns including a view down the avenue of lime trees to the rear of the castle. The room is complemented by a spacious bathroom boasting a corner hydrotherapy bath and imposing marble fireplace.

All first floor bedrooms are equipped with antique or reproduction furniture and bathrobes are provided in our Four Poster Rooms.
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Thornbury Castle

Kings and queens have stayed here. Courtiers have flirted with ladies-in-waiting in the ancient yew-hedged gardens. Serving girls have chattered in the stone-flagged courtyard. Today, Thornbury Castle still resonates with history and is the only Tudor castle in England to be open as a hotel…and it’s only 15 minutes from the M5.

However, 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 an overnight stay, a weekend away or for more formal occasions.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn once walked these rooms and grounds. Today, the 500 year-old castle-palace with its beautiful oriel windows, Tudor hall and historic parkland is yours for the duration of your stay. There has even been a vineyard within the castle walls for over 500 years, from which Thornbury Castle wine is still produced.

Enjoy a regal night's sleep in the Duke's Bedchamber where King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn slept or favour the Gloucester Bedchamber and wake up to a view of the oldest Tudor gardens in England - the Privy Garden and Goodly Garden.

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Otterburn Tower Country House

The Unique Otterburn Tower Country House Hotel and award winning restaurant.
Located in the beautiful Redesdale valley rural Northumberland, northern England, the original building dates back to the 11th.century as a castle founded by a cousin of William the Conqueror.
It is an excellent venue for a holiday, a unique wedding, a peaceful conference, fishing, shooting, horse riding and fell walking.

The Otterburn Tower nestles in 32 acres of its own estate, fronted by terraced lawns and surrounded by woodland. The gardens stretch down to the village of Otterburn with all the facilities close by. Beautifully restored with the original features of oak paneling, leaded panes, stained glass, very much important features of the hotel. The 17 rooms are all en-suite with the old library now a master suite with a four poster bed and every comfort.

The Otterburn Tower is not only unique in its wonderful surroundings and historic fabric, the pride of the hotel is in its food, prepared by our exceptional chefs to traditional and modern recipes using produce from the proprietors own and surrounding farms. Here you can truly taste the difference in food prepared and presented fresh from the farm. The hotel also has its own vegetable garden ensuring freshness and taste throughout the menu.

The hotel owns a three-mile stretch of the river Rede, ideal for fishing the beautiful salmon and trout that are native to this part of Northumberland. Walkers have a great choice with the Pennine Way close by and many miles of footpaths open to them. Hunting, racing, shooting, bird watching and riding can be arranged as special short breaks. The delights of Kielder Water and Forest Park are only seventeen miles away, with water sports, sailing, birds of prey, swimming and much, much more. So whether you are looking for a relaxing break, to explore the coast, castles and valleys of Northumberland, to be active or for a family holiday we look forward to welcoming you to our historic hotel.

Otterburn Tower History
The Otterburn Tower is truly distinctive. A fortified Northumbrian country house founded by a cousin of William the Conqueror in 1086.

The Umfraville family built the original Pele Tower at Otterburn in 1308. It was then described as a ‘capital messuage’.

14th Century
The Pele Tower featured in the old accounts of the 1388 Battle of Otterburn.

The Otterburn Tower is described in 1415 as being owned by Sir Robert de Umfraville, who died in 1436.

Late 16th Century
In the late 16th or early 17th century the Hall family, a powerful clan in Redesdale, acquired Otterburn Tower. The most famous of the Hall family was ‘Mad Jack Hall’.

18th Century
In this period the original Pele Tower was in due course incorporated into a more spacious dwelling.

In the early eighteenth century Reginald Hall of Catcleugh purchased the Otterburn Tower and added ‘ a square building of the Scots farmhouse style, not unlike the Troughend Hall which was built about the same time’.

19th Century
In 1812 Sir Walter Scott, the border poet and songwriter was a guest at the Tower, while gathering information for his poem ‘Rokeby’.

Early 20th Century
In the early 1900s a wealthy antiquary Howard Pease owned the Tower. He carried out further extensions, mainly at the rear of the property. He also built the lodge at the gates.

Late 20th Century to present day
Mr Halliday from Bellingham converted Otterburn Tower into a hotel in 1947. It remained a hotel until it closed in 1996.The present owner bought it in August 1998. It was renovated and refurnished during the winter months before it reopened in June 1999.
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Langley Castle

Built in 1350, during the reign of Edward III, the castle has retained its architectural integrity and is regarded as one of the few medieval fortified Castle Hotels in England.

Set in its own ten acre woodland estate, the Castle's 7 feet thick walls provide a peaceful and tranquil refuge in which to escape from today's hustle and bustle to a bygone age, making it perfect for weddings or for a special break.

The guest rooms are individual and unique all with private facilities, many with four-poster beds and feature bathrooms.
Langley Castle provides a perfect venue for castle wedding receptions, private functions, exclusive use, exceptional dining or just a weekend getaway in Northumberland. The Castle hotel offers you an exclusive centre from which to explore Hadrian's Wall, the Northumberland countryside and history.

Langley Castle is no ordinary Hotel... It is an experience and an inspiration!

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Lumley Castle

Standing proud for more than 600 years, the magnificent spectacle of Lumley Castle Hotel dominates the County Durham landscape. Surrounded by beautiful parklands overlooking the River Wear, it is a magnificent monument to a bygone age of chivalry and honor. A luxury hotel, Lumley Castle continues to play host to guests from throughout the world.

Although we are in no doubt that once you arrive at Lumley Castle you may not want to leave, stray beyond the castle walls and see what wonderful attractions the region has to offer.

Lumley Castle is just a stone's throw away from the historic city of Durham and in easy reach of the glorious Northumberland coastline. Add to that the attractions of cities such as Newcastle and Sunderland and you will fast realize Lumley Castle is the perfect base from which to visit the North East.

Lumley Castle dates back to 1392. Sir Ralph Lumley, a soldier and local hero was the owner of the Manor House which stood on its location. Sir Ralph played a key role in the defense of Berwick-on-Tweed in 1388 and in the same year led the attack at the Battle of Otterburn. In 1389 he petitioned the Bishop of Durham for permission to fortify his home and in 1392 the work was complete. Sir Ralph did not have long to enjoy his new home as in 1400 he was involved in the conspiracy to overthrow Henry IV and replace him with Richard II, a coup that failed and led to Sir Ralph and his son Thomas being arrested and executed.

As with any historic location, Lumley Castle has its resident ghost. Lady Lily Lumley, the wife of Sir Ralph is said to walk the corridors of her former home where she was murdered by local priests and her body dumped in the well, which you can still see today

Lumley Castle History

1388 Lumley Castle takes its name from the man who was behind its creation, Sir Ralph Lumley. Ralph Lumley was a well-known figure at the time, a popular soldier, renowned for his bravery in battles. He played a key role in the defence of Berwick-on-Tweed in 1388 and in the same year led the attack at the Battle of Otterburn.

1389 Despite his bravery he was captured by the Scots, imprisoned and finally released the following year in 1389. Upon his return he petitioned the Bishop of Durham to allow him to convert the Manor House built by his ancestors into a castle - the remains of which can still be seen at the castle to this day.

1400 Unfortunately Sir Ralph did not have much time to enjoy his new home. He was involved in the conspiracy to overthrow Henry IV and replace him with Richard II, a coup that failed and led to Sir Ralph and his son Thomas being arrested.

The pair were both stripped of their titles and held prisoner until they were both executed in 1400.

1421 The wealth and land belonging to the Lumley family was given to the Earl of Somerset who owned the Castle so beloved by Sir Ralph until his death in 1421. The Earl had no son to bequeth his inheritance to, so under Elizabethan law Lumley Castle and all its land was restored to its rightful owners - in this case Thomas, Sir Ralph's grandson.

1461 Thomas Lumley continued the family tradition and was known as a brave and dashing soldier, a man of whom his grandfather would have been proud. He played a prominent role in the War of the Roses and was duly appointed constable of Scarbrough Castle for life.

Thomas' bravery did not go unrewarded and he was summoned by writ to Parliament in 1461 where his family peerage was restored.

1485 Sir Thomas was considered an important figure in court. He was involved in the successful siege of Bamburgh Castle and accompanied Edward IV into battle to oppose the late Queen Margaret's forces.

After his death in 1485 his son George succeeded him. The name Lumley continued to play an important role in court life and in the day-to-day lives of the people of Chester-le-Street well into the 1800's

1976 In 1976 No Ordinary Hotels became the new tenants of Lumley Castle, turning it into a hotel which has fast developed a reputation of international renown.

Present Day Lumley Castle goes from strength to strength and is well established as a member of 'No Ordinary Hotels' group.

The House of Scarbrough still owns Lumley Castle however and the present Earl plays an important part in its day to day running.

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Amberley Castle

Wait up until midnight and you'll be treated to the spectacle of the awesome two tonne oak Portcullis being silently lowered for the night.

Hidden away for 900 years near the picturesque village of Amberley in the chalk South Downs, Amberley Castle is a magnificent historical treasure that offers a truly unique experience. Through the Portcullis and 60 ft curtain walls you will find beautiful landscaped gardens, fine examples of medieval architecture and an unrivalled atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

Amberley Castle offers 19 luxurious hotel bedrooms and suites, many with four-poster beds and all featuring Jacuzzi 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.

The castle is still completely enclosed by a high curtain wall, which is only flanked by a magnificent twin-tower gatehouse to the south and a kitchen block and a garderode tower with gun loops to the north. Square internal towers stood at the corners, with a small water-gate in the west wall and a Norman postern in the east wall.

A visit or stay at Amberley Castle, the finest of luxury hotels in West Sussex, is like stepping back in time, yet all the modern day luxuries are always available.

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Peckforton Castle

Rising majestically above the Cheshire landscape, the castle is both enigmatic and enchanting. Originally the home of Lord Tollemache and built in the early 19th Century, this Grade I listed building is the only intact medieval style Castle in the country. Over the years the castle has been the location for numerous movies including Robin Hood and Dr Who.

Now owned by the Naylor family, the stunning exterior has been complemented by a loving and considered restoration program resulting in a magnificent hotel and venue offering contemporary luxury and impeccable service. Services include 48 stunning individual guest rooms, conference, events, and wedding facilities for up to 180. Tranquility, beauty, on site Falconry and team activities all adding up to a rather magical experience.

Dining at the Castle truly is a special occasion, welcoming the public as well as hotel guests. The 1851 Restaurant offers a dining experience fit for royalty. Holder of 2 AA Rosettes and a Taste Cheshire Award. Alternatively the more informal and cosmopolitan 2010 Brasserie, located in the former scullery of the castle, features many of the amazing features of the original scullery including two cast iron cooking ranges dating back to the 1840's.

Peckforton Castle's enchanting medieval style beauty and stunning location make it a truly impressive and desirable venue for weddings, christenings, birthday parties, or just about anything that's worth celebrating. Everything plays a part; the fabulous setting, stunning location, the attentive service and smiling faces, the bespoke menus and decorations.

Captivating on arrival, Peckforton Castle's unspoiled, natural beauty will stimulate and motivate, delight the eye, inspire the mind, tantalize the taste buds and leave you enchanted.

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Leasowe Castle Hotel

Leasowe Castle offers a perfect combination of style, comfort and elegance in a tranquil setting with 6
acres of grounds overlooking Leasowe Golf Course and the sea.

The Castle dates back to 1592; it was built for Ferdinand 2nd Heir to the English throne, to allow him to watch horse racing on the Meols sands.

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Bovey Castle

Why do our guests choose to stay at Bovey Castle?

Well, it’s definitely because of our luxuriously appointed décor, attention to detail and outstanding service. It may also be to make the most of the championship golf course or indulge in a treatment or two in our holistic spa. Perhaps it’s the vast array of activities available to experience or the wonderful choice of dining options. Of course the stunning location and views of the dramatic and beautiful Dartmoor National Park play a part, but it’s all these elements together that make Bovey Castle so unique and draw you back time after time...

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The Castle Hotel

The Castle at Taunton is steeped in the drama and romance of English history. Once a Norman fortress, it has been welcoming travelers to the town since the 12th century.

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.

Today the Castle lives at peace with its turbulent past but preserves the atmosphere of its ancient tradition. The Chapman family have been running the hotel for 50 years and in that time it has acquired a worldwide reputation for the warmth of its hospitality. Laurels in the Good Food, RAC and AA Guides also testify the excellence of its hospitality.

Located in the heart of England·s beautiful West Country, the Castle is the ideal base for exploring a region rich in history. This is the land of King Arthur, King Alfred, Lorna Doone·s Exmoor and the monastic foundations of Glastonbury and Wells. Roman and Regency Bath, Longleat House and the majestic gardens of Stourhead and Hestercombe. All this and much more can be discovered within easy driving distance of Taunton.

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Hazlewood Castle

Set in seventy seven acres of delightful parkland and historic landscaped grounds, Hazlewood Castle Hotel offers elegant private rooms, luxury accommodation and award winning dining in an idyllic rural location less than 30 minutes from York and Leeds.

Hazlewood Castle has been in the family estate of the Vavasours since Norman times and was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086.

Hazlewood Castle opened in late 1997 after an extensive restoration.

Whilst retaining a relaxing, tranquil atmosphere in a historic setting Hazlewood offers an inspiring venue for mid week or weekend breaks as well as weddings, meetings and events all set in an exclusive estate in Yorkshire ideally located for York, Harrogate, Leeds and the East Midlands.

The stunning interiors of Hazlewood add a wonderful dimension to weddings and family celebrations.
Set your most important family occasions in a historic background complete with family chapel and banqueting rooms. Enjoy our fine catering in buffet style food or a full banquet menu complete with fine wines and the best of service.
Possibly one of the country's finest venues for events and celebrations. Hazlewood Castle is steeped in a history of kings, knights and historical links. The castle location provides the perfect setting for company or private celebrations, an intimate dinner for two or a party of up to 500.

Castle Overview: Hazlewood Castle History

The recorded history of Hazlewood Castle starts with the Domesday Book carried out for King William.
The Domesday Book introduced for the first time taxation to the country. The entry is for Sir Mauger the Vavasour residing in the Hall of a Thane at Hazlewood.

(Mauger was a Saxon and they only had the one name! The Normans introduced the second name as a defining name i.e. your title or occupation). He was given his name by the De Percy's.

The Duke of Northumbria who had been given Northumbria, which began at The Wash and stretched up the east coast to Scotland, by King William. He was a vassal to the King. The name Vavasour described Mauger as the vassal of a vassal or the tenant for a greater tenant.

In 1283 Sir William built on the site of the Hall of a Thane a manor house i.e. Great Hall and Pele Tower but as a result of the Barons' Wars he applied to the King to crenellate and fortify his manor. The license was granted in 1290, transforming the Hall of a Thane into a castle and his title went to a Baron as Barons only were allowed to live in a castle.

The 29th March 1461 saw the War of the Roses take place on Towton Moor, which is directly in front of the Castle to the south and south east (which is the valley of the River Cock which ran red with blood from this battle for many a day after the fight had finished. 70,000 people taking part with 28,000 killed).

The Tudor reign then followed (all the families from Mauger through to the Carmelites of 1996 were Catholic). When Henry outlawed the Catholic Church, priest holes were added to the Tudor Tower and an underground passage went to Crossroads Farm on the A1/A64 crossroads. These were imperative as the priest if caught would be hung, drawn and quartered and the person aiding or abetting him hung!

In 1908 the Vavasours leave Hazlewood after 900 years and go to the Awatere Valley near Marlborough in New Zealand, and begin vineyards.

Mr. Simpson, a solicitor, bought the Castle and he and descendent families were here until 1953. During the Second World War from 1939 to June 1953 the Castle was requisitioned as a maternity hospital.

Mr. Fawcett then bought the Castle and they still reside just down the lane from the Castle (Mr. Fawcett married the great grand-daughter of the Vavasours, so a member of the family moved back on site for a few years.)

In 1958 the Castle was sold to a Mr. Donald Hart, who expressed a desire to the Bishop of Leeds that the Castle would make a nice place to be used as a retreat.

To avoid gift taxes the Castle was sold to the Carmelite Friars who opened the Castle in 1971 as a retreat until 1996, when it was closed and put up for sale.

Hazlewood Castle Hotel opened on the 1st October 1997 having been sympathetically restored. Please drive carefully within the grounds, looking after our bunnies and Hazlewood black cats! Old Tom sits on the reception steps..stop and say hello!

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Swinton Park

An exclusive 30 bedroom luxury castle hotel.

With 4 Red Stars and 3 Rosettes awarded by the AA for excellent facilities, high levels of service and quality of cuisine, this is one of the highest rated hotels in Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Swinton Park is the ancestral home of the Cunliffe-Lister family and is set in 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens. The castle is surrounded by the family estate in which guests have access to rivers, reservoirs, moorland, dales and the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

Lavishly furnished, this is a unique opportunity to enjoy a stately home experience, combining the traditional warmth of a family home with all the modern creature comforts of a contemporary hotel. Each of the 30 spacious bedrooms is individually designed, with a choice of views across the gardens, lake, parkland or gatehouse. Award winning cuisine is served in the sumptuously furnished dining room, with an emphasis on the seasonal produce sourced from the hotel's four acre walled garden and surrounding estate.

The recently refurbished spa, is equipped with a sauna, jacuzzi and relaxation zone. The five treatment rooms offer a wide range of face, body, beauty and complementary therapies, using the [comfort zone], Jane Iredale and Jessica ranges of products.

The restored Georgian stables have been recently converted into a state of the art Cookery School, run by celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager.
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Cave Castle Hotel & Country Club

The Cave Castle Hotel in Hull is a beautiful Victorian manor house has been sympathetically refurbished and extended to offer 70 bedrooms with a mix of traditional (some having four-poster beds) and contemporary designs.

As you approach through the stone arch and up the tree lined drive you cannot fail to be impressed by the grandeur of Cave Castle with its original turrets, stone features and historic charm. Nestling at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds this is the idyllic country retreat for a relaxing and tranquil stay.

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