There are some really quirky hotels in England straight out of the history books complete with suits of armour.
England is a country full of history so if you visit don’t stay in a glass and concrete 20th century monstrosity hotel, stay in a castle instead.
The first of our really quirky hotels in England is Thornbury Castle.
Thornbury Castle, on the edge of the Costwolds in Gloucestershire, is the only Tudor castle in England to open as a hotel. You will be walking in the steps of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn when you stay in this 500 year old castle complete with beautiful oriel windows, Tudor hall, suits of armour, secret panels, walled gardens and historic parkland, and be well looked after as well. There are 27 bedchambers, 2 private dining rooms
Everything about this very special hotel is perfect. I have never written a review before but after staying at Thornbury Castle last night as part of our honeymoon, I cannot recommend it more highly. From the moment we arrived into the beautiful grounds we were wowed by every little detail the hotel had to offer. The staff on reception were very helpful and we even received a complimentary room upgrade. We stayed in the Tudor Room which had the biggest bed I have ever seen in it. It was full of little extras like complimentary still and sparkling water and sherry, and had luxury spa products in the bathroom. As part of our package we had a two course meal in the restaurant. We were actually given what felt like a five course taste explosion, every part of the meal was delicious and my husband and I both said it was the best meal we had every had. Breakfast this morning was excellent with lots of choice and again, was really tasty.
We will definitely be coming back and recommending the hotel to all out friends and family.
The second of our really quirky hotels in England is the Langley Castle Hotel
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 foot thick walls provide a peaceful and tranquil refuge in which to escape from today’s hustle and bustle to a bygone age. The 27 guest rooms are individual and unique all with private facilities, many with four-poster beds and feature bathrooms.
We stayed here at the beginning of March for two nights and had a wonderful weekend. The hotel and staff are all fantastic, we could not have wanted for any better. The rooms are lovely with large beds sitting areas and bathrooms,we stayed in the stable block and were very happy with our room, it is only a very short walk to the castle.The restaurant is worth a visit, we had the taster menu and were very impressed with the standard of the food. A good weekend and will be revisiting in the future.
The third of our really quirky hotels in England is Amberley Castle
Amberley Castle is a unique luxury hotel located in the picturesque village of Amberley at the foot of the South Downs.This magnificent 900-year-old castle is enclosed by a 60 foot high curtain wall and working portcullis, behind which you will discover an enchanting hotel offering the highest standards of food and service. The 19 bedrooms each named after a Sussex castle are resplendent with the luxurious facilities you would expect from a country house hotel. History encompasses every part of this wonderful building and the many acres of gardens it stands in. Enjoy discovering the magical tree house, tennis courts, 18-hole putting green and croquet lawn
Just back from an overnight stay at Amberley Castle in a classic room with 5 course tasting menu booked through Secret Escapes.
The castle is hugely impressive as you approach up the long gravel drive and through the portcullis. The welcome was warm and friendly and the room was lovely with beautiful views across the flower filled moat towards the ponds at the bottom of the drive.
The gardens are beautifully maintained and we were lucky that the sun shone throughout our stay which meant that we were able to sit out in the sunshine enjoying a drink and watching Bob the amazing tame white peacock strutting his stuff!
The five course evening meal was superb and the waiters were extremely attentive.
Amberley village is picturesque and well worth visiting being just through the door in the east wall and across the churchyard.
All in all a fantastic hotel and if you are looking for somewhere that is a bit different with the wow factor then this is the place!
The fourth of our really quirky hotels in England is Camelot Castle Hotel at Tintagel,
Camelot Castle at Tintagel, the birthplace of King Arthur. has an unmistakable setting over the Cornish coastline steeped in history and beauty. The stunning 64 bedroom Hotel offers rooms with magnificent panoramic views over the rugged Cornish coastline from Hartland Point in the North, to Trevose Head in the South.
The Camelot Castle is dog and pet friendly. The nearby beach has crystal clear sea and sand.
My husband and I booked to stay at the castle for our 11th wedding anniversary! We couldn’t of chose a better location and hotel. Although a little pricy, it was worth every penny. If your looking for traditional castle to stay in, this is a perfect choice.
The fifth of our really quirky hotels in England is Ruthin Castle Hotel & Moat Spa
Set within acres of woods and parkland a little over 20 miles from Chester, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Ruthin Castle, dates back to prior to 1277. It is a truly romantic hotel steeped in history. The castle dates back to the legend of King Arthur with notable owners including King Edward I, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Book a stay in one of the many rooms; dine on award winning cuisine created using only the freshest local produce; join a themed night of fun, food and laughter; enjoy great business facilities in a secluded venue or book the wedding of your dreams within the ancient walls and picturesque grounds. Ruthin Castle is a royal Welsh gem just waiting to be explored
I’ve stayed here a few times now and it never fails to delight. If your looking for swish, modern and glossy, this is not the place for you. If your in the mood for quirky with good old fashioned good service then this is the perfect spot. Large very individual rooms and very comfortable super king beds. An air of slightly faded glory. Lots of dark antique wood in the public areas. Add to that a great restaurant and an easy stroll into the lovely market town of Ruthin and you have a perfect restful mini break. Lots of offers all year round. Oh and of course your early morning call is delivered by peacock!
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