Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4DE (view map)
‘A unique place to stay in the heart of England’s Eden Valley’
‘A happy family atmosphere’– Alastair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay
‘A truly amazing place’ – Les Routiers
‘Kick off your wellies by the front door without causing a scandal’ – The Big House Party
‘This is like nowhere you have ever visited before’ – Manchester Evening News
‘There is nothing stuck up or forbidding about this most relaxed of castles’ – The Sunday Times
‘What a magical place to be married’ – The Independent
Step away from the madness of the Lake District to find a very different Cumbria. A green and pleasant land of rolling hills, flower filled meadows, winding rivers and endless views. This is Eden, and if you want to taste a little bit of paradise, where better to stay than a castle?
Augill Castle, in the Upper Eden Valley stands in open country little changed for centuries. The castle’s backdrop are the dramatic North Pennines with gardens opening out to views of the nearby Yorkshire Dales and the Lakeland fells beyond.
Built in 1841 as a Victorian gentleman’s country residence, the castle has all the fairytale romance of a turreted hideaway.
Augill Castle is not just a hotel but a truly family friendly castle where parents can relax and kick off their shoes knowing their children are as welcome as they are.
In the Music Room guests enjoy a genuine sense of family living surrounded by family antiques and paraphernalia. Throughout the house are old books and antique furniture. The castle is licensed and the drawing room doubles as a relaxed bar.
Breakfast and dinner are eaten around the twelve foot table in the Gothic blue dining room where evening meals can be truly memorable occasions especially when the house is full.
Traditionally reared lamb, beef and pork, supplied directly from the farm just a mile away, as well as Yorkshire cheeses and locally grown fruit and vegetables always feature on the innovative dinner menus. Cumberland sausages and award winning bacon, together with locally baked bread and freshly laid free range eggs from a neighbouring farm are breakfast staples.
The fourteen guest bedrooms and suites, all with their own bathrooms have been individually designed and decorated. Five bedrooms feature four poster beds and others have antique wrought iron or French sleigh beds. Most are king or super king-size and several can be made in to twins. Polished oak floors, antique rugs, your own turrets, antique baths big enough for two and the distant smell of wood smoke will all conspire to elaborate the fantasy.
A few minutes walk across pasture and meadows to the west stands Brough Castle, built by the Normans on the site of a Roman Fort. A ten minute drive takes you across the border into the Yorkshire Dales.
The Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and some of the finest castles and country houses anywhere in Britain are an easy day trip, with the historic cities of Durham, Carlisle, Lancaster and York an hours drive or less.
|No. of Bedrooms and Suites: 14|
Please note that Augill Castle is a non smoking house.
Sorry, we no longer accept dogs.
|Four Poster Rooms: Yes|
|Children welcome: Yes|
|Wedding receptions: Yes Licensed for civil ceremonies: Yes|
|Facilities: Dining Room, Music Room, Library, Bar, Tennis Court|
|Atmosphere: Country house, friendly, relaxed, luxurious.|
From the M6 – From junction 38 of the M6 we are 20 minutes along the A685. Go through Kirkby Stephen and once past Brough Sowerby take a turn on the right sign posted South Stainmore. The Castle is a mile on your left.
From the A1 – From the A1 join the A66 at Scotch Corner. Leave this road at the Brough junction and turn left towards Kirkby Stephen. Take the first turning on the left sign posted South Stainmore. The castle is a mile on your left.
|Attractions nearby: Brough Castle, Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall. Superb countryside for walking, touring, historical sites.|