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A Royal Suite: UK Castles And Manor Houses Where You Can Stay Like A Princess

18 May 2018

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Exploring the British countryside evokes romantic images of rolling hills, castle spires and perfectly sprawling manor gardens. From the moors of Northern Yorkshire to a patchwork of green fields in Sussex, why not experience this beautiful region like real royalty? Check-in to luxury at one of these fairytale-worthy castles or manor houses - and even plan your wedding here.

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Swinton Park manor
Photo: Swinton Park.

Swinton Park, North Yorkshire

With sweeping views across the moorlands, this sprawling manor house feels more like a grand home than a hotel. Built in the 17th century, Swinton Park is filled with opulent antique furniture and artworks, accented by modern luxuries and 4-star service. Just an hour’s drive from Leeds, Swinton Park is the perfect place from which to explore the Yorkshire countryside. Surrounded by 200 acres of parkland in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the grounds enjoy a spectacular setting for a fairytale wedding.

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Peckforton Castle, Tarporley
Peckforton Castle, Tarporley

Peckforton Castle, Tarporley

Set amongst 4,000 acres of forest, the elegant Peckforton Castle feels worlds away from modern day. Upon entering this 19th century castle, you are immediately transported to a bygone era – elegantly designed rooms accented by period features and attentive, 4-star service. Experience fine-dining at the onsite restaurant serving French and British cuisine, then after lunch try your hand at falconry or laser clay shooting. There are segway tours to discover the stunning landscaped gardens, or you can simply indulge in a treatment at the spa. This castle is also the region's most popular spot for weddings, with the Castle grounds, the red sandstone walls, the marble floors and the open fires all making for vibrant wedding photoshoots.

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Amberley castle wall from outside
Photo: Amberley Castle

Amberley Castle, Sussex

Amberley Castle is the very definition of a historic, luxury castle. Over 900 years old, the castle and elegantly landscaped courtyard are flanked by a 6 foot curtain wall, giving you a truly authentic experience of the castle in centuries past. Modern comforts are in abundance however, with 4-star accommodation, fine dining and excellent service. With its green rolling pastures, open spaces, ancient woodlands and river valleys Amberley Castle has been used exclusively by royalty, politicians and VIPs throughout its history, and offers all the ingredients for a truly magical wedding day.

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The stunning Lakes District. Photo: Embleton Spa.

Embleton Spa, Embleton

Positioned perfectly for ultimate pampering and relaxation, Embleton Spa is in the spectacular Lakes District. Built in the 18th century as a farm house, imagine waking in a character-filled room overlooking the surrounding countryside. Explore the natural beauty of the area, then while your afternoon away by the fire in the lounge, or indulge in an in-room spa treatment. With sweeping view amid a spectacular setting, why get married anywhere else?


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Photo: Brook Mollington Banastre Hotel and Spa

Brook Mollington Banastre Hotel and Spa, Chester

Built in 1853, this elegant manor house is situated on the outskirts of the English village of Mollington, a stone’s throw from Chester. Enjoy the health club and spa onsite, tee off at the Oaks Golf Club just 9-minutes walk away, or simply relax in the quiet country setting. This is 4-star country accommodation at its best. For a more intimate wedding in a quaint but elegant spot, the Brook Mollingont Banastre Hotel and Spa offers the perfect setting. Plus the bridal party can indulge in some post-wedding relaxation at the acclaimed spa.

Vicki Fletcher

An Australian writer and photographer, Vicki loves road trips down unknown tracks, following locals to the best food in town and spending long afternoons people watching in city squares. She's written for publications across Australia and Europe. Top travel tip: always look up.