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A Royal Suite: UK Castles And Manor Houses Where You Can Sleep Like A King

23 Sep 2016

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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.  


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Photo: Peckforton Castle.

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. 

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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. 

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New Hall with moat
Photo: New Hall Hotel & Spa

New Hall Hotel and Spa, Birmingham

New Hall is a true fairytale – widely reputed to be the oldest inhabited, moated manor house in England. With just 60 guest rooms, this medieval masterpiece offers a unique blend of modern luxury and historical charm. Set amongst 26 acres of beautiful grounds, New Hall is situated in Birmingham, central to exploring the local area, and just 2-hours drive from London.

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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. The castle grounds are also spectacular, with landscaped gardens, tennis courts, an 18-hole putting green and croquet lawn for you to enjoy. 

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The stunning Lakes District. Photo: Embleton Spa.

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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.

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Photo: Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall.

Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall, Gloucester

Right in the heart of the charming Cotswolds district, Bowden Hall is a beautifully restored Georgian country house hotel. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the lounge, explore the lush hotel grounds, or take a dip in the indoor swimming pool. Bowden Hall offers sophisticated manor luxury at its finest. 

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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 quaint 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. 

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.