Augill Castle

With ‘no rules – just plenty of warm, friendly staff, and wonderful food and service’, Wendy and Simon Bennett’s Victorian fantasy castle continues to win rave reviews. More

Contact details

Augill Castle
Leacett Lane
Brough
Kirkby Stephen
Cumbria
CA17 4DE
England
01768 341937
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

15. 2 on ground floor, 7 in stableyard conversion.

Open

all year, dinner served Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat depending on demand; cold platters on other nights, children’s high tea every day.

Facilities

hall, drawing room, library (honesty bar), music (sitting) room, conservatory bar, dining room, cinema, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 20-acre grounds (landscaped garden, tennis).

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 2 bedrooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £160–£200. Set dinner £20–£25. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

With ‘no rules – just plenty of warm, friendly staff, and wonderful food and service’, Wendy and Simon Bennett’s Victorian fantasy castle continues to win rave reviews. ‘The magic of the castle lies in its owners. They’re passionate about it, and rightly so.’ In ‘lovely’ grounds, the hotel has ‘a feeling of indulgence, without any ceremony – you’re made to feel at home’. There are ‘warm fires’, a ‘relaxing’ lounge with a grand piano and music books, a cinema complete with popcorn; four nights a week, a dinner menu, ‘sensibly limited in choice’, is ‘attractively served’ and communally – some say rowdily – eaten. (Platters of local meats and cheeses are served on other nights.) ‘We all made friends over dinner.’ Choose among eclectic bedrooms, each more characterful than the other (though a guest this year thought housekeeping could be stepped up). ‘Ours was beautifully decorated in period style, with a huge four-poster bed and an open fire; books and a chesterfield armchair in an anteroom; our very own turrets.’ ‘Breakfast is a nicely laid-back start to the day.’ (Kris Didymus, Mike Long, and others)

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Augill Castle
Leacett Lane
Brough
Kirkby Stephen
Cumbria
CA17 4DE

Guest comments

'We LOVED our stay. It has a wonderful, relaxed, quirky, homey feeling to it, which works well with the dramatic architecture and heritage that it represents. We met great people at breakfast, had a wonderful High Tea, wandered the grounds in the twilight, had several cocktails in the honor bar and in the side yard looking over the fields, and enjoyed staying in the room where Queen Victoria -- possibly, but it doesn't really matter -- may have stayed. Hard to beat, really. Go there if you're looking for that kind of mixture: amazing surroundings and a heart of gold, beating inside. ' - Andy Calkins - June, 2017
'I booked the two estate houses and Orangery for my husband's 40th birthday. We had a warm welcome, The library had games and dressing-up clothes for the children, whilst the adults sat by the fires in the grand hall. We had private dining for the 11 of us- food/champagne/wine/cake all excellent We felt as though we had the castle to ourselves, and the kids watched Harry Potter in the cinema. Wonderful breakfasts. Lovely morning walks. ' - Debbie Dean - February, 2017
'Beautiful building, a warm welcome, champagne on the terrace (it was my wife's 50t). We felt very much at home. We made friends over dinner at the communal table and then relaxed in the conservatory bar later. Our stay was comfortable and rewarding. ' - Mike Long - April, 2016

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Tourist attractions

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