Augill Castle

We hear a perennial chorus of approval from fans of Wendy and Simon Bennett’s family-friendly Victorian fantasy castle in the Eden valley, between Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. More

Contact details

Augill Castle
Leacett Lane
Brough
Kirkby Stephen
Cumbria
CA17 4DE
England
017683 41937

Hotel information

Bedrooms

17. 2 on ground floor, 7 in converted stableyard, 2 in estate house, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year, dinner served Fri/Sat, Sun-Thurs cold platters, daily children's suppers.

Facilities

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

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 2 bedrooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

per room B&B £160-£260. Set dinner £25-£30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

We hear a perennial chorus of approval from fans of Wendy and Simon Bennett’s family-friendly Victorian fantasy castle in the Eden valley, between Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. ‘No pretentiousness, just welcoming staff.’ ‘A very personable hostess,’ wrote one reader in 2018. ‘It felt as if you were staying with a family friend.’ Bedrooms are highly individual, with maybe a four-poster, corner cabinet of china, working fireplace, or turret wardrobe. ‘Bathrooms appear ancient but have a big bath, a shower with copious hot water, good toiletries.’ Annexe rooms have a patio or garden. ‘Dinner at the large dining table with other guests was fun. The food was amazing.’ ‘Good home cooking,’ writes an inspector, ‘onion soup or pâté, roast lamb, fig tart or cheese.’ ‘Great breakfast choices, and special touches such as coffee, tea and home-made cake in the bar.’ There are ‘roaring fires, comfy sofas’ in the Great Hall, drawing room, music room, library. ‘My children loved the games room and cinema. How we wish we could have stayed longer.’ (Dana and Charles Irons, Jan Wallace, Steven Williams, and many others)

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Augill Castle
Leacett Lane
Brough
Kirkby Stephen
Cumbria
CA17 4DE

Guest comments

'Everything about this fairy-tale castle puts you at ease. The welcome was warm; our room had everything we could want. Supper, served at one long table, had delicious home-made bread and soup. We had to leave early but a kindly member of staff ensured that we got breakfast. The highlight of a castle-visiting trip. ' - GC - July, 2018
'From the minute we arrived we felt relaxed, comfortable, well looked after and spoiled! It has all the usual stuff a luxury hotel offers - much nicer than many others and certainly quirkier - but what it also has what others don't is an amazing atmosphere. I have no idea what their secret is, but they have managed to get the balance of having people about to provide for your every wish (they have thought of everything, and more!) and yet allowing guests the freedom to roam and enjoy all the beautiful rooms and the grounds. ' - Beatson - July, 2018
'A good place. Magnificent mock Gothic pile. Good home cooking A personable hostess. ' - FW - April, 2018
'We had our wedding at this amazing venue and we couldn't have asked for anything more. All the rooms are beautiful, beds comfortable and big with spacious en-suite bathrooms Food was delicious and fresh. ' - Mr & Mrs Fryer - February, 2018
'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

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Tourist attractions

  • Brough Castle

    A ruined castle with a Roman fort, now owned by English Heritage.

  • The Lake District

    The largest of the English National Parks and the second largest in the United Kingdom.

  • King Arthur's Round Table

    A prehistoric circular earthwork bounded by a ditch and an outer bank, just South of Penrith.