Augill Castle

‘It’s a home away from home,’ chorus fans in 2017 of the Bennett family’s ‘stunning, well-preserved’ 19th-century pile striking a pose in rambling grounds in the Eden valley. More

Contact details

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

Hotel information

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year, dinner served Fri/Sat, 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

[2017] per room B&B £180–£220. Set dinner £20–£25. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘It’s a home away from home,’ chorus fans in 2017 of the Bennett family’s ‘stunning, well-preserved’ 19th-century pile striking a pose in rambling grounds in the Eden valley. Sure – if home has claw-footed baths, turrets for wardrobes, an honesty bar packed with local ales and spirits, and stained-glass windows with wide countryside views. ‘A nice mix of castle and comfort’, with a ‘relaxed, welcoming atmosphere’, this is ‘no staid hotel’: ‘the down-to-earth owners make your stay very special’. Scattered with antiques, ‘comfortable bedrooms’ in the castle, former gatehouses and converted orangery are each ‘very different’ – book a room with a cast iron fireplace, or one with poetry on the ceiling. Weekend nights, ‘glorious dinners’ of local produce are served, house-party style, at shared tables (cold platters are available on other evenings). There are open fires, an Art Deco cinema (popcorn included), a library with games and dressing-up clothes for children. Outside, set off on wooded walks or take on the windswept fells beyond. ‘Simply first class.’ (Donna Harrison, Daniel McWilliams, Jan Hallam, Renee Cole, Debbie Dean)

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Special offers

10% discount voucher

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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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.