Augill Castle

Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

'A very special place. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A very special place.’ ‘Utterly charming.’ ‘It’s not the Ritz, but you will feel like a lord.’ Lavish and frequent praise in 2019 for Wendy and Simon Bennett’s Victorian fantasy castle in the Eden valley. ‘Simon, Wendy and the team have provided a place with a magical feel that draws you in and asks you to stay for longer.’ Bedrooms are filled with antiques, and abound in character. Castle rooms, most with four-poster, have views to the Yorkshire Dales and Lakeland Fells, perhaps a brightly burning fire. The Gatehouse occupies an entire tower. Annexe rooms have their own garden. A reader, hosting guests for a birthday house party, relates: ‘Every one of them came back from their first visit to their room with the same excited look of appreciation.’ The ‘superb’ dinner is a social affair, taken communally. New ‘Umbria meets Cumbria’ menus include such dishes as wild mushroom lasagne; Tuscan slow-roasted lamb shank with tomato and olives. Sunday night is pizza night. The atmosphere is pure fun, with roaring fires, squashy sofas, honesty bar and ‘legendary’ home-made cake. Children can feed the hens and collect the eggs for breakfast. (Maurice Hall, Liz Saunders, and many others)

Hotel details


South Stainmore
Kirkby Stephen
CA17 4DE


01768 341937


17. 2 on ground floor, 
9 in stables, orangery, coach house, 
1 suitable for disabled.


all year, dinner nightly (excl. Tues, Wed), children’s suppers daily.


hall, drawing room, library, 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



all ages welcomed.


allowed in 2 bedrooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


per room B&B £180–£280. Set dinner £25–£30. 1-night bookings often refused school holidays, Sat (but call to check).